On tonight's "Survivor: Redemption Island" season finale, the fourth time was the charm for Boston Rob Mariano, as he finally won the game and was awarded the $1 million prize. The finale began with the final Redemption Island duel, where Matt, Mike, Andrea and Grant faced off in a battle of endurance. Each castaway had to use one foot to balance a vase placed on one end of a seesaw. Grant was the first person to knock over his vase, followed shortly after by Matt and then Mike. All three were eliminated from the game for good and joined the jury. Having won the challenge, Andrea was awarded the opportunity to re-enter the game. When she returned to camp, she approached Natalie and Ashley with the idea of forming an all-women alliance and voting out either Rob or Phillip. Neither girl was very receptive to the idea. The next day, the final five competed in the penultimate Immunity challenge, which consisted of racing across balance beams collecting bags of numbered tiles and then using those tiles to complete a puzzle. Ashley and Rob were neck and neck during the challenge, but Ashley ultimately pulled out the win. At tribal council Rob played his hidden immunity idol, as this was the last time he could use it. It didn't make a difference though, as the tribe unanimously voted out Andrea. The next day, the final four competed in their last Immunity challenge, which consisted of racing through a huge maze collecting four bags of puzzle pieces and then using those pieces to solve a word puzzle. The challenge again came down to Ashley and Rob, but this time Rob took the win. Back at camp, Rob told Natalie that the time had come for her to turn on her friend and vote out Ashley. At tribal council, Natalie did just that and Ashley was voted out, becoming the final member of the jury. On Day 39, the final three made their way to the last tribal council, where the jury of nine grilled them before they made their decision. After the votes were cast, we joined Jeff live in New York for the final vote reading. Everyone except for Ralph voted for Rob to win and he became the sole Survivor. Rob was also awarded another $100,000 for being picked America's Favorite Player. At the end of the finale, Jeff revealed that this fall's 23rd season will be "Survivor: South Pacific" and will feature the return of Redemption Island and two former players!
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