08:17 AM EDT 01/10/2014
Originally posted 12/16/2013 07:50PM
Third time was the charm for Tyson Apostol.
Five years after coming short of the grand prize on Survivor: Tocantins and four years after returning for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Apostol finally won the title of sole survivor and the grand prize of $1,000,000.
Previously known as a villain for his conniving ways, Apostol, 34, arrived for Survivor: Blood vs. Water alongside his girlfriend of over five years, Rachel Foulger. Apostol was a strong competitor from the start and despite suffering an injury early on in the season, he attacked the game with renewed vigor after Foulger, 33, was eliminated from the competition.
After 39 days on the beaches of the Philippines, Apostol received seven of the possible eight votes from the jury and was crowned the winner of the 27th season of the CBS reality show Sunday evening.
Originally posted 12/15/2013 11:00PM
Survivor: Blood vs. Water pitted returning players against their loved ones in a gut-wrenching series of blindsides and big moves. Sunday night, the show crowned this season's winner.
Keep reading for results.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 03:30PM
Yes, Aras Baskauskas didn't bring home the million on his second time out playing Survivor, but he's not lamenting the loss.
The L.A.-based singer-songwriter has much more important things going on in his life. "I'm going to be a dad," he tells PEOPLE exclusively. "My fiancée is 12 weeks pregnant! Obviously, that's a lot more important than winning Survivor."
It's been a good month for Baskauskas, who recently got engaged to Christy Petersen, his girlfriend of four years. Petersen is a model and clothing designer who runs the Dawn clothing line. "So far so good, if you don't count the morning sickness," says Baskauskas. "Momma and Baby are both healthy, and the little one is due in early June."
Originally posted 11/07/2013 03:00PM
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. 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 am in control. It would take something extraordinary, off the charts, completely whacked out to disturb my plans now."
– Marty Piombo, Survivor: Nicaragua
Survivor is all about storytelling.
To win the game, you have to tell a story to the jury about what you did over 39 grueling days to deserve a million dollars.
Originally posted 10/09/2013 04:30PM
Rachel Foulger began dating three-time Survivor contestant Tyson Apostol in 2008, right before he competed on the show for the first time. For years, she has heard all about the ins and outs of the show – but never fully understood it until she played it herself.
Despite being likable and capable, she found herself on the wrong side of the numbers and left the game on Day 7. (She was voted off Survivor: Blood vs. Water in an attempt to weaken Apostol.)
Upbeat about her departure, Foulger, 33, talks about the production, the elements – and whether she had fun playing the game.
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