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'Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains': Candice says that 'being a hero is kinda cheesy'

Of course when she said that to me in Samoa right before filming on Heroes Vs. Villains, Candice Woodcock was pretty sure she was going to be on the Villains tribe. And with good reason: Candice is most famous for mutinying off her own tribe in the Cook Islands. Probst’s defense for making Candice a hero (which can be seen in the video below) is that Candice’s mutiny maneuver was a heroic move to get back on a team with the people she loved. Okay, but that runs completely contrary to the way Cook Islands was edited and presented, when Yul, Ozzy, Becky, and Sundra were the abandoned underdogs who had to overcome tremendous odds after being left for dead by Candice and Jonathan Penner. In fact, Cook Islands was an underwhelming season until we finally had people to root for and against, and make no mistake, back then Candice was being presented squarely in the “against” camp. But here she is a hero? Doesn’t make sense, but there you have it. [Good news and bad news for Candice, and exclusive on location video after the jump.]

However, whatever tribe she is on, Candice has the advantage of being one of a handful of contestants (along with Danielle, Coach, Randy, and Sandra) that other players don’t appear to be concerned with in the least. That’s the good news. Here’s the bad: “I don’t really have anyone that’s an ally here,” Candice told me. “Maybe people think I’m friends with Parvati, but that’s really not the case. And I was voted off early and I don’t really go to all those Survivor events so I don’t really know these people.” The fact that Candice seemingly has no allies is a definite negative when you consider all the people that have friends watching their back. Like most others, Candice was concerned about a particular power trio: “I think James, Paravti, and Amanda all have an alliance from Micronesia, and I think they’re dangerous.” No one ever accused Candice of not being astute.

All in all, Candice is not a super dynamic personality like many of the others, but as her mutiny proved, she’s not afraid to make a big move. Should the opportunity present itself, would she consider mutinying again? “It would depend on the circumstances,” she answers. Doesn’t everything? To find out what else Candice has to say, and to see what bikini she decided to sport in the game, click on the video below. (And to enjoy interviews with all the Heroes and Villains, head over to our bitchin’ Survivor video hub.) This is the ninth in a series of daily profiles. If you missed our first eight, there are links to Cirie, Boston Rob, Sugar, Randy, Amanda, Tom, Danielle, and Coach below the video. Up next tomorrow: Samoa’s ultimate villain, Russell Hantz. And for all the Survivor scoop delivered right to you, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. Okay, take it away, Candice…











Cirie says she’ll win because “I’m a gangsta in an Oprah suit.”

Shocker! Boston Rob says, “I don’t see how I can lose.”

Sugar wants a showmance with J.T.

Randy claims it’s “under the radar time”

Amanda insists “I’m gonna be a bulldog this time. No apologies, bitches.”

Why the hell is Tom Westman back?

Is Danielle Russell’s new Natalie?

Can anyone take Coach seriously?

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Originally posted January 21 2010 — 12:00 PM EST

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