'Survivor: Philippines' announced in series finale

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2012 01:41 PM | Updated as of May 15 2012 05:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines – “Survivor” host Jeff Probst on Sunday night (Monday morning in Manila) announced that Philippines will be the location of Season 25 of the hit US reality TV show. 

Probst made the announcement during the reunion show of “Survivor: One World,” after it was revealed that 29-year-old bridal shop owner Kim Spradlin was voted sole survivor of the 24th season of the CBS reality competition. 

Spradlin, from Texas, won the $1-million grand prize when she won more votes from the mostly male jury, which picked her over career consultant Christina Cha and teacher Alicia Rosa. 

ABS-CBNnews.com earlier announced that the next two seasons of "Survivor" will be shot in the Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur. 

In an interview with US magazine Entertainment Weekly, which was posted on its website on Sunday, Probst revealed not just the Philippine location but also a major twist in the competition. 

Confirming spoilers that have emerged already in several “Survivor” fan sites, next season will see the castaways divided among three tribes with three returning players who didn’t complete their season because of injury or medical reasons. 

According to spoilers, one of these returning players is Michael Skupin, who was medically evacuated after he burned his hands on “Survivor: Outback” during Season 2. 

Entertainment Weekly interviewed Probst in Caramoan back in March. 

“First we decided on three tribes,” Probst told the magazine. “That was the first thing. And that was just an effort to change up the way the numbers were playing. People were locking into these alliances of five. So we thought, okay, let’s try a three-tribe scenario and see what that does. 

“Once we had the three tribes, we talked about are we going to do returnees? I love returnees. I love second chances. I love the losers bracket in sports. I love all of it. So I love these guys coming back. And then we hit on the evacuees and went, that’s it! These are true second chancers. They were pulled from the game. They didn’t quit. They didn’t get voted out. They were yanked,” Probst told Entertainment Weekly.