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'Survivor: One World' Christina Cha talks Kim, voting, perception

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While definitely one of the most commonly targeted players on Survivor: One World, Christina Cha somehow managed to make her way through countless Tribal Councils by virtue of the fact that many of her fellow tribemates felt that she wouldn't be a threat come the finals. While she was often unfairly picked on, the 29-year-old career consultant from Hollywood held on till the very end, at which point she resigned herself to taking home fourth place and was sent home.

We talked to Christina about her approach to the game and what she made of the experience as a whole...

'Survivor: One World' castaways: Christina Cha, a career consultant currently living in Hollywood, California

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Survivor: One World Episode 2: Christina, Monica and Kimberly

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Do you think aligning with Alicia was the smartest decision for you?
"It worked out for me, absolutely. I wasn't sure if I could interject in any other alliance. I know people wanted me out and maybe it made me less of a target to join up with Alicia."

You were on the chopping block a lot - how did you maintain your place in the game?
"The biggest thing for me was when I entered the other tribe - I know that personality-wise, I was easy to get along with. I was good at negotiating and everything you need to succeed on the show. I played it down, though, and I wanted people to like me - I didn't want people to think I was a threat. Part of it is that I just picked the wrong alliance, with Monica and stuff and she left. So the hard part was navigating the tribe as it was after the merge."

Looking back, do you think there's anything you wish you could have done differently?
"It was clear to me that I was going to be sent home and even in the last few challenges. It was a do or die situation with immunity but it didn't happen for me - I needed it if I even wanted a chance to be in the final three, but I knew that Sabrina, Kim and Chelsea were working together. I had a conversation with Kim and asked if there was even a possibility of me going on and she said no, so I just accepted it."

Are you happy with how you were portrayed on TV?
"You know, my edit was probably one of the hardest out there. People at home wanted to know why I didn't show my strength and wondered if I was a pushover, but I'm not. I'm a very strong person and I'm not someone who lays down - it's not my style. I just didn't speak out enough while I was there and that was what they showed. I was extremely tentative out there and the edit that I got was sort of tough, but I did what I had to do to survive out there. Most of people watching the show are not seeing the real me - there weren't many times I showed the real me."

'Survivor: One World' castaways: Alicia Rosa, a special education teacher currently living in Chicago, Illinois

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'Survivor: One World' castaways: Troy Robertson, a swimsuit photographer currently living in Miami, Florida

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What do you make of Kim's immunity and did you think of voting her out?
"I think when Alicia and I had conversations about getting rid of Kim, there was just no way to do it. We didn't want to show that we were thinking of it to the others and she won all those immunities, so regardless of whether we wanted to do it or not, we couldn't because she won the whole time. You can't hate the girl - she outwitted, outplayed and outlasted everyone."

Leif and Troy were the only ones who voted for Sabrina. Why was that, do you think?
"I don't really know what Leif voted for. Troy was pretty obvious. You know, Troy didn't really want to lose and he didn't want Kim there. He was frustrated with the way his game went but Kim did well."

He claimed that everyone just did whatever Kim wanted when she batted her eyelashes. Do you agree with that?
"I told Troyzan that was going to happen because of the whole situation [of how popular she was]. I didn't even know where I was going to end up and that was a conversation we had, that he was going to get voted out. I went over and I told them, 'Listen, nobody wants to hear this but you're probably going to go and I don't know why'. I wanted him to know and I told him, but he didn't listen."

Sabrina was disappointed you didn't campaign harder to stay. Why didn't you?
"When I noticed Alicia was gone, I knew then that Kim was going with Chelsea and Sabrina and for me to campaign, that would have made no difference. I wasn't saying that I'm not worth keeping around but they had their minds made up and eventually, that's when I just sat down and was honest and asked Kim, 'What are you going to do?' because right when they all voted Alicia, it became clear that they already had their alliance and that wasn't going to change."

Survivor airs on CBS

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