I thought this would be a fun topic for discussion.
My confessions are I'm a late convert to Survivor. I started watching the first season because it was new, experimental, and sounded intriguing. However, I failed to catch interest in it and quit about the time they started eating rats. I didn't start watching Survivor again until Pearl Islands, and that was only because I wanted to be in the Survivor pool with my other forum friends.
Also, I didn't like Jeff Probst at first. The season Jonathan was on was the first one where I started to like Probst and I became a real fan when I started reading his blog. Now he's one of my favorite reality show hosts.
And I like Russell Hantz! So many Survivor fans absolutely despise him but I think he was one of the best contestants ever to play the game. To me, he was at his best in his first season and he should have won except that he got too cocky. A little humility in the face of the jury might have lead to a different outcome. However, Brandon and the Hantz who appeared on Big Brother I could do without. They were totally nuts.