|Birth Date||November 5, 1946|
|Hometown||Water Mill, New York|
|Occupation||Real Estate Executive|
|Tribe(s)|| Espada |
Daniel "Dan" Lembo is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.
One of the oldest contestants from his season, Lembo struggled with his recent surgery prior to competing and in the early portion of the game was Marty Piombo's right-hand man. He is best remembered, however, for his expensive alligator shoes which were stolen and subsequently thrown into the ocean by Holly Hoffman.
Name: Dan Lembo (63)
Tribe: Espada, Libertad
Current Residence: Watermill, N.Y.
Occupation: Real Estate Executive
Personal Claim to Fame: Raising two sons & my career.
Inspiration in Life: Ronald Reagan
Hobbies: Weight-lifting, softball, skiing.
Pet Peeves: Existing politicians.
3 Words to Describe You: Aggressive, cunning, devious.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: No one.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: My ego (and for fun).
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: Because I've been a SURVIVOR my entire life and thrive on beating everyone else.
Dan was put on the Espada tribe, originally consisting of players 40 or older. Although Dan had a few knee surgeries, that didn't seem to hinder him until Episode 3, which would explain why he got no votes at the Tribal Council on Day 3. However, Yve began to notice and eventually, the rest of Espada did as well. But since Marty and Jimmy T. wanted Jimmy J. out first, who was just as, if not more, weak than Dan, so Dan was spared on Day 8. However, Dan was still a target for elimination on Episode 4, but thanks to Marty being annoyed by Jimmy T., Dan was spared again and Jimmy T. was voted off. On Night 11, Holly (who voted Dan off that night) was concerned about her tribe's decision to keep Dan, saying that "Jimmy T. could do cartwheels over Dan".
Dan, along with Holly, Tyrone, and Yve, remained on Espada after the tribe switch. Dan seemed to become friends with the new members of Espada, but Dan suspected that they may just need another vote, which was partially true, as Alina referred to Dan's role in the game as simply another vote, but she also found him hilarious. Dan was completely ignored during Day 14's tribal council since the targets were on Tyrone and NaOnka as younger contestants and Holly were annoyed that Tyrone ate a lot of chicken but didn't help out, thus voting Tyrone off. On Day 15, Dan told Holly that he wanted to quit, and Holly told Yve, so Yve knew that Dan had to be the next to go. But after the challenge, for an unknown reason, Dan changed his mind and decided to continue in the game, so Holly had to make sure he was completely sure to avoid keeping someone in who doesn't want to stay in over someone who does. Yve still found him as a weak link, but since the merge was close by and Yve was a strong competitor, she was voted off, once again sparing Dan.
Dan made the merge in Episode 8. Like the other remaining members of Espada, he didn't take seriously the thought Alina brought up of an all-Espada alliance. Dan wasn't in an alliance right after the merge began, but he wasn't the first person thought of when players thought who to vote for anyway. Regardless, Dan voted with the majority against Alina on Day 21, although he, along with Benry and Fabio, voted against Jane when Marty went home on Day 24, putting a target on Dan's back and putting him in an alliance with Benry and Fabio. It seemed as if Dan's days were numbered, but Dan was once again spared when Holly and NaOnka felt it more important to vote off the queen of the alliance, Brenda, so Dan went along and voted off Brenda as well. Dan didn't do much in Episode 11. Dan sat out of the reward challenge due to the school yard pick, but since he chose to root for the Blue team, who eventually won, Dan went on reward with Benry, Chase, and NaOnka to see a sneak peek of Gulliver's Travels.
With NaOnka and Purple Kelly quitting on Day 28, Dan struggled to get Sash to align with them to take out Chase, Holly, and Jane, and Dan was even more nervous because of all people to be a swing vote, it had to be Sash, who took out Marty and Brenda, even after they tried to align with him. When efforts seemed to be failing, Dan was on board with Benry's idea of getting Sash, Chase, Holly, and Jane to vote off Fabio and they'd do the same, in hopes of probably getting a 3rd vote so still stay strong, although Benry ended up eliminated on Day 32, forcing Dan to realign with Fabio. In the reward challenge of Episode 13, Dan was happy to see his son again, and called Chase a scumbag for not taking him and his son on reward. Fabio, Dan, and Jane were all on the same page: they were disappointed in Chase. When Fabio won immunity, Chase wanted to vote off Dan, but Dan was once again spared by Sash and Holly, convincing Chase that this may be the last opportunity to vote off Jane. At tribal council, the Chase-Holly-Sash alliance was revealed, so Dan thought it would make sense to vote with Fabio and Jane against Holly, but regardless, Dan voted off Jane.
On Day 37, with Fabio immune, Dan was a target once again. Chase and Holly thought that Dan would get a lot of jury votes since he's a likeable guy and friends with virtually everyone on the jury. Fabio and Dan desperately tried to get Sash to go against Holly, but it seemed up in the air. At tribal council, Sash seemed most likely to go against Dan, so knowing this, Fabio also voted against Dan, resulting in Dan's vote-off, 4-1, becoming the 8th member of the jury and finishing in 5th place. Although the plan was to vote off Holly, Dan switched his vote to Chase, saying he wanted nothing to do with him, and also insulted Holly and Sash. At the final tribal council, Dan shredded Sash and Chase, telling Sash that he should see a doctor to get his eye fixed because he hates his wink and his laugh and his smile. Dan also told Chase that beauty fades, but dumb is forever, and that Chase is the reason why the Jury is where they are now, as he let Dan down, he let Jane down, and countless others. Needless to say, he voted for Fabio, and to Dan's content, Fabio became the sole survivor.
At the reunion show, Holly bought Dan his cowboy boots and it appeared as if their conflict was resolved. Jeff asked Dan why he did Survivor if he's well off, but the question remained unanswered courtesy of Dan digressing.
|Dan's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Espada Tribe Immune|
|3||Jimmy J.||Jimmy J.|
|4||Jimmy T.|| Holly, Jane,|
|7||Espada Tribe Immune|
|15||Chase|| Chase, Fabio,|
|Voted Off, Day 37|
| Voted for|
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- In a reunion show interview, Dan revealed that he was happy with how far he made it because he completed all 3 of his milestones he set for himself: not being the first one voted off, making the merge, and making the final 5.
- In the Reward Challenge, Jump Shot, Dan is unable to jump and throw a ball at the same time.
- In the Reward Challenge, Gulliver's Travels, Dan is the first castaway to not be picked but reap the benefit by choosing to back the winning team of Chase Rice, Benry Henry, NaOnka Mixon and Holly Hoffman.
- He was the last remaining male from his original tribe.
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