Who gives away $100,000 because he or she likes your vibe? Apparently, Sia does!
The Sia Award, as host Jeff Probst calls it, was first given to the 2016 contestant Tai Trang. Sia surprisingly stepped in the scene after Michele Fitzgerald was named the ultimate survivor. The singer-songwriter said she was moved by her favorite contestant’s gesture of adopting a chicken as a pet. He even gave it a name; Mark!
This year, Sia awarded her personal contribution to the lucky contender Rick Devens. He was ranked fourth in 2019’s season, Survivor: Edge of Extinction. Even though Chris Underwood brought home the bacon, Devens did not walk away empty-handed.
Didn’t Win but Didn’t Lose
A glittering $100,000 was gifted to him by the show’s ultimate patron during the reunion show. It is less than the show’s $1 million cash-prize, of course, but Devens is immensely thankful. Who wouldn’t be? Aside from the unexpected cash-reward, there is nothing compared with the feeling of being appreciated for who you are.
Devens and his wife couldn’t find the right words to thank her. She served as their fairy-godmother in a depressing evening. Sia announced the award via the social media platform Twitter although Devens got the chance to meet-and-greet Sia after the reunion show. He and his family are ultimately grateful for the reward that could contribute a lot to the future of Devens’ children.
Sia’s Payback Time
Sia said the reason behind throwing money to her personal hand-picked survivor is because she feels very favored in her life. It is her way of sharing the blessings she receives. Plus, she gets a lot of entertainment from the show.
There are Sia Award Runner Ups as Well
In addition to that, Sia also offered Joe Anglim $15,000 if he cuts his hair. Anglim always kids around about being like Samson whose strength comes from his beloved hair. Sia’s appeal is that Anglim needs to hand out his hair to a benefactor who provides wigs for children with cancer.
Anglim grants Sia’s challenge with one condition; the $15,000 prize-money would also be given away to charity. The trimming was broadcast live via Instagram Story on the show’s official account.
Lastly, the female contestant Aurora McCreary also received $15,000 from the singer. McCreary opened up about her experience growing up in a foster care facility. Sia showed a soft spot for McCreary and motivated her with kind words.