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‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Finale: Coach, Ozzy, Brandon Spill Secrets About the 23rd Season

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[WARNING: Spoilers ahead from Sunday’s Season 23 finale episode. Read at your own risk!]

Survivor fans saw Sophie Clarke named the winner of the CBS reality show’s 23rd season Sunday night.

Host Jeff Probstpresented the 22-year-old medical student with a $1 million check during the live finale.

Clarke beat runner-up — and three-time contestant — Benjamin “Coach” Wade and third-place finisher Albert Destrade to take home the title of “sole Survivor.”

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After the finale, the top six finalists — who also included three-time competitor Oscar “Ozzy” Lusth, winner of the $100,000 fan favorite award; Rick Nelson; and Brandon Hantz — shared secrets of the 23rd season with The Hollywood Reporter. Among the tidbits gleaned on the red carpet:

— Hantz was hurt by his uncle Russell Hantz’s harsh criticism of his game play. Russell Hantz — a three-time competitor who has been called one of the show’s most devious villains — said during the live finale that he thought his nephew “did everything wrong” while playing the game of Survivor. The younger Hantz says he “disagreed” with his uncle’s assessment but admitted his words were “disheartening.” “I still love my uncle, but I’m proud of the way I played.” he says. He added that when he tried out for the show, he mentioned in his audition video that Russell Hantz was his uncle and believes that gave him a leg up in making the final cut. As for Probst’s suggestion that the duo come back and play Survivor again on different tribes, Brandon Hantz is all for it. “I look forward to seeing Russell on the island and seeing who is the bigger Hantz in the family.” He added that his uncle is “strategically the best player who’s ever played the game, but morally I didn’t agree with the way he played.”

— Lusth and Wade had only days to decide whether to compete in the show. Lusth got the call from producers about three weeks before filming started, while Wade received his invitation only a week and a half before. For both, it was a no-brainer to sign up for a third go-round. “There was no hesitation,” Wade says. Meanwhile, Lusth — who is opening a restaurant in Hollywood and wants to open a brewery in L.A. — thought he might “possibly earn a big chunk of change” to pursue those endeavors by competing once again. Would either come back for a fourth try at the $1 million? “Never say never, but right now I don’t think so,” Lusth says, while Wade is spending his time focusing on a reality show he has in the works — “my own show” — but he declined to give more specifics other than to say it could be on the air by fall 2012.

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— Wade wasn’t really the mastermind behind all the strategic movies. So says Destrade, who claims that he and winner Clarke were the ones controlling the game the whole time. “We spoon-fed him the strategy, and he was just the mouthpiece for it,” Destrade says.

— Nelson applied for the show 14 times. The player, who was nicknamed “Cowboy” by some of the contestants, says he’s a huge fan of the show and actually had made it pretty far in the audition process three previous times that he applied. Viewers of the show have noted that he didn’t get a lot of screen time, but Nelson claims that was part of his strategy, to keep quiet and maintain a low profile. Meanwhile, the player will probably be most remembered for groping his wife’s behind during the family visit episode. Of the incident, he says, “My wife didn’t even think a thing about it because I do it all the time.” For the record, they have been married for 31 years.

— Wade was devastated at coming in second. His exact words? “Gutted, eviscerated, emacerated. Nobody goes to the national championship game to lose.” While he said his fellow finalists also “deserved to win,” he still thinks he should have taken home the $1 million prize. “I feel like I won,” he says. Still, he does think he “connected with the audience like never before. The first time I played, I was a character. The second time, I was sensitive, maybe too sensitive. This time I went out there to play.”

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— Despite coming in second and fourth, respectively, Wade and Lusth both felt like they had targets on their backs from Day 1. Don’t assume returning players have it easy, despite their top four finishes, they say, and you can blame “Boston” Rob Mariano — who ruled last season by dominating his tribe to win the game — for that, Wade says. Lusth has some advice for future Survivor contestants when it comes to returning players: “We should have been gone sooner. The tribes should have cut us.”

— Clarke isn’t a fan of the “Redemption Island” twist. The twist, introduced in the 22nd season, sees contestants voted out heading to Redemption Island, where they have a chance to get back in the game at a later date. “It’s a bad twist,” she says. “The  whole show is about getting those you had a hand in voting out to give you the $1 million. It’s about breaking bonds, but Ozzy [who spent several nights on Redemption Island] didn’t have to go through that. It’s stressful as a player, and I don’t like it.” As for how she plans to spend the $1 million? To help pay for medical school.

— Despite calling her a “spoiled brat” on the show, Lusth is friends with Clarke now. The two have even hung out together since filming ended. “There’s no bitterness,” Clarke says. “We clashed because we’re actually very similar; we’re both confident competitors, but there can be only one alpha dog in this game.”

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Survivor: Redemption Island

"Redemption Island" redirects here. For the Survivor twist, see Survivor (franchise) § Redemption Island.

Season of television series

Survivor: Redemption Island is the twenty-second season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. It premiered on February 16, 2011.[1] Applications were due in January 2010, and filming lasted from August to September 2010. The season was filmed near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, the same location as the previous season.[2] The show featured returning players Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano and 16 new players to Survivor.[1][3]

Mariano was named the winner in the final episode on May 15, 2011, defeating Phillip Sheppard and Natalie Tenerelli in an 8–1–0 vote. In addition, Mariano won $100,000 as the "Sprint Player of the Season," receiving 40% of the fans' votes; Matt Elrod, with 36%, received the next-highest total.

Redemption Island[edit]

This season introduced "Redemption Island" to the American version of Survivor, based in part on concepts already used in foreign versions of the show, including "The Island of the Dead" in the Israeli version, "Isla Purgatoryo" (Purgatory Island) in the Philippine version's second season, "Ghost Island" in the Serbian version's second season, and the duels in the 2002 Swedish edition.

Instead of being out of the game immediately upon being voted out of their tribe, the voted off contestant would be taken to a secluded area known as Redemption Island. Once there, they were to sustain themselves in the same manner as when living with the tribe: living on limited food, water and shelter. They would be joined by the next person voted out, and those two people would face off in a duel in an arena constructed to resemble an old ruined temple, joined by two representatives from each tribe acting as observers.[4] The winner remains in the game, and continues living at Redemption Island. The loser exits the game for good, throwing their buff into a small fire pit on their way out of the arena. At two predetermined points during the game, at the merge and with four players remaining in the game proper, the winner of the Redemption Island duel returns to the game.[5]

Host Jeff Probst compared Redemption Island to the Pearl Islands' Outcast tribe, stating that the latter concept did not seem to work well with the audience because the Outcast twist was not revealed to the players ahead of time, and was considered unfair to the remaining players in the game. However, the Outcast tribe survived on the same meager rations as everybody else in the game. With Redemption Island, the players were told at the start of the game of the existence and rules of Redemption Island, and Probst expected that this would affect how the tribes would vote out members.[5] Probst also stated that the change would allow for the newer players to have a chance to recover from early mistakes such as choosing the wrong alliance or making a poor vote at Tribal Council.[6]Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross correctly speculated that due to the Redemption Island duel as part of each episode, all regular challenges in the show were combined Reward/Immunity challenges until the tribes merged.[5] The duels used at Redemption Island were scaled-back versions of previous challenges the show had used, and Probst stated that this was because these challenges "worked well" and eliminated any risk of the challenges going astray.[4] The idea for allowing other players to watch the duel was a last-minute addition made by Mark Burnett. According to Probst, it gave those that attended the duel "valuable information" they could have used in their gameplay strategy, but also could have left them vulnerable to alliance shifts that might have occurred while they were absent from the tribe.[4]

