It’s Wednesday again and it’s time to bring you another SURVIVOR OZ TOP TEN, this weeks written by our only New Zealand based Ozlet Nick Chester! In the history of Survivor, there have been many memorable jury speeches that have put the final 2/3 on their feet, made them laugh or in some cases made them cry. But what are the ten best in the history of the show? Click below and read on!
One of the few certainties in Survivor is that making it to day 39 sets you up for a date with the jury, but if you have lied to them, upset them, broken promises, stabbed them in the back or looked at them in a funny way, they will be sure to tell you about it. The jury have nothing to lose and are free to say whatever they want, and are often in no mood to hold back their feelings. However, sometimes the jury give a good insight into how hard it is to put aside hurt feelings in the game and vote for the best player. Memorable jury speeches over 25 seasons have included some truly great moments, both of bitterness and forgiveness, not to mention a few truly bizarre one too. But whatever the outcome of the vote, the jury almost always leaves its mark on the end of a season.
10. Big Tom – All-Stars
Although Lex’s speech is probably better remembered, Tom’s was more entertaining. Slightly sarcastic and passive aggressive, he taunted both Rob and Amber and let them dig their own holes. To cap it off, he offers Rob a fake handshake (not the 4 finger variety either) and delivers a great line that only he could provide, “don’t be stupid, stupid!”. Tom made sure he let Rob know who had the power now.
9. Kat Edorsson – One World
After being blindsided out of the game, Kat appeared upset and angry, not just at the time but at every subsequent Tribal Council. It seemed a forgone conclusion that her speech would be epic and bitter. When she stepped up and said she forgave all of the players, because life is too short to hold grudges, it was so unexpected. Her performance was something many Survivor fans wish they saw more – a player who could put aside personal feelings and vote for who they genuinely felt was the best player.
8. Alex Angarita – Fiji
There is a lesson here: don’t let a lawyer end up on the jury, especially if you have upset them in the game. Alex brought his legal skills and lawyer speak as he grilled both Cassandra and Dreamz. Constantly cutting over the top of Cassandra to not let her speak and then doing everything but spitting in Dreamz face was pretty much Alex’s plan. Would have only been better if he had referred to Jeff as “Your Honour.”
7. Natalie Bolton – Micronesia
James pretty much summed up this jury performance when he said “I’m confused.” Natalie asked if Parvarti’s Survivor strategy is mirrored in the bedroom. Cue genuinely confused looks by everyone, including Jeff. We then cut to Natalie and Parvarti flirting with each other. Odd, very, very odd.
6. Jonathan Penner – Philippines
When it comes to Penner, you would expect nothing less than theatrical and entertaining. In the Philippines finale, he certainly delivered. From shooting down both Denise and Skupin before outing Lisa as a former TV star, he made sure he went out in a blaze of glory. His closing monologue is an instant classic and put a memorable cap on a memorable season.
5. Heidi Strobel – Amazon
This was so awkward it felt like it came straight out of an episode of The Office. Heidi stands up and asks the final 2 which member of the jury deserves their spot instead of them. They both answer Rob. Clearly, Heidi was expecting them (especially her BFF Jenna) to heap her with praise and claim she was actually the best player. When this didn’t happen, she looked confused. Jeff even had to tell her it was time to sit down and shut up.
4. Helen Glover – Thailand
This was one of the most intense jury performances of all time. Helen was never one to hold back her feelings and this was certainly the case when she had her chance to confront Brian and Clay. She backed Brian into a corner and gave him more than a small piece of her mind. Even Jeff had to step in and ask Helen to at least let Brian answer her questions. When she finally strung an apology out of him, she gave one of the funniest responses when saying “well it’s a little late now!” Thailand may not be that well thought of by fans, but Helen made sure it went out with a bang.
3. Corinne Kaplan – Gabon
Although Corinne certainly had a nasty side to her in the game, this was mostly held back in order to help her progress or said directly to the camera. However, after being voted off and with nothing left to lose, Corinne gave it to Sugar at the final Tribal Council with both barrels loaded. The fact that Sugar got no votes from the jury indicates that Corinne was saying what many of them may have been feeling. It was brutal, nasty, and 100% entertaining.
2. Erik Cardona – Samoa
Survivor: Samoa was heavily focussed around Russell and what his plans were. We were told the story through Russell’s perspective, and Russell clearly thought he would get the majority of votes from the jury due to the respect they would have of his gameplay. Boy, was he in for a shock. Erik laid out very clearly why Natalie’s gameplay was different, but just as deserving and why Russell couldn’t expect a free pass to the million dollars based on his strategic play alone. Anyone still unsure of why Russell lost – go back and watch this jury performance.
1. Sue Hawk – Borneo
In 25 seasons, nothing has yet beaten the infamous “snakes and rats” speech from the very first Final Tribal Council. Given Sue exited the game earlier that episode with a smile, and with Borneo being the first season, there was really no knowing what to expect from the Final Tribal Council. Well, Sue sure left her mark – and a legacy on the game. If you haven’t watched this in a while, go back and watch just how brutal it is. There is little wonder that this is one of the most infamous moments of all time in Survivor, and you recently voted it as the second greatest moment in the history of the show.
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!