Survivor: The Amazon
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The Survivor Spoiler Comes Forward – A Review of ChillOne’s New Book, by Paris Cosby: ChillOne was The spoiler for Survivor: The Amazon. Now, based on that experience, he put together a book appropriately titled, The Spoiler: Revealing the Secrets of Survivor. Paris reviews the book for us as she also lets us know – don’t worry, there is nothing here to spoil Pearl Islands!
Survivor’s Jenna and Heidi to Appear in ‘Playboy’, by David Bloomberg: Jenna and Heidi stripped for food on Survivor: The Amazon, but then looked back and said they had done it because of their situation at the time. Now the rumors have been confirmed – they will be in the August issue of Playboy, and likely be paid handsomely for it.
The Amazon’s Runner-Up: An Interview with Matthew Von Ertfelda, by David Bloomberg: Was he naïve or was it just a game he was playing? Survivor: The Amazon’s second-place contender, Matthew, discusses his strategy, how he played at several key points, the critical final tribal council, and more!
Winning and Learning: An Interview with ‘Survivor: The Amazon’ Winner Jenna Morasca, by David Bloomberg: Many people were upset when Jenna Morasca won Survivor: The Amazon. But what does Jenna think of all the criticism that was leveled at her? Does she blame editing or take responsibility for it? RealityNewsOnline was able to ask her these and other questions. Jenna won a million dollars and learned some valuable life lessons – read on to find out more.
The Principal Survivor: An Interview with Butch Lockley, by David Bloomberg: Viewers may have seen school principal Butch Lockley as a passive player on Survivor, but he says that was not the case at all. What else does he have to say about his time in the Amazon? You'll just have to read on to find out!
Portrayal or Personality? An Interview with Heidi Strobel, by David Bloomberg: Heidi Strobel was a lightning rod for criticism on Survivor: The Amazon. After it ended, she said she was playing a role that isn’t really like her. In this interview with RealityNewsOnline, she expands on that and other topics, such as what students and fellow teachers thought and her relationship with Christy.
The Best Survivor Player Not to Win: An Interview with Rob Cesternino, by David Bloomberg: Rob Cesternino was called the best player to not win by host Jeff Probst. He was also one of the most entertaining and Survivor: The Amazon just would not have been the same without him! RealityNewsOnline got to ask him some questions about how he played, what the jury was thinking when they gave the prize to Jenna, how he prepared (hint: he used this website) and more!
Survivor: The Amazon – Great Season, Horrible Ending, and Light at the End of the Tunnel, by Ken Kellam III: It almost killed Ken when Jenna won Survivor: The Amazon, but he's since recovered and even is willing to admit that the jury voted for her and she might have learned something.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 13: Year-End Awards, by Lawrence AG Green: Before we get completely out of the head of Jeff Probst, it's time to hand out year-end Probstovich awards. Everyone gets one, whether they like it or not.
Survivor: The Amazon, MVP Moments for Everyone, by Phil Kural: Phil has been tracking the MVP each week throughout the season. Now it's time to give each player his or her due and see what each did that made them MVPs.
‘Survivor 8’ to Feature Past ‘Survivor’ All-Stars, by David Bloomberg: We've heard the rumors for a while now, but CBS and Mark Burnett have made it official - the eighth Survivor will feature past contestants from the show. Read on for the information we have at this time.
Survivor Psyche, Final Episode: Class Dismissed, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: It’s the end of term at Amazon Survivor U., and only Principal Butch, the Teacher’s Pet, the Class Clown, and a Spoiled Brat are left in the classroom. What, if anything, did our students learn in the game of Survivor, and who deserves a permanent spot in the dunce’s seat?
Survivor: The Amazon - Strategy and the Final Vote, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Professor Sadow was among the many who were not exactly pleased (to say the least) about Jenna’s win. Join him as he takes a look at why he thinks several jury members voted as they did and where Rob and Jenna stack up in the pantheon of Survivor greats.
Surviving the Amazon Reunion, by David Bloomberg: The finale was over and all the contestants were brought back to discuss the highs (and lows) of the past season. How were their actions received at home? What went wrong? And who had the highest IQ? These are only a few of the questions addressed in this hour-long discussion.
Surviving the Amazon, the Finale: A Model Victory, by David Bloomberg: Survivor: The Amazon was a wild ride from beginning to end. The two-hour finale saw the best player come in third and a landslide vote that surprised just about everyone. David Bloomberg watched it live from the studio and has not only a recap, but additional comments about the reactions then and there.
Survivor: The Amazon - Why Jenna Won, by David Bloomberg: It was the biggest surprise in a season full of shocks. Jenna won in a landslide against Matthew. What happened?! How could it happen? Why did Jenna win?
Survivor: The Amazon - Why Matthew Lost, by David Bloomberg: Matthew made it into the final two by working while almost always on the outside of any core alliance and then finally with a move first made by Richard Hatch in the original series. But once he was there, he was on the wrong end of a landslide vote. Why did Matt lose?
Survivor: The Amazon - Why Rob Lost, by David Bloomberg: Jeff Probst called Rob the best player who never won. Indeed, he was plotting and scheming from day one, always seeming to know which alliance would be in the majority and how he could be a part of it. But then it got near the end, and he just couldn't quite pull it off. What happened? Why did Rob lose?
Survivor: The Amazon - Why Butch Lost, by David Bloomberg: Butch may have been the nicest guy on Survivor: The Amazon, but nice guys don't necessarily finish first - especially in this game! Still, he made it to fourth place. So, why did Butch lose?
Survivor Psyche, Episode 12: A Cute Failure, by David Bloomberg: The ageless themes of destruction, rebirth, and karmic destiny are enacted in this week’s episode. One by one, the self-appointed “masters of the game” have fallen by the wayside and this week is no exception. One player really is in the driver’s seat while the other can only locate the ejector switch.
