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Brandon Keith Hantz is a contestant from Survivor: South Pacific and Survivor: Caramoan.

In South Pacific, then-19 year-old Brandon, a married, Born-Again Christian and nephew of notorious villain Russell Hantz, struggled with keeping his true identity from his fellow Upolu tribemates as well as battling temptation, and the moral dilemma the game presented. Although he made it to the final five with his alliance, he was goaded into giving up individual immunity, which lead to his blindside at Tribal Council.

He returned in Caramoan, where he promptly gained further infamy through his altercation with Phillip Sheppard. In a rage at what he perceived as Phillip's belittling treatment of him, Brandon dumped out all of his tribe's food reserves. This incident, in conjunction with his increasingly unstable overall emotional state, resulted in the Bikal tribe deliberately forfeiting the Immunity Challenge to vote him out in an impromptu Tribal Council.


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Name (Age): Brandon Hantz (19)
Tribe designation: Upolu
Current residence: Katy, Texas
Occupation: Oil Tanker Crewman
Personal claim to fame: My little boy, Elijah.
Inspiration in life: Jesus, because he died for me.
Hobbies: Shooting my guns, hunting and eating crawfish.
Pet peeves: When I order some food and it's not the way I want it or they forget my hot sauce.
3 words to describe you: Headstrong, bold and clever.
Survivor contestant you are most like: Probably Colby, Jonny Fairplay, Russell and Brandon.
Reason for being on Survivor: Financial freedom and to show everyone there is more than one side to the Hantz family other than being mean.
Why you think you'll "survive" Survivor: I'm very strong and I can hunt. I like fishing and swimming and I can build.

Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: I'm very handsome, smart, cunning, manipulative and funny.[2]

Name (Age): Brandon Hantz (21)
Tribe Designation: Bikal
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 15th castaway voted out/7th Jury Member
Current Residence: Katy, Texas
Occupation: Chemical Disposal
Personal Claim to Fame: Being a good father to my children.
Inspiration in Life: Jesus Christ.
Hobbies: Playing music, drawing and passionate love.
Pet Peeves: Stupid people.
3 Words to Describe You: Sexy, crazy fun and loyal.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: 1) A picture of my children. 2) The Bible. 3) A pair of underwear.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Brandon Hantz from Survivor: South Pacific – he's so cute!
Reason for Being on Survivor: Money, money, money!!!
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: Hunting, fishing and fire breathing!

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I almost was the Sole Survivor but I won't make the same mistakes again.[3]


South Pacific

Brandon started as a member of the Upolu tribe, which would soon be joined by returning player Coach Wade. Within the first three days, Brandon became a member of a majority alliance in Upolu consisting of himself, Coach, Sophie Clarke, Albert Destrade, and Rick Nelson. Brandon hid the fact he was the nephew of former player Russell Hantz (going as far as to wearing his shirt covering the upper portion of his back where he had a Hantz tattoo while he was fishing), but ended up seeing it as too much of a burden to keep to himself, and told Coach on Day 4.

Brandon also struggled with temptation and began to conspire against tribemate Mikayla Wingle. The Upolu five managed to control the merge and boot Christine Shields Markoski (who openly threatened returning players on the first day), Stacey Powell, and Mikayla at the three Tribal Councils Upolu attended. Although Brandon began to unravel and struggle more and more with his personal beliefs, he remained loyal to the Upolu five. When only the members of the original Upolu five remained, Brandon was the target for the Tribal Council, but surprised everyone when he won his first individual Immunity Challenge.

Later on, Albert was called out on his deceit by Sophie, Brandon, and Rick. However, Brandon later made amends with Albert before Tribal Council, and gave up his immunity to Albert, feeling that he owed him. Brandon found himself betrayed by his allies in a 3-2 vote. At the final Redemption Island duel, despite putting up a good fight against Ozzy Lusth, he was beaten and became the seventh member of the jury. At the Final Tribal Council, Brandon was mainly bitter towards Albert, asking him if he knew if he was going home and only wanted a yes or no answer. When Albert said he didn't know, Brandon simply uttered "you lie" and sat back down. In the end, he cast his vote for Sophie to win Survivor: South Pacific. Sophie ended up winning in a 6-3-0 vote.

Voting History

Brandon's Voting History
Episode Brandon's
Voted Against
1 Upolu Tribe Immune
2 Christine -
3 Upolu Tribe Immune
4 Stacey -
5 Upolu Tribe Immune
6 Mikayla -
7 Upolu Tribe Immune
8 Keith;
9 Ozzy -
Jim -
10 Dawn -
Whitney -
12 Cochran -
13 Edna Edna
14 Sophie Coach, Rick,
Voted Out, Day 35
15 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Double Agent", the vote ended with a 6-6 tie between Keith and Rick, forcing a revote. Brandon did not change his vote on the revote.
^2 In "Then There Were Five", Brandon had won individual immunity, but gave it to Albert during Tribal Council.


