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Sia Donates $130K To ‘Survivor’ Contestants

On Wednesday night (5.24,) following the 44th season finale of Survivor aired, Sia confirmed that she would continue her tradition of giving out the Sia Award of cash to her favorite contestants.

A tradition she first started after season 33, this year the superstar singer/songwriter (born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler) offered up $15,000 to fourth-place contestant Carson Garrett, $15,000 to fifth-place contestant Lauren Harpe, and $100,000 to third-place contestant Carolyn Wiger.

In a recent interview the the Australian-born musician stated “I wanted to tell you that you’re awesome, and I really felt the struggle for you and your kids and stuff.” “I wanted to give you not the biggest prize, but I wanted to give you 15 grand just to say, ‘I love you’ and, ‘Keep going.'”

Clarifying that the Sia Award was “a tax-free gift”, she added, “That means, I pay the taxes on it; you don’t. That’s the most I could give you: tax-free. But I just love you so much, and I’m sorry that you missed out right at the end. I really thought you played a good game.”

After calling Lauren “rad”, Sia thanked her for “what you showed all the single mothers out there” and promised continued financial support in the future. 

Carson shared a video on social media of Sia interrupting his interview to announce her gift and tweeted “When your favorite singer of all time interrupts ur #Survivor interview to give you some specials news (sic).” “THANK YOU.” In the video, Carson told Sia, “I am your biggest fan. I am in your top 0.1 per cent of listeners on Spotify. Oh my gosh, I am freaking out!”

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Author: Saul Goode

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