Jose chats to Matty McLean on Breakfast.

with Matty McLean 

You won the first challenge, which saw you being able to pick your teammates. Do you think that’s what got you in the end, was that initial leadership title? 

Yeah, the whole reason I tried so hard in that challenge was because it was a reward challenge.

So I thought it would be a great way to come into the game and bring food or shelter or something. I thought that would be a great way to make people want me in their tribe. But as soon as it meant pick the tribe, I was like “well now people are going to hate me.” 

So I knew I was sort of… done. I think you can see it, if you watch the show, as soon as Matt says that you can see I’m on the brink of tears. I was so upset. 

It seems like everyone is going in this season to play a hard game. Did you get that feeling on the beach? 

I didn’t know how to read it. At first I thought it would be a cast like last season with me being one of the young ones, but it wasn’t. Everyone was young and fit, so I didn’t know what my strength would be.

I thought it might be a more physical game, when really it’s much more mental than it ever was. So I was like, “well if it’s a physical game, then I need to make sure I stand out.” Which is my fault, that’s how I ruined it. 

And that's how it ended with a blindside?

Yeah, it was crazy. But at the end of the day I may have made a lucky escape. If that’s how the season starts, imagine how it’s going to end!

Watch Jose's immediate reaction to her elimination here
Watch the first episode of Survivor New Zealand here.