Being in the audience for a Survivor finale is infinitely more exciting than sitting at home watching it on TV. While you lose the option of fast-forwarding through all the boring parts and condensing the entire three-hour insanity into one small hour, you get to hear the live reactions and see the families in person. Which means, that while sitting at the Ed Sullivan Theater, I got a very close look at Coach's "lady friend" and I still didn't notice any bizarre abnormalities that would seemingly force her to limit herself to the self-proclaimed dragon slayer.
It also meant that I got to watch all of the castaways' dads dance in the aisle during a commercial break game, and that I got to see Cirie and Parvati (both from Micronesia) in the audience. As a bonus, it was entertaining to hear every groan, gasp, laugh and boo from people who have been loyally watching this show for ages. It really gave me a better sense of the actual Survivor fan, more so than what I normally get from sitting on my couch at home. The shouts for JT were so loud throughout the entire three hours, but there was a little bit of anger towards him when he voted out the other audience favorite, Taj. (Or Tag, as his parchment said.) But, his landslide win and fan favorite prize got big applause from the audience.
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