Survivor Heroes vs. Villains: Five Dumbest "Survivor" Mistakes Ever

Sandra Diaz Twine

NEW YORK (CBS) The curtain has gone down on "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians," the 20th and one of the liveliest seasons in the venerable franchise and Sandra Diaz Twine is the last woman standing.

But Twine  - $1 million richer - is not the only winner to walk away from the show. The series also produced a new candidate for dumbest "Survivor" move ever.

"Survivor" Through the Seasons
PICTURES: "Survivor Heroes vs. Villains"

Here are the details on this season's incredibly stupid action by James "JT" Thomas Jr., the 25-year-old Alabama rancher, as well as four others from past seasons that challenge it for the title of "Dumbest Survivor Move Ever."

JT in "Heroes vs. Villains:" Completely misreading the Tribal Council votes of the opposing "Villians," JT assumes that a female alliance is underfoot and reaches out to spare the last man standing - villainous Russell, the mastermind behind the Tribal Council votes. JT surreptitiously gives Russell his immunity idol, hoping it will keep Russell from elimination until the merge. At the first Tribal Council of the merged tribe, Russell produces the unused idol and it is subsequently used to send JT home.

Erik in "Micronesia: Fans Vs. Favorites" With a one-in-four chance to win a million dollars, 22-year-old Michigan student Erik Reichenbach was convinced that he was not in jeopardy of going home and was persuaded to give his individual immunity necklace to Natalie at Tribal Council. Minutes later, he was voted out.

James in "China:" It was the only time in "Survivor" history that a castaway went home with not one - but two - immunity idols in his possession. Thirty-two-year-old Louisiana gravedigger James Clement apparently felt so confident he never saw this blindside coming. A fan favorite, he won a $100,000 prize as the most popular player and returned for "Micronesia" and "Heroes vs. Villains."

Alex in "Amazon:" Los Angeles triathalon coach Alex Bell, in an alliance with Heidi Strobel , Jenna Morasca and Rob Cesternino, told Rob that he was going to take the girls to the final three and would vote Rob off at the end. Rob formed a new alliance and at the next Tribal Council, they ejected a very surprised Alex.

Colby in "The Outback:" Back for his third game of "Survivor" this season, Texas auto customizer Colby Donaldson made a crucial mistake in his first game by taking super-sweet Tina Wesson with him to the finals instead of much less likeable Keith Famie. Had he voted with his head and not his heart, he'd be a $1 million richer.

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"Survivor" Through the Seasons
PICTURES: "Survivor Heroes vs. Villains"

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