A very happy Wednesday to y'all Survivor Oz readers. Today our most 'famous' Ozlet of All, Noah Groves, answers the very pressing questions of which two timers should be graced with the opportunity to compete for the third time! Some may argue that no player should be able to play three times, but let's be honest, if we had to see some of the following play again in as well as being given seasons with all new players - we wouldn't refuse. So with that said, read on to find out who we feel could have third chapter and a lot more to prove on their third chance to Outwit, Outplay and Outlast!
10. Andrea Boehlke – Redemption Island & Caramoan
I was one of those who thought that Andrea should never have returned for a second time but when she did, I was proven completely wrong. On her second time around Andrea was an all-round strong player and an entertaining character to watch. She is one of those two timers who doesn’t feel like her story arc or game is over and could offer more on a third time. If Andrea returned it wouldn’t feel like over exposure and she definitely could make it to the end. A smart, funny and good looking player who still has more to show.
9. Yau-Man Chan – Fiji & Micronesia
It is hard to find a Survivor fan that isn’t also a fan of Yau-Man. He was arguably the favourite and biggest character on his original of season, returning in Micronesia to be voted out third. Even during his short lived time in Micronesia he still made an entertaining impact. Yau-Man could be underestimated should he return and strategize his way through the game. He would probably have better luck on a full all-stars season and has a good repour with other survivors outside the game. A Yau-Man return would be a welcome return and an ‘actual’ attempt at playing the game like in Fiji.
8. Eliza Orlins – Vanuatu & Micronesia
Joining Yau-Man is fellow Micronesia “favourite” Eliza! Last seen trying to play a fucking stick as an idol, Eliza got a raw deal in the season. We weren’t privy to seeing the Vanuatu Eliza we love during Micronesia. Eliza is a strong female character who is strategic and entertaining but perhaps most impressively, is a Survivor super fan. She knows the game, she loves the game and she interacts with fans, huge brownie points towards her. Eliza has more to prove in Survivor and would guarantee the fans with a strong player for us to watch and cheer for.
Going old school now with Big Tom from Africa. In both seasons Big Tom was in, he was a huge character and made it deep in the game, suggesting an underestimated player as well. After All Stars it would seem like there wouldn’t be much of a point for Tom to return and that his story arc was all but over. Given ten years and the recent return of some older season players, a Big Tom return would be fascinating and excited. Would Tom be able to integrate into the new school Survivor way of playing and be able to continue his hot streak of finishing places? No matter what the answer is, it he would definitely be an entertaining addition to the cast and create more classic Survivor moments. A return would be even better in a Blood vs Water season with Big Tom’s son Bucky Bo who appeared as a loved one in All Stars.
6. Kathy Vavrick O’Brien – Marquesas & All-Stars
Another All Stars contestant, Kathy looked at one point as if she would make it to the finals before the Boston reign of terror in the eighth season. Kathy is a huge and loveable character who had such a compelling story, going from the outcast in Marquesas (‘Marquesah’ as Kathy calls it!) to the final three, returning as an all-star who was eventual cut loose and tricked by her Marquesas tribe mate. Kathy is either a contestant who would adapt quickly and integrate herself into the game or someone who would be an early boot stuck on the game of the past. So many fans would be rooting for Kathy’s success in her third try and be delighted to see a massively popular early character return.
5. James “JT” Thomas – Tocantins & Heroes vs Villains
JT is one of those players who changed dramatically between his first and second seasons. In Tocantins he was the loyal, extremely well liked hero before turning into a scheming, flipping and daring player in Heroes vs Villains. He made an extremely gutsy and risky move by handing an idol over to Russell Hantz which ultimately backfired and had him take the first jury spot. I am not the biggest JT fan but it would be fascinating after two completely different games to see how JT would do. Would he manage to mimic his Tocantins game or would he flip flop around playing a perhaps more villainous game like Heroes vs Villains? One of the few winners who have played twice that I feel has something more to give or prove from a return.
4. Corinne Kaplan – Gabon & Caramoan
Corinne is certainly one of those players who if she played again it wouldn’t feel like overexposure. Both times she played she didn’t make it overly far in the game but still managed to stay memorable and provide hundreds of laughs. Corinne is a bitch and she owns it, whether it is an act or not, she is a brilliant villain. Not only this but she isn’t a terrible player. On both occasions she has managed to work her way into alliances and played a (believe it or not) strong social game. Corinne has so much more to show and this blend of character and player and her mid-tier finishing spots makes her a great candidate for a third time playing.
3. Jonny Fairplay – Pearl Islands & Micronesia
Here’s the entry that everyone will be up in arms about, telling me I am stupid and that I am wrong about this. Yes Jonny Fairplay may have quit, let’s face it no matter what you say it wasn’t a quit as the tribe could have potentially voted for someone else, but he is still one of Survivors biggest characters. The fact that Fairplay played such a big role in his one episode shows that he is a fantastic character who provides great television. On top of this he has an understanding of the game and is still a frequent commentator on new seasons via twitter. When Fairplay first placed he was Survivor enemy number 1, the most notorious and despised villain to play. It would be fascinating to see in a post Russell Hantz world whether or not Fairplay could shy away from his past and if players would put less emphasis on his dead grandma lie. It’s time to bring Jonny Fairplay back to see if he can recreate his historic and glorious Pearl Islands game.
2. Lex Van Den Berghe – Africa & All-Stars
Lex was a popular character and player during Africa with many claiming he should have been the winner. His return in All Stars saw him as one of the key strategists with a clear game plan towards winning. That was until he made the huge blunder of voting out Jerri Manthey from his alliance and keeping an enemy in Amber. Leading to be betrayed by Boston Rob and becoming the first All Star jury member. Lex knows how to play the game and is well liked in game and by the fans watching at home. He is such an intriguing character who feels like his story arc has yet to be completed, could he learn from his past mistakes and come back to win on a third time. Lex is ten years older now and has stayed somewhat out of the Survivor limelight that without the ‘star quality’ of the first eight seasons he could perform much better. Lex’s legacy needs a third chapter!
1. Richard Hatch – Borneo & All-Stars
Richard Hatch is perhaps one of the most well-known and notorious contestants in Survivor history. The original winner was known for his villainous acts, nakedness around camp and for essentially creating rules and guidelines to how Survivor has played. In All Stars he suffered from the past winner syndrome and his reputation from Borneo. Hatch has been considered or asked back for multiple seasons in the past but couldn’t due to his imprisonment sentence for supposed tax evasion. So many fans would love to see Hatch return to see if he can live up to his reputation as one of the greatest players in Survivor history and if he could adapt to modern day ways of playing the game. Either way Richard Hatch is such a polarising and interesting character who is in some regards the face of Survivor. If Boston Rob and Rupert can play the game four times each then Hatch needs to play for a third. Why some of this may seem like wishful thinking it does feel inevitable that Richard will finally return to play the game once more.
Those who could potentially be good on a third time playing.
Jenna Lewis – Borneo & All-Stars
Shi Ann Huang – Thailand & All-Stars
Rob Cesternino – Amazon & All-Stars
Sandra Diaz Twine – Pearl Islands & Heroes vs Villains
Randy Bailey – Gabon & Heroes vs Villains
Those who shouldn’t return to play for a third time.
Sugar Kiper – Gabon & Heroes vs Villains
Brenda Lowe – Nicaragua & Caramoan
Brandon Hantz – South Pacific & Caramoan
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!
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