Fan Favorite Award
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Rupert Boneham, the first Fan Favorite award winner.
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Description: The award given to the person that the fans adore the most.
Appearances: All-Stars
Cook Islands
Heroes vs. Villains
Redemption Island
South Pacific
One World

The Fan Favorite Award (later called Sprint Player of the Season for sponsorship purposes) is a special title earned by a contestant for being the most popular with the audience of their season. This contestant receives an extra prize that is separate from their talent fee from appearing on the show.


Before the finale, viewers vote for their favorite contestant of the season. At the Reunion Show, the winner is revealed, and he/she will receive an extra prize, apart from his/her Survivor winnings and appearance at the live show. The winner of the season is also eligible to win this award, which would increase his/her winnings further.


Survivor: America's Tribal Council

Please see, Survivor: America's Tribal Council.

The first fan favorite award was revealed during the Survivor: All-Stars reunion show, where the viewers voted for the most popular All-Star contestant. They also got the chance to vote for their favorite moments of the first eight seasons.

After a voting period which lasted for a week, a second reunion show was held, where Rupert Boneham was awarded the fan favorite award, earning himself $1,000,000, even though he technically did not win the actual competition. This format generated controversy among fans, calling it "unfair," for Boneham to merely win a popularity contest, while he failed to win the title of Sole Survivor in both of his seasons.[1]

Survivor: Panama and Cook Islands

Starting with Panama, viewers could vote for their favorite castaway for a chance to win a car. This award was also used in Cook Islands.

Sprint Player Of The Season

From Survivor: China to Survivor: Caramoan, viewers could vote for their favorite castaway to win an extra $100,000 sponsored by telecommunications company Sprint.

List of Fan Favorite Award Winners

Season Fan Favorite Winner Closest
(via Survivor: America's Tribal Council)
S8 rupert t
Rupert Boneham
S8 tom tS8 colby tS8 robm t
Tom Buchanan, Colby Donaldson & Rob Mariano
Vanuatu None
Panama S12 cirie t
Cirie Fields
Undisclosed GMC Yukon
Cook Islands S13 ozzy t
Ozzy Lusth
S13 yul t
Yul Kwon
Mercury Mariner
Fiji None
China S15 james t
James Clement
S15 denise tS15 peihgee t
Denise Martin & Peih-Gee Law
Micronesia S16 james t
James Clement
S16 amanda tS16 ozzy t
Amanda Kimmel & Ozzy Lusth
Gabon S17 bob t
Bob Crowley
S17 sugar tS17 matty t
Sugar Kiper & Matty Whitmore
Tocantins S18 jt t
J.T. Thomas
S18 taj tS18 sierra t
Taj Johnson-George & Sierra Reed
Samoa S19 russellh t
Russell Hantz
S19 shambo tS19 brett t
Shambo Waters & Brett Clouser
Heroes vs. Villains S20 russell t
Russell Hantz
S20 rupert t
Rupert Boneham
Nicaragua S21 jane t
Jane Bright
Redemption Island S22 rob t
Rob Mariano
S22 matthew t
Matthew Elrod
South Pacific S23 ozzy t
Ozzy Lusth
S23 cochran t
John Cochran
One World S24 kim t
Kim Spradlin
S24 troyzan tS24 tarzan tS24 chelsea t
Troyzan Robertson, Tarzan Smith & Chelsea Meissner
Philippines S25 lisa t
Lisa Whelchel
S25 malcolm t
Malcolm Freberg
Caramoan S26 malcolm t
Malcolm Freberg
S26 brenda t
Brenda Lowe


  • From Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains to Survivor: Caramoan, all the contestants who have won the Fan Favorite Award have either been first-time playing females or male returning players.
  • Lisa Whelchel is the only castaway in a season with returning players to win the Fan Favorite Award.
    • Philippines is the only season featuring both the Fan Favorite Award and returning players where a returning player didn't win the award; a returning player wasn't even announced as one of the closest opponents against Lisa.
  • Malcolm Freberg is the lowest placing castaway to win the Fan Favorite Award, as he finished in 9th when he won the award.
  • Ozzy Lusth, Russell Hantz, and James Clement are the only people to win the award twice.
    • Russell and James are the only castaways to be win the award in back-to-back seasons.
  • Bob Crowley is the oldest person and the oldest male, to win the award. Jane Bright is the oldest female to win the award. J.T. Thomas is the youngest person, and ergo the youngest male, to win the award. Kim Spradlin is the youngest female to win the award.
  • Bob, J.T., Kim, and Rob Mariano are the only players to win both the title of Sole Survivor and the Fan Favorite Award in the same season.