If “Survivor” fans finally get their wish of a long-rumored all-winners edition for Season 40 (due out in 2020), then the following five MALE champs must be a part of the action, say our readers who voted in our recent poll. “Boston” Rob Mariano (Season 22) earned 15% of the vote, Yul Kwon (Season 13) also received 15%, Richard Hatch (Season 1) nabbed 12%, John Cochran (Season 26) scored 11% and Tony Vlachos (Season 28) netted 7%. Do you agree or disagree with your fellow “Survivor” fans? Be sure to sound off down in the comments section.
Rob has competed in no less than four seasons — “Marquesas,” “All Stars,” “Heroes vs. Villains” and “Redemption Island” — and will also be a part of the upcoming “Island of the Idols” as a mentor along with Sandra Diaz-Twine, who is one of the five FEMALE winners who fans want to return. After years of coming up empty-handed, Rob finally took home the $1 million check on his fourth try in “Redemption Island,” so it’d be interesting to see whether he would even want to play the game again as a proper contestant.
Yul could very well be the show’s most popular winner to only appear once. During the “Cook Islands” season which infamously separated the four tribes based on ethnicity, Yul helped create the Aitu Four alliance which inexplicably made it all the way to the finale. Yul ended up winning the game in a close tribal council in which he received five jury votes to Ozzy Lusth‘s four votes. While Yul has never appeared again, Ozzy has popped up in a record-tying four seasons … but still has yet to win.
Even nearly two decades later, Richard is still considered by many to be the best winner of all time. Richard’s way of playing the game in “Borneo” — from creating alliances to being boastful about eliminating people — helped shape the reality TV villain of today. Richard claimed the original $1 million prize thanks in part to Sue Hawk poisoning the jury against his runner-up Kelly Wiglesworth, but when he later returned in “All-Stars” a tribe swap caught him off-guard and he became the fifth person eliminated.
As for the others in our Top 5, Cochran won “Caramoan” with a 8-0-0 vote over Dawn Meehan and Sherri Biethman, while Tony won “Cagayan” with a 8-1 vote over Yung “Woo” Hwang.
Rounding out the complete results of our poll, the show’s other male champs all received 6% or less support: Ethan Zohn (“Africa”), Brian Heidik (“Thailand”), Chris Daugherty (“Vanuatu”), Tom Westman (“Palau”), Aras Baskauskas (“Panama”), Earl Cole (“Fiji”), Todd Herzog (“China”), Bob Crowley (“Gabon”), J.T. Thomas (“Tocanins”), Jud “Fabio” Birza (“Nicaragua”), Tyson Apostol (“Blood vs. Water”), Mike Holloway (“Worlds Apart”), Jeremy Collins (“Cambodia”), Adam Klein (“Millennials vs. Gen X”), Ben Driebergen (“Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers”), Wendell Holland (“Ghost Island”), Nick Wilson (“David vs. Goliath”) and Chris Underwood (“Edge of Extinction”). Which male “Survivor” champ do YOU hope returns for an all-winners season?