We continue our scientific countdown of the best Survivor Winners with a popular player.
19. Parvati Shallow (Survivor: Micronesia – Fans Vs. Favorites, season 16)
The first time Parvati played, she used the classic sex appeal angle and became a late juror. She was brought back for the first Fans Vs. Favorites season, where she lead a woman’s alliance of mixed fans and favorites. She demonstrated much better strategic skills and game aptitude than her first season, being one of the few replaying players who didn’t repeat past mistakes. She beat out Amanda in a 5 to 3 jury vote. Seen as a masterful villain, Parvati came back for Heroes Vs. Villains, where she faced off against Russell and Sandra. Parvati only managed 3 of the 9 jury votes.
While all of this is impressive, let’s examine some of the key factors to Parvati’s win. She had the experience of being a returning player working for her, but several lucky factors played into her victory that she didn’t have anything to do with, such as James’ hurting his finger so the game went to a final two instead of final three, in which Cirie may have won.
Near the end of the game, Cirie suggested Natalie trick Erik into giving up his immunity necklace. Had this not happened, Erik may have won the game. Johnathan Penner was medically evacuated. This changed the entire course of the game. Penner had formed an alliance with Kathy and Eliza (who had Jason on her side). His leaving was also the last straw that pushed Kathy into quitting.
And of course, Parvati was nearly the first person voted out of the season. Johnny Fairplay brilliantly orchestrated it, but then his pain from a recent neck/back injury flared up and he quit the game, saving Parvati. She owes Danny Bonaduce a million bucks for injuring Fairplay before filming. It also helped Parvati that only half of the “fans” actually were, and the other half were clueless.
This is Elliot Arthur Cross hinting that placeholder eighteen was a challenge-winning machine.