'Survivor: South Pacific's' Sehmar Tadesse: 'Ozzy and I were pretty cool. That put a target on my back'

sehmar-tadesse-survivor-south-pacific.jpg Sehmar Tadesse was the first person eliminated from "Survivor: South Pacific." She tells Zap2it she was targeted because she had gotten to be buddies with Ozzy.

What made you want to be on "Survivor"? You don't seem like a typical contestant.

"A million dollars. That made me want to be on 'Survivor.' And nothing else. I'm not one of those people who already have a million dollars and try and do that."

Were you a fan of the show before you were cast?

"No, I was not a fan of the show before I was on it. I don't think I ever saw an episode before that. I studied a few seasons before going on, but it's not something I had been watching before getting casted.

Why do you think the tribe targeted you for voting out?

"I think that there were a number of things. I think that it was evident to them that Ozzy and I were pretty cool. That put a target on my back. They looked at Ozzy as more of a celebrity and I was just like, 'Whatever, dude' and I think we clicked because of that. I think he's probably a little exhausted of the a**-kissing that was going on the first few days between the tribe and him.

Also, we had offered Jim [the shooting part of the challenge] and when he rejected, I stepped up. I knew if we were going to lose, I was going to be held responsible to a certain degree. There was more that went on between Jim and I that led up to that argument and that argument was the moment - this girl's gotta go."

Would you have done anything differently if you could?

"Yeah, I mean, I think that's the beauty in learning. We learn what we could've done better. I wouldn't be a villain, I wouldn't be a Jim. But I would've just not stepped up to that challenge because I think that was the final target that really got me out."

At this point watching the show, which tribe do you think is stronger?

"At this point in the show, I would say that Savaii is stronger. I think that they get along pretty well and the other tribe has so many issues already, I'm actually surprised by it."

Are you glad you did it, was it everything you hoped it would be?


[ laughs] "I am glad that I did it, it was a learning experience. I love to travel and I got to be in an amazing country. I am happy that I did it. It was everything that I thought it would be and more. It's as real as it seems - they don't give you food, they don't help you out. It's all that and more."

"Survivor" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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