The smartest thing Jud "Fabio" Birza ever did was play dumb. It made for great TV and a hilarious nickname. And more importantly, it allowed him to remain underestimated by everyone on Survivor: Nicaragua. However, when Fabio's clueless façade left him out of Chase Rice, Matthew "Sash" Lenahan and Holly Hoffman's alliance, he physically stepped up with back-to-back-to-back immunity challenge wins and secured his spot in final three. Sitting next to Chase and Sash, two players known for breaking multiple alliances, Fabio killed them with kindness. The 21-year-old student from Venice, Calif., talked with TVGuide.com about his secret to success, what he hopes to do with the money and whether he plans to hang on to his new nickname.
Spoiler Alert: The following reveals the winner of Sunday night's Survivor: Nicaragua finale.
After 39 days of sparse food and bad weather, Survivor: Nicaragua came down to the final five competitors. In a season that started out with old versus young, older players Dan Lembo and Holly Hoffman remained against Chase Rice, Matthew "Sash" Lenahan and Jud "Fabio" Birza.
The first player voted out during the two-hour finale was...
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