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The Car Curse!
Since Survivor: The Australian Outback, every Survivor contestant who has won the car reward challenge has gone on to lose Survivor! Whether a strange coincidence or a certifiable misfortune, it is kind of spooky that the person who wins the car just can't seem to win the game. Here is a season-by-season guide to the car winners and their downfall!! Can a car winner ever get his or her act together and be a Sole Survivor?!
Car Winner: Richard Hatch
Downfall: As it was the very first season of Survivor, there was no car challenge, meaning no curse. Instead, the winner of Survivor: Borneo was given a new car as well as the million.
However, it is debated that Rich's curse would come later, as it is now known that he's currently in prison for tax evasion in regards to his prize money
Survivor: The Australian Outback
Car Winner: Colby Donaldson
Car Type: Pontiac, Aztek
Downfall: Though making it to the Final 2 on his physical prowess, lost to Tina Wesson, who was seen as the better strategic player, overall.
Car Winner: Lex van den Berghe
Car Type: Chevrolet, Avalanche
Downfall: Kim J., who previously won individ. immunity @ final 3, who knew that both would be hard to beat, decided that it would be better to vote off Lex and go up against a very deserving, Ethan in the Final 2.
Car Winner: Sean Rector
Car Type: Saturn VUE
Downfall: Kathy was the swing vote between the Neleh/Paschal and Vecepia/Sean couplings. She decided to go with Neleh and Paschal and Sean became the fist victim, due to his loud outburst at tribal council.
Car Winner: Ted Rogers
Car Type: Chevrolet, Trailblazer
Downfall: Considered as useless to Brian's ultimate plans, Plus, he was suspected as being a double agent.
Car Winner: Matthew von Ertfelda
Car Type: Saturn ION
Downfall: Even though making it to the Final 2, Matt lost due to the lasting friendships Jenna had made with the jury members.
Survivor: Pearl Islands
Car Winner: Burton Roberts
Car Type: GMC Envoy XUV
Downfall: Becoming too complacent with Lillian Morris and believing she was with him 100%. Burton became too comfortable, underestimating the women (Sandra, Lill, and Darrah) who would eventually band together to blindside him at the very next tribal council.
Survivor: All Stars
Car Winner: Rob Mariano
Car Type: Chevrolet Colorado
Downfall: Although making it to the Final 2 with then girlfriend, Amber Brkich, Rob had double crossed one too many of the jurors. Thus leading to his 4-3 final vote loss.
Car Winner: Eliza Orlins
Car Type: Pontiac G-6
Downfall: Alliance with, ultimately winner, Chris Daugherty fell through when he decided to side with Twila and Scout; the two who he felt were easier to be
at in the Final 3.
Car Winner: Ian Rosenberger
Car Type: Chevrolet Corvette
Downfall: After losing trust with Final 3 allies, Katie and Tom, Ian decided to voluntarily exit the game in order to gain back their respect.
Car Winner: Cindy Hall
Car Type: Pontiac Torrent
Survivor: Panama, Exile Island
Car Winner: Terry Deitz
Car Type: GMC Yukon
Downfall: After a triumphant and necessary immunity run, Terry lost immunity to Danielle DiLorenzo in the Final 3 who decided to vote Terry off because she felt that she had a better chance against Aras in the Final 2.
Survivor: Cook Islands
Post-finale Car Winner: Ozzy Lusth
Car Type: Mercury Mariner SUV
Downfall: Although technically, there was no car challenge in the Cook Islands season, during the live finale reunion, Ozzy was awarded the car by a fan favorite vote. Coincidentally, you can say the car curse applies, as minutes earlier he had just lost the million to Yul Kwon.
Car Winner: Yau-Man Chan
(*gave car to Dreamz Herd)
Car Type: Ford Super Duty Truck
Downfall: Despite Yau's good gesture of handing the car over to Dreamz (in return for Dreamz' agreement to hand him the Immunity Necklace at Final 4), in one of Survivor's most controversial decisions, Dreamz went back on his word and thus Yau-Man was voted off, only one day short of making it to the Final Tribal Council.
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