|Born:||January 25, 1988|
|Hometown:||Brooklyn, New York|
|Millennials vs. Gen X|
|Alliance(s):||Zeke's Vinaka Alliance|
Zeke became one of the main characters in Millennials vs. Gen X with his progressive strategy and with his flamboyant personality. He eventually led his own alliance who helped him get to the final nine, where he was finally blindsided by Will Wahl.
Zeke was also a main character in Game Changers, where he continued to prove his strategic prowess in successfully voting out Sandra Diaz-Twine. Zeke had a particularly impactful encounter with Jeff Varner that altered Zeke's attitude to the game, leaving him to make the rash decision to turn on his closest allies, Cirie Fields and Andrea Boehlke, leading to his eventual blindside due to his perceived untrustworthiness.
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Name: Zeke Smith
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Millennials vs. Gen X
Zeke started on the Vanua tribe. He led the tribe in building the shelter on Day 1. After Vanua lost their first immunity challenge on Day 7, Zeke targeted Figgy Figueroa. At Tribal Council, Zeke, Adam Klein, and Mari Takahashi voted against Figgy, but the rest of the tribe blindsided Mari. After returning from Tribal Council, Hannah Shapiro tried to explain to Zeke why she voted against Mari, but Zeke was angry and told her to leave him alone. While Zeke was on the outs, he was spared when Vanua won the next two challenges.
Both Zeke and Michelle Schubert remained on Vanua after the Tribe Switch. While they appeared to be in the minority, original Takali members Chris Hammons and David Wright sided with them and blindsided their fellow original Takali, CeCe Taylor, at their first Tribal Council after the switch. On Day 19, David showed Zeke his Hidden Immunity Idol in order to gain his trust.
Zeke managed to reach the merge, becoming a member of the Vinaka tribe. He regrouped with Hannah and Adam, and they all gave each other information from their respective post-switch tribes. However, Zeke considered targeting Adam because he was untrustworthy, though he ended up sticking with him.
On Day 26, Chris approached Zeke about blindsiding Jessica Smith and he agreeed. David won the next immunity and at camp, Zeke and Hannah were caught in the middle between Chris's alliance, who targeted Jessica, and David's alliance who targeted Chris. Zeke and Hannah ended up siding with David's alliance, blindsiding Chris.
After Tribal Council, Zeke attempted to realign with Chris's allies, Bret LaBelle and Sunday Burquest. The next day Bret informed Zeke that David was targeting him. During the reward trip, Bret came out to Zeke. After the immunity challenge, Zeke, Bret, Sunday, Jay Starrett, and Will Wahl agreed to target David. Zeke tried to get Hannah on board, but her indecisiveness made him believe that she was not with him. He then changed the target to her. At Tribal Council, there was a 5-5 tie vote between Zeke and Hannah. The revote still resulted in a tie, thus a rock drawing Tiebreaker occurred where Jessica was eliminated by picking the wrong rock.
Zeke's alliance was now in the majority. The next day, Zeke met his father, Sam, at the Loved Ones Challenge. After Adam won immunity, Zeke noticed how calm David was and suspected that he had a Hidden Immunity Idol. He changed the target to David's ally, Ken McNickle. However, after Ken revealed to Zeke and his allies Will was trying to get Zeke out, they tried to convince him to stay, and switched the target to Hannah. At Tribal Council, Will flipped and Adam played his idol on Hannah, sending Zeke to the Jury.
At the Final Tribal Council, Zeke didn't believe Ken contributed to or evolved the game, so he asked Hannah and Adam what they did. He voted for Adam to win, which he did in a unanimous 10-0-0 vote.
|Zeke's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|3||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|4||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|6||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|7||Vanua Tribe Immune|
| Adam, David, Hannah,|
|11|| || Adam, David,|
Hannah, Ken, Will
|Voted Off, Day 33|
| Voted for|
^1 In Million Dollar Gamble, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Zeke and Hannah, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their vote on the revote, forcing a rock drawing tiebreaker. Zeke was immune from the tiebreaker.
^2 In About to Have a Rumble, Adam used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Hannah, negating Zeke's vote against her.
Zeke started on Nuku. Nuku won the first two challenges. He along with Cirie Fields, Andrea Boehlke, Ozzy Lusth, and Sarah Lacina were switched to Tavua after the Tribe Switch occurred. They were joined by Mana member Troyzan Robertson. Tavua dominated the next three challenges.
