If you are like our friend Deena, you would question why Brice Johnston is included in Survivor Cagayan’s Beauty tribe. But then after watching the first episode of the iconic reality show you’d be going, “Awwww! I don’t care what tribe he’s in. He is a cool Survivor diva. I luuurrvveeee him!!!!”
Like Deena, we thought Brice is gonna be Colton II who will annoy us to the point of changing the channel but with his witty one-liners and sassy attitude, we must admit that we are love, love, loving him. How can you not love a guy who says the following (via SurvivorSucks):
“I mean, look at me, I’m absolutely fabulous”
“When I think of a gay person on Survivor, I think of Colton *disgusted face*, and me and Colton is not in the same boat, boo”
“I kinda can see them reading me and looking at me like nnnnnIdon’tthinkyouknow”
“When I first saw the cast, I was like – are we shooting a Gladiator movie? The guys are definitely big, and I’m kinda like *turtle motion*, but I think, you know, that I will be able to use this *turtle motion* to kinda, like, move around, and, you know, get in between them and kinda, you know, work my Brice magic, I like to call it”
“All the crayons in her box aren’t very bright.” [Referring to Jefra Bland.]
“Us country folks need to stick together”
Although he is from Philadelphia and Morgan McLeod (the girl he was talking to) is from the non-country town of San Jose California which is the tenth largest U.S. city according to wikipedia.
A picture for those of you looking for Brice in his undies. Hehe.
More info about our Survivor Diva from his cbs.com profile:
Current Residence: Philadelphia
Occupation: Social Worker
Inspiration: My mother who is a single parent of four and worked two jobs at a time to ensure her children had everything they need and more. There isn’t anything in the world my mom wouldn’t do for her children.
Why I’m on Survivor: I love the show and I’ve been watching it for years. It has been a lifelong dream to be on Survivor. Also, to be the sole survivor and win the million dollars!
Why I’ll ”Survive”: I have the ability to read people so I’ll know if I can trust them after only a couple minutes of meeting them, and how to also be fake with people I don’t like. I can be very shady if I need to be!
Why I’ll Be Sole Survivor: Everyone who meets me loves me! I’m a very loyal person and I keep my word. However, I can turn into a person-eating b—- that will play you before you can play me.
I’m a Brain/Beauty/Brawn: I would consider myself the package deal. I’m very easy on the eyes (beauty). I’m college-educated, have common sense, am very socially aware, and have street smarts (brains). Plus, I consider myself to be physically fit; I’m a natural-born runner (brawn). So I’m a three-for-one kind of deal.
From an interview with philly.com:
What made you want to be a contestant on Survivor? A desert island seems like one of the last places a dude from Mt. Airy would want to be.
Why not Survivor? I fell in love with the show when Cirie (Fields, Survivor: Panama) was on, because she embodied so much for me. Like her, I embody everything that no one would think about in a person who is on the show. I’ve been a fan for a long time and have always said it’s not if I’m going to be on Survivor, it’s when.
It seems like it would be complete culture shock being on an island like that. What did it feel like to live on a deserted island? Anything like Philly?
I needed a corner store or expressway or something! It was a definite culture shock out there. It’s a long way out from Philly. I’m used to walking everywhere and being able to do everything, so being there was a change. But growing up camping and fishing, I could jump back into childhood and have fun and work together with everyone.
Did growing up in the city help you with competing on the show at all?
Philly is not an easy place to grow up. For me to even be a black male that’s 27 and not shot is amazing. I have that innate Phillyness to me, and I know how to throw shade. I’m bringing it this season.
I understand you auditioned to be on the show twice. What was that process like the first time around?
The audition process was fun. In 2011 I did an open casting and begged my best friend to come down to Atlantic City with me. We drove down, waited four hours, and when I got in, I froze. But Jarvis from the first season was there and gave me some good advice: you know what they’re looking for and you can always try out again.
So what did you do?
I tried again the next year. I stayed up all night to record an audition video, but couldn’t figure out how to convert it. So at 3 a.m. that night, all stressed out, the only thing I could send was 45 seconds. I said ‘I’ll send it anyway,’ and a month-and-a-half later I got a call. So I guess they got a little piece of Brice and they wanted more.
It seems like you’re already getting compared to two-time Survivor contestant Colton Cumbie. What do you think of those comparisons?
Definitely, I get a lot of comparisons to Colton. But as I’ve said before, Colton and I are not in the same boat. I’m athletic, played soccer, ran track. I’m in fairly good shape and can get down with the get down. I’m not just about the glitz and glamor—I grew up with all male siblings, so I took my lumps. Plus, I’m from Philly. There just is no comparison—Colton cannot hold a candle to me.
What was the hardest part about the whole ordeal?
I’m a social worker, so I tend to take for granted that I can leave my social work at home and not deal with it. Being around other people for so long took its toll on me. Bricey needs his breaks!
Want more gay male celebrities who’ve been in the news lately? Check out our post on Michael Sam and His Boyfriend.
Update: Apparently, our diva has a singing persona known as Brice Izyah. Check out his music called Freak.
What do you think of Brice Izyah?