'Survivor': Jeff Probst picks his favorite challenge ever

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While Survivor: Nicaragua has not turned out to be the greatest edition of the reality franchise, this season has introduced us to some nifty new challenges, including one in which players were strapped to a large wheel and dunked into water (which they then had to spit into little tubes). But with roughly 400 challenges to choose from since the show first went on the air back in the summer of 2000, we thought it would be fun to ask the host with the most, Jeff Probst, what his favorite Survivor challenge of all time is. His answer? Well, just check out the video player below and see for yourself. (Stay tuned because in the next clip he discusses his favorite marooning as well!) Then hit the message boards and let us know your favorite Survivor challenge and marooning ever. Survivors ready…GO!
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  • davey

    The challenge itself was very “meh”….it was the contestants behavior that made the challenge memorable!

  • Kim

    Jeff, will you Marry Me??? Sigh. Swoon…….I can’t pick 1 challenge, which is the main reason I keep watching “Survivor” season after season. With the exception of RUSSELL, to me, the challanges trump these wacky folks we hang with each Thur- – err, Wednesday night.

  • bajatadancer

    I have to say my favorite marooning would be Pearl Islands. They had no idea that the game was starting and then to be marooned with the clothes on the backs and barter for their supplies was crazy.

    • Liz

      This was my first thought too. I can see why Probst picked the answers that he did but Pearl Islands was the one that stuck out in my mind. I just remember Rupert stealing some shoes because ‘that’s what Pirates do’

    • Snsetblaze

      That’s the one that stuck in my mind. I remember Sandra trading her jewelry for a meal for her tribe too.

    • D

      Yep. Pearl Islands was the best marooning.

  • alioops

    Best challenge: The final in Thailand with Brian, Clay and what’s her name, holding the coins in that bent position in the heat of that cave.

    Best Marooning: Cook Islands with all four ethnic tribes making their way to shore.

  • musica1

    I love this season of survivor! Not sure why Dalton’s not liking it so much. I went to work Monday morning saying, “Only two days until survivor!” I haven’t been that excited about a season for a couple of years.

    • Liz

      I think that there are no really memorable characters. Everyone is getting a kind of vanilla edit, nobody really has any strong opinions. I still haven’t watched last week’s episode. I just miss characters like Coach who were characters. everyone this season is too real.

      • Rachel

        God forbid someone on a reality show seem real.

      • Rachel

        Not that I disagree that this season has a whole lot of boring in it. It’s going to get worse now that Marty is gone!

      • JENNY

        Rachel — how do you know Marty is gone? The show doesn’t air until tonite. Was it early this week?

      • D

        WHAT? Naonka is hardly vanilla!

  • DennyS

    The last survivor I enjoyed was actually tocantins. and that was… a while back to say the least. HvV was pretty good too but Samoa and Nicaragua’s pretty crappy. I hate Survivor when there aren’t actually clever people playing.

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    • Nathan

      Thank you for your input.

  • ChrisV

    I guess I’m cheering most for Brenda. She had the target on her back at the very first vote, she maneuvered her way out of it, and she’s now a leader in her faction. Other than that, there certainly aren’t as many memorable ‘characters’ this year.

  • Anonymous

    DALTON!! What happened to you interviewing the evicted castaways?!!!

  • NICK

    I miss Survivor Talk.

  • Jeanie

    This is a very boring season. Most of the challenges have been boring as well. Plinko board? Lame. Looking forward to next season’s match up. (I will not post a spoiler.)

  • Chris

    Always love a little input from Probst…what a guy.
    I have to agree with Jeff on the marooning. There really was nothing like watching the first group of castaways running around just trying to figure out what the heck they were supposed to do. The only other marooning that even remotely captured the same spirit was Cook Islands where the four tribes got to scramble too. An the Heroes vs. Villains marooning was just epic to watch.
    With challenges, I’m split between the first season’s final endurance challenge where Rich stepped off and Rudy dropped his hand (it was just so fascinating to watch play out, especially with Jeff leading that discussion) and the final immunity maze challenge of Heroes Vs. Villains that had me jumping off my coach screaming. John Kirhoffer deserves an Emmy for these challenges.

    • ohyeah

      I agree – the first season was exciting. I was pretty young then & remember wondering if people were actually going to DIE if they didn’t survive…took it a bit too literally.

  • MO

    Damn it!!!! Are all EW “writers” incapable of just posting at story instead of a damn video file?!??! I have more important things to watch at work, like the Giants World Series Victory Parade! :D

    • Dawn

      agreed, i prefer to just read an interview.

  • D

    Marooning used to be great.
    This whole walking onto the island is very weak.
    I hope they go back to how it used to be
    I also guessed Pearl Island before Jeff spoke.
    All of those previous maroonings were better than these “vanilla” maroonings going on.
    I hope Burnett reads these post and gets the hint for the following season!!!!!!

  • Dennis Wayne Morgan

    Pearl Islands was the best marooning but I do understand the sentimentalness of the first…I’m glad Ian found his integrity but Ian really.

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