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Survivor: Micronesia
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Season 16
Filming Location Koror, Palau, Micronesia
Season Run February 7, 2008 - May 11, 2008
Filming Dates October 29, 2007 - December 6, 2007
Survivors 20
Winner Parvati Shallow
Runner(s)-up Amanda Kimmel
Tribes ██ Airai
██ Malakal
██ Dabu
Returnees Amanda Kimmel (20)
Cirie Fields (20)
Erik Reichenbach (26)
James Clement (20)
Jonathan Penner (25)
Ozzy Lusth (23)
Parvati Shallow (20)
Cast
Fans vs Favorites Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor Micronesia intro01:08

Survivor Micronesia intro

Series Chronology
Previous Season China
Next Season Gabon

Survivor: Micronesia - Fans vs. Favorites is the 16th installment of Survivor. This season featured ten new contestants, dubbed as "the super-fans" facing ten of the most popular castaways at the time. It culminated with Parvati Shallow defeating Amanda Kimmel in a 5-3 Jury vote.

ProductionEdit

Casting for this season was originally done as an All-Stars with all returning players, but that idea was scrapped. Other former contestants who were asked included: Tom Westman, Coby Archa, Katie Gallagher, Jenn LyonIan Rosenberger, Janu Tornell, Jeff Wilson (Survivor: Palau), Candice Woodcock, Yul Kwon (Survivor: Cook Islands), Sandra Diaz-Twine (Survivor: Pearl Islands), Lydia Morales (Survivor: Guatemala), Shane Powers, Terry Deitz (Survivor: Panama), Edgardo Rivera, Earl Cole (Survivor: Fiji), Courtney Yates, Peih-Gee Law (Survivor: China), Michael Skupin (Survivor: The Australian Outback) and Twila Tanner (Survivor: Vanuatu). However these players did not make the final cut. No past winners were recast for this season. However, Richard Hatch (Survivor: Borneo), (Survivor: All-Stars) was asked, but had to apply to leave the country due to being in federal prison, and his request was denied.

Twists/ChangesEdit

  • Fans versus Favorites: Ten new contestants (all of whom are die-hard fans of Survivor) faced ten of the show's most popular contestants. Airai was the tribe of fans, while Malakal was comprised of the favorites.
  • Returning Players: As it is part of the theme of the season, ten returning players are featured in one original tribe.
  • Temporary Immunity Idols: At the beginning of the game, the contestants vied for two individual Immunity Idols, one for each tribe. The first person who gets the tribe's idol will be immune at his/her first visit to Tribal Council.
  • Exile Island: Exile Island returns after being absent in China. Another twist is that one person from both tribes will be sent to Exile Island and compete to find one Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • Hidden Immunity Idols: Hidden Immunity Idols return this season.
  • Tribe Switch: Both tribes swapped four members each.
  • Even-numbered Jury: This season marked the first time that a Jury is comprised of even numbers.
  • Final Tribal Council: The standard two-finalist Final Tribal Council returns after three seasons of having a three-finalist finale.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S16 jon t Jon Dalton
33, Danville, VA
Pearl Islands
Malakal 1st Voted Out
Day 3
9
S16 mary t Mary Sartain
29, Emeryville, CA
Airai 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
6
S16 yauman t Yau-Man Chan
55, Martinez, CA
Fiji
Malakal 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
6
S16 mikeyb t Mikey Bortone
34, Los Angeles, CA
Airai 4th Voted Out
Day 11
6
S16 joel t Joel Anderson
32, Avondale, AZ
Airai Malakal 5th Voted Out
Day 14
6
S16 jonathan t Jonathan Penner
45, Los Angeles, CA
Cook Islands
Malakal Airai Evacuated
Day 15
0
S16 chet t Chet Welch
48, Ford City, PA
Airai Malakal 6th Voted Out
Day 17
12
S16 kathy t Kathy Sleckman
45, Glen Ellyn, IL
Airai Airai Quit
Day 19
0
S16 tracy t Tracy Hughes-Wolf
43, Fredericksburg, VA
Airai Malakal 7th Voted Out
Day 20
7
S16 ami t Ami Cusack
34, Golden, CO
Vanuatu
Malakal Malakal 8th Voted Out
Day 21
4
S16 eliza t Eliza Orlins
25, New York City, NY
Vanuatu
Malakal Airai Dabu 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
8
S16 ozzy t Ozzy Lusth
26, Venice, CA
Cook Islands
Malakal Malakal 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
9
S16 jason t Jason Siska
22, Fox River Grove, IL
Airai Airai 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
8
S16 james t James Clement
30, Lafayette, LA
China
Malakal Airai Evacuated
4th Jury Member
Day 31
3
S16 alexis t Alexis Jones
24, Los Angeles, CA
Airai Airai 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
2
S16 erik t Erik Reichenbach
22, Pinckney, MI
Airai Malakal 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
7
S16 natalie t Natalie Bolton
32, Los Angeles, CA
Airai Airai 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
3
S16 cirie t Cirie Fields
37, Norwalk, CT
Panama
Malakal Malakal 15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
3
S16 amanda t Amanda Kimmel
23, Los Angeles, CA
China
Malakal Malakal Runner-Up 4
S16 parvati t Parvati Shallow
25, Los Angeles, CA
Cook Islands
Malakal Airai Sole Survivor 4

Season SummaryEdit

The two tribes were pre-selected before the start of the show: ten returning Survivor contestants and ten fans of the show. In their first challenge, each tribe competed within themselves to be first at a distance island and retrieve an Immunity Idol that would only be good for that tribe's first visit to Tribal Council; these were claimed by Yau-Man Chan and Kathy Sleckman. In the pre-merge Reward Challenges, the winning tribe selected both a member of the losing tribe and a member of their own tribe to go to Exile Island where a series of clues would lead to a Hidden Immunity Idol. Ozzy Lusth managed to follow the clues to claim the Idol, and following Yau-Man's strategy from Fiji, left a fake Idol in its place. Jason Siska would later find this Idol, believing it to be real.

After 11 days, with the tribes still at equal numbers, the tribes were swapped through a Schoolyard Pick. Despite the separate tribes, the favorites worked within their new tribes to eliminate the fans, who succumbed to infighting. Before and through the merge, three people had to be removed from the game; Jonathan Penner, who suffered an infection on his knee; Kathy, who wanted to quit after suffering psychological trauma; and James Clement, who had an infected finger - James remained part of the Jury though had to use an IV drip during Tribal Council.

After the merge, the remaining fans attempted to form alliances with the favorites that held the majority. A core alliance of Amanda Kimmel, Parvati Shallow and Cirie Fields worked with the other female fans, Natalie Bolton and Alexis Jones, to push through several upsets. First, Eliza Orlins attempted to work with Jason to use his Idol to trick the majority, but her plan failed when she realized Jason's Idol was fake. After luring Ozzy to believe they would be voting off Jason, they were able to eliminate Ozzy without him playing the Idol. Jason was next sent to Exile Island and found the relocated Idol but he too was lured into not playing it, and was quickly eliminated. After James' evacuation, the remaining fans (Alexis, Natalie, and Erik Reichenbach) convinced Cirie to betray Amanda, but Amanda had been to Exile since Jason's elimination and had retrieved the Idol, playing it to protect her and eliminate Alexis. Finally, the remaining women convinced Erik he was safe at the next vote regardless if he won individual immunity; Erik, having won this immunity, gave it to Natalie to engender her trust, allowing the women to vote him off.

After eliminating the last fan, Natalie, and realizing that there would not be three contestants in the Final Tribal Council, Amanda and Parvati both saw Cirie as the likely winner against either of them, and through her immunity win, Amanda voted Cirie off, opting to go to the final with Parvati. The Jury grilled both players, with Parvati ultimately winning in a 5–3 vote.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Exiled Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 "You Guys Are Dumber than You Look" February 7, 2008 None Yau-Man None Jon 9-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Airai1
2 "The Sounds of Jungle Love" February 14, 2008 Kathy Kathy Mary 6-2-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Malakal1 Cirie
3 "I Should Be Carried on the Chariot-Type Thing!" February 21, 2008 Malakal Airai Kathy Yau-Man 6-2-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
Ami
4 "That's Baked, Barbecued and Fried!" February 28, 2008 Malakal Malakal Kathy Mikey B. 6-3 4th Voted Out
Day 11
Ozzy
5 "He's a Ball of Goo!" March 6, 2008 Airai Airai None Joel 6-2 5th Voted Out
Day 14
6 "It Hit Everyone Pretty Hard" March 13, 2008 Airai Airai Chet Jonathan No Vote Evacuated
Day 15
Jason Chet 5-2 6th Voted Out
Day 17
7 "Like a Wide-Eyed Kid in the Candy Store" March 19, 2008 Malakal Airai Jason Kathy No Vote Quit
Day 19
Tracy Tracy 5-1 7th Voted Out
Day 20
8 "A Lost Puppy Dog" April 3, 2008 Ozzy Ami 4-1 8th Voted Out
Day 21
Alexis
Airai1
9 "I'm in Such a Hot Pickle!" April 10, 2008 None Jason None Eliza 8-2 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
10 "I Promise..." April 17, 2008 Amanda, Erik, Jason, Ozzy Parvati Cirie Ozzy 5-4 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
11 "I'm Ruthless... and Have a Smile on My Face" April 24, 2008 Survivor
Auction
Erik Jason Jason 4-3-1 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
12 "I'm Gonna Fix Her!" May 1, 2008 Alexis
[Cirie, Natalie]
Erik Amanda James No Vote Evacuated
4th Jury Member
Day 31
Alexis 2-02 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
13 "If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese" May 8, 2008 Erik
[Amanda]
Erik
(Natalie)
Parvati Erik 4-1 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
14 "Stir the Pot!" May 11, 2008 None Amanda None Natalie 3-1 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
Amanda Cirie 1-0 15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Amanda 5-3 Runner-Up
Parvati Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 Amanda used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 4 votes agains her.

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Micronesia Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated: S16 jon t
Jon
S16 mary t
Mary
S16 yauman t
Yau-Man
S16 mikeyb t
Mikey B.
S16 joel t
Joel
S16 jonathan t
Jonathan
S16 chet t
Chet
S16 kathy t
Kathy
S16 tracy t
Tracy
S16 ami t
Ami
S16 eliza t
Eliza
S16 ozzy t
Ozzy
S16 jason t
Jason
S16 james t
James
S16 alexis t
Alexis
S16 erik t
Erik
S16 natalie t
Natalie
S16 cirie t
Cirie
S16 amanda t
Amanda
S16 parvati t
Parvati
Vote: 9-1 6-2-2 6-2-1 6-3 6-2 No Vote 5-2 No Vote 5-1 4-1 8-2 5-4 4-3-1 No Vote 2-0 4-1 3-1 1-0 5-3
Parvati Jon Yau-Man Eliza Ozzy Jason Alexis Erik Natalie Jury Vote
Amanda Jon Yau-Man Joel Chet Tracy Ami Eliza Jason Jason Alexis Erik Natalie Cirie
Cirie Jon Yau-Man Joel Chet Tracy Ami Eliza Ozzy Jason Amanda Erik Natalie Parvati
Natalie Mary Mikey B. Eliza Ozzy James Amanda Erik Cirie Parvati
Erik Mary Mikey B. Chet Chet Tracy Ami Eliza Jason Jason Amanda Parvati Amanda
Alexis Mary Chet Eliza Ozzy James Amanda Parvati
James Jon Yau-Man Eliza Jason Parvati Evacuated Amanda
Jason Chet Chet Ozzy Ozzy James Parvati
Ozzy Jon Yau-Man Joel Chet Tracy Ami Eliza Jason Amanda
Eliza Jon Yau-Man Ozzy Parvati
Ami Jon Cirie Joel Chet Tracy Erik
Tracy Mary Mikey B. Joel Erik Ozzy
Kathy Mary Mikey B. Quit
Chet Mary Mikey B. Joel Erik
Jonathan Jon Parvati Evacuated
Joel Tracy Mikey B. Chet
Mikey B. Chet Chet
Yau-Man Jon Parvati
Mary Tracy
Jon Ozzy

TriviaEdit

  • This is the first season to have an even-numbered Jury, with eight members.
  • This was the first season to have two contestants be medically evacuated, followed by Survivor: Samoa, Survivor: One World, and Survivor: Caramoan.
  • This was the first season where the Final 4 was comprised of castaways of the same gender.
    • However, this would be surpassed in Survivor: One World, whose Final 5 was comprised of castaways of the same gender.
    • Both times this happened, the Final 5 and Final 4 were all comprised of females.
  • This is the first season to have an equal number of returning players and new players at the beginning of the game. It was followed by Survivor: Caramoan.
  • This is the second season to start with 20 contestants and have a Final Two, following Survivor: Palau.
  • This season holds the record of the most number of episodes in which more than one castaway was eliminated with 4.
  • This season holds the record of most participants returning to a future season with 7: Parvati Shallow, Amanda Kimmel, Cirie Fields and James Clement returned in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains; Ozzy Lusth returned in Survivor: South Pacific; Jonathan Penner returned in Survivor: Philippines; and Erik Reichenbach returned in Survivor: Caramoan.
  • This is the last season to date to feature headshot still images of the contestants in the opening credits.
  • For this season, once a player was eliminated, his/her name and images would no longer appear in the opening credits. Then, in continuing what was started in Survivor: China, once the game reached the jury phase, only the players remaining would be shown, divided into "the Jury" and the "the Merged Tribe."
  • This is the fourth season with an evacuation. This is the first season with two evacuations.
  • Parvati ShallowAmanda Kimmel, and Cirie Fields are the only returning players to place higher than they did on their original season.
    • Cirie is the only one not to make the Final Tribal Council. 
  • This is the only season to have Ponderosa and not be in HD.
  • This season holds the record for the most contestants leaving the game, without being voted out, or eliminated in a tie-breaker, eliminated by a twist, or duel at 3. Both Jonathan Penner and James Clement were evacuated, and Kathy Sleckman quit.
    • It is notable that, in addition to these 3, Jon Dalton asked to be voted out after his tribe lost the first immunity challenge. While he technically didn't quit, as he was voted out, he still made for one less competitive castaway.
  • This is the only returning players season to feature returning players from Vanuatu and Fiji.
  • Half of the contestants from this season would visit Exile Island.
    • Five of them were fans and the other five were favorites.
    • None of the favorites who went to Exile Island the first time they played would return the second time.
    • While no one of the original Casaya or Aitutaki visited the first time they played, both players originally from those tribes would visit this time that they played.
  • The returning players from Panama, Cook Islands, and China would go on to become 3-time players, while the returning players from Pearl Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji have yet to be brought back for a third season.
  • This was the first returning players season to have the first eliminated be a male.
  • This season has the most LGBT contestants with 4. (Chet, Ami, Jason and Natalie)
  • This season is the first to have 2 tribes of 10 players each, despite there being 20 contestants in 2 previous seasons.

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