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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.
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.
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.
Some things never get old.
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.
Survivor is a numbers game. The entire point of the competition is to get and keep a numerical advantage against your opponents. Generally speaking, if you have the numbers, you're safe.
Unless you're Kelly Remington.
The tribes merged on Wednesday's episode, creating a new 12-member tribe. (In a flash of patriotism, they named their tribe "Merica," a shortened version of "America." the flag colors, of course, were red, white and blue.
In the new tribe, Remington had a tight alliance in the majority. The 44-year-old New York state trooper seemed very safe, until they decided to vote for sailing instructor Jenn Brown. What they didn't know: Brown had a hidden immunity idol, so no votes cast against her would count.
And just like that, Remington was voted off with just 4 votes out of a possible 12. Merica had spoken.
Remington tells PEOPLE what went wrong – and what viewers missed at home.
You can always tell when the Survivor editors think something is funny. They play corny music in the background and slap a hashtag on the screen.
Last week was no different. During the sixth episode of Survivor: Worlds Apart, a bromance bloomed between contestants Joaquin Souberbielle and Rodney Lavoie. ("Bromance" isn't our word; CBS helpfully hashtagged it several times throughout the show.)
The other tribe members, sensing the close bond between Souberbielle and Lavoie, did what any intelligent tribe would do: they got together to vote out Souberbielle, a 27-year-old marketing director from Valley Stream, New York.
Speaking with PEOPLE, Souberbielle talks about what he did wrong – and dishes on that infamous bromance.
Generally speaking, it's a good idea to hold your tongue while playing Survivor. There will always be outspoken people who will get on your nerves; the CBS casting department sees to that. It doesn't pay to be lippy and confrontational. (That is, unless you're two-time winner Sandra Diaz Twine, who can somehow get away with it.)
Survivor is a challenging game. Everybody says so, even the strapping young contestants who go deep into the game.
So when Nina Poersch joined the cast, she knew she had a few obstacles to overcome. At 51, she was a decade older than the next oldest person on her tribe.
And then there was the biggest obstacle: Poersch had lost her hearing seven years ago. (She is Survivor's second deaf contestant, after Christy Smith placed sixth on Survivor: Amazon in 2003.) Like Smith, Poersch found herself on the outside, unable to hear a lot of the conversations going on around her.
Poersch talked with PEOPLE about her game – and how deaf contestants face a disadvantage.