Contestants[edit]

The players were initially split into two tribes of nine, each with one returning player: Ometepe and Zapatera, both named after the islands in Lake Nicaragua. Redemption Island featured the return of Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz, who both previously appeared on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and appeared separately on Marquesas and All-Stars (Mariano) and Samoa (Hantz). Their feud was a running storyline in the early episodes of Heroes vs. Villains, and was rekindled months later during the season's live finale. While the sixteen new players were initially assigned tribes prior to the start of the game, Rob and Russell drew buffs to determine which tribe they joined.[7]

Contestant Original tribe Merged tribe Main game[a]Redemption Island
Francesca Hogi
36, Washington, D.C.
Ometepe 1st voted out
Day 3
Lost duel 1
Day 6
Matt Elrod
Returned to game
Ometepe 2nd voted out
Day 5
1st returnee
Day 19
Russell Hantz
37, Dayton, Texas
Samoa & Heroes vs. Villains
Zapatera 3rd voted out
Day 8
Lost duel 2
Day 10
Kristina Kell
46, Malibu, California
Ometepe 4th voted out
Day 11
Lost duel 3
Day 12
Krista Klumpp
25, Columbia, South Carolina
Zapatera 5th voted out
Day 13
Lost duel 4
Day 14
Stephanie Valencia
26, Long Beach, California
Zapatera 6th voted out
Day 16
Lost duel 5
Day 17
Sarita White
36, Santa Monica, California
Zapatera 7th voted out
Day 18
Lost duel 6
Day 19
Matt Elrod
22, Nashville, Tennessee
Ometepe Murlonio 8th voted out
Day 21
Lost duel 11
6th jury member
Day 36
Mike Chiesl
31, Del Mar, California
Zapatera 9th voted out
Day 22
Lost duel 11
7th jury member
Day 36
David Murphy
31, West Hollywood, California
Zapatera 10th voted out
Day 24
Lost duel 7
1st jury member
Day 25
Julie Wolfe
50, Oceanside, California
Zapatera 11th voted out
Day 27
Lost duel 8
2nd jury member
Day 28
Ralph Kiser
45, Lebanon, Virginia
Zapatera 12th voted out
Day 30
Lost duel 10
4th jury member
Day 33
Steve Wright
51, Huntington Beach, California
Zapatera 13th voted out
Day 30
Lost duel 9
3rd jury member
Day 31
Andrea Boehlke
Returned to game
Ometepe 14th voted out
Day 32
2nd returnee
Day 36
Grant Mattos
29, West Hollywood, California
Ometepe 15th voted out
Day 35
Lost duel 11
5th jury member
Day 36
Andrea Boehlke
21, Random Lake, Wisconsin
Ometepe 16th voted out
8th jury member
Day 37
Ashley Underwood
25, Benton, Maine
Ometepe 17th voted out
9th jury member
Day 38
Natalie Tenerelli
19, Acton, California
Ometepe 2nd runner-up
Phillip Sheppard
52, Santa Monica, California
Ometepe Runner-up
Rob Mariano
34, Pensacola, Florida
Marquesas, All-Stars, & Heroes vs. Villains
Ometepe Sole Survivor

Future appearances[edit]

Phillip Sheppard, Andrea Boehlke, and Francesca Hogi returned for Survivor: Caramoan.[8] Natalie Tenerelli and Stephanie Valencia were included on the public poll to choose the cast of Survivor: Cambodia, but neither received enough votes to be amongst the 20 castaways chosen to compete. Boehlke returned for the third time in Survivor: Game Changers. Russell Hantz returned to the game on an international level as he appeared on the 2018 edition of Australian Survivor. Rob Mariano returned for the thirty-ninth season Survivor: Island of the Idols serving as a mentor to new contestants, and returned to compete on Survivor: Winners at War.

Season summary[edit]

Sixteen new castaways, previously divided into two tribes, Ometepe and Zapatera, were joined by returning contestants, "Boston" Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz, with Rob joining Ometepe and Russell joining Zapatera by random draw. The tribes were then told about Redemption Island, a secluded location where voted out players would go to compete in challenges for a chance to return to the game.

Rob quickly proved to be leader of Ometepe, and kept wary of the hidden immunity idol, including sending one of his own alliance, Matt, to Redemption Island while trying to flush it out. On Zapatera, the bulk of the tribe recognized the threat that Russell could be, throwing a challenge in order to vote Russell out; Russell would lose to Matt at the next Redemption Island challenge. Matt would continue to win several more duels. After Russell's elimination, Zapatera faltered due to lack of cohesion within the tribe, and eventually approached the merge with only five members remaining, while Ometepe had six.

The tribes merged with 12 players left in the game, including Matt, who returned from Redemption Island. Zapatera attempted to lure Matt to their side in order to tie the vote; while Matt considered blindsiding Rob, he eventually decided against it, telling this to Rob in an attempt to prove his loyalty. Despite this, Rob decided Matt could not be trusted, using his alliance to send Matt back to Redemption Island, establishing a firm Ometepe majority. The former Ometepe tribe used their numerical advantage to completely eliminate the remaining former members of Zapatera, starting with Mike, who dominated with his close friend Matt at Redemption Island. Meanwhile, Rob orchestrated the eliminations of those who he felt would be threatening to him, including close allies Grant and Ashley. The final three were Rob, Natalie, and Phillip; both Natalie and Phillip were criticized by the jury for simply following in Rob's footsteps, and Rob was voted the Sole Survivor in a vote of 8-1-0.

