Imagine Jeff Probst & Lynne Spillman had contacted all winners and they were all available to head out to play Survivor again. Out of the 29 current winners whom would YOU bring back? With 29 winners in total this week Ozlet Cable Brandon builds on last week's feature article and top 10 with his ultimate wish-list of female winners who should return for an all winner’s season. Did your favourite female winner make the cut? Who should have also been included, or who should have been left out from the list? Leave your comments below.
Last week I named a tribe of male winners, so this week it’s time yet again to put my neck on the line. Again just imagine very female winner is available and willing to return. Who should Jeff Probst invite back? Looking at the pool of female winners, I couldn’t help but think that several of them are maligned as not being good winners or even undeserving. We all have the right to our opinion and we all see Survivor differently but I think some female winners are not given as much credit as their male counterparts. Things I took into consideration were times played, viewer popularity or unpopularity, confessionals, challenge prowess, strategic game and entertainment value. I also thought about players that were probably most likely to return if asked.
10. Amber Brkich – All-Stars
So I begin my Top 10 with a controversial pick, I will try to justify it and let’s be honest she isn’t coming back but I would love to see her again. Amber was my first Survivor crush, and when she was brought back for All Stars I was extremely surprised but happy. While many hated her as a winner, I think she has been unfairly criticized over the years, most of it for her being in an All Star season. While I understand fans don’t believe Amber was deserving of an All Star spot (rumours for years said she took Elisabeth’s spot), once she was there she played the game and won against some great players. I’d love her to comeback to prove the doubters wrong.
9. Natalie Anderson – San Juan del Sur
Our most recent female winner and one of the most entertaining too. Natalie was quiet in the edit early but gathered momentum after the merge with her confessionals and gameplay a highlight of San Juan Del Sur. I was not a fan of Blood vs. Water 2, but what made the season redeemable in my eyes was not just Natalie’s win, but also the way she got there. She made some extremely risky moves on her way to the million and earned my utmost respect.
8. Sophie Clarke – South Pacific
The winner of my least favourite season, I honestly would love to see Sophie slug it out in an All Winners season and get an edit deserving of a winner. Sophie’s edit suffered from sharing the season with two big returning characters and the twist of Redemption Island.
7. Natalie White Samoa
One of the most famous upsets in Survivor history, Miss White found herself a millionaire when she ended up in the finals with Russell Hantz and Mick Trimming. Her win has been debated over the years, but at the end of the day she developed good relationships with the jury, leading to her massacre of Hantz & Trimming. Similar to Amber, I would love to see her back to prove the haters wrong.
6. Sandra Diaz-Twine – Pearl Islands & Heroes vs. Villains
Two from two: the Queen of Survivor has not shied away from saying she would come back for a third time. Amazingly I believe Sandra would be a legitimate chance to be a winner again because she simply is not a challenge threat. I mean who is targeting Sandra early when there are bigger fish to fry? The question would be whether a jury would award her another million dollars.
5. Denise Stapley Philippines
A true survivor of Survivor, Denise went to and survived every tribal council on her way to the million dollars. The well-spoken sex therapist smashed her competition in the finals after beginning the game on the miserable Matsing tribe. Any winner that wins the hard way should be brought back.
4. Jenna Morasca – The Amazon
The bikini model won Survivor at the young age of 21 and also was the first person to win 6-1, enough reason to bring her back. I consider her All-Stars appearance, as just that, an appearance. Her mind was clearly elsewhere and justifiably so. Like Tom Westman and Richard Hatch last week, I feel Jenna would be worthy of a third opportunity. It will be interesting to see her back as a more experienced and wiser player, would she still get nude for peanut butter?
3. Danni Boatwright Guatemala
A true underdog in Guatemala, Danni Boatwright was against the numbers at the merge but found a crack in the alliance, and with some immunity wins was able to get herself to the end. One of my favourite winners, Danni’s win has been criticized over the years because she chose not to tell producers too much about her strategies, leading to a smaller edit. While as a fan I would have loved to see more of Danni, this strategy is 100% legitimate and actually quite smart. A winner that plays against the other castaways and the producers is even better in my book.
2. Vecepia Towery Marquesas
One of the more maligned winners of Survivor, Vecepia’s win comes into better focus on a re watch or two. Vecepia was great socially, was able to manipulate others to her own advantage and won crucial immunities down the stretch to put herself in a winning position. An absolute must for an All Winners edition.
1. Kim Spradlin – One World
While One World as a season has a lot of detractors, there is no denying that Kim Spradlin is a terrific winner. Spradlin regularly finishes in the top 5 winners in the Ozcars and is well respected amongst the Survivor alumni and within the winner’s circle. How can you resist the charms of those amazing blue eyes and that smile? It doesn’t surprise me that the smiling assassin had her way with everyone in One World.
Writers Disclaimer: I fully understand not all players will be available or even want to comeback, this list is purely my dream lineup and I’ve speculated on it’s potential. I did not contact any of the winners so have absolutely no idea whether they are interested, available or not. I do appreciate the feedback, argue the list with me, but don’t argue if they would or wouldn’t comeback. Just pretend everyone can comeback.
What do you think of the top 10? Do you agree? Disagree? Is it in the wrong order or are there ones that didn’t make the top 10 that you feel should’ve? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!
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