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Survivor: Caramoan
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Season 26
Filming Location Caramoan, Camarines Sur,
Bicol Region, Philippines
Season Run February 13, 2013 - May 12, 2013
Filming Dates May 21, 2012 - June 28, 2012
Survivors 20
Winner John Cochran
Runner(s)-up Dawn Meehan
Sherri Biethman
Tribes Bikal
Gota
Enil Edam
Cast
Caramoan cast
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous Season Philippines
Next Season Blood vs. Water

Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites is the 26th installment of Survivor. This season was the second season to feature the Fans vs. Favorites format, originally introduced to viewers in Survivor: Micronesia. John Cochran was crowned the Sole Survivor after achieving the second Perfect Game in Survivor history. He beat out Dawn Meehan and Sherri Biethman in an 8-0-0 Jury vote.

ProductionEdit

This season repeats the back-to-back filming seen since 2009. The Production Team filmed this season immediately after Survivor: Philippines finished filming. CBS announced on January 11 that the season premiere would last for 2 hours; however, on February 7, CBS changed the premiere to be only 90 minutes long.

A casting call happened the same way as it did in Survivor: Micronesia. Jeff stated that they would have liked to have Shambo Waters of Survivor: Samoa and Matthew Elrod of Survivor: Redemption Island back, but they said they're "done with Survivor" and Lisa Whelchel of Survivor: Philippines was considered difficult to be brought back on back-to-back seasons due to being a mother.[1] Troyzan Robertson of Survivor: One World was originally going to be on the season but got cut in favor of Malcolm Freberg. Peih-Gee Law of Survivor: China was considered for this season, but was not cast. Tyson Apostol of Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains was considered for the season, but was not selected due to the season taking a "different casting direction." Colton Cumbie (Survivor: One World) stated in an interview that he declined the offer to compete in the season. Jane Bright of Survivor: Nicaragua made the final interviews, but was replaced by Dawn Meehan. According to Jim Rice of Survivor: South Pacific, he made it to the final interviews, but wasn't chosen as producer's didn't want four players from Survivor: South Pacific; Jim also stated Stephen Fishbach (Survivor: Tocantins) and both Mike Chiesl & Stephanie Valencia (Survivor: Redemption Island) also made it to the final interviews, but were not chosen.

