With Survivor’s 31st season officially announced as a second chance season, giving former castaways a second chance to play the game is the realisation of a concept that fans have long been frothing for. With an eclectic mix of former castaways, including both old school, middle era and new school players, it’s undoubtedly an exciting shortlist that any die hard Survivor fan will appreciate. But just like every shortlist, there are only limited spots and this means there are some glaring omissions with many castaways that definitely deserve to play again. Here are the top 10 players that really could have shone if they had a chance to return to our screens one more time. Read on for more!
10. So Kim – Worlds Apart
So was sexy, salacious and a little bit silly. Yes she made a big mistake, but I can’t help feeling for her. Originally cast for season 29, only to not compete at the last minute, and then unceremoniously first booted, there’s SOOOOO much more So could have offered. She played the hidden immunity idol clue completely wrong but her instincts were right, it was only trusting Joaquin that was her downfall, who ended up getting off pretty much scot-free for the same crime.
Being in a tribe with only six people meant that after the white collar tribe lost the immunity challenge she really had nowhere to hide. It’s just a pity this was the case because I’m sure if she could made it the first few days we could have seen a lot more of her Type A awesomeness. Some may say she’s “so-so” and a forgettable contestant, but I beg to differ after the massive impact she made in just one episode. Despite the fact she’s been snubbed from the shortlist, she wound up with a catch in Malcolm, so I’m sure she’s sleeping very soundly.
9. Marty Piombo – Nicaragua
I’m neither here nor there about Marty as a character, but it’s safe to say his proactive gameplay meant he was never a wallflower and his popularity among fans definitely warrants there are many people invested in him getting a second chance. Sure he could have played his cards better after the tribe swap, but really what can you do when you’re switched to a tribe of mall-going, MTV watching airheads? Marty was never afraid to speak his mind and play aggressively which is ultimately what you want with any Survivor player. Don’t count him out just yet. There’s room for this Silver Fox to shine on our screens once again.
8. Nadiya Anderson – San Juan Del Sur
Some will argue that as one half of the Twinnies, she’s had more than her fair chance of reality TV appearances. Personally I would love to see what the very likable twinnie Nadiya has to offer on Survivor since we never really got to see her get the chance to play.
It would be great to see how her game contrasts Natalie’s as the more kooky twinnie, and I’m sure if we got to see her again we’d be treated to a few more lovable foot-in-mouth-moments. I’m not saying she would or could win, but the twinnies have personality in spades and the fact she made such an impact in 1 episode and such great TV should be enough for her to be brought back. Love you Nadiya!
7. Greg Buis – Borneo
If Kelly Wiglesworth can be brought back for another swing I find it extremely offensive that Greg Buis, probably one of the most entertaining and memorable contestants of all time, hasn’t been asked. The rumour mill of him returning was in overdrive in the lead up to the potential cast announcement, and seeing him dropped from the list was almost enough to bring physical pain as one of the most glaring omissions from the updated returnee list.
Perhaps CBS thought his unpredictable and unconventional behaviour too much of a gamble to allow him to come back, or maybe the hearsay is true, and Jeff just doesn’t like him. The fact is, if Shane can be brought back with his blackberry, shouldn’t the guy who introduced us to the Island Phone also deserve a second shot? One thing is for sure, if this guy was on the ballot, he’d be a shoe-in to compete again and what a beautiful thing that could have been.
6. Tracy Hughes Wolf – Micronesia
I have mad respect for Tracy. She gave great confessionals, and was even named Jeff Probst’s most ‘underestimated player of the entire season.’ So why is it that she was never asked back?! IT’S A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE I TELL YOU!
Unlike most of the pre merge boots on the season, Tracy got plenty of airtime because she was a joy to watch, representing a solid all round survivor player who was smart, strategic and strong. The fact that she had such dreadful odds but never gave up was something to be proud of. It should definitely be enough for CBS to realise she deserves a second shot and if she had the chance to play again would give it her all, just like she did the first time.
