September 26, 2022

Derek & Shannon Reveal Who Tried to Save Them From Elimination

A twist in the course of the elimination within the August 10 episode of The Problem: USA appeared to provide one crew the benefit… till their technique failed them.

After Survivor‘s Desi Williams and Massive Brother‘s David Alexander received the day by day problem, they despatched in Love Island‘s Shannon St. Clair and Massive Brother‘s Derek Xiao to face off with the shedding crew, Love Island‘s Justine Ndiba and Massive Brother‘s Enzo Palumbo. Every crew needed to transfer stacks of tires from one platform to a different, and St. Clair and Xiao whereas had 5 fewer tires after Justine misspelled a phrase backwards (the twist), they constructed theirs too excessive.

St. Clair and Xiao open up about that elimination and revealed what wasn’t aired.

In the course of the day by day, Shannon, you bought damage. Do you remorse calling consideration to that? Or would you’ve got been despatched in anyway?

St. Clair: I believe due to who received the day by day, we in all probability would’ve been despatched in anyway or at the very least been on the chopping block, provided that me and Derek weren’t in an alliance actually with Desi. Massive Brother, David was a wild card. I do remorse asserting it, however everybody may see my sneaker received caught within the rope ladder and I used to be dangling, even when I didn’t say it. It wasn’t meant for everyone to listen to. It was for me to inform Derek, “Hey, there’s an issue down right here. That’s why I’m not making it to the highest as quick as you, I’m working my means out of it proper now.” I scream once I discuss.

Xiao: [Laughs] We had a full dialog up there and we have been each screaming. I believe we might’ve had a greater case for us to not go in, however on the finish of the day, we in all probability nonetheless would’ve gone in, as a result of I’ve talked to Desi because the recreation and for her, it was me all day. I used to be actually simply pitching to David the complete time, hoping that David would change his thoughts or stand sturdy and preserve happening the Tyson route or throwing another person in. However finally I believe Desi wore him down after which he flipped to her aspect.

Shannon St. Clair in The Challenge: USA

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Massive Brother is the place you actually felt the present alliances have been falling aside as shortly as they did.

Xiao: Yeah. Two episodes in the past, Alyssa threw in Xavier. In these video games, what I attempt to do — and perhaps it’s not even good — is assume forward: “OK, how do I even make it to the top and what does the top appear like?” Eager about the top, I don’t need sturdy guys with me and the present alliances aren’t gonna work. It’s like having in Massive Brother, an eight-person alliance on the primary week. Clearly, this eight-person alliance isn’t gonna make it previous jury as a result of there’s no more than this variety of folks in the home. These present alliances aren’t gonna work, particularly with this algorithm, so higher to beat it to the punch than be the person who’s taken out. So let’s go forward and break it first. You possibly can argue it may have been somewhat bit too early, however actually it’s simply so laborious to inform.

Alternatively, Shannon, Justine mentioned that you simply two are shut buddies. Discuss going in opposition to her in elimination.

St. Clair: It was not splendid. It was just like the worst case state of affairs, simply with all the pieces in the course of the day by day after which into the elimination. I’ve nothing however love for Justine and we didn’t need to go up in opposition to one another in any respect as a result of our Love Island Alliance with the females, we known as ourselves the Ligs, we have been so loyal to one another and so sturdy in comparison with among the different exhibits that had previous drama and previous damage emotions versus our Love Island alliance didn’t. So the truth that it was a lose-lose, it doesn’t matter what, one Love Island lady was gonna be despatched residence, it wasn’t splendid for both of us. It was actually laborious going up in opposition to not solely one among your personal, however somebody that you simply’re shut with exterior of the sport.

Shannon St. Clair in The Challenge: USA

Jonne Roriz, courtesy of Paramount

For the elimination, what was your pondering with the taller stacks? Or have been you extra targeted on transferring the tires?

Xiao: After we received into elimination, we may see how tall the tires have been and we knew that we needed to transfer that actual stack over to the opposite aspect. Shannon actually couldn’t even attain the highest of the stack with the tires. I used to be pondering, if she will be able to’t attain it right here, she’s positively not gonna have the ability to stack it on the opposite aspect, so as a result of I’m somewhat bit taller, let me stack up so I’m placing all of the tall ones after which Shannon could possibly be stacking across the base. However then we weren’t capable of construct the bottom quick sufficient to help how tall the towers have been they usually ended up falling. So in hindsight, horrible technique. If I may return, we should always have simply completed the bottom after which mentioned “F it, I’ll simply do the entire ones on the highest,” perhaps.

