Who Won 'Survivor' Season 41?

After weeks of intense challenges, dramatic tribal councils and tears in Fiji, the winner of Survivor 41 has been crowned.

The finale saw Survivor 41's Final 5 move to a new island with no shelter and no food. There, they had to undertake two challenges to prove their worth as the sole survivor.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about the winner of Survivor Season 41 below.

Who Won Survivor Season 41?

In the Survivor Season 41 finale, Erika Casupanan, Deshawn Radden, Heather Aldret, Xander Hastings and Ricard Foye went head to head to be crowned the winner of the gripping reality series.

The final 5 moved to a new island just one day before the finale, where they had to do everything to survive in torrential rain with no shelter or food. They also had the job of convincing the jury, made up of their ousted competitors, that they were the ultimate survivor.

In the end, Erika Casupanan was crowned the winner, making history as the first Canadian to win the show.

Erika won the vote with a seven to one majority and is surely one for the Survivor history books. She is the first woman to win the game since Sarah Lacina in 2017, with the last six seasons of the show being won by men. Additionally, in those past six seasons, men received 62 final Tribal Council votes, while the women competing with them won just six.

She is also the first person of Filipino descent to win the American edition of Survivor.

Taking to Twitter after her win, Erika joked: "I must be a witch bc I just broke a curse #survivor #survivor41."

Speaking to Parade.com, Erika reflected on the finale and what it was like to hear her name being called.

She said: "I've worked in communications for almost ten years. A lot of my career is setting up people to be in interview situations, some of which are hostile. And being able to look at how the interviewer is reacting and figure out whether to pivot or stay on course.

"When I saw how the jury was reacting to Xander and Deshawn compared to me, I thought, "Oh, I've got this!" Before the votes were read, I thought I had maybe five of the eight jury votes. When they saw it ended up being a landslide 7-1, I was in shock! I think my eyes were going to fall out of my head, to be perfectly honest."

To take home the crown, Erika and her rivals had to undergo two major challenges. The first was to solve a word puzzle that would lead them to an advantage. Erika found the advantage first, giving her a major head start in putting her two ladders together. It was close between her and Ricard when it came to the puzzle, but ultimately Erika won, securing herself immunity.

The immunity trial saw the survivors attempt to transport and stack a pile of letters onto a wobbly platform, without them falling off. However, on the way, the survivors had to try and not fall over on a seriously unstable, rocky pathway. Xander Hastings was the winner of the second challenge, winning himself immunity.

The finale also saw a fire-making challenge between Deshawn and Heather to decide who would make it through to the Top 3. In an intense competition that saw flames extinguished at every moment, Deshawn was able to create the most consistent fire, beating Heather by a second or two.

The vote for the winner of Survivor fell to the hands of their former competitors. The Top 3 were interrogated by their castmates before they cast their vote. Erika received all but one vote from her peers, with Danny casting his vote for Deshawn.

As the sole survivor, Erika is taking home the $1 million prize as well as the bragging rights.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly after her win, Erika shared exactly what she planned to do with her huge cash prize.

She said: "Number one, figure up the U.S. to Canadian taxation situation. But my second priority has always been making sure that I set up my parents with whatever they need. My parents worked so hard to make sure I'm in a position to make my dream of winning Survivor come true. So my number one priority is my parents. And then my number three priority is buying some really expensive handbags."

Survivor is streaming Paramount+ now.

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Erika Casupanan is the winner of 'Survivor 41' CBS

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