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S8MatchMaker1Richard and Rupert competing in All-Stars.
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring mental challenge
Appearances: The Amazon

Matchmaker (also known as The Mixer) is a recurring Reward Challenge. The game is similar to Concentration, in that it requires memory, but introduces the additional element of information management in interactions with the opposite tribe.


Everyone is given a box with a certain number of items. One at a time, each castaway will ask someone on either tribe for a certain item. If the person asked has the item, they score a point for their tribe. The tribe with most matches win. In All-Stars, once someone's box is empty, that person is out of the game.


The challenge debuted in Survivor: The Amazon as a Reward Challenge for various toiletries. Every box had 5 items (35 pairs) meaning the tribe that reaches 18 wins. Joanna Ward started things off by asking Dave Johnson for a pumice stone, which he didn't have. Daniel Lue scored the first point when he asked Shawna Mitchell for soap. Tambaqui had a initial lead over Jaburu. Jaburu gradually was able to catch up and eventually surpass Tambaqui when Daniel asked Heidi Strobel for conditioner, which Rob Cesternino had already asked for. With the score of 14 (Tambaqui) to 17 (Jaburu), Dave asked Christy Smith for shampoo. She didn't have it, allowing Jeanne Hebert to score the winning point for Jaburu. The final score was 18-14.

The challenge was reused in Survivor: All-Stars for reward. This time, the boxes had four items in them. Susan Hawk and Big Tom Buchanan sat out for Chapera, while Colby Donaldson sat out for Mogo MogoBoston Rob Mariano was first and asked Ethan Zohn for a rock. When he did not have one, Richard Hatch scored the first point of the game by asking Boston Rob for the same thing. Surprisingly, many subsequent guesses scoring points on the first try, leaving Jeff Probst amazed. Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien said that "No food makes you psychic" while Ethan told Jeff to make the boxes thicker. This ended when Lex van den Berghe guessed wrong about Jenna Lewis having a feather, which Alicia Calaway used to her benefit. Eventully, Alicia won the game when acquiring Jerri Manthey's seed, winning a the final piece of the map to a hidden rice deposit and a bathroom for Chapera. Saboga placed second, receiving a piece of a map to a rice deposit. The final score was 9-8-5.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
The Amazon
"Girl Power"
Tribal Reward S6 christy tS6 deena tS6 heidi t
S6 jeanne tS6 jenna tS6 joanna tS6 shawna t
"Wipe Out!"
Tribal Reward S8 alicia tS8 amber tS8 robc t
S8 robm tS8 tom tS8 susan t
S8 ethan tS8 jennal tS8 jerri tS8 rupert t



  • Rob Cesternino is the only contestant to compete in this challenge twice.
    • By extension, he is also the only contestant to lose the challenge on their first try and win on a second attempt.
  • A yellow tribe has always won this challenge.
  • Only tribes with 6 members have finished the challenge in first place.
  • The Sole Survivor and 5th place finisher has always been on the winning tribe.
  • Every winning tribe's highest ranking member was its youngest female member.
  • The challenge was ranked 55th on the original The Funny 115.
  • This challenge has only been used for reward.
    • By extension, the reward has always included toiletries.

55. The "Mixer" Reward Challenge

Both Uses of the challenge

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