Can you believe Wednesday is here? We can’t! But it’s good news because it means it’s SURVIVOR OZ TOP TEN day! This week Wowie Lagman brings you an interesting group of people in which he thinks are the ten most memorable pre-jury members of all time. While this is of course a very diverse issue that everyone has an opinion on, it’s interesting to see a few different names that perhaps wouldn’t be on everyone's list. So which ten contestants do you think made our list? Read on to find out!
The Survivor contestants are lumped into groups when it comes to their length of time on the show. They are called early boots, pre-merge, pre-jury, final five; they are called many different things. One group that has a special place in my heart are the pre-jury members. In the current season of Caramoan, the viewers will be treated to something they have never seen before, with a first boot playing for the second time. This is the second time in Survivor history that a pre-merge contestant has returned to play again. The first was Russell Swan, but I can’t count that as the same as first boot Francesca’s return. Russell was medevac’d out of the game and returned to a medevac’d second chance themed season. I am hoping that Francesca is setting a trend for future Survivor All-Stars seasons; with more pre-merge players returning to play.
10. Gretchen Cordy – Borneo
Gretchen was a natural in her element. If only Sean did not have the ridiculous alphabet strategy that voted her off. If only the tribe kept her and got rid of annoying, raspy voiced Jenna. Then we would not have had to see Jenna return to All-Stars. We could have possibly seen Gretchen return and really play the game.
9. Kimmi Kappenberg – Australian Outback
One of my personal favourites is Kimmi Kapenberg. I can’t watch survivor Australia without thinking about what the game would have been like if they kept Kimmi around. Kimmi was a true character. She was true All-Star material. She befriended the chickens, didn’t want to bathe in the lake, clashed with Alicia, and that wonderful Long Island accent. I love her. Even though she only last 15 days she was much more entertaining than Amber could ever be. Can you imagine if Kimmi went on All-Stars and fell in love with Rob? Now that I think about it they actually complement each other! They both are loud with thick accents. They would have been an interesting item.
8. Jeff Varner – Australian Outback
Cable Brandon made several great points already in the top 10 pre-jury members who could have won about Jeff Varner, and Jeff was number one on the list. I loved hearing Jeff bash Kimmi about her hygiene; if only they both were on longer we could have heard more of that. Jeff was so snarky, he never held back and that is one of the many things I love about him. I wonder why in the world he has not came back to play. He lasted just as long in his game as Boston Rob. Jeff was voted out in a dead lock, and what is with that stupid rule where previous votes came into account? That rule does not even exist anymore. Jeff truly got shafted in that situation. My hopes were dashed when I found out he would not be on this upcoming season, but hopefully we will get to see him play again. His 21 days in the game 12 years just was not enough!
7. Gina Crews – Marquesas
In season 4 of the Marquasas, Sarah Johnson was the token young hot chick, but she never really did anything for me. She certainly was not a good game player and she never had anything interesting to say. For me, Gina Crews was the hot chick of the season and I wish had gone farther than day 18. Gina was Ms.Watermelon from Florida who got stuck on a tribe of lazy people. It would have been very interesting to see Gina really play the game. She was hard working and had her opinions so I think she would have made some more great television.
6. Michelle Tesauro – Pearl Islands
Jumping to season 7 we have Michelle Tesauro. Michelle was booted on day 15 for really an unfair reason. She got voted out because she failed to try to slowly chug the survivor smoothie, but in survivor nothing is fair. Michelle was one of the season’s young cuties who made close bonds with Burton and Sean. Even though we didn’t see much of her, Michelle reportedly clashed with the other women on the tribe. She preferred to hang with the guys and chase hermit crabs than hang with the ladies and braid each other’s greasy hair. If she would have lasted longer we might have seen her return for an All-Stars season, I believe that feisty Jersey girl was just on the verge of coming out of her shell, but then she got the boot. In All-Stars there were a few of those contestants who should have been replaced with some of the memorable pre-merge contestants.
5. Lisa Keiffer – Vanuatu
In Vanuatu nearly all of the female contestants were memorable. One of the Yasur members that were memorable to me is Lisa. She was the spunky Louisiana lady with a body that you could bounce a quarter off. Lisa got voted off at the hands of Queen Amy, and it would’ve been interesting to see Lisa go further. She probably would have had more run-ins with Amy and Eliza and who knows how the game would have turned out?
4. Angie Jakusz – Palau
In Palau, a contestant who really got the short end of the stick twice in the game was Angie. She made bonds with Coby on day one and was shocked when he didn’t pick her, not only that she was picked last nearly getting ousted from the game before even going to a tribal council. Angie managed to redeem herself with her tribe when she proved to be an asset in challenges, but a twist in the game would end her time on the island on day 12. Boring and bashful Ibriham was given immunity by the other tribe which forced Ulong to vote her out. Angie literally was the most colourful person survivor Palau, and I believe Angie deserves another chance.
3. Brian Corridan – Guatemala
Guatemala is sometimes referred to as the forgotten season or the ‘black sheep’ of Survivor but many survivor fans wonder why. Guatemala was a great season and full of memorable characters from the early boots to the final four. There was Brian, a true student of the game, lots of great one liners (who could forget his game of ‘bate Blake’) and his love for the game seemed to turn against him. He was given the spirit award from his tribe and got stuck in tribal swap and was sent home soon after. We know from his chat with Ben that he would love to come back and we would love to see him back.
2. Dan Barry – Panama
An astronaut on Survivor? Surely that is selling point enough for a memorable contestant? Yeah, Dan didn’t really do much on the twelfth season, and unfortunately he didn’t make it as far in the game as he has into our heavens. But the guy just oozes memorable given his profession. Maybe the only contestant in the history of Survivor to be more well known for what he does rather than his game outside of the ‘celebrities’ of former sports stars and actors, Dan left us with so much respect after he turned and saluted to the people who voted him out after Jeff Probst snuffed his torch. Now THAT shows class.
1. Tracy Hughes-Wolf – Micronesia
To be fair to Tracy, she wasn’t as prominent on her season as some of the others on this list. Often seen ‘behind the scenes’, Tracy certainly was a contestant who was underrated for her strategic ability and game smarts. She had the ability to go very far on her season and it’s a shame she has never been asked back. The reason she is number one on this list? Her interview on Survivor Oz. Generally it has been considered as one of our best, and Tracy gave an amazing insight behind the scenes of not only her season, but what an amazing personality she has and how much we missed out on seeing her.
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!