What do I mean by one hit wonders? Well, in the terms of reality TV, a one hit wonder is a player that for one reason or another hasn’t played a second season. I’m going to mention a whole bunch of these players from various seasons that I felt left a huge mark on their season even though they never ended up playing another one. Also, they only did one reality show and not more than one.
Let’s start with the very first season: Borneo. Greg stands out as one of the most notable one hit wonders of this season. Colleen is also a stand out from it. Gretchen, Dirk, and Sean also stood out in different ways. From Australia, Elisabeth and Rodger both stood out. From Africa, Teresa and Silas both were notable players. From Marquesas, Paschal, John, and Gabriel left their marks. From Thailand, Jake was a pretty good player. From Amazon, Christy is one of the best players I can think of who hasn’t come back a second time yet. From Pearl Islands, both Burton and Lillian became the first two players to reenter the game after previously being eliminated and they were pretty notable as well.
Let’s go to Vanuatu next where we have Chris who shockingly hasn’t been asked back for a future season. From Palau, Coby and Ian both were great players who cost themselves in some way the game. From Guatemala, I think that Cindy, Gary, Jamie, and Rafe were all great players who have not returned again for future seasons. Then we get to Panama. That had Shane who is a likable crazy guy. Next is Cook Islands. That had Billy and Anh-Tuan, the latter who affected the game so much, we still see his plan voodoo used today. Or, I think we do, but it might have been a while. From Fiji, Earl was sort of a stand out, although not many people from the season did stand out. Next is China. Jamie is a bit of a stand out, but I didn’t like the cast of this season that much.
Next is Micronesia. That had Jason and Natalie as stand out players. Then we have Gabon. That had Marcus and Ken as notable players. Next is Tocantins. Sierra, Taj, and Brendan all had notable games when they played that. From Samoa, we had Brett and Erik was stood out a lot.
Let’s go to Nicaragua next. That had Jane, Marty, and Fabio as notable, one-time players. The next season is Redemption Island. That had Ashley, Matt, and Mike as noteworthy players. Next is South Pacific. That had Mikayla, Edna, Christine, and Elyse. Next is One World. That had Leif, Tarzan, and Sabrina. The next season is in the Philippines. That had Sarah and Zane as notable players even though neither lasted that long. That can be part of why the season is so good.
From Caramoan, we had Michael, Reynold, and Eddie as players that I liked if no one else did. From Blood versus Water, we have John, Marissa, and Caleb. From Cagayan, we have Brice, Jeremy, J’Tia, and Trish who were all notable to me in some way. From San Juan del Sur, we have Jon Misch, Reed, and Josh. From Worlds Apart, we have Mike. From Kaoh Rong, we have Neal. From Millennials versus Gen X, we have David, Brett, and Adam.
Well, that’s all I can think of for this post. Maybe I should have gone into more details with some of these people. I don’t know if all of them will remain one hit wonders, especially those who have played the most recently. I might update this later in the future. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.