Sandra only planned to come in second.

Sandra only planned to come in second.
What is Survivor Pearl Islands winner Sandra Diaz-Twine going to do with the $1 million prize? She has no idea, because she only planned on coming in second place. “I was counting on winning the $100,000 (for second place). … I figured with $100,000, I would pay some bills and get a new car. That was all I had planned,” she tells The Olympian. She won an SUV, so the new car is out. Now, she says, “I do want to go on a cruise. I do want to buy a house. But with my husband being in the Army, we’re always moving around. When I buy a house, I want it to be somewhere we’ll stay.” In the interview, Sandra says she’s been a fan of the show since the first season.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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