Elyse Umemoto is a contestant from Survivor: South Pacific.


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Name (Age): Elyse Umemoto (27)
Tribe Designation: Savaii
Current Residence: Las Vegas
Occupation: Dance Team Manager
Personal claim to fame: I was the second runner-up to Miss America and I raised my three younger sisters.
Inspiration in life: My Grandma, Viola. God rest her beautiful soul. She taught me three of the most important things I'll ever learn: how to read, how to pray and how to appreciate music.
Hobbies: Baking cupcakes, amassing useless trivia and quotes and reading memoirs.
Pet peeves: Professional athletes with bad attitudes, wet laundry that doesn't get moved to the dryer immediately, pretty girls wearing ugly shoes and people who drink decaf.
3 words to describe you: Enchanting, indomitable and spunky!
SURVIVOR contestant you are most like: Brenda Lowe from Nicaragua and Parvati Shallow. They know what they want and how to get it. They truly understand the social game.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: I thrive on challenge and the rush of competition. I always push the envelope and my limits. There's no better avenue to do this than "Survivor."
Why you think you'll "survive" SURVIVOR: I'm engaging, personable and a master at reading people. I'm controversial in many ways and I embrace that I'm a "character." I'm naturally athletic and can seamlessly blend into a group. I radiate confidence and always compete to win.
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: It's not just my character traits that make me a winner. It's literally in my blood to survive. My Japanese grandfather spent his childhood in an internment camp. My German grandmother's family has strong, long-standing ties with the government and fled immediately before the war. My Native American grandfather was the son of a deaf mute who learned English as a second language on the reservation by age 9. I have a passion for competition and I am the product of generations of TRUE survivors- their strength and resilience are a natural part of who I am.[1]


During the opening moments of the game, Elyse felt confident about being able to do well in the game, thinking and hoping that her Native American ancestors will guide her to help her survive the harsh environment. After losing the first Immunity Challenge, Elyse joined the rest of the tribe in eliminating the person who was perceived to perform the worst at the challenge, Semhar Tadesse.

Being one of the physically able of the tribe, Elyse was invited by Survivor veteran Ozzy Lusth to the majority Savaii alliance along Keith Tollefson, Jim Rice, and Whitney Duncan. Jim proposed to Ozzy a "3+2" plot—that once their pact successfully eliminated the rest of the competition, the three males would subsequently eliminate the two women. However, any strategizing was put on hold, as Savaii won the second Immunity Challenge.

After Savaii lost at the third Immunity Challenge, the majority alliance was torn between three of the perceived weaklings, John Cochran, Dawn Meehan, and Mark Caruso. That afternoon, Elyse caught Mark Caruso sprinting through the woods, suspecting that he was searching out for a Hidden Immunity Idol (unknown to the tribe, Ozzy already had it). Elyse and the rest of the alliance saw through his bluff, sending the retired police officer packing. Elyse and the rest of Savaii would win the subsequent Immunity Challenge.

Since Semhar's elimination from the tribe, Jim noticed Elyse's closeness to Ozzy, making him plot with the remaining outsiders Dawn and Cochran. After losing the fifth Immunity Challenge, Jim furthered his plan by telling Keith and Whitney about their plan to get more votes, perplexing the two, for they will lose Ozzy's trust. At Tribal Council, Ozzy and Elyse went on with their original plan of eliminating Cochran, while Keith and Whitney threw their votes at Dawn to not step on Ozzy's toes. Jim's plan went into fruition, sending an unsuspecting Elyse to Redemption Island in a 3-2-2 vote. Elyse was permanently eliminated from the competition after losing the duel to Christine Shields Markoski. She left on Day 15.

Voting History

Elyse's Voting History
Episode Elyse's
Voted Against
1 Semhar -
2 Savaii Tribe Immune
3 Mark -
4 Savaii Tribe Immune
5 Cochran Cochran,
Dawn, Jim
Voted Off, Day 14
6 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 15


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