Survivor Island of the Idols episode 3: The castaway has spoken

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The latest castaway eliminated in Survivor: Island of the Idols shared some revealing details in an exit interview with Rob Cesternino on RHAP.

This article will discuss the events in episode 3 of Survivor: Island of the Idols, including the player who got voted out.

The second Lairo member to get his torched snuffed was also the first Island of the Idols visitor to leave the game. Although Vince Moua’s time on Survivor is done for now, he revealed some intriguing information on the tribal dynamics and why he didn’t play his idol. Here are some of the highlights from Vince’s exit interview on RHAP.

Had no idea he was going home

Vince was thoroughly blindsided by the final vote. He thought the five girls plus himself were for sure voting for Tom. He mentioned how on Day 2 he committed to working with the Lairo women since Aaron and Ronnie were after him. As a result, he thought the women trusted him the most out of the four remaining guys.

He told Rob that he still doesn’t understand why they decided to vote him out when he was clearly loyal to the girls. Vince felt that they could use him as a number, while the other three would be harder to influence.

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His secret mission at the Vokai beach went smoother than you thought

An exhilarating moment from episode 3 was Vince’s nerve-racking test given to him by Boston Rob. He had to sneak into the other tribe’s camp in the middle of the night to light his torch with their fire. The edit made it seem like there was a ton of activity at the Vokai camp, including someone waking everyone up due to a bad dream.

However, Vince said that he didn’t recall hearing anything, and he couldn’t even see the sleeping Vokai member amongst the darkness. So there’s a good chance the edit just spliced other scenes together to make Vince’s challenge seem more intense.

Wanted to save his idol in case of a swap

Vince could still be in the game right now if he decided to play his temporary Hidden Immunity Idol. Although he did bring the idol to Tribal Council (in his water bottle!), he was confident that he wouldn’t need to use it. Since tribe swaps have been super early in the past few seasons, Vince figured that his idol might be more useful in case of an unfavorable tribe switch.

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Vince had the best Island of the Idols lie

While Elizabeth and Kellee’s stories about Island of the Idols were pretty unbelievable and simply a copycat of Ghost Island, Vince was much more creative with his lie. He told his tribe that he took part in a challenge to win a secret advantage. He had to memorize a set of animal tiles, then look for them around the island and rearrange them in the correct order once he found them all.

Vince claimed that he wasn’t able to put them in the right order and was forced to sleep outside of the shelter for the night. Then he secretly told his closest allies that he lost his vote as well! Vince’s unique story sounds far more believable than production going back to the exact same Ghost Island formula.

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He orchestrated the Ronnie vote

One thing from the season premiere that shocked many viewers including myself was how Ronnie received all but two votes! You can thank Vince for that as he played a key role in putting the target on Ronnie. For example, Vince was the person who successfully brought Dean on board and got him to vote for Ronnie instead.