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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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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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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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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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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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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Outcast Who Upended the Game

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: The Outcast Who Upended the Game

Originally posted 04/16/2015 12:00PM

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.

"My whole goal coming into this game was to play the underdog, be underestimated and just kind of slide through, which is what I've done, and it's gotten me this far." –Natalie White, winner of Survivor: Samoa

What do you do on Survivor when nobody seems to like you?

What kind of moves can you make when you're an outcast from your tribe?

Every season it seems to happen to somebody. For whatever reason, the groupthink that sets in with any tribe dynamic leads one person to be unfairly pilloried and excluded.

Eliza on Vanuatu. Erinn in Tocantins. Cochran in South Pacific.

All outcasts. All excluded. All ended up completely flipping the game on its head.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Ninja Stealth Mode Maneuvers

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Ninja Stealth Mode Maneuvers

Originally posted 04/08/2015 09:20PM

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'm paying attention to everything that's going around me. I'm like on surveillance. I'm just sitting there, and I'm listening. Because then I know what moves to make." –Pete Yurkowski, Survivor: Philippines

Gorgeous Joe is just too perfect for Survivor.

He out-charmed Vince for Jenn's affections. He wins every challenge, whether it's holding on to a pole, finishing a puzzle or determining who has the most luxurious hair. And he's managed to build a solid alliance with Jenn and Hali that is so devoted to him, they don't even blink when he leaves them for the reward.

Joe can't seem to lose. That's exactly why Joe can't win.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Power Couple Witch Hunt and the Ascent of a Swinger Alliance?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Power Couple Witch Hunt and the Ascent of a Swinger Alliance?

Originally posted 04/02/2015 12:20AM

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.

"There's no point in going into a merge if you have somebody who can't be trusted." –Bill Posley, Survivor: One World

What an episode, what a merge and what a season!

Wednesday on Survivor, the season's merge left all 12 players scrambling. Alliances shifted and reformed as each of the variously collared contestants worked to solidify old agreements and form new bonds.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Bromance Is Prematurely Snuffed Out

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Bromance Is Prematurely Snuffed Out

Originally posted 03/26/2015 10:10AM

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.

"In Survivor, a pair is extremely important, and if you have someone, just one person that you know you can trust 100 percent, that you can go really far in the game." – Chelsea Meisner, Survivor: One World

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