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Survivor: Samoa
Samoa NB
Season 19
Filming Location Upolu, Samoa
Season Run September 17, 2009 - December 20, 2009
Filming Dates June 11, 2009 - July 19, 2009
Survivors 20
Winner Natalie White
Runner(s)-up Russell Hantz
Mick Trimming
Tribes ██ Foa Foa
██ Galu
██ Aiga
Returnees Laura Morett (27)
Russell Hantz (20, 22)
Russell Swan (25)
Cast
Samoa Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor Samoa Intro01:09

Survivor Samoa Intro

Series Chronology
Previous Season Tocantins
Next Season Heroes vs Villains

Survivor: Samoa is the nineteenth season of Survivor. It premiered on September 17, 2009 and concluded on December 20, 2009.

In the end, Natalie White defeated Russell Hantz and Mick Trimming with a vote of 7–2–0. Hantz ended up winning the "Sprint Player of the Season" award, earning the fans' vote over Shannon "Shambo" Waters and Brett Clouser.

ProductionEdit

Participant applications were due by January 14, 2009. Approximately 800 might have been invited to be interviewed in several states. Following this, approximately 48 semi-finalists were invited to Los Angeles in April 2009 for final interviews with the producers. From there, 20 finalists were selected to be contestants in the show, which was scheduled to occur between mid June and mid-July 2009 in Samoa. Similar to Survivor: Tocantins, the minimum age requirement for this season was 18 for most states.

Survivor: Samoa and the succeeding season, Survivor: Heroes vs Villains, were filmed back-to-back. Day 39 of Samoa and Day 1 of Heroes vs Villains were merely 20 days apart, giving Russell Hantz only a few days to prepare.

Twist/ChangesEdit

  • Tribe Leaders: At the beginning of the game, both tribes voted for a tribe "leader." This leader (symbolized by a necklace, not to be confused with the Immunity Necklace) would make decisions in challenges such as assigning tasks for tribe mates, sit-outs, etc. After a Reward Challenge, the winning tribe's leader would also assign one of his tribe mates to be an "observer." If a leader gets eliminated, the tribe must select a new one to replace them.
  • The "Observer": Following a Reward Challenge, one member from the winning tribe would be selected by the tribe leader to go to the opposing tribe's camp, and would return to them at the next Immunity Challenge. This person would hand the tribe a clue to the whereabouts of a Hidden Immunity Idol at their camp.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: A Hidden Immunity Idol will be hidden at both camps. Both Idols are usable until the Day 36 Tribal Council.
  • Double Tribal Council: Both tribes would go to separate Tribal Council sessions to eliminate a player. This would be forfeited due to Russell Swan's medical emergency.
  • Early Merge: For the first time in Survivor history, the merge now occurred with 12 players.
  • Expanded Jury and Three-Way Final Tribal Council: Instead of the conventional "Final Two" facing the Jury of seven, the Day 39 Tribal Council was held with a three finalists facing a nine-man Jury.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S19 marisa t Marisa Calihan
26, Cincinnati, OH
Foa Foa 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7
S19 mike t Mike Borassi
62, Marina del Rey, CA
Foa Foa Evacuated
Day 5
0
S19 betsy t Betsy Bolan
48, Campton, NH
Foa Foa 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
7
S19 ben t Ben Browning
28, Los Angeles, CA
Foa Foa 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
7
S19 yasmin t Yasmin Giles
33, Los Angeles, CA
Galu 4th Voted Out
Day 11
8
S19 ashley t Ashley Trainer
22, Maple Grove, MN
Foa Foa 5th Voted Out
Day 14
9
S19 russells t Russell Swan
42, Glenside, PA
Galu Evacuated
Day 15
0
S19 liz t Liz Kim
33, New York City, NY
Foa Foa 6th Voted Out
Day 18
5
S19 erik t Erik Cardona
28, Ontario, CA
Galu Aiga 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
10
S19 kelly t Kelly Sharbaugh
25, West Hollywood, CA
Galu 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
4
S19 laura t Laura Morett
39, Salem, OR
Galu 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
10
S19 john t John Fincher
25, Los Angeles, CA
Galu 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
7
S19 dave t Dave Ball
38, Los Angeles, CA
Galu 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 31
8
S19 monica t Monica Padilla
25, San Diego, CA
Galu 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
7
S19 shambo t Shambo Waters
45, Renton, WA
Galu 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
6
S19 jaison t Jaison Robinson
28, Chicago, IL
Foa Foa 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
7
S19 brett t Brett Clouser
23, Los Angeles, CA
Galu 15th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
3
S19 mick t Mick Trimming
33, Los Angeles, CA
Foa Foa Second
Runner-Up
4
S19 russellh t Russell Hantz
36, Dayton, TX
Foa Foa Runner-Up 9
S19 natalie t Natalie White
26, Van Buren, AR
Foa Foa Sole Survivor 8

Season SummaryEdit

Based only on first impressions, the tribes were told to vote one of their own as a "leader," who, for the tribal portion of the game, would make critical decisions at certain challenges, in particular, selecting one member of their tribe to spend the day after Reward Challenges with the other tribe through which they would receive a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. Foa Foa selected Mick Trimming as their leader, while Galu picked Russell Swan as their leader.

