‘Survivor: Ricard Foyé Reveals Why He Voted for Erika To Win

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.

Survivor contestant Ricard Foyé revealed the reasoning behind his surprising vote.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, he opened up about his major decision.

After having a bromance with Xander Hastings, everyone thought that he would vote for him. However, his decision went deeper than that. 

“I think there’s a difference between having a friendship and just honoring gameplay,” he confessed. “In my heart, I felt that Heather and Erika played an all-around better game.”

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

He believes that other people felt that way and that he could beat anyone while others viewed him as the opposite of a threat. At the end of the day, he seemed authentic to him.

Despite the diss, he called his former bro a “sweet, honest human being.” Despite that, he believed that perception was key for this game. He believed that every interaction Hastings had was fake. Similar to how people believed him to be untrustworthy. 

“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 added. “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.”

He noted that he was getting input and information from everyone regarding when exactly to use the idol and what the votes will look like.

“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 concluded.

Why One ‘Survivor 41’ Contestant Didn’t Get Any Votes

Survivor is all about people and strategy. It was quite shocking that contestant Xander Hastings didn’t get any votes in the final. Everyone thought that Foyé would vote him through after their bromance and similarities.

Hastings admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he wasn’t surprised that he didn’t have many votes but he was shocked that he had zero. While he smiled at his once friend, Ricard met him with a cold glare.

“I wasn’t surprised at the loss. I knew I lost the moment I stepped into final four, and I had the necklace on, and I give Ricard a big smile,” he told the outlet. “Ricard‘s been the closest person out there. I’ve been telling him all the things I’ve been doing, letting him in on all the strategy that’s going on in my head. And Ricard knows me inside and out. He knows the game I’ve been playing. We’ve talked to each other about it. And he’s the person that I love. He’s the biggest threat, so it makes sense to take him out. And in doing so, I could also put him [on to work the jury].”

Hastings added that Ricard was well spoken and liked among the group. This helped lead to his downfall. He knew that Ricard would begin to campaign against him at that moment.