|Birth Date||October 20, 1978|
|Hometown||Wantagh, New York|
|Occupation||Computer Projects Coordinator|
|Tribe(s)|| ██ Tambaqui |
Considered "the smartest player to never win" at the time by Jeff Probst, Rob became popularized as a strong social competitor introducing the strategy of "flip-flopping" on alliances while still maintaining many strong alliances that controlled the later-half of his time in The Amazon.
Rob Cesternino currently works as a computer projects coordinator for an insurance general agency. He has been previously employed as a store clerk, a waiter and a bartender. After receiving 1420 on his SAT's, he eventually went on to graduate from the honors program at the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting. Cesternino wrote his college senior thesis on "The Impact of Reality Television" and received an A. While in college, he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Cesternino's favorite hobbies include telling jokes, watching sports and singing karaoke. He believes he is a master strategist that is always pulling shenanigans on people who suspect he's just an innocent kid. He describes himself as mischievous, hilarious and creative. If he could hold any office, he'd like to be member of Congress because "it looks like they can do anything they want with no repercussions." Certernino cites a last minute college road trip where he and two buddies drove 21 hours to go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans (without hotel accommodations) as his single greatest accomplishment. His favorite sport is baseball and he is an avid fan of the New York Mets and New York Jets. His hero is Bob Barker because, since a child, he always admired how he ran the show and was so funny about it. Superman is his chosen superhero—besides the obvious strength and flying, "the x-ray vision would keep me busy for hours." He is doing this because he is an avid fan of SURVIVOR and has dreamed of being a castaway. If he wins the $1 million, he's buying a "fully equipped bachelor pad with a big neon sign that will say 'OPEN.'"
Cesternino is married to Nicole Palmieri.
Survivor: The AmazonEdit
|Rob's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Tambaqui Tribe Immune|
|4||Tambaqui Tribe Immune|
|5||Jaburu Tribe Immune|
|Voted Off, Day 38|
| Voted for|
Cesternino was a member of the Chapera tribe. He, like most of the other Chapera members, did not have to worry about voting anyone out due to Chapera's winning streak and an avoidance of tribal council in Round 3 due to Jenna Morasca pulling out of the game. However, Rob found a rival in fellow Chapera tribemate Rob Mariano, who was the de facto leader that was calling the shots. In Episode 4, Rob C. attempted to show that he could contribute to his tribe by hunting down the final key to their rice box, but coincidentally, his rival had found the final key first.
At the immunity challenge, Cesternino and Amber sat out, and Cesternino could only watch helplessly as his tribe was pummeled by the large puzzle pieces carried by the other blindfolded tribe members. Mogo Mogo managed to edge out the dominant Chapera at the last second to send Chapera to their first Tribal Council.
Boston Rob attempted to make a fake alliance with Cesternino to ease his fears over going home. However, Cesternino was skeptical of Boston Rob. At Tribal Council, Cesternino's smart and savvy gameplay marked him as a threat and he was voted out 5-1.
|Statistics of Rob Cesternino|
|Total number of days||50|
|Total votes received||9|
|Days spent at Redemption Island||N/A|
|Rob C.'s Voting History|
|Episode|| Rob C.'s|
| Voted Against|
|1||Chapera Tribe Immune|
|2||Chapera Tribe Immune|
|3||No Tribal Council|
Rob M., Susan, Tom
|Voted Off, Day 12|
Cesternino is now married with longtime girlfriend Nicole Palmeiri. The couple currently hosts podcasts called Rob Has A Podcast, where they talk about Survivor and other reality shows, such as Celebrity Apprentice and Big Brother while checking with previous reality show contestants and their post-show accomplishments. Plus, Rob writes the Immunity Blog on CBS.com. In addition, Rob was inducted into the 2012 Survivor Hall of Fame, along with Ethan Zohn and Amanda Kimmel.
At the end of Survivor Know-it-alls episode for the Caramoan Reunion show, Rob announced he and Nicole are expecting a baby.
In 2013, Rob won a Podcast Award for "Best Entertainment" at the 2013 Podcast Awards by the fans of Rob Has A Podcast. Later that year, he appeared on the Survivor Live After Show and lost a game of trivia to a kid in middle school.
- Rob's luxury item in Survivor: The Amazon was a Magic 8-Ball.
- His item, however, was destroyed in a fire, along with clothes and the Jacare camp.
- Rob was the only original Chapera member to be voted out pre-merge in Survivor: All-Stars, as the only other member who left at that stage of the game quit.
- Rob was nominated in Survivor: America's Tribal Council as Best Villain, but lost to Jonny Fairplay.
|Survivor: The Amazon Contestants|
Alex Bell · Butch Lockley · Christy Smith · Daniel Lue · Dave Johnson · Deena Bennett · Heidi Strobel · Janet Koth · Jeanne Hebert · Jenna Morasca · Joanna Ward · Matthew von Ertfelda · Rob Cesternino · Roger Sexton · Ryan Aiken · Shawna Mitchell
|Survivor: All-Stars Contestants|
Alicia Calaway · Amber Brkich · Colby Donaldson · Ethan Zohn · Jenna Lewis · Jenna Morasca · Jerri Manthey · Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien · Lex van den Berghe · Richard Hatch · Rob Cesternino · Rob Mariano · Rudy Boesch · Rupert Boneham · Shii Ann Huang · Susan Hawk · Tina Wesson · Tom Buchanan