Twists/ChangesEdit

  • Fans vs. Favorites: Similar to past season Survivor: Micronesia, this season will feature one tribe made up of die-hard Fans of the show, while the other tribe will be made up of Favorite returning players from previous seasons.
  • Returning Players: As implied by the theme, ten returning players are going to return to compete against ten new castaways.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: Like previous seasons, at least one Hidden Immunity Idol is hidden in each tribe's camp.
  • Tribal Council at Challenge Site: Due to Brandon Hantz's rampage at camp, the Favorites decided to forfeit the Immunity Challenge on Day 13. Due to this, a Tribal Council vote was commenced verbally at the challenge site.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 15, three Fans were switched to the New Bikal tribe and four Favorites were switched to the New Gota tribe.
  • Merge-Jury Configuration: For the first time since Survivor: Panama, the first castaway voted out after the Merge would not be a member of the Jury.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S26 francesca t Francesca Hogi
38, Brooklyn, NY
Redemption Island
Bikal 1st Voted Out
Day 3
6
S26 allie t Allie Pohevitz
25, Oceanside, NY
Gota 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
6
S26 hope t Hope Driskill
23, Jefferson City, MO
Gota 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
8
S26 shamar t Shamar Thomas
27, Brooklyn, NY
Gota Evacuated
Day 10
8
S26 laura t Laura Alexander
23, Washington, D.C.
Gota 4th Voted Out
Day 10
6
S26 brandon t Brandon Hantz
21, Katy, TX
South Pacific
Bikal 5th Voted Out
Day 13
8
S26 matt t Matt Bischoff
38, Cincinnati, OH
Gota Bikal 6th Voted Out
Day 16
4
S26 julia t Julia Landauer
21, Stanford, CA
Gota Bikal 7th Voted Out
Day 19
9
S26 corinne t Corinne Kaplan
33, Los Angeles, CA
Gabon
Bikal Bikal Enil Edam 8th Voted Out
Day 22
7
S26 michael t Michael Snow
44, New York City, NY
Gota Bikal 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 25
10
S26 phillip t Phillip Sheppard
54, Santa Monica, CA
Redemption Island
Bikal Bikal 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 28
5
S26 malcolm t Malcolm Freberg
26, Hermosa Beach, CA
Philippines
Bikal Gota 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
11
S26 reynold t Reynold Toepfer
30, San Francisco, CA
Gota Gota 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 31
9
S26 andrea t Andrea Boehlke
23, New York City, NY
Redemption Island
Bikal Gota 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
13
S26 brenda t Brenda Lowe
29, Miami, FL
Nicaragua
Bikal Gota 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
5
S26 erik t Erik Reichenbach
27, Santa Clarita, CA
Micronesia
Bikal Gota Evacuated
7th Jury Member
Day 36
2
S26 eddie t Eddie Fox
23, East Brunswick, NJ
Gota Gota 15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
16
S26 sherri t Sherri Biethman
41, Boise, ID
Gota Gota Runners-Up 6
S26 dawn t Dawn Meehan
42, South Jordan, UT
South Pacific
Bikal Bikal 2
S26 cochran t John Cochran
25, Washington D.C.
South Pacific
Bikal Bikal Sole Survivor 0

Season SummaryEdit

The two tribes were selected prior to the start of the game: Bikal, composed of ten returning Survivor contestants (the "Favorites"), and Gota, ten new players (the "Fans"). Bikal won nearly all the challenges and was dominated by an alliance led by Phillip Sheppard, dubbed "Stealth R Us”. Despite this, there was dissent amongst Bikal due to Phillip’s controlling style of leadership, especially with Corinne Kaplan and Malcolm Freberg, who found the tribe’s Hidden Immunity Idol. The Gota tribe was dominated by an alliance of six led by Sherri Biethman, opposed by a minority alliance of four led by Reynold Toepfer. Reynold's alliance was quickly reduced to him and Eddie Fox, who were spared due to the dwindling tribe needing their strength in challenges.

The tribes were shuffled in Day 14, with both new tribes containing four Favorites and three Fans. The significantly weaker new Bikal tribe lost every single challenge, with the Favorite majority sticking together to vote out the new players. Malcolm, now on the Gota tribe, aligned with fellow athletic males Reynold and Eddie to avoid being picked off at the Merge.

The tribes merged with eight Favorites and four Fans remaining. The new Enil Edam tribe quickly saw two factions emerge: Malcolm and Corinne rallied the remaining Fans together to try and overthrow Phillip, while the rest of the Favorites regrouped under Stealth R Us. Only Sherri and Michael Snow remained from the initial dominant Fans alliance; while Michael chose to align with Corinne's faction, Sherri decided to join Stealth R Us due to her distrust of Reynold and Eddie. This put Stealth R Us in the majority and Corinne and Michael were eliminated, leaving only Malcolm, Eddie, and Reynold in the minority. Their eliminations seemed imminent until Reynold won immunity and Malcolm found an additional Idol, which he gave to Eddie. In the hectic Tribal Council that ensued, Malcolm and Eddie played their Idols and Phillip was voted out. However, their fortune was not to last, and Malcolm and Reynold were subsequently eliminated. While Eddie seemed the likely next target, he was spared when the former members of Stealth R Us decided to turn on one of their own, eliminating strategic threat Andrea Boehlke with an Idol in her pocket, and Brenda Lowe after a kind-hearted gesture at the Loved Ones Challenge put her in a good social position. After Erik Reichenbach was evacuated from the game due to low blood pressure, Eddie was the final player voted out due to his popularity with the Jury and having betrayed no one during the game.

