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Survivor: Worlds Apart
Season Information
Version: United States
Season No.: 30
Filming Location: San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua
Filming Dates: August 4, 2014 - September 11, 2014
Season Run: February 25, 2015 - May 20, 2015
No. of Episodes: 14
No. of Days: 39
No. of Survivors: 18
Winner: Mike Holloway
Runner(s) Up: Carolyn Rivera
Will Sims II
Tribes: Escameca
Worlds apart cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor Worlds Apart Intro01:07

Survivor Worlds Apart Intro

Season Chronology
Previous: San Juan del Sur
Next: Cambodia

Survivor: Worlds Apart, also known as Survivor: Worlds Apart — White Collar vs. Blue Collar vs. No Collar, is the 30th season of Survivor. The initial tribes were divided based on the economic/professional background of their members. The season has to date produced two returning players (Shirin Oskooi and Joe Anglim) for subsequent seasons.

This season saw an abnormally high level of interpersonal strife between contestants. Major incidents included: the controversial invective that Will Sims II directed against Shirin; the misogynistic conduct of Rodney Lavoie Jr.; the fraught social standing of Dan Foley; the latter's emotional conflict with Mike Holloway; Nina Poersch's feelings of exclusion from her tribe based on her hearing impairment; and Jenn Brown's withdrawal from the main social action of the game after the elimination of her friend Hali Ford. After an extended streak of Immunity Challenge victories, Mike won the title of Sole Survivor in a 6-1-1 jury vote over Will and Carolyn Rivera.


Filming commenced weeks after Survivor: San Juan del Sur, while information about this season was revealed at the end of that season's live Reunion Show.

Originally, the season was planned to feature returning players to mark the show's 15th anniversary and 30th installment, but Executive Producer Mark Burnett decided to have new contestants instead. Jeff Probst said:

Leading up to 30, we spent almost a year talking about whether we should do some sort of all-star season with returning players, and that seemed to be the conventional wisdom. A lot of people were expecting us to do that. But Mark and I were talking on the phone one day and Mark said something so simple. Mark said, Just keep in mind, Jeff—it is our 30th season, but it is also just our 30th season. And that really struck me, and from that moment on I realized, yeah, this is not the end of Survivor. It just happens to be a big number. Let's just do a great season.

–Jeff Probst, on conceptualizing season 30

Probst explained why San Juan del Sur failed to be on par with the past four seasons. He stated that they decided on the theme (the "Blood vs. Water" concept) before casting. In an attempt to remedy last season's less than stellar performance, the host said they went into casting before they decided how they were going to divide them into tribes.[1][2]

The idea of "White Collar vs. Blue Collar" was considered but the producers found the concept flat on its own. But with the success of Survivor: Cagayan's "Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty", they settled on having a third tribe, thus "No Collar"'s conception. Probst claimed that the "No Collar" archetype was his idea.[3]

The contestants that were eliminated before the jury phase were sequestered in Costa Rica.[4]


