- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 24, 2001

NEW YORK — With "Survivor" down to its final four, the theories about the shows $1 million winner are as prevalent as kangaroos and thunderstorms at the outback setting.
A man who says hes a disgruntled television writer claims he has inside information on the order in which the four contestants will be knocked out — and the eventual winner.
That would be news for the folks at CBS, who say the votes cast during the final tribal council were sealed and locked away after the show was filmed in Australia in the fall.
" Mark Burnett doesnt know," CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. " Jeff Probst doesnt know. I find it hard to believe anybody has inside information."
The winning survivor will be revealed in a two-hour finale May 3.
CBS cant be too upset about all the speculation because it only increases interest in what already is televisions top-rated show.
CBS wouldnt comment on theories during the first "Survivor" last summer, and Mr. Burnett never denied speculation that he was behind some planted hoaxes.
The latest potential spoiler identifies himself only as "Jesus" and is a regular caller to "The Dan and Scott Show," a talk show on Eyada.com. He said hes telling secrets about "Survivor" because he writes scripts for television shows and is upset about reality TV taking jobs away from writers.
He correctly predicted that Rodger Bingham would be knocked off last Thursday and has given details over the past few weeks that only insiders would know, says Dan Schulz, co-host of the Internet talk show.
Mr. Schulz says he finds it implausible that people like Mr. Burnett or his crew members dont know the winner.
He predicts Colby Donaldson will be voted out next and Elisabeth Filarski also is geared to go. The final showdown is between Keith Famie and Tina Wesson — and Jesus predicts Miss Wesson wins.
Some people who watch the show closely are skeptical.
"He could be legitimate," says Melissa Batson, a college student from Los Angeles who runs a Web site on "Survivor" speculation. "But the thing is, you never really know. It could be someone playing a trick."
Miss Batsons Web site, Elipsiiis.com, has been posting "Survivor" predictions the morning that each show airs for the past month.
It has correctly identified in advance everyone to be ousted but has erred on a few details, such as winners of individual challenges.
CBS, as it has said repeatedly, "will continue to allow the press to run inaccurate information."

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