Digging For Idols

Digging For Idols

Two giggling friends discuss appearances by Survivor castaways in non-Survivor media.


June 19, 2024 21 mins

In (arguably) the most sexually charged episode of DFI yet, Christopher and Taylor fanboy, fangirl, and fan themselves while discussing sizzling brainiac Peih-Gee Law (Survivor: China & Cambodia) and her appearance as a partygoer in the music video for Janet Jackson's equally steamy song "Go Deep."

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We've spoken on DFI before about which celebs we'd like to see on a season full of famous faces, but what about the Lisa Whelchel archetype? In this mini, Taylor and Christopher each throw out a short list of (arguably) less household-name level celebrities that we think could or should be dropped undercover into a season alongside folks with more traditional careers.

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May 22, 2024 41 mins

From the darkest bowels of Tubi, this week we watched "Dennis & Henry's Post-Divorce Checklist" (2022) to answer the age-old question: can Survivor legend Rupert Boneham redeem one of the worst movies we have ever seen in our lives? Plus: enter the nexus of the DFI universe (the 2004 Teen Choice Awards).

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Daniel Lue joins Digging for Idols to talk about his experiences breaking into reality tv, wearing a speedo for Pee-wee, smelling his tribemates in the Amazon, contracting malaria, and his reaction to discovering that a podcast devoted a whole episode to  his 2018 performance in the show Lucifer. Lue crew, assemble!

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April 23, 2024 46 mins

Not much has changed in the twelve years since Survivor: One World. Bill Posley is still doing stand-up and Taylor Swift is still writing songs about ex-boyfriends. In this episode, we look at the multi-talented Bill's brief appearance as a burger joint manager in the obscure 2017 teen romcom "Vikes", which also stars a pre-Euphoria Sydney Sweeney. Plus, which Tortured Poets Department lyrics remind us of Survivor?

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April 16, 2024 44 mins

Taylor and Christopher find themselves marooned on the Hallmark Channel this week while braving the 2016 fall-in-love-with-your-comment-section-troll romcom "Hearts of Spring" starring Lisa Whelchel of Survivor: Philippines (among other things).

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March 27, 2024 38 mins

Take shelter from these troubled times with this episode covering Survivor: Tocantins castaway Candace Smith's performance as a social worker in the 2013 Vanessa Hudgens pregnant teen drama "Gimme Shelter". Plus: Christopher and Taylor spin the Tocantins makeout wheel after hearing a clip of Candace running down who she'd kiss on that season.

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March 19, 2024 31 mins

In this DFI mini we forego the usual song and dance to discuss Survivor tattoos: who's got 'em, who should get 'em, and which Survivor quotes would we most like to see inked?

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March 12, 2024 40 mins

Taylor's birthday pick has us going (out)back to the early aughts to behold 3-time Survivor Jerri Manthey's performance in the 2005 island creature feature "Komodo vs. Cobra."

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March 5, 2024 45 mins

2022's Babylon is manic and relentlessly abrasive. A perfect vehicle for Survivor: Panama's Shane Powers! This ep we are covering his wild Survivor stint and his brief but prominent role as a security guard in Babylon. Plus: which Oscar winners do we want to see on Survivor?

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February 27, 2024 31 mins

Christopher's birthday choice of covering uncredited parkour stunts by Frosti (Survivor: China) in the pilot episode of Chuck spirals into a nesting doll of birthdays and intrigue. Will our hosts uncover the details of Frosti's involvement in time?

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February 20, 2024 128 mins

DFI is thrilled to welcome our first ever guest on the show, the extremely interesting and multi-talented Rita Verreos! Rita joined us for a marathon chat about her fascinating upbringing, her current gig as Jewelry Television's first bilingual host, and of course, Survivor: Fiji.

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January 31, 2024 38 mins

Music is in the air with the 2024 Grammys this week and DFI is double dipping on castaways as we cover Survivor: South Pacific's favorite showmance Whitney & Keith joining forces in the music video for Whitney's 2021 song "Lightweight". Plus: pairing Grammy Song of the Year Winners with Survivor players!

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January 23, 2024 27 mins

In light of CBS dropping Season 46 cast auditions pre-season, Taylor and Christopher pause their usual subject matter to each recap and rate a variety pack of five Survivor audition tapes. Who will be awarded the coveted 5 out of 5 fish score?

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January 16, 2024 40 mins

Listener discretion advised for this very special and very adult episode in which Taylor and Christopher slither into the grossest recesses of the internet to find The Virgins of Sherwood Forest,  the pre-Survivor adult film starring eventual Survivor: Thailand winner Brian Heidik. Plus, which Survivor episode titles sound the most like the names of adult films?

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January 9, 2024 25 mins

From one social experiment to another, this episode we follow Rita Verreos from the snake-infested sands of Survivor: Fiji to a racism-infested episode of What Would You Do? that pits a character played by Rita against a restaurant full of outraged San Antonians. Plus: Taylor names a Survivor: Fiji boy band.

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January 2, 2024 34 mins

We've got a fever and the only prescription is more Cao Boi! DFI’s hosts are NOT splitting the votes this week in their appraisal of Cook Islands’ Cao Boi Bui and his performance in the 2017 futuristic sci-fi short film “The Last Fisherman,” but what rating will they agree on? Plus: who will direct the movie version of Cao Boi’s "Plan Voodoo" dream and who would you cast on an all-twins edition of Survivor?

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December 26, 2023 25 mins

In our first attempt at a "mini" ep during a holiday week, DFI goes on a side quest to investigate a mysterious and extremely elaborate alternate universe / fanfiction Survivor wiki that was found while investigating an earlier episode.

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December 19, 2023 38 mins

If it's your holiday wish to watch a movie on YouTube about Santa getting a divorce that features a small cameo by Survivor Borneo & Blood vs. Water castaway Gervase Peterson then let this episode be your Christmas miracle because we watched the 2023 holiday romcom "Santa's Second Wife"! How does a "divorce scroll" work? Can Taylor distinguish between Santa's elves & Philly strippers based...

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December 5, 2023 37 mins

Jefra Bland Hines appeared in a handful of music videos around the time that she was cast as a member of the Beauty tribe on Survivor: Cagayan, most notably the Shooter Jennings music video anthology "The Other Side." Will her work as "The Wife" earn her a  Digging for Idols tiara and sash or will she be left on the southern rock pageant jury?

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