'Survivor 40: Winners at War': Tony Vlachos Returned to Twitter to Support ALS Campaign

Cagayan winner Tony Vlachos hasn’t been on active on social media for a while as he made up for “family quality time” he missed while competing on Survivor. However, he recently returned to Twitter to assist Yul Kwon and other co-stars in the fight against ALS.

[SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information revealed in ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’ Episode 7.]

Tony Vlachos on ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’

After winning Cagayan (Season 28) and a short-lived stint on Game Changers (Season 34), New Jersey-based police officer Tony Vlachos returned to compete on Winners at War (Season 40).

Due to his previous flashy games, the Cagayan champ knew he would be an immediate target. Therefore, he put himself “on probation” and resisted the urge to look for idols, which got him into trouble last time.

The police officer also began placing more emphasis on his social game and quickly became very well-liked among his fellow Dakal tribemates. He ended up in the majority in a tribe swap alongside Sandra Diaz-Twine and Kim Spradlin-Wolfe with former Sele tribe members, Denise Stapley and Jeremy Collins.

Right before their first Tribal Council, Tony reverted to his old tactics and hid in a spy shack for a few hours. However, once he popped out, no one mentioned him as a target, and they agreed to vote off Denise.

Much to the surprise of everyone on the tribe, the Philippines champ played two idols, one on herself and the other to save Jeremy, and single-handedly sent the Queen to the Edge of Extinction.

In the most recent episode, NuDakal avoided Tribal Council by barely winning the immunity challenge, but Jeremy seemingly pegged Tony as a threat.

Tony Vlachos returned to Twitter to support ALS campaign

In Episode 5, Yul Kwon opened up about his friend and Survivor co-star Jonathan Penner and his wife, who has ALS. As a result of the disease, Stacy cannot talk or walk and requires constant care from her husband.

Yul revealed he returned to play for them and began a campaign to help his friends as well as others with ALS. The Cook Islands winner has already pledged to match the first $50,000 in donations, and several other Survivor stars are jumping on board.

Tony, who has not been active on social media thus far, returned to Twitter to join the campaign. He has responded to several fans so far, thanking them for their support and promising Team TV t-shirts are on the way.

Additionally, Tony clarified an Instagram mishap when the official Survivor Instagram page tagged an account, which contained a link to an inappropriate website, mistakenly believed to belong to the police officer.

Several fans took to social media to welcome his long-awaited return and called it the “best news of the year.” They also applauded the police officer for coming back to social media to help promote the campaign as they believe it showed his “awesome” personality.

Many viewers already think Tony might win this season, and now they are rooting for him more. One Reddit user noted, “the dude actually has a decent shot,” and someone else pointed out that “halfway into the season he has one of the best edits.”

Survivor 40: Winners at War airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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Designated Survivor fans freak out as they realise show ‘predicted coronavirus pandemic’ in episode THREE years ago – The Sun

DESIGNATED Survivor fans are freaking out as they think the popular Netflix show may have predicted the coronavirus pandemic.

Viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts while self-isolating at home due to the global COVID-19 crisis happening around the world.

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Feeling seriously spooked, viewers shared their opinion on social media referring to a storyline from season three of the political thriller drama series – which is available to stream on Netflix.

In a clip found on Twitter, President of the United States Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is seen being briefed about a current situation regarding a new disease spreading in the United States.

One character is heard telling the President: "There's been 32 cases in the past 24 hours, 12 fatalities," while another adds: "Which means thousands are infected."

"So what does the CDC say?" he says, before asking if it's the same as another disease they have dealt with.

"Worse, it’s influenza A. Highly contagious, short incubation period, facilitates the spread," the female worker replies.

"Could this be the superbug you’ve been worried about?" the President asks her, as she responds: "This flu appears to be a H7N9 sub-type, like the Delta Flu."

Walking over to a screen which shows a map of the United States, he then asks her: "And no one here has immunity? How fast will this spread?"

"Our simulation says the age seven and nine will appear in surrounding states in 36 hours. In 72 hours… that’s what it will look like," she explains, before pointing to the map.

"Oh my God," Kiefer's character can be heard saying with a look of complete shock on his face.

And fans of the Netflix series were equally as shocked as they realised there were many similarities to the current coronavirus threat.

"The TV show “Designated survivor” has it all predicted," one person tweeted, while another asked: "Does anyone else feel like Designated Survivor predicted everything!?"

A third person commented: "Bruh #DesignatedSurvivor season 3 predicted the corona virus situation we in rn last year 👀 @netflix what do you have to say for yourself? (sic)"

A fourth person simple asked: "Did s3 of #DesignatedSurvivor predict #COVID19."

