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A cast photo from “Survivor: Edge of Extinction." Utah will have a representative on “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” this season.

SALT LAKE CITY — A “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” star who hails from Utah recently explained why he didn’t appear on a separate “Survivor” show.

Joey Anglim, who previously appeared on two “Survivor” shows (“Worlds Apart” and “Second Chance”), recently told Entertainment Weekly that he turned down an opportunity to appear on “Survivor: Game Changers.”

He said he didn’t appear on “Game Changers” because his heart wasn’t in it.

  • “I said no, because I just knew in my heart I didn’t feel it. I didn’t want to, I wasn’t ready. And now I’m hungry, I’m ready, I’m feeling good, I’m feeling confident, I’m excited to play the game again,” he said.

Anglim said it’s important to enter a “Survivor” contest when you’re mentally prepared to compete and face the harrowing challenges.

  • “If you’re dealing with stuff back home, if you’re dealing with personal, whatever you got going on inside of your own psyche, that’s going to be a distraction from dealing with all of these other strangers or people that you’re on the island with, because that’s where you fully need to be, is present with them,” he said.
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Flashback: Anglim said in a previous interview that he thinks the experience he gained from his other appearances will help him win “Survivor” for the first time, which I reported for the Deseret News.

  • “Hopefully, I’ve gained enough experience from my last two failed attempts and I can take all that I learned and apply it,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I know I can get to the end if I’m adaptable enough. I just have to constantly adjust and rely on both my past knowledge of how to interact and motivate others to produce good, positive results. Just going to play ‘smarter not harder.’”