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It was ladies night on Survivor: One World yesterday, as five women battled for the $1 million grand prize on the season 24 finale.

But - no offense to Chelsea, Sabrina, Alicia or Christina - these final few episodes have really been all about Kim Spradlin, who dominated as few before her have, earning the votes of the contest-filled jury AND the $100,000 reward as the Fan Favorite.

The only question isn't whether Kim deserved to win it all, but where she now ranks among all-time Survivor greats such as Boston Rob (Survivor: Redemption Island), Brian Heidik (Survivor: Thailand) and Tom Westman (Survivor: Palau)?

Jeff Probst, meanwhile, announced that season 25 would take Survivor to the Philippines, where three previous contestants who left their editions early due to injury will return. Watch a preview for what's to come and then read an extended Survivor finale review at TV Fanatic:

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Sophie Clarke was crowned the winner of Survivor: South Pacific last night.

"I had a feeling, but you never know," she said in a CBS reunion special after the big reveal. "I think I had my finger on the pulse of the game the whole time."

The 22-year-old outfought, outwitted, outlasted and outplayed Benjamin "Coach" Wade, Albert Destrade, Rick Nelson, Oscar Lusth and Brandon Hantz Sunday.

Sophie Clarke Photo

On last night's finale, Nelson was the first to be eliminated by the remaining members of the Te Tuna tribe, and Clarke beat out Lusth to win the final immunity necklace.

In the second elimination, the tribe spoke again, this time eliminating Lusth with three votes (Destrade received one). The final three were then brought back in front of eight members of the original tribe to make their final case.

"When it comes to outplaying," Clarke said, "I feel like I held out my own."

Ultimately, Clarke received five votes, and Wade received three.

Follow this link for a full Survivor season finale review ...

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Survivor host Jeff Probst and actress Lisa Ann Russell have tied the knot.

The pair got married Monday in front of family and friends in an intimate ceremony at a private Los Angeles residence, says a spokesperson for the couple.

Here is a happy photo of the newlyweds ...

Jeff Probst and Lisa Ann Russell

This is the second marriage for both Russell, 40, and Probst, 50.

She shares custody of two children with Franklin & Bash actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who also got engaged to advertising executive Catriona McGinn this summer.

Probst will preside over the finale of Survivor: South Pacific on CBS December 18, and at least two more seasons of the long-running reality competition next year.

His self-titled talk show will also debut in the fall of 2012.

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Whitney Duncan's Survivor bio says the country music singer is 27, lives in Nashville, and is an outgoing, happy, honest. It's the honest part being questioned.

The blonde, who portrays herself as single on the show, has in fact been married since August 1, 2010, to Donny Fallgatter, 32. They wed in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

She was also runner-up for Country Weekly's "Hottest Bachelorette" this year.

Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson

The reason this is significant? Because Whitney Duncan has been part of a relationship with Survivor co-star Keith Tollefson (pictured) playing out on TV.

Fallgatter, from Bismark, N.D., is lead singer for the band KingBilly. Their paths crossed in June 2010 and their romance heated up quickly after that.

Whitney Duncan soon moved in with Fallgatter. Before she left to compete on Survivor in May, the couple announced their engagement to family and friends.

"Donny was totally faithful while she was gone," says a close friend. "He even went to help out at her parents' house in West Tennessee a couple times."

As for Whitney's faithfulness ...

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Can reality show popularity translate into success at the polls? Rupert Boneham hopes so.

The former Survivor star, who won $1 million in 2004 when he was voted that show's fan favorite, announced this weekend that he's running for governor of Indiana under the Libertarian Party.

Rupert Boneham Picture

Arguing that he's "not beholden to any special interests," Boneham said at a news conference yesterday that he's the right man to replace Mitch Daniels in office.

"I have only one interest: Empowering Hoosiers to give back to their communities. If the government puts up roadblocks, then they should be repealed," Rupert said. "Hoosiers have consistently voted in professional politicians and look at the results. Hoosiers should have a different choice in 2012."

