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The Survivor: Worlds Apart Runners-Up Tell All: 'We Were So Close! '

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The Survivor: Worlds Apart Runners-Up Tell All: 'We Were So Close! '

Originally posted 05/22/2015 07:35PM

Sometimes, people play a good game of Survivor, but lose because of bad luck.

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Survivor Winner Mike Holloway: It's a Crazy Game – but I Won It!

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Survivor Winner Mike Holloway: It's a Crazy Game – but I Won It!

Originally posted 05/22/2015 05:10PM

Nice guys don't always finish last.

That was ultimately the message of Survivor: Worlds Apart. The arguments were ugly and the characters weren't always lovable, but in the end, it was good guy Mike Holloway who walked away with $1 million.

It wasn't easy. After finding himself on the outs, Holloway only made it to the end by winning five immunity challenges and playing a hidden immunity idol.

Holloway, a 38-year-old oil driller from Texas, tells PEOPLE how he won the game – and what he'll do differently if he ever plays again.

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Find Out Who America Chose to Compete on the Next Season of Survivor | Jeff Probst

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Find Out Who America Chose to Compete on the Next Season of Survivor

Originally posted 05/20/2015 11:15PM

America has spoken.

With more than 10 million ballots cast, fans of Survivor have selected 10 men and 10 women to head to a remote island later this week to play the game.

All of the contestants have played the game once before, but none of them have walked away with the $1 million check.

These 20 contestants will be immediately sequestered. They will speak to the media on Friday before going to Cambodia to play the game.

With no further ado, these are the contestants America chose.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Finale Blog: A Victor Who 'Fought Back Against Overwhelming Odds'

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Finale Blog: A Victor Who 'Fought Back Against Overwhelming Odds'

Originally posted 05/20/2015 10:10PM

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.

"When I start working hard on something, my whole body and soul just goes into it, with every ounce of me. … And that's what winners do. Winners keep fighting. Champions keep persevering." –Bobby Jon Drinkard, Survivor: Palau

I'm filing this dispatch to PEOPLE mere moments before I learn if I'm about to be cast on Survivor: Second Chances. Whether or not I end up being selected – I want to thank all of you who have voted for me over the past few weeks. The outpouring of support I've received has truly touched me, and I am incredibly grateful.

Now on to Wednesday's finale: Spoilers ahead.

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Vote Me onto Survivor! Potential Male Castaways Make Their Pitches to PEOPLE

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Vote Me onto Survivor! Potential Male Castaways Make Their Pitches to PEOPLE

Originally posted 05/18/2015 07:50PM

You've got to hand it to the producers of Survivor. They sure know how to keep a franchise going.

Two weeks ago, the long-running show announced a voting process where America would get to choose contestants for next season.

Through Wednesday night's finale, voters can visit Survivor's website to choose the 10 men and 10 women who they want to see compete next season.

Last week, PEOPLE profiled 10 women who are in the running to compete.

Now it's time to hear from the men.

PEOPLE spoke with 9 of the potential male contestants. (Mike Holloway is still an active contestant on the current season. As such, he is under a press embargo and cannot campaign for a slot.)

Here they are, in no particular order:

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Put Me Back on Survivor! 10 Women Plead Their Case to PEOPLE

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Put Me Back on Survivor! 10 Women Plead Their Case to PEOPLE

Originally posted 05/15/2015 08:35PM

Next season's game of Survivor has already begun.

When CBS announced that the show would let America choose its next cast, potential contestants began aggressive campaigns on social media for votes.

Through next Wednesday, voters can visit Survivor's website to chose the 10 men and 10 women who they want to see compete next season.

While PEOPLE will refrain from making official endorsements, it just so happened that exactly 10 women responded to our requests for an interview. (We'll profile the men soon.) Here they are, in no particular order:

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Dan Foley: My Survivor Portrayal Was Unfair

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Dan Foley: My Survivor Portrayal Was Unfair

Originally posted 05/14/2015 09:55PM

Everyone knows that Survivor is a highly edited show.

Over a period of three days, multiple cameras film between 300-500 hours of footage. Then, a team of editors boil all that footage down to one 44-minute episode.

Dan Foley, the latest contestant voted off the island, says he watched the first two episodes and realized that he was going to get a villain's edit. But even he seems surprised at how negatively he was portrayed – and how vitriolic the viewer response has been.

So what did we miss? Foley, a 47-year-old postal worker from Maine, was happy to tell us.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Alliance of Six Starts to Show Cracks | Survivor, Survivor, Stephen Fishbach

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Alliance of Six Starts to Show Cracks

Originally posted 05/14/2015 12:45PM

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.

"I cannot let my guard down. You can't trust nobody now, nobody. You're playing for a million dollars. People have murdered for less than a million dollars." –Twila Tanner, Survivor: Vanuatu

On Wednesday's Survivor, we finally answered a vital question: How long will it take in a puzzle before host Jeff Probst starts telling people the answer?

One hour into the word puzzle, the contestants were exploring options like "wax," "fishin' " and "shaint" when Probst finally cracked and started throwing out softball clues.

It was a comical moment in a crazy episode. Once again, Mike won immunity. And once again the alliance of six had to turn on one of its own. This time, though, the alliance started to show real cracks.

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Survivor's Tyler Fredrickson: This Season's Ugliness Is 'Unfortunate' | Survivor, Survivor

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Survivor's Tyler Fredrickson: This Season's Ugliness Is 'Unfortunate'

Originally posted 05/13/2015 06:00PM

As Survivor: Worlds Apart heads into its penultimate episode on Wednesday night, Tyler Fredrickson is out of the running for the million dollar prize.

Fredrickson, who was perhaps the nicest person in his alliance, was voted out of the game last week. The other contestants saw him as a threat.

The 34-year-old from Los Angeles tells PEOPLE what went wrong – and weighs in on the controversial season.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Birthday Boy and a Bold Move | Survivor, Survivor, Stephen Fishbach

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Birthday Boy and a Bold Move

Originally posted 05/07/2015 12:10AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"I really believe that when you identify a threat, you take them out as soon as possible. You don't wait." –Tom Westman, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

A Humble Appeal

Before I start this week's blog, I want to take a moment for a personal note.

I've been blogging about Survivor strategy since 2009. I've written more than 150 blogs analyzing every boot and blindside from the past 11 seasons. I have been truly touched and humbled that so many of you come back every week to see what I have to say and to share your thoughts in the comments.

CBS is offering me a chance to take what I've learned from writing this blog and apply it to actually playing Survivor. They've launched a Second Chance season. The cast will be determined entirely by fan votes.

If you could take a brief moment to head over to CBS and vote for me, I would be honored and grateful. I'd like to try to win some Fishies, not just award them.

And I will do my best to do my readers proud.

Now let the analysis begin!

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