Between her spitfire attitude and spontaneous poetic outbursts, it seemed as though Survivor's Semhar Tadesse never stood a chance. And then, she volunteered herself to be the "coconut shooter" in the immunity challenge — which she tanked — sealing her fate as the first castoff to head to Redemption Island.
Blindside me once, shame on you. Blindside me twice, shame on me. Blindside me three times? That's what it's coming to on Survivor.
The reality series comes back for Season 23 with two new returning favorites, Oscar "Ozzie" Musth and Benjamin "Coach" Wade, in tow. But after the success of Heroes vs. Villains in 2010 and "Boston Rob" Mariano's applauded Road to Redemption last spring, recruiting beloved former players for another tour of duty is becoming standard practice for the aging competition series. But is it really the right move? As much as we enjoy watching the Russell Hantz's and Jerri "Black Widow" Manthey's have to face (and sometimes apologize for) their past power moves and manipulations, are these familiar faces really adding to the game or detracting from it? We look at three reasons it's time to throw the vets' buffs in the fire once and all...
Third time's the charm?
Survivor also-rans Benjamin "Coach" Wade and Ozzy Lusth are the alums who will compete with the 16 newbies on Survivor: South Pacific, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Coach finished fifth on Tocatins and 12th on Heroes vs. Villains, while Lusth was runner-up on Cook Islands and came in ninth on Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites.
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The two will be on different tribes — either Savaii or Upolu — which will be determined by ...
A lingerie football player, a medical marijuana distributor and Russell Hantz's nephew make up 16 of the 18 castaways who will compete on Survivor: South Pacific.
The upcoming season's tribes, Savaii and Upolu, are named after two islands in Samoa. The "Redemption Island" twist will be back, which allows eliminated players an opportunity to return later in the game.
The pink briefs. The feather accessories. The rice argument that turned into the racism rant 'heard round the country. It was hard for any of the newbies from Survivor: Redemption Island to get a word in edgewise next to favorites "Boston Rob" Mariano and Russell Hantz, but Phillip Sheppard not only got in a few words in — he stole the season thanks to his crazy wardrobe choices, violent temper and some messages from beyond the grave from his grandfather. Despite his bizarre antics — or maybe because of them — the 52-year-old former federal agent made it to the final three and even, surprisingly, scored one vote. Phillip talked with TVGuide.com about his "brilliant move" coming up with his outlandish persona, his true friendship with Rob and giving Steve Wright the benefit of the doubt about the racially charged argument. Plus: Would he return...