Survivor: The Amazon - Handicapping the Final Four and More of Heidi’s ‘Brilliance’, by Ken Kellam III: Who in the final four has the best shot at winning? Ken takes a look at what has to happen for each to end up with a million bucks. And we also get a look at some more “brilliant” Heidi quotes.
Survivor: The Amazon - Advice for the Remaining Four, by Jeffrey Clinard: It’s final four time, which means last-minute advice from the Survivor Advisor. Each of the four must play a different end-game strategy to try to get to the end and win the big bucks.
Survivor: The Amazon - Rob’s Next Moves, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Rob has shown excellent instincts so far, but now it’s down to the end. What does he need to do in order to not only get to the final two, but to win it all?
Survivor: The Amazon - Why Heidi Lost, by David Bloomberg: Heidi managed to last a lot longer than many people expected - and perhaps hoped. But in the end, she became an easy target for the most recent core alliance. So what happened to cause her to fall from a potential final four position into a jury slot? Why did Heidi lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 12: Burning Down the House!, by David Bloomberg: The Amazonian firefighters almost have to be called in as the camp burns like a stack of dry tinder. Oh, wait, it was a stack of dry tinder! Does the person blamed end up getting the boot? Or do things go according to Rob's plan?
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 11 MVP: Umm, Where’s the MVP?, by Phil Kural: What do you do when there is no MVP? Come up with the MIP (Most Improved Player) instead. And you will be shocked – shocked! – to see who gets this new award.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Sole Survivor Predictions, by Lawrence AG Green: Through Jeff Probst’s eyes, he has seen all of the final five at their best and at their worst. So who now does he think has the best chance at bringing home the big prize?
Survivor Psyche, Episode 11: Silenced, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: The vile jungle malady that infested Roger, Dave, Deena, and then Alex these past few episodes contaminated our own sweet naive Christy this past week. How does trusting Christy go from being the power player to the “wicked evil stepsisters’” Cinderella?
Survivor: The Amazon – Cinderella’s Mistakes and the Stepsisters’ Quotables, by Ken Kellam III: Many people were sorry to see Christy go, but we do have to face the fact that she brought it on herself. On a more amusing note, Ken also takes a look at some of Jenna's and Heidi's greatest hits in their statements from the past episode.
Survivor: The Amazon – Right Move, Wrong Time, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Rob made the right move in booting Christy, but he did it just one Tribal Council too soon. Let's see what our resident professor of political science has to say about Rob and the way he has jumped from alliance to alliance.
Survivor: The Amazon – An Interview with Deena Bennett, by David Bloomberg: Deena Bennett thought she could get Alex Bell tossed, but exactly the reverse occurred. Here Deena admits her mistakes and is honest about where she went wrong, as well as giving a good appraisal of the game overall. Also, she tells us what she thought of Heidi’s Tribal Council comment about bringing intelligence to the game.
Read My Lips: We Hate Them Too, Christy, by Peggy Keller: As Survivor’s Christy was voted out in the most recent episode, many people saw their favorite contestant leave while the evil stepsisters stuck around. Peggy puts these feelings into words.
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining Five, by Jeffrey Clinard: The Survivor Advisor says it's official - this game has the worst history of creating and breaking alliances in the entire series. With that in mind, what should each of the remaining five do to make sure he or she isn't the next one thrown to the jury?
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 11: The Evil that Stepsisters Do, by Lawrence AG Green: Christy Smith, Survivor's first-ever deaf contestant, lost the game by getting drunk on power. Unfortunately, it was power she didn't really have.
Survivor: The Amazon – Vote Against Christy Spoils the Spoilers, by Jamie Goralski: Many of the spoilers thought it was all figured out. Heidi was supposed to go this week, with Christy making it to the final four. Whoops! It didn’t turn out quite that way. Does this throw out the vaunted “Chill One” spoiler results from here on in? Warning: Obviously, spoiler information will be discussed in this article.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Christy Lost, by David Bloomberg: Christy made it 33 days by staying on the outside. Then, when she finally got on the inside, it all went downhill. She thought she was the deciding vote, but others had already decided for her. Let’s look at why Christy lost.
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 11: You Just Never Know Who to Trust, by David Bloomberg: We have yet another example of an episode where you just don't know what's going to happen until the very end. There is all sorts of fighting, yelling, swearing - you name it! Plus, the relatives come for a visit. But the scheming is definitely the headline act this time.
Survivor Psyche, Episode 10: (AL)Exed, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: Some odd ducks indeed are spotted lurking in the Amazon underbrush this week. Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, a pair of Grinches, and even some Sneetches make their appearance in this episode of Dr. Seuss' Survivor.
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 10 MVP: So You’re Learning How to Play, by Phil Kural: There were two good candidates for MVP this week. But one in particular stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight with several key moves that bring home the award for him.
Survivor: The Amazon – Questions About the Final Six, by Ken Kellam III: As usual, the tenth episode of Survivor: The Amazon left us with a number of questions. Does Jenna realize how she treats people? Is Matthew really crazy? Should Christy have let Jenna win the letter? And more!
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining Six, by Jeffrey Clinard: The New Jaburu alliance may be the worst in Survivor history with the way they keep pulling themselves apart. If only they had taken Jeffrey’s advice… But there is still hope for some of the Survivor: The Amazon players – let’s see what he has to say.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 10: Silence Is Golden, by Lawrence AG Green: Alex Bell got the biggest surprise of the game so far when he was voted out. With visions of millions flashing before his eyes, he thought he'd clearcut a path to the Final Three. And then he committed perhaps the most colossal strategic blunder in the history of Survivor: he opened his mouth and said: "My vote's for you."
