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Survivor: Nicaragua
Survivor Nicaragua logo
Season 21
Filming Location San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Season Run September 15, 2010 – December 19, 2010
Filming Dates June 14, 2010 – July 22, 2010
Survivors 20
Winner Fabio Birza
Runner(s)-up Chase Rice
Sash Lenahan
Tribes ██ Espada
██ La Flor
██ Libertad
Returnees Brenda Lowe (26)
Cast
Nicaragua Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor Nicaragua intro01:05

Survivor Nicaragua intro

Series Chronology
Previous Season Heroes vs Villains
Next Season Redemption Island

Survivor: Nicaragua is the twenty-first season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. It premiered on September 15, 2010 at 8 pm, moving to the Wednesday timeslot for the first time since Survivor: Borneo.

ProductionEdit

The location of Nicaragua was announced at the conclusion of the finale of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. This season and Survivor: Redemption Island were both filmed in San Juan del Sur. Jeff Probst has stated that he and the production crew were very grateful for the natives' warm hospitality.

Twists/ChangesEdit

These are the game-changing events of the season:

  • Old vs. Young: The 20 contestants will be divided up into two tribes based on their ages. The Espada tribe will feature contestants over the age of 40, and the La Flor tribe will include contestants aged 30 years and younger. The producers deemed that they have a good slate of competitive older people, so they expected that the 'Battle of the Ages' format will not agree to the younger tribe's sheer strength.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: Similar to Fiji, China, Tocantins, Samoa and Heroes vs.Villains, one Idol will be hidden at both tribe camps. Jeff Probst, has also announced that the Hidden Immunity Idol will be hidden differently this season. Realizing that Idols have been found too easily the past two seasons (notoriously often by Russell Hantz), the clues of the Idol's location will be rebus puzzles rather than textual. They dubbed it as "The Russell Factor." Both Idols are usable up until the Day 36 Tribal Council.
  • Medallion of Power : The two tribes will also vie for a new item, the Medallion of Power. The tribe that currently hold the Medallion will have an option to have an advantage in challenges (i.e. shortcuts, less workload etc.). They can either use it or save it until the next challenge. But once they used it, regardless of whether the host tribe won or lost the challenge, they must surrender it to the rival tribe. The premise of the Medallions is to further even up the playing field for the tribes defined by age. After the tribe switch, the Medallion was retired.
  • Challenges: Aside from the Medallion of Power, challenges in this season will be more innovative and less physical, due to the Old vs. Young format. Instead of sheer strength, majority of the challenges will require teamwork to win. Jeff Probst said: "It's way less physical this season, so there will be no wrestling on the beach. Our challenge department has come up with some inventive ideas that are fair, still take skill and still take strategy. They're going to be the kind of things you think would be fun to do."
  • Tribe Switch: Selected tribe members will be transferred to the rival tribe.
  • Double Tribal Council: Both tribes will go to Tribal Council and will vote somebody out, with one member of both tribes possessing individual Immunity.
  • Early Merge: Similar to Survivor: Samoa, the tribes will be merged with twelve people still in the game.
  • Expanded Jury and Three-Way Final Tribal Council: Instead of the conventional "Final Two" facing the Jury of seven, the Day 39 Tribal Council was held with a "Final Three" facing a nine-person Jury.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S21 wendy t Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff
48, Fromberg, MT
Espada 1st Voted Out
Day 3
9
S21 shannon t Shannon Elkins
30, Lafayette, LA
La Flor 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
7
S21 jimmyj t Jimmy Johnson
67, Islamorada, FL
Espada 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
8
S21 jimmyt t Jimmy Tarantino
48, Gloucester, MA
Espada 4th Voted Out
Day 11
5
S21 tyrone t Tyrone Davis
42, Inglewood, CA
Espada Espada 5th Voted Out
Day 14
6
S21 kellyb t Kelly Bruno
26, Durham, NC
La Flor La Flor 6th Voted Out
Day 15
8
S21 yve t Yve Rojas
41, Kansas City, MO
Espada Espada 7th Voted Out
Day 15
7
S21 jill t Jill Behm
43, Erie, PA
Espada La Flor 8th Voted Out
Day 18
3
S21 alina t Alina Wilson
23, Downey, CA
La Flor Espada Libertad 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 22
10
S21 marty t Marty Piombo
48, Mill Valley, CA
Espada La Flor 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
15
S21 brenda t Brenda Lowe
27, Miami, FL
La Flor La Flor 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
13
S21 naonka t NaOnka Mixon
27, Los Angeles, CA
La Flor Espada Quit
4th Jury Member
Day 28
3
S21 kellys t Kelly Shinn
20, Mesa, AZ
La Flor La Flor Quit
5th Jury Member
Day 28
0
S21 benry t Benry Henry
24, Los Angeles, CA
La Flor Espada 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 32
5
S21 jane t Jane Bright
56, Jackson Springs, NC
Espada La Flor 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
11
S21 dan t Dan Lembo
63, Water Mill, NY
Espada Espada 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
9
S21 holly t Holly Hoffman
44, Eureka, SD
Espada Espada 15th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
4
S21 sash t Sash Lenahan
30, New York City, NY
La Flor La Flor Second
Runner-Up
2
S21 chase t Chase Rice
24, Fairview, NC
La Flor Espada Runner-Up 1
S21 fabio t Fabio Birza
21, Venice, CA
La Flor La Flor Sole Survivor 2

