ONE MAN SHOULD NOT HAVE THIS MUCH POWER ON AN ISLAND, BUT I'M GRATEFUL THAT I DO: While you should listen to every episode of the Firewall & Iceberg podcast, of course, you should especially listen to this week's edition because Dan and Alan discuss my question -- should he win, where does Boston Rob's performance on this season of Survivor rank among the all-time performances on reality competitions?
Part of why I asked is because so many of the performances I think of as dominant -- Stefan Richter (Top Chef 5), YaYa DaCosta (ANTM 3), Colin and Christie (TAR 5), Kris and Jon (TAR 6), Eric and Jeremy (TAR 9), Daniel Vosovic (Project Runway 2), Adam Lambert (American Idol 8) and Rob himself (Survivor All-Stars) -- are from folks who ended up as runners-up. In terms of folks who dominated and won, the list is narrower -- Richard Hatch (Survivor 1), Hung Huynh (Top Chef 3), J.T. Thomas (Survivor: Tocantins) and Michael Voltaggio (Top Chef 6) come to mind, but only the first two come close to the "no one else deserves to win this thing" sense of control that Mariano is now.
Of course I'm forgetting someone, which is why I have y'all.