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Survivor: All-Stars
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Season Information
Version: United States
Season No.: 8
Filming Location: Pearl Islands, Panama
Filming Dates: November 3, 2003 - December 11, 2003
Season Run: February 1, 2004 - May 9, 2004
No. of Episodes: 18
No. of Days: 39
No. of Survivors: 18
Winner: Amber Brkich
Runner(s)-Up: Rob Mariano
Tribes: Chapera
Mogo Mogo
Saboga
Chaboga Mogo
Viewership (in millions): 21.49[1]
Cast
All Stars Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor 08 All Stars Intro ( FULL HD )01:09

Survivor 08 All Stars Intro ( FULL HD )

Season Chronology
Previous: Pearl Islands
Next: Vanuatu

Survivor: All-Stars is the eighth season of Survivor.

In a change to previous installments, the contestants are returning contestants from the seven previous seasons.

Production

Producer Mark Burnett has confirmed that two people turned down formal offers to appear on the All-Stars edition of SurvivorElisabeth Hasselbeck from Survivor: The Australian Outback, who had recently started co-hosting The View, and Colleen Haskell of the show's premiere season, who "had moved on with her life and just genuinely didn't want to go through that again." Survivor: Pearl Islands winner Sandra Diaz-Twine also confirmed that she turned down an offer to return for this season, saying that she was still recovering from parasites that she received during her season. Neleh Dennis from Survivor: Marquesas revealed that she went through the interviewing process and was set to go, but was ultimately not chosen. Jenna Morasca revealed that her fellow tribemate Heidi Strobel had also turned down the offer to appear on the show. Sean Rector has claimed that he went through the interviewing process and was set to go, but was unchosen. Rodger Bingham also claimed that he and Michael Skupin were considered but not chosen. Kelly Goldsmith of Survivor: Africa was an alternative for Jenna Morasca and Teresa Cooper of the same season states she was cut and replaced by Tina Wesson. Gervase Peterson participated in casting, but was not chosen.

Burnett jokingly said that "the casting was really, really scientific. I got a yellow legal pad and wrote down 24 names, and [then] cut down to 18. It was that quick."

The season motif was inspired by the Gran Coclé.