Episode Redemption Island duel Immunity/Reward
winner(s)
Voted out Finish
No. Title Original air date Winner(s)Eliminated
1 "You're Looking at the New Leader of Your Tribe" February 16, 2011 None[b]Zapatera Francesca 1st voted out
Day 3
2 "You Own My Vote" February 23, 2011 None[b]Zapatera Matt 2nd voted out
Day 5
3 "Keep Hope Alive" March 2, 2011 Matt Francesca Ometepe Russell 3rd voted out
Day 8
4 "Don't You Work for Me?" March 9, 2011 Matt Russell Zapatera Kristina 4th voted out
Day 11
5 "We Hate Our Tribe" March 16, 2011 Matt Kristina Ometepe Krista 5th voted out
Day 13
6 "Their Red-Headed Step Child" March 23, 2011 Matt Krista Ometepe Stephanie 6th voted out
Day 16
7 "It Don't Take a Smart One" March 30, 2011 Matt Stephanie Ometepe Sarita 7th voted out
Day 18
8 "This Game Respects Big Moves" April 6, 2011 Matt[c]Sarita Natalie Matt 8th voted out
Day 21
9 "The Buddy System" April 13, 2011 None[b]Grant Mike 9th voted out
Day 22
Andrea David 10th voted out
Day 24
10 "Rice Wars" April 20, 2011 Mike David
1st jury member
Rob Julie 11th voted out
Day 27
Matt
11 "A Mystery Package" April 27, 2011 Matt Julie
2nd jury member
Grant
[Andrea,
Rob]
Ralph 12th voted out
Day 30
Mike Rob Steve 13th voted out
Day 30
12 "You Mangled My Nets" May 4, 2011 Mike[d]Steve
3rd jury member
Rob Andrea 14th voted out
Day 32
Matt
Ralph
13 "Too Close For Comfort" May 11, 2011 Mike Ralph
4th jury member
Ashley
[Natalie]
Grant 15th voted out
Day 35
Matt
Andrea
14 "Seems Like a No Brainer" May 15, 2011 Andrea[c]Grant
5th jury member
Ashley Andrea 16th voted out
8th jury member
Day 37
Matt
6th jury member
Mike
7th jury member
Rob Ashley 17th voted out
9th jury member
Day 38
15 "Reunion" Jury vote
Natalie 2nd runner-up
Phillip Runner-up
Rob Sole Survivor
In the case of the immunity and reward winner being able to share their reward with others, the invitees are in brackets.
  1. ^Elimination order is based on when the contestant was voted out at Tribal Council.
  2. ^ abcThere was no Redemption Island duel as there were fewer than two inhabitants.
  3. ^ abReturned to game upon winning Redemption challenge.
  4. ^Mike won a reward for finishing the duel first, but opted to give it up to Andrea, Ashley, Grant, Natalie, Phillip, and Rob.

Episodes[edit]

Voting history[edit]

Original tribes Merged tribe
Episode #1234567891011121314
Day # 3 5 8 11 13 16 18 21 22 24 27 30 32 35 37 38
Voted out Francesca Matt Tie[a]Russell Kristina Krista Stephanie Sarita Matt Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Grant Andrea Ashley
Votes 4–3–2 4–2–0[b]3–3–3 5–1–0 4–3 6–2 5–2 4–2 6–5–16–5 6–4 6–3 6–2 6–1 5–1 4–1 4–0[c]3–1
Voter Vote
Rob Francesca Matt Phillip Matt Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Grant Andrea Ashley
Phillip Francesca Kristina Matt Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Grant Andrea Ashley
Natalie Kristina Matt Kristina Matt Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Grant Andrea Ashley
Ashley Kristina Matt Kristina Matt Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Grant Andrea Phillip
Andrea Kristina Kristina Matt Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Phillip
Grant Francesca Matt Phillip Matt Mike David Julie Ralph Steve Andrea Natalie
Steve Russell Russell Krista Stephanie Sarita Grant Phillip Rob Phillip Rob Grant
Ralph Russell None[d]Krista Stephanie David Grant Phillip Rob Phillip Rob
Julie Stephanie Russell Krista Stephanie Sarita Grant Phillip Rob Phillip
David Stephanie Russell Krista Sarita Sarita Grant Phillip Rob
Mike Russell Russell Krista Stephanie Sarita Grant Phillip
Matt Francesca Phillip Steve
Sarita Stephanie Russell Krista Stephanie David
Stephanie Ralph None[d]Steve Sarita
Krista Ralph Ralph Steve
Kristina Phillip Phillip Phillip
Russell Ralph None[d]
Francesca Phillip
Jury vote
Episode #15
Day # 39
Finalist Rob Phillip Natalie
Votes 8–1–0
Juror Vote
Ashley Rob
Andrea Rob
Mike Rob
Matt Rob
Grant Rob
Ralph Phillip
Steve Rob
Julie Rob
David Rob

  1. ^The first round of voting resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those who tied.
  2. ^Kristina played a hidden immunity idol, therefore the two votes cast against her did not count.
  3. ^Rob played a hidden immunity idol, therefore the vote cast against him did not count.
  4. ^ abcRalph, Russell and Stephanie were not eligible to vote in the second Tribal Council vote.

Reception[edit]

The season was universally panned by critics. The primary criticisms are that Redemption Island itself ruined the drama and significance of the elimination, that the cast as a whole was boring and unlikable, and that once Russell Hantz was eliminated, the competition became unfairly favorable to Rob Mariano. Survivor columnist of Entertainment Weekly Dalton Ross ranked it as the 10th-worst season, stating that "the fuse blew out" after the first three episodes, and also that "Most of the vote-offs were clearly telegraphed and the Redemption Island twist sucked the life out of the signature moment - the vote-off."[37]Survivor: Tocantins runner-up and People's Survivor columnist Stephen Fishbach stated that he thought it was the worst season ever.[38] In 2013, Andrea Reiher of Zap2it ranked it as the worst season of Survivor, saying "this season continually felt like one big 'let's win Boston Rob the Survivor title' game orchestrated by the producers for three months," and also criticized the Ometepe tribe as "a tribe full of gomers who were too star-struck to act against [Rob]," which "became more and more boring."[39] In 2014, Joe Reid of The Wire ranked Redemption Island as the worst season of the series, similarly noting that "The coronation of Boston Rob was a foregone conclusion from the earliest stages...The whole season had an air of uselessness around it, and we'd have all been better off if CBS had just aired a 30-minute special where Les Moonves wrote Mariano a check." Reid also described the entire new cast as being "full of lemmings and idiots."[40] Since 2012, Survivor fan site "Survivor Oz" has consistently ranked Redemption Island as the worst season ever in its annual polls ranking every season of the series.[41][42][43] It was also ranked as the worst season of all time in 2015 on former Survivor contestant and reality TV podcast host Rob Cesternino's website, both by Cesternino himself and by the fan poll.[44] This was updated in 2021 during Rob's Survivor All-Time Top 40 Rankings podcast where the listeners ranked it 39th out of 40 seasons.[45] Fellow Survivor fan site "The Purple Rock Podcast" ranked Redemption Island as the sixth-worst season in 2020, describing it as "generally boring and predictable television."[46]Inside Survivor ranked this season last out of the first 40 seasons citing the Redemption Island twist and Mariano's "vice grip on the game".[47]

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survivor-south-pacific-winner-sophie-clarke.jpgCBSFirst-time "Survivor" contestant Sophie Clarke was the unexpected million-dollar prize winner on the season finale of "Survivor South Pacific."

For two veteran "Survivor" contestants, season 23 was their third attempt at winning the million-dollar prize. But Benjamin "Coach" Wade and Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth were unable to pull off the victory.

Instead, the top prize went to a dark horse named Sophie Clarke. The young medical student from Willsboro, N.Y., captured the title of sole survivor tonight on "Survivor South Pacific."

Sophie's unlikely victory capped the 23rd season of the CBS reality television series — a season that wasn't packed with many blindsides or unexpected twists but had its fair share of drama, thanks to the return of Coach and Ozzy.

Also adding to the entertainment value of this season was nerdy Harvard law student John Cochran, known throughout the season simply as Cochran. What he lacked in physical prowess he made up for in goofy behavior, strategic planning and risky moves.

