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5/12: Former Atlantan Parvati Shallow wins “Survivor: Micronesia”

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Sprayberry High School and UGA grad Parvati Shallow Sunday night won “Survivor: Micronesia,” the first person with local ties to win the long-standing CBS reality show. She pockets a neat $1 million.

This was arguably the best “Survivor” season in years, thanks to a series of strategic blindsides during tribal council, more than any other series to date. This culminated in what is now known as the dumbest move in the show’s history, as Parvati noted: doe-eyed Leif Garrett lookalike Erik Reichenbach believed that giving up his immunity idol would help him gain respect with the ladies when in fact it simply exposed him to being voted off last week.

Parvati, 25 and now living in Los Angeles, came in sixth during “Survivor: Cook Islands” in the fall of 2006. She was known as the flirt and was popular among viewers.

So when producers were compiling a list of “fan favorites” to compete against “Survivor” fans, she made the final list and came back, planning to play a more aggressive, strategic game.

In the end, she did. She quickly set up an alliance with two other favorites: “Panama” fourth-place finisher Cirie Fields and “China” third-place finisher Amanda Kimmel. And she stuck with it, although she also hooked up with two popular, physically imposing players James Clement and Ozzy Lusth.

Partway through the game, though, Parvati realized Ozzy and James were real threats to her making it to the final three. So when the opportunity came to get rid of Ozzy, she ran with it and Ozzy was blindsided — with an immunity idol tucked in his bag, unused. She had done the flirt-thang with James but was also ready to throw him over the boat when necessary. Fortunately for her, James had an infection in a finger and had to be medically taken off the show.

Near the end, Parvati helped orchestrate the infamous Erik blindside. And though she made some enemies, her moves ultimately helped her win five of the eight votes from the tribal jury over Amanda, despite the fact Amanda won the last two immunity challenges. I personally thought Amanda had the votes but was wrong. Clearly, her weaker ability to socialize and connect with the other players compared to that of Parvati hurt her in the end. It’s the same problem Amanda had in China when she only got one vote from the jury.

UGA fans had to love the fact she wore a Georgia cap for much of the final episode. There, she was a broadcast journalism major, class of 2004, with a specialty in public relations. She was part of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She became a boxer and waitress in Los Angeles afterwards and has since become a charity organizer, according to her label on the show. She moved to the Atlanta area at age 11 after growing up on a commune in Vero Beach, Fla. and graduated Sprayberry High in 2000.

Here’s Parvati’s MySpace page..

Amazingly, “Survivor” has been on eight years and gone through 16 incarnations, spawning dozens of imitators, from “The Apprentice” to “Big Brother” to “The Amazing Race.” Ratings have been drooping in recent years with this season averaging about 13 million viewers, down from 21 million three years ago. But CBS has given the show a green light for another two cycles in 2008-09 and it’s still a top 15 show.

I plan to interview some of her friends and hopefully, Parvati herself, in the next couple of days and will post their reactions.

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By Freddy Jones

May 12, 2008 12:00 AM | Link to this

First!! Go DAWGS

By Spoiled Again

May 12, 2008 12:04 AM | Link to this

Would you please not give away who the winner is on the front page of ajc.com. This is two seasons in a row I’ve learned who won from you instead of being able to watch it for myself!

Please just put it behind a link that doesn’t reveal the winner.

By Xynox

May 12, 2008 12:41 AM | Link to this

Spoiled again…Asking the AJC to hide the winner behind a link is dumb because it would generate less clicks for AJC, therefore less money. Advertising a UGA grad won pulls in more clicks. Maybe you should just watch it with the rest of us. If you did not see it here, then you would have heard about it ont he radio, tv, etc. Welcome to the information society.

By Johnny Danger Dawg

May 12, 2008 12:55 AM | Link to this

I went to UGA with this girl. She was cute and so tiny that I never would have expected to see her as a survivor contestant (or a boxer!).

By Cuz

May 12, 2008 6:58 AM | Link to this

I wonder if she has any NCAA eligibility left. The O-line needs some help.

Dude’s, you actually watch this show? “Spoiled it for me”, you gotta be kidding me.

By Gahorm

May 12, 2008 7:02 AM | Link to this

Spoiled again, this was aired before this article was printed. The showing was over at 10:00 pm and this was published at 11:03 pm.

By Sam

May 12, 2008 7:55 AM | Link to this

She “flirted” with the guys?

That means she had sex with several guys, hoping to get their votes.

Quality gal there.

