Survivor: America's Tribal Council

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Survivor: America's Tribal Council was a special edition of the TV show Survivor: All-Stars, which followed the Survivor: All-Stars finale in which Amber Brkich won the million dollar prize. It was broadcast live on CBS on May 13, 2004 and resulted in Rupert Boneham being given a million dollar prize (the second million dollar prize to be awarded on Survivor: All-Stars).


The twist to Survivor: America's Tribal Council was that one All-Star player would be given a second million dollar prize which would depend on the public's votes. From May 9 to May 12, 2004, millions of people put their votes in on Cingular Wireless phones and at When the show aired, Tom Buchanan, Colby Donaldson, Rupert Boneham and Rob Mariano were placed in a special final 4 (the four Survivors that got the most votes). At the end of the show Jeff Probst revealed the winner and Rupert Boneham was given the million dollar check (Jeff Probst even wrote it on Rupert's back live on TV). While 38 million votes overall were cast, only about 25 percent of them were for the prize. Rupert received 10 million votes, more than four out of five, to win. During the program, Probst announced the next season would be played in Vanuatu.

On, there were other smaller contests that were held. Here are the contestants that were broadcast live on TV. The winners are highlighted in bold:

Sexiest Male

Contestant Season
Greg Buis Borneo
Gervase Peterson
Colby Donaldson Australia
Ethan Zohn Africa
Hunter Ellis Marquesas
Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano
Robb Zbacnik Thailand
Alex Bell Amazon
Burton Roberts Pearl Islands
Andrew Savage

Sexiest Female

Contestant Season
Colleen Haskell Borneo
Amber Brkich Australia
Alicia Calaway
Elizabeth Hasselbeck
Jerri Manthey
Sarah Jones Marquesas
Erin Collins Thailand
Jenna Morasca Amazon
Heidi Strobel
Darrah Johnson Pearl Islands

Best Villain

Contestant Season
Richard Hatch Borneo
Jerri Manthey Australia
Brian Heidik Thailand
Rob Cesternino Amazon
Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton Pearl Islands

Best Fight

Contestants Season
Alicia Calaway vs.
Kimmi Kappenberg
Ghandia Johnson vs.
Ted Rogers, Jr.
Clay Jordan vs.
Robb Zbacnik
Rupert Boneham vs.
Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton
Pearl Islands
Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano vs.
Lex van den Berghe
All Stars

Most Memorable Moment

Contestant(s) Synopsis Season
Sue Hawk "Snakes and Rats" speech Borneo
Michael Skupin Removed from the game after passing out and falling into a fire. Australia
Jenna Morasca
Heidi Strobel
Take off the clothes for a peanut butter reward. Amazon
Rupert Boneham Steals then sells shoes belonging to the opposing tribe. Pearl Islands
Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton Brings a visiting friend to claim his grandmother has died in a ploy to gain fellow castaways' sympathy.

Favorite Contestant ($1,000,000 Winner)

Contestant Season
Colby Donaldson Australia
Tom Buchanan Africa
Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano Marquesas
Rupert Boneham Pearl Islands
All contestants participating in Survivor: All-Stars were nominated in this category. The four listed here were the announced top vote-getters.

Criticism and controversy

The event was criticized by many fans and writers as being unfair. They said it was a popularity contest that rewarded Boneham even though he had failed to win the game on two consecutive occasions.

Some fans feared that if the America's Tribal Council format, of giving a separate prize to the most popular contestant, was continued into later seasons of Survivor, it would change the way the game was played by encouraging contestants to behave differently to try to become a viewer favorite. In this scenario, contestants might give up on the normal prize and concentrate on the popularity prize, which might make the strategy aspects of the program less prominent and encourage contestants to act in their in-show interviews to make themselves seem nicer. However, these fears proved unfounded when the prize did not recur in later seasons, however, since Survivor: China, a $100,000 prize for the viewer-voted "Player of the Season" has been awarded.

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