Survivor: Guatemala's winner announced!

Last night's finale of Survivor: Guatemala brought what was arguably the series' most punishing season to its conclusion, and Kansas radio host Danni Boatwright outlasted the opposition to take home $1 million and a new car.

Survivor's Web site details Sunday's episode. After 39 days in the sweltering Guatemalan jungle, four exhausted castaways woke among Mayan ruins for one of the last times. Weeks of excruciating physical challenges, near starvation, bloodthirsty insects, and twisted mind games had brought Danni, Lydia, Stephenie, and Rafe to the end of their ropes--but their toughest days of competition still lay ahead.

After a morning visit from a group of Mayans left a tempting, but forbidden, roast chicken carcass near the campground, the day's challenge began. After a race through what the show's Web site calls "the most complex Survivor maze ever constructed," Rafe emerged with the coveted immunity necklace. The three women then succumbed to the attractions of the chicken carcass and devoured it, but regretted their indulgence when a brutal tropical storm battered the area shortly after their feast. Was the tempest sent by Mayan gods as punishment for their lack of respect?

Though Rafe and his alliance partner Stephenie agreed that it would be safest to take Lydia into the Final Three with them, Rafe had made a promise to Danni that he could not bring himself to break. When the group arrived at Tribal Council that evening, Lydia was sent home.

The remaining three awakened to a campsite in shambles after another night of pouring rain and buffeting wind. The morning's Tree Mail instructed them to take a walk through the Mayan pyramids, where they discovered photographs of their eliminated teammates and the torches they'd left behind. One by one, the Final Three burned the photographs as they reflected on their time in the Guatemalan jungle. When each image had been reduced to ashes, the players were ready for their last Immunity Challenge

Survivor host Jeff Probst showed Rafe, Danni, and Stephenie a trio of wooden platforms, each complete with a grip rope for each hand and a supporting pole that they could lean on but not grab. The players had to balance on the wobbly platforms while using the ropes and pole for balance, but after one hour were forced to let go of one rope. Thirty minutes later, they had to release the second rope, leaving them with only the pole for support. Rafe was the first to be eliminated, followed by Stephenie, which left Danni immune from elimination. Rafe immediately freed her from her obligation to him, allowing his friend Stephenie a fighting chance at the prize.

After struggling with a very tough decision, Danni decided that Stephenie would be the less formidable foe, and eliminated Rafe from the game. The pair deconstructed their shelter and burned it, then headed to the final Tribal Council. After facing a jury made up of their eliminated foes, it was time for the ultimate decision to be made. Though the atmosphere was fraught with tension, it soon became obvious that members of the jury carried grudges against Stephenie. After just five of the votes had been read, Danni had accumulated the four she needed to go home with the $1 million check.

CBS recently announced that Survivor, a ratings juggernaut, will be around for at least three more seasons. Though rumors of Jeff Probst's departure recently flew, the Associated Press is reporting that he's signed another multiyear contract with the show.

Survivor: Panama, Exile Island--currently in production--will be the 12th installment of the much-loved series and will air in the spring of 2006.

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I wanted either Danni, Bobby Jon or Gary to win because they were the underdogs and the weaker tribemates but Danni played the most perfect endgame!

She made the correct decision taking Steph to the final but I have to question Rafe's motives and questioning: Had he been in Danni's position and won immunity, would he have taken Steph or Danni? Same as Stephanie, who would have taken Rafe, so for that reason, I applaud Danni for her decision and saw Rafe's motive's more as a spectacle to gather more votes at tribal council if he was to enter the Final 2.

Good Job Danni! Well played!!
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She's really REALLY anorexic.
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she's really REALLY hot
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Congradulations to the newest Survivor winner. Lokking forward to next season.
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The object is to win - Danni did the right thing - Rafe would have taken Stephame too ... who voted for who on the Jury? .. I'm guessing Gary, Judd, and Jamie were Danni people - Lydia and Rafe were probably Stephanie people - I don't know about Bobby Jon or Cindy who some people said was against Danni - but I don't know why? .. I hope Cindy realizes that someone lied to her about Gary - I believe she thinks he plotted against her and he really didn't.
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i loved it.... I always root for the underdog and that underdog was DANNI!!!! steph did great but she had the numbers and had the alliaces to get her where she was in the game.... WTG danni i was totally happy she won and wow they sure can clean up !!!!
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It was nice to see Steph lose, finally. I couldn't believe how long she was able to stick around for in this season. It just seemed like there were a lot of chances to get rid of her, and her teammates failed to realize what a strong player she can be.
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Pretty weak. Originally liked the show because "real" people were involved. Quasi-celebritys are being used and it all looks pretty scripted.

The show is called survivor, yet it seemed like the cast had ample food, fire and shelter.

Did not watch last season and gave it another try this season. Looks like I'm done with the show, it hasn't improved, just stagnated.
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See, Stephanie was the real winner, she was the better player. the last challenge just lost her the win. Overall Steph was the better player, and deserved to win survivor.
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Danni cuts Rafe. Good job. Wouldn't have been CLOSE to being there without Rafe. Nice girl.
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I really wish Stephenie would have won. She was my favorite since the first time she was on Survivor.
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Danni finally showed her true colors when she stabbed Rafe and took Stephanie, who she knew was well-hated, to the final. Without Rafe, she would have been long gone...
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Congrats to Danni, but I would have liked to see Stephenie win, but at least she was runner-up.
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