Zeke, Andrea, and Ozzy were switched back to Nuku after the second tribe switch. They were joined by original Nuku Tai Trang and original Mana's Jeff Varner and Sandra Diaz-Twine. Zeke wanted Sandra out, but lied to Jeff that he wanted Tai out to avoid Sandra and Jeff to scramble. Nuku lost immunity on Day 16. At Tribal Council, Zeke, Tai, Andrea, and Ozzy voted for Sandra thus sending her out.
The next day, Jeff began making his moves against Ozzy, recruiting both Sarah and Zeke. Zeke apologized for leaving Jeff out of the Sandra vote and promised to be honest with him moving forward, with plans of reaching the Final Tribal Council together. Nuku lost immunity on Day 18. At camp, Jeff tried to convince Zeke again to get rid of Ozzy, but Zeke was conflicted due to his strategy of keeping larger targets in the game as shields. Zeke's hesitance caused Jeff to believe that Zeke and Ozzy had a secret alliance.
At Tribal Council, a desperate Jeff outed Zeke as a transgender man, and tried to insinuate that Zeke's hiding this aspect of his life showed an ability to be deceitful. However, everyone else—including host Jeff Probst—quickly and emphatically rebuked Jeff Varner for this tactic. After a long discussion, Varner apologized, and expressed shame and remorse for what he had done. Seeing that Varner's actions would clearly lead to his elimination, Probst took an open roll call from all of the players, and then eliminated Varner without a formal vote.
Zeke reached the merge. At the feast, he revealed he is transgender. While Michaela Bradshaw was the original target, Zeke and Cirie managed to turn the vote on Hali Ford, so she was eliminated at the merged tribal council though he received two votes. Zeke then decided to target Cirie and Andrea. During the reward trip on Day 22, Zeke talked to Debbie Wanner and Tai about targeting Cirie and Andrea but Debbie was skeptical. After the immunity challenge, Zeke told Sierra Dawn Thomas Cirie, Andrea, and Aubry Bracco want to vote her out and he wants to target Andrea. However, Sierra told this to Cirie. Cirie told Andrea, and then both of them targeted Zeke. However, Debbie convinces Sierra to spare Zeke and blindside Ozzy. At Tribal Council, Zeke voted for Aubry, received four votes, and Ozzy was blindsided as the Power Six which now included Sarah Alliance voted against him.
After Tribal Council, Andrea called him shady. Sarah later talked to Zeke about working together. Troyzan won immunity. At camp, Sarah talked to Zeke about overthrowing the new majority alliance. At tribal council, Zeke and Sarah flipped so Debbie was blindsided. Andrea, Aubry, Brad Culpepper, Sarah, and Zeke won the next reward challenge. On the reward, Brad and Zeke bonded, which made the others suspicious, especially an already-wary Andrea. Zeke later made a long-term alliance with Brad and Troyzan. Andrea won immunity. At camp, Andrea plotted to eliminate Zeke though Sarah and Michaela wanted to keep him. However, at Tribal Council, Sarah and Michaela flipped on Zeke so he was blindsided.
At the Final Tribal Council, Zeke praised Sarah's dominant strategic gameplay throughout the merge, and told her he was her champion. Zeke ultimately voted for Sarah who won in a 7-3-0 vote over Brad and Troyzan.
|Zeke's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Nuku Tribe Immune|
|Nuku Tribe Immune|
|2||Tavua Tribe Immune|
|3||Tavua Tribe Immune|
|4||Tavua Tribe Immune|
|Aubry|| Andrea, Aubry,|
|9||Sierra|| Andrea, Aubry, Cirie,|
|Voted Off, Day 29|
| Voted For|
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|Statistics of Zeke Smith|
|Total votes received:||25|
|Days spent on Redemption Island:||N/A|
- Zeke is the oldest male contestant on the original Vanua tribe.
- Zeke lost 11 lbs. during his time on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.
- Zeke is the first Transgender Survivor player in the US franchise.
- Zeke is one of four castaway to compete on two seasons before their first season aired, the others being Russell Hantz, Malcolm Freberg, and Michaela Bradshaw.
- Zeke was the youngest male to compete on Survivor: Game Changers.
- Zeke lost 14 lbs. during his time on Game Changers.
|Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Castaways|
|Survivor: Game Changers Castaways|