Survivor Samoa FINALE / WINNER - From Backstage - Including Red Carpet Interviews

By: Brian Haug Email
By: Brian Haug Email

The Survivor Samoa Finale was held in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, December 20th at the CBS Studios. Prior to check in at 4:00 pm (Pacific Time) we utilized skype to send back a live report for the 5:30 pm (Central Time) newscast!

To see the live report visit:

After checking in, we were able to go see the set up for the red carpet, chat with the CBS Studio staff and the other media that was attending the event. Many of us had come up with the same outcome of Natalie winning the season because of her social game. Even though Russell has been one of the best Survivor’s of all time, he played everyone to much. This season’s jury consisted of 9 castaways and the only way to win any season is with good relationships in the jury, which Russell did not have. So, that was our prediction…

We ultimately had the option of watching the show from backstage on the monitors or being in the audience…. For anyone that knows me… I chose to be in the audience! We had to be seated prior 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) for the beginning of the show to start so that we could be coached on laughing and clapping. Has to be used for good production! There was only one shot that we did prior of the audience clapping that aired when we went from the Samoa video to LIVE from LA!

We watched the same video that viewers at home watched for the first 2 hours but within the breaks we had a guy that did some interaction with the audience for entertainment. He talked about what we needed to do when we went live, threw out some Survivor merchandise, and did some discussion of where people were from in the audience. We literally had people from all over the world from Canada to England to Samoa! When I said where I am from Baileyville, Kansas no one knew where that was… Gee I wonder why, the population is 100 on a good day… HAHA

We were able to move around between commercial breaks until about 20 minutes before when we went LIVE and at that point we were under “lock down”! The castaways all came onto stage right before we went live right along with Jeff Probst! Everything that viewers watched is exactly what we watched just we were in the studio. It was very interesting that when Russell threw the socks in the pyrotechnics (the fire) we went straight to break and the production crew fished them ASAP! Wonder if he asked about doing that…

Once the show was over we went out to the red carpet and had the chance to interview the final five castaways: Natalie, Russell, Mick, Jaison, and Erik. They were all very nice and you can hear what comments each one had to say about the show and their experience by watching the full uncut interviews on this page!

Unfortunately the internet connection did not allow me to utilize skype on the red carpet because the plan was for CBS to pull Natalie and bring her over to me for a LIVE interview on our WIBW 10pm newscast! I guess you will just have to watch the video on here…

Big thanks to everyone that has joined in on my live blogs and read my reviews/spoilers this season! It is a great opportunity to hear what others have to say about what is going on during the season because everyone has their own opinions of the castaways. I will definitely be doing it again next season starting in February and hope that you can join in as well! Everything is hosted on!

Now make sure and watch the video to see what the final five had to say!

Congrats Natalie on winning 1 MILLION DOLLARS!!!!

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