Season SummaryEdit

Twenty new castaways embarked on a journey in pristine, yet treacherous Nicaragua. They were surprisingly divided into two tribes entirely defined by age, La Flor, and Espada. They also vied for ownership of a Medallion of Power that would help them in challenges.

At Espada, the males battled for tribe supremacy, with Marty Piombo ending up victorious; not only he successfully ousted his perceived threats Jimmy Johnson and Jimmy Tarantino, he also possessed the Hidden Immunity Idol, making him virtually invincible.

Despite dominating in challenges, La Flor also had their own share of conflicts. Two warring alliances (one led by Shannon Elkins, and the other led by Brenda Lowe and Sash Lenahan) emerged, with both alliances vying for Chase Rice's vote. A confused Shannon lashed out at Tribal Council, making some of his alliance members and Chase to turn on him, causing his elimination instead. The remnants of Shannon's group found themselves at the mercy of the majority alliance. Not only did they have the numbers, but Brenda and NaOnka Mixon successfully found their Hidden Immunity Idol, leaving them more vulnerable. However, their supposed eliminations were put on hold, as La Flor went on winning two more Immunity Challenges.

A Day 12 Tribe Switch caused allegiances to shift. At the new Espada, Holly Hoffman bonded with her new tribemates, and formed an alliance with them, causing Tyrone Davis and Yve Rojas' eliminations. At the new La Flor, the once-powerful Marty fell from grace, thanks to Jane Bright flipping to Brenda's alliance. Not only did Marty get blackmailed by Sash to give up his Immunity Idol, but he also became witness to the ouster of his closest ally, Jill Behm. On Day 19, the two tribes were merged into the Libertad tribe.

Sash and Brenda took control of Libertad, persuading the rest of the tribe to eliminate Alina Wilson and Marty. Seeing that Brenda was running the show, Holly made her move by turning everybody else on Brenda (who hoped that Sash would give her his Idol), causing her demise. Brenda's elimination, along with the voluntary exits of Kelly Shinn and NaOnka, left Sash alone and ally-less. However, Sash managed to find a new alliance in Holly, Chase, and Jane.

Sash's new alliance voted off Benry Henry after debating between whether to vote off him or Fabio Birza. This turned out to be a big mistake and Fabio would win the last 3 immunity challenges. Although this still meant outsider Dan Lembo would leave the game, it forced their alliance to turn on each other at the other two Tribal Councils, resulting in the eliminations of likely jury threats Jane and Holly. Despite being called out on his gamplay by Holly at the Day 38 Tribal Council, Sash managed to slither his way to Day 39, along with Fabio and Chase.

