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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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America Will Choose Next Season's Survivor Contestants | Survivor, Survivor, Stephen Fishbach

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America Will Choose Next Season's Survivor Contestants

Originally posted 05/06/2015 09:20PM

In its 30 seasons, Survivor has worked hard to keep things fresh.

Each season has included twists and turns, keeping contestants – and viewers – on their toes. "Sometimes, people love what we do," host Jeff Probst told PEOPLE in February. "Sometimes, they just want to throw things at us."

For the show's 31st season, producers have come up with one of the show's biggest twists: letting fans of the show choose the 20 castaways who will compete.

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Shirin Oskooi: I Don't Understand the Cruelty of the Other Survivor Contestants | Survivor, Survivor

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Shirin Oskooi: I Don't Understand the Cruelty of the Other Survivor Contestants

Originally posted 05/04/2015 07:30AM

When Shirin Oskooi was 21, she applied to be a contestant on Survivor. She didn't make it, so she applied again and again, at least once a year.

She finally got the call to compete. She was 31.

But things didn't go as planned. Oskooi, a Yahoo! executive from San Francisco, found herself on an exceptionally unpleasant season. The arguments often devolved into vicious personal attacks – many of which were aimed directly at Oskooi.

The ugliness reached its peak when fellow contestant Will Simms derided Oskooi for not having a family. It was clearly a painful moment for the contestants and an awkward scene for the viewers. Thankfully, Oskooi's ally Mike Holloway physically led her away from the confrontation.

Oskooi tells PEOPLE about life on the island before her elimination on Wednesday's episode – and how she feels about her experience today.

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Survivor Winner Aras Baskauskas Marries Model Christy Petersen! See Their Photo Album | Survivor, Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island, Survivor, Aras Baskauskas

Survivor Winner Aras Baskauskas Marries Model Christy Petersen! See Their Photo Album

Originally posted 05/01/2015 01:10PM

Aras Baskauskas is a married man!

The Survivor: Panama champ tied the knot with fiancé Christy Dawn Petersen in a laid-back beach ceremony on April 25.

It was important to Baskauskas and Petersen that the ceremony and reception be a relaxed celebration for their 96 guests. "I'm not usually a big wedding fan – most feel so stuffy," Baskauskas tells PEOPLE. "But this one was so much fun."

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Challenge Beast, a Game of Inches

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Challenge Beast, a Game of Inches

Originally posted 04/30/2015 01:40AM

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.

"You've just gotta hope that those true alliances that you thought you had, and that you tried to build at the beginning, help you at the end. But sometimes it just doesn't work out that way." –Russell Hantz, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Mike Holloway is a superb Survivor player. He's a challenge beast who will grip a pole until his palms are bloody. He's a strategic wizard who will blow up your tribal council with grandiose idol flourishes that would make Russell Hantz blush. He's a natural charmer, who has built alliances from the ground up.

But, while Mike is great at making friends, he's not so great at keeping them. One by one his allies have abandoned him. When Rodney flipped, it seemed like a hot-headed disagreement over Joaquin. Now Mike has lost everybody.

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Get a First Look at Survivor's Latest Immunity Challenge – There's a Twist! (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/29/2015 09:20AM

Survivor contestants Mike Holloway and Shirin Oskooi need to catch a break.

With eight competitors left, Holloway and Oskooi are clearly on the outs. Other castaways have begun to verbally berate them, leading to uncomfortable fireworks each week.

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Jenn Brown: Some of the Survivor Contestants 'Acted Like Children'

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Jenn Brown: Some of the Survivor Contestants 'Acted Like Children'

Originally posted 04/24/2015 02:35PM

Before the premiere of Survivor: Worlds Apart, host Jeff Probst promised PEOPLE that they had assembled one of the strongest casts in the show's 30-season run.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Player Crosses the Line, a Potential Winner Emerges

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Player Crosses the Line, a Potential Winner Emerges

Originally posted 04/22/2015 09:05PM

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.

"You've gotta be careful about being an over-the-top leader, because typically that puts a target on your back right away. I think there's different ways to lead." –Marty Piombo, Survivor: Nicaragua

It's been a rough week for Survivor: Worlds Apart's leading man, Mike Holloway.

Last week, he managed to knock out his biggest threat, Gorgeous Joe. This week, with Joe gone, he found himself to be the new Biggest Threat.

In just a few short days, he fell from leading the majority alliance to being ostracized with the tribe's two other outcasts, Shirin and Jenn.

Blame it on the Rod.

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Survivor's Joe Anglim: I Fought with Everything I Had

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Survivor's Joe Anglim: I Fought with Everything I Had

Originally posted 04/19/2015 04:35PM

On paper, Joe Anglim has everything it should take to win Survivor.

He's athletic. He's resourceful. He's smart. And best of all, no one dislikes him.

But those traits made him dangerous, so the cast of Survivor: Worlds Apart got rid of him on Day 24.

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