  • Tribe Division by Profession: The 18 castaways are divided according to their professions and approaches to life:
    • The Masaya ("White Collar") tribe is made up of castaways who work in the corporate world with a degree of authority. They "make the rules."
    • The Escameca ("Blue Collar") tribe is made up of castaways who work on manual labor. They "follow the rules."
    • The Nagarote ("No Collar") tribe is made up of castaways who are free spirits with passion-based occupations. They "break the rules."
  • Tribe Leaders: At the beginning of the season, two people from each tribe would be chosen as "leaders" and would have do decide together between either receiving a large bag of beans or receiving a smaller bag of beans and a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol.[5]
  • Extra Vote: A castaway would get the right to vote twice at the same Tribal Council. The intention of using the second vote should be voiced immediately after all the votes are cast and it is valid until the final five.[6][7] It is at the voter's discretion whether he would throw this vote away, vote the same person twice, or vote another potential threat.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S30 so t So Kim
31, Long Beach, CA
Masaya 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S30 vince t Vince Sly
32, Santa Monica, CA
Nagarote 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
S30 nina t Nina Poersch
51, Palmdale, CA
Nagarote 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
S30 lindsey t Lindsey Cascaddan
24, College Park, FL
Escameca 4th Voted Out
Day 11
S30 max t Max Dawson
37, Topanga, CA
Masaya Nagarote 5th Voted Out
Day 14
S30 joaquin t Joaquin Souberbielle
27, Valley Stream, NY
Masaya Escameca 6th Voted Out
Day 16
S30 kelly t Kelly Remington
44, Grand Island, NY
Escameca Nagarote Merica 7th Voted Out
Day 19
S30 hali t Hali Ford
25, San Francisco, CA
Nagarote Nagarote 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 22
S30 joe t Joe Anglim
25, Scottsdale, AZ
Nagarote Escameca 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
S30 jenn t Jenn Brown
22, Long Beach, CA
Nagarote Nagarote 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
S30 shirin t Shirin Oskooi
31, San Francisco, CA
Masaya Nagarote 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 29
S30 tyler t Tyler Fredrickson
33, Los Angeles, CA
Masaya Escameca 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 32
S30 dan t Dan Foley
47, Gorham, ME
Escameca Escameca 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 35
S30 sierra t Sierra Thomas
27, Roy, UT
Escameca Escameca 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
S30 rodney t Rodney Lavoie Jr.
24, Boston, MA
Escameca Escameca 15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
S30 carolyn t Carolyn Rivera
52, Tampa, FL
Masaya Nagarote Runners-Up 10
S30 will t Will Sims II
41, Sherman Oaks, CA
Nagarote Nagarote 4
S30 mike t Mike Holloway
38, North Richland Hills, TX
Escameca Escameca Sole Survivor 4

Season Summary

The eighteen new castaways were divided into three tribes of six based on social class: Escameca (Blue Collar), Masaya (White Collar), and Nagarote (No Collar). Despite frequent arguments between the Blue Collars, they only went to Tribal Council once, as did the White Collars. Though the No Collars lost two members, a core alliance of Hali Ford, Jenn Brown, and Joe Anglim formed, with Will Sims II as their fourth. With 14 players remaining, the players were redistributed into two tribes of seven; on Escameca, Blue Collar Rodney Lavoie Jr. and White Collar Joaquin Souberbielle aligned, but Rodney's former Blue Collar allies, led by Mike Holloway, blindsided Joaquin to break up the pair and retain Rodney's loyalty.

When the tribes merged, two alliances vied for dominance: the No Collar core alliance, now with White Collar Shirin Oskooi, against the Blue Collars. However, due to White Collar's Carolyn Rivera and Tyler Fredrickson and No collar Will joining the Blue Collar's side the Blue Collar alliance took control of the game. They started off by systematically eliminating the members of the no collar alliance. Though Rodney remained with the Blue Collars, he constructed his own alliance with the swing votes—Will, and White Collars Tyler and Carolyn—to eventually take down the other Blue Collars to avenge Joaquin. Mike overheard Rodney's inner alliance plotting his blindside and outed his plans, but instead found himself ousted from the majority alliance and made the primary target. However, Mike won five of the last six Immunity Challenges and played a Hidden Immunity Idol the only time he was vulnerable. Due to the alliance being unable to get rid off Mike they were forced to turn on each other. Eventually Mike's immunity wins and the use of the Hidden Immunity Idol enabled him to make it to the end along with Carolyn and Will.

At the Final Tribal Council, Mike was praised for winning so many Immunity Challenges and making it to the end despite being a massive target, but was criticized for not playing a good social game, Carolyn received some criticism for backstabbing her ally Tyler, and Will was berated for making derogatory comments toward Shirin and her family. In the end, Mike was awarded with six of the eight jury votes, and the title of Sole Survivor, while Carolyn and Will tied for second with one vote each.

