Yau-Man Chan says women will rule 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' (Contra Costa Times Article)
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- Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:27:44 -0700
Informative article. Yau-Man was asked but couldn't go because he had no
Barney: Yau-Man Chan says women will rule 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'
By Chuck Barney
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 02/11/2010 12:38:00 AM PST
'SURVIVOR: HEROES vs. Villains," launching tonight on CBS, could turn out to
be a real blockbuster, but right now we have some nits to pick.
For instance, how can an edition touted as a 10-year celebration of the
reality series not include a single castaway from its groundbreaking first
season? Moreover, why didn't producers attempt to spread the wealth -
instead of giving nine players their third crack at the game?
And from a more provincial view, why does the East Bay, which has produced a
plethora of "Survivor" players, including two winners (Vecepia Towery and
Yul Kwon), have no representative in Samoa?
Turns out that Yau-Man Chan of Martinez was, indeed, approached by
producers, but reluctantly turned down the invite. The popular UC Berkeley
computer whiz, who charmed millions in the Fiji edition and returned to play
in Micronesia, was flat out of vacation time.
At first, Chan, 57, was disappointed over missing another chance to compete.
But after studying the male half of this season's roster, which includes the
likes of Rupert Boneham, James Clement and "Boston" Rob Mariano, he's just
fine with watching from the comfort of his couch.
"I look at that cast and it's loaded with real power players - a lot of
type-A personalities," he says. "I don't think I'd have any chance out there
with those guys. I'm more of a subtle player, who relies on playing an
intellectual game. I wouldn't fit in with this group."
Despite the presence of all those macho men, Chan has a hunch that the
season will be ruled by women.
"If I had to put my money on anyone, it would be the really good flirty ones
who know how to manipulate people - players like Parvati (Shallow), Candice
(Woodcock), Amanda (Kimmel) and Sandra (Diaz-Twine)," he says. "I think the
Alpha males will turn on each other and do themselves in."
Chan has a soft spot, in particular, for Amanda, the former pageant queen
who has come oh-so-close to the prize twice - finishing as the second
runner-up in China and the runner-up in Micronesia.
"I'd love to see her win," he says. "She's such a good player. Plus she
completely changed my prejudice against beauty queens. I always thought
they're just harebrained dingalings. But she's a very thoughtful person with
a good head on her shoulders."
Chan and several former "Survivor" castaways are inviting fans to join them
tonight at Ricky's Sports Bar in San Leandro to watch the season premiere
episode and help raise money for doctors conducting relief work in Haiti.
Expected to attend are, among others, Chad Crittenden (Vanuatu), Mary
Sartain (Micronesia), Sonja Christopher (Borneo) and Towery (Marquesas).
Also expected are "Amazing Race" contestants Godwin and Erwin Cho.
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a.. WHAT: "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"
a.. WHEN: 7 tonight, Channel 13; 8 tonight, Channel 5
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