Cochran's biggest move was made when the two tribes merged, and he switched his allegiance from Ozzy's old tribe to Coach's former tribe in return for promises of protection at tribal council. Cochran's strategy worked for a while, as he helped Coach's tribe pick off members of the rival tribe.

But Cochran's luck eventually ran out and he was voted out three weeks ago, becoming the fifth member of the jury, followed by Edna Ma.

survivor-south-pacific-coach-ozzy-episode-9.JPGCBSTwo Survivor veterans emerged as key players in season 23: Coach Wade, left, and Ozzy Lusth, right.

Coach quickly emerged as a strong tribe leader this season and developed an early alliance with Sophie, rancher Rick Nelson, dating coach Albert Destrade and oil tanker crewman Brandon Hantz — an alliance that stayed intact from the first night an the island all the way through the second to last episode of the season. That's when Brandon made a dumb decision after winning the individual immunity challenge: He voluntarily gave his immunity necklace to Albert and promptly got voted off to Redemption Island.

At the so-called Redemption Island Arena tonight, during the two-hour season finale, Brandon competed against Ozzy in a bid to return to the game, and Ozzy won the pole-climbing endurance duel, joining Coach, Sophie, Rick and Albert in the Final 5.

At that point, Rick got voted out, followed by Ozzy in the Final 4, setting up a Final 3 of Coach, Sophie and Albert.

Sophie was widely viewed as a dark horse this season. She had a very tight alliance with Coach, so she was expected to make it far in the game. In addition, prior to the final episode, Sophie had won two immunity challenges. Plus, she seemed to have made few enemies.

It still was quite a surprise for Sophie to capture the million-dollar prize. Most Survivor fans had expected the crown to go to one of the veterans (and dominant players) — Coach or Ozzy.

Sophie had a big emotional meltdown after Ozzy re-entered the game and won the first immunity challenge tonight. She assumed she would be voted out at`that time. (Ozzy later called her "a privileged, pretentious brat.")

Prior to this season, Coach competed on Survivor Tocantins and finished in fifth place. The "Dragon Slayer" then competed in the 10th anniversary season, "Heroes vs. Villains, and was the ninth castaway voted off and the first member of the jury.

Ozzy, who won five straight duels heading into tonight's season finale and snagged a sixth, was the runner-up on "Survivor Cook Islands." In the season known as "Fans vs. Favorites," Ozzy needed to be blindsided for the players to escape his domination in the challenges.

Ozzy continued his toughness and resiliency this season, but fell short of the big prize once again. Same with Coach.

Perhaps Sophie didn't outwit or outplay Coach and Ozzy, but she outlasted them. And now she's a million dollars richer.

Survivor fans: Were you surprised by tonight's outcome? Were you disappointed by this season? We would love to hear your reactions and comments below. (One final note: The Survivor/Sprint Player of the Season award went to Ozzy. Cochran finished in second place in the fan voting, but he wasn't even close to Ozzy, according to Jeff Probst.)

MORE COVERAGE OF 'SURVIVOR'

• 'Survivor South Pacific' season finale predictions; can Ozzy win?

• 'Survivor South Pacific' recap: An ungodly bonehead move before the Final 4

• Playboy model from N.J. gets ready for 'Survivor' - photos of all 18 castaways

• 'Survivor' Redemption Island winner: Fourth time is charm for Boston Rob

• Survivor Babes Photo Gallery: The sexy gals of Survivor Nicaragua

• Survivor Studs Photo Gallery: The guys of Survivor Nicaragua

Sours: https://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/2011/12/survivor_season_23_winner_reve.html
Elimination Order: Survivor Redemption Island (2011) - Season 22

Survivor: South Pacific

Season of television series

Survivor: South Pacific is the twenty-third season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The season was filmed from May 30 through July 7, 2011 and premiered on September 14, 2011.[1] Applications were due on January 11, 2011, approximately 800 applicants visited in various states, from there 16 contestants were chosen as participants.[2]

Samoa was not initially selected as a location for this season, as the show had already filmed two seasons (Samoa and Heroes vs. Villains) in the area. The production team withdrew from their original locale, Tonga, due to economic problems.[3] The season was filmed in the vicinity of Upolu and it served as the location for the next season and this was the third season to be filmed in the country, tied with Panama.[4]Redemption Island, first introduced in the prior season, returned for this season.

Sophie Clarke was named the winner in the final episode on December 18, 2011, defeating Benjamin "Coach" Wade and Albert Destrade in a 6–3–0 vote.[5]Ozzy Lusth won $100,000 as the "Sprint Player of the Season", winning this honor by the largest margin since the award's inception in Survivor: China, and earning the fans' vote over John Cochran.

Contestants[edit]

This season features 16 new Survivor contestants — including Brandon Hantz, nephew of three-time Survivor contestant Russell Hantz, and country singer Whitney Duncan, a finalist on the fifth season of Nashville Star — and two returning players: Ozzy Lusth from Cook Islands and Micronesia, and Benjamin "Coach" Wade from Tocantins and Heroes vs. Villains.[6] Shane Powers of Panama was contacted, however he declined and was replaced by Lusth.[7]

The players were initially split into two tribes of nine, each with one returning player: Savaii and Upolu, named after the two main islands of the independent nation of Samoa. When the tribes were merged into one, they chose to name their new tribe Te Tuna, after a Samoan legend about the origins of the coconut tree.

Contestant Original tribe Merged tribe Main game[a]Redemption Island
Semhar Tadesse
24, Los Angeles, California
Savaii 1st voted out
Day 3
Lost duel 1
Day 6
Christine Shields Markoski
39, Merrick, New York
Upolu 2nd voted out
Day 5
Lost duel 6
Day 19
Mark "Papa Bear" Caruso
48, Forest Hills, New York
Savaii 3rd voted out
Day 8
Lost duel 2
Day 9
Stacey Powell
44, Grand Prairie, Texas
Upolu 4th voted out
Day 11
Lost duel 3
Day 12
Elyse Umemoto
27, Las Vegas, Nevada
Savaii 5th voted out
Day 14
Lost duel 4
Day 15
Mikayla Wingle
22, Tampa, Florida
Upolu 6th voted out
Day 16
Lost duel 5
Day 17
Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth
Returned to game
Savaii 7th voted out
Day 18
1st returnee
Day 19
Keith Tollefson
26, Edina, Minnesota
Savaii Te Tuna 8th voted out
Day 21
Lost duel 7
2nd jury member
Day 25
Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth
Returned to game
Savaii 9th voted out
Day 22
2nd returnee
Day 36
Jim Rice
35, Denver, Colorado
Savaii 10th voted out
Day 24
Lost duel 7
1st jury member
Day 25
Dawn Meehan
41, South Jordan, Utah
Savaii 11th voted out
Day 27
Lost duel 8
3rd jury member
Day 28
Whitney Duncan
27, Nashville, Tennessee
Savaii 12th voted out
Day 27
Lost duel 8
4th jury member
Day 28
John Cochran
24, Washington, D.C.
Savaii 13th voted out
Day 30
Lost duel 9
5th jury member
Day 31
Edna Ma
35, Los Angeles, California
Upolu 14th voted out
Day 32
Lost duel 10
6th jury member
Day 33
Brandon Hantz
19, Katy, Texas
Upolu 15th voted out
Day 35
Lost duel 11
7th jury member
Day 36
Rick Nelson
51, Aurora, Utah
Upolu 16th voted out
8th jury member
Day 37
Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth
29, Venice, California
Cook Islands & Micronesia
Savaii 17th voted out
9th jury member
Day 38
Albert Destrade
26, Plantation, Florida
Upolu 2nd runner-up
Benjamin "Coach" Wade
39, Susanville, California
Tocantins & Heroes vs Villains
Upolu Runner-up
Sophie Clarke
21, Willsboro, New York
Upolu Sole Survivor