Designated Survivor is just one of several shows that appear to have predicted the coronavirus pandemic.

It has also emerged that fellow Netflix series, My Sercret Terrius, predicted it two years ago.

Fans of the show were left with "goosebumps" as the drama mentioned the deadly virus which has killed over 21,500 people around the world.

Viewers of the show were left stunned as the Korean drama seemed to guess the coronavirus pandemic as far back as 2018.

The show, which features Korean stars So Ji-sub, Jung In-sun, Son Ho-jun and Im Se-mi, featured an episode which shows a coronavirus being mutated to be used as a weapon, with a doctor keen to find a cure.

It's also been suggested that popular cartoon series, The Simpsons, predicted it too – in particular the diagnosis of Hollywood actor Tom Hanks.

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Creed Frontman Scott Stapp Celebrates His Sobriety with Empowering New Song 'Survivor'

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp is celebrating his sobriety the best way he knows how — through song.

Stapp, 46, announced that his empowering anthem “Survivor” from his 2019 LP The Space Between the Shadows will serve as the album’s next single.

The track, which aptly finds the rocker singing about being a survivor, gives listeners a deeper insight into the struggles that Stapp has overcome in recent years, including addiction and bipolar disorder.

“I’ll never bow down, never own defeat / ‘Cause you messed with a fighter / I stand here baptized by the fire / A survivor” he croons on the track.

The Grammy winning musician’s road to sobriety kicked off in 2014 after issues with drugs and drinking, along with thoughts of suicide.

In 2016, the singer told PEOPLE how his wife Jaclyn, 39, and his four children helped him deal with his struggles.

Talking about his family, he shared how they have “been the only thing in my life that has given me purpose to fight the demons, and to keep going on.”

He added, “Without their love, and without these kids here, there were times when I just didn’t know whether to go on anymore.”

Stapp also debuted an inspiring PSA video from his recent trip to Ecuador with ChildFund International.

Set to his song “Wake Up Call” that he created specifically for the video, the clip shows Stapp giving back and aiding those in need, while putting an emphasis on the good that comes from giving back to both those giving and to those receiving.

“ChildFund has created a network to give these kids a fighting chance of overcoming the reality they were born into,” Stapp shared in a statement. “Children in need don’t have to become victims of neglect.”

Stapp also announced the first dates of his upcoming The Survivor Tour, which is set  to be an outing in support of his third solo studio album. The tour will kick off in Apopka, Florida in April before making stops in Cleveland, New Orleans and Houston among others.

Stapp and ChildFund have been partners since 2015 and the rocker will host ChildFund reps at each venue so that fans who are able to can sponsor a child for $36 a month.

“I have the unique opportunity while on tour to do two things I am extremely passionate about, Stapp tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Performing, and partnering with ChildFund to change the lives of children and families in need all over the world.”

Presale tickets for Live Nation venues begins Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. local. General ticket onsale begins March 13 at 10:00 a.m. local time on ScottStapp.com.

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Natalie Anderson: 5 Things About ‘Survivor’ Star Who’s Running The Show On Edge Of Extinction

Despite being the first person voted out on ‘Survivor: Winners at War,’ Natalie Anderson has been shaking the game up thanks to the Edge of Extinction, where she’s been furthering her game little by little.

Because of her close relationship with Jeremy Collins, Natalie Anderson was voted out during the very first tribal council on Survivor: Winners at War. However, she wasn’t sent packing. This season, the cast-offs are sent to the Edge of Extinction, were they’ll live in grueling conditions before getting a chance to win their way back into the game. While on the Edge, the eliminated contestants are given the opportunity to search for advantages, which they can then sell to people in the game for fire tokens (which will come in handy to those on the Edge later on). Of course, as more people come to the Edge of Extinction after being eliminated, there’s more competition to find these advantages. So far, Natalie has been dominant on the Edge, and viewers are LIVING for it. Here’s more to know about her:

1. What happened on her original season of ‘Survivor’? Natalie competed on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, which was the show’s 29th season. The format was Blood vs. Water, which meant that each contestant had a family member also competing. Natalie’s sister, Nadiya Anderson, was the first person voted out of the game. This left Natalie to fend for herself, which wound up being an advantage, as she didn’t have to worry about anyone else, and could focus on her own game through the ENTIRE season. At the final tribal council, she was awarded for making big moves in the game, winning with a 5-2-1 vote.

