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.
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Name: Zeke Smith Age: 28 Current residence: Brooklyn, NY Occupation: Asset manager Tribe designation:Vanua (Millennials) Three words to describe you: Sharp, devilish, and unstoppable. Hobbies: Writing, improv, gym, and cooking. Pet peeves: Sniffling, chewing with one's mouth open, black shoes with brown belts, and children who don't listen to their mothers. What does it mean to be a Millennial? To be perfectly honest, I've never thought of myself as a Millennial. Ask one of the other children. Personal claim to fame: Being ranked one of the Top 16 high-school debaters in the country my senior year of high school. I got a plaque. It's been downhill ever since. Inspiration in life:Joan Rivers. She told Helen Keller jokes into her eighties. The woman lived. If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? 1. Hairspray: While ostensibly helpful in making fires, I'd actually use it to keep my hair high and tight. 2. Coffee: This calms the nerves and awakens the senses, so to be on alert for plots against me. Coffee treatments also bring out my hair's natural shimmer. 3. Industrial-sized vat of peanut butter: Who wouldn't bring a high-protein, high-fat, delicious treat to a starvation marathon? And, lest we forget, peanut butter is a magnificent deep conditioner. Survivor contestant you're most like:Tony Vlachos (Cagayan). I mean, I'm not personally like a cop from New Jersey and I would never live in New Jersey. (Are you kidding me?) Where Tony and I intersect is our unbridled passion for Survivor. I came to lie, manipulate, and make big moves, which, on Day 39, will leave no one doubting that I played the superior game. (New Jersey? Seriously?) Reason for being on Survivor: I love Survivor! I've dreamed of starving on desert beaches and running around in my unwashed underwear for years! It's long been my desire for Jeff Probst to reward my mastery of lying and manipulation with $1 million dollars. Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I'm tough as nails. Try and tear me down. Furthermore, people fascinate me. I can get along with anyone because I tend to be more curious than judgmental of an individual's. I'm surprisingly adept in the out-of-doors and have been killing myself in the gym for the past six months, so I shouldn't drag ass in challenges. Hopefully, all those hours... okay, days.... fine, years spent watching Survivor and listening to Survivor podcasts will yield at least some aptitude at the game.
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Previously played on: Season 33: Millennials Vs. Gen X, Finished 9th & Jury Member How have you changed since the last time you played? Since I just played, I don’t think I’ve changed at all. I’m still digging sand out of my tush. I keep leaving the apartment barefoot. I’ve taken to sleeping on my neighbor's floor so there’s someone to wake me during my night terrors. They know it’s time to shake me awake when I start screaming, “Dave found another Idol!” What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? New skills? Well, I went to a friend’s party in workout clothes. I brought my own salad, which I ate in a corner and refused to speak to anyone. So, yeah, I can do that now. What are you most proud of from the last time? I’m not quite sure. It’s really all a blur. I remember something about forcing rocks to save myself. What, if anything, do you most regret? Nothing. Everything. Nothing. Everything. Chris.
How will you play differently this time? Frankly, I don’t exactly know what I did right or wrong last time but, I think I played too flashy. This go ’round, I’m going to play more subtly, because I’m a very subtle person. Take one look at me and you think, “This guy knows subtle. No part of his mustache or patterned shirts or style of speaking says, ‘pay attention to me!’”