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Racecar driver fails to make it to the finish on Survivor

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At 21-years-old, Julia Landauer was one of this year's youngest Survivor: Caramoan contestants. But age, inexperience and bad luck proved to be a deadly combination in the game. During last week's team swap, this racecar driver from California found herself, Michael and Matt now members of the new Bikal tribe where former Survivor players - Phillip, Corinne, Cochran and Dawn ruled the roost. And when the Bikal tribe lost the immunity challenge,  there was nothing Landauer could do to convince the team to let her stay in the race for the million dollars. I recently spoke with Landauer who was disappointed that her Survivor experience included competing against former Survivor greats.

The Maine Edge: Did you feel when Brandon [a Survivor 'favorite'] exited the game, things were going to turn around for you?

Landauer: We were excited. They [the former Bikal tribe] clearly had some unrest in their tribe and we had just gotten rid of our weakest player, Laura. So we were feeling really confident and ready to go, crush and destroy. Then our plan was never put into action because of the [tribe] swap.

TME: There was talk of splitting the vote between you and Michael, which did happen. But was there ever a time you thought to go to Corinne and you, Michael and her vote for Phillip to go home and split the vote that way?

Landauer: We could have but there were a couple of things with that. From the get go Corinne said as much as she wanted to, she wasn't going to flip on her alliance. And at that point Michael and I were fighting for our own lives and as much as he was my ally, he was also my biggest competition.

TME: If you made it onto the jury, who would you give the million dollars to based on the players left in the game?

Landauer: I would have to give it to Michael because up to this point he has overcome all the battles I had to. He's been a fighter and it's really cool to see the underdog come out on top.

Survivor: Caramoan airs every Wednesday night on CBS at 8 p.m.

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