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Survivor: Palau
Palau NB
Season 10
Filming Location Koror, Palau, Micronesia
Season Run February 17, 2005 – May 15, 2005
Filming Dates October 27, 2004 – December 4, 2004
Survivors 20
Winner Tom Westman
Runner(s)-up Katie Gallagher
Tribes ██ Koror
██ Ulong
Returnees Bobby Jon Drinkard (11)
Stephenie LaGrossa (11, 20)
Tom Westman (20)
Viewership (in millions) 20.91[1]
Cast
Palau Cast
Opening Sequence
Original Survivor Palau Intro01:11

Original Survivor Palau Intro

Series Chronology
Previous Season Vanuatu
Next Season Guatemala

Survivor: Palau is the tenth season of Survivor. It was filmed in the island-country of Palau in the Micronesia subregion of Oceania. The main theme of the season was the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

This season ended with New York City fire lieutenant Tom Westman defeating advertising executive Katie Gallagher in a 6-1 vote.

Survivor's 10th season earned the show a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2005.

DevelopmentEdit

Applications were due June 22, 2004. Around 800 applicants were selected for an interview between the latter part of July and August. Out of these 800, 48 were chosen as semi-finalists for an interview in Los Angeles during September. From these semi-finalists, 20 were chosen to participate the show between October to December 2004.

Twists/ChangesEdit

  • Expanded Cast: This is the first season to feature twenty contestants.
  • Schoolyard pick and elimination: The contestants start the game by competing for two individual immunity necklaces awarded to the first man and the first woman to reach them. The winners then pick one member of the opposite sex to join their tribe and add another contestant to it. The last man and the last woman who are not picked are eliminated from the game.
  • Double Tribal Council: On one occasion, both tribes have to vote somebody out of the game.
  • Tiebreaker challenge: A fire-starting contest is held in case of a tie or if there are only two people left on a tribe.
  • No Merge: Ulong was absorbed into its rival tribe after being reduced to only one member.
  • Exile Island: Exile Island is introduced for the first time. Used only once as punishment for a loser of a challenge, the exiled contestant is sent to a remote location with minimum supplies to live there for a certain period of time.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Absorbed Tribe
S10 jonathan t Jonathan Libby
23, Dallas, TX
None Eliminated
Day 2
0
S10 wanda t Wanda Shirk
55, Ulysses, PA
S10 jolanda t Jolanda Jones
38, Houston, TX
Ulong 1st Voted Out
Day 3
6
S10 ashlee t Ashlee Ashby
22, Easley, SC
Ulong 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
6
S10 jeff t Jeff Wilson
21, Ventura, CA
Ulong 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
5
S10 kim t Kim Mullen
25, Huber Heights, OH
Ulong 4th Voted Out
Day 11
8
S10 willard t Willard Smith
56, Bellevue, WA
Koror 5th Voted Out
Day 12
8
S10 angie t Angie Jakusz
24, New Orleans, LA
Ulong 6th Voted Out
Day 12
8
S10 james t James Miller
33, Mobile, AL
Ulong 7th Voted Out
Day 15
7
S10 ibrehem t Ibrehem Rahman
27, Birmingham, AL
Ulong 8th Voted Out
Day 18
4
S10 bobbyjon t Bobby Jon Drinkard
27, Troy, AL
Ulong Eliminated
Day 21
2
S10 coby t Coby Archa
32, Dallas, TX
Koror Koror 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
7
S10 janu t Janu Tornell
39, Las Vegas, NV
Koror Quit
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
1
S10 stephenie t Stephenie LaGrossa
24, Glenolden, PA
Ulong 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
8
S10 gregg t Gregg Carey
27, Chicago, IL
Koror 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
4
S10 caryn t Caryn Groedel
46, Solon, OH
Koror 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
7
S10 jenn t Jenn Lyon
32, Encino, CA
Koror 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
3
S10 ian t Ian Rosenberger
23, Key Largo, FL
Koror 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
5
S10 katie t Katie Gallagher
29, Merced, CA
Koror Runner-Up 1
S10 tom t Tom Westman
40, Sayville, NY
Koror Sole Survivor 0

Season SummaryEdit

The twenty contestants began the game by rowing to the beach they would live on, with the first player of each gender to reach shore winning Immunity. However, once ashore, they received no additional instructions nor were divided into tribes, and began to work on a common shelter. The next day, Jeff Probst announced that they would now pick tribes via a school-yard pick, with those who had won immunity getting to choose first. The last man and woman remaining would immediately leave the game. Eventually, Jonathan Libby and Wanda Shirk did not get picked, and were sent home. The two tribes, Koror and Ulong, then participated in the first Reward/Immunity challenge, with the winner, Koror, deciding to leave their present beach to another one they had not seen.

