Survivor: Domenick Abbate on the brutality of the tie vote

Survivor: Domenick Abbate on the brutality of the tie vote

From the moment he landed on the beach for Survivor: Ghost Island, Domenick Abbate played big. Really big. But in the end, the 38-year-old construction supervisor from Long Island would up losing the season by the tiniest of margins.

After the jury deadlocked with five votes each for Domenick and Wendell Holland, the third person in the final three — Laurel Johnson — had to cast the deciding vote, and that million-dollar vote went to Wendell.

How haunted is Dom from being so close to the million dollars and title of Sole Survivor, only to fall short? Which jury votes surprised him? Does he regret not taking on Wendell at the fire-making contest himself? We asked the runner-up all that and more and here’s what the Domfather had to say including why he thinks it is now a BAD move to win the final immunity challenge. (Read through both pages for the entire interview and also make sure to read our Q&A with winner Wendell, our finale recapfinale Q&A with Jeff Probst, and interview with Probst and Mark Burnett about NEXT season.)

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  • Dorothy 3 months ago

    Hands down Domenick Abbate in my eyes was the winner of Survivor. He ran from start to finish all the way. He was brilliant on his strategy and moves along the way. I knew once Jeff announced that Laurel was to break the tie and cast her vote to either Domenick or Wendell that Domenick was doomed. Wendell said in the last episode that he had a connection with Laurel and felt she was like a sister to him and she reciprocated. The look on Domenick’s face said it all. I hope that Survivor can figure out a better way to break a tie. This one was not it!

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