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Survivor: The Amazon
Amazon NB
Season Information
Version: United States
Season No.: 6
Filming Location: Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil
Filming Dates: November 7, 2002 - December 15, 2002
Season Run: February 13, 2003 - May 11, 2003
No. of Episodes: 14
No. of Days: 39
No. of Survivors: 16
Winner: Jenna Morasca
Runner(s) Up: Matthew von Ertfelda
Tribes: Jaburu
Viewership (in millions): 19.97[1]
Amazon Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor 06 The Amazon Intro ( FULL HD )00:58

Survivor 06 The Amazon Intro ( FULL HD )

Season Chronology
Previous: Thailand
Next: Pearl Islands

Survivor: The Amazon is the sixth season of the reality show Survivor.

The winner is Jenna Morasca, a 21-year-old swimsuit model from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who defeated Matthew von Ertfelda in a 6-1 vote. The live season finale, including the announcement of the winner and a live reunion of all the season's contestants, took place at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, on David Letterman's Late Show stage, which was decorated to look like the set in the Amazon. The live reunion was supposed to be held at Madison Square Garden, but due to heavy rain and lack of roof, the set was immediately changed.

The season is noted for having the first reality show contestant with a disability, the hearing impaired Christy Smith. It is also regarded as being the first season with a particular theme, ultimately changing the mechanics of Survivor in the long run.


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  • Battle of the Sexes: For the first time, the castaways are divided into tribes based on gender.
  • Tribe Switch: After 13 days of gender wars, three members from both tribes were sent to the other tribe, creating mixed tribes.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S6 ryan t Ryan Aiken
23, Ellicott City, MD
Tambaqui 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S6 janet t Janet Koth
46, Manchester, MO
Jaburu 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
S6 daniel t Daniel Lue
26, Houston, TX
Tambaqui 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
S6 joanna t Joanna Ward
31, Orangeburg, SC
Jaburu 4th Voted Out
Day 12
S6 jeanne t Jeanne Hebert
40, North Attleboro, MA
Jaburu Tambaqui 5th Voted Out
Day 15
S6 shawna t Shawna Mitchell
23, Redwood City, CA
Jaburu Jaburu 6th Voted Out
Day 18
S6 roger t Roger Sexton
56, Valencia, CA
Tambaqui Tambaqui Jacaré 7th Voted Out
Day 21
S6 dave t Dave Johnson
23, Pasadena, CA
Tambaqui Tambaqui 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
S6 deena t Deena Bennett
35, Riverside, CA
Jaburu Jaburu 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
S6 alex t Alex Bell
32, Los Angeles, CA
Tambaqui Jaburu 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
S6 christy t Christy Smith
24, Basalt, CO
Jaburu Tambaqui 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
S6 heidi t Heidi Strobel
24, Buffalo, MO
Jaburu Tambaqui 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
S6 butch t Butch Lockley
50, Olney, IL
Tambaqui Tambaqui 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
S6 rob t Rob Cesternino
24, Wantagh, NY
Tambaqui Jaburu 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
S6 matthew t Matthew von Ertfelda
33, Washington, D.C.
Tambaqui Jaburu Runner-Up 6
S6 jenna t Jenna Morasca
21, Pittsburgh, PA
Jaburu Jaburu Sole Survivor 3

Season Summary

The season began with the contestants divided into tribes split by gender for the first time. The men's tribe, Tambaqui, wearing blue, was quick to get their camp life squared away, building shelter, and alliances were quickly formed. The women's tribe, Jaburu, wearing yellow, experienced quarreling within their tribe, and spent almost the entire first week without a shelter. On Tambaqui, an alliance of four was formed, led by Roger Sexton, which included Butch Lockley, Alex Bell, and Dave Johnson. However, Rob Cesternino quickly emerged as an arbiter between Roger's alliance and the outliers of the tribe, solidifying allegiances with both. On Jaburu, the younger women, Heidi Strobel, Jenna Morasca, and Shawna Mitchell quickly began to coalesce, pulling in Deena Bennett to control the voting on Jaburu.

On Day 13, Dave and Jenna traveled to an isolated location to act as tribal ambassadors. Jenna gave Dave crucial information about Jaburu, giving Dave an advantage when, the next day, they were forced to choose new tribes, equally distributing the men and the women. At the new Tambaqui, Heidi decided to align with the men to vote off Jeanne Hebert. At Jaburu, the men and women joined forces to vote off an untrustworthy Shawna. Deena and Rob also created an alliance and when the merge occurred, they aligned with Alex, Matthew von Ertfelda, and the rest of the women. Deena and Rob's new alliance controlled the votes against sexist Roger and physical and mental threat Dave. leaving Butch as the last player remaining outside of Rob and Deena's alliance.

Convinced she had control over the game, Deena decided to spare Butch in order to vote out Alex for being a social and physical threat. The women quickly informed Alex of Deena's betrayal and he was able to convince Heidi, Jenna and the men to eliminate Deena at the next Tribal Council. With Deena gone, Alex was convinced he was solid in an alliance of four with Jenna, Heidi, and Rob. However, he revealed to Rob that his plan was to vote him out at the final four to avoid a tie with Heidi and Jenna. Rob used this information to form a counter-alliance with Matthew, Butch, and Christy Smith, where they voted out Alex. With three men and three women remaining, Christy became the swing vote but was voted out after failing to commit to either side. The next Tribal Council, the men stuck together and voted off Heidi, perceived to be the more physical of the two women left.

