And the winner of Survivor: Island of the Idols is…
Warning: This article contains spoilers about Wednesday’s season finale of Survivor: Island of the Idols.
With controversy still swirling over inappropriate touching by one contestant that led to Survivor removing a player for the first time in 39 seasons, a winner was crowned on Wednesday’s season finale of Survivor: Island of the Idols. Five players — Janet, Tommy, Lauren, Dean, and Noura — remained in contention for the million-dollar prize heading into the finale after Dan Spilo was pulled for on off-camera incident. In the end, Tommy Sheehan was crowned the champion after defeating Dean Kowalski and Noura Salman 8-2-0 in the jury vote.
The finale began with the final five moving over to Island of the Idols and then Dean finding a hidden immunity idol. However, he never used it since he also won the first immunity challenge and unleashed his idol nullifier against Janet, sending her to the jury.
Noura then won the final immunity challenge, and — after a loooooooong speech — made her decision to bring Tommy to the end and have Dean and Lauren (neither of whom had made a fire all season) battle it out at fire-making. Dean ultimately won at fire, setting up the final three and putting Lauren on the jury.
The final Tribal Council was a lively affair, with Dean pointing to his “bling” in the form of idols and advantages, and Tommy emphasizing his social skills in making connections with everyone in the game while attempting to downplay Dean’s strength in idol and advantage procurement (“Those aren’t moves. You found things.”)
In the end, the jury agreed with Tommy, giving him the title of Sole Survivor and the million-dollar check that goes with it.
Check back with EW for a full recap of the episode along with interviews with the final five as well as intel on next season of Survivor.
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