Episode Guide

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)
Reward Immunity
1 "It's Survivor Warfare" February 25,
Nagarote1 So 4-2 1st Voted Out
Day 3
10.04[8] 2.4/7
2 "It Will Be My Revenge" March 4,
Masaya1 Vince 3-2-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
9.77[9] 2.3/7
3 "Crazy Is as Crazy Does" March 11,
Escameca1 Nina 3-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
9.25[10] 2.2/8
4 "Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner" March 18,
Nagarote Nagarote Lindsey 2-2-2;
4th Voted Out
Day 11
9.62[11] 2.3/7
Masaya Masaya
5 "We're Finally Playing Some Survivor" March 18,
Escameca Escameca Max 5-2 5th Voted Out
Day 14
6 "Odd Woman Out" March 25,
Nagarote Nagarote Joaquin 4-3 6th Voted Out
Day 16
9.64[12] 2.3/8
7 "The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight" April 1,
None Joe Kelly 4-1-03 7th Voted Out
Day 19
9.59[13] 2.2/8
8 "Keep It Real" April 8,
[Carolyn, Shirin,
Tyler, Will]
Joe Hali 7-4 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 22
9.84[14] 2.5/8
9 "Livin' on the Edge" April 15,
Dan, Mike,
Sierra, Tyler
Tyler Joe 5-4-1 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
9.35[15] 2.2/8
10 "Bring the Popcorn" April 22,
Mike Jenn 5-3-1 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
10.19[16] 2.4/8
11 "Survivor Russian Roulette" April 29,
Dan, Tyler,
Carolyn Shirin 4-2-2 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 29
9.25[17] 2.2/8
12 "Holding On for Dear Life" May 6,
Carolyn Tyler 3-03 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 32
9.22[18] 2.1/8
13 "My Word Is My Bond" May 13,
Mike, Will
Mike Dan 2-03,4 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 35
9.61[19] 2.3/8
14 "It's a Fickle, Fickle Game" May 20,
Mike Mike Sierra 4-1 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
9.74[20] 2.3/7
None Mike Rodney 2-2;
15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
Reunion Show Jury Vote Will 6-1-1 Runners-Up 7.21[21] 1.8/6
Mike Sole Survivor


^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a revote will commence. Lindsey received all three votes, eliminating her.
^3 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating the votes of the supposed eliminated player.
^4 Dan used his extra vote, voting twice against Carolyn, which eventually was negated by Carolyn's idol.
^5 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a fire-making challenge would be held in final four tie votes.

Voting History

Survivor: Worlds Apart Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Voted out: S30 so t
S30 vince t
S30 nina t
Tie S30 lindsey t
S30 max t
S30 joaquin t
S30 kelly t
S30 hali t
S30 joe t
S30 jenn t
S30 shirin t
S30 tyler t
S30 dan t
S30 sierra t
Tie S30 rodney t
S30 will t
S30 carolyn t
S30 mike t
Vote: 4-2 3-2-1 3-2 2-2-21 3-0-0 5-2 4-3 4-1-02 7-4 5-4-1 5-3-1 4-2-2 3-02 2-02, 3 4-14 2-25 Tiebreaker 6-1-1
Mike Lindsey Lindsey Joaquin Jenn Hali Joe Jenn Tyler Tyler Dan Sierra Rodney Jury Vote
Carolyn So Max Jenn Hali Jenn Jenn Shirin Tyler Dan Sierra Rodney
Will Vince Nina Max Hali Hali Jenn Jenn Dan Mike Carolyn Sierra Carolyn
Rodney Sierra None Joe Jenn Hali Joe Shirin Shirin Mike Carolyn Sierra Carolyn Voted out Will
Sierra Rodney None Joaquin Jenn Hali Joe Shirin Shirin Tyler Carolyn Rodney Carolyn
Dan Lindsey Lindsey Joaquin Jenn Hali Joe Shirin Shirin Mike Carolyn Mike
Tyler So Joe Jenn Hali Jenn Jenn Dan Mike Mike
Shirin So Will Kelly Dan Joe Jenn Tyler Mike
Jenn Vince Nina Max Kelly Dan Dan Carolyn Mike
Joe Nina Nina Joaquin Kelly Dan Jenn Mike
Hali Vince Will Max Kelly Dan Mike
Kelly Sierra Lindsey Max Jenn
Joaquin Carolyn Joe
Max So Will
Lindsey Rodney None
Nina Jenn Will
Vince Jenn
So Carolyn


^1 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 those involved in the tie.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, therefore all votes against the user were negated.
^3 Dan used the double vote advantage, allowing him to vote twice at Tribal Council.
^4 Per the rules of Survivor, a fire-making challenge was held to break a tie in the final four Tribal Council.
^5 Rodney lost the fire-making tiebreaker challenge, and was eliminated from the game.


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