2. She was also on ‘The Amazing Race’. Before Natalie was on Survivor, she and Nadiya competed on season 21 of The Amazing Race in 2012. The twins finished in fourth place, and returned for an All Star season of the show in 2014. Unfortunately, they were the first ones eliminated that time around.

3. She lived in Sri Lanka as a child. Natalie was born in New York City, but moved to Sri Lanka at three years old. She was 13 when her family relocated to the United States and settled in West Hartford, Connecticut.

4. She’s an athlete. In high school, Natalie ran track and was captain of the swim team. She also played rugby while attending Fordham University.

5. She’s a CrossFit coach. Now, Natalie stays active and in shape by working as a CrossFit coach. She has said that she wants to open her own CrossFit gym one day.

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Survivor: Winners at War Advantage and Fire Token Tally: Who Has What, Now?

If Survivor was considered a sport, then Winners at War would be an all-star game on speed.

Whether you’ve joined a fantasy league or are simply spectating from the couch with an adult beverage of choice, keeping track of the players’ strategy and social rankings has become a challenge in and of itself. Adding even more complexity and unpredictability is the inclusion of fire tokens, which can be used to buy strategic rewards or food. If this show wasn’t already at Peak Advantage (which some fans, understandably, don’t love), then this season is like Ghost Island cranked to 11.

If your head is spinning trying to keep track of alliances, strategies, in-game currency and like, a bajillion advantages, we’ve got you covered! Let’s tally up each castaway’s goods as we prep for the inevitable tribe swap that’s surely around the corner.


One fire token/zero advantages:
Tyson Apostol (Blood vs. Water)
Wendell Holland (Ghost Island)
Yul Kwon (Cook Islands)
Tony Vlachos (Cagayan)
Nick Wilson (David vs. Goliath)

Two members of the tribe share a hidden immunity idol. Since it was found in the jungle, these members still have their original fire token, as well. The rules indicated that the finder of this idol had to give half of the idol away, and the two halves can only be used together, which makes for a trickier tribal play.

One fire token/half an idol:
Kim Spradlin-Wolfe (One World)
Sophie Clarke (South Pacific)

Lastly for Dakal, two players purchased advantages from Natalie (who’s living on the Edge of Extinction) for the cost of one fire token.

Zero fire tokens/one advantage:
Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands, Heroes vs. Villains) — one immunity idol (good for three tribal councils)
Sarah Lacina (Game Changers) — steal a vote advantage


One fire token/zero advantages:
Adam Klein (Millennials vs. Gen X)
Ben Driebergen (Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers)
Michele Fitzgerald (Kaôh Rōng)

The following four tribe members were gifted fire tokens from castaways who were voted off.

Two fire tokens:
Rob Mariano (Redemption Island)
Parvati Shallow (Micronesia)

One fire token/one advantage:
Jeremy Collins (Cambodia) also purchased an advantage from Natalie: safety without power. This allows him to leave any tribal council and return to camp safely, but without the opportunity to vote.

Two fire tokens/one immunity idol:
Denise Stapley (Philippines) found the split idol and gave half of it to Adam; Adam returned it to her giving her the power of one complete idol.


Last but not least, let’s not forget about those contestants livin’ on the Edge:

Zero fire tokens:
Amber Mariano (All-Stars)
Danni Boatwright (Guatemala)
Ethan Zohn (Africa)

Three fire tokens:
Natalie Anderson (San Juan del Sur) is Queen of the Edge (sorry, Sandra), having sold three advantages to people in the game.

So what can players buy with their tokens? Here’s a reminder of what goodies were on the price list:

-One advantage in the Edge of Extinction return challenge: one token (max of three can be purchased)
-Idol with full power (only has power if a castaway gets back in the game): three tokens

A pizza, jar of peanut butter, bottle of wine, six-pack of cold beer and a hammock: one token each

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'Survivor' Star Jamal Shipman Offended by Comedian David Spade's Joke About His Weight

In a segment on the late-night show, Lights Out, comedian and television host David Spade made jokes about Survivor: Island of the Idols star Jamal Shipman’s weight. Feeling fat-shamed, he called the comedian out on Twitter and defended himself from several critics.

Jamal Shipman on ‘Survivor’

Last year, a 33-year-old college administrator, Jamal Shipman, made his debut on Survivor: Island of the Idols as part of the dominant Vokai tribe. Initially, he sat comfortably in the majority with tight bonds with Jack Nichting and Molly Byman.

However, after the tribe blindsided the latter, Shipman landed in the minority. He then found a Hidden Immunity Idol and subtly became a part of the majority again

After a visit to the Island of the Idols left the college administrator without a vote, he created a fake legacy advantage for Dean Kowalski to place the target on him.