Twists/Changes

  • Expanded Cast: For the first time in the series, there are eighteen contestants.
  • All-Stars: All the contestants are players from previous seasons.
  • Three Tribes: For the first time in the series, the castaways are divided into three tribes of six.
  • Meager Supplies: For the first time, casataways are only given a pot and machete at the start of the game.
  • Tribe Absorption: On Day 13, the tribe that loses the Reward Challenge would be dissolved, with its remaining members to be absorbed by the other two tribes.
  • Kidnapping: After Chapera won the Day 19 combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, they were given the option to pick one member from Mogo Mogo to join them in their reward. That player will also skip his or her tribe's Tribal Council.
  • Tribe Switch: A tribal switch right before the merge.
  • Pre-merge Individual Challenge: On the Day 25 Reward Challenge, the two still-separate tribes competed in an individual Reward Challenge, where the winner may pick two people from either tribe to join him or her on the reward.
  • Delayed Merge: A late merge with only nine remaining players.
  • Two Immunity Necklaces: For the first time, there were two Immunity Necklaces available at the first individual Immunity Challenge. One for a man and one for a woman.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Absorbed Tribe Shuffled Tribe Merged Tribe
S8 tina t Tina Wesson
42, Knoxville, TN
The Australian Outback
Saboga 1st Voted Out
Day 3
4
S8 rudy t Rudy Boesch
75, Virginia Beach, VA
Borneo
Saboga 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3
S8 jennam t Jenna Morasca
22, Bridgeville, PA
The Amazon
Mogo Mogo Quit
Day 9
0
S8 robc t Rob Cesternino
25, Wantagh, NY
The Amazon
Chapera 3rd Voted Out
Day 12
5
S8 richard t Richard Hatch
42, Newport, RI
Borneo
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo 4th Voted Out
Day 15
6
S8 susan t Susan Hawk
42, Palmyra, WI
Borneo
Chapera Chapera Quit
Day 17
0
S8 colby t Colby Donaldson
29, Christoval, TX
The Australian Outback
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo 5th Voted Out
Day 19
4
S8 ethan t Ethan Zohn
30, Lexington, MA
Africa
Saboga Mogo Mogo 6th Voted Out
Day 21
6
S8 jerri t Jerri Manthey
33, Los Angeles, CA
The Australian Outback
Saboga Mogo Mogo Chapera 7th Voted Out
Day 24
7
S8 lex t Lex van den Berghe
40, Santa Cruz, CA
Africa
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo Chapera Chaboga Mogo 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 27
7
S8 kathy t Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien
49, Burlington, VT
Marquesas
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo Chapera 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 28
6
S8 alicia t Alicia Calaway
35, New York City, NY
The Australian Outback
Chapera Chapera Mogo Mogo 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
7
S8 shiiann t Shii Ann Huang
29, New York City, NY
Thailand
Mogo Mogo Mogo Mogo Chapera 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
5
S8 tom t Tom Buchanan
48, Rich Valley, VA
Africa
Chapera Chapera Mogo Mogo 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
4
S8 rupert t Rupert Boneham
39, Indianapolis, IN
Pearl Islands
Saboga Chapera Mogo Mogo 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
4
S8 jennal t Jenna Lewis
26, Franklin, NH
Borneo
Saboga Chapera Mogo Mogo 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
4
S8 robm t Rob Mariano
27, Canton, MA
Marquesas
Chapera Chapera Mogo Mogo Runner-Up 1
S8 amber t Amber Brkich
25, Beaver, PA
The Australian Outback
Chapera Chapera Chapera Sole Survivor 6

Season Summary

The eighteen returning castaways were divided into three competing tribes: Chapera, Saboga, and Mogo Mogo. Chapera proved to be a powerhouse, coming first in nearly every challenge, while Mogo Mogo routinely came in second. Saboga on the other hand went to dissension due to losing challenges. Jenna Lewis, and Jerri Manthey were set on getting rid of the previous winners, and they managed to successfully eliminate one of the winners at their first Tribal Council. Following Saboga's dissolution, Chapera continued to dominate in challenges mainly due to Rob Mariano's leadership, both Rob and his closest ally/romantic interest Amber Brkich formed a final four alliance with former Saboga members Jenna and Rupert Boneham, while Mogo Mogo suffered a losing streak due to Lex van den Berghe continually targeting the stronger players.

With ten players remaining, a tribe switch was held where players drew new buffs out of a pot. Each player drew a buff of the opposite tribe color except Amber. This left her in the Chapera name, but with Mogo Mogo members, much to Rob's dismay. When Chapera lost the next Immunity Challenge, Rob made a deal with Lex and asked him to save Amber, promising that he will make it up to him later in the game. Lex convinced the rest of Chapera to vote out Jerri instead of Amber. The pre merge phase was known for the early eliminations of the previous winners, strategic and physical threats, and popular players.

On Day 26, the nine remaining players were merged under the tribe name Chaboga Mogo. Rob's first order of business was to dispose of Lex and his allies. Rob broke his deal with Lex, and Rob along with his allies managed to eliminate Lex and his allies. Rob and Amber honored their deal with Rupert and Jenna by eliminating the other Chapera members. While it appeared that the vote would end in a 2-2 tie at the final 4, Jenna voted out Rupert, thinking she can't beat him in a jury vote, and fearing the infamous rock drawing tiebreaker. Rob won the Final Immunity Challenge, and voted out Jenna, making himself and Amber the Final Two.

At the Final Tribal Council, most of the jury members expressed their disgust towards Rob for his numerous deceptions, while Amber was castigated for riding Rob's coattails. At the live show, prior to the reading of the votes, Rob surprisingly proposed to Amber, and she agreed to marry him. Eventually, Amber was crowned the All-Star Sole Survivor in a close 4-3 vote.

