Sherri Biethman
S26 Sherri Biethman
Contestant Profile
Born: September 9, 1971 (1971-09-09) (age 46)
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Gota
Enil Edam
Finish: Co-Runner-Up (2/20)
Alliance(s): Gota Alliance
Stealth R Us (affiliated)
Challenge Wins: 4
Votes Against: 6
Days Lasted: 39

Sherri Pritchard Biethman is a contestant from Survivor: Caramoan.

She became the first Fan in a Fans vs. Favorites season to make it to the Final Tribal Council. She proved a competent strategic player during the tribal phase, founding the majority Gota Alliance and authoring multiple early blindsides. However, as the game progressed, Sherri's tactic of re-aligning herself with the dominant Stealth R Us alliance was perceived as a surrender of strategic autonomy, and she was lambasted at the Final Tribal Council for her role as a pawn. She and Dawn Meehan then lost a unanimous vote to John Cochran.


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Name (Age): Sherri Biethman (41)
Tribe Designation: Gota
Current Residence: Boise, Idaho
Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee
Personal Claim to Fame: Finding the right diagnosis for my autistic son, Colby.
Inspiration in Life: My parents. My father ran his own business and taught me to work hard and make my own destiny. My mother taught me unconditional love and how to always be there for my children.
Hobbies: Shopping, Pilates and cycling.
Pet Peeves: Liars, clutter and anything dirty.
3 Words to Describe You: Lovable, sexy and unstoppable.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Toothbrush, coffee and a computer with wifi.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati – I have a strong personality and lots of charm. Some people will see that as a threat so I will have to get rid of them first.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to win and prove to myself that I can outplay the competition. Plus, I'm looking for an adventure. Just getting on Survivor is an incredible experience and a great example for my kids.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I'm social, hard working and easy to get along with.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am lovable and a natural leader. People are drawn to me and they will do what I want. Even when I vote them out they will still like me and vote for me in the end.[1]


Sherri was put on the Gota tribe at the beginning of the season. She immediately formed an alliance with Julia Landauer, Laura Alexander, Shamar Thomas, Michael Snow, and Matt Bischoff, opposing the other four members of the tribe. At Gota's first two Tribal Councils, Sherri's alliance took control, voting out Allie Pohevitz and Hope Driskill, two members of the rival alliance. However, on Day 10, Sherri would lose two of her own alliance members. Shamar got a piece of sand in his eye, he then scratched his cornea and ultimately needed to be medically evacuated. Also, after losing the Immunity Challenge, Sherri was forced to vote off her closest ally, Laura, in order to keep the tribe strong.

At the Tribe Switch, Sherri remained on Gota but was separated from her entire alliance. During this time, Sherri attempted to bond with the original Bikal members, hoping to sway them into voting for Eddie Fox and Reynold Toepfer. Due to Gota's winning streak, Sherri made the merge on Day 20, joining the merged Enil Edam tribe. Noticing her dislike of Eddie and Reynold, Phillip Sheppard approached Sherri, and recruited her into his alliance. Sherri would then aid the alliance in voting out Corinne Kaplan and her former ally Michael.

Following Phillip's elimination at a chaotic Tribal Council, Malcolm Freberg tried to persuade Sherri into joining his alliance to vote out the remaining Stealth R Us members. Unfortunately for him, Sherri stayed loyal and contributed to his elimination. She remained safe for the remaining Tribal Councils as the remaining players continued to target threats and finish off "The Three Amigos", ultimately making it to the Final Three along with John Cochran and Dawn Meehan.

At the Final Tribal Council, Sherri was mostly ignored by the jury, and those who did address her believed she had been carried to the finals after the merge. Most notably, Phillip "revoked" her membership for Stealth R Us, and Erik Reichenbach accused her of floating through the game, to which Sherri took great offense, resulting in a heated argument. Sherri received no jury votes but ended up becoming the Co-Runner-Up with Dawn.

Voting History

Sherri's Voting History
Episode Sherri's
Voted Against
1 Gota Tribe Immune
2 Allie -
3 Hope;
4 Laura -
5 Gota Tribe Immune
6 Gota Tribe Immune
7 Gota Tribe Immune
8 Corinne Corinne, Eddie, Malcolm,
Michael, Reynold
9 Michael -
10 Eddie2 -
11 Reynold;
12 Reynold Eddie
Andrea -
13 Brenda -
14 Eddie -
Jury Votes
for Sherri
Co-Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In There's Gonna Be Hell to Pay, the vote ended with a 3-3-3 tie between Eddie, Hope, and Shamar, forcing a revote. Sherri did not change her vote on the revote.
^2 In Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Eddie used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sherri's vote against him.
^3 In Come Over to the Dark Side, the vote ended with a 3-3-3 tie between Andrea, Malcolm, and Reynold, forcing a revote. Sherri voted for Malcolm on the revote.


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  • Sherri was the oldest woman on the Gota tribe and the only woman not in her 20's to be on the tribe.
  • Sherri is the first contestant from Idaho.
  • In an interview, Sherri said that she named her autistic son Colby, after three-time Survivor contestant Colby Donaldson.
  • Sherri is the only female Fan to make the merge on Caramoan.
  • Sherri is the only Fan on Caramoan to receive no votes before the merge, if you count the vote Reynold cancelled out with his Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • Sherri is the highest-ranking Fan on Survivor: Caramoan.
    • She is the highest-ranking Fan on any Fans vs. Favorites season.
    • She is also the only Fan to make it to the Final Tribal Council.
  • Sherri is the only new player in a season with half of the cast of returnees and half newbies to reach the Final Tribal Council.
    • She is the also the highest ranking new player in a newbies vs. returnees season, being tied for 2nd place.
  • Sherri was the only one during the "Smash and Grab" challenge who had to go up the ladder a second time to retrieve her key after missing the first time.
  • Sherri is the only female in Caramoan to reach the jury stage of the game and not win at least one individual Immunity Challenge.
  • According to Dawn Meehan in an interview, Dawn revealed both her and Sherri's total winnings were $92,500 respectively. Dawn said this was the result of combining the 2nd and 3rd place winnings.[2]