"Survivor" used to be an Emmy favorite, but it's been nine years now since the granddaddy of reality TV was nominated as Best Reality-Competition Program. Shame on you, Emmy voters. Just because the show's not as cool as it used to be doesn't mean it's not still worthy of your golden touch. Hurry — make your predictions for Wednesday's Season 30 finale and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will win.
At the Emmys, "Survivor" won Best Non-Fiction Program in 2001 and was then nominated as Best Reality-Competition Program in each the first four years of that category's existence, losing to "The Amazing Race" each time. And host Jeff Probst went four-for-four from 2008 to 2011 as Best Reality Host, though he's been snubbed ever since.
This year, "Survivor's" landmark 30th season has been praised for its unique theme of Blue Collar vs. White Collar vs. No Collar and its cast of truly memorable contestants. Listen to our exit interview with the latest castoff Dan Foley at the bottom of this post.
However, even with all these improvements, this long-running reality stalwart faces an uphill climb when it comes to being nominated again at the Emmys as Best Reality-Competition Series.
Once a show is dropped from the category — like "The Apprentice" being fired in 2006 or "American Idol" getting eliminated in 2012 — it can never muster up enough support to re-enter the Emmy competition.
Will "Survivor" Season 30 make Emmys history by returning to the Best Reality-Competition Series race? Sound off in the comments section below.
Who do YOU think will win "Survivor: Worlds Apart"? According to exclusive Gold Derby predictions, Mike Holloway has leading 5/6 odds to claim the title of Sole Survivor.
Be sure to visit our predictions center and make/update your forecasts before voting closes Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT. Don't forget, we're giving away two $100 Amazon gift certificates this week: one to the user who does the best at predicting the finale and the other to the user who has the best overall season score.
Where do you fall on our overall Season 30 leaderboard?
All season long, three users — Smartdude, Benutty, Taloson — have been battling it out for the top spot, and this week Smartdude remained in the #1 position on our leaderboard with his "smart" predictions of Episode 13. He now has leading 70% prediction accuracy while Benutty and Taloson are tied in second place with 67%. Talk about a true nail-biter!
Can YOU beat these frontrunners to win our prizes? Then be sure to take part in our "Survivor" prediction contest. We're giving away $100 Amazon gift certificates to our weekly winners plus at season's end. The deadline for the season finale is Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT.
Our current overall leader Smartdude predicted Dan's elimination this week and Tyler's last week. However, he missed calling the two prior back-to-back ousters of Jenn and Shirin (see complete predix), proving that it's possible to do well in our contests without getting everything right.
Remember that coming out on top doesn't just mean answering that week's questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points, so don't take them for granted.
To vote for who you think will win "Survivor" and who will place second, third, fourth and fifth, be sure to visit our predictions center. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click "Save Predictions" when you've settled on your choice.
Average Gold Derby users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it's important that you give us your predictions. You can change them later as often as you like.
We are forecasting everything from the results on TV shows like "The Voice," "Survivor," "Dancing with the Stars," "The Amazing Race" and "Game of Thrones" to the winners of the Emmys and Tonys.
Get started by making your prediction as to which castaway will win using our easy drag-and-drop menu below our exit interview with Dan. And be sure to sound off on the current season of "Survivor" in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.