Well, all that remains of Survivor Philippines is this recap. By now I’m sure you know that the sole Survivor is Denise Stapley. Here’s a quick review.
The final four contestants were Lisa, Denise, Malcolm and Mike Skupin. The reward challenge gave the winner an advantage for the final Immunity. Malcolm once again proved that he is a wiz at puzzles and wins the reward challenge and the advantage in the final challenge. It turns out that the advantage is that he is able to get a second chance. Let me explain. I always find this challenge nerve wracking. The contestants have to hold a series of pegs while balancing a little ball and of course, not dropping the ball. Each time period involves more pegs making the challenge harder and harder. You drop your ball, you lose…except for Malcolm. Since he won reward, he gets a second chance. This should hand him this challenge on a silver platter right? Wrong. Malcolm seems to have a bit of a tremor. He cannot keep that ball balanced. He drops it once and then yep, he drops it again. He is first out of this one. Denise is second to lose. Funny how the two that needed to win the most are the first two to lose, huh? It’s between Lisa and Skupin and Skupin eeks out the win. I was disappointed. I wanted to see Lisa win SOMETHING. Oh well.
So, with Skupin having Immunity the choice is between voting off Malcolm or voting off Denise. Lisa is convinced that the right thing to do is to vote off Malcolm because they don’t have a chance against him. Well truthfully, Lisa doesn’t have a chance at all so what did she care? Skupin is up in the air because he has a final three with Malcolm, but in the end chooses to take Denise to the final three. Oops! Also, I don’t know if it occurred to Malcolm and Denise that they could have voted Lisa, thus making the vote tied 2-2. In that case a final challenge is held to decide the winner. In the past, it has been a fire starting challenge–remember Bob Crowley’s season? Well, that’s neither here nor there because Malcolm is voted off and your final three will face the jury.
As usual, at the jury meeting some contestants are mature and handle it with aplomb and others show their feelings of regret and wishing they could get revenge. On the whole, it was a pretty tame jury. When the voting occurs, Lisa receives one vote and Skupin receives one vote and Denise wins with all the rest of the votes. Lisa wins the fan vote and $100,000.
This morning I was able to talk to Gillian Larson from Survivor Gabon about her latest experience at the Survivor Philippines finale. If you read my blogs regularly, you probably know that Gillian is the creator of Reality Rally, a fundraising event held yearly in Temecula California. The event involves Reality Stars and Gillian makes a point to meet each and every new one and get them involved in her amazing charity work. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.
Gillian was able to meet this season’s Survivors. She makes a point of mentioning that she feels that this season’s Survivor was one of the best because the players were “honorable” with very little dramatics. She is correct in that this season the players played Survivor. Everyone was interested in the game and wanted to win and they sure played that way. Of course, it’s debatable about what the public really does want. Do they want to watch sincere players compete honestly and with dignity and maturity or do they want to see players make fools of themselves, for instance…well you know who!
Gillian had only good things to say about this new batch of reality stars. She was thrilled with Denise winning Survivor and felt that she was authentic. Gillian used the words “delightful” “real” and “engaging” to describe Survivor’s newest millionaire. All the other contestants were over any hard feelings they had on the show. They were interacting well with each other and seemed to be enjoying their brand new fan base.
Gillian specifically mentioned that Denise and Abi-Maria have no hard feelings toward each other. Gillian is from South Africa and she says she can understand what Abi-Maria is talking about when she speaks of cultural differences. She admits that she had to make adjustments here in America also. It’s good to know that Survivor helped Abi learn how to relate to us Americans!
One contestant that Gillian felt didn’t get to show his true self was Artis. She says he is very outgoing and funny–not at all as serious as he was portrayed on the show. Sometimes editing makes you look different than what you are.
Let me take a few moments to promote Reality Rally–an amazing event that will be held on the first weekend of April in Temecula California. Reality Rally raises funds for Michelle’s Place, a breast cancer resource center. Michelle died at age 26 due to a missed diagnosis at 19 years-old. Reality Rally is produced by over 600 people who see the value of being involved. The event is in tribute to Michelle, Jenn Lyon from Survivor Palua and Gillian’s brother who all died too young of cancer. We have all been touched by this dreaded disease. Reality stars from shows all over the world participate in Reality Rally to help fight this disease and help promote awareness. Since my sister is a breast cancer survivor, this charity is very close to my heart also.
The reality stars participate in an Amazing Race type event. This event gives fans a chance to not only meet and greet their favorite stars, but actually play a reality game with their favs! Already signed up for this year’s event is this season’s Survivor contestant Mike Skupin. A list of reality stars who have already signed up to attend Reality Rally can be seen by clicking here. By donating to your favorite stars page you help not only the star but more importantly Michelle’s Place and breast cancer patients and survivors. So please help by donating!
Gillian also tells me that she was able to get a piece of the ACTUAL SURVIVOR TRIBAL COUNCIL SET!!!! This ornate (and heavy!) piece of wood has been signed by a large number of this season’s contestants along with the Survivor set designer. This item will be auctioned off to benefit Michelle’s Place so keep checking the Reality Rally website or better yet–like it on Facebook so you are sure to know when this item is available. If you are a Survivor diehard fan, this item will be very cool to have!
If you are looking to have some fun, raise money for charity and soak in some southern California sun, please consider attending this year’s Reality Rally. Not only do you get to meet over 100 reality stars, but you even get to meet me! LOL What more can you ask for?
I’ve once again enjoyed hanging out with you here on the Survivor blog. I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful winter, Holiday season and healthy happy start to 2013. I’ll be back here, along with BBBlogger in February for the next Survivor season of Fans versus Favorites. Until then…Bloggergal xxoo