By Tam

May 12, 2008 8:04 AM | Link to this

Wrong winner. Parvati got a lot of credit for strategic moves when she was not the person who orchestrated them… it was usually Cirie. Amanda was a little more honest and should have won.

Did anyone see Parvati grab Natalie’s butt in last night’s show? GROSS!

By Tam

May 12, 2008 8:07 AM | Link to this

Wrong winner. Parvati got a lot of credit for strategic moves when she was not the person who orchestrated them… it was usually Cirie. Amanda was a little more honest and should have won.

Did anyone see Parvati grab Natalie’s butt in last night’s show? GROSS!

By Tam

May 12, 2008 8:08 AM | Link to this

Wrong winner. Parvati got a lot of credit for strategic moves when she was not the person who orchestrated them… it was usually Cirie. Amanda was a little more honest and should have won.

Did anyone see Parvati grab Natalie’s butt in last night’s show? GROSS!

By Brenda

May 12, 2008 8:50 AM | Link to this

At least it wasn’t Cirie that one—-she was just pure evil. I’m not sure how she even made onto the “Favorites” show. I was voting for Amanda after Parvati’s behavior.

By Brenda

May 12, 2008 8:59 AM | Link to this

At least Cirie didn’t win—-she is just pure evil in my opinion. My vote was for Amanda—she seemed the most decent—a lot more so than that sl*t Parvati

By Bud

May 12, 2008 9:16 AM | Link to this

This dumb show has been on the air for 8 years, is now getting crappy ratings, yet has gotten a green light for 2 more years…since the other shows it is competing against suck even worse.

In 5 years, TV will be as irrelevant as radio.

By Lara

May 12, 2008 11:37 AM | Link to this

Not sure I would rank this among the best Survivors - especially since they brought back so many annoying players. The “fans” did not stand a chance. And why did the most annoying female win? Why did that girl ask her about being a role model for girls vote for her? I wouldn’t want her to be a role model for my daughter - flirting to get your way - real genious there.
The real favorite of the viewers was the one that won the fan favorite money again - 2nd season in a row - go James! I thought cirie should have won - she went so far strategically without ever really winning a challenge.

By Rodney Ho

May 12, 2008 2:34 PM | Link to this

I would agree that Cirie in the end played the best game, which is why she’s still kicking herself for losing that last immunity challenge. She could have beat Parvati. I really thought Amanda would beat Parvati.

By Karen

May 12, 2008 3:13 PM | Link to this

I thought Parvati is a horrible role model and it just shows that Alexis doesn’t care one whit about young girls when she votes for her “role model” pal Parvati who uses flirtation and sex to get what she wants. How disgusting. Speaking of disgusting, Natalie slimed the stage with sexual wallowings and topped her performance in a nasty teflon coated and poorly disguised insult to Amanda. Hope Amanda scrubbed her hands after touching that nasty piece of trash because Amanda has more class in her little finger than slime-bag Natalie will ever have in a lifetime. Cirie was just mean spirited and voted against Amanda out of spite and lost all respect I ever had for her. Amanda should have won, hands down and Parvati lives up to her name; Shallow and totally un-deserving. Thank the other shallow and undeserving women on the jury for voting against a class act like Amanda in favor of one of their own kind. They could not let a nice person win. It would mean they just plalin lost because they didn’t deserve to win and had no one to blame but themselves. Losing to that bunch is the best compliment Amanda could ever have.

By The Truth Hurts

May 12, 2008 10:51 PM | Link to this

i slept with Parvoti in college and the woman gave me a STD…..she slept with all of my friends..and was know as easy Parvoti…..Unfortuinately she was not very good in bed:(

By Kelly

May 13, 2008 9:27 AM | Link to this

I knew Parvati at Sprayberry and she was just as big of a flirt (read: s**) then as she is now. It’s amazing she hasn’t thrown out her shoulder after patting herself on the back so much for screwing everybody over in the game. I would never donate to a charity she was running for fear that she would take most of the proceeds for “administrative” costs.

By Joe

June 2, 2008 5:43 PM | Link to this

This comment is for “The Truth Hurts.” Dude, what are you complaining about? You got to have sex with PARVATI FREAKIN’ SHALLOW!!! Do you know how freakin’ hot that girl is? She’s like a freakin’ sex goddess! So what if she gave you an STD? Let that be a lesson for you, wear a condom next time. And so what if she slept with all of your friends, and that she’s not very good in bed. She doesn’t have to be. Just look at her for god sakes!!

She made you come didn’t she?

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