Tai Trang was unable to steal the million dollars when he played Survivor: Kaoh Rong, but he was able to steal something far more valuable — a kiss from island BFF Caleb! So who might Tai be smooching this time when he returns for Survivor: Game Changers (premiering March 8 on CBS)? He told us! And will the number of people he kisses be greater or less than the number of chickens he saves? Place your bets now, ladies and gentlemen! Place your bets!
Watch the video above and read the Q&A below to get more island insight from Tai. And also make sure to follow @thedaltonross on Instagram to see exclusive on-location photos, including one of Tai casting his pre-game vote for whom he’d like to vote off first.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why are you here, Tai?
TAI TRANG: I’m here again because I’m a Game Changer. I played with my heart. I changed the direction of my game last time. I’m in control of it, and I’m glad to be here and to play with the big boys. I belong here, I feel like. I’ll be really good. I’m not going to change who I am, but I need to look at the bigger picture. I’m going to correct my mistakes from last time.
Are you worried people will not trust you because the Kaoh Rong cast felt you flip-flopped a lot last time?
No, I’m not worried. I didn’t feel like I was flip-flopping. I’m going to explain that, if I have a chance. I think these are big game players that know by watching it that I was not flip-flopping. They know it was a strategy move. They know I’m loyal. They know I changed the direction of my alliance because I was at the bottom of that with Scott and Jason. I’m not going to worry about that.
You have four people from Kaoh Rong here. Instant alliance or no?
We have not talked about it. I think I’m open to anything. This is a game. We’ll see. Instant alliance, it seems like it makes sense. We have a target.
So whom do you want to be in an alliance with out there?
Sarah, J.T., Caleb, and Debbie. I think she has a soft spot for me somehow. We like turtles together.
Let’s get to the serious stuff now: How many chickens can you save this season?
Maybe I’ll save a coconut crab or something. But saving that chicken last season was a nice thing to bring the camp together and the tribe. I would like to save another chicken and see what happens. I think people will open up to that idea because everybody wants to have that at camp. It’s a nice thing outside of the game, just a pet to have around camp. And it gave us some humanity to the game and some softness to the tribe, and I think that’s a good thing. They welcome it. Everybody has a pet at home. I want to introduce it. Maybe we’ll save all three chickens this time.
Are you planning to steal another kiss from Caleb this season? You gonna go in for round two?
I’m gonna go in for round two. We’ll see. There’s a lot of boys here. Maybe Ozzy. Maybe Malcolm.
How did your boyfriend feel about that?
He loved it. I’m a very touchy person. Only to people open to it. I don’t kiss anybody. Caleb was so affectionate, and he’s really sweet. I mean, I wouldn’t kiss Nick. Definitely Caleb. It’s a two-way street. They invite me in. So anybody who invites me in, I will kiss.
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