‘Survivor 41’ Was Missing One Key Feature in Its Finale

by Jacklyn Krol

What was missing during the Survivor 41 finale?

Aside from the winner of Survivor, typically, another prize has been given out. Viewers previously voted on who deserved the “Sprint Player of the Season” award which included a $100,000 prize. They stopped doing it however a Survivor superfan and pop superstar Sia handed out her very own Sia Award with the same amount of prize money.

Basically, it would be the fan favorite contestant that Sia agrees with. Elaine Stott and Rick Devens previously took it home. However, this year there was no award. It is unknown why the prize wasn’t given out but not unexpected with the numerous show format changes.

Aside from the prize, there were numerous differences than in years past. The first for Survivor 41 is that the finale was not live. It also didn’t include a live audience. It was extremely intimate and the family, friends, and contestants didn’t even learn of the results until the episode aired.

‘Survivor 41’ From Cast and Crew’s Point of Views

Survivor 41 was quite the season from the twists and turns to the new production. Host Jeff Probst said that the show’s producers and the cast believed that it was enough time for the contestants on the island.

He revealed to TV Line that the show cut down almost half of the time for Survivor 41.

“The 26 days came as a result of having to shoot two seasons back-to-back with no break,” he explained.“We knew we couldn’t do two 39-day seasons, so we spent a lot of time working to make sure that we could do a full season in 26 days and that the experience would still be satisfying to the players.”

As of right now, the producers don’t know if future seasons will be just 26 days or back to the regular amount for the shoot.

“It’s still too early to decide if we would ever go back to 39 days,” he admitted “But I will say that we do believe in the 26-day schedule. And as you’ll hear during the Survivor After Show, the players fully agree that 26 days still gave them absolutely everything they wanted from their Survivor adventure.”

The other major difference was the finale being so intimate. The fellow contestants did not learn of the winner until everyone else did when it aired.

“It’s a good question and one we debated as well,” Probst said. “What are the pros and cons of reading the votes on location with just the players and the jury vs. a big finale with a live audience? Here’s what we learned: there are pros and cons to both!”