For years, the undisputed titleholder when it came to Dumbest Survivor Move Ever was none other than Erik Reichenbach. It was a well-earned (dis)honor bestowed upon the ice cream scooper from Hell (Michigan) after he gave away his immunity necklace on Survivor: Micronesia…only to be voted out moments later. But Erik was a trendsetter as well! Since then, JT gave his hidden immunity idol to Russell in Heroes vs. Villains, and Brandon Hantz handed his immunity over to Albert in Survivor: South Pacific. In both instances it was not better to give than to receive, as those two were voted out as well. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the best trend Erik was setting, but it was a trend nonetheless.
Erik is one of the more intriguing returning players to come back for Survivor: Caramoan (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS). He was a Fan in the original Fans vs. Favorites, and is now making the jump to the Favorites tribe. Although it is easy to discount Erik’s chances due to his previous naïveté, the guy is physical enough to do well in challenges, and likable enough to want to keep around. The question then becomes: Has he learned enough of the strategic game to make it all the way to the end? I spoke with Erik just days before filming began on his latest adventure. But first, I had to convince him to talk to me.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, Erik, tell me why you’re going to win this time?
ERIK REICHENBACH: First off, I want to say that I didn’t want to talk to you again because last time you made fun of me, but they’re making me. READ FULL STORY