‘Survivor’: Danny McCray Reveals His Pick To Win the Show

by Anna Dunn
Tribal Council on the twelfth Episode of SURVIVOR 41. Castaways need to alter their plans after the winner of the immunity challenge throws a wrench in their next big move, on the CBS Original series SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Dec. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Pictured: Danny McCray. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Survivor contestant Danny McCray, who was voted out in the most recent episode, just revealed his pick to win the season. McCray’s exit from the show was a disappointing one for the ex NFL star’s fans. But he’s taken it all like a true sportsman. In a recent interview with TV Line, he noted that Survivor 41’s Ricard is his favorite of the final five.

Ricard has played a very cunning game only matched by his ability to win immunity when he needs to. He’s made some really big moves, even getting out his closest ally, Shan. And even as Shan was walking out, she said that Ricard had her vote. He has a serious chance of winning if he gets to the finals. The jury seems to really admire his game.

When asked who’s the biggest threat to win out of the final five, McCray described why he sees Ricard as such a big threat even though Xander still has that immunity idol.

“Ricard by far. I had a lot of respect for Ricard’s game and his ability to win immunity challenges. I know he’s going to get a lot of credit for that Shan vote,” he said.

However, McCray sees that part of his game differently. While he’s gotten a lot of credit for getting Shan out both by the Jury and by the viewers. He noted that that Shan vote isn’t why he’s the frontrunner in his eyes.

“I am not of the mind of giving him that credit just because it was very opportunistic, and he didn’t have to do much work on that end. But he’s killing those individual immunity challenges, and he talked Shan into doing that Naseer vote, so right now I think he’s the frontrunner,” he said.

Would McCray Play ‘Survivor’ Again?

While fans are sad to see McCray go, some lucky contestants always get the opportunity to play again. Of course, a game like Survivor is both emotionally and physically taxing, so not all contestants would jump at the opportunity. But would McCray?

“Today, I don’t think so,” he said. McCray got really fed up with a twist where he was told he had immunity, then that immunity got taken away. He really wasn’t a fan of that part of the game. If there was a game of Survivor with the promise of no twists

“That twist is really… it weighs on me a lot, and I don’t think that I’ll be able to put myself in a situation to be tricked and fooled and bamboozled in that way. I’d rather just stay home, chill out in my jacuzzi and watch TV,” he said.

Still, fans liked his game, so maybe if the rules change, he’ll change his mind. As Survivor comes to a close, you can tune in to the show on Wednesday at 8/7 central on CBS.