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Survivor: South Pacific
S23 Logo
Season 23
Filming Location Upolu, Samoa
Season Run September 14, 2011 - December 18, 2011
Filming Dates May 30, 2011 – July 7, 2011
Survivors 18
Winner Sophie Clarke
Runner(s)-up Coach Wade
Albert Destrade
Tribes Savaii
Upolu
Te Tuna
Returnees Brandon Hantz (26)
Dawn Meehan (26)
John Cochran (26)
Cast
Sp-cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor 23 South Pacific - Opening Intro Theme!01:06

Survivor 23 South Pacific - Opening Intro Theme!

Series Chronology
Previous Season Redemption Island
Next Season One World

Survivor: South Pacific is the 23rd season of Survivor. It was first announced by Jeff Probst on the Reunion show of Survivor: Redemption Island. It premiered on September 14, 2011 with a 90-minute premiere.[1]

ProductionEdit

The season was filmed in the vicinity of Upolu, Samoa, and the season will premiere on September 14, 2011 with a 90-minute debut. It is in the same filming location as Survivor: Samoa and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. Fiji and Tonga were said to be alternate locations.

Aggie Grey's, the hotel that was used in the two aforementioned seasons was used once again to accommodate the staff and crew. The duration of their stay was reported to be identical to their last visit to Samoa. The said hotel had no availability from May 16 to September 16, 2011. Locals have been very appreciative hosting the show for a third time, stating that it helped boost their tourism industry (with revenues reported to be approximately $6,000,000 for filming seasons 19 and 20). The show also helped the devastated country recover from the 2009 Samoan tsunami.

Twist/ChangesEdit

  • Redemption Island: Redemption Island returned this season, but with new tweaks. During "group duels," or duels that have more than two competitors, only one winner stays, sending all the other contestants home.
  • One Returning Player Per Tribe: Two former contestants returned to compete in this season. Former castaways Coach Wade and Ozzy Lusth joined this season's batch of contestants. Jeff stated that their poor social skills had put them to jeopardy in their earlier seasons, and this would be their chance to improve in that aspect.
  • Hidden Immunity Idols: The clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol was hidden at camp. Once the clue is unearthed, the player will have a better chance of finding the idol.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Redemption
Island Status
Votes
Against
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S23 semhar t Semhar Tadesse
24, Los Angeles, CA
Savaii 1st Voted Out
Day 3
1st Eliminated
Day 6
8
S23 mark t Mark Caruso
47, Forest Hills, NY
Savaii 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
2nd Eliminated
Day 9
6
S23 stacey t Stacey Powell
44, Grand Prairie, TX
Upolu 4th Voted Out
Day 11
3rd Eliminated
Day 12
10
S23 elyse t Elyse Umemoto
26, Las Vegas, NV
Savaii 5th Voted Out
Day 14
4th Eliminated
Day 15
3
S23 mikayla t Mikayla Wingle
22, Tampa, FL
Upolu 6th Voted Out
Day 16
5th Eliminated
Day 17
4
S23 christine t Christine Shields Markoski
39, Merrick, NY
Upolu 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
6th Eliminated
Day 19
4
S23 jim t Jim Rice
34, Denver, CO
Savaii Te Tuna 10th Voted Out
Day 24
7th Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 25
8
S23 keith t Keith Tollefson
26, San Diego, CA
Savaii 8th Voted Out
Day 21
8th Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 25
12
S23 dawn t Dawn Meehan
40, South Jordan, UT
Savaii 11th Voted Out
Day 27
9th Eliminated
3rd Jury Member
Day 28
9
S23 whitney t Whitney Duncan
26, Nashville, TN
Savaii 12th Voted Out
Day 27
10th Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 28
7
S23 cochran t John Cochran
23, Oakton, VA
Savaii 13th Voted Out
Day 30
11th Eliminated
5th Jury Member
Day 31
13
S23 edna t Edna Ma
35, Los Angeles, CA
Upolu 14th Voted Out
Day 32
12th Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 33
15
S23 brandon t Brandon Hantz
19, Katy, TX
Upolu 15th Voted Out
Day 35
13th Eliminated
7th Jury Member
Day 36
4
S23 rick t Rick Nelson
51, Aurora, UT
Upolu 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
15
S23 ozzy t Ozzy Lusth
30, Venice, CA
Cook Islands & Micronesia
Savaii 7th Voted Out
Day 18
1st Returnee
Day 19
17
9th Voted Out
Day 22
2nd Returnee
Day 36
17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
S23 albert t Albert Destrade
25, Tampa, FL
Upolu Second
Runner-Up
1
S23 coach t Coach Wade
39, Susanville, CA
Tocantins & Heroes vs. Villains
Upolu Runner-Up 0
S23 sophie t Sophie Clarke
22, Willsboro, NY
Upolu Sole Survivor 5

Season SummaryEdit

Sixteen new castaways, previously divided into two tribes, Savaii and Upolu, were joined by returning contestants, Ozzy Lusth and Coach Wade, with Ozzy joining Savaii and Coach joining Upolu by random draw. Redemption Island was again in play: voted out players would be sent to Redemption Island and participate in duels, with the winner remaining there until either the next duel or until two specific points where players were brought back into the game.

