Chris wins Survivor Vanuatu by 5 to 2.

Chris wins Survivor Vanuatu by 5 to 2.
Ponytailed highway construction worker Chris Daugherty beat ponytailed highway construction worker Twila Tanner by two votes, easily winning Survivor Vanuatu. The first to go was Eliza, who failed to win immunity and thus was the obvious target. Still, upon being voted out, she gave the most evil look ever to Chris, with whom she thought she was allied. Next up was the final immunity challenge, and of course frail and useless Scout was the first to drop out. After standing atop two logs while holding an arrow in a fully drawn bow for quite some time, Twila let go, and Chris won his fourth immunity challenge in a row. He decided to take volatile Twila to the final two with him, and it was a good decision: Everyone in the jury except Scout and Ami voted for him, even the women (Eliza, Julie) who tearily confronted Chris about his betrayals. So what did we learn from this season? Lying pays off.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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