Brandon returned for a second time as one of the ten past players comprising the Bikal tribe. Brandon developed a close bond with tribemates Francesca Hogi, Erik Reichenbach, and Brenda Lowe, ultimately joining their alliance. After Bikal lost the first Immunity Challenge, Brandon began to gun for tribemate Andrea Boehlke, believing her to be a dangerous player in the game and believing former South Pacific castmates Dawn Meehan and John Cochran to be on their side. However, that was not the case as his ally Francesca was voted out in a 6-4 vote. Angered by the idea of how cold the majority alliance was for voting out Francesca first for a second time, Brandon flirted with the idea of borrowing some ideas from his uncle Russell Hantz by sabotaging his tribe by, such as urinating on their rice, but managed to restrain himself. Phillip Sheppard, the head of the Stealth R Us alliance, adopted Brandon to his alliance, and like everyone from the alliance, Phillip christened him by giving him his code name, "The Conqueror." Brandon and the rest of the Favorites would remain unbeatable in challenges, winning the next five.

Over the course of his time on the island, he developed a rivalry with Phillip, after the latter referred to him as "middle management." Brandon retaliated by saying that Phillip was the biggest bully he had ever met in front of the other tribe members. On Day 13, the rivalry between the two came to a head when Phillip and Brandon got into an argument following their Reward Challenge win. Brandon apologized to Phillip for losing his cool. However, shortly before the Immunity Challenge, Brandon confronted tribemate Andrea and learned that Phillip was still considering voting him out, despite making amends. Phillip and Brandon got into another argument, resulting in Brandon pouring out Bikal's rice and beans as a way to legitimise his elimination, much to the shock of his tribe mates. Though Erik Reichenbach attempted to take the bag of beans away, he was ignored by Brandon, who began taunting Phillip to fight him as he walked away. Dawn also tried to calm Brandon down, but to no avail.

Appalled by Brandon's mercurial personality, Phillip and the other Favorites leaned towards forfeiting the upcoming Immunity Challenge outright so they can vote Brandon out. At the Immunity Challenge, Brandon launches a tirade against his tribemates, telling the Fans that he was their "second chance" before taking the opportunity to continue bashing Phillip, telling the fans about Stealth R Us and that the code names Phillip had given everyone were demeaning. Brandon also insulted Corinne Kaplan for trying to be nice to the Fans, when they clearly didn't respect them. Jeff Probst called Brandon over to him to cool him down after manifesting intentions to physically harm anyone. However, he got into another argument with Phillip, prompting Jeff to calm him down again. Regardless, Bikal forfeited the challenge anyway, and right there and then, the Favorites verbally voted Brandon out unanimously.

Voting History

Brandon's Voting History
Episode Brandon's
Voted Against
1 Andrea -
2 Bikal Tribe Immune
3 Bikal Tribe Immune
4 Bikal Tribe Immune
5 Phillip Andrea, Brenda, Cochran, Corinne,
Dawn, Erik, Malcolm, Phillip
Voted Out, Day 13


  • At the South Pacific Reunion, Brandon revealed that nobody from his family had come to support him since most of them were disappointed and angry over how Brandon played the game. Russell Hantz, Brandon's uncle was present at the Reunion Show, but was not there on behalf of his nephew, whom he ended up insulting after host Jeff Probst talked to him in the audience and wanted him to critique Brandon's game play. During an episode of Rob Has a Podcast, Russell claims that the reason that nobody from Brandon's immediate family were there was because Brandon sold the tickets that were supposed to be for them.
  • Brandon was nominated as "Male Villain" in the Reality Wanted Awards 2014. He lost to Kevin O'Leary from Shark Tank.[4]
  • In 2012, Brandon divorced his first wife, and had since left the Hantz oil tankering business and worked as a salesman for Racing Electronics.[5]
  • Brandon appeared in the Russell Hantz Show on May 30, 2017. He appeared again on April 18, 2020.


  • Brandon is the youngest contestant on South Pacific.
  • Brandon is the first relative of a former contestant to compete on Survivor as a first-time contestant, by virtue of Russell Hantz being his uncle. Brandon is the only relative to do so outside of a Blood vs. Water season.
  • Along with fellow South Pacific contestant Jim Rice, Brandon set the record of holding 240 lbs. on his shoulders in the Shoulder the Load challenge.
  • Brandon is the fourth contestant to give away individual immunity at Tribal Council, following Jenna Morasca, Burton Roberts*, and Erik Reichenbach. They would be followed by Chris Underwood.
    • Brandon is the second to do so and be eliminated at that Tribal Council, following Erik.
  • In an interview in Rob Has a Podcast, Brandon's uncle, Russell, said that he believed his nephew gave up the Immunity Necklace because he wanted to quit. Brandon's father (and Russell's brother) Shawn, who appeared during the South Pacific Family Visit, claimed that during his time with his son, Brandon had already visibly checked out of the game.
  • Brandon lost 30 lbs. during his 36-day run on South Pacific.[6]
  • Brandon is the youngest male contestant and the youngest returning player on Caramoan.
  • Brandon in Caramoan is the second person to be verbally voted out, without a formal vote taking place, after Ian Rosenberger in Palau. They would be followed by Jeff Varner in Game Changers.
  • Brandon is the only male Favorite not to make the merge in Caramoan.
  • Brandon was banned from attending the Caramoan Reunion Show, making him the first person in Survivor history to be excused from the live show; and one of nine contestants to not attend a Reunion Show in person.
  • According to Corinne Kaplan,[7] Brandon's exit from Caramoan was a de facto ejection, as the Bikal tribe was instructed to vote him out.


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