Episode Guide

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 "They're Back!" February 1, 2004 None Chapera Tina 4-2 1st Voted Out
Day 3
33.27[2] 14.9/37
Mogo Mogo
2 "Panicked, Desperate, Thirsty as Hell" February 5, 2004 Saboga1 Chapera Rudy 3-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
23.07[3] 8.9/22
Mogo Mogo
3 "Shark Attack" February 12, 2004 Chapera None2 Jenna M. No vote Quit
Day 9
22.35[4] 8.0/20
Mogo Mogo
4 "Wipe Out!" February 19, 2004 Chapera Saboga Rob C. 5-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 12
22.80[5] 8.7/22
Saboga Mogo Mogo
5 "I've Been Bamboozled!" February 26, 2004 Mogo Mogo3 Chapera Richard 6-1 4th Voted Out
Day 15
22.19[6] 8.6/23
Chapera
6 "Outraged" March 4, 2004 Mogo Mogo None Susan4 No vote Quit
Day 17
23.22[7] 8.7/23
7 "Sorry... I Blew It" March 11, 2004 Chapera5 Colby 3-2 5th Voted Out
Day 19
22.63[8] 8.7/23
[Kathy]6
8 "Pick a Tribemate" March 17, 2004 Chapera Chapera Ethan 4-1 6th Voted Out
Day 21
21.89 8.5/22
9 "A Closer Look" March 24, 2004 Recap Episode N/A N/A
10 "Mad Scramble and Broken Hearts" April 1, 2004 None Mogo Mogo Jerri 4-1 7th Voted Out
Day 24
21.70[9] 8.3/23
11 "Anger, Tears and Chaos" April 8, 2004

Rupert
[ Amber,
Jenna L.]7

Kathy8 Lex 7-2 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 27
20.76[10] 7.9/24
Rob M.8
12 "A Thoughtful Gesture or a Deceptive Plan" April 15, 2004 Alicia,
Amber,
Rob M.,
Shii Ann
9
Rob M. Kathy 6-2 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 28
20.78 7.5/21
13 "Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People" April 22, 2004 Rupert Shii Ann Alicia 6-1 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
20.99[11] 7.6/22
14 "A Chapera Surprise" April 29, 2004 Tom
[Rob M.]
Tom Shii Ann 5-1 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
20.78[12] 7.5/21
15 "The Instigator" May 6, 2004 Rob M.
[Amber]
Rob M. Tom 4-1 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
19.21 7.2/20
16 "The Sole Surviving All-Star" May 9, 2004 None Amber Rupert 3-1 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
24.8[13] 8.2/23
Rob M. Jenna L. 1-0 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Rob M. 4-3 Runner-Up
Amber Sole Survivor
17 "Reunion" 28.36 12.8/29
18 "America's Tribal Council" May 13, 2004 Public Vote Rupert 26% Fan Favorite N/A N/A
Notes:

^1 In an act of goodwill, Saboga forfeited half of their reward so that the other two tribes also receive flint.
^2 Jenna M. quit the game before the Immunity Challenge, thus canceling the challenge. However, Mogo Mogo still went to Tribal Council to discuss Jenna's situation.
^3 In a twist, the last placing tribe was dissolved and its remaining members were absorbed by the two winning tribes through a schoolyard pick. Saboga lost the challenge, after which Ethan and Jerri were absorbed by Mogo Mogo, while Rupert and Jenna L. were absorbed by Chapera. By winning first place in the challenge, Mogo Mogo got to select first.
^4 Sue quit the game after a controversial incident with Richard during the previous Immunity Challenge.
^5 Combined Reward/Immunity Challenge.
^6 As part of Chapera's reward, they selected a member of Mogo Mogo to join them in their prize, thus exempting that castaway from Tribal Council. They chose Kathy.
^7 Pre-merge individual Reward Challenge; the tribes remained separate yet they competed in an individual challenge where the winner may pick two companions to join him on the reward, regardless of tribe.
^8 In a twist, there were two Immunity Necklaces offered, one for the men, one for the women.
^9 The Chaboga Mogo tribe was first divided into two teams of four, which then competed for a group reward, after which the winning team competed as individuals, this time for individual immunity.

