Saturday, June 8, 2013

Survivor Casting Spoiler - Reality Worlds Collide

Let me start by saying this "spoiler" has been around for weeks now and is no longer fresh gossip.  I missed blogging about it when the news was actually news but better late than never, right?

Like many of you, I am also a big Survivor fan and have never missed an episode of any season.  You might know that for the past few years, the seasons have been filmed back-to-back in the same location.  I think they started doing this to facilitate Jeff Probst's side-project schedule, but the cost savings are probably such that this method of production is likely to be the new standard procedure.

At this very moment, the filming of Survivor 27 is happening, on a beach far, far away.  I will not be spoiling the Boot List for Season 27 (or 28) although that information will be readily available if you visit certain websites in the next few weeks  (***cough cough Survivor Sucks cough cough***).  But I will be spoiling the theme of the season, and two of the players.

Leave now if you don't want to know......


OK.  The theme of the season is Blood vs. Water, as Jeff Probst revealed on the recent Season 26 finale.  The Spoilers Who Know have reported that the season will feature former Survivor players as part of a couple.  Some of the couples playing are married, some are the Survivor player's immediate family members (a dad, a daughter, etc) and a few of the couples are just dating.

One of the dating couples is our own Hayden Moss, winner of BB12, along with his girlfriend Kat Edorsson from Survivor One World.

Kat didn't win her season of Survivor, but was one of the more memorable contestants.  Kat was initially portrayed on the show as a bumbling idiot who made stupid comments and did poorly in the challenges.  This portrayal was later burnished during the family visit, where she crawled around in the sand with her male cousin in a manner that was instantly bizarre yet adorable.  She's a cute girl, obviously.

During the final Tribal Council Kat did not ask the three finalists a question, but instead made a short speech about herself and her various hardships.  She claimed to have had several heart surgeries at the age of 12, and said that in order to have children, she would have to have another surgery "in 12 years, so that's next year", or something along those lines.

I'm not aware of Kat having any type of open heart surgeries since then, are you?  She tweets all sorts of pictures of herself working out and partying, so who knows. 

Kat lives in a suburb of Orlando and attends (or attended) UCF, and I think Hayden still lives in Arizona, so they have a long distance relationship.  They've been dating for awhile now---this is a picture from Twitter of the two of them attending the Brenchal wedding festivities last September. 

Nice-looking couple, huh?  That dress is kind of cha-cha for a wedding, right? She knows how to pose though.  I'll give her that.  Great bone structure.  I'm guessing the two of them met at some sort of reality event after Kat's Survivor season aired. 

Casting Hayden for Survivor seems like a natural fit to me.  I remember him talking on the BB12 live feeds about sitting next to somebody on a plane who approached him for casting---I'm pretty sure he said that the casting agent put him up for Survivor first, and Big Brother was a fall back.  It was no secret that Hayden knew very little about Big Brother before he was cast, but in the end that didn't hurt his chances, did it?  He just kept his mouth shut and turned up the heat in the challenges in the end, when it mattered.  He even had an ill-advised, ill-fated showmance with Kristin Bitting and somehow that didn't make him a target.  Remember when Andrew Gordon outed their romance on the live show on his way out of the house?  Andrew blew their cover when he announced to the house guests as well as the live CBS audience that he listened to Hayden and Kristin make out at night --what a great exit from the game!  Thank you Andrew for that courageous BB12 highlight.

It didn't hurt Hayden's chances that BB12 ended up being the Season of the Dumbasses.  I guess there was just so much drama with Brendon and Rachel and Ragan and that damned Saboteur that no one noticed the fucking BRIGADE was an alliance.  Even Britney, who called herself a Big Brother Super Fan never did any strategizing that I could see..all she did was a lot of shit talking in the Diary Room (which was GREAT).  Everyone was just whooping it up out by the pool and seemed to forget about the $500,000 prize.  Even Matt Hoffman, the self-proclaimed Diabolical Super Genius got blindsided by HIS OWN ALLIANCE.  He used his Diamond POV to evict fucking SHERIFF KATHY (who?).

So Hayden might not get the respect that a Big Brother winner like Dan Gheesling or Will Kirby get, but who else deserved to win in that house? 

I think Survivor might be tailor-made for Hayden Moss.  He's used to extreme heat from living in Arizona, and I know he still works out like a fiend.  Unless Hayden has changed over the years, I'll bet he can keep his head down and stay out of the spot light during those critical first weeks of Survivor.

I'll just say it...I like Hayden's chances to win.  His biggest liability might be Kat herself, if she hasn't matured enough to play to win this time.  Both of them are going to be beasts in the physical competitions.

I'm excited.  Bring it on, Hayden.  Survivor 27, Blood vs. Water will air this fall, in September, maybe even the same night as the Big Brother 15 finale.


I saw a few rumors floating out there that there will be Survivors in the Big Brother house this summer.  I will need to do some research before I can comment on that, but let's all pray hard for a Hantz-Free summer, OK?


When I think back to my BB12 FeedWatching, I remember many things about many of the memorable house guests .....Brendon ....Rachel ......Britney .....Matt .......Enzo ......even Ragan.  But I don't remember much about Hayden.  He kept a pretty low profile, and seemed to be just hanging out. 

Here is one of my favorite posts featuring Hayden from BB12 (because the first picture looks kind of nasty).  Hayden's near-naked body had MANY fans out there on the internet back then.  I'm sure his time on Survivor 27 will be no different.

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