Spencer Duhm
S18 Spencer Duhm
Contestant Profile
Born: December 20, 1989 (1989-12-20) (age 27)
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Occupation: Student
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Jalapao
Finish: 12/16
Challenge Wins: 5
Votes Against: 5
Days Lasted: 15

Spencer Duhm is a contestant from Survivor: Tocantins.


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Soon to see his teenage years in the rear-view mirror, Spencer Duhm is ready to look forward to the journey ahead of him. A fan of SURVIVOR since day one, which began when he was still in grade school, Spencer can practically do a Castaway roll-call all the way from SURVIVOR: Borneo. His fanaticism will give him a built-in edge that can make a direct contribution to how far he goes in this game.

Born and raised in Lakeland, Florida and currently a student at the University of Florida, Spencer majors in telecommunications and minors in business and European union studies. Aside from being the recruitment chair for his UF crew team, where he also rows competitively, Spencer is a huge sports fan. Involved in myriad athletic activities since age 7, Spencer has developed a strong competitive streak and determination to achieve success. Rooting for his college Gators or beloved Cubs familiarized him with all of the peaks and valleys associated with being a contender, which may help him navigate the ups and downs associated with castaway life.

With a resume like his, it's no surprise that this self-professed lover of "water cooler gossip" can't stand slow-talkers or laziness and is very ambitious and very outgoing. He is even willing to face his fear of heights for one million dollars but there is one fear that he refuses to face. When asked what he would not do for a million dollars he responded, "Snakes in general, I just don't do snakes." This young, goal-oriented man has been presented with his childhood dream of competing on his favorite reality show and truly feels that he has what it takes to become the next Sole Survivor .

Spencer currently resides in Gainesville, Fla. His birthday is December 20.[1]


Spencer Duhm was placed on the Jalapao tribe. When asked about the fact Jalapao had no water, Spencer said the tribe will be fine. Spencer agreed that Sandy Burgin was the weakest member and voted her out at the First Impressions vote. The tribe in reality gave Sandy a helicopter ride to the camp. After a difficult trek in hot temperatures, the tribe arrived at camp and was annoyed that Sandy apparently didn't do anything. At the first challenge of the season, Timbira barely won. Impressed by Sandy's performance in the challenge, Spencer agreed with voting out the bossy Carolina Eastwood instead. The tribe was given flint after the elimination of Carolina.

Spencer stated that Carolina and Sandy switched places and that Sandy was the next to go. The tribe decide to find food, which ended in the tribe eating termites. Jalapao went on a winning streak, winning the next two Immunity Challenges. When Timbira finally broke Jalapao's streak by winning immunity, Spencer was dead set on voting out Sandy. Although some of the tribe wanted to keep Sandy, she was voted out in a 5-1-1 vote. At the Reward Challenge, Spencer helped his tribe win. At camp, Sydney Wheeler asked if he had any special girls at home. Spencer kept quiet because he was gay and he didn't feel it was the right time to tell the tribe. Spencer performed horribly at the challenge, costing his tribe the win. He was also concerned how J.T. Thomas would react since he was from Southern state Alabama. Spencer tried to save himself by campaigning against Taj Johnson-George, who also did bad at the challenges and was frequently exiled. Unfortunately, Spencer was unanimously voted out.

Voting History

Spencer's Voting History
Episode Spencer's
Voted Against
1 Carolina -
2 Jalapao Tribe Immune
3 Jalapao Tribe Immune
4 Sandy -
5 Taj J.T., Joe, Stephen,
Sydney, Taj
Voted Off, Day 15


  • Spencer previously dated Survivor: China winner Todd Herzog.
  • In Summer 2009, Spencer appeared on the TVGuide special "Survivor Millionaires: Where Are They Now" during Todd's segment.[2]
  • On January 9, 2010, Spencer attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
  • Spencer graduated from the University of Florida.
  • On September 25, 2014, Spencer got engaged to his boyfriend Joseph.[3]