updated 11/05/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/05/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET
RC Saint-Amour, 27, was one of the frontrunners to win Survivor: Philippines. Strategic and athletic, she formed a strong alliance on day one – only to watch her tribemates turn on her and vote her out on day 19.
She tells PEOPLE about what went wrong and what she really thinks of the tribe that booted her.
How did you get on the show in the first place?
Oh, I was a huge fan of Survivor. I had seen every episode. I had dreamed about being on the show for years, so I applied. When they called me back, I was like, “Are you sure you’re talking to the right person?”
So you got on the show and formed an alliance with Abi Maria Gomes on day one. How did that happen?
You know, she looked like she wanted to be in an alliance with me, and I thought she’d be good to align with. I wanted a strong, smart, strategic female. And we brought in Pete [Yurkowski, a 24-year-old engineering graduate]. We formed a bond right away, but clearly it didn’t work out.