St. Clair: I’m 5-feet-1-inch. Derek is 6 ft. I needed to have a step stool of two tires simply to climb as much as get the tires off the pole.

Did your damage issue into it in any respect?

St. Clair: I didn’t let that have an effect on me. When my adrenaline’s going, I’m a competitor, I don’t care. I’m going to go balls to the wall with no matter I do. I additionally numbed it up beforehand, so I used to be similar to, “Alright, if I can simply not journey and damage this anymore…” Working within the sand was in all probability the toughest half with the pulled hamstring. However while you’re on, you’re on. I’m like damage hamstring, who? I need to show to all these folks standing up there — all of them are ready on my downfall — that I may simply get by means of. So many instances I wished to pretend fall and lie within the sand and faucet out and simply be like, sorry, however I’m simply so happy with myself that I pushed by means of. I believe truthfully, between the damage and the peak drawback, it was the peak drawback, for certain. The hamstring simply perhaps slowed down my working somewhat bit, but it surely was all the pieces. It was simply not my elim.

Derek Xiao in The Challenge: USA

Jonne Roriz, courtesy of Paramount

Derek, you mentioned Alyssa was probably the most loyal and greatest associate you would ask for. So you probably did belief her utterly even with alliances falling aside?

Xiao: Oh yeah. Me and Alyssa, I by no means questioned that. We talked by means of all the pieces, our whole video games have been like the identical at some factors. I had one hundred pc belief in her and if she despatched me residence, I simply would have been like, truthfully, good recreation, didn’t see it coming.

What’s one thing that we didn’t see that you simply assume viewers ought to learn about?

St. Clair: Money and Kyland supplied to throw themselves in for elimination for us. It was actually heroic the best way that they supplied to try this since I used to be injured and we have been actually good buddies with Money and Kyland. We finally declined, which now wanting again, I form of want we went and allow them to do it, however no, I believe it was an excessive amount of of the guilt of in the event that they received despatched residence, I must stroll myself out. I wouldn’t have the ability to see my lady go residence. And simply the actual fact I used to be speculated to be an alternate going into all of this. I don’t assume the viewers knew that. So once I’m crying within the first episode and I appear as if, Shannon, what are you doing in entrance of all people? It was as a result of I wasn’t even speculated to be on the principle present. I didn’t watch the principle present. I didn’t prepare for the principle present. Being thrown in was simply completely international to me and I didn’t watch Survivor or every other exhibits. It was positively actually powerful on me on the whole, attempting to determine what’s happening and the best way to play the sport.

Xiao: I do kinda want extra of the social facets of the sport have been proven as a result of I do assume we had a ton of enjoyable at that home. Additionally the strategic aspect, I’m not saying for me, [but] I do know lots of people had loads of alliances that ended up dictating how issues performed out and none of that was actually proven. I do particularly need to shout out, I believe Tyson had a fairly nice alliance that was this winners’ alliance between him, Kyland, Angela. Principally, if you happen to received a day by day problem, you bought added to the winners’ alliance. I assumed that was a genius technique they usually haven’t talked about that in any respect both. I really feel like each socially and strategically, it’s been somewhat bit missing.

Would you each do one other season?

St. Clair: I don’t know if I might or not. I’m gonna say a strong perhaps. I believe the true problem was simply the dwelling circumstances, coming off of Love Island being in a gorgeous villa in Hawaii to being in a warehouse in Argentina. It was simply actually dangerous dwelling circumstances: chilly showers, sharing bathrooms, water that might simply run consistently. Simply that dripping, it’s such as you stroll into the toilet and also you’re having a foul day and it’s that one drip that simply will set you off. And the meals, all people was getting sick. The challenges have been enjoyable and rewarding and I just like the present as an entire now that I’ve been on it. So perhaps if the dwelling circumstances have been totally different.

Xiao: I actually loved this previous season due to the wonderful solid they’d on. So I believe for an additional season it will actually come all the way down to the solid and if it was the correct mix, it’d be superior.

The Problem: USA, Wednesdays, 9/8c, CBS