Some Survivor contestants were frustrated with how the final turned out, but were at least proud that the two winners represented their show.
Even though The Challenge: USA finale ended in controversy, the Survivor alum was proud of Danny McCray and Sarah Lacina for representing the show. The season consisted of contestants from Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, and Love Island. In the end, Survivor topped the other three shows.
As TJ Lavin’s final approached, Survivor contestants Desi Williams and Ben Driebergen were both excited to compete. Ben, however, was ruled out before the start after injuring his shoulder in the previous challenge. Desi, meanwhile, had her experience cut short when her randomly selected partner Enzo Palumbo dropped out during the swimming leg of the first leg of the final. Still, Domenick Abbate, Danny, Sarah and Tyson Apostol had the opportunity to represent Survivor and pick up the win. Unfortunately, Domenick and Tyson were forced to quit when they encountered a Sudoku puzzle, which neither of them knew how to complete. According to Tyson, proper instructions were not given and they were not given the opportunity to time the puzzle.
Ben, who was close with Sarah and Danny on the show, said of his fellow Survivor wins: “It’s fantastic for [Survivor] and for us” and that he “couldn’t be happier for both of them. When Desi found out that Sarah and Danny had won, she said, excitedly, “Not two Survivors bringing everything home!” She thinks Survivor’s contestants are built for The Challenge more than any other reality show and two past winning contestants this season prove it.
Danny told . that he was proud to represent Survivor, despite being newer to the Survivor community than some of the other veterans. Sarah added, “It’s like representing your high school or college. Representation has also translated into small wins, like when Big Brother’s Desi and David Alexander won a swimming challenge earlier in the season.
While the number of contestants who came from each show wasn’t exactly the same – there were only three contestants from The Amazing Race – the Survivor contestants showed that they are physically strong and better able to handle the social politics of reality TV than other shows. like Love Island. Sarah had won Survivor before, and Danny got closer to his one and only season. Now they have set a very high standard for Survivor contestants who end up being chosen for future seasons of The Challenge: USA.