I have interviewed many Survivor contestants since season 13, but one thing I realized while standing on the red carpet after the finale for Survivor: Nicaragua last weekend — many members of the cast are extremely tall — especially fourth-place finisher Holly Hoffman. This resulted in an interesting start to my interview with Holly who offered to take her shoes off to do the interview so the angle on camera would look a bit more level. Once we got beyond that goofy moment (she kept her shoes on since the carpet was soggy from the constant rain), Holly discussed many portions of the game starting with her struggles early on when she wanted to quit the competition. She also explained how champion NFL coach Jimmy Johnson helped keep her motivated before detailing why she stole Dan’s shoes and set them adrift in the ocean.
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Matthew “Sash” Lenahan may have played with lots of strategy, but he didn’t get a single vote to win Survivor: Nicaragua after making it to the final three. After switching sides, cutting deals with everybody and avoiding elimination, Sash made it to third place. I spoke with Sash on the red carpet after the live Survivor reunion show in Hollywood where he talked about the origin of his nickname, discussed how surprised he is the jury didn’t cut him any slack and revealed who he would have voted for if the situation were different.
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It was close, but he lost by one vote to Judson “Fabio” Birza. Aspiring country singer Chase Rice finished in second place on Survivor: Nicaragua after a bitter jury bit down hard on his strategy in the game. On the red carpet immediately after the live Survivor reunion show, I had the opportunity to talk with Chase about his wishy-washy decisions, his reaction to the nasty jury and why he thinks Marty is dumb.
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He went from being the goofy underdog to the champion of Survivor: Nicaragua on CBS. Judson “Fabio” Birza claimed the $1 million prize and title of sole Survivor beating runner-up Chase Rice by a single vote. I have sat in the audience for the last eight finales, and Fabio’s victory brought the biggest reaction from the live crowd than I’ve ever seen. Fans were on his side the entire time. Fabio, who is now the youngest Survivor winner in the show’s history at 21 years old, became the 12th male to claim the top prize. I had the opportunity to chat exclusively with Fabio on the red carpet just moments after the live reunion show.
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The big battle on Survivor: Nicaragua started several weeks ago with 20 contestants divided into two tribes based on age — those 40 and older against those 30 and younger.Â Now, with only nine castaways left in the competition, it won’t be long until we learn who wins the $1 million grand prize.Â CBS has announced the two-hour finale will be held in Hollywood on Sunday, December 19.Â Read on to find out more about the finale!
When Colby Donaldson first tackled the game of Survivor back in season two, he dominated the challenges and quickly became America’s favorite player. When his third attempt to play the game arrived in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains, Colby was a very different player. He seemed miserable to be on the shores of Samoa, performed poorly in challenges and didn’t show any strategy. In an exclusive interview, Colby talked with me on the red carpet immediately following the live reunion show in New York City where he labeled this season of Survivor one of the worst experiences of his life.
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Having played twice before, Jerri Manthey was a seasoned Survivor contestant when she set foot on Samoa to compete once again. This season on Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains, Jerri was able to crack the final four after facing off against some of the best players in the show’s history. Immediately after the live finale in New York City, Jerri talked with me about her strategy, what it’s like living with Russell at camp and why she is so proud of her game this time around.
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Ah, Russell Hantz. The 37-year-old self-made millionaire from Dayton, Texas. He may be small in stature, but when it comes to playing Survivor, Russell packs a powerful punch. His strategy may be aggressive and brutal at times, but America has fallen in love with the guy Jeff Probst says looks like a gnome. After finishing second place on Survivor: Samoa, Russell was still able to make it to the final three on this season — Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains. Immediately following the live reunion show on the red carpet at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, I talked with Russell about his disappointing loss — and boy was he riled up! He called Sandra a “terrible” player, said Rupert is still a dumb ass and constantly explained why he’s the best contestant of all time.
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She has spent more days playing Survivor than any other contestant in the show’s 20-season history. During season 13 in the Cook Islands, Parvati Shallow finished in 6th place. Three seasons later she took home the $1 million prize in Survivor: Micronesia — Fans Vs. Favorites. In Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains, the 27-year-old from Los Angeles came in second place after aligning with the always-evil Russell Hantz. On the red carpet immediately following the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Parvati spoke with me about how she lost to Sandra, described life at camp with Russell and weighed in on being a record-setting contestant.
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Survivor history was made earlier this week when “Sassy” Sandra Diaz-Twine became the first contestant to win the game twice. That’s right, Sandra took home the $1 million in the show’s 7th edition Survivor: Pearl Islands. The 34-year-old mother from Fayetteville, North Carolina, talked with RealityTVMagazine’s Ryan Haidet after she won the game on Sunday, May 16. During the red carpet chat, Sandra delivered details about Russell and his dirty ways, weighed in on her own strategy and talked about what it was like having her husband home from Afghanistan to watch her take the title.
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