May 01, 2011 01:00 PM by Ryan Haidet
It won’t be much longer until the winner of Survivor: Redemption Island is revealed on Sunday, May 15. But this season finale is going to be much different simply because of the number of active players still alive in the competition vying for the $1 million prize. Instead of the common finale where we begin with five contestants, a press release from CBS reveals that Survivor: Redemption Island will go into the final episode with eight players still in the game. Read on for more details!
You read that number correctly. There will be eight active players at the start of the final episode due to the added twist of Redemption Island this season. With eight players, that marks the most potential winners at the start of any Survivor finale in the show’s 22-season history. When considering the number of contestants (18) at the beginning of the game, the eight people in the finale make up 44.44 percent of the entire cast!
There are currently 10 players left in the game — six still on the Murlonio tribe and four others who have been voted off and sent to Redemption Island. If you do the math, that means both Wednesday night episodes for the next two weeks will each only deliver single eliminations.
That means a lot is going to be squeezed within two hours of the taped portion of the finale before host Jeff Probst reads the votes live from New York City.
As a reporter, this increase in active players during the finale is going to make my job much more exciting — but busy — as I interview those remaining contestants on the red carpet. Hopefully we have enough time to chat with all eight in person at the Ed Sullivan Theater shortly after the live reunion show.
Images courtesy of CBS.
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