December 16, 2010
Time for a little horn-tooting. Back in September I wrote a blog about Jane Hammett Bright and her selection to the reality TV show, 'Survivor: Nicaragua'. She struck me as a person who would do well on the show. She was resourceful, determined and one who could be easily underestimated due to her size, age and/or gender. I predicted she could make the final five if she played a good game. Wednesday night she was the first of the final six knocked out. Throughout the show she was reason to tune in. She scored points with her tribe early, and though she is admittedly outspoken, she controlled herself during early episodes. But the bottom line is two things got to her. First, I think she is a bit too honest, trusting her fellow castaways a bit too much. Second, I think she was too good playing the game. He ability to create fire, build shelter and catch fish helped her stick around in the early stages, but it may have been too much. Typically to win Survivor you have to be one of two types of people. Either you are an under-the-radar follower who doesn't stand out, or you are a controlling, conniving sort. Jane, I think, is neither. Her honesty and skill at game play meant she was a threat. Bottom line she a great asset to have around early, but she would be tough to beat by a vote of the jury if you carry her to the end. Stereotypically, people who play the game the way Jane did, usually make a long run in the game, only to fall short. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the three chances I had to interview her in the previous few months. She is a real hoot and a great interview. And more importantly, she added a element to Survivor that made it worth watching. And since my first prediction worked out pretty well, I'll make another one. I think we will get to see Jane on a Survivor reunion show in the near future.