Bright Fails to Make 'Survivor' Finale
Survivor: Episode 14
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A local woman's memorable run on the reality television show "Survivor: Nicaragua" has ended in a blaze of glory.
With a chance to win $1 million within reach, Jane Hammett Bright, 56, of Jackson Springs, was voted out of the game during Wednesday night's episode.
The outspoken, competitive dog owner/hander talked about her experience on the show Thursday morning.
"It was the adventure of a lifetime," she said, "and one that I would do again and not think twice about it because it doesn't matter how many low days you have out there, you still have plenty of high days."
With six players remaining, Bright seemed to have a solid four-person alliance that could carry her to the final four.
That didn't happen.
"They were conniving behind my back," she said in a phone interview Thursday. "The plan was a four-person alliance, with a pecking order, and nobody had wavered the whole time. We were going to, and then all of a sudden in a 10-minute span, the plan changes, and it's pointed right at me. We were supposed to go to the final four and then duke it out from there."
Members of her alliance called her a threat to their chances to win the million dollars and voted her out at tribal council.
Bright admitted she may have played the game too well and been too big a threat to her competition.
"I'm just very competitive, and it's hard for me to sit back," she said.
Bright, who said the biggest lesson she learned while on the show was to keep her mouth shut, couldn't hold her tongue and contain her frustration when she learned she was the next to be eliminated.
During the show, she vented her frustration toward the other alliance members who turned against her.
"They're liars," she said. "They're cheats. They're backstabbers."
Later, she doused the camp's fire with two buckets of water, saying, "By God, I started it. I put it out!"
Bright said she wanted to make the other tribe members as miserable as she was about their decision to vote her off the show.
"If I was going to go out, I was going out with a bang," she said Thursday.
Bright became the 15th player to be eliminated. Despite not having a chance to win, Bright will still factor into the show. She is a member of the jury that will determine the winner during the two-hour finale that airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS. That show will be followed by a live reunion special in which the winner will be announced.
Bright said she is a big fan of the show and had tried for 10 years to get on it.
When asked if she had any regrets about her run on the show, Bright said that she only had one.
"My biggest fault was taking Chase and putting any kind of trust in him because he was a Carolina boy," she said.
Chase was a member of the alliance who ultimately turned on Bright and voted her out.
Bright said that if she has the opportunity to be on a future 'Survivor,' she would do a few things differently.
Before going on the show, she said she would rewatch shows from previous seasons to learn some of the strategies employed by other winners and successful players.
"In a heartbeat, I would do it again" she said. "And I would build a lot more alliances, so if you did get to the end, it wouldn't matter what alliance you were in because you would be in multiple alliances."
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