The latest season of Survivor was undoubtedly one for the historical past books. Along with being the first-ever all-winners season, it additionally occurred to air within the midst of a worldwide pandemic — that’s undoubtedly not one thing we’ve seen on previous seasons of Survivor. Attributable to restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Season 40 finale was additionally wildly totally different from something we’ve seen earlier than.
Jeff Probst filmed his scenes in his storage. The jury contestants (and Sandra) appeared for roughly four seconds through video convention. Jeff introduced the winner — Tony Vlachos — after which rapidly wrapped up. There was no reunion, and maybe even extra shockingly, there was no announcement of the Sia Award winner. Who received the Sia Award on Survivor this yr? The reply may shock you — or it won’t.
Who received the Sia Award on ‘Survivor: Winners at Conflict’?
The Sia Award is considered one of our favourite elements of the sport — and it’s not even technically an actual a part of the sport. Principally, Sia (the musician) is a large fan of the present. To rejoice her love of the present, she typically provides gamers within the sport cash. It began throughout Survivor: Kaoh Rong. In line with Jeff Probst, Sia texted him from the viewers whereas they had been filming the finale saying, “I wish to give some cash to a participant! Proper now, throughout the reunion.”
The participant in query was Tai Trang, who had saved a hen from being eaten, named it Mark (after Survivor producer Mark Burnet), and launched it after the Closing Tribal Council. Sia donated $50,000 to Tai and one other $50,000 to an animal charity due to their mutual love for animals. Since then, Sia has awarded a number of different gamers numerous greenback quantities based mostly on her admiration for them (and the leisure worth they supply).
This yr, nevertheless, Jeff didn’t announce any winners of the so-called Sia Award. That might be for quite a lot of causes. Initially, Season 40 was made up of all winners — individuals who have already received $1 million. It’s not like anybody from the season is strictly hurting financially. (Don’t neglect, all contestants receives a commission no matter whether or not they take dwelling the large prize!)
Whereas Sia might have chosen to quietly donate cash to a number of of the Winners at Conflict contestants, there was no official Sia Award winner for Season 40. Nevertheless, Sia did give cash to a Survivor contestant who didn’t play this season!
Sia stated she’d wish to renew her present to ‘Survivor: Ghost Island’ contestant Donathan Hurley.
On the Survivor: Ghost Island finale, Jeff introduced that contestant Donathan Hurley can be getting the Sia Award and receiving $14,000. On Could 14, 2020, Donathan posted an image he had taken with Sia on Twitter, and Sia responded saying she wished to re-up her donation! Donathan was (understandably) beside himself on the information.
I wanna show you how to out with the identical quantity this yr. the drill, e mail Nathan. I like you Donathan, hold going
— sia (@Sia) Could 18, 2020
“OMG I AM CRYING CRYING AND CRYING SOME MORE!,” he tweeted. “I’m speechless! We’ve got been with out water and that is so wanted proper now – I’ve been having it so exhausting! You simply don’t know!!!! I thanks a lot – I can’t consider it! I would even be capable of get a automobile now! I LOVE YOU!!”
For those who ask us, Sia’s donation to Donathan is the right option to proceed the Sia Award custom, even when he wasn’t technically on this season of the present. Sia most likely received’t be making any strikes for Queen Sandra’s throne, however all of us acknowledge that she’s Survivor royalty all the identical.