Betrayals and blindsides lead Natalie Anderson to ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ victory

After 39 days in San Juan del Sur, Natalie Anderson was finally crowned the sole “Survivor” of Season 29 Wednesday night. But she had to get her hands dirty in the process.

In the two-hour finale, Natalie used her hidden Immunity idol to save Jaclyn Schultz, thereby ensuring that her BFF Baylor Wilson got the boot instead. Then, Natalie helped convince Jaclyn that Keith Nale was the biggest threat with the jury, so the Louisiana firefighter was sent packing.

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Natalie, Jaclyn and Missy Payne were the Final 3, with Natalie earning five jury votes, Jaclyn receiving two and Missy nabbing only her daughter’s vote.

The final jury proceedings mostly went off without a hitch, except for one moment when Reed Kelly called Missy the “Wicked Stepmother” and attacked her gameplay. That outburst resulted in cheers from the live CBS studio audience and tears from Baylor.

Congratulations to our user Jason Nolette, who accurately predicted the overall season with 60% accuracy and 26,440 game points, better than all other users. See all of Jason’s TV contest predictions here.

Jeff Probst revealed that Season 30 will be dubbed “Survivor: Worlds Apart” and feature an all-American cast made up of White Collars, Blue Collars and No Collars. The new season will premiere Wednesday, Feb. 25 on CBS. (Too bad they didn’t go for any of our “craziest, most inventive” ideas for Season 30.)

“Survivor” may be over, but there are still plenty of other contests to predict at Gold Derby. We are forecasting everything from the results on reality TV shows like “The Amazing Race,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Top Chef” to the body counts on “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” to the winners of the Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammys. Click on any box in our prediction center to bring up that event and get started.

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Get started by making your prediction as to which of the remaining teams will end up as the winners of “The Amazing Race” using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Below: listen to Jon Misch‘s “Survivor” exit interview podcast and watch our recent Editors’ video slugfest.

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