Survivor: The Amazon – WOE Is Rob, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Deena seemed to be in a perfect position. She at least thought she was the puppetmaster, and until this most recent episode, there were no hints that she was in trouble. But then she created her own problems that led to her ouster. What happened? Why did Deena lose?
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Alex Lost, by David Bloomberg: Professor Sadow didn’t think Rob could pull it off. But that’s just what he did. By forming a Wretched of the Earth (WOE) alliance, Rob may – may – have put himself into a better position. What can he do to solidify himself?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 10: Pride Comes Before the Fall, by David Bloomberg: Alex, Heidi, Jenna, and Rob know they are in the final four. They do nothing to hide this fact. But Matt has his own plans. He thinks he can get Rob to drop his new best friends. Is Matt hallucinating again or can he really pull it off?
Survivor: The Amazon – More Thoughts on Why Rob Voted Out Deena, by David Bloomberg: After my earlier article on why Rob voted out Deena, the e-mail began pouring in. We have some interesting possible answers that we hadn’t addressed before, so let’s take another look.
Survivor: The Amazon – Taking a Look at Rob, and Why I Want Him to Win, by Phil Kural: Phil was not initially a big fan of Rob – at all! Now, however, he finds himself admiring Rob’s strategy and even hoping he’ll win the game. What caused such a drastic change?
“The Game Got the Better of Me” – An Interview with Survivor’s Shawna Mitchell, by David Bloomberg: Shawna wanted to leave Survivor, but her team wouldn't vote her out. Then she wanted to stay, and her new team wouldn't keep her around. RealityNewsOnline asked her some questions about her time in the Amazon, her illness, her strategy, and what was/is going on with her and Alex.
Surviving the Amazon: The Recap Episode, by David Bloomberg: In case you haven't been paying attention to Survivor: The Amazon, this week was a recap episode. We look back at what happened from Day 1 to Day 27, along with a few pieces of added footage and some insights from those who have been voted off.
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining Seven, by Jeffrey Clinard: It's time for some thoughts from the Survivor Advisor. Unfortunately, the advice comes one week late for the person who needed it most - Deena. But the others can learn from her mistake and, if they follow the right path, end up with her judging them as part of the final two.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 9: Out of Control, by Lawrence AG Green: Deena Bennett became the ninth person voted out and the second member of the jury. In the sequence of events that led to her ouster, Deena made several classic mistakes that have always haunted Survivor players past: she proclaimed that she was in control (actually believing it) and she plotted and schemed too much.
Survivor Psyche, Episode 9: Disbarred, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: Charges of espionage, counterintelligence and conspiracy abound in this episode, with one player joining the ranks of the criminally inept. Who is the real operator and who stumbles blindly into Lady Luck?
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 9 MVP: Strategy & Tactics, by Jeffrey Clinard: Jeffrey Clinard fills in at the MVP-designation spot and has a tough job in picking a winner this week. So many people are playing hard while others are being played hard. But one person seems to be at the center of it all directing traffic.
Survivor: The Amazon – The Game Is On, But What Was Deena On? Plus a Special Fan Letter, by Ken Kellam III: Deena thought she had an airtight case, but instead she’s serving jury duty. She knew the game was on, but viewers had to wonder what she was on. And Ken brings his usual insightful questions as well. Plus, a special fan letter with an interesting look at the game.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Did Rob Vote Out Deena?, by David Bloomberg: After the ninth episode of Survivor: The Amazon, I questioned in two articles why Rob chose to vote out Deena rather than going after Alex. I quickly received e-mails with suggestions as to answers, and they may be right. However, does that necessarily mean he did the correct thing?
Survivor: The Amazon – Deena’s Implosion and Rob’s Chances, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Well, Professor Sadow thought Deena was in a good position. But then she blew it. Find out what she should have done and where she went wrong. Also, let's see what Rob can do now that he's without his old alliance partner.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Deena Lost, by David Bloomberg: Deena seemed to be in a perfect position. She at least thought she was the puppetmaster, and until this most recent episode, there were no hints that she was in trouble. But then she created her own problems that led to her ouster. What happened? Why did Deena lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 9: Completely In Control, by David Bloomberg: Deena says she is completely in control. Alex says he's in charge. Rob thinks he's playing both sides and therefore is really the one who controls the game. Matt (right) thinks he is getting super-secret messages from Rob, and then using 007 tactics to relay them to Butch. Heidi thinks she brings intelligence to the game. Yes, all this and much more in just one episode!
Survivor: The Amazon – Interview with Dave Johnson, by David Bloomberg: Dave Johnson was voted off last week and became the first member of the jury. RealityNewsOnline had the opportunity to ask him about his strategy, his backup plans, if he knew how Rob really felt, and more!
Transferring Immunity: Final Immunity, Reward, or Just Plain Blackmail, by Jeffrey Clinard: Last week we looked at why somebody might want to transfer immunity. This week, we’ve had more suggestions that generally fall into the categories of trading for reward, trading at final immunity, or forcing a trade through straight-up blackmail. Let’s take a look at how each might play out or if they are worthwhile. Could Jenna have gotten something in return for her immunity necklace this past week?
Survivor Psyche, Episode 8: Mission Aborted, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: The Amazon Interstellar Embassy has been closed and sadly, our trusting star man Dave has returned to asteroid B-612. Farewell, Little Prince, we hardly knew ye. Earth can be a rude and bewildering place for a swingin’ goodwill ambassador like you.
