We conclude our reveals of each of our Ozcar categories, and today we bring you who you voted as the top 25 greatest Survivor players of all time! You know the winner, you know the final five, but did your favourite season just miss out on reaching the finals? Read on to find out!
Once again for this poll we added up the total votes received by our Survivor contestants, as well as our Survivor Oz crew and the people who took part on our online poll. No negative votes were taken into count for this poll, and several repeat offenders from last year made an appearance, as well as several new contestants.
25. Amanda Kimmel (China, Micronesia & Heroes vs. Villains) – 8 Votes
LAST YEAR: 16th (-9)
Drops well back and just hangs on to a top 25 spot on our poll. Wouldn’t surprise me to see her fall of completely next year.
24. Earl Cole (Fiji) – 10 Votes
LAST YEAR: New Entry
So happy to see Earl on this list, Earl is one of 16 winners to appear in the top 25. I know I sound like a broken down record when it comes to his interview, but seriously go and listen to it now and see why Earl is so awesome.
23. John Cochran (South Pacific & Caramoan) – 10 Votes
LAST YEAR: 15th (-8)
Last year he was the most recent winner and that helped him high on our list. But he still manages to finish in the top 25 a year later, so is it still ‘recency bias’? Falls 8 spots, but still has the support enough to get him on the list.
22. Malcolm Freberg (Philippines & Caramoan) – 11 Votes
LAST YEAR: 17th (-5)
Malcolm got a love last year and still gets some love this year as he falls outside the top 20. Surely will come back for a third time and surely on that third time will help him raise higher on this list.
21. Tyson Apostol (Tocantins, Heroes vs. Villains & Blood vs. Water) – 12 Votes
LAST YEAR: New Entry
Off the back of his win in Blood vs Water, Tyson steals his way into the top 25 greatest winners of all time. Would anyone a year ago thought this would’ve happened? I know I certainly wouldn’t have.
20. Tom Westman (Palau & Heroes vs. Villains) – 14 Votes
LAST YEAR: 13th (-7)
Another player to drop back, Tom just holds on to a top 20 spot. Our former Ozlet Rileigh won’t be happy at all!
19. Yul Kwon (Cook Islands) – 16 Votes
LAST YEAR: 12th (-7)
Big drop for Yul sees him fall to 19th and very nearly out of the top 20. This for sure won’t make people happy. Especially considering the next person who finished ahead of him..
18. Mike Borassi (Samoa) – 16 Votes
LAST YEAR: New Entry
Mike ends up on the 25 sexiest males. Mike ends up on the 25 best non-winners. Now Mike ends up on the 25 greatest players of all time. Wow, Mike sure had his family and friends campaign for him this year! I am lost for words! And clearly so will you be…
17. Chris Daugherty (Vanuatu) – 16 Votes
LAST YEAR: 24th (+7)
Great to see Chris working his way up on this list into a spot I think that justifies his game on Vanuatu! Actually no, he deserves to be higher! Let’s make it happen next year!
16. James “JT” Thomas (Tocantins & Heroes vs. Villains) – 18 Votes
LAST YEAR: 21st (+5)
Struggled in the winners poll, JT can at least say he jumped up big time in the greatest of all time. You go sir!
15. Ozzy Lusth (Cook Islands, Micronesia & South Pacific) – 22 Votes
LAST YEAR: 9th (-6)
Big drop for Ozzy who falls out of the top 10 and just lands in the top 15. It hasn’t been a good year for Ozzy in the Ozcars in 2014. He is already hoping for 2015.
14. Tina Wesson (Australian Outback, All-Stars & Blood vs. Water) – 25 Votes
LAST YEAR: 14th (No Change)
Tina shone on Blood vs Water and very nearly pulled off her second victory. It definitely silenced a lot of her critics and already has fans crying out for her to return for a fourth try! I for one am one of those fans!
13. Colby Donaldson (Australian Outback, All-Stars & Heroes vs. Villains) – 26 Votes
LAST YEAR: 20th (+7)
Massive improvement from the Colbster who jumps up 7 spots into 13th. Colby for sure had a struggle on Heroes vs Villains but let’s not forget he still finished in 5th place! I also feel his All-Stars game was slightly underrated, and then of course you can’t overlook his dominant run on Australian Outback. By far one of the greatest.
12. Rob Cesternino (Amazon & All-Stars) – 32 Votes
LAST YEAR: 10th (-2)
Drops out of the top 10 which will see some of his loyal fans seething. Always rated as one of the greatest and once again comes ahead of several winners to take his spot at 11th. Back in the top 10 next year Rob!
