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Matthew Elrod
S22 Matthew Elrod
Contestant Profile
Birth Date October 2, 1988 (1988-10-02) (age 25)
Hometown Nashville, Tennessee
Occupation Pre-med student

Redemption Island

Tribe(s) ██ Ometepe
██ Murlonio
Placement 7/18
Alliance(s) Stealth R Us
Challenge(s) Won 10
Vote(s) Against 10
Day(s) Lasted 36

Matthew "Matt" Wyatt Elrod is a contestant from Survivor: Redemption Island.

Although not adept at the strategical game after being voted out second, he is remembered for his dominance in challenges at Redemption Island and defeating notorious villain Russell Hantz at a duel. He won 6 duels total and got back in the game. He was blindsided for the second time and survived 4 duels. He did not win the duels because more people competed than the average 2 players. In the final duel, he placed 3rd, making him 7th place.


Name (Age): Matthew Elrod (22)
Tribe Designation: Ometepe, Murlonio
Current Residence: Nashville, Tenn.
Occupation: Pre-Med Student
Personal Claim to Fame: My decision to lead my own life.
Inspiration in Life: I think that there are so many people worthy of being deemed "a hero" in everyday life that are overlooked. So, I'm going to say people who put others before themselves.
Hobbies: Athletics, reading and exploring.
Pet Peeves: People who act out for attention.
3 Words to Describe You: Mysterious, impulsive and deep.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Any contestant who has played the game with honesty and integrity.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: I've always wanted to live off the land and I think it would be a fun experience to compete on the show.
Why you think you'll "survive" SURVIVOR: I know what it takes to be a winner.
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: I'm athletic, amicable and intelligent. I can also hold my own socially.

Survivor: Redemption IslandEdit

Matt was one of the new contestants elated to see veteran player Rob Mariano draw the Ometepe buff. He was shown as a devout Christian, who would play the game with a high degree of integrity.

Following Kristina Kell's secret discovery of the Hidden Immunity Idol, Matt became part of Rob's newly formed alliance to usurp Kristina's plans of eliminating him. With most of the tribe following their idol, Rob, the vote was split according as planned, where Kristina's closest ally Francesca Hogi was eliminated.

On Day 5, despite being faithfully aligned with him, Rob noticed that Matt was seemingly starting to make a budding romantic relationship with fellow alliance partner Andrea Boehlke, a familiar tune for Rob, who was once in that same situation (which eventually lead to his marriage to Survivor: All-Stars winner Amber Brkich). Adding insult to injury, Matt made a more damaging mistake by shaking hands with the rival Zapatera tribe seconds after Ometepe suffered their second consecutive defeat on Day 5. This gesture irked Rob, who swerved the vote to Matt's direction. In the end, Rob managed to turn the majority alliance against Matt, blindsiding him in a 4-2-0 vote, sending him to Redemption Island.

Upon reaching Redemption Island, he was briefly reunited with Francesca, because they were to partake in a special challenge to determine who would stay on the island and in the game. Matt won the duel, sending Francesca home. As duels came by, Matt was unstoppable, winning duel after duel, defeating every opponent he faced (including Russell Hantz), somewhat earning respect from his former tribemates. His persistence eventually paid off as even a foot injury could not stop him from winning the final pre-merge duel, thus allowing him to reenter the game on Day 19, giving him the chance to merge with the eleven remaining players, forming the newly-merged Murlonio tribe. After merging, the former Zapatera tribe members tried to convince Matt and Andrea to vote Rob out, giving them a spot in the final four if they were successful. But Matt made a fatal mistake of telling the entire thing to Rob, causing the latter to direct the former Ometepes to vote for Matt (even angering his closest ally, Andrea, since she would also take the blame for the incident). At the first Murlonio Tribal Council, while the Zapatera five gave their votes to Grant Mattos, it was the Ometepe's six-person majority that sent Matt back to Redemption Island after a 6-5-1 vote. After being voted out the second time, an angry Matt walked away, while the Zapatera members were in total shock.

Returning to Redemption Island, Matt felt miserable for being blindsided for the second time, by the same people who screwed him before, even to the point where he considered quitting. Nonetheless, Matt continued to win more duels, even though he routinely placed second, since Zapatera's Mike Chiesl was also sent to Redemption Island.

Unfortunately, Matt lost the final Duel in Day 36, sending him home. Since he lasted longer than Grant but dropped out of the duel before Andrea and Mike, Matt finished Survivor: Redemption Island in 7th place and was the 6th member of the jury. Despite Rob being the chief reason why Matt was sent to Redemption Island twice, Matt felt that Rob deserved it more than the inexperienced Natalie Tenerelli and the unpopular Phillip Sheppard and voted for him to win.

Voting HistoryEdit

Matthew's Voting History
Episode Matthew's
Voted Against
1 Francesca -
2 Phillip Ashley, Grant,
Natalie, Rob
Voted Off, Day 5
3 On Redemption Island
Returned, Day 19
8 Steve Andrea, Ashley, Grant,
Natalie, Phillip, Rob
Voted Off, Day 21
9 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • Matt appeared in the music video for the song You Lie by The Band Perry.


  • Matt is the first person to be voted out on Day 5.
  • Matt is the first contestant to return from Redemption Island.
    • He is also the first of three contestants to be sent to Redemption Island twice (the second one is Ozzy Lusth, with the third being Laura Morett).
    • He is also the first male to be ever sent to Redemption Island.
    • He is the only player to return from Redemption Island and not play the game more than once.
  • Though he did not win any challenges as part of Ometepe, he did win the most Redemption Island Duels, winning ten of eleven. He also spent the most time on Redemption Island, spending there 29 days of his 36-day run.
    • He is the only contestant to reach the merge without winning a single tribal challenge
  • Matt is the only contestant to spend the majority of his time in the competition on Redemption Island.
  • Matt was referrenced in the Survivor: South Pacific episode Reap What You Sow by Christine Shields Markoski, who said "It would be great if I pulled a Matt and returned to the game."
  • In a pre-season interview, Jeff Probst compared Matt to Fabio Birza, the winner of the previous season Survivor: Nicaragua, saying that the two looked similar but personality wise were very different.
  • Matt is the third person to return to the game, following Lillian Morris and Burton Roberts in Survivor: Pearl Islands.
  • Matt is the first of two contestants to return from Redemption Island, but eventually lose a duel - resulting in their elimination, with the other being Laura Morett.
  • Matt is also the only person to participate in every single duel at Redemption Island (in his season and overall).
  • Matt has the record for longest Redemption Island winning streak at 10 consecutive wins.
  • Matthew is the youngest male contestant on Redemption Island and third youngest overall.
  • Matt turned down the offer to appear for a second time in Survivor: Caramoan as a favorite.
  • Both times Matt was voted out, Ashley Underwood, Grant Mattos, Natalie Tenerelli, and Rob Mariano voted for him.
  • After Krista Klumpp was eliminated after their duel, she lent Matthew her bible to use for the rest of the game.
  • Both times Matt was voted out, the  person he voted against at that Tribal Council, did not write his name down at either of the 2 Tribal Councils that he got voted out at.


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