Survivor: The Amazon – Getting to the Final Two Predicted in the Gambling Scandal, by Charlie Reneke: The final two predicted in the wake of the gambling scandal mentioned previously are not exactly the likeliest pair right. But let's take a look at just how we might end up with those two. Obviously, this article comes with a WARNING: SPOILER INFORMATION tag.
Survivor: The Amazon – Overcoming “The Spiral of Silence”, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Why did everybody – including even Butch – vote against Dave last week? Professor Sadow provides an answer related to how people deal with the opinions of others. But such a vote can mask deeper dissent. How can Deena work from here to solidify her position in the game?
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 8 MVP: Try, Try Again, by Phil Kural: The MVP is not always the person you'd expect it to be. But in this case, it's probably the one you'd least expect. Find out why Phil says this week's winner deserves special recognition.
Survivor: The Amazon – Betting Scandal Reveals Possible Final Two, by David Bloomberg: A number of online casinos have betting on Survivor even though the result is already known to some. It was probably only a matter of time before somebody with insider knowledge used it. One site has closed Survivor betting for this reason. Who were the bets for and should we take it seriously? Warning: Possible Spoiler Information!
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining Eight, by Jeffrey Clinard: We have an interesting situation on Survivor as everybody knows there is a core group of four or five, but everybody also has different opinions as to who is in that core group. So the Survivor Advisor presents his thoughts on what each person should do to solidify their position heading into the back stretch.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 8: Strategy, Not Rocket Science, by David Bloomberg: Dave Johnson, the 24-year-old rocket scientist from Pasadena, became the eighth person voted off and the first member of the jury. For a guy who makes a living through high-powered thinking, Dave often showed us that he didn't put too much thought into strategy.
Survivor: The Amazon – Questions, Observations, Showers, and Power, by Ken Kellam III: Ken has his usual batch of questions and observations this week, with special focus on Rob and Dave. But there’s more than enough to go around for everybody, including Matthew, Jenna, Heidi, and the rest!
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Dave Lost, by David Bloomberg: Dave thought he had all the variables worked out. The guys had a list and they would stick to it, come hell or high water. The women would go in an orderly fashion. But that all changed last week, and Dave couldn't do anything to stop his own departure this week. Why did Dave lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 8: It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist…, by David Bloomberg: Dave is on the chopping block. He knows he's on the chopping block. He talks to Deena, Heidi, Alex, and probably everybody else about getting himself off the chopping block. Will it work? Heidi gives him a 50/50 chance. He gives Heidi lots of holding at night. Hmmm. And what is Matt doing with that machete?
Reality High Test Results, Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 7: Hate to Say I Told You So, by Brian James: Brian doesn’t have any questions this week for his class. Why? Because he pretty much covered everything they did this week already and some of them even listened to him! But that doesn’t mean he has nothing to say. Quite the contrary, as we see how the students have done and may do from here on out.
Survivor Psyche, Episode 7: Evicted, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: The great day arrives at last when the warring houses come together in a surge of romantic feeling. But the honeymoon ends abruptly as Montague battles Capulet for dominance in their new abode. Who are star-crossed and who just needs a smack upside the head?
Survivor: The Amazon – Outplayed and Outwitted, an Interview with Roger Sexton, by David Bloomberg: Although Roger said in his final words that he was not outplayed or outwitted, looking back he admits that’s exactly what happened. In his interview with RealityNewsOnline, Roger tells us what his game plan was, how the guys decided their votes, what he thought of various other people he was with, and more!
Survivor: The Amazon – Transferring Immunity: A Game Advantage… or a Curse?, by Jeffrey Clinard: Since the ability to transfer individual immunity has returned, it’s time to take another look at why in the world anybody would want to do it. Jeff has come up with but a single reason – and it’s a good one.
Survivor: The Amazon – Strategy and Sex, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Will it be strategy or sex that carries the day on this edition of Survivor? Professor Sadow would like to think it’s the former, but there seems to be a somewhat Freudian voice that indicates the latter.
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 7 MVP: I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!, by Phil Kural: Now that we’ve been through the merge, the competition gets tougher and there is only one MVP. But that’s okay, because one person truly showed their stuff this week.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 7: Roger, Over and Out!, by Lawrence AG Green: Roger Sexton became the seventh player voted out of Survivor: The Amazon, losing a 7-3 vote at Tribal Council. Roger was sunk by an alliance which included men he trusted and a strong woman he hated, a girl named Deena.
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining Nine, by Jeffrey Clinard: Shawna was begging to get the boot just a few days earlier, but now she wanted to stay for "the long haul." Didn't work out that way. What happened to change her from such a valuable alliance partner that they would keep her against her wishes into an instant liability? Why did Shawna lose?
Survivor: The Amazon – An Ax (or Machete) to Grind, by Ken Kellam III: Ken has an ax to grind with the way somebody behaved in this episode, and you’ll have a hard time guessing who it is. Not that he’s upset with the outcome, mind you. Still, as usual he has a number of questions about just what is going on in the Amazon.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Roger Lost, by David Bloomberg: Roger thought he had it made - the men would vote off the women one by one. What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a bit, as it turned out. How did Roger manage to stay in the game as long as he did? And why did he finally lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 7: Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!, by David Bloomberg: This episode of Survivor may be one of the best. Besides the girls getting naked, we are also taken along for a ride as we become part of the inside joke - one person will be voted off and he has no idea. But we do. Plus, it features the best voting-off speech ever!
There Is Something About Christy…, by Jeffrey Clinard: Why is it that Christy has become much more popular than any of the so-called hotties on Survivor: The Amazon? What about her has drawn viewers to her? Jeffrey Clinard explores the special “something about Christy.”
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 6 MVPs: How to Strategize and Persevere, by Phil Kural: Two people made it to "MVP" status this week in very different ways. One found new ways to make alliances and plot strategy while the other overcame obstacles and learned how to persevere. Let's see who was on top of their game this week.
Survivor Psyche, Episode 6: Banished, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: Shawna is transformed by the wondrous rejuvenating power of Alex's flirtatious self, only to be driven out of paradise by spurned suitors, a suspicious sister, and a snake or two.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 6: Should I Stay or Should I Go?, by Lawrence AG Green: Shawna Mitchell became the sixth person voted out of Survivor: The Amazon after riding an emotional roller coaster during her 18 days in the game. But in the end, this is Survivor, so what's love got to do with it?
Survivor: The Amazon – Questions, Answers, and Snow Jobs, by Ken Kellam III: Episode 6 provided a good unpredictable ending, but also left us with many questions after watching the snow jobs flying everywhere. Indeed, one question is just who is being snowed!
Survivor: The Amazon – An Interview with Jeanne, by David Bloomberg: Jeanne thought she lucked out when the tribal swap occurred, but ended up getting voted out anyway. In our interview with her, she discusses what happened to end up with that vote, why they wanted to risk a tie, her plan for the game, and what she really thinks of Heidi, Jenna, and Shawna.
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining 10, by Jeffrey Clinard: The tribes are even at five apiece, but the gender balance is off with the men up 6-4. What will happen if there is a merge? What should each contestant do? The Survivor Advisor is here to tell them.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Shawna Lost, by David Bloomberg: Shawna was begging to get the boot just a few days earlier, but now she wanted to stay for "the long haul." Didn't work out that way. What happened to change her from such a valuable alliance partner that they would keep her against her wishes into an instant liability? Why did Shawna lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 6: Revenge, Irony, Joy & Happiness, by David Bloomberg: This episode of Survivor: The Amazon is thick with both irony and revenge. But there are other things too, like the joy Christy gets from Roger and Butch complimenting her and the happiness of Jaburu as they bathe together.
Survivor: The Amazon – An Interview with JoAnna, by David Bloomberg: JoAnna was certainly one of the most controversial players on the sixth Survivor. RealityNewsOnline held back nothing in our questions of her after she was voted off, and she in turn held back nothing in her response.
Survivor: The Amazon – Use Sex, Not Stupidity, as a Weapon, by Paris Cosby: The Survivor: The Amazon contestants aren’t the brightest bunch, are they? Even as Paris once again discusses how they continue to fall into their gender roles, she just can’t help but notice how some of them don’t seem to have two brain cells to rub together.
Survivor: The Amazon – The Heated Debate About Christy, by Dale Sherman: Ever since Survivor: The Amazon began, there has been a great deal of heated debate about Christy because she is hard of hearing. Some have said she shouldn't get special treatment. Others that she should. And even some in the deaf community are saying she isn't doing it right. Dale Sherman, who is hard of hearing himself, weighs in.
Survivor Psyche, Episode 5: I’m Melting… Melting, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: The last member of the Jaburu coven meets a fiery fate at Tribal Council. Dave’s enchantment of Heidi is too powerful for Jeanne to break, after she flees to the temporary safety of the Tambaqui compound.
Reality High Test Results, Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 5: Be-Switched, Bothered, and Bewildered, by Brian James: Brian is back teaching the Survivor contestants at Reality High. It’s amazing how they take his classes but refuse to learn. Let’s take a look at the latest round of test results and see where various students went wrong.
Survivor, Episode 5 MVPs: On a Roll, and Just Plain Boring, by Phil Kural: Opinions about the decisions made by Dave and Heidi in the fifth episode are all over the board. Some say it was brilliant, some not so much. But Phil says it was MVP-worthy, at least for Dave, that is. As far as Jaburu, well…
Survivor: The Amazon – Dave’s Strategic Success… and Failure, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Dave had a good strategy when he met with Jenna. She blabbed, he didn’t. He picked the new tribes strategically, she didn’t. But then when it came time to choose a partner for the next Tribal Council, he failed in a choice that could lead to his downfall.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 5: Jeanne Splicing, by Lawrence AG Green: Jeanne Hebert became the fifth person voted out of Survivor: The Amazon, and perhaps the first victim of backstabbing in this edition of the Survivor franchise. Just when she thought she had been granted a short reprieve after the tribes were shuffled, Jeanne was betrayed by Heidi.
Survivor Tie-Breakers: How the Purple Rock Has Changed Players’ Strategy, by Evan Meikleham: The methods for handling tie-breakers on Survivor have included past votes, trivia contests, and, of course, the purple rock of death. Since Paschal's loss without any votes cast his way, we've seen a change in the way players approach the possibility of a tie, leading us right to Heidi's most recent maneuver on Survivor: The Amazon. The purple rock idea was blasted by fans at the time, but has it made the game better?
Survivor: The Amazon – Heidi the Grinch and Other Assorted Opinions, by Ken Kellam III: Is Heidi the "Grinch who stole Survivor"? Ken thinks it's a possibility, and takes a shot at what it might be like if Doctor Seuss were to rewrite "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" in her honor. Of course, he has plenty of other opinions to share as well.
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining 11, by Jeffrey Clinard: Now that the tribes are all mixed up, players have to start thinking along new lines – and especially about the mid-game. The Survivor Advisor once again provides his thoughts on what they should be planning.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Jeanne Lost, by David Bloomberg: Jeanne was to be the next to go on Jaburu, but that all changed when the tribes were mixed up… Well, obviously not or else we'd be talking about somebody else. So what happened? Why did Jeanne still lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 5: All Shook Up!, by David Bloomberg: When Dave and Jenna are sent to their own private bungalow, something must be in the offing. Could it be a tribal mix-up? If so, Jeanne won't be sad, because she's feeling left out in Jaburu. But poor Rob is upset that Dave might not have his best interests at heart.
Survivor: The Amazon – Whining Women and Manly Men, by Paris Cosby: This week the men truly lived up to expectations of what a group of guys out camping should do. Unfortunately, the women lived down to expectation of what happens when you get a bunch of ‘em together without any men around…
Reality High Test Results, Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 4: You’re Standing on My Neck, by Brian James: Trying to teach the students at reality high is just getting to be too much for Brian. He talks and talks and they just go on and do whatever they want anyway. It’s enough to make a guy want to quit. In fact, this week there were no tests – but a frantic call to a friend for support in the face of overwhelming stupidity.
Survivor Psyche, Episode 4: Called Home, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: Will the real Pod Person please stand up? Shawna slowly succumbs to the life-sucking power of teenage angst while the aloof Don Matteo shows signs of human animation in this installment of Invasion of the Amazonian Body Snatchers.
Survivor: The Amazon – Daniel Lue Discusses His Amazon Time… and Roger, by David Bloomberg: Daniel Lue was called “lazy” and threatened behind his back with a “kung fu chop” by Roger. Then, to top it off, he was voted out. What does Daniel think of his time in the Amazon and, in particular, his nemesis in the jungle?
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 4: Hallelujah, Oh Glory, Hallelujah, Amen!, by Lawrence AG Green: JoAnna Ward became the fourth person voted out of Survivor: The Amazon. Though she was perhaps Jaburu's hardest worker, fiercest challenge competitor, and tribal fisher queen, JoAnna was shut down by an alliance full of youthful hubris, deluded vanity and implanted silicone.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Deena Is in the Perfect Position, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Some have suggested that Deena made the wrong decision by aligning herself with younger, Hottie, alliance. Professor Sadow explains why those people are off-base if they think Deena has made bad or mysterious decisions - in fact, she is in the perfect position to make it to the end.
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 4 MVPs: A Motivation Proclamation, by Phil Kural: There are two different ways to motivate people - by influence and by action. Our MVPs this week each took a different method, but both are motivators in their own right.
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining 12, by Jeffrey Clinard: The Survivor Advisor has a strange problem this time. Eleven of the remaining survivors want to win the game, while one wants out. Given this odd situation, what is the right advice for each tribe and the members in it?
Survivor: The Amazon – Putting the “Cute” Alliance Under a Microscope, by Charlie Reneke: The women of the “cute” alliance – specifically Heidi, Shawna, and Jenna – put others under a microscope as they say the older women have more fat or are upset because they look nice or the like. Let’s turn the tables and see how these three are really acting.
Survivor: The Amazon – Playas, or Playa Hatahs?, by Ken Kellam III: The women of Survivor: The Amazon are not exactly the best players ever. In fact, you might suggest they are among the worst. Let’s join Ken as he takes a look at each of them.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why JoAnna Lost, by David Bloomberg: It should come as no surprise that JoAnna Ward was given the boot. She did many things wrong and very few right. But what, specifically, led to her ouster? Why did JoAnna lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 4: Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!, by David Bloomberg: Praise the Lord and pass the torch-snuffer! The cute girls are aligning against the working "bigger" women. But they realize they need help from a couple of non-cuties. Uh oh! Then Shawna has the nerve to get sick and ask to be sent home. Oh, and the men are doing some stuff too.
Survivor: The Amazon – Role Reversal & Player Traits, by Paris Cosby: This season of Survivor, with the men against the women, is showing that stereotypes of men and women don’t always hold true. It’s also showing some odd character traits in certain players, such as Heidi and Matthew (at right) – and we’ve only had three episodes!
Reality High Test Results, Survivor: The Amazon Episode 3 – Happiness is a Warm Magic 8-Ball, by Brian James: Since the first session of Reality High was a bit unruly, teacher Brian decided to calm the Survivor students down by seeing how they would react to common sayings and quotes. After going through these, their actions on the show were certainly no surprise.
Survivor Psyche, Episode 3: Chinese Take-Out, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: An eerie spell is cast over the Amazon, as the women are transformed into sirens, the men start speaking in tongues, and one player is revealed as an emissary from asteroid B-612.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 3: Daniel My Brother, You Have More Votes Than Me, by Lawrence AG Green: Daniel Lue, the 27-year-old tax accountant and WWF Tough Enough semi-finalist, became the third person booted out of Survivor: The Amazon in a landslide 6-1 vote. His departure proves that old adage - and if it's not old then we'll say it's old and make it so: just having the desire to be on a reality TV show is not enough.
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 3 MVPs: You’re Either a Leader or a Snake, by Phil Kural: While it's still not easy to pick out an MVP for the men, finally somebody stepped up for the women. One could be a leader, the other a snake. Different strategies for different MVPs.
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining 13, by Jeffrey Clinard: The women are finally bringing it all together – and seriously kicking male butt at the same time. What advice does our Survivor Advisor have for each tribe and each individual within that tribe?
Survivor: The Amazon – It’s a Beautiful Day in Survivorhood, by Ken Kellam III: Is it a beautiful day in Survivorhood? Or are the neighbors just not getting along? Join Mr. Kellam as he thinks about the recently-departed Mr. Rogers and what he might have said about our two tribes.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Daniel Lost, by David Bloomberg: Daniel and Roger got off to a bad start almost immediately. A counter-alliance could have worked but fell apart at the end. What did Daniel do or not do that resulted in his being voted off? Why did Daniel lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 3: Kung Fu Roger, by David Bloomberg: The men and women have a little time during a challenge to talk to one another - which just sets the men's hearts a-racing. But does it send their bodies racing through any of the challenges, or do the women take over again? Plus, will the Roger/Dan feud come to a head with Roger giving Dan a "kung fu chop"?