Future appearances[edit]

Brandon Hantz, John Cochran, and Dawn Meehan returned for Survivor: Caramoan.[8] Jim Rice and Mikayla Wingle were included on the public poll to choose the cast of Survivor: Cambodia, but neither was chosen to compete. Ozzy Lusth played for a fourth time on Survivor: Game Changers.[9] Cochran also made a special appearance in the fifth episode of Game Changers, where he gave advice to a contestant who was exiled.[10]Sophie Clarke returned to compete on Survivor: Winners at War.[11][12]

Outside of Survivor, Edna Ma appeared on the fifth season of ABC's Shark Tank to secure funding for her product "BareEASE".[13]Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson have since married; while engaged, they competed as a team for The Amazing Race 25.[14] Wingle competed with Survivor: Pearl Islands castaway Ryan Opray on the Amazon Prime Video series World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji as part of Team Peak Traverse.[15]

Season summary[edit]

Sixteen new castaways, previously divided into two tribes, Savaii and Upolu, were joined by returning contestants, Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth and Benjamin "Coach" Wade, with Ozzy joining Savaii and Coach joining Upolu by random draw. Redemption Island was again in play: voted out players would be sent to Redemption Island and participate in duels, with the winner remaining there until either the next duel or until two specific points where players were brought back into the game.

Both tribes rallied under the leadership of Ozzy and Coach. Ozzy's style was somewhat more aggressive, establishing a rift between the majority of his alliance and others, specifically the weaker Cochran. Coach, having reflected on his past performances on Survivor, had a more open style, which most of the group readily followed, including Brandon, who later revealed himself to be the nephew of former Survivor castaway Russell Hantz, and had feared revealing this lest he draw his tribe's ire. Both Ozzy and Coach found their tribes' respective Hidden Immunity Idols.

The two tribes fared equally at challenges and retained similar numbers, and as they approached the perceived merge, Ozzy offered a plan to volunteer to be voted to go to Redemption Island, where he would likely win the challenge over Christine, a former Upolu member, assuring that the tribes would be equal at six members each when merged. This plan went as expected, and the newly merged tribe named themselves Te Tuna. However, Savaii's former rash behavior to Cochran was seen as an opportunity by the former Upolu members, and they were able to turn Cochran to their side on the first vote after the merge, voting out former Savaii member Keith. The Upolu members and Cochran would continue to dominate at Tribal Council, sending the remaining Savaii members to Redemption Island, starting with Ozzy, who dominated at Redemption Island subsequently.

With no other Savaii members remaining, Cochran was voted out next, followed by Upolu outsider Edna. In the subsequent challenge, Brandon won immunity but offered it to his closest ally Albert, who was the intended target of the vote. Brandon was voted out instead and defeated by Ozzy the next day at the final Redemption duel. Ozzy returned to the game and won the subsequent challenge; at Tribal Council, Sophie broke down into tears but affirmed her commitment to the game, and Rick was voted off. In the final immunity challenge between Coach, Ozzy, Sophie, and Albert, Sophie was narrowly able to defeat Ozzy; she and her former Upolu members voted off Ozzy for the third and final time. Coach, Albert, and Sophie faced the final Tribal Council, where Coach was criticized for manipulating his tribe while simultaneously preaching the importance of honor and Albert was considered to have given his former tribe members false hope. The jury awarded Sophie the title of Sole Survivor over Coach and Albert in a 6–3–0 vote, respectively.

Episode Redemption Island duel Challenge winner(s) Eliminated Finish
No. Title Original air date Winner(s) Eliminated Reward Immunity
1 "I Need Redemption" September 14, 2011 None[b]Ozzy[c]Upolu Semhar 1st voted out
Day 3
2 "He Has Demons" September 21, 2011 None[b]Savaii[d]Christine 2nd voted out
Day 5
3 "Reap What You Sow" September 28, 2011 Christine Semhar Upolu[d]Papa Bear3rd voted out
Day 8
4 "Survivalism" October 5, 2011 Christine Papa Bear Savaii[d]Stacey 4th voted out
Day 11
5 "Taste the Victory" October 12, 2011 Christine Stacey Upolu[d]Elyse 5th voted out
Day 14
6 "Free Agent" October 19, 2011 Christine Elyse Savaii[d]Mikayla 6th voted out
Day 16
7 "Trojan Horse" October 26, 2011 Christine Mikayla Upolu[d]Ozzy 7th voted out
Day 18
8 "Double Agent" November 2, 2011 Ozzy[e]Christine None Dawn Keith 8th voted out
Day 21
Ozzy
9 "Cut Throat" November 9, 2011 None[b]None Jim Ozzy 9th voted out
Day 22
Whitney Jim 10th voted out
Day 24
10 "Running the Show" November 16, 2011 Ozzy Jim
1st jury member
None Sophie Dawn 11th voted out
Day 27
Keith
2nd jury member
Sophie Whitney 12th voted out
Day 27
11 "A Closer Look" November 23, 2011 Recap Episode
12 "Cult Like" November 30, 2011 Ozzy Dawn
3rd jury member
[d]
(Cochran)[f]
[Coach]
Albert[d]Cochran 13th voted out
Day 30
Whitney
4th jury member
13 "Ticking Time Bomb" December 7, 2011 Ozzy Cochran
5th jury member
None Coach Edna 14th voted out
Day 32
14 "Then There Were Five" December 14, 2011 Ozzy Edna
6th jury member
Brandon[d]
[Rick]
[d]
(Albert)[g]
Brandon 15th voted out
Day 35
15 "Loyalties Will Be Broken" December 18, 2011 Ozzy[e]Brandon
7th jury member
None Ozzy Rick 16th voted out
8th jury member
Day 37
Sophie Ozzy 17th voted out
9th jury member
Day 38
16 "Reunion" Jury vote
Albert 2nd Runner-up
Coach Runner-up
Sophie Sole Survivor

In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.

  1. ^Elimination order is based on when the contestant was voted out at Tribal Council.
  2. ^ abcThere was no Redemption Island duel as there were fewer than two inhabitants.
  3. ^This castaway won the hero challenge, earning reward for their entire tribe.
  4. ^ abcdefghijCombined reward and immunity challenge.
  5. ^ abReturned to game upon winning Redemption duel.
  6. ^Albert chose to give his reward to Cochran, while keeping immunity.
  7. ^Brandon kept his reward, but chose to give his immunity to Albert at Tribal Council.

