Vecepia wins Survivor Marquesas; all 16 Survivors win Saturn Vue SUVs.

Vecepia wins Survivor Marquesas; all 16 Survivors win Saturn Vue SUVs.
Survivor Marquesas concluded with two Survivor firsts: the final three were all women, and the $1 million winner and final survivor was a person of color. Portland office manager Vecepia Towery, aka Vee or V, won, receiving four of the seven votes, beating 21-year-old student Neleh Dennis. During the finale episode, Paschal was eliminated from the final four after a tiebreaker, which left the decision not up to past votes or a quiz, but to chance; Paschal drew the losing rock from a bag. First, though, Kathy negotiated with immunity-holder Vecepia to form an alliance to take them both to the final two. During the final endurance immunity challenge, however, Kathy fell off, leading Vecepia to offer immunity to Neleh in exchange for being taken to the final two, which is ultimately what happened. The final tribal council included strong words from some of the jury members, four of whom ultimately voted for Vecepia and three of whom voted for Neleh. During the live reunion, hosted by Rosie O’Donnell from Central Park, Vecepia said that the primary thing she’ll take away from the experience is, “without a doubt, being the first African-American to take it.” She said it was an “honor” to represent all “people of color.” Later during the reunion, Rosie had all 16 contestants eat, while blindfolded, gummi worms, and gave them a prize for doing it: each received a brand-new Saturn Vue SUV.

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