At the Final Tribal Council, Sash was ignored by the Jury because of his numerous deceptions; while Chase was castigated for his indecisiveness at several points during the game. Fabio on the other hand was chastised by the other two for seemingly coasting throughout the game, but he rebutted that he did that on purpose to not hurt anybody's feelings, and still stay longer in the game. In the end, Fabio's unconventional strategy earned him the title of Sole Survivor by a 5-4-0 vote.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 "“Young at Heart”" September 15, 2010 La Flor La Flor Wendy 9–1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 "“Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All”" September 22, 2010 Espada1 Shannon 7-3 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 "“Glitter in Their Eyes”" September 29, 2010 La Flor1 Jimmy J. 8-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
4 "“Pulling the Trigger ”" October 6, 2010 La Flor1 Jimmy T. 5-3 4th Voted Out
Day 11
5 "“Turf Wars”" October 13, 2010 Espada La Flor Tyrone 6-2 5th Voted Out
Day 14
6 "“Worst Case Scenario”" October 20, 2010 La Flor Jill Kelly B. 3-3-2;
5-1
6th Voted Out
Day 15
Holly Yve 6-1 7th Voted Out
Day 15
7 "“What Goes Around, Comes Around”" October 27, 2010 Espada Espada Jill 3-2-2 8th Voted Out
Day 18
8 "“Company Will Be Arriving Soon”" November 3, 2010 None Jane Alina 10-2 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 22
Fabio
9 "“Running the Camp”" November 10, 2010 Benry, Dan, Fabio, Marty, Sash Brenda Marty 7-4 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
10 "“Stuck in the Middle”" November 17, 2010 Chase, Fabio, Jane, Kelly S., NaOnka Jane Brenda 8-1-1 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
11 "“We Did It Guys”" November 24, 2010 Recap Episode
12 "“You Started, You're Finishing”" December 1, 2010 Benry, Chase, Holly, NaOnka
[Dan]2
None NaOnka No Vote Quit
4th Jury Member
Day 28
Kelly S. Quit
5th Jury Member
Day 28
13 "“Not Sure Where I Stand”" December 8, 2010 Chase
[Holly, Jane]
Sash Benry 4-2-1 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 32
14 "“This Is Going to Hurt”" December 15, 2010 Chase
[Holly, Sash]
Fabio Jane 5-03 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
15 "“What About Me?”" December 19, 2010 None Fabio Dan 4-1 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
Fabio Holly 3-1 15th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Sash 5-4-0 2nd Runner-Up
Chase Runner-Up
Fabio Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 Combined Reward/Immunity Challenge.
^2 Jeff bribed the winners of the Reward Challenge, that if one of them gives up his/her reward, the tribe will be given a new supply of rice and tarp. Furthermore, being singled out due to the odd number of players, Dan was chosen to sit out in the challenge, but if he guessed the winning team correctly, he would join them at their reward. Dan guessed the winning team correctly, winning himself reward as well.
^3 Sash used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 1 vote against him.

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Nicaragua Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15
Eliminated S21 wendy t
Wendy
S21 shannon t
Shannon
S21 jimmyj t
Jimmy J.
S21 jimmyt t
Jimmy T.
S21 tyrone t
Tyrone
S21 kellyb t
Kelly B.
S21 yve t
Yve
S21 jill t
Jill
S21 alina t
Alina
S21 marty t
Marty
S21 brenda t
Brenda
S21 naonka t
NaOnka
S21 kellys t
Kelly S.
S21 benry t
Benry
S21 jane t
Jane
S21 dan t
Dan
S21 holly t
Holly
S21 sash t
Sash
S21 chase t
Chase
S21 fabio t
Fabio
Vote: 9-1 7-3 8-1 5-3 6-2 3-3-2 5-1 6-1 3-2-2 10-2 7-4 8-1-1 No Vote 4-2-1 5-0 4-1 3-1 5-4-0
Fabio Brenda Kelly B. Kelly B. Marty Alina Jane Brenda Holly Jane Dan Holly Jury Vote
Chase Shannon Tyrone Yve Alina Marty Brenda Benry Jane Dan Holly
Sash Shannon Marty Kelly B. Jill Alina Marty Brenda Benry Jane Dan Holly
Holly Wendy Jimmy J. Dan Tyrone Yve Alina Marty Brenda Benry Jane Dan Sash Chase
Dan Wendy Jimmy J. Jimmy T. Tyrone Yve Alina Jane Brenda Fabio Jane Chase Fabio
Jane Wendy Jimmy J. Dan Marty Marty Marty Marty Marty Brenda Benry Sash Chase
Benry Shannon Tyrone Yve Alina Jane Brenda Fabio Fabio
Kelly S. Shannon Kelly B. Kelly B. Jill Alina Marty Benry Quit Fabio
NaOnka Shannon Tyrone Yve Alina Marty Brenda Fabio
Brenda Shannon Kelly B. Kelly B. Jill Alina Marty Naonka Chase
Marty Wendy Jimmy J. Jimmy T. Brenda None Jane Alina Jane Fabio
Alina Brenda Tyrone Yve Marty Chase
Jill Wendy Jimmy J. Jimmy T. Brenda Kelly B. Jane
Yve Wendy Jimmy J. Jimmy T. NaOnka Dan
Kelly B. Shannon Marty None
Tyrone Wendy Jimmy J. Jimmy T. NaOnka
Jimmy T. Wendy Jimmy J. Dan
Jimmy J. Wendy Dan
Shannon Brenda
Wendy Yve

Notes:

  • NaOnka and Kelly S. quit at the same Tribal Council.