Both tribes rallied under the leadership of Ozzy and Coach. Ozzy's style was somewhat more aggressive, establishing a rift between the majority of his alliance and others, specifically the weaker John Cochran. Coach, having reflected on his past performances on Survivor, had a more open style, which most of the group readily followed, including Brandon Hantz, who later revealed himself to be the nephew of former Survivor castaway Russell Hantz, and had feared revealing this to draw his tribe's ire. Both Ozzy and Coach also found their tribes' respective Hidden Immunity Idols.

The two tribes fared equally at challenges and retained similar numbers, and as they approached the perceived Merge, Ozzy offered a plan to volunteer to be voted to go to Redemption Island, where he would likely win the challenge over Christine Shields Markoski, a former Upolu member, assuring that the tribes would be equal at six members each when merged. This plan went as expected, and the newly merged tribe named themselves Te Tuna. However, Ozzy's former rash behavior to Cochran was seen as an opportunity by the former Upolu members, and they were able to turn Cochran to their side on the first vote after the Merge, voting out former Savaii member Keith Tollefson. The Upolu members and Cochran would continue to dominate at Tribal Council, sending the remaining Savaii members to Redemption Island, starting with Ozzy, who dominated at Redemption Island subsequently.

With no other Savaii members remaining, Cochran was voted out next, followed by Upolu outsider Edna Ma. In the subsequent challenge, Brandon won immunity but offered it to his closest ally Albert Destrade, who was the intended target of the vote. Brandon was voted out and defeated by Ozzy the next day at the final Redemption duel. Ozzy returned to the game and won the subsequent challenge; at Tribal Council, Sophie Clarke broke down into tears but affirmed her commitment to the game, and Rick Nelson was voted off. In the Final Immunity Challenge between Coach, Ozzy, Sophie and Albert, Sophie was narrowly able to defeat Ozzy; and she and her former Upolu members voted off Ozzy for the third and final time. Coach, Albert, and Sophie faced the Final Tribal Council, where Coach was criticized for manipulating his tribe while simultaneously preaching the importance of honor and Albert was considered to have given his former tribe members false hope. The Jury awarded Sophie the title of Sole Survivor over Coach and Albert in a 6-3-0 vote, respectively.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air Date Redemption Island Duel Challenges Eliminated Vote Status Viewership (in millions)[2] Rating/Share (18-49)
Inhabitant Challenger Eliminated Finish Reward Immunity
1 I Need Redemption September 14, 2011 Savaii Upolu Semhar 8-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
10.74 3.4/10
2 He Has Demons September 21, 2011 Semhar1 Savaii2 Christine 4-3-1-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
10.46 3.2/9
3 Reap What You Sow September 28, 2011 Semhar Christine Semhar 1st Eliminated
Day 6
Upolu2 Mark 6-1-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
10.71 3.2/9
4 Survivalism October 5, 2011 Christine Mark Mark 2nd Eliminated
Day 9
Savaii2 Stacey 7-1 4th Voted Out
Day 11
10.72 3.1/9
5 Taste the Victory October 12, 2011 Christine Stacey Stacey 3rd Eliminated
Day 12
Upolu2 Elyse 3-2-2 5th Voted Out
Day 14
10.69 3.2/9
6 Free Agent October 19, 2011 Christine Elyse Elyse 4th Eliminated
Day 15
Savaii2 Mikayla 4-3 6th Voted Out
Day 16
11.24 3.3/9
7 Trojan Horse October 26, 2011 Christine Mikayla Mikayla 5th Eliminated
Day 17
Upolu2 Ozzy 5-1 7th Voted Out
Day 18
11.79 3.5/10
8 Double Agent November 2, 2011 Christine Ozzy Christine 6th Eliminated
Day 19
None Dawn Keith 6-6;
6-4
3
8th Voted Out
Day 21
11.95 3.6/10
Ozzy 1st Returnee
Day 19
Ozzy
9 Cut Throat November 9, 2011 Keith1 None Jim Ozzy 9-2 9th Voted Out
Day 22
10.80 3.2/9
Whitney Jim 7-3 10th Voted Out
Day 24
10 Running the Show November 16, 2011 Keith Ozzy Jim 7th Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 25
None Sophie Dawn 7-2 11th Voted Out
Day 27
11.66 3.3/9
Jim Keith 8th Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 25
Sophie Whitney 7-1 12th Voted Out
Day 27
3
11 A Closer Look November 23, 2011 Recap Episode N/A N/A
12 Cult Like November 30, 2011 Ozzy Dawn Dawn 9th Eliminated
3rd Jury Member
Day 28
Albert
[Coach, Cochran]
2
Cochran 5-2 13th Voted Out
Day 30
11.05 3.1/9
Whitney Whitney 10th Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 28
13 Ticking Time Bomb December 7, 2011 Ozzy Cochran Cochran 11th Eliminated
5th Jury Member
Day 31
None Coach Edna 5-1 14th Voted Out
Day 32
11.59 3.3/9
14 Then There Were Five December 14, 2011 Ozzy Edna Edna 12th Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 33
Brandon (Albert)
[Rick]
2
Brandon 3-2 15th Voted Out
Day 35
10.87 3.1/9
15 Loyalties Will Be Broken December 18, 2011 Ozzy Brandon Brandon 13th Eliminated
7th Jury Member
Day 36
None Ozzy Rick 3-2 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 37
13.07 4.0/10
Ozzy 2nd Returnee
Day 36
None Sophie Ozzy 3-1 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Albert 6-3-0 Second Runner-Up 9.92 3.1/9
Coach Runner-Up
Sophie Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 There was no duel, as there was only one inhabitant at the time.
^2 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^3 A tie between Keith and Rick forced a re-vote; Cochran switched his vote from Rick to Keith, eliminating him.

