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Survivor Second Chancer Kelley Wentworth on the freedom of playing without her dad

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Playing Survivor is difficult enough by yourself. Now imagine trying to do it with a loved one — and a loved one who is very outspoken and might not be so loved by other people playing the game. That’s exactly what happened to Kelley Wentworth when she competed with her dad Dale on the San Juan del Sur season.

But now Kelley gets a second chance on Survivor: Cambodia, and she’s not only happy for the opportunity, but happy for the opportunity to play solo. “It’s going to be so great to just be by myself,” Kelley told us while out on location before the game started. “This is what I wanted the second that I left the island last time. When my torch was snuffed, I just felt like I had so much more of myself that I wanted to give and so many things I wanted to do. Being here without a partner — it’s just kind of freeing. I don’t have to worry about anybody. I’m not, like, wondering if my dad’s going to be okay. Is he surviving? Are people being nice to him? So, yeah, this is going to be great. I can’t wait to make my own moves and just have my own game.”

While her father is not along for the ride this time, two other folks from her previous season — Jeremy and Keith — are. Does Kelly think it is a good thing or bad thing having three San Juan del Sur players? “I think its good because I can have them in my back pocket if I need them as allies,” she says. “But I also don’t want people to look at us and put a target on our back instantly thinking we’re pairs. So I would prefer to be with Keith because less people saw us as being aligned the first time, whereas Jeremy, I’ve talked in interviews about us being very close. So I’m going to use it to my advantage, but if I have to ditch them, then they’re, like, dead to me. I don’t need them.”

To hear more from Kelley — including what she sees as her biggest mistake last time and whether she made pre-game alliances — click on the video at the top of the post. And for more Survivor scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

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