‘Survivor’ Contestant Xander Hastings Opens Up About Lack of Tribe’s Support

by Jacklyn Krol
"One Thing Left To Do... Win" -- After a dangerous season filled with new twists, only five castaways remain and must battle is out for the title of Sole Survivor and the $1 Million prize, on the two-hour season finale of SURVIVOR followed by an after show hosted by Jeff Probst, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 (8:00- 11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.* Pictured L to R: Naseer Muttalif, Evvie Jagoda, Deshawn Radden, Ricard Foye, Shantel Smith, Erika Casupanan, Tiffany Seely, Danny McCray, Xander Hastings, Liana Wallace, and Heather Aldret. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

What is it like being on Survivor? Well, the tribe doesn’t always support you.

Contestant Xander Hastings was left with no votes at the finals which surprised everyone. He believed that being the last Yase, he would have the support of the Luvus. You’ll recall that the Luvus didn’t have to play during the pre-merge.

“It’s really hard with the small numbers and all these crazy advantages, losing your vote,” he told  Entertainment Weekly. “And at least from my perspective, my life was on the line so much that it was like. win this challenge or you’re going home because you’ve got no vote and three girls who want you gone.”

Hastings thought that the rest of the contestants respected him for being the final Yase member. He knew that he was vulnerable because he was an idol-holder but he wasn’t expeting this.

“But again, you’ve got to just pitch to them and make them know like, ‘Hey, I was doing this strategically,’ but I think I had burned the bridge so much. I think my biggest burden with the idol was the fact that since everybody knew about it, and everybody wanted me to play it for them. And by not playing my advantages, I essentially voted them out,” he explained.

All in all, he did not want to save people that might not have had his best interest. To him, it would have been “illogical” to use the idol for someone else.

“So sitting at final Tribal, it’s logical that I would think of my game selfishly,” he added. “Because you guys didn’t have my best interest in mind. You’re rolling your eyes behind my back. Of course, I’m going to try and save myself. So I thought that they would understand that, but clearly they didn’t, for whatever reason it was. Yeah, I did think I would get at least one or two votes, but no, did not.”

‘Survivor’ Why Xander Got Zero Votes

Fellow contestant Ricard Foyé was almost surely going to vote for his close friend Hastings. However, that was not the case. He explained to Entertainment Weekly why he voted for Erika to win. He said that it came down to gameplay and not about relationships. Foyé said that Erika and Heather were his top two choices since they played a better game in his eyes.

“I guess I felt for too long in the game that he was somebody I was bringing along because I could beat him,” he said.

Although he did somewhat slam his former friend, he did call Hastings a “sweet, honest human being”. While he might have sweet in his eyes, he also believed that he was fake. He called his actions “inauthentic.”

“He would do these things of, ‘Oh, I’m giving up the grilled cheese. Oh, I’m giving up the immunity so I can get rice, and I’m crying and on your side and I feel for you,’” he continued. “But all of these things, they just come off as inauthentic. And so he just didn’t really have the deep relationships with people nor the gameplay.”

Foyé did not like the fact that Hastings was getting intel from fellow contestants about when to use the idol and vote outlook.

“So he didn’t really have to be all that savvy in the game, which I hate. I don’t want to diss on him in any capacity, but that’s just how I felt,” he clarified.