Survivor: The Amazon – Who Is the Underdog and Should Janet Have Been Voted Out?, by Peggy Keller: Was Janet really sick enough to vote out, or was she targeted mostly because of the granola bar accusations? All in all, should she have been the one to leave? Aside from that, who is the underdog from each tribe?
Reality High Test Results, February 26, 2003: The New Survivor Class, by Brian James: Time for a new semester at Reality High, where the students have to take Brian's class before they can go on their respective shows. Right now it's a small class, as only Survivor: The Amazon students are signed up. But that doesn't mean it will be any easier. In fact, the stock price of Excedrin has already gone up on news that Brian would be teaching these folks again.
Survivor: The Amazon – An Interview with Ryan, by David Bloomberg: Ryan Aiken was the first person voted off of Survivor: The Amazon. Was he really the slacker Roger claimed? Was there as much trash-talking about the women as we were shown - or maybe more? Hear Ryan's side of the story in our interview with Ryan.
Survivor Psyche, Episode 2: Granola Barred, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: This week we were privy to the ancient sports of bigotry, zealotry, hypocrisy, grandstanding, backstabbing, and good old-fashioned witch hunts - and a merry time was had by all. Last week, the men were the bad boys, but in this episode, the women prove they can be just as stereotypically childish.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 2: Cereal Killed Her, by Lawrence AG Green: Janet Koth became the second castaway voted out of Survivor: The Amazon, receiving five out of eight total votes. She was accused of smuggling food into camp and that's when the tides turned on her. Branded with the scarlet letter 'C' for "Cheater," or 'L' for "Liar-Liar-Pants-on-Fire," Janet's head was placed on the chopping block at Tribal Council. And that was that.
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Reality TV Hall of Shame Moment: JoAnna Ward’s Idol Thoughts and Vicious Attack , by David Bloomberg: JoAnna Ward of Survivor: The Amazon says she is a better person since becoming a Born-Again Christian. If that's true, I'd hate to have seen her beforehand! Her acts of shame piled one on top of another in the second episode, from preaching against the immunity idol while others were trying to sleep to screaming at Christy. One long, shameful moment.
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining 14, by Jeffrey Clinard: One from each camp is now gone and alliances are swirling and shifting. What should each player do to make sure he or she won't be the next one voted off at Tribal Council?
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 2: Cereal Killed Her, by Lawrence AG Green: Janet Koth became the second castaway voted out of Survivor: The Amazon, receiving five out of eight total votes. She was accused of smuggling food into camp and that's when the tides turned on her. Branded with the scarlet letter 'C' for "Cheater," or 'L' for "Liar-Liar-Pants-on-Fire," Janet's head was placed on the chopping block at Tribal Council. And that was that.
Take a Survivor Adventure Vacation!, by Paris Cosby: Are you a Survivor fan looking for a new type of travel experience that goes off the beaten touristy paths? You can now sign up for adventure travel led by former Survivor contestants!
Survivor: The Amazon – Strategies Begin to Form, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Both camps have fractures in them, but is any strategy forming yet? Our resident professor of political science takes a look at how the players can begin to form their alliances and sub-alliances in order to make it past the mid-game and into the end.
Survivor: The Amazon – Ghosts of Survivors Past, and Other Observations, by Ken Kellam III: The Survivor franchise has been around long enough that certain players and incidents inevitably bring back memories of OTHER players and incidents. Who gives us a feeling of déjà vu? And who is like nobody we've ever seen?
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 2 MVPs: Hello, I’m a Hypocrite, by Phil Kural: This was a rather difficult week to find even one MVP, let alone two. But two people managed to float above the rest, even if just barely. Actually, in the women’s case it was more like the rest of them sank due to their actions, especially JoAnna.
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Janet Lost, by David Bloomberg: Janet was well-liked, at least until she was accused of smuggling food. She was sick but pulled through on challenges. She wasn't in any of the big fights that occurred this episode. So why did Janet lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 2: (Un)Holy Granoley!, by David Bloomberg: Last week we got to see some of the bad side of the men. This week, it's the women's turn. And it is nasty! We've got preaching and screeching and a granola bar international incident. Can the men meanwhile pull together and win something?
Survivor Psyche, Episode 1: Discontinued Model, by Melinda Smith and Suzanne Tromblay: The Survivor Psyche Sisters are back - there was no way they could refrain from providing their thoughts on a Survivor that pits the men against the women! The men can run, but they can't hide!
The Mystery of the Survivor Lockbox, by RealityNewsOnline Staff, Compiled by C. Brian Devinney: It may not be the biggest mystery in the world, but it sure is one that is fun to speculate about – what could be in the locked box given to Survivor: The Amazon contestants? RealityNewsOnline writers took a stab (okay, 100 stabs) at it and you’re sure to find the possibilities amusing.
Survivor: The Amazon – Advice for the Remaining 15, by Jeffrey Clinard: Survivor is back, and so is the Survivor Advisor. He has an opening dose of advice for the 15 remaining contestants. Whose position is solid? Whose is precarious? And what should each do to keep moving forward in the game?
Survivor: The Amazon – First Impressions, by Ken Kellam III: We've had 90 minutes to get our first impressions of this sixth group of Survivor contestants. Let's take a look at what we found out.
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 1: For Ryan, Out Loud, by Lawrence AG Green: Ryan Aiken, the 23-year-old model/actor from Ellicott City, Maryland, won the dubious distinction of being the first person voted off on Survivor: The Amazon. Bloated with enough testosterone-fueled hot air to fill the Goodyear blimp, Ryan was seen by his fellow dudes at the Tambaqui Tom Tom Club as loud, self-centered, and lazy. If you want an encyclopedia of first, second, and third impressions that guarantee you'll get booted quickly from Survivor, all you have to do is look at Ryan.
