CUDDLING: THE SECRET STRATEGY OF ALL SURVIVOR CHAMPIONS
In case you’re actually enjoying your WGA strike-induced diet of reality TV, tune in next week for the premiere of Survivor: Micronesia, Fans vs. Favorites. One of the "favorites" (I know she is one of my favorites) is Survivor: Vanuatu vet Ami Cusack.
On Vanuatu, Ami was the clear leader of the female pack, doing her best Bette Porter-in-a-bikini imitation as she held court with the adoring women folk and scared the crap out of the guys she out-played.
Despite (or perhaps because of) her steamroller technique, Cusack did not win the loot in Vanuatu. But she’s back now and ready for more sunburn, starvation and those often grotesque Survivor surprises. According to her new Micronesia bio page on CBS.com, Cusack is still working at a coffee shop and now plays nanny to a 6-year-old. The bio also states that Cusack "looks forward to being a mom and taking care of her family."
So what is Cusack’s deal in terms of sexuality? On her MySpace page, the form for "sexual orientation" is left unfilled while her headline reads, "It’s not the gender, it’s the person." Back in the Vanuatu days, Cusack had a girlfriend, Crissy. But according to the official Micronesia website, Cusack is single and looking better than ever. On second thought, I think that last bit of information was garnered from my head, not CBS.
Her biographical video there is worth watching if only to hear Cusack explain that her strategy for Micronesia includes getting to "cuddle the hot chicks at night." In the video, she also promises to play her game more subtly, more "like a lady." She speculates that because of Vanuatu, the men may think of her as a "man hater," but she promises — with a Mona Lisa smile on her face — that they will "get to know" her this time around.
And by "get to know" she means "get their asses kicked by." Or at least that’s what I hope she means.
Look for an AfterEllen.com interview with Ami Cusack in the coming weeks. Survivor: Micronesia, Fans vs. Favorites premieres next Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.