Foa Foa's Russell Hantz attempted to make living conditions harsher for Foa Foa by sabotaging his own tribe (i.e. dumping water out of canteens and burning socks). Russell H.'s risky move proved effective as Foa Foa performed dismally in challenges, and consequentially, the tribe quickly decimated. At the same time, Russell H. took complete control of the voting by making alliances with everyone on his tribe. Before the merge, the opposing Galu tribe had won eight challenges, while Foa Foa won only one Reward Challenge and one Immunity Challenge. The Galu members seemed more and more relaxed and appeared lazy as they continued to win more challenges, which Shambo Waters resented. Shambo also felt alienated from her tribe after she was excluded from a reward by Russell S., and while visiting with the Foa Foa tribe, she began to grow roots within the yellow tribe.

Due to intense competition, two players were medically evacuated. During a challenge, Mike Borassi was too injured to continue, while Russell S.'s condition became more serious, as he fainted during a challenge and almost died in the process. After Russell S.'s sudden departure, the supposed double boot twist was canceled, and Galu chose Shambo as their new leader.

The two tribes merged with twelve players left; Galu had the advantage of eight players over Foa Foa's four, though Shambo clearly showed favoritism towards Foa Foa. Natalie White was able to convince Galu to vote off Erik Cardona along with the rest of Foa Foa. At this vote, Russell H. had played his Hidden Immunity Idol, but was able to find the Idol in its new location, again without clues, before the next Tribal Council. Russell H. played his new Idol there, saving himself from being voted off as he was targeted by every Galu member, and eliminating Kelly Sharbaugh. As Shambo began to shift sides to the former Foa Foa's, the next vote first ended in a tie, but John Fincher, worried about being eliminated from the game by the rock-pulling Tiebreaker, switched his vote, eliminating Laura Morett. With the tribes now 5-4, the remaining Foa Foa members continued to hold together for the rest of the game, systematically eliminating the former Galu members, one-by-one. Their plans were halted when Brett Clouser went on an Immunity Challenge winning streak, resulting in Foa Foa having to turn on each other with Shambo and Jaison Robinson being voted out. Brett lost the final Immunity Challenge and was voted out, leaving the Final Three as Russell H., Natalie, and Mick.

At the Final Tribal Council, Mick was mostly ignored by the Jury for his poor leadership, that lead to Foa Foa's failure in challenges, while Russell H. was berated for his unethical game strategy. In the end, Natalie's better social game made her the nineteenth Sole Survivor in a 7-2-0 vote, receiving everyone's vote excluding Shambo and John's.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Observer Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 "“The Puppet Master”" September 17, 2009 Foa Foa Galu None Marisa 7–3 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 "“Taking Candy from a Baby”" September 24, 2009 Galu1 Yasmin Mike No Vote Evacuated
Day 5
Betsy 7–1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 "“It's Called a Russell Seed”" October 1, 2009 Galu1 Shambo Ben 6–1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
4 "“Hungry for a Win”" October 8, 2009 Galu Foa Foa None Yasmin 8–2 4th Voted Out
Day 11
5 "“Walking on Thin Ice”" October 15, 2009 Galu Galu Shambo Ashley 5–1 5th Voted Out
Day 14
6 "“This Is the Man Test”" October 22, 2009 Neither None None Russell S. No Vote Evacuated
Day 15
7 "“Houdini Magic”" October 29, 2009 Galu Galu Laura Liz 4–1 6th Voted Out
Day 18
8 "“All Hell Breaks Loose”" November 5, 2009 None John Erik 10–2 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
Laura
9 "“Tastes Like Chicken”" November 12, 2009 Dave, John, Kelly, Monica, Shambo Laura Kelly 4–02 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
10 "“The Day of Reckoning”" November 19, 2009 Brett, Dave, Laura, Natalie, Russell H. Mick Laura 5–5;
5–3
3
9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
11 "“The First 27 Days”" November 26, 2009 Recap Episode
12 "“Off with Their Heads!”" December 3, 2009 Survivor
Auction
Jaison John 7–1–1 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
13 "“Damage Control”" December 10, 2009 None Jaison Dave 7–1 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 31
Brett Monica 5–2 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
14 "“Two Brains Are Better than One”" December 17, 2009 Jaison, Russell H., Shambo Brett Shambo 5–1 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
15 "“This Game Ain't Over”" December 20, 2009 None Brett Jaison 4–1 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
Russell H. Brett 3–1 15th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Mick 7–2–0 2nd Runner-Up
Russell H. Runner-Up
Natalie Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 Russell H. used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 7 votes against him.
^3 A tie between Laura and Natalie forced a re-vote; John switched her vote from Natalie to Laura, eliminating her.

