‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame: Producers Name Their Top Three Tribal Councils


"Survivor" Hall of Fame

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As members of the Executive Voting Committee, “Survivor” Producers Jesse Jensen and Matt Van Wagenen (along with Host Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, and other “Survivor” luminaries) will nominate their three favorite Tribal Councils.

Then, from Monday, December 8, 2014 at 10 am ET through Friday December 12, 2014 at 5 pm ET, the top three Tribal Councils will be chosen by a fan vote.

Note: All of the nominations were requested at the same time, so some Tribal Councils may be nominated more than once.

Jesse Jensen’s “Survivor” Hall of Fame Nominations…

Man, it’s hard to remember them all or decide on what is the best, there have been so many great Tribals. But, if I were to pick, my three would be…

“Survivor: Borneo” – Final Tribal Council: I don’t think you can ignore  Season 1’s final Tribal for a classic. That “rats and snakes” speech from Sue Hawk was amazing and the shock of Richard winning makes it one of the greatest and most memorable of all time.

“Survivor: Cook Islands” – Episode 2 Tribal Council: It may be my warped sense of humor, but for sheer entertainment value when Billy Garcia declared his true love for Candice to Jeff at Tribal…that was pretty awesome.  Not a huge strategic Tribal Council but one of those great “Survivor” moments that you just don’t expect and that makes you laugh. I know from being on set that night it was really hard not to laugh out loud when it all happened.

“Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs Favorites” – Episode 12 Tribal Council: I think the Tribal when Amanda pulled the hidden Idol out after spending the day on Exile, busting her ass to find it was awesome. Everyone thought she was going home and she smugly pulled it out with such perfect timing, blindsiding everyone to save herself. A perfect “Survivor” moment.

Matt Van Wagenen’s “Survivor” Hall of Fame Nominations…

Okay, I’m partial to the seasons I worked on but here goes in no particular order…

“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” – Episode 10 Tribal Council: Parvati is considered one of the best players ever and this move is one of the reasons.  She played an idol for Sandra and an idol for Jerri and left herself vulnerable.  She guessed correctly and shifted the power of the entire game to the villains as JT was voted out.  Russell had no idea that she was going to do it and JT was sent home because of an idol that he gave away. I could watch the reactions of the jury, the Heroes and the Villains over and over and over again. Priceless.

“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” – Episode 12 Tribal Council: Normally castaways walk into Tribal Council fairly too committed to a decision.  Occasionally you see someone change their vote on the spot which is always exciting, but Ciera not only switched her vote, she forced a tie and went to drawing rocks.  It was a massive, bold move that could have taken Tyson, the eventual winner, out of the game but instead sent Katie packing.  To witness it live is still one of my favorite moments while working on the show.

“Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs Favorites” – Episode 13 Tribal Council: Eric giving up his immunity necklace will go down as one of the dumbest moves in “Survivor” history.  However, the fact that Cirie, Amanda, Parvati, and Natalie were able to bamboozle him into giving up the necklace in the first place should go down as one of the most brilliant and improbable moves of all time.

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