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Survivor's Holly: I Just Left Fabio in the Background

For many on Survivor: Nicaragua, it was easy to overlook Fabio Birza. He was fit, but not nearly as strong as Ben Henry and Chase Rice, and he spent 39 days on the beach perfecting the role of clueless surfer dude. But forgetting about Fabio turned out to be Holly Hoffman's biggest mistake. After he won his third immunity challenge and guaranteed himself a spot in the final three, Sash Lenahan and Chase were able to make stronger cases for themselves and Holly was the last person voted out. The 44-year-old swimming coach from Eureka, S.D., spoke with TVGuide.com about her big mistake, why she changed her vote and which on-air moments her family...read more

Survivor's Sash: I Thought the Jury Would Have More Respect For the Game

Matthew Lenahan's nickname on Survivor: Nicaragua was "Sash," but he might as well have been called The Comeback Kid. He started out with a strong social game and an equally manipulative ally in Brenda Lowe. But after Brenda was blindsided, and after allies NaOnka Mixon and Kelly Shinn quit the game, Sash seemed destined to fail. Thanks to several key strategic moves, however, Sash made it to the final three. The only problem? The jurors favored emotional connections over smart plays and he received a stunning zero votes for the million dollars. The 30-year-old real estate broker from New York, N.Y. spoke with TVGuide.com about why he thought he could win, how Fabio Birza changed the game and his thoughts on Jane Bright's tribal council remarks...read more

Survivor's Chase Says He Drove Himself Crazy with Wishy-Washy Game Play

With his Southern charm and strapping body, Chase Rice was one of Survivor: Nicaragua's players to watch. The only thing standing in his way? Himself. Although he surrounded himself with manipulative allies like Brenda Lowe and Sash Lenahan, Chase was far from skilled when it came to strategizing and became known for his constant wavering and indecisiveness. One minute he was with Brenda, the next he was voting her out. One minute he picked ...read more

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2010 Survivor TV Show Series, Reality Cast Member

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Survivor Winner Fabio: Acting Dumb "Was the Only Game I Could Play"

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.

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Survivor: Nicaragua Winner Revealed

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... read more

Top Moments: Hawaii Five-0's Molotov Cocktail Party, Dancing's Bulletproof Bristol

Here are our top TV moments of the week:

12. "Oh No She Di'nt" Award: Laguerta knew she was in some deep doo-doo after her last sting operation on Dexter resulted in the death of civilians. But rather than nut up and take responsibility for her actions, she suggests to Deb that they pin the blame on Manzone because her career would be least affected. Deb isn't having it, so Laguerta decides to throw Deb under the bus and get Manzone to back her story to the chief.

11. Most Engaging Day: After sleeping through their start time... read more

Survivor: Nicaragua: Six Castaways to Watch After the Merge

Yes, it's that time of year again. No, we're not talking about the holiday season — we're talking about the big merge on Survivor. After originally splitting the teams by age, castaways were divided again after the elder competitors failed to match their youthful counterparts. Now, with just four individuals left on the Espada tribe, the two sides merge on Wednesday's episode and it's every competitor for themselves. Who's on their way out to Ponderosa and who has a shot at making it to the final Tribal Council?  With 12 castaways left in Nicaragua, we pick six to watch... read more

Survivor’s Shannon Says Show Edited Gay Comments

The slip-ups on Survivor are usually involve alliances, blind sides and hidden immunity idols, but the La Flor tribe's Shannon Elkins got himself in much deeper water during his final tribal council. After arguing with former ally Chase Rice, Shannon turned to tribemate Sash Lenahan. "Hey, I'm gonna get this out of the way right now," viewers heard him say. "Are you gay"? Shannon says the show edited him to take his words out of context, but it's clear he said something about homosexuality from the argument that followed: Shannon and Sash debate who's had "more beautiful girlfriends" and Shannon says Sash's city, New York, is "full of... read more

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