5. Silas Gaither – Africa
One of Survivor’s original young bucks would have definitely learned a thing or two since his time on the show, and it would be fascinating to see him return as a player now that he’s been around the traps and gained some more life experience. A victim of the inaugural tribe swap that no one in his season could have anticipated, Silas’s brattish way of playing meant he had nowhere to move and was quickly disposed of come the switch. It would be great to see one of the most memorable contestants of the first 5 seasons return. He’s still only 37 and hearing his modesty to admit his mistakes in interviews, I’d rate him a really good shot to go a long way into the game. Just like Skupin and Gervase of the same Survivor era, returning old school players have a track record of doing relatively well in modern Survivor seasons.
4. RC Saint Amour – Philippines
Say what you will about RC, but this girl definitely has more to prove. A woman scorned by something that was never her doing, she was thrown under the bus in an epic fashion. Some might say annoying, I say awesome. She was oh-so-close to returning in Blood vs Water with her dad, and sadly her second chance was slighted for medical reasons.There’s more scheming, plotting and double crossing that we sadly won’t get to see. Plus we know that she isn’t afraid to call people out after the game and she LOVES to gossip. We can only assume this would have translate onto the screen if she got another chance to play.
RC isn’t strictly a snub, since Probst confirmed on Twitter she declined to return for season 30, however the fact that she said no definitely feels like we’ve been snubbed as viewers. I get it, people have lives outside of Survivor and have many reasons why they can’t or don’t want to return… This doesn’t change the fact that I love this woman like no tomorrow and can only wonder about the gloriousness that would have been RC and ABBY on the same tribe in season 31.
3. Frosti Zernow – China
Hardworking and extremely likeable, for Frosti the numbers were never really on his side. As the youngest contestant on the show up until that point, his ability to avoid drama and stay upbeat showed maturity beyond his years.
Why we’ve had to see James and Amanda play three times is beyond me when there are so many people from China who could have offered much more. In all honesty, I’d pretty much like to see nearly all of the Survivor China cast return, and since Peih Gee appears to be a shoe in, next at the top of my list is Frosti. Still a young gun, and still undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, let’s hope the fact he’s not shortlisted is not because he was asked and wasn’t interested. Message to CBS: Give the Frostmeister another shot, other wise your casting choices may get a Frosty reception from fans. Hope this “Frosty threat” makes you shiver in your boots.
2. Katie Collins – Blood Vs Water
Perhaps it’s because she is just so damn nice (she made a shell necklace for Tyson on his birthday) and maybe it’s because she was slighted by the white rock. Whatever reason, Katie definitely deserves another ride on the Survivor merry-go-round. She definitely fits the beautiful young woman mould and like Kelley Wentworth, it would be great to see play the game independently of a loved one. If you need convincing Katie is a major babe, see above picture.
After Tina’s legacy was cemented by a decent performance in Blood vs Water, it would be great for Katie to have the opportunity to do the same by making another appearance and hopefully getting more screen time. Who knows, maybe she’ll have kids (hopefully Hayden’s since they would make beautiful babies) and in 20 years time if Survivor if still running her offspring could play the game and we’d have three generations of the Wesson family on the show. Ok… I get that this is extremely far-fetched fan fiction but I get giddy just thinking about it.
1. Brian Corridan – Guatemala
The fact that no one from Guatemala has ever played again (Stephenie doesn’t count) is an absolute travesty of justice. As each year goes by with not a single player returning, Guatemala is starting to feel like the forgotten mythical season. It seems almost like CBS and Probst wish it would disappear, but as my favourite season I can never let the fact that we’ve seen none of the awesome cast return. Leading the list of awesome returnees would be Brian, one of the biggest talkers, schemers and savviest contestants in the 11th season. The fact that he still lives and breathes the show, and is active in the fan community and social media means he’s still engaged and invested, which makes me question why he was once again overlooked. However I never thought Varner would be heard from again, so Brian my friend, never say never. Your snubbed season and you are definitely worthy of the top spot.
Do you agree with this list? Which other players do you think are most deserving of a second chance? Who was snubbed from the snub list and why? Let us know with a comment!
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