Her efforts to make a big move on Survivor: Ghost Island were cut short when Desiree Afuye got caught in a lie. Although her attempts to cover up the lie were extremely convincing, it didn't pay off, as the tribe turned against her. In our one-on-one interview with Desiree, she revealed the game's biggest threats and explained why Chelsea Townsend is playing a better game than anybody actually realizes.
Desiree Afuye: I had an idea. Going into it, I already knew Laurel had talked to Dom and Wendell, so I kinda figured it was going to be 50-50 either way. I wasn't really surprised. I was edgy about Chelsea and Kellyn, but I didn't know where everybody stood until the very end.
DA: I knew the closer we got, the stronger Dom and Wendell would be to persuade everybody to keep them around. I also knew that it would probably be an advantage to use the Idols they had against them. Kellyn was winning a lot at the time, so I figured, "Let me put an end to this while they still don't have the most power."
DA: I was planning to lie to the very end, and that's exactly what I did. They wouldn't go with the plan either way.
DA: I did. I started believing my own lie. I was like, hopefully I lied good enough. Even if people think it's a lie, they're just gonna have to go with it because I just put on such a good performance.
DA: Before the Chris vote, my allies were Kellyn and Chelsea. After the Chris vote, I realized I didn't have them as allies anymore because I was left out of it. I started building relationships with Laurel and Donathan. That's why I was so convinced to make the plan with them. It would've been beneficial for them because they were already at the bottom. They had a relationship and a friend in me. We would all vote together, and also I had a strong relationship with Michael. I spent most of my game with him as well.
DA: I think she really was playing the game. She had ties to Dom. She had a strong relationship with Dom, and that's what got Bradley out of the game. People didn't really see that as being a move by her, but it was one of her moves. She spent a lot of time trying to build relationships with me and Kellyn, making us feel comfortable. She was trying to convince us that she was a strong competitor and with us. I think a lot of her game is not really making it on the screen, but she is playing. I thought her edit was going to be for somebody else on the cast, but I guess not. It's the edit she got, but I'm not sure why.
DA: I don't want to say [laughs.] There are other storylines that aren't as dramatic as Chelsea's.
DA: I'm not sure how he's made it that far, but I think he's just kind of played his cards right thus far. There's always been a target ahead of him, and if there wasn't a target ahead of him, he had an Idol for it. I think he's saved his tail a lot by having an Idol at times. I think that's what kept him in the game this long. He's totally a hard player. He almost seems like the perfect guy. There's nothing bad I can really say about him.
DA: Out on the island, I knew Domenick was dangerous from day one. I knew he was going to be a problem if he got far along in the game, and I think he's doing exactly what I thought he was gonna do on day one. He's convincing. He's so persuasive, and I think he has a lot of people fooled into thinking they can beat them. Dom, right now, the way he's looking is kind of unbeatable. Wendell is the same. He's the guy that everybody likes. Nobody can say anything bad about Wendell, really. He's kind of playing a similar game to Dom. I think Wendell and Dom, probably from my perspective, they were the most dangerous.
DA: I had a lot of different people I thought of, like Laurel, Donathan, Angela or Chelsea. Any of them would've been good with me. I felt like they haven't really made a whole lot of moves. I felt like they wouldn't have an easy argument against me because they didn't make a whole lot of strategic moves that got them ahead in the game.
DA: I auditioned for it and got through. It just went from there. I auditioned with a lot of people. I wasn't convinced that I would make it, but I did. It was my first time auditioning ever for anything.
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