It’s the question fans love to debate: which reality show — Survivor or Big Brother — features better strategists? Which game requires greater skill and cunning to compete and complete. Well, fans aren’t the only ones who enjoy debating it: the contestants do as well. Even if they happen to be dating. I discovered that when I spoke to Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, Big Brother 12 champ Hayden Moss. The two will be appearing on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, which premieres on CBS Sept. 18 at 8pm, and when I asked if Hayden was looking forward to proving that Big Brother contestants had the strategic chops to match up with Survivor schemers, it led to a bit of a kerfuffle between the pair.
“In terms of strategy, it’s kind of the same game,” opined Hayden, only to lead to this interruption from his girlfriend. “It’s not,” countered Kat. “We have only three hours to eliminate somebody. You guys have a week.” This led to lots more back and forth (which you can see on the video below), including the following declaration by Kat. “The only thing that might may be be a little bit on Survivor’s level is when [Big Brother has] a double elimination. They have to think right off the bat — ‘Hey, I have to eliminate this person,’ But besides that, I don’t think that they’re the same when it comes to strategy-wise. I feel like, Survivor — we’re a lot more cutthroat, we take less time, we do it when it needs to be done, and I feel like it’s a little bit more of an intense game.”
Of course, the big question remains: How does Hayden — who is now the only player to compete on both Survivor and Big Brother — feel after his experience on the island? We’ll just have to wait and see. But for now you can watch both sides of the debate by clicking on the video player below. And then weigh in with your vote: Which show has more hardcore strategists: Survivor or Big Brother?