Poor James. The dude had two hidden immunity idols in his possession and still got voted out in China. Then he watched Parvati disintegrate his fearsome foursome alliance in Micronesia while blindsiding Ozzy. Now James Clement is hoping he doesn’t end up a major blockhead for the third time in Heroes vs. Villains. “I’m kind of like Charlie Brown sometimes,” he told me in Samoa before the game started. “Lucy says she’s gonna hold the ball and I go to kick it and then she moves it away and I fall on my butt. Hopefully this time I kick the ball and get Lucy.”
The interesting thing about all this is that James appears to have made a pre-game alliance with the two women who backstabbed him his first two times out: Amanda and Parvati. At least that’s what all the other players believe, as many of them cited a Micronesia alliance that needed to be snuffed out pronto. Why James would trust these two women again is anyone’s guess, but I started to believe that such an alliance might exist when I asked him whom he wanted to get rid of first. “Tyson,” he replied. Okay, why? “I have no idea. I mean, everybody else…that’s the…I don’t know, everybody else…ummm.” To me, that sounds like a guy who either has forgotten how to speak English or has been told by other people (a.k.a. “everybody else”) whom to target yet still isn’t exactly sure why. If that’s true, it also shows that once again, James isn’t controlling anything strategically.
And that will once again probably prove to be James’ downfall. Obviously, he is a physical force to be reckoned with. He also works hard around camp and seems to be well liked by his peers in the game. But James has not shown the ability to be able to look several steps down the line, and I think that will once again cost him. James’ best chance to win a big chunk of cash will likely be in the America’s Choice fan’s voting, which he has won the last two times he’s appeared. Although I do have to believe that a lot of people (like myself) might feel having him and Amanda on Survivor for the third time in six seasons is a bit much. The audience may be suffering from a case of James overkill.
But if you simply can’t get enough of the tough and buff gravedigger, check out my video interview with James below. This is the 18th in a series of daily profiles on the contestants of Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains. If you missed our first 17 (including Russell, Boston Rob, Cirie, and Parvati), there are links to all those players below the video. And to enjoy interviews with all the Heroes and Villains, head over to our action packed Survivor video hub. Up next tomorrow: Jerri Manthey. Oh, and to have Survivor scoop delivered right to your virtual door, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. Okay, take it away, James…
Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS