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Survivor: Guatemala, also known as Survivor: Guatemala — The Maya Empire, is the eleventh season of the U.S. reality show Survivor.

Danni Boatwright was crowned the Sole Survivor after beating fellow finalist Stephenie LaGrossa in a 6-1 landslide, only losing the vote of Rafe Judkins.

Production

Applications were due January 14, 2005. Around March, 800 applicants were selected for an interview by CBS. Out of these 800, 48 semi-finalists were selected to go to Los Angeles sometime around April 2005. There, 16 of the nominees were chosen to participate on the show. Shooting began in June and ended in August.

This season also features the return of Survivor: Palau fan favorites Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard, raising the number of contestants to 18. Other notable contestants include former beauty queen and model-turned radio announcer Danni Boatwright and ex-NFL quarterback Gary Hogeboom.

Twists/Changes

  • One Returnee per Tribe: Two former contestants return for another chance to win, one for each tribe.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 10, a tribe switch occurred.
  • Double Tribal Council: On one occasion, both tribes have to attend Tribal Council. They play for reward, with the winners competing for individual immunity and the opportunity to observe the losing tribe's Tribal Council, and vote for one person to receive immunity.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: Located around the Xhakúm campsite is a small wooden totem that can be used as a form of individual immunity. Clues are given to winners of challenges. The idol is played before the vote to detract particular voting blocs from targeting the player in question. Once the idol is played, it is discarded.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S11 jim t Jim Lynch
63, Northglenn, CO
Nakúm 1st Voted Out
Day 3
8
S11 morgan t Morgan McDevitt
21, Decatur, IL
Yaxhá 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
8
S11 brianna t Brianna Varela
21, Edmonds, WA
Yaxhá 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
7
S11 brooke t Brooke Struck
25, Hood River, OR
Nakúm Nakúm 4th Voted Out
Day 11
5
S11 blake t Blake Towsley
24, Dallas, TX
Nakúm Yaxhá 5th Voted Out
Day 14
5
S11 margaret t Margaret Bobonich
43, Chardon, OH
Nakúm Nakúm 6th Voted Out
Day 15
7
S11 brian t Brian Corridan
22, New York City, NY
Yaxhá Yaxhá 7th Voted Out
Day 15
7
S11 amy t Amy O'Hara
39, Revere, MA
Yaxhá Yaxhá 8th Voted Out
Day 18
4
S11 brandon t Brandon Bellinger
22, Manhattan, KS
Nakúm Yaxhá Xhakúm 9th Voted Out
Day 21
6
S11 bobbyjon t Bobby Jon Drinkard
28, Los Angeles, CA
Palau
Nakúm Yaxhá 10th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
8
S11 jamie t Jamie Newton
24, North Hollywood, CA
Yaxhá Nakúm 11th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
10
S11 gary t Gary Hogeboom
46, Grand Haven, MI
Yaxhá Yaxhá 12th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
8
S11 judd t Judd Sergeant
34, Ridgefield, NJ
Nakúm Nakúm 13th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
5
S11 cindy t Cindy Hall
31, Naples, FL
Nakúm Nakúm 14th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
6
S11 lydia t Lydia Morales
42, Lakewood, WA
Yaxhá Nakúm 15th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
10
S11 rafe t Rafe Judkins
22, Pittsburgh, PA
Yaxhá Nakúm 16th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
2
S11 stephenie t Stephenie LaGrossa
25, Tom's River, NJ
Palau
Yaxhá Nakúm Runner-Up 2
S11 danni t Danni Boatwright
30, Tonganozie, KS
Nakúm Yaxhá Sole Survivor 1

Season Summary

Sixteen players were split into two tribes named Nakúm and Yaxhá after two Maya cities. Each tribe was joined by a contestant from Survivor: Palau, Bobby Jon Drinkard, who was assigned to Nakúm, and Stephenie LaGrossa, who was assigned to Yaxhá. Yaxhá had a rough start losing two Immunity Challenges.

After a Tribe Switch, Stephanie and Jamie Newton formed an alliance with Judd Sergeant to take control of Nakúm, prompting Judd to betray his original tribemates. However, Yaxhá went on a losing streak, and the former Nakúm members proceeded to eliminate the original Yaxhá. Thus, they entered the merge with a 6-4 deficit.

Upon merging, the new tribe was informed that a Hidden Immunity Idol was located in the jungle. Judd received a clue to the whereabouts of the Hidden Immunity Idol after winning a Reward Challenge.However, Gary Hogeboom found the idol and used it at Tribal Council prevented him from being eliminated. This made post-switch Nakúm vote out Bobby Jon though Gary soon followed. Eventually, Stephanie, Danni Boatwright, and Rafe Judkins worked together and reached the Final Three. When Danni won the Final Immunity Challenge, she voted out Rafe.

At the Final Tribal Council, Stephanie was berated for her multiple betrayals, losing to Danni in a 6-1 decision, praising her effective, stealthy game despite being the last person from her alliance.

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)[2]
Rating/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 "Big Trek, Big Trouble, Big Surprise" September 15, 2005 Nakúm Yaxhá Jim 8-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
18.41 6.6/19
2 "Man Down" September 22, 2005 Nakúm Nakúm Morgan 8-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
16.98 6.1/17
3 "The Brave May Not Live Long, but the Cautious Don't Live at All" September 29, 2005 Nakúm Nakúm Brianna 7-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
17.29 5.7/16
4 "To Betray or Not to Betray" October 6, 2005 None Yaxhá Brooke 5-3 4th Voted Out
Day 11
17.92 6.3/17
5 "Crocs, Cowboys and City Slickers" October 13, 2005 Yaxhá Nakúm Blake 5-2 5th Voted Out
Day 14
17.85 6.5/18
6 "Big Ball, Big Mouth, Big Trouble" October 20, 2005 Nakúm1 Rafe Margaret 6-1 6th Voted Out
Day 15
17.78 6.1/17
(Gary)2 Brian 5-1 7th Voted Out
Day 15
7 "Surprise Enemy Visit" October 27, 2005 Yaxhá Nakúm Amy 4-1 8th Voted Out
Day 18
17.38 6.2/17
8 "The Hidden Immunity Idol" November 3, 2005 None Gary Brandon 6-4 9th Voted Out
Day 21
18.28 6.6/17
9 "Secrets and Lies and an Idol Surprise" November 10, 2005 Judd Jamie Bobby Jon 6-2-1 10th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
18.98 6.9/19
10 "Eating and Sleeping with the Enemy" November 17, 2005 Danni,
Gary, Judd,
Stephenie
Rafe Jamie 6-2 11th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
18.82 6.4/17
11 "Everything Is Personal" November 24, 2005 Cindy
[Rafe]
Rafe Gary 6-1 12th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
19.54 6.6/20
12 "Price for Immunity" December 1, 2005 Survivor
Auction
Danni Judd 4-2 13th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
20.21 7.0/N/A
13 "Big Win, Big Decision, Big Mistake?" December 8, 2005 Cindy
[Stephenie]
Stephenie Cindy 4-1 14th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
19.82 7.1/19
14 "Thunder Storms and Sacrifice" December 11, 2005 None Rafe Lydia 3-1 15th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
21.18 7.7/17
Danni Rafe 1-0 16th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Stephenie 6-1 Runner-Up
Danni Sole Survivor
15 "Reunion" 15.21 5.7/14
Notes:

^1 The tribes competed for tribal reward and the right to compete in an individual Immunity Challenge.
^2 Rafe had the right to assign individual immunity to a member of Yaxha, in which he chose Gary.

Voting History

Survivor: Guatemala Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Voted out: S11 jim t
Jim
S11 morgan t
Morgan
S11 brianna t
Brianna
S11 brooke t
Brooke
S11 blake t
Blake
S11 margaret t
Margaret
S11 brian t
Brian
S11 amy t
Amy
S11 brandon t
Brandon
S11 bobbyjon t
Bobby Jon
S11 jamie t
Jamie
S11 gary t
Gary
S11 judd t
Judd
S11 cindy t
Cindy
S11 lydia t
Lydia
S11 rafe t
Rafe
S11 stephenie t
Stephenie
S11 danni t
Danni
Vote: 8-1 8-1 7-1 5-3 5-2 6-1 5-1 4-1 6-4 6-2-1 6-2 6-1 4-2 4-1 3-1 1-01 6-1
Danni Jim Blake Brian Amy Jamie Stephenie Jamie Gary Judd Cindy Lydia Rafe Jury Vote
Stephenie Morgan Brianna Brooke Margaret Brandon Bobby Jon Jamie Gary Judd Cindy Lydia None
Rafe Morgan Brianna Brooke Margaret Brandon Bobby Jon Jamie Gary Judd Cindy Lydia None Stephenie
Lydia Morgan Brianna Brooke Margaret Brandon Bobby Jon Jamie Gary Judd Cindy Danni Danni
Cindy Jim Lydia Margaret Brandon Bobby Jon Jamie Gary Lydia Rafe Danni
Judd Jim Brooke Margaret Brandon Bobby Jon Gary Gary Lydia Danni
Gary Morgan Brianna Blake Brian Amy Jamie Cindy Jamie Cindy Danni
Jamie Morgan Brianna Brooke Margaret Brandon Bobby Jon Gary Danni
Bobby Jon Jim Blake Brian Amy Jamie Stephenie Danni
Brandon Jim Brian Brian Amy Jamie
Amy Morgan Brianna Blake Brian Bobby Jon
Brian Morgan Brianna Blake Bobby Jon
Margaret Jim Lydia Judd
Blake Jim Brian
Brooke Jim Lydia
Brianna Morgan Lydia
Morgan Lydia
Jim Margaret
Notes:

^1 Rafe and Stephenie did not vote as they could only vote for were each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Danni voted.

Reception

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Trivia

  • This is the first season of Survivor to include both new players and returning players.
    • This is the first season of the "one returnee per tribe" format.
      • This is the only season with the "one returnee per tribe" format to contain a female returnee.
    • This is the first season where a new player defeated a returning player in the Final Tribal Council.
  • This is the first season of Survivor to feature the Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • This is the only season thus far with no African-American contestants.
  • This is the most recent season of Survivor to have a Final Two without any evacuations or quitters.
  • So far, none of this season's first time players has played a second time. It shares this distinction with Caramoan, Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, and Ghost Island.

References