04:15 PM EDT 10/12/2015
Originally posted 10/10/2015 06:35PM
This season of Survivor is different from many others: of the 17 contestants left, almost all of them are legitimate threats to win the game.
Originally posted 10/10/2015 11:35AM
If you need a reminder that Survivor is a social game, look no further than Peih Gee Law.
Originally posted 09/30/2015 12:20PM
"These contestants are getting a second chance to play a game that millions of people want to play," Probst told PEOPLE. "It is not going to be easy for them."
Case in point: the seasons' second immunity challenge. In an exclusive sneak peek at Wednesday night's episode, teams climb over increasingly steep A-frame walls – and it doesn't go smoothly.
Originally posted 09/23/2015 03:40PM
Sometimes the seasons live up to the hype (Survivor: Cagayan comes to mind). Other times, the season never really gets off the ground.
But this season, everything is different. Probst, 53, talked with PEOPLE after returning from filming Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance – and he seemed genuinely energized about the season. "The contestants were honored that people voted for them, so they felt an obligation to play hard," Probst tells PEOPLE. "Many of them swing for the fences from the get-go."
Originally posted 08/25/2015 10:00AM
Well, this should be fun.
CBS has released the first details of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, and the season sure looks like a winner.
In May, America voted for the cast of the long-running franchise's 31st season. They chose 10 men and 10 women who had competed once before but hadn't won the game.
By and large, America got it right, although the omission of Survivor: Africa's Teresa Cooper was a heartbreaker.
Still, multiple sources have told PEOPLE that the season turned out to be one of the franchise's strongest in its 31-season history. Here's what to expect:
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:
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:
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.
Originally posted 04/10/2015 08:00PM
Let's face it: Survivor often casts pretty young girls who seem more interested in sunning themselves on the beach than actually playing the game. They have no strategy and give clueless confessionals.
Hali Ford was definitely not one of those girls.
The 25-year-old law student proved herself to be very intelligent and articulate. (How many other contestants have compared and contrasted Survivor strategy with the Revolutionary War?)
Unfortunately for Ford, she found herself on the wrong side of the numbers and was voted out on Day 22. She tells PEOPLE what went wrong and why she was blindsided.
Originally posted 04/08/2015 10:20AM
In 30 seasons of Survivor, producers frequently bring out a similar challenge: each contestant must walk along a balance beam to untie bags of puzzle pieces.
The challenge usually favors the petite girls. Men have historically had trouble with the balancing challenges.
Walking along a 2x4 can be difficult in the best of circumstances. It's even harder when contestants are starving and exhausted. The result? Several awkward, hard falls.
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