11. Spencer Bledsoe (Cagayan) – 40 Votes
LAST YEAR: New Entry
Spencer narrowly misses out on the top 10 at his first attempt. It’s been Spencer’s year this year in the Ozcars, and this finish just caps off another strong result!
10. Cirie Fields (Panama, Micronesia & Heroes vs. Villains) – 41 Votes
LAST YEAR: 11th (+1)
Always considered one of the greatest players never to have won, Cirie lands herself in the top 10 of this category for the very first time and won’t she be happy!
9. Kim Spradlin (One World) – 48 Votes
LAST YEAR: 4th (-5)
Kim drops out of the finals in 2014 but still registers a top 10 finish which I know will make her smile. Still a strong player who dominated her season and would be great to see play again.
8. Richard Hatch (Borneo & All-Stars) – 51 Votes
LAST YEAR: 5th (-3)
I still can’t believe that after 3 years Richard Hatch hasn’t won an Ozcar. Not even one. At this rate he will win a Lifetime Achievement Ozcar before he wins a publicly voted one! Which will be a shame! Richard needs to win one already!
7. Tony Vlachos (Cagayan) – 57 Votes
LAST YEAR: New Entry
A great effort for Tony in his first attempt to be listed as the 7th greatest player in the history of Survivor. Already anticipating the ‘recency bias’ comments below, but it’s always the excuse of disgruntled voters who aren’t willing to band behind their favourites or ‘rightful entrants’ when voting initially opens! I say props to Tony and no doubt he’ll be on here once again next year!
6. Russell Hantz (Samoa, Heroes vs. Villains & Redemption Island) –65 Votes
LAST YEAR: 6th (No Change)
Another close encounter for Russell as he misses out on the top 5 by only 8 votes. Not everyone’s cup of tea in the Survivor world, but when the voting counts they fans get behind him to show off their passion. Can he make the finals next week? Watch this space.
5. Todd Herzog (China) – Final Voting Percent 7.79%
LAST YEAR: 8th (+3)
POSITION AFTER FIRST ROUND: 5th (73 points)
Todd did well to scrape into the top 5 as he narrowly held of a late run by Ozcar winner for best non-winner Russell Hantz. Never was in with a shot at winning, Todd had an impressive Ozcar performance in 2014 with three finalist finishes.
4. Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands & Heroes vs Villains) – Final Voting Percent 16.17%
LAST YEAR: 3rd (-1)
POSITION AFTER FIRST ROUND: 2nd (313 points)
Sandra won this award back in 2012, but she drops back even further in 2014 to finish in 4th place. Never looked like she was in a shot at winning this year, it’s an unfortunate result for the only two time winner in the history of Survivor.
3. Brian Heidik (Thailand) – Final Voting Percent 22.33%
LAST YEAR: 7th (+4)
POSITION AFTER FIRST ROUND: 4th (195 points)
The Ozcar winner in the best winner category, Brian backed up his impressive result in that category to take out the bronze in the greatest player of all time category. An amazing effort from the lord and master who had never even made the finals of this category before. I for one am proud of him for this result! The recognition continues to grow!
2. Parvati Shallow (Cook Islands, Micronesia & Heroes vs Villains) – Final Voting Percent 25.14%
LAST YEAR: 1st (-1)
POSITION AFTER FIRST ROUND: 3rd (313 points)
The queen is dethroned in another category as she falls back a spot to experience the same feeling she experienced on Heroes vs Villains. Still always a strong vote getter, she actually improved on her 3rd place from the first round of votes. I’m sure she’ll be back once again in 2015 to try to win her 6th Ozcar statue!
1. Rob Mariano (Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs Villains & Redemption Island) – Final Voting Percent 28.58%
LAST YEAR: 2nd (+1)
POSITION AFTER FIRST ROUND: 1st (319 points)
After two years of female dominance it’s finally time for a male winner in this category, and after two close finishes Boston Rob finally comes out on top with the prize as greatest Survivor player of all time as voted for by you! Four seasons, a win, a 2nd and two pre-jury finishes are enough to see him have the admiration of his fans as well as his Survivor peers who often rate him as the greatest of all time! From everyone at Survivor Oz congratulations Rob!
That’s it! All our Ozcar categories have been fully revealed with the top 25 of each category being posted over the past 17 days. Thank you so much to every single person who voted and made this years Ozcars the best year in history! Stay tuned because the Ozcars will be back better than ever in 2015!