Final three spoiler for Survivor Philippines in National Enquirer

One of the members of Survivor Philippines‘ final three has been identified by the National Enquirer, which revealed that in a story last week. (I don’t read the Enquirer because I’m too busy reading Weekly World News to find out about bat boy and other things happening in Florida. And you should stop reading now if you don’t want to know who the Enquirer identifies.)

The gossip tabloid says in its story that it “has learned” the person “made the final three in the cutthroat competition.” There are, of course, no details about how they learned this or why we should believe it, just an anonymous “source.”

Rant: I am so sick of the media identifying anonymous sources as “a source.” No kidding! That’s redundant and useless information, so either identify the person generically (“a family member”) or just say “a person.” We know they’re a source; that’s why you’re quoting them.

Anyway, the National Enquirer’s story lets that detail drop in its second paragraph of its story on Lisa Whelchel, which later quotes that anonymous person as saying, “Lisa has watched every episode of ‘Survivor.’ She called on her knowledge of the show to scheme her way into this season’s final three.”

Based on the way the editing has shifted in her favor, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that. But this is very little information.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.