Here we are, ladies and gentlemen! Season twenty-six of Survivor, and our second helping of Fans Vs. Favorites. It’s been five years since the last Fans Vs. Favorites installment in Micronesia, and now our contestants are making their way to the beautiful Caramoan islands.
With any season involving returning contestants, it’s always important to pick a good cast, and I think CBS did a pretty good job this time. There are a few question marks here, for sure. Andrea and Francesca are by far the weakest additions to me, as I really had a hard time even remembering Andrea, and Francesca was really only notable for being in one episode where she was ousted by Philip. It would appear that the rest of the tribe agrees with me, as they were the two on the chopping block. I’m excited to see Dawn, Philip and Cochran make a return, but I’m most interested to see how Malcolm does. If you were wondering why none of the Fans cheered for Malcolm like they did for the other Favorites, it’s because Malcolm filmed Survivor: Philippines and this season back to back. None of the fans have actually ever seen him play, so I’ll be interesting to see how that pans out.