At the Final Four, Jenna, the final woman remaining, won immunity, forcing the men to prematurely turn on themselves. Faced with either avenging Alex and Heidi by voting off Rob or getting rid of an undeserving Butch, she ultimately sided with Matthew and Rob to vote off Butch. Jenna continued her winning streak and won immunity again, giving her the sole vote at the next Tribal Council. She ultimately voted off Rob due to his strong strategic gameplay. Facing the jury, Matthew was praised for his survival skills and work ethic, but he was criticized for hypocrisy and lack of strategic gameplay for the majority of the game. On the other hand, Jenna was criticized for her lack of work ethic and even wanting to quit a few days earlier. However, as a result of having better relationships with people on the jury, and being seen as playing the game more strategically from the beginning, Jenna was voted to become the Sole Survivor in a vote of 6-1.

Episode Guide

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)[2]
Reward Immunity
1 Boys vs GirlsFebruary 13, 2003
4-3-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
23.30 9.1/N/A
2 StormsFebruary 20, 2003
5-1-1-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
22.40 N/A
3 Girl PowerFebruary 27, 2003
6-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
N/A 8.4/22
4 TrappedMarch 6, 2003
4-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
5 Pick-Up SticksMarch 13, 2003 None
4-2 5th Voted Out
Day 15
6 More than Meats the EyeMarch 19, 2003
4-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
16.42 6.1/14
7 Girls Gone Wilder March 26, 2003 None Deena Roger 7-3 7th Voted Out
Day 21
16.67 6.3/16
8 Sleeping with the Enemy April 3, 2003 Dave
Jenna Dave 8-1 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
18.40 7.4/N/A
9 The Chain April 10, 2003 Alex
Matthew Deena 6-2 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
19.1 7.1/N/A
10 The First 27 Days April 17, 2003 Recap Episode N/A N/A
11 Q and A April 24, 2003 Survivor
Rob Alex 4-3 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
18.00 6.4/N/A
12 Sour Grapes May 1, 2003 Matthew
Christy 4-2 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
17.65 19.0/N/A
13 The Amazon Heats Up May 8, 2003 Matthew
Matthew Heidi 3-2 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
19.1 7.0/N/A
14 And Then There Were Four May 11, 2003 None Jenna Butch 3-1 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
N/A 8.9/22
Jenna Rob 1-0 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Matthew 6-1 Runner-Up N/A N/A
Jenna Sole Survivor

Voting History

Survivor: The Amazon Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14
Voted out: S6 ryan t
S6 janet t
S6 daniel t
S6 joanna t
S6 jeanne t
S6 shawna t
S6 roger t
S6 dave t
S6 deena t
S6 alex t
S6 christy t
S6 heidi t
S6 butch t
S6 rob t
S6 matthew t
S6 jenna t
Vote: 4-3-1 5-1-1-1 6-1 4-2-1 4-2 4-2 7-3 8-1 6-2 4-3 4-2 3-2 3-1 1-01 6-1
Jenna Janet Joanna Shawna Roger Dave Deena Matthew Christy Rob Butch Rob Jury Vote
Matthew Roger Daniel Shawna Roger Dave Deena Alex Christy Heidi Butch None
Rob Ryan Daniel Shawna Roger Dave Deena Alex Christy Heidi Butch None Jenna
Butch Ryan Daniel Jeanne Christy Dave Deena Alex Jenna Heidi Rob Matthew
Heidi Janet Joanna Jeanne Roger Dave Deena Matthew Christy Rob Jenna
Christy Jenna Joanna Butch Roger Dave Alex Alex Jenna Jenna
Alex Ryan Daniel Matthew Roger Dave Deena Matthew Jenna
Deena Janet Joanna Shawna Roger Dave Alex Jenna
Dave Daniel Daniel Jeanne Christy Matthew Jenna
Roger Ryan Daniel Jeanne Christy
Shawna Janet Christy Matthew
Jeanne Janet Shawna Butch
Joanna Christy Shawna
Daniel Roger Roger
Janet Jeanne
Ryan Roger


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


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  • For the first time, the contestants were divided with a theme, featuring a Battle of the Sexes format.
  • For the first time, and the only time pre-All-Stars, all contestants received a vote against them at one point during the game.
  • For the first time, a contestant gave up an Immunity Necklace and gave it to another contestant.
    • Along with Burton to Rupert, this is the one of two occasions in which the original holder of individual immunity was not voted out after giving it up, as Erik Reichenbach and Brandon Hantz were both voted out immediately after giving up immunity in Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: South Pacific respectively.
    • This is also the only time in which the person who gave up immunity was a woman.
  • For the first time, the merged tribe has an accented letter (Jacaré).
  • This is the first season to not feature Pagonging.
  • This is the only season represented in Survivor: All-Stars to not have someone make that season's final six.
    • It is also the only season to not have at least one representative reach the jury stage. 
  • This is the first season not to introduce a new tribe color, as all three colors (yellow, blue, and red) had been used in previous seasons.
  • This is the first season to include an Asian-American male contestant.
  • This is the first season to not include an African-American male contestant.
  • This season had no LGBT contestants.


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