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'Survivor: Philippines': Lisa Whelchel Describes Her Strategy As One Tribe Falls Apart (VIDEO)

10/04/2012 07:11 am ET | Updated Oct 04, 2012

"The Facts of Life" star Lisa Whelchel is hanging in there on "Survivor: Philippines" despite some early struggles. Even worse, her tribe -- most of whom have no idea who she is -- have been gunning for her as they always do middle-aged women on this show. But her strategy of laying low seems to be paying off as she may be making alliances that will help her later in the game.

It also helps that she's on one of the winning tribes. So far, it's been an absolute bloodbath between the three tribes with Matsing losing the first three challenges. And just like that, their tribe of six has been cut in half, and the remaining three members are in a tough spot in this game.

This week, both Angie and veteran Russell struggled in the diving challenge, leaving Malcolm and Denise -- who are in a secret alliance -- to determine who would help them the most. They had more loyalty with Angie, but it won't do them much good if the tribe is decimated long before a merge can even happen. And so they cut her loose, despite Russell's challenge struggles.

"Survivor: Philippines" continues on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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