February 05, 2013 08:00 AM by Ryan Haidet
Survivor: Caramoan, the upcoming 26th season, is the second time Survivor has been subtitled “Fans Vs. Favorites.” The 10 so-called “fans” are a slew of superfans who have been salivating to earn a slot on their favorite show. But don’t be fooled by the “fan” status so fast. Turns out, some of these “fans” can’t even accurately describe their favorite Survivor moment. What’s this all about? Why does it irritate me so much? Find out inside this article!
Short clips recently posted on CBS.com showcase all 20 castaways of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites describing the moment from a previous season that they remember most. In their own words, two of the newbies, who are being sold to us as “fans” of the show, botch up the moment they claim is the one they remember most.
One of the two who messes up is Sherri Biethman (watch below). Here’s what she said verbatim when explaining her favorite Survivor moment: “My favorite moment would have been Fans Vs. Favorites and it was when Parvati handed over the two Immunity idols — one to Sandra and one to Jerri. And Russell knew that he had been outwitted… again.”
Did you catch her error? Yes, this is a moment that actually happened, but she had the season wrong. The one she described as her most-memorable moment, actually happened on Heroes Vs. Villains — four seasons later. D’oh! Sherri, who gushes about her fan status having named a child after former three-time castaway Colby Donaldson, clearly isn’t as intense a Survivor geek as she portrays to be. Silly mistake.
Then, there’s newbie Hope Driskill (watch below) who mistakenly details her most-memorable moment from a previous season. “One of my favorite moments from a previous season was actually from season 21, which was the young versus the old. I really liked Brenda, Brenda Lowe. She was one of my favorite characters. She came off, right off the bat, on episode one. They got to the island and Jeff said, ‘All right, there’s an Immunity hidden somewhere around the island. Whoever is the first to find it wins a big award for their tribe.’ Brenda just went right around everyone searching, she spots that Immunity up in the tree, bless her heart, climbed right up the tree, got it, came back. That was just one of my favorite moments because I thought that people had probably underestimated her and she did awesome.”
The mistake here? Did you catch it? Despite Hope’s description, the contestants weren’t tasked with searching for an Immunity Idol. Nope. They were actually hunting for the ill-fated, short-lived, lacklusterly silly “Medallion of Power.”
Personally, I find both of these comments extremely irritating because these “fans” on the show can’t even correctly explain their favorite moment. Are you kidding me?!?! A true fan would have nailed their favorite moment. No mistakes. This proves that the “Fans Vs. Favorites” formula is just a subtitle and nothing more. Just like the first time they did this twist in Micronesia, it appears the “fans” are merely a label without any actual weight. Could some of the “fans” actually be fans? Sure, but I doubt they’re as intense as the dozens of superfans who deserve a spot on a “Fans Vs. Favorites” season. There are plenty of actual fans who can tell you the order in which all of the castaways were booted off the show since Sonja Christopher was the first to have her torch snuffed. There are fans who have blown out their bank accounts to buy every buff from Borneo to Caramoan. There are fans who travel the country throughout the year to meet former castaways at various events just for the chance to sit there and soak up as many stories about Survivor as they possibly can. I think if the producers want true “fans,” they should stick their noses into a Facebook group like “Previously on… Survivor!” where hordes of hardcore viewers would be far more fitting of landing a spot on the fan tribe.
Is it possible that Sherri and Hope are true fans who simply messed up? I guess it’s possible, but I also find it inexcusable. I mean, seriously, come on. It’s not like they were asked a tough trivia question to quiz their Survivor smarts. They were simply asked to discuss their favorite moment. They should have known it from top to bottom if they really are the “fans” we’re supposed to believe they are. I also find it surprising that their erroneous comments were included on CBS.com because it almost seems like the people putting the interviews together didn’t have any knowledge of the moments these women were talking about.
Again, these mistakes don’t ooze fandom to me. That would be like calling Sherri and Hope “Star Wars” aficionados because they show up to Comic-Con. Sure, they’re there, but they’re simply wearing a T-shirt, jeans and flip-flops. Meanwhile, true superfans have their hair curled up Princess Leia style and their kids in full-geek gear, too. That signifies superfan.
If the show were titled Survivor: Caramoan — Casual Viewers Vs. Favorites (sorta), then maybe they would fit in just right.
What do you think of their blunders? Do you find it frustrating? Do you think they are true fans of the show and made a simple error? What do you think of the new cast? Based on first impressions alone, who do you think will be the most successful castaway among the fans? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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