'Survivor: Nicaragua' Winner Crowned

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jud "Fabio" Birza romanced the jury to win "Survivor: Nicaragua."

The goofy 21-year-old model-student from Los Angeles overcame paranoid 24-year-old singer-jackman Chase Rice from Fairview, N.C., and sneaky 30-year-old real estate broker Matthew "Sash" Lenahan from New York to take home the CBS reality competition's $1 million grand prize Sunday.

He earned five votes from the show's nine-person jury of previous contestants.

Birza, nicknamed after the romance novel coverman by his tribemates, secured his place in the final trio by dominating the last three immunity challenges and breaking up the alliance of Rice, Lenahan and 44-year-old swim coach Holly Hoffman from Eureka, S.D.

The jury lashed out at schemers Lenahan and Rice, who came in second behind Birza with four jury votes.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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