Episodes[edit]

Voting history[edit]

Original tribes Merged tribe
Episode #1234567891012131415
Day # 3 5 8 11 14 16 18 21 22 24 27 30 32 35 37 38
Eliminated Semhar Christine Papa BearStacey Elyse Mikayla Ozzy Tie[a]Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Brandon Rick Ozzy
Votes 8–1 4–3–1–16–1–1 7–1 3–2–2 4–3 5–1 6–6 6–4 9–2 7–3 7–2 7–1 5–2 5–1 3–2 3–2 3–1
Voter Vote
Sophie Stacey Stacey Edna Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Brandon Rick Ozzy
Coach Christine Stacey Mikayla Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Brandon Rick Ozzy
Albert Christine Stacey Edna Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Sophie Rick Ozzy
Ozzy Semhar Papa BearCochran Cochran Rick Rick Cochran Sophie Albert
Rick Stacey Stacey Mikayla Keith None[b]Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Brandon Sophie
Brandon Christine Stacey Mikayla Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Sophie
Edna Stacey Stacey Mikayla Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Rick Brandon
Cochran Semhar Papa BearElyse Ozzy Rick Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Rick
Whitney Semhar Papa BearDawn Ozzy Rick Rick Ozzy Edna Edna Cochran
Dawn Semhar Papa BearElyse Ozzy Rick Rick Ozzy Edna Edna
Jim Semhar Cochran Elyse Ozzy Rick Rick Cochran Edna
Keith Semhar Papa BearDawn Ozzy Rick None[b]
Mikayla Christine Stacey Edna
Elyse Semhar Papa BearCochran
Stacey Sophie Edna
Papa BearSemhar Jim
Christine Edna
Semhar Cochran
Jury vote
Episode #16
Day # 39
Finalist Sophie Coach Albert
Votes 6–3–0
Juror Vote
Ozzy Sophie
Rick Coach
Brandon Sophie
Edna Coach
Cochran Coach
Whitney Sophie
Dawn Sophie
Keith Sophie
Jim Sophie
  1. ^The first Tribal Council vote resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those who tied.
  2. ^ abRick and Keith were ineligible to vote in the second round of voting.

Reception[edit]

While not to the extent of its predecessor, Survivor: South Pacific was generally panned by the time it ended, with the primary criticism being the return of the Redemption Island twist. Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly criticized the season's "same twist of two returning players, Redemption Island, the predictable vote-offs, and no real water challenges," but reserved some praise for several of the cast members, including Cochran and Brandon. Ross ultimately ranked the season 21st out of 40 (as of May 2020).[46] In 2014, Joe Reid of The Wire ranked it as the 5th-worst season, criticizing both of the returning players as continuing "their already tedious tendencies towards self-aggrandizement and shoddy strategy."[47] In 2020, it was ranked as the 5th-worst season by Survivor fan site "The Purple Rock Podcast", saying that "there were so many unlikable people that you almost forget about the enjoyable ones." They also criticized the two returning players as mostly "terrible choices, and the Redemption Island gimmick was every bit as much of a failure here as it was the first time it was used."[48] Another prominent fan site, "Survivor Oz", ranked it as the 6th-worst season in its first annual poll ranking all seasons of the series in 2012, and thus originally considered it to be the best post-Heroes vs. Villains season at the time;[49] however, in both 2013 and 2014, South Pacific dropped on the list and was consistently ranked as the second-worst season, only ahead of its predecessor, Survivor: Redemption Island.[50][51] In 2015, a poll by Rob Has a Podcast ranked South Pacific as the 6th-worst season with Rob Cesternino ranking this season 18th out of 30 seasons.[52] This was updated in 2021 during Cesternino's podcast, Survivor All-Time Top 40 Rankings, ranking 29th.[53] In 2020, Inside Survivor ranked this season 30th out of 40 saying that the season's "dull endgame ultimately prevents it from being a great season of Survivor. Still, its memorable characters help elevate it above the other 'Dark Age' seasons that came before and after it."[54]

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Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: John Cochran explains why he will not play again

With Survivor filming for seasons 41 and 42 indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EW is reaching back into the reality show's past. We sent a Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire to a batch of former players to fill out with their thoughts about their time on the show as well as updates on what they've been up to since. Each weekday, EW will post the answers from a different player.

John Cochran did not stand a chance in hell of winning Survivor: Caramoan, and I told him exactly that right before the game began. After all, who in their right mind would want to align with the guy after he betrayed his entire alliance by refusing to go to rocks in the recently aired Survivor: South Pacific, ensuring not only their destruction, but his own.

So, naturally, after being told there was no point in even going out and playing, not only did Cochran go and win Caramoan, but he did so in epic fashion — completing a perfect game with zero votes cast against him all season while also receiving every single jury vote for the win. It's a feat matched by only one other player in Survivor history, J.T. Thomas in Tocantins. (Jeremy Collins received three voted against him in Cambodia that were voided by a Hidden Immunity Idol.)

But other than one super awkward reward visit as well as biannual Reunion show appearances, Cochran has not returned to the series that made him a household (last) name since his epic season 26 triumph, including a notable absence in the all-champion Winners at War edition. What gives? Will the world's most famous red sweater vest model ever return to the island?

In his Quarantine Questionnaire, Cochran explains exactly why his days getting sunburned in the South Pacific are a thing of the past. Not only that, but the TV writer reveals why he regrets his "needlessly snarky" Survivor interviews, opens up about overcoming his "embarrassing weakness," and gets into why Jeff Probst once told him to shut up. It's an insightful and entertaining look back from a true legend of the game.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, give the update as to what you've been up to since appearing on Survivor.

JOHN COCHRAN: Apart from sitting in the audience at like every reunion show? The best thing to come out of playing Survivor — better than winning, or even doing tai chi with Coach — was that it gave me the opportunity to pursue an exciting new career. When I appeared on the show, I was a diligent but directionless law student without a clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life. It wasn't until Jeff Probst encouraged me to consider writing that I ever thought about doing it professionally.

After Jeff brought it up on the Caramoan finale, Greg Garcia (creator of My Name is Earl, Raising Hope, and more) reached out to CBS and offered me my first television writing job. That was over seven years ago, and I've been doing it ever since! I recently finished up work on the second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks, alongside fellow Survivor nervous nellie David Wright. It's been some of the most fulfilling fun I've ever had, and it never would've happened without Survivor.

What is your proudest moment ever from playing Survivor?

This may be a slight cop-out answer, but just the fact that I even did it in the first place. Those who know me are aware how difficult it is for me to find the energy to get out of bed, let alone participate in a grueling televised outdoor survival competition. I spend most of my time coming up with complex mental flow-charts of worst-case scenarios and reasons why I shouldn't do something or go somewhere. So when I think back on 23-year-old me, I'm proud of myself for momentarily pushing down all those anxieties, propping my cell phone against a lamp in my apartment, and recording my audition video so that I could be a part of something I've loved for a long time.

If that's too much of a cop-out, my in-game answer would probably be how I performed at final Tribal Council. A few months before I played Survivor, I had to do a moot court oral argument for law school and got very negative feedback from the faculty panel. It really made me question my talent for lawyering and, more generally, public speaking. I knew I could respond to producer prompts in interviews with silly narration, or jokingly evade Probst's probing questions at Tribal Council, but was much less confident about being taken seriously by a jury of my peers.