However, the tribe felt like Shipman was the biggest threat left in the game and voted him out that night, making him the third member of the Jury.

David Spade made fun of Jamal Shipman on his show

In a segment called Spade Runs TV: Survivor, comedian and television host David Spade acted as a Survivor producer and zoomed in on the college administrator sitting on a hammock in an episode of Island of the Idols.

He asked, “Where are we filming this? The island of the Man Boob?” and then told his assistant to “hit the t*tty scrambler,” which blurred Shipman’s nipples. In the scene where Shipman found the Hidden Immunity Idol, Spade pretended he hid drugs in there.

For the rest of the skit, the comedian commented on certain parts of the episode as if he created things that happened. The segment lasted a little over two-and-a-half minutes with the first minute focused on Shipman.

He took offense to the joke and called the comedian out on Twitter.

Jamal Shipman responded to David Spade’s joke

In a quote tweet that included the clip, Shipman claimed he “never liked David Spade” because “his humor just didn’t do it for me.” He said he still doesn’t like the comedian after seeing the “episode from his weird show,” and called him an “E-list celebrity.”

Shipman concluded by thanking Spade “for the assist.” An hour later, the comedian responded to the Survivor star on Twitter, writing, “Jamal. What happened to us? We can fix this.”

Several people replied to the tweet, and Shipman defended himself to nearly every critic. Someone called him “one of the worst Survivor contestants,” and the college administrator asked them why they felt that way.

Another advised him to “take a joke,” and Shipman wanted the user to explain what they “find so hilarious about the part of that sketch that is about me?”

One Spade fan said Shipman looks like someone who “should have a Ukulele” on his lap. Offended, the Survivor star explained he’s “not even that big for my size” and “still pretty athletic.”

He then chastised the critics, writing, “It’s really kind of cruel and shameful for you all to participate in this.”

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'Survivor 40: Winners at War': Fans React to Queen Sandra Sitting Out Again While the 'Peasants' Compete in the Challenges

After episode 3 of Survivor 40: Winners at War, fans have a lot to say about Queen Sandra Diaz-Twine. Many are outraged that Jeff Probst lets her sit out so many challenges, and the other castaways keep her in the game. However, others feel that this is the exact reason she is going to win the game for the third time in a row.

[Warning: Survivor Season 40: Winners at War spoilers ahead]

How many challenges have Sandra sat out on ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War?’

Sandra sat out two of the four challenges so far on Survivor 40. However, that did not stop fans from complaining about her decision. The Queen did participate in the first immunity challenge during the “water slaughter,” however, her clip did not make it on screen. 

She sat out the second challenge in the season premiere when her tribe lost. In episode 2, Sandra worked the puzzle with Sophie and helped take her tribe to victory. Then she sat out the latest challenge in episode 3. 

During the second season that Sandra won the title of the sole Survivor — Heroes vs. Villains — she sat out of the challenges a total of six times. The Queen did not help her tribe six of the 15 challenges, and the jury still gave her $1 million.

Many fans are outraged that Sandra remains in the game and doesn’t compete in challenges

“What is up with Sandra and not doing any challenges?” asked one fan on Twitter. I have only seen her doing one challenge and that was putting a puzzle together. Is she playing Survivor or just riding along?? Great season so far.”

Some fans feel strongly that castaways who do not compete in team challenges should not get to stay in the game. 

“Sandra is useless,” added another viewer. How do they even let her partake in the rewards when she sits out every time!? They used to not allow the same person to sit out twice in a row. What happened to that? Pfft”

Other fans are appalled that she gets to eat the food that the tribe won when she did not compete for the team.

Other fans feel Sandra is going to be the winner of ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’

“Why are people mad about Sandra sitting out of challenges?,” asked another fan. “She can afford to do that.”

Sandra seems to have a strong alliance with the Dakal tribe. She is friends with many of the players outside of the game and very active within the Survivor community. The Queen already won the game two times, so many seem to think she doesn’t need to do much to win. 

“Sandra doesn’t have to even play in the challenges,” tweeted one fan. “She props her feet up on the backs of these peasants! The longer she’s there, the less threatened they feel, and suddenly her ass is at the finals. Take us to the third crown.”

Although she has a target on her back from winning twice already, fans feel she could easily make it to the final tribal council with her gameplay. She won once by sitting out numerous times; there’s no reason the Queen can’t do it again.

Read more: ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’: Fans Have Several Strong Theories Why No One Has Written Down Rob Mariano’s Name Yet This Season

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