Sherri, John Cochran, and Dawn Meehan ultimately were the final three players. During the Final Tribal Council, Sherri was largely ignored, being perceived as a coattail ride after her original alliance collapsed. While Cochran and Dawn were acknowledged as a pair, Dawn was grilled due to her emotional instability throughout the game while betraying several close allies, whereas Cochran was praised for being able to separate emotions from the game. This led to the Jury of eight unanimously voting for Cochran to win.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 She Annoys Me Greatly February 13, 2013 Bikal Gota Francesca 6-4 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 Honey Badger February 20, 2013 Bikal Allie 6-4 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
3 There's Gonna Be Hell to Pay February 27, 2013 Bikal Hope 3-3-3;
5-1-0
3rd Voted Out
Day 7
4 Kill or Be Killed March 6, 2013 Bikal Bikal Shamar No Vote Evacuated
Day 10
Laura 6-0 4th Voted Out
Day 10
5 Persona Non Grata March 13, 2013 Bikal (Gota) Brandon 8-1 5th Voted Out
Day 13
6 Operation Thunder Dome March 20, 2013 None Gota Matt 4-2-1 6th Voted Out
Day 16
7 Tubby Lunchbox March 27, 2013 Gota Gota Julia 3-3;
4-0
7th Voted Out
Day 19
8 Blindside Time April 3, 2013 None Cochran Corinne 7-5 8th Voted Out
Day 22
9 Cut Off the Head of the Snake April 10, 2013 Cochran,
Eddie,
Erik, Michael,
Reynold
Brenda Michael 7-3-1 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 25
10 Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest April 17, 2013 Cochran,
Dawn,
Erik, Phillip,
Reynold
Reynold Phillip 4-0-0 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 28
11 Come Over to the Dark Side April 24, 2013 Survivor
Auction
Cochran Malcolm 3-3-3;
6-0-0
11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
12 The Beginning of the End May 1, 2013 Andrea Reynold 4-2-1-1 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 31
None Erik Andrea 3-2-2 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
13 Don't Say Anything About My Mom May 8, 2013 Brenda
[Dawn]

(Cochran,
Eddie,
Erik, Sherri)
Dawn Brenda 3-2-1 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
14 Last Push May 12, 2013 None Erik No Vote Evacuated
7th Jury Member
Day 36
Cochran Cochran Eddie 3-1 15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Sherri 8-0-0 Runners-Up
Dawn
Cochran Sole Survivor