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: South Pacific Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15
Eliminated: S23 semhar t
Semhar
S23 christine t
Christine
S23 mark t
Mark
S23 stacey t
Stacey
S23 elyse t
Elyse
S23 mikayla t
Mikayla
S23 ozzy t
Ozzy
S23 keith t
Keith
S23 ozzy t
Ozzy
S23 jim t
Jim
S23 dawn t
Dawn
S23 whitney t
Whitney
S23 cochran t
Cochran
S23 edna t
Edna
S23 brandon t
Brandon
S23 rick t
Rick
S23 ozzy t
Ozzy
S23 albert t
Albert
S23 coach t
Coach
S23 sophie t
Sophie
Vote: 8-1 4-3-1-1 6-1-1 7-1 3-2-2 4-3 5-1 6-6 6-4 9-2 7-3 7-2 7-1 5-2 5-1 3-2 3-2 3-1 6-3-0
Sophie Stacey Stacey Edna Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Brandon Rick Ozzy Jury Vote
Coach Christine Stacey Mikayla Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Brandon Rick Ozzy
Albert Christine Stacey Edna Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Sophie Rick Ozzy
Ozzy Semhar Mark Cochran Cochran Rick Rick Cochran Sophie Albert Sophie
Rick Stacey Stacey Mikayla Keith None Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Brandon Sophie Coach
Brandon Christine Stacey Mikayla Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Cochran Edna Sophie Sophie
Edna Stacey Stacey Mikayla Keith Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Rick Brandon Coach
Cochran Semhar Mark Elyse Ozzy Rick Keith Ozzy Jim Dawn Whitney Rick Coach
Whitney Semhar Mark Dawn Ozzy Rick Rick Ozzy Edna Edna Cochran Sophie
Dawn Semhar Mark Elyse Ozzy Rick Rick Ozzy Edna Edna Sophie
Keith Semhar Mark Dawn Ozzy Rick None Sophie
Jim Semhar Cochran Elyse Ozzy Rick Rick Cochran Edna Sophie
Christine Edna
Mikayla Christine Stacey Edna
Elyse Semhar Mark Cochran
Stacey Sophie Edna
Mark Semhar Jim
Semhar Cochran

Notes:

  • In Episode 8, 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

  • This is the first season to feature a contestant who is a relative to a previous contestant; Brandon Hantz is a nephew to Russell Hantz.
  • This is the third season to take place in Samoa, following Survivor: Samoa and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
  • The location for this season was originally going to be in neighboring Tonga, but it was declined for economic reasons.
  • For the first time, no tribe won a back to back challenge.
  • This season is so far the last season without a tribe swap or tribe dissolve.
  • This is the seventh consecutive season to have a woman be the first voted out and the first eliminated.
  • This is the third season to feature a pattern in which the tribe that wins each Immunity Challenge switches each episode, following Survivor: Borneo and Survivor: The Amazon.
  • This is the second season in a row where a tribe gets systematically voted off (a term known in the fandom as Pagonged) post merge.
  • This is the sixth season to feature returning contestants, following Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Guatemala, Survivor: Micronesia, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and Survivor: Redemption Island.
    • But this season is the third to feature only a pair of returning players competing.
    • It is also the sixth one to have a returning player in the final two/three.
  • Ozzy Lusth became the first contestant to be voted out three times in a single season.
  • Sophie is the second winner to defeat a returning contestant at the Final Tribal Council, Coach Wade. The first was Danni Boatwright beating Stephenie LaGrossa in Survivor: Guatemala.
  • Three contestants entered the competition through Sears' Casting Contest: Sophie, Rick and Papa Bear.
  • This is the only season to feature Redemption Island and only have one person return from Redemption Island.
  • This is currently the last season with a recap episode.
  • This is currently the last season where no contestants quit or were medevaced.

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