Survivor: Cagayan Crowns Tony Vlachos Winner

Tony Vlachos

Monty Brinton/CBS

updated 05/21/2014 AT 10:00 PM ET

originally published 05/21/2014 AT 10:30 PM ET

The tribe has spoken – and it’s a shocker.

After a season full of flip-flopping alliances and blindsides on Survivor: Cagayan, an unlikely twosome faced a pointed, sometimes-angry jury.

When Yung “Woo” Hwang won the final immunity challenge, he had a choice: to take unpopular contestant Kass McQuillen or the Jersey cop Tony Vlachos, who had steered most of the season’s strategy.

He chose Vlachos.

When he made the choice, the studio audience at the reunion screamed as they jumped to their feet. McQuillen’s family and friends, sitting in the front section of the CBS studio, did a simultaneous facepalm.

In the end, Vlachos beat Hwang with a vote of 8 to 1

Upon hearing the news, Vlachos ran into the audience and hugged his family. During the break, he wiped tears from his eyes as the monitors showed the face of Survivor’s newest millionaire.


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