On paper, it seemed that the young and athletic Ulong tribe had an advantage over the old and slower Koror tribe, but Ulong's lack of teamwork found themselves lose every Immunity Challenge in the first 21 days, decimating them down to a paltry tribe of two: Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard, who faced each other off in a fire-making challenge, with the former emerging victorious. After spending the night alone, she was instructed to travel to camp Koror, and was given a Koror buff, thus having no merge.

Koror developed a core group of five: Tom Westman, Ian Rosenberger, Gregg Carey, Jenn Lyon, and Katie Gallagher, and those on the outside saw them as a threat but were not able to break them. Despite making an immediate strong impression on her new tribe, Stephenie was targeted due to her strength and tenacity. She was able to buy herself some time when the Koror alliance decided to get rid of Coby Archa. A twist sent Janu Tornell, the first to bail from the next Immunity Challenge, to a secluded island where she had to be alone. Tornell found the experience liberating, and decided to quit the game at the next Tribal Council, effectively sparing Stephenie from being voted out. Stephenie's run lasted for only one more round, as she was finally sent home after not winning Immunity or being able to break Koror's bond.

With only Koror members remaining, Tom and Ian worried that they would fall against a potential Immunity threat, Gregg, and his close ally Jenn, and plotted with Caryn Groedel and Katie to vote him out when they had the chance. Katie, feeling betrayed by Ian, became even more distraught when Ian took Tom with him on a reward instead of her as he had promised. Ian attempted to make amends, but Katie still held bad feelings towards him. After eliminating Caryn from the game, the final four opted to allow the next vote to end in a tie between Jenn and Ian. In the subsequent fire-making challenge, it was Ian who prevailed.

At the Final Immunity Challenge, which ran for 12 hours, Ian decided to step down after being burdened by his numerous deceptions. He asked Tom, who won the challenge, to vote him out, making him the final member of the jury. 

At the Final Tribal Council, Tom was lauded for his leadership that led Koror to a clean Immunity Challenge sweep, but was barbed for his machismo. Katie on the other hand was appreciated for her honesty, but was more heavily berated for her poor challenge performances, being gossipy and mean towards others beside Tom and Ian. In the end, Tom won the title of Sole Survivor in a 6-1 landslide.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)[2]
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 This Has Never Happened Before! February 17, 2005 None Ian Jonathan No Vote1 Eliminated
Day 2
23.66 9.1/23
Jolanda Wanda
Koror Jolanda 6-3 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 Love Is in the Air, Rats Are Everywhere February 24, 2005 Ulong Koror Ashlee 6-1-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
21.64 7.9/20
3 Dangerous Creatures and Horrible Setbacks March 3, 2005 Ulong Koror Jeff 4-2-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
21.80 8.5/N/A
4 Sumo at Sea March 10, 2005 Koror Koror Kim 5-1 4th Voted Out
Day 11
21.80 8.1/22
5 The Best and Worst Reward Ever March 16, 2005 Koror (Ibrehem) Willard 8-1 5th Voted Out
Day 12
18.42 6.9/19
Angie 2-2-1;
3-0
2
6th Voted Out
Day 12
6 Jellyfish 'n Chips March 23, 2005 Ulong Koror James 2-2;
2-0
3
7th Voted Out
Day 15
19.15 7.3/19
7 The Great White Shark Hunter March 31, 2005 Koror Koror Ibrehem 2-1 8th Voted Out
Day 18
20.89 7.7/21
8 Neanderthal Man April 7, 2005 Koror Koror Bobby Jon No Vote4 Eliminated
Day 21
19.75 7.0/20
9 I Will Not Give Up April 14, 2005 None Tom Coby 7-1-1 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
20.0 7.4/23
10 Exile Island April 21, 2005 Caryn, Gregg,
Janu, Tom
Tom Janu No Vote Quit
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
18.66 6.8/20
11 I'll Show You How Threatening I Am April 28, 2005 Survivor
Auction
Ian Stephenie 6-1 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
21.21 7.8/20
12 We'll Make You Pay May 5, 2005 Gregg
[Jenn, Katie]
Ian Gregg 4-2 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
20.07 7.1/21
13 It Could All Backfire May 12, 2005 Ian
[Tom]
Tom Caryn 4-1 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
19.3 7.1/21
14 The Ultimate Shock May 15, 2005 None Tom Jenn 2-2;
1-1;
Tiebreaker
5
13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
20.80 7.8/18
Tom Ian 1-0 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Katie 6-1 Runner-Up 16.72 6.5/16
Tom Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 Due to not being picked by the initial tribes, Jonathan and Wanda were automatically eliminated.
^2 A tie between Bobby Jon and Angie forced a re-vote; Stephenie and Ibrehem switched their votes to Angie, eliminating her.
^3 A tie between Ibrehem and James forced a re-vote; Stephenie switched her vote from Ibrehem to James, eliminating him.
^4 With Ulong having only two members, a fire-making challenge was held to determine the elimination, which Bobby Jon lost.
^5 With a deadlock tie between Ian and Jenn, a fire-making challenge was held to determine the elimination, which Jenn lost.


Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Palau Voting History
Tribe Selection Original Tribes Jury Phase
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated: S10 jonathan t
Jonathan
S10 wanda t
Wanda
S10 jolanda t
Jolanda
S10 ashlee t
Ashlee
S10 jeff t
Jeff
S10 kim t
Kim
S10 willard t
Willard
S10 angie t
Angie
S10 james t
James
S10 ibrehem t
Ibrehem
S10 bobbyjon t
Bobby Jon
S10 coby t
Coby
S10 janu t
Janu
S10 stephenie t
Stephenie
S10 gregg t
Gregg
S10 caryn t
Caryn
S10 jenn t
Jenn
S10 ian t
Ian
S10 katie t
Katie
S10 tom t
Tom
Vote: No Vote 6-3 6-1-1 4-2-1 5-1 8-1 2-2-1 3-0 2-2 2-0 2-1 No Vote 7-1-1 No Vote 6-1 4-2 4-1 2-2 1-1 1-0 6-1
Tom Willard Coby Stephenie Gregg Caryn Ian Ian Ian Jury Vote
Katie Willard Coby Stephenie Gregg Caryn Jenn Jenn
Ian Willard Coby Stephenie Gregg Caryn Jenn None Tom
Jenn Willard Coby Stephenie Caryn Caryn Ian None Tom
Caryn Willard Coby Stephenie Gregg Ian Tom
Gregg Willard Coby Stephenie Caryn Tom
Stephenie Jolanda Ashlee Jeff Kim Bobby Jon Angie Ibrehem James Ibrehem Coby Caryn Tom
Janu Willard Stephenie Quit Tom
Coby Willard Janu Katie
Bobby Jon Angie Ashlee Kim Kim Angie None James James Ibrehem Eliminated
Ibrehem Angie Kim Jeff Kim James Angie James None Stephenie
James Jolanda Ashlee Kim Kim Angie Angie Ibrehem None
Angie Jolanda Ashlee Jeff Kim Bobby Jon None
Willard Katie
Kim Jolanda Ashlee Jeff James
Jeff Jolanda Ashlee James
Ashlee Jolanda Jeff
Jolanda Angie
Wanda Eliminated
Jonathan

Notes:

  • Jonathan and Wanda were automatically eliminated due to not being selected on a schoolyard pick.
  • With only Stephenie and Bobby Jon remaining a fire-making challenge was held to determine the elimination.
  • With Ian and Jenn tied at the revote, a fire-making challenge was held to determine the elimination.

ReceptionEdit

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TriviaEdit

Palau unused

The unused buff supposedly for the merged tribe.

  • For the first time in the series' history, one tribe "conquered" the other by winning every single Immunity Challenge and absorbing the other tribe's last remaining member. Had Koror and Ulong merged, their tribe color would have been green.
  • This is the only season where the pre-Jury boots outnumbered those who reach the Jury phase.
  • It is the first season of US version of Survivor to have a cast of 20.
  • Palau is the first season to eliminate three castaways in one episode. Jonathan and Wanda were eliminated in the schoolyard pick, while Jolanda was voted out the day after in a standard Tribal Council scenario.
  • This is the last season to not have a Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • This season marks the first time to have a tie since Survivor: Marquesas due to the players' concern regarding the controversial purple rock tiebreaker. In Survivor: Samoa, Jeff Probst confirmed that the rock-pulling tiebreaker only applies in votes outside the final four, whereas in a final four situation, the contestants are to compete in a fire-starting challenge. 
  • This season ties with Survivor: Caramoan for having the most tie votes, with three.
  • Palau is the only season to have two fire making challenges occur.
  • The font used for the tribes and Palau subtitle is "Stencil."
  • Palau is the first season to have Exile Island. However, Exile Island was only used for one episode. Survivor: Panama was the first season to use it as a full season twist.
  • Palau is the first season where contestants were eliminated before Day 3.
  • With this season having no merged tribe, Palau has the fewest number of tribes, with two.

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