Coupled with my inane gloating about writing a paper on Survivor juries, I felt a ton of self-imposed pressure and stress heading into final Tribal. Some other unfortunate stuff ended up dominating the proceedings, so my performance is ultimately kind of forgettable on a Survivor macro level. But just on a personal level, I was proud to succeed at something I'd very recently considered an embarrassing weakness.

What is your biggest regret from your Survivor experiences?

How do I pick just one regret?! I definitely regret being needlessly snarky about other contestants in some interviews. It's a funny, cathartic thing to do when you're out there trying to make a cameraman laugh, but then you go home and realize your throwaway zingers can become hurtful, experience-defining memes for other players. So I wish I'd strictly directed any snark at myself, which is my natural instinct anyway.

More abstractly, I regret not intentionally taking the time to step back and fully absorb the experience I was having out there, rather than spending every private moment worrying about who had an idol or whether everyone secretly hated me and wanted to blindside me. After the whole Survivor rollercoaster is over, the memories that really stick with you aren't strategy/challenge highlight reels, but the little things that happen during the long stretches of time when it feels like there's nothing to do and nowhere to go.

In Caramoan, I was on the same beach all 39 days, and for the entire time there was this one bird that periodically sang a melody identical to the chorus of "Ease on Down the Road" from The Wiz. I think way more about that bird these days than I do about blindsides or challenge stats, and I wish I'd consciously collected more of those memories.

What's something that will blow fans minds that happened out there in one of your seasons but never made it to TV?

One of the coolest parts of being on Survivor is that you get to keep the treemail parchment. There's always some negotiating among players about who gets to keep which ones, but a challenge winner generally gets to have their corresponding message. So when I won the gross food challenge in Caramoan, I was very excited that I'd have a treemail message of my own (especially since I wasn't optimistic about my chances of winning any future challenges that didn't involve eating gross food).

Unfortunately, later that day, someone used the parchment as kindling for the fire back at camp. I was pretty bummed; I already had a spot picked out for where I wanted to frame it. A few days later, our next challenge was "Last Gasp" — that torturous one where players float on their backs in the ocean, faces pressed against a steel grate, struggling to breathe as the tide rises. It's a challenge that takes a while and has some downtime where you're just idly floating around before it actually gets difficult.

It was during that time that I explained to Probst my situation with the gross food treemail, and how much it would mean to me if the challenge department could print another copy for me to keep as a souvenir. With my ears fully submerged underwater, I could still make out Probst's muffled "Shut up, Cochran." So I did, and meekly resumed drowning myself.

Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
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How do you feel about the edit you got on the show?

I mean, in my everyday life, I usually don't enter rooms accompanied by awkward didgeridoo sounds and shots of exotic wildlife rolling their eyes at me. But really, probably the most difficult aspect of Survivor is that when you play, you have this amazing experience that is so clear and so personal to you. And then the moment it's over, your personal story is handed over to an incredible production team that has to juggle your story with 19 others, all while making it part of a suspenseful and entertaining 40-minute television program. Inevitably, the end result is a depiction of yourself and your experience that doesn't feel exactly like what you know and remember. And worst of all, now that's the version of you the whole country knows! It can be a very frustrating and helpless feeling, especially on social media.

I had the kind of unusual experience of being on two seasons filmed only a year apart, but with two very different outcomes and edits. Watching my first season, it definitely sometimes felt like a montage of every embarrassing thing I said or did, paired with decontextualized footage of tribemates cringing at what a bizarre dork I am. It wasn't always fun to watch, and kept me from hosting viewing parties that season. One of the bigger reliefs about winning a year later was that I knew it probably meant my most embarrassing moments would be left on the cutting room floor. I allowed myself to enjoy watching Caramoan more, even if it was peeking through my fingers. 

It's difficult to complain about edits, because obviously players are the ones responsible for what they say and do on the show. But it's worth remembering that everyone who participates on Survivor, or any other reality show, is infinitely more complex than however they're presented for the few minutes viewers get to know them over the course of a season. Heroes aren't necessarily always heroes, and Villains more often than not aren't really villains.

But that's a long, very complainy way of saying that I don't have any major complaints about either of my edits. I think overall they captured my Survivor journey accurately, entertainingly, and movingly! I mean, first episode of South Pacific I say insecurity is my greatest weakness and am afraid to take off my shirt. Caramoan premiere I literally shed my skin (sunburn!) and in final Tribal Council say insecurity is my greatest strength. Come on, that's a pretty great arc. How can I complain about that edit?

What was it like coming back to regular society after being out there? Was there culture shock or an adjustment coming back?

I never really experienced the side effects of continuing to sleep on the floor or hiding snacks around my apartment, which I know sometimes happens. I do remember, the day after Caramoan's final Tribal Council, I went around Ponderosa and the airport mentally cataloguing every modern convenience I swore I'd never take for granted again. The ability to easily retrieve ice cold beverages from a giant glowing box! Resting your head on a pillow that isn't also a canteen! Toothpaste! My gratitude rush was sadly over by the end of the week, but it was a pretty magical feeling while it lasted.

Was there ever a point either during the game or after you got back where you regretted going on the show?

After my first time, I'm not sure I necessarily regretted playing, but I felt very disappointed in myself and embarrassed by my performance. I'd backed out last minute from a competitive summer job at the Department of Justice to play that season, and to return home knowing I'd potentially jeopardized my legal career in exchange for some night-vision footage of me being called disgusting was extremely hard for me to process.

Fortunately, I didn't have much time for processing, since I was back on the island only a few months after the finale, and my derailed legal career ended up miraculously re-railing onto a much more exciting track. I'm someone who can't end a single day without accumulating a new list of regrets, but playing Survivor definitely isn't one of them.

Whom do you still talk, text, or email with the most from your seasons?

Dawn and I check in with each other once or twice a year for hours-long catch-up sessions, and we always manage to fall back into an effortless rapport. Across two seasons, Dawn and I played together *on the same tribe* for 66 days. Twenty-four hours a day, to be clear. That's a long time, especially under such intense, stressful circumstances, so you get to know each other very well in a very unique way. It's a special psychospiritual bond we'll always have. Also, she was the only other person to recognize the "Ease on Down the Road" birdsong.

I regularly text (and recently did weekly Winners at War Zoom viewing parties) with Sophie, who's become a very close friend despite our fraught origin story. I, the dodgeball target, gave a speech at her wedding rehearsal dinner!  Andrea is another really good friend I've stayed in touch with, and hope to visit in Wisconsin when society exists again. And most locally, Edna and I cross paths every so often, eager to relive our Snickers feasts from Ponderosa.

Also, hey, Stephen Fishbach — Dalton says I'm only supposed to mention people from my seasons, so I'm sorry, but congratulations to you and Julia on baby Margot!

Do you still watch Survivor, and if so, what's your favorite season you were not on and why?

Of course I still watch! I've even recently branched out into Australian and South African Survivor as part of a Zoom club with some friends, which has been really fun. We're also watching 2007's Kid Nation (rewatching in my case, tragically), which is somewhat less fun.

