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Nina Poersch: It's Hard to Be Deaf on Survivor

Originally posted 03/13/2015 08:40 AM

Nina Poersch: It's Hard to Be Deaf on Survivor

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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.

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Nothing screams "marry me" more than a pair of green pants and a declaration of selfishness!

On Friday's season 2 finale of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars on WE tv, Tyson Apostol from Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains finally pops the question to his longtime gal pal Rachel Foulger, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

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Survivor's Vince Sly: I Played an Aggressive Game

Originally posted 03/05/2015 06:20 PM

Survivor's Vince Sly: I Played an Aggressive Game

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There was backstabbing and double-dealing. The two strongest men clashed over who would be the alpha male. The oldest tribe member became emotional that she was being marginalized. The young girls formed a clique. And the guy who actually cost his tribe immunity faced no repercussions for his failure to deliver during an important challenge.

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So Kim: It's 'Crushing' To Be Voted Off Survivor First!

Originally posted 02/26/2015 07:40 PM

So Kim: It's 'Crushing' To Be Voted Off Survivor First!

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So Kim's Survivor ride was a bumpy one.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Treacherous Alliance and a White Collar Crime

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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.

"This game is about who you are. Your character is your strategy." –Rafe Judkins, Survivor: Guatemala

Survivor is back for another season of terrible liars, over-attached creeps, self-aggrandizing loudmouths – and a couple of smart gamers.

The big twist this season is that contestants are divided into three tribes: White Collar, Blue Collar, and No Collar. White Collars make the rules; Blue Collars follow the rules; and No Collars break the rules and give uncomfortably long hugs.

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Does Jeff Probst Think Contestants Should Lie on Survivor?

Originally posted 02/25/2015 03:40 PM

Jeff Probst's Survivor Advice: 'Lie as Infrequently as Possible' | Jeff Probst

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It happens during every season of Survivor: A contestant is backstabbed.

During the final tribal council, one of the competitors is inevitably shocked – shocked! – that an ally would lie to them. They throw around words like "integrity" and "honor." Some even cry.

As the scenario unfolds, host Jeff Probst watches with an amused smile on his dimpled face. "It's fascinating," he tells PEOPLE. "I'm constantly entertained."

Was he entertained while filming the show's 30th season, premiering on CBS on Wednesday night? Probst says that Survivor: Worlds Apart, which divides its 18 contestants by profession, will be one of the franchise's strongest seasons yet.

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Meet the Cast of Survivor: Worlds Apart!

Originally posted 01/21/2015 12:00 PM

Meet the Cast of Survivor: Worlds Apart!

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Survivor is one of those shows that rises and falls on its casting. When the contestants are interesting, we get a stellar season like last spring's Survivor: Cagayan. If the cast is bland, we get a mediocre season like last fall's Survivor: San Juan Del Sur. (Don't take our word for it; even host Jeff Probst called it a "frustrating" season.)

But Survivor is shockingly resilient. Now entering its 30th season, it has been around so long that this season's youngest contestant was in the first grade when the show premiered. She's now 22.

This season, producers have divided the 18 contestants of Survivor: Worlds Apart into three tribes based on socioeconomic status. There's a white collar tribe: professionals and executives. The blue collar tribe includes a cop, hairdresser and postal worker. The no-collar tribe is full of bohemians who sell coconuts or design jewelry.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: How the Sole Survivor Won the Game

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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.

"So I did what I had to, I made huge moves, I dug around for the idols to make sure nobody else had them, and I won challenges when I absolutely had to. Everything I did was strategic, nothing was out of malice, and I'm here – day 39 – because Rachel made that sacrifice." – Tyson Apostol, Winner of Survivor: Blood vs. Water

In a humdrum season, we actually have a great winner.

On Survivor's season finale Wednesday, Natalie Anderson plotted and finessed her way to a million dollars and the title of sole survivor.

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And the Winner of Survivor Is ...

Originally posted 12/17/2014 10:30 PM

Survivor: San Juan Del Sur Crowns a Winner | Jeff Probst

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Although Survivor: San Juan Del Sur was an uneven entry in the long-running reality show, the season finale had its share of blindsides and backstabbing – and, ultimately, a satisfying winner.

At the beginning of the final episode, it looked as though former Miss Michigan USA Jaclyn Schulz would be the next to go – and she would have been, had perennial CBS reality star Natalie Anderson not saved her with her immunity idol.

After Schulz won the final immunity challenge, the tribe voted out likable Louisiana firefighter Keith Nale, leaving an all-female final 3. At the final tribal council, Schulz, Anderson and Texas cheerleading coach Missy Payne answered the pointed questions of the jury.

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Survivor: A Shocking Twist Turns the Season Upside Down

Originally posted 11/20/2014 10:25 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Shocking Twist Turns the Season Upside Down

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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.

"Someone flips over that quickly to our side, it's just as easy to flip-flop back."
– Jerri Manthey, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Wednesday night's episode of Survivor presented us with two shocking possibilities.

Could San Juan del Sur turn out to be a good season? And could Jon Misch actually be a good strategist?

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