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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Did Jon and Jaclyn Get Dale's Idol?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Did Jon and Jaclyn Get Dale's Idol?

Originally posted 10/30/2014 11:20AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"There is no fake, there is no real. It's Survivor.
– Shambo, Survivor: Samoa

"I want to believe" was a famous X-Files catchphrase. Last night on Survivor, you could have applied it to Jon.

Did Dale really have an idol? Was he really going to give it to Jon for saving him at the vote? Could Jon enter the merge with an idol in his pocket?

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Survivor's John Rocker: I'm Not a Bad Guy

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Survivor's John Rocker: I'm Not a Bad Guy

Originally posted 10/13/2014 07:30PM

At its core, Survivor is a social game. During the first days of the competition, contestants should strive not to get into verbal altercations with anyone else.

John Rocker clearly didn't get the memo.

But it may not have been entirely Rocker's fault. Some of the other contestants were all too aware of his history: In 1998, Rocker made controversial statements about minorities in an interview, causing a scandal that has followed him ever since.

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Survivor: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

Originally posted 10/09/2014 10:45AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"One of my main objectives in this game was to create interpersonal relationships as soon as possible."
– Shambo, Survivor: Samoa

Is it a good thing that John Rocker was voted off Survivor?

Oh sure, we were all rooting against him. The hotheaded pitcher was a larger-than-life villain, with his history of bigotry and his neolithic machismo. He told Natalie she looked like a man and threatened to punch her. When his girlfriend, Julie, beat him in a duel, he griped that he lost to a girl.

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Which Survivor Stars are Married – and Competing on The Amazing Race?

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Survivor's Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson are Married – and Running in The Amazing Race

Originally posted 09/26/2014 04:45PM

Whitney Duncan is no stranger to reality TV.

In 2007, she finished fifth on season five of Nashville Star. Then, in 2011, she lasted 28 days on Survivor: South Pacific. Now, audiences will see her again on The Amazing Race, which kicks off season 25 Friday night. 

And who is Duncan competing with? Keith Tollefson, a fellow Survivor contestant – who also happens to be her new husband.

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Brawn & Beauty: Meet the New Cast of Survivor

Meet the New Cast of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur

Originally posted 08/27/2014 12:00PM

What happens when you put a controversial baseball player, a Broadway star and a pair of outspoken twins on an island? You get the cast of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur.

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Survivor's Erik Reichenbach Is Married!

Survivor's Erik Reichenbach Is Married!

Originally posted 08/26/2014 06:40PM

Two-time Survivor contestant Erik Reichenbach is married!

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Survivor Winner Tony Vlachos: I Never Wanted to Hurt Anyone

Survivor Winner Tony Vlachos: I Never Wanted to Hurt Anyone

Originally posted 05/28/2014 12:30PM

In the days since Tony Vlachos won the $1 million prize on Survivor: Cagayan, he has had some time to think.

Portrayed as a villain, he made a lot of promises he didn't keep – swearing on his wife, baby, father and even his police badge. And things turned ugly: During the final tribal council, his closest ally, Trish Hegarty, ripped into him for his untrustworthiness.

There were consequences outside the game, as well. Vlachos, a 40-year-old cop from Jersey City, has been in the center of a local debate after a congressional hopeful said that he should be fired for lying on TV. Now that his eventful week has sunk in, Vlachos tells PEOPLE about his regrets, his plans, and how he's not as bad as you think.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Vlachos Outsmarted Them All

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Vlachos Outsmarted Them All

Originally posted 05/22/2014 11:25AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"I don't have any regrets."
– Colby Donaldson, Survivor: Australia

Tony Vlachos won the million dollars on the finale of Survivor Wednesday, along with the title of Sole Survivor, and most importantly – the final Fishy. His victory capped off a season he dominated with big moves and flashy gameplay. Thanks to Tony, Survivor: Cagayan will go down as one of the top seasons in the history of the show.

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Survivor's Trish Hegarty Says She Has a 'Very Complicated Personality'

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Survivor's Trish Hegarty Says She Has a 'Very Complicated Personality'

Originally posted 05/20/2014 12:55PM

At 48, Trish Hegarty was the oldest contestant to compete on Survivor: Cagayan. Initially banished from her tribe, the Massachusetts Pilates trainer managed to battle her way into the game's most dominant power alliance. But it didn't last.

Three days before the end of the game, her alliance turned on her, opting instead to keep caustic attorney Kass McQuillan.

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Survivor Blog: Tony Votes Out His Closest Ally

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Votes Out His Closest Ally

Originally posted 05/15/2014 10:55AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"You have to weigh out your options at the end, and things aren't always as clear as they seem."
– Kim Spradlin, winner, Survivor: One World

Did Tony just make a brilliant move or a terrible one? I truly have no idea.

Just when you thought he was going to whip out an idol and save Trish, Tony instead turned on his top ally and voted her out. It happened so fast, you might have missed it. I did when I first watched the episode.

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