Whitley County’s Elaine Stott awarded $100k from ‘Survivor’ superfan Sia; Nick Wilson returns to competition for ‘Winners at War’
When the tribe spoke and Whitley County’s Elaine Stott was voted off of “Survivor: Island of the Idols,” the other contestants explained that the reason for their vote was not personal animosity, but simply gameplay, noting that she was too nice of a person to be sitting next to when the final vote is cast.
While Elaine did not win the $1 million, her positivity was rewarded on the reunion show last Wednesday when host Jeff Probst announced she would receive $100,000 from recording artist and songwriter, Sia.
“From the bottom of my heart, thanks Sia!” Elaine wrote on her Facebook page.
Sia also gave $100,000 to Janet, and $15,000 to Jamal.
During the finale it was announced that the upcoming season 40 would feature another Whitley County contestant, as “Survivor: David versus Goliath” winner Nick Wilson joins 19 previous “Survivor” winners for, “Survivor: Winners at War.”
Wilson, known as, “The Hillbilly Lawyer, was a member of the “David” tribe, which consisted of people who had clawed and scratched their way to success.
“I’m just naturally a good fit,” Wilson said of the key to his success on the show. “If you are too strong, you are voted off because you are a threat. If you are too weak to help around camp, you are voted off.
“I was able to strike that perfect balance,” he said.
One advantage he may not have is the perception that comes from his accent.
“People would hear my accent and instantly perceive me as not being very smart,” Wilson said of his previous run.
“I was camouflaged really well,” he said.
Instead of the typical $1 million prize, the contestants are playing for $2 million in the 40th season of the hit show.
“Boston” Rob and Sandra, who served as mentors in “Island of the Idols” will be among the cast.
“It was a quick turnaround to play again so suddenly. But it was a no brainer for me to say “yes” to go back, because I could never turn down a chance to play with these legends!” Wilson wrote on his Facebook page Thursday morning. “As a superfan, I am honored to take on my idols in an attempt to show that I am also one of the greatest “Survivor” players to ever play the game.”
“Survivor: Winners at War” will premier Feb. 12.