Survivor: Malcolm Freberg shares hilarious, informative pre-game anecdote

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What’s great about Survivor fans turned players like Malcolm Freberg is that he can be just as informative as he is trying to entertain us on Twitter (a cursed website).

Despite almost 20 years of Survivor gracing our televisions, DVDs or digital streaming services, there’s still so much that goes on behind the scenes that we don’t have official confirmation of how it operates. We thankfully have deep dives behind the scenes from members of the press, but every so often a player offers up a minor tidbit that both entertains and informs. It edutains!

We know that Survivor players fly out to the filming location just under a week before their season starts, they can’t talk to one another at Ponderosa, and only when they arrive on the beach can they communicate properly beyond challenge banter. Phones are taken away and other than pre-game interviews, there’s not much to do other than wait.

However, one thing I had no idea would happen is that the players get one last touch with technology before Survivor starts. Malcolm Freberg of Caramoan, Philippines and Game Changers is no stranger to the intricate moments of preparing for the game, revealing a hilarious anecdote about listening to some amp-up music on an iPod in the hours before starting each season.

Listening to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem is a timeless, classic move, as it literally serves as an amp-up song for the rapper within the movie the song is featured. However, P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” being the last song on his playlist is both a hilarious wrinkle and something that is totally within character for Malcolm and reminds us he played in back-to-back seasons starting close to a decade ago.

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However, the idea of getting a music player to listen to songs right before you go is an oddly humbling touch for the players competing in Survivor. It’s not a necessary move at all, especially considering the players have been lounging around in Fiji for most of a week prior without technology. It is oddly humanizing and gets us thinking about what songs past players listened to as a final sendoff before hitting the beach.