TriviaEdit

  • This is the second season to have tribes split by age, the first being Survivor: Panama (which was divided by age and then by gender).
    • La Flor is the third tribe in the show's history comprising only younger contestants that was purposefully assigned by the producers, following Viveros and Bayoneta from Panama.
    • Espada is the third tribe in the show's history comprising only older contestants that was purposefully assigned by the producers, following Casaya and La Mina from Panama.
      • However in Panama, then tribes had the four older and younger men and women in this season the difference in ages was bigger with no contestants 30 to 40 years old.
  • This is the fifth season to take place in Central America, the others being Pearl Islands, All-Stars, Guatemala, and Panama.
  • Nicaragua had several similarities with Survivor: Samoa:
    • Both seasons started with twenty castaways divided into two tribes of ten.
    • Similar to Galu and Foa Foa, La Flor and Espada were merged with one original tribe at an 8-4 deficit.
    • Both seasons had a yellow and blue tribe.
    • The first person eliminated after the merge was voted out by a 10-2 vote.
    • Both seasons had two people of the same gender removed from the game by means other than a vote.
  • This season's Tribal Council set is patterned from a destroyed church, with a mock graveyard pathway where the eliminated castaways walk after being voted out.
  • This season's Hidden Immunity Idol was a large wooden key.
  • This season marked the return of the Tribe Switch, which was absent in the past three seasons.
  • This season marked the fourth and fifth time that a contestant opted to voluntarily leave the competition. But this is the first time in the history of the series that two people quit at the same time.
  • This season marked the second time that Jeff bribed a tribe for something after an unfortunate event at camp. The first time this happened was in Survivor: The Australian Outback, where the Barramundi tribe suffered miserably after a terrible storm, with their remaining food supply being washed up. Jeff bribed them to dismantle their shelter for a new supply of rice.
  • This season has three episodes that breached the usual 3-day cycle. Company Will Be Arriving Soon, Not Sure Where I Stand and This Is Going to Hurt all covered more than 3 days.
    • This is the only season where this occurs.
  • This season marked the second time that more than one player used a Hidden Immunity Idol in a single Tribal Council, being Sash and Chase.
  • This is the first time since Survivor: Tocantins that there have been all-male finalists, though this is the first time that the final three entirely comprised of male contestants, namely, Sash, Chase and Fabio.
  • This is the fourth consecutive season that all finalists came from one original tribe.
  • This is the first time since Survivor: The Amazon that the contestants' torches were designed with their tribe affiliations in mind. Original La Flor members had an etched flower design at their torches, while the original Espada had saber-like etchings on theirs.
  • This was the first time that tribe names were prominently displayed on the buffs, though this would be the second time that buffs were customized for a tribe, following Survivor: All-Stars, where their buffs had their tribe insignia drawn on it.
  • This season's Jury had the most female members, with six.
  • La Flor only had one original male jury member: Benry.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: Gabon where the difference in the jury vote was only one vote.
    • It is the first season since Survivor: Cook Islands where the jury vote has been 5-4-0. There had been three seasons with a final three and nine jury members between Cook Islands and Nicaragua.
  • This is the second season in a row where the oldest contestant gets 18th place.
  • This was the first season since Survivor: All-Stars to feature two castaways quit in the same season. However, unlike the former season, the two contestants quit in the same episode.
  • This is currently the only season where the Final Three is entirely male.
  • This is the first season to have a castaway that was born in the 1990s
  • Composer Russ Landau had composed a new version of "Ancient Voices" for this season featuring indigenous flutes and elements of Spanish music, however the producers instead used an extended version of the original theme from season 1. The theme composed for Survivor: Nicaragua was later released on iTunes and is known as "Survivor: Nicaragua Unapproved."

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