The aspiring politician runs Rupert's Kids, a charity that provides mentoring and job-training to at-risk youths. But the real question remains: what will the tribe of Indiana residents decide when it speaks next November?

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The names and faces of 16 contestants for Survivor: South Pacific were revealed this week. Now, CBS has revealed two more, both of whom will be very familiar to veteran viewers.

Survivor Returnees

Benjamin “Coach” Wade and Ozzy Lusth will touch down on their third island next month, as Entertainment Weekly confirms this duo will once again see if they can outwit and outlast their fellow contestants.

Each has appeared twice before on Survivor; Coach on Tocantins and Heroes vs. Villains and Ozzy on Cook Islands and Fans vs. Favorites. They advanced to at least the jury every time. Can they go all the way in the South Pacific?

The season kicks off on September 14 and our friends at TV Fanatic will cover each episode in-depth.

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When Survivor: South Pacific premieres on September 14, it will introduced a few interesting faces to viewers. It will also re-introduce a couple more.

CBS has released the first promotional photo of the cast, which includes this disgraced beauty queen, a medical marijuana dispensary owner and Brandon Hantz, the cousin of notorious player Russell Hantz.

Survivor Cast Pic

Among other twists:

  • Two returning cast members will join the cast, the identities of which will be revealed at a later date.
  • There will be hidden immunity idols, says awesome host Jeff Probst: “We’re hiding the clue. No clue as to where the clue is. Once you find the clue, then you have to find the idol.” 
  • Redemption Island will be back, but without the concept of group duels. It's win or go home.

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He entered the season as a known favorite, a strong competitor that had already appeared in three previous seasons.

Yet Boston Rob Mariano still managed to work his charm and his schemes on Survivor: Redemption Island, winning the $1 million grand prize on last night's live finale.

Redemption Island Winner

Host Jeff Probst showered the veteran player with praise, saying Mariano played the game in “a style that would make any mob boss proud," while the man who loves to be an intimidating villain said:

"At the end of the day, it's about my wife and child. Ultimately I want to win so I can bring it home and they can have a better future."

Next season, Survivor heads to the South Pacific. Check out the official preview for the edition that kicks off this fall below.

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Judson Birza, who won what many consider to have been the most boring season in Survivor history, was arrested yesterday. For an equally unexciting reason.

The reality show champion was stopped by Santa Monica police because he was skateboarding in the street, which is a crime in the city. Due to his subsequent strange behavior, Birza was booked on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Judson Birza Mug Shot

Police also discovered an unrelated DUI warrant, as well as a probation violation, on Birza's record when he was taken into custody.

Judson has been released on $37,000 bail.

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After proving that nice guys really do finish last, Survivor capped what many consider to be its greatest season ever by crowining its first two-time champion last night.

In a tense finale, Sandra Diaz-Twine defeated fellow villains Russell Hantz and Parvati Shallow to take hom the coveted crown (and million-dollar grand prize, of course).

As usual, fans can now debate whether the best player actual won the game. Did Sandra truly outwit and outplay Russell, who many believe took the wrong pair to the finale with him? Or was Parvati the most deserving finalist, considering every single contestant was after her from day one?

Survivor Finalists

At the reunion, Sandra and Russell went verbal spat for verbal spat. The latter referred to the former as ''maybe the worst physical player to ever play the show,'' while Sandra pointed to Hantz's family and said they are "the only people that like you."

That claim was quickly shot down, though, when the fans awaraded Russell $100,000 as their favorite.

The most disappointing aspect of the finale? Jeff Probst simply walked in from backstage. No helicopter, no jet ski, not even a horse-drawn carriage. What a letdown to loyal Survivor viewers! We expect Probst to raise the ridiculous, cheesy ante each year with his final-vote entrances.

Still, this was an incredible season of the show. Do you think the right person won it?

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