‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2015 Ballot – John Cochran


2013 "Survivor" Hall of Fame Inductee John Cochran (CBS)

NOTE: Voting for the 2015 “Survivor” Hall of Fame has ended. Be sure to check back Monday, December 14, 2015 to meet the first new member.

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The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2013 Inductee John Cochran as a member of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, John (along with Host Jeff Probst and other “Survivor” luminaries) has accepted an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2015. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

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John Cochran’s 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic when I say Coach is the greatest reality TV character of all time.  Before the “The Most Interesting Man in the World” ad campaign or those now-tired Chuck Norris jokes, there was Coach: a man who, if you believe him, has climbed every mountain, kayaked every river, and slain every dragon.  Even more remarkable, though, is the transformation “Survivor” viewers got to witness across Coach’s three seasons: from larger-than-life Renaissance man, to humbled and emotionally-vulnerable everyman, to legitimate “Survivor” competitor and huge threat to win.

Jerri Manthey – (“Survivor: The Australian Outback,” “Survivor: All-Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): It’s bizarre to go to back to Season 2 and see what all the fuss was about.  I mean, she complained about how rice was prepared, and maybe talked a little too much about chocolate.  However quaint it seems now, though, 2001 was a very different time, and that behavior qualified Jerri to become reality TV’s first villainess.  But, like Coach, what makes Jerri truly special is her three-season arc.  Who else in “Survivor” history has gone from literally being booed offstage to, in her last season, emerging as America’s sweetheart?  Nobody, that’s who!

Todd Herzog – (“Survivor: China”):  Todd may not have the sweeping, multi-season mythologies of my other two nominees, but that does nothing to diminish his impact on the franchise.  “Survivor: China” was jam-packed with some of the series’ biggest players and characters (James, Amanda, Courtney, Peih-Gee, Jean-Robert, the list goes on and on), making the season’s eventual winner — the diminutive, silver-tongued superfan — all the more satisfying.  Todd’s also responsible for perhaps the single greatest Final Tribal Council performance ever, in which he deftly walks the tightrope between self-promotion and jury-pandering.  It should be required viewing for anyone who even thinks about applying for “Survivor.”

Visit the  “Survivor” Hall of Fame for executive ballots from Jeff Probst, Parvati Shallow, Rob Cesternino, and others.

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