I agree with Joab in that the word "Favourite" is used a little incorrectly. I think the way they are using it is by the meaning of people we like to watch play, as opposed to people we like period.
Phillip is amazing <3 but definitely a villain! If we see some more meditation and craziness, I will be over the moon!
And Brandon could be considered a villain although I couldn't really disagree with people considering him a hero either.
ANDREA is most definitely a favourite! <333 Aside from Phillip, she was the only person to make Redemption Island watchable and tolerable for me (not counting pre-merge boots).
Brenda was my personal favourite castaway on Nicaragua (just ahead of NaOnka and Chase) so I am very happy about that choice!
If we are talking about "villains", then Corinne would have to be the biggest one of all. I really loved watching her play on Gabon, but the Final Tribal Council with Sugar was just one of the most horrible things I have ever seen...
She will definitely add drama, and I really hope she is sitting on the jury!
Dawn would definitely be considered a favourite for many (and I liked her too), as would Cochran and Erik I suppose (liked them both but not that much).
I think Malcolm is a good justifiable choice (although Abi would have been my choice from Philippines).