Survivor: The Amazon: Who Is the Underdog and Should Ryan Have Been Voted Out?, by Peggy Keller: With a new season of Survivor, we have new underdogs and new questions. Among the questions - should Ryan really have been the first person voted out? Peggy says no. But then who should have been? And who is the underdog right now? Could they be one and the same?
Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 1 MVPs: The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, by Phil Kural: We met the 16 Survivor: The Amazon contestants and saw how they performed their first three days. Who has what it takes to be named as Phil's first MVPs?
Survivor: The Amazon – Why Ryan Lost, by David Bloomberg: It's always toughest to be the first one booted out - but it's worse when you're a guy on an all-guy team and you've all been ripping on the women. What did Ryan do to set himself apart from the other guys in a close vote? Why did Ryan lose?
Surviving the Amazon, Episode 1: Behind the 8-Ball, by David Bloomberg: Were the spoilers right? Do the men actually lose the first challenge - and a rather physical one at that? You can't ask Rob's Magic 8-Ball, for he has forbidden its use to determine the outcome of challenges. But with all the chest-beating and discussions of women, will the men stick together as a group or fall apart?
Being Jeff Probstovich – Survivor: The Amazon; The Pre-Season, by Lawrence AG Green: What if you could sneak into Jeff Probst’s head and ask all the questions that viewers really want to know. Well, Lawrence Green has found just the way to do that, so for this coming season of Survivor: The Amazon, you can check right here to find him Being Jeff Probstovich.
RNO Roundtable – ‘Survivor: The Amazon’ Predictions, Part 3: Win, Place, or Lose, by RealityNewsOnline Staff: We've discussed the two tribes, now it's time to look ahead and make our final predictions. Who won't even make the jury? Who will make the final four? And who is going to win it all?
Predicting Survivor 6: Predictions from an Empirical Model, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: In this third and final part of Professor Sadow’s look at how to predict Survivor: The Amazon, we get down to what everybody has been waiting for – the actual predictions themselves! Who looks good to win and who looks like an early out?
A Look at the ‘Survivor: Inside the Tribe’ DVD, by Jason Borelli: If you want to know more about the Survivor: The Amazon contestants before Thursday, run – don’t walk – to your nearest Saturn dealer for the “Survivor: Inside the Tribe” preview DVD. Or you can just read all about it right here.
What Amazonian Survivors Should Have Learned, by David Bloomberg: Over the course of the past five season of Survivor, it should be obvious that contestants need to learn certain rules to play by. Sure, sometimes the rules are broken and a person succeeds, like Vecepia, but more often they work perfectly, as they did for Brian. Building on all five series, here is an newly updated look at what the Amazonian Survivors should have learned if they want to join the group of million-dollar winners.
RNO Roundtable – ‘Survivor: The Amazon’ Predictions, Part 2: The Men, by RealityNewsOnline Staff: Here is the second part of the RNO Roundtable to predict how the new season of Survivor will turn out - this time, we're looking at the men. Who will do well, who will be gone quickly?
RNO Roundtable – ‘Survivor: The Amazon’ Predictions, Part 1: The Women, by RealityNewsOnline Staff: The writers of RealityNewsOnline once again gather to predict what will happen on the new season of Survivor - but this time we've split it up just as the producers have. Today we will address our thoughts on the women.
Predicting Survivor 6: To What Factors Does Survivor Success Relate?, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: In the first article of this series, Professor Sadow looked at the possibility of predicting success in Survivor. Now it's time to test the validity of this theory and build a model to look at how well a person will do on the show.
Predicting Survivor 6: A Theory of Success of Survivor, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: As the newest Survivor approaches, many predictions will be written. But is there enough data available now that we can move past the haphazard predictions to a statistical method of social science? Let's take a look.
Survivor: The Facts by the Numbers, by Charlie Reneke: Survivor: The Amazon is still a month away, but in the meantime Charlie has put together an interesting list of information to consider in what to look for from this new season's potential winner and losers.
‘Survivor: The Amazon’ Cast Introduced on ‘The Early Show’, by Ken Kellam III: While people who checked out websites since Friday afternoon may have known the contestants for Survivor: The Amazon, the official announcement was made Monday morning on The Early Show. We learned a (very) little bit about the players, including the first ever hard of hearing player.
'Survivor: The Amazon' Contestant Jenna Morasca: Swimsuit Model and More!, by David Bloomberg: Survivor: The Amazon contestants have been revealed, and this year's certain "Survivor Hot Chick" will be Jenna Morasca. She's been in the pages of Stuff and Maxim, on TV, in beauty pageants, and more. Read on to find out more about this beautiful young woman.
'Survivor: The Amazon' Contestant Daniel Lue Previously Interviewed by RealityNewsOnline, by David Bloomberg: The list of contestants for Survivor: The Amazon is out, and it turns out that one of them, Daniel Lue, has already been interviewed by RealityNewsOnline! Now how many reality TV sites can say that they've interviewed a contestant before he'd even applied?! It turns out that Daniel had been in the Top 25 applicants for the first WWF Tough Enough. Read on for more details.
Survivor Strikes Gold in the Amazon, by Louise "Wezzie" Craven: The location of Survivor: The Amazon has been pinpointed. Read on to find out more about where it is, what dangers the contestants will face, what foods they might find, and much more!
Survivor: "Old" Perceptions Die Hard, by Melinda Smith: Ever since the beginning of Survivor, there has been a subtle but pervasive bias against "older" contestants. But let's look at how "older" Survivors have actually done, and maybe we can look ahead to Survivor: The Amazon without an age bias.
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