Brian wins Survivor Thailand.

Brian wins Survivor Thailand.
The alliance mastermind, used car salesperson, and porn star Brian Heidik won Survivor Thailand with four of the jury’s seven votes, beating Clay Jordan. Brian won immunity twice and along with Clay and Jan, ousted Helen after telling her she was safe, leading to a memorable final tribal council speech from her. She still gave her vote to Brian, however, as did Jan and Ted, who called Clay a “redneck.” The Chuay Jai tribe members all voted for Clay except Jake, giving Brian the fourth vote.
+ also: watch Brian and the final four on The Early Show.
+ and: Survivor Amazon starts Feb. 13, and Survivor 7 is currently casting.

The Sing-Off loses its star

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.