‘Survivor’ Announces End to Sia’s Cash Prize for Favorite Contestants

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Survivor host Jeff Probst introduced that the period of the “Sia Prize” has come to an finish.

“It’s the tip of one of the distinctive eras within the historical past of Survivor,” Probst wrote by way of his Instagram Story on Friday, Might 24. “After eight years, 14 seasons, 19 gamers and over $1,000,000 awarded, Survivor is formally bringing the Sia Prize to a triumphant finish!”

In his assertion, Probst recalled the inception of the “Sia Prize” eight years in the past, when popstar Sia attended the stay finale of Survivor: Kaoh Rong in 2016. “She was so taken by [contestant Tai Trang’s] dedication to defending a hen from being eaten that she awarded him $50,000 of her personal cash,” Probst recalled, saying the gesture left everybody in attendance “shocked.”

The Survivor host added that this second was “the start of what turned affectionately generally known as ‘The Sia Prize.’” He mentioned, “And over the numerous years, Sia has introduced a lot pleasure to so many gamers and it was at all times straight from her coronary heart.”

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Sia has awarded over $1 million to former Survivor contestants over the past eight years, with the quantity she awards for every participant ranging between $14,000 to $100,000. The singer has beforehand defined that she usually awards $15K as a result of it’s the most she can provide with out gamers needing to pay taxes.

“It’s with super gratitude and admiration to Sia that we bring to an end one of the distinctive relationships a TV present might ever have with a pop star of Sia’s international wattage,” Probst concluded. “I’m actually honored for Survivor to have this one among a form affiliation with Sia. She’s within the Survivor Corridor of Fame of Superfans.”

Jeff Probst Announces Survivor Contestants Can No Longer Win the Sia Prize

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The Survivor host beforehand praised the songstress for her generosity, usually working with Sia to make sure the money prizes get into the arms of her desired participant. “’The Sia Award’ is a good looking gesture,” Probst instructed Leisure Weekly in December 2022. “It’s all her. It’s very enjoyable to be a witness to her course of.”

He added on the time, “Again after we did the stay reunion exhibits, she would both be sitting within the viewers or in my dressing room. She would watch the finale after which let me know who she wished to obtain the ‘Sia Award.’ The gamers would discover out instantly. It was very highly effective to see it go down.”

Probst didn’t reveal the explanation behind the Sia Prize’s finish in his assertion.

Earlier this month, Probst teased the “new period” of Survivor in an unique interview with Us Weekly, saying it will be “as robust if not more durable” going ahead, regardless of the gameplay being shortened from 39 days to 26.

“I say that the brand new period is as robust if not more durable than the 39-day season for a myriad of causes,” Probst instructed Us on Might 2. “However clearly when you’re a participant who performed 39 days you will have a bit of little bit of satisfaction in saying, ‘I did the total season’ however you go 18 days with none meals, after which let me ask you a query, let’s see how briskly you reply or don’t.”