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Samoa Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15
Eliminated: S19 marisa t
Marisa
S19 mike t
Mike
S19 betsy t
Betsy
S19 ben t
Ben
S19 yasmin t
Yasmin
S19 ashley t
Ashley
S19 russells t
Russell S.
S19 liz t
Liz
S19 erik t
Erik
S19 kelly t
Kelly
S19 laura t
Laura
S19 john t
John
S19 dave t
Dave
S19 monica t
Monica
S19 shambo t
Shambo
S19 jaison t
Jaison
S19 brett t
Brett
S19 mick t
Mick
S19 russellh t
Russell H.
S19 natalie t
Natalie
Vote: 7-3 No Vote 7-1 6-1 8-2 5-1 No Vote 4-1 10-2 4-0 5-5 5-3 7-1-1 7-1 5-2 5-1 4-1 3-1 7-2-0
Natalie Marisa Betsy Ben Ashley Liz Erik Kelly Laura None John Dave Monica Shambo Jaison Brett Jury Vote
Russell H. Marisa Betsy Ben Ashley Liz Erik Kelly Laura Laura John Dave Monica Shambo Jaison Brett
Mick Ashley Betsy Ben Ashley Liz Erik Kelly Laura Laura John Dave Monica Shambo Jaison Brett
Brett Yasmin Erik Russell H. Natalie Natalie John Dave Russell H. Shambo Jaison Mick Natalie
Jaison Marisa Betsy Ben Ashley Liz Erik Kelly Laura Laura John Dave Monica Shambo Mick Natalie
Shambo Monica Jaison Russell H. Laura Laura Dave Dave Monica Mick Russell H.
Monica Yasmin Erik Russell H. Natalie Natalie John Dave Russell H. Natalie
Dave Yasmin Erik Russell H. Natalie Natalie John Shambo Natalie
John Yasmin Erik Russell H. Natalie Laura Mick Russell H.
Laura Yasmin Erik Russell H. Natalie None Natalie
Kelly Yasmin Erik Russell H. Natalie
Erik Yasmin Jaison Natalie
Liz Marisa Betsy Ben Ashley Jaison
Russell S. Yasmin Evacuated
Ashley Marisa Betsy Ben Liz
Yasmin Monica
Ben Marisa Betsy Ashley
Betsy Ashley Ben
Mike Marisa Evacuated
Marisa Ashley

Notes:

  • Mike and Russell S. were evacuated due to medical reasons, therefore no vote occurred for their removal from the game.
  • In Episodes 8 and 9, Russell H. used a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore any votes cast against him were nullified.
  • The Episode 10 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.

TriviaEdit

  • Samoa is actually pronounced "Sa-mwa" not "Sa-mo-ah" like the way Jeff and the cast call it. Same situation, Foa Foa should be pronounce "Fwa Fwa", not "Fo-ah Fo-ah".
  • Ben Browning was the only male player voted out before the merge.
  • Ben became the first person to be disqualified from a challenge due to foul behavior since several members of Survivor: Thailand 's Sook Jai tribe did so.
  • This is the first season where a female player won a Final Three.
  • This is the sixth season to have an evacuation.
  • This season is tied with Survivor: Micronesia, Survivor: One World, and Survivor: Caramoan for the largest number of medical evacuations with two.
    • This is the first season to have two evacuations before the merge. It was followed by One World.
  • This season held the largest tribal council with 13 players, which occured after Russell Swan was pulled from the game (not counting Jury members).
  • This is the first time that Ulonging happened to one tribe and Pagonging happened to another.
  • This season was the first season to have the merged tribe consist of more than ten members.
  • This season was the third season to have a 9 player Jury following Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Fiji.
  • This is the first season where a player earned more than 9 votes at a single Tribal Council, being Erik Cardona.
  • The necklace Jeff Probst wore this season was made by Survivor: Marquesas contestant, Gina Crews.[1]
  • This season's rendition of Ancient Voices is remixed with another track from the season's soundtrack entitled Samoa Tomeah.
  • This is the only season to contain two people with the same first name who both returned for future seasons.
  • As stated in the Tocantins reunion, the season was originally planned to have only 18 castaways.
  • This is the most recent season where no Split Vote takes place.
  • This is the first season to have a purple colored tribe, but not an orange colored tribe.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: China to not have a subtitle.
  • This is the first HD Season to produce a female winner.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Probst, Jeffrey Lee (February 11, 2010). "'Survivor': Jeff Probst Ranks All the Seasons, Worst to First". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20354695_20343257,00.html#20738533. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 

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