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Caramoan Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated: S26 francesca t
Francesca
S26 allie t
Allie
S26 hope t
Hope
S26 shamar t
Shamar
S26 laura t
Laura
S26 brandon t
Brandon
S26 matt t
Matt
S26 julia t
Julia
S26 corinne t
Corinne
S26 michael t
Michael
S26 phillip t
Phillip
S26 malcolm t
Malcolm
S26 reynold t
Reynold
S26 andrea t
Andrea
S26 brenda t
Brenda
S26 erik t
Erik
S26 eddie t
Eddie
S26 sherri t
Sherri
S26 dawn t
Dawn
S26 cochran t
Cochran
Vote: 6-4 6-4 3-3-3 5-1-0 No Vote 6-0 8-1 4-2-1 3-3 4-0 7-5 7-3-1 4-0-0 3-3-3 6-0-0 4-2-1-1 3-2-2 3-2-1 No Vote 3-1 8-0-0
Cochran Francesca Brandon Matt Michael Julia Corinne Michael Malcolm Malcolm Malcolm Eddie Eddie Brenda Eddie Jury Vote
Dawn Francesca Brandon Matt Julia Julia Corinne Michael Eddie Reynold Malcolm Reynold Eddie Brenda Eddie
Sherri Allie Hope Hope Laura Corinne Michael Eddie Reynold Malcolm Reynold Andrea Brenda Eddie
Eddie Shamar Shamar None Laura Sherri Andrea Phillip Andrea Malcolm Sherri Brenda Erik Dawn Cochran
Erik Andrea Brandon Corinne Michael Phillip Malcolm Malcolm Eddie Andrea Eddie Evacuated Cochran
Brenda Andrea Brandon Corinne Michael Eddie Reynold Malcolm Reynold Andrea Eddie Cochran
Andrea Francesca Brandon Corinne Michael Eddie Malcolm None Reynold Brenda Cochran
Reynold Shamar Shamar Shamar Laura Sherri Andrea Phillip Andrea None Erik Cochran
Malcolm Francesca Brandon Sherri Reynold Phillip Andrea None Cochran
Phillip Francesca Brandon Matt Michael Julia Corinne Michael Malcolm Cochran
Michael Allie Eddie Hope Laura Julia Julia None Sherri Andrea Cochran
Corinne Francesca Brandon Matt Julia Julia Sherri
Julia Allie Hope Hope Laura Dawn Michael None
Matt Allie Eddie Hope Laura Julia
Brandon Andrea Phillip
Laura Allie Hope Hope Reynold
Shamar Allie Eddie None Evacuated
Hope Shamar Shamar None
Allie Shamar
Francesca Andrea

Notes:

  • In Episode 3, Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for the three tied.
  • In Episode 4, Shamar was medically evacuated. No vote occurred for his removal. Also, Reynold played a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore any votes cast against him were nullified.
  • In Episode 7, Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for the two tied.
  • In Episode 10, Eddie and Malcolm both used Hidden Immunity Idols, therefore any votes cast against them were nullified.
  • In Episode 11, Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for the three tied.
  • In Episode 14, Erik was medically evacuated. No vote occurred for his removal.

TriviaEdit

  • The theme of the season is inspired from the Igorot culture, as seen in Come Over to the Dark Side, where the masks used for the Immunity Challenge are Ifugao dragon masks, while the Hidden Immunity Idols resemble the people's fertility charms.[2]
  • This is the eighth season to feature returning players.
    • However, this is the first season since Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains to feature returning female players.
    • This is the second season in a row to feature a returning player who was voted out before the merge/jury phase of the game. 
  • This is the first and so far only season to feature multiple three way ties.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: Nicaragua to feature 20 castaways.
  • Like the original Fans vs. Favorites season, the tribe colors are purple for the Favorites, orange for the Fans and green for the merged tribe.
  • Francesca is the first returning castaway to be voted out first from their original season.
  • The font used in the "Caramoan" part of the season logo is an edited version of the font: Pompeia Std Inline.
  • This season's Tribal Council set is inspired by the Nipa Hut, a local traditional dwelling in the Philippines.
  • This is the first season to have a tribe win the same challenge twice in a season, although the first win was by default, and the two wins were with different members due to the Tribe Switch.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: Tocantins to have the first eliminated person on the Merged tribe not be a member of the Jury.
  • This is the third season in which multiple Hidden Immunity Idols were played at the same Tribal Council, the first two being Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and Survivor: Nicaragua.
  • This season holds the record for the latest medical evacuation day in the show's history with an evacuation on Day 36.
  • This is the only season that the Reunion Show had only members of the Jury appear on stage and no pre-Jury vote offs, as the live reunion show only featured the contestants who made it on the jury phase. All of the pre-jury evictees sat in the front row, which caused controversy.
  • This is also the only season in which all of the castaways are not present for the reunion, as Brandon Hantz was banned due to his altercation with Phillip, and Brenda had to stay at home because she was in the last stages of her pregnancy.
  • This is the first time since Survivor: Redemption Island to have a male win the season and the first season since Survivor: Gabon to have a male defeat two females.
  • This season is one of two seasons to not have any of its newly-introduced contestants return.

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