'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' Champ Tyson on His Emotional Win
Tyson Apolstol was crowned Sole Survivor and won one million dollars on the 27th season of 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' during the red carpet at the live reunion show broadcast from Los Angeles on Sunday, December 15.
After a masterful season of “Survivor” in which he controlled the game for weeks, Tyson Apostol outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted 19 other players to win $1 million.
When the near-unanimous jury vote revealed him to be the winner, it was a moment of redemption for the 34-year-old bike shop owner, who played (and lost) twice before. And this time, it was an experience that he got to share with girlfriend Rachel Foulger for a few days.
Apostol chatted with Yahoo! TV about his crafty gameplay, any regrets he has about the season, and whether he’d play in an all-winners edition of “Survivor.”
Congratulations on the win! What are you going to do with all that money?
I don't know! Cash it all in twos, two-dollar bills, and then roll around in it.
You got very emotional as Jeff Probst read the tally last night. Did you think that you had the votes to win?
I thought that I did, but you never really know until you see them come out, you know? And I think it was an end to the anticipation, but not even from this season, but from seasons past. "Survivor" has been in my life for the last five years. The last five years, I've played three times, so to finally be in that position to win the game, it was just a flood of emotion and gratitude to the show for giving me so many opportunities and so many chances. So yeah, I was kind of in a rush and flood of emotions.
See Tyson's winning moment right here:
From a viewer’s standpoint, it felt like you were in control of the game for most of the season. Did it feel that way to you on the island?
Yeah, it did. There were definitely moments it was teetering a little bit. And there were moments where I thought, OK, people are really catching onto what I'm doing here, and it's only a matter of time before they start gunning for me. But for the most part, I felt in control. I'd put in a lot of work every day, every minute, every hour, with all these people to get them to trust me and to put them against each other and all that. So I felt pretty confident. But a lot of times the person in control is confident and gets voted out.