‘Survivor Worlds Apart’ finale: Someone wins a cool million

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‘Survivor Worlds Apart’ recap: King Mike reigns in epic finale.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A new “Survivor” winner was crowned Wednesday evening and audiences learned the 20 fan favorites they picked on line who will compete next season. As one of the best seasons in its golden franchise, Wednesday night’s three-hour finale and reunion show not only proved that the granddaddy of reality TV isn’t going anywhere any time soon (thanks to spiked ratings and insatiable social media buzz) but, most importantly, that it’s more relevant than ever. (Take that, American Idol!) Bullying.After 39 days, three hidden immunity idols, a double vote advantage, and 18 million references to Rodney’s birthday, a winner was finally crowned on Survivor: Worlds Apart tonight, and that winner was…Mike Holloway.Mike Holloway outwitted, outplayed and outlasted the rest of the competitors and took home the $1 million check, and the title of Sole Survivor, on Wednesday night. The 38-year-old oil driller from Texas continued his epic challenge run by taking first place in all three challenges this evening, including the decisive one that put him into the finals.

But he didn’t make it easy on himself, voting to keep Carolyn and force a fire-making tiebreaker between her and Rodney, which she won after breaking two different flints. Although he wasn’t in the core alliance throughout the final few weeks of the competition, Holloway won over the jury after an intense round of questioning. In perhaps the biggest surprise, all seven players from season 28 & 29 were voted in by fans, yet two people (runner-up Carolyn and Max) from the just wrapped season 30, Worlds Apart, were snubbed by the public.

After Hollyway, was chosen in a live finale, Jeff Probst (host and producer) went through the audience of assembled “Second Chance” candidates giving the 32 hopefuls a literal thumbs up or down to play in Season 31, “Survivor: Cambodia.” The ten women chosen to compete in Cambodia are: Kelly Wiglesworth (Season 1, “Survivor: Borneo”); Kimmi Kappenberg (Season 2, “Survivor: The Australian Outback”); Peih-Gee Law (Season 15, “Survivor: China”); Monica Padilla (Season 19, “Survivor: Samoa”); Abi-Maria Gomes (Season 25, “Survivor: Philippines”); Ciera Eastin (Season 27, “Survivor: Blood vs. At the tribal council, she argued that she deserved to remain in the game because she was the strongest of Mike’s remaining competitors, often finishing second to him in challenges. “Now, is that a case to keep you or get rid of you?” Probst said — pointing out that the object of “Survivor” is to eliminate your strongest competition. “I’ve never been surrounded by people who will lie as much as these people do,” she said with a smile upon exiting the game. “But if they’re playing the game as me being a threat, I guess it’s kind of a compliment. Rodney Lavoie Jr. lost his chance at the million bucks after Holloway forced a tie between him and “Mama C” in tribal council (They had to face-off in a fire-building challenge). “Mama C,” clearly, won. When Mike won the second immunity challenge of the night and guaranteed himself a spot in the final three, the second hour of the “Survivor” was almost anticlimactic.

Water”); Woo Hwang (Season 28, “Survivor: Cagayan”); Spencer Bledsoe (Season 28, “Survivor: Cagayan”); Keith Nale (Season 29, “Survivor: San Juan del Sur”); Jeremy Collins (Season 29, “Survivor: San Juan del Sur”); Joe Anglim (Season 30, “Survivor: Worlds Apart.”) The winners were whisked off in a bus, bags packed, presumably to start filming in Cambodia. During the reunion show, Jeff Probst shared the cast of Season 31, “Survivor: Second Chance,” which features contestants selected by a public vote from a producer-picked pool of former players, all of whom have only played once before and not won.

Yes, fan favourite, King Mike Holloway, miraculously made it all the way to the end — despite being the show’s number-one target and biggest threat almost from day one. He also won a huge advantage for the next blindfolded immunity challenge in that he got to spend 30 minutes beforehand testing out the course with his mom. Contestants include Season 1’s Kelly Wiglesworth, as well as Ciera Eastin, Vytas Baskauskas, “Woo” Hwang, Stephen Fishbach, Terry Deitz, Kass McQuillen and Season 30’s Shirin Oskooi and Joe Anglim. Next up was a final grueling immunity competition in which the final four had to climb a giant staircase and traverse a multilevel obstacle course while collecting keys and puzzle bags that would be used to construct a lighthouse.

Mike won that too, which set the stage for the firebreaking tiebreaker which might still be going on if Jeff Probst didn’t keep giving the contestants new flint. But ever the good son, Mike didn’t let on once that he was disappointed in his mother, but she knew she failed her son during his deepest time of need. After Carolyn defeated Rodney, we were treated to a final Tribal Council that featured words from the jury that were angry (Dan to Mike: “There’s no necklace to save your ass tonight.”), daring (Jenn to Jury: “Half of you are the most bitter people I’ve ever met in my life…. Prove that you’re a fan.”), and humorous (Shirin: “Will is the dead fish we dragged in with our nets.”) In the end, the vote went to Mike, who won five individual immunities and overcame his blunder at the food auction thanks to his dominance in challenges and well-timed use of a hidden immunity idol.

But Probst saved the best for last: During the best reunion show Survivor has ever aired, our fearless host took Will and Dan to task for their sexism and bullying.

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