Voting History

Survivor: All-Stars Voting History
Original Tribe Absorbed Tribes Switched
Tribes
Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Voted out: S8 tina t
Tina
S8 rudy t
Rudy
S8 jennam t
Jenna M.
S8 robc t
Rob C.
S8 richard t
Richard
S8 susan t
Susan
S8 colby t
Colby
S8 ethan t
Ethan
S8 jerri t
Jerri
S8 lex t
Lex
S8 kathy t
Kathy
S8 alicia t
Alicia
S8 shiiann t
Shii Ann
S8 tom t
Tom
S8 rupert t
Rupert
S8 jennal t
Jenna L.
S8 robm t
Rob M.
S8 amber t
Amber
Vote: 4-2 3-2 No vote1 5-1 6-1 No vote2 3-23 4-1 4-1 7-2 6-2 6-1 5-1 4-1 3-1 1-04 4-3
Amber Rob C. Jerri Lex Kathy Alicia Shii Ann Tom Rupert None Jury Vote
Rob M. Rob C. Lex Kathy Alicia Shii Ann Tom Rupert Jenna L.
Jenna L. Tina Rudy Lex Kathy Alicia Shii Ann Tom Rupert None Rob M.
Rupert Tina Ethan Lex Kathy Alicia Shii Ann Tom Rob M. Rob M.
Tom Rob C. Lex Kathy Alicia Shii Ann Jenna L. Amber
Shii Ann Richard Colby Ethan Jerri Lex Amber Alicia Amber Amber
Alicia Rob C. Lex Kathy Rupert Amber
Kathy Richard Kidnapped Ethan Jerri Amber Amber Rob M.
Lex Richard Colby Ethan Jerri Amber Amber
Jerri Tina Rudy Richard Colby Ethan Amber
Ethan Jenna L. Rudy Richard Jerri Jerri
Colby Richard Jerri
Susan Rob C. Quit
Richard Colby
Rob C. Alicia
Jenna M. Quit
Rudy Tina Ethan
Tina Jenna L.

Notes:

^1 Jenna M. elected to quit the game to be with her ailing mother. No vote occurred for her removal.
^2 Susan elected to quit the game for personal reasons. No vote occurred for her removal.
^3 Chapera was given the opportunity to kidnap one member of Mogo Mogo, making them immune from Tribal Council. They selected Kathy.
^4 Amber and Jenna L. did not vote as they could only vote for were each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Rob M. voted.

Reception

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Trivia

  • This is the first season to feature returning contestants.
    • With eighteen castaways in its roster, Survivor: All-Stars is the first season to exceed the standard number of contestants (16).
  • This is the first season to feature three starting tribes at the beginning of the season. To follow this format, the tribal Immunity Idol needed to be split into two parts, to give the two winning tribes immunity.
  • Jenna Lewis and Rupert Boneham landed on all four tribes during their time in the game.
  • For the second time, Jerri Manthey had the highest total number votes against (she received 12 in The Australian Outback, and received 7 along with Lex van den Berghe and Alicia Calaway this season).
  • This is the first season to have two people quit.
  • The final six are all returning players that played in different past seasons, the only season not represented being The Amazon.
  • Lex stated on Rob Has a Podcast that before Survivor: All-Stars began filming, all of the contestants were filmed having their torches snuffed to prevent spoilers.
  • This is only season to feature returning players from Africa, Thailand, and The Amazon.
  • This season has the most episodes of any season, with 18.
  • This season is the only one comprised of players from every season before it.
  • This is the first season to have the first person voted out of the merged tribe to be the first juror of the season. 

References