For my favorite season, I'll go with China. The cast was incredible, the location was exciting and integrated into challenges in cool ways, amazing logo, and a fun blend of good and bad gameplay that culminated in a very satisfying winner. Plus I'm a sucker for a great final Tribal Council, and while I wrote an essay on handling Survivor juries, Todd's who wrote the book. So it'll always be a favorite of mine. But ask me on another day and I'll say Pearl Islands, or Heroes vs. Villains, or South Africa season 6.

Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why?

Cirie! I always tend to root for players I can relate to, and from the moment Cirie expressed a fear of leaves in the premiere of Survivor: Panama, I was all in. Plus, when it comes to actually playing Survivor, the vast majority of your time out there isn't spent hunting for idols or coming up with crazy voting strategies — it's just sitting around, talking, trying to pass the time in as pleasant a way as possible. And so beyond having a next-level strategic mind, Cirie just seems like she'd be fun to talk to. I've still never met her, which has only made her grow in mythological stature for me.

Other answer is Sandra. I'm happy to be a jester in her royal court if it means we get to hang out on the sit-out bench together.

If you could make one change to any aspect of Survivor, what would it be and why?

There's not much I can say that hasn't already been discussed by previous respondents or, in the case of the Soul Survivors Organization and Black Survivor Alliance, what's already been accomplished. It's hard to overstate how huge and important the commitments they got are, and I think it'll have an impact felt well beyond Survivor.

I guess my main suggestions for change would be with an eye towards better preparing contestants for what to expect and how to handle the scrutiny and criticism they'll receive when the show airs. Even though signing up for a reality television show carries with it the assumption of the risk that you're going to deal with online haters, I know I wasn't ready for the sheer quantity, intensity, and longevity of the haterade.

I certainly didn't anticipate that, almost ten years after first playing, I'd still receive many messages every week explaining what an ugly, spineless coward I am. The insults eventually lose their impact just through repetition, but remain an unpleasant, persistent toothache in your inbox. And I know I can't be anywhere close to getting the worst of this stuff compared to other contestants.

I thought it was really great that season 40 openly addressed the difficulty experienced by players post-show and the psychological toll it takes — and these were firefighters and officers and Marines saying this, not a fragile nerd like me! So I'm hopeful that Survivor (and reality television more broadly) will work to help future participants navigate the post-show experience, especially online. Maybe a Survivor "scared straight" program where I come in and let applicants scroll through my DMs? 

Finally, would you play again if asked?

No, but it's not out of a diminished love for the show (which is best enjoyed when you're able to watch it purely as a fan and not as someone eyeing up competition while plotting a return appearance). I was a law student on summer vacation the last two times I played; doing it now would be significantly more disruptive to my job and nervous system. And, in any case, I'm at peace with and truly grateful for how my Survivor journey ended: hugging Debbie on a boat in episode 5 of Game Changers.

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Survivor 23: South Pacific

By: Jeff Pitman | Last updated: October 17, 2021


Complete scoring data for  Survivor 23: South Pacific

  • For detailed, episode-by-episode scoring information, please check the South Pacific in-season boxscores.
  • For an explanation of what the various scoring categories mean, see the glossary (abbreviated version below).
  • For actual order of finish, please see the Survivometer 23.
  • S23: South Pacific View/download: Our Google sheet containing all scoring data for Survivor: South Pacific.
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Scoring notes:

  • As in other Redemption Island seasons, all duels were scored as individual challenges, but with half the value of regular challenges for a win. Since only the winner of the duel stayed active in this Redemption Island version, there were no points awarded for second-place finishes in duels with three or more participants.
  • Similarly, the opening "hero challenge" in which Ozzy beat Coach, winning reward for Savaii, was scored as a duel, despite not being for elimination. It was held in Redemption arena, and it was indistinguishable from the reward duels in San Juan del Sur. So... duel (or hero challenge).

Glossary of terms

  • Challenge stats
    • ChW: Challenge Wins. For tribal challenges, a contestant earns a fraction of 1 win, depending on if they participated (no points for sitting out). So in a five-person tribe's win, each participant gets (1/5) of a point, or 0.2 points. Duels (or individual RCs as in Ep1) at Redemption Island count as half a challenge (and half a win). Individual challenge wins count as a full point.
    • ChA: Challenge Appearances. Used to calculate ChW%. Fractional for tribal challenges (same as ChW), except sit-outs get charged for an appearance, because they could have participated.
    • ChW%: Challenge Win%. Simply, ChW% = ChW / ChA.
    • SO: The number of times a contestant sat out of a challenge.
  • Tribal Council stats
    • VFB: Votes For Bootee. The number of times the contestant has voted for the person who was ultimately voted out. Applies only to initial votes (no points for revotes in case of a tie). Special case: In a final three TC, where only one vote is cast (by the F3 IC winner), only that vote counts.
    • VAP: Votes Against the Player. The total number of tribal council votes cast against the contestant. Again, only initial votes count (no penalty for revotes), and here a hidden immunity idol (if played) erases the votes. In the special case of a final three tribal council above, only the F3 bootee receives a vote against.
    • TotV: Total votes cast during the tribal councils the player has attended (again, only initial votes count). Used to adjust for different vote totals as tribes shrink.
    • TCA: Tribal council appearances. The number of times a contestant has attended tribal council (at which they voted).
    • TC%: Tribal Council percent. Attempts to reward voting for the bootee (which players controlling the vote almost always do), while punishing receiving votes yourself. The formula is: TC% = [VFB - (VAP/TotV)] / TCA.
    • wTCR: weighted Tribal Council Ratio. Very similar in intent to TC%, but calculated as a ratio of VFB to VAP, while also scaling to a uniform number of TC appearances. The formula is as follows: wTCR =2* [VFB / (4+VAP)] x (14/TCA). I originally tried (1+VAP) to avoid dividing by zero, but this overly rewarded getting zero votes against relative to just one vote against, which seemed silly. (4+VAP) scaled that effect back comfortably. 14 was used as the scaling factor for TC appearances because there are usually 14 episodes, then a final scaling factor of 2 to bring maximal scores up to roughly even with ChW and JV% high scores.
  • Jury stats
    • JVF: Number of jury votes for the contestant to win. Maximum nine (Earl Cole, Fiji), theoretically.
    • TotJ: Total number of jurors. Necessary to not punish unanimous 7-juror winners (JT Thomas, Tocantins).
    • JV%: The percent of total jury votes cast for the contestant, or Jur% = JVF/ TotJ. This number is used, raw, in SurvSc, and is scaled in SurvAv (multiplied by six) to make it similar in size to ChW and wTCR.
  • Overall scores
    • Survival Score (SurvSc). It's simply the sum of Challenge Win% (ChW%) + Tribal Council% (TC%) + Jury Vote%, for a maximum possible score of 2 (3 after the finale).
    • Survival Average (SurvAv). It's a simple sum of fractional Challenge Wins (ChW), weighted TC Ratio (wTCR), and (eventually) a weighted Jury%. The latter two max out at six points total, for a theoretical maximum score of around 18 or so.
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