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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Spins a Web of Lies

Originally posted 03/06/2014 12:00 PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Spins a Web of Lies

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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. 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.

"Everybody here is sleeping, napping, complaining, and bitching. I came here focused. I came here knowing I was gonna suffer."
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Samoa

In the immortal words of Eric Clapton, "Let it rain."

This week on Survivor: Cagayan, the elements stole the thunder. Rainstorms are horrible news for Survivor's waterlogged contestants. They rip through the shelter, and leave players chilled to the bone. There's a reason modern homebuilders don't often work with palm fronds and bamboo.

For those of us sitting on our couches and binging on kale chips, however, downpours bring the drama. Tempests in the sky means tempers flare at camp. And who doesn't love those montages of the players' puckered feet?

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Garrett Adelstein Calls Losing Survivor 'Frustrating'

Originally posted 03/05/2014 09:30 AM

Garrett Adelstein Calls Losing Survivor 'Frustrating'

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On paper, Garrett Adelstein should have won Survivor: Cagayan. A professional poker player with a high IQ, he was young and buff.

But after overplaying – and neglecting to play an immunity idol – Adelstein, 27, was the second person voted off of the show.

Adelstein has a lot of regrets, which he shares with PEOPLE.

You say you trained 2,000 hours to compete in Survivor. What did you do?
(Laughs) I did everything. I spent three hours a day running, swimming, lifting weights or doing yoga.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Beauty and Brawn Beat Out Brains

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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. 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.

"There is a difference between book smarts and common sense smarts. It seems like none of my group has any common sense. Not a one of them."
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Samoa

Is the Brains tribe the worst tribe ever?

These ersatz eggheads don't just lose challenges. They lose challenges spectacularly in jaw-dropping fiascos. They don't just make a bad shelter. They spend all day building a structure that can't support a single person. They don't just play Survivor badly. They set a new benchmark in how not to play the game.

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Stephen Fishbach Ranks Beauty, Brains, Brawn Teams on Survivor: Cagayan

Update 02/26/2014 07:00 PM Originally posted 02/26/2014 02:45 PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Ranking the Teams on Survivor: Cagayan

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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. 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.

"This is like the cool kids lunch table back in high school."
– Eddie Fox, Survivor: Caramoan

Survivor is like high school. The jocks ostracize the nerds. The hotties coast on big boobs and winning smiles. Cliques form quickly. If you don't maintain your finger on the pulse of what's "in," you could be "out," and voted "off."

Starting Wednesday on Survivor: Cagayan, these high school factions will fight for island dominance in tribes of Brains, Brawn and Beauty. Usually the cliques face off within a tribe. Now they'll fight as tribes.

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Are Wedding Bells In Survivor Winner Tyson Apostol's Future?

Originally posted 12/16/2013 07:50 PM

Tyson Apostol: My Girlfriend Rachel 'Wants Things to Progress'

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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.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Why the Best Man Won

Originally posted 12/16/2013 01:45 PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Why the Best Man Won

Credit: Erik Reichenbach

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. This is his first season illustrating episodes of the show for PEOPLE.com. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"When it comes down to it, I want that million dollars. Exotic, expensive furs on my shoulder. Jewels on these pretty fingers. We're talkin' big time."
– Tyson Apostol, Survivor: Tocantins

Sunday night on Survivor, Tyson Apostol beat Gervase Peterson and Monica Culpepper for a million dollars, the title of Sole Survivor, and the highly-coveted Final Fishy.

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Survivor: Blood vs. Water Winner Revealed!

Originally posted 12/15/2013 11:00 PM

Tyson Apostol Wins  Survivor: Blood vs. Water

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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.

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Katie Collins Finds Support From Contestants After Brother's Death

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Survivor is a cutthroat game with only one winner each season, but Survivor: Blood vs. Water contestant Katie Collins has discovered that in times of need, all rivalries and alliances are forgotten.

"We've been getting sweet messages and notes from Survivors that I've never even met," Collins, 26, tells PEOPLE of the outpouring of support following the death of her brother Taylor, 25, who was ejected from the front passenger seat of a vehicle that hit a house in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Dec. 3.

The news of the accident came as a shock to Survivor fans, who were first introduced to Collins and her brother when their mother Tina Wesson, 52, was declared the winner of Survivor: Australia in 2001.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tyson Keeps His Cool

Originally posted 12/12/2013 11:30 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tyson Keeps His Cool | Survivor

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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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. This is his first season illustrating episodes of the show for PEOPLE.com. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"Putting up with the people is the survival part, not putting up with the elements."
– Rudy Boesch, Survivor: All Stars

Well, that was kind of … obvious? Maybe last week's on-the-rocks Survivor bender left the show with a hangover, because Wednesday night, a grouchy, tetchy episode led to a predictable end.

Hayden and Ciera tattled on Tyson for saying mean things about mommy Monica. All they accomplished was hurting poor Monica's frayed feelings. The vets stuck together, and sent Hayden to Redemption Island.

The newbies' timing couldn't have been worse. Just three days earlier, Tyson put his life on the line in the Great Rock Draw of '13, so Monica was feeling particularly grateful. Plus, Hayden never made clear how blindly following him was superior to blindly following Tyson.



Here's the thing about smack talk – it's as much a part of Survivor as Jeff Probst's hat. If you're not analyzing and ridiculing your competitors, you're not holding up your part of the bargain for being on television. When you're on the island, the producers ask you to comment on the other castaways. You expect your tribe mates are also commenting on you.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Contestants Draw Rocks in Jaw-Dropping Tribal Council

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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. 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.

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