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'Survivor: Redemption Island' premiere: Is Francesca really that hard a name to pronounce?

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Some fans were worried that the new season of Survivor would be the Rob and Russell show. Instead, a kooky former federal agent rocking droopy fuchsia underwear stole the premiere episode spotlight with his alarming abruptness and seeming inability to pronounce the name Francesca. But would his zany antics get him voted out of the tribe? My full recap will be up at midnight (UPDATE: Click the link to read Dalton’s Survivor: Redemption Island premiere recap), but if you’ve already watched and can’t wait to sound off about what happened and whose torch was snuffed, then read on after the jump for more! [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: Redemption Island.]

Russell struck first blood on Boston Rob when his Zapatera tribe won the immunity challenge, sending Rob’s Ometepe tribe to Tribal Council. And then all hell broke loose as wacky Phillip outed both Francesca’s intention to vote off Rob, and Kristina’s possession of a hidden immunity idol. He peppered both these accusations with a lot of exclamations of  ”Excuse me!” as well as exciting new ways to pronounce Francesca’s name due to his “dry mouth.” Rob then upped the insanity further when he tried to make Kristina give him the immunity idol in exchange for her safety. She turned him down, kept the idol, did not use it, and ended up safe anyway when Francesca was voted out and sent to Redemption Island, where she will be forced to battle others for a chance to reenter the game.

What’s your take on the premiere? Sorry to see Francesca go? Is Phillip crazy entertaining or just plain crazy? Hit the message boards and let us know and then come back at midnight for the full recap. But first, make sure to check out my pre-game interview with the hilarious Francesca below. And for more reality ramblings, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss.

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