“I learned the lesson that a little selfishness is not bad”, says Samira, eliminated in episode 3

The recomposition of the teams has broken down the balances. During the third episode of Koh-Lanta, the cursed totem broadcast Tuesday on TF1, the blue, green and purple tribes have had their day. Now make way for the reds, the Cadlao, and the yellows, the Matingi… In this new configuration, it is a former blues, Samira, who has borne the brunt of the strategies. The 34-year-old Franco-Moroccan, ex-champion of handball become a sports coach, had not seen the low blow coming, as she confides to 20 minutes.

When you arrive at the council, do you feel in danger?

Not at all. I feel that there is a heavy atmosphere. It’s a bit tense. But I absolutely do not feel that I will leave that evening.

According to you, your elimination is due to a consultation before the council? Or is it the fact of having explicitly mentioned Pauline’s situation in the camp that turned the votes against you?

I guess they had decided that before the council. It was not my speaking out that changed things but, I think, the fact of having been the spokesperson for the Blues that evening, of having wanted to take Pauline under my wing and of having spoken seamlessly on the camp. I think that’s why they voted against me.

You wanted to help Pauline who felt she didn’t fit in well…

Pauline couldn’t find her place. I saw her as a little sister and I wanted to help her to blossom, to integrate. I said to myself that it was perhaps in relation to François and Jean-Philippe… And it turned against me. I wanted so much to think of others to the detriment of myself. It shows a bit what happens in everyday life. Koh Lanta, it’s a micro-society, a summary of what we experience on a daily basis. The lesson I draw from this is that I wanted to take matters into my own hands, for Pauline to be able to express herself, I deduced that it was because there were strong characters and that turned against me.

Before the council, you submit the idea to teammates to vote against François. Voting against a big arm at this stage of the adventure, is that still a taboo?

I didn’t pay too much attention to the statistics at that level. We feel that we must eliminate the women who are a priori a little less physically strong, but that means nothing because there are static and muscular resistance tests where the women are much stronger than the men. There, I wanted to eliminate a man because it would have unblocked the game and the atmosphere, the team spirit a little. It was in this sense that I envisaged it, not to eliminate a man on principle.

What do you remember from your adventure?

Koh Lanta brought me a lot in terms of personal development. I managed to calm my inner self. Its very important. I am hyperactive, diagnosed ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and there are things I couldn’t do before. For example, meditate thirty seconds. Before I moved in all directions, I was not well. There, I manage to do yoga, to take time… I found the answer to certain questions: do I manage to control myself in extreme situations? It was the most difficult because my first goal was to be myself. And you don’t know if you stay yourself or not in extreme conditions. It happened, I’m very proud of it. I go out the front door. The lesson is that I have to think more about myself, that a little selfishness is not bad.

You are an athlete, accustomed to the stress and challenges of competitions. Getting out of “Koh-Lanta” so early is a failure?

The competitor in me says it’s a failure. But, I come out quite proudly. At the time, there is incomprehension, a feeling of injustice, anger, sadness… However, a failure is not something negative. I tell myself above all that I was myself.

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