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Daniel "Dan" Spilo is a contestant from Survivor: Island of the Idols.

Dan worked himself into the majority on the Vokai tribe, becoming a pivotal member of the ruling Vokai Alliance, which allowed him to make it all the way to the final six. However, Dan's game was also mired by several accusations of inappropriate touching, most notably by Kellee Kim, for which he was given a warning by producers. After another incident involving inappropriate touching, this time with a member of production, producers made the call to eject Dan from the game, making him the first Survivor contestant to be ejected.[2]


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Age: 48
Hometown: New York City
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Talent Manager
Hobbies: Adventure travel, movies, and fitness.
Pet peeves: Trouble dealing with stubborn people but I respect EQ as much as IQ, ignorance, and close-mindedness.
Three words to describe you: Hardworking, articulate, and charming.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Raising two loving, considerate boys, and working hard to keep a marriage fun, loving, and passionate for 20 years.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? I don't have a hero, per se—Jane Goodall and people like her who have a selfless devotion to something in the way she did. The way she illuminated the life of chimpanzees, and never let anything get in her way, is heroic to me.
What's one thing we wouldn't know from seeing a photo of you? That I am a big softy. As my first client always reminds me, I cried at Finding Nemo.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Crowley and Kwon because of background, Westman and Boston Rob for social gameplay, and Cochran because he's freaking cool and weird.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I think I have the basic, if not superior, physicality to be useful to the Tribe. More importantly, I have an incredible ability to know what people need and to make them feel good, and to make myself critical in their success.[3]


Starting the game on the Vokai tribe, Dan was quick to form a majority alliance in order to assure that he would not be the first to go. The Vokai Alliance soon extended to every member of the tribe except for Jason Linden and Noura Salman due to the former's supposed Hidden Immunity Idol searching and a personality clash with the latter. On Day 2, Dan would be called out for his excessive physical behavior by both Kellee Kim and Molly Byman. Dan appeared apologetic, but this behavior would persist. From a strategic perspective, Dan also gained a reputation as a schemer, which made Jamal Shipman distrust him. The transparency of Dan's all-around negative behavior made him overlooked in the pre-merge as bigger threats Molly and Jason were blindsided at his only Tribal Council visits.

After the tribes merged into the Lumuwaku tribe on Day 20, conversations involving Kellee and Missy Byrd showed that Dan's touchy behavior had made Kellee, Molly, Elizabeth Beisel, and Lauren Beck all uncomfortable over the course of the game, with Janet Carbin also aware of the situation to some degree. Though Kellee hoped that Janet's presence would keep Dan at bay, Dan still persisted and Kellee grew even more frustrated. Production gave the entire tribe a general warning and Dan a personal warning in response. Dan was the targeted because of his reputation and behavior, but Elizabeth and Missy worked hard to keep the post-switch Vokai contingent (consisting of themselves, Dan, Lauren, Aaron Meredith, Elaine Stott, and Tommy Sheehan) strong since they believed that Kellee was deceiving them. Dan had the numbers in his favor and survived an 8-5 vote which sent Kellee to the jury. Following Tribal Council, Janet told Dan why he was targeted and he acted defensive, confused, and apologetic. This situation became even more serious and complicated when Elizabeth and Missy lied to Janet about how they felt toward Dan and exaggerated the situation. At the following Tribal Council on Day 24, the conversation was largely surrounding Dan which started to annoy him. Host Jeff Probst put his foot down, explaining that he would not let this topic go, leading to Dan arguing against any allegations towards him, claiming to be a loving person. Despite this, Dan was not targeted that night, and Jamal was instead sent to the jury.

For the rest of the game, Dan enjoyed the protection of the original Vokai Alliance, while continuing to be a pivotal player in taking out Aaron and the Lairo Women's Alliance. On Day 30, Dan cast a crucial vote for Elizabeth while the rest of his alliance voted against Karishma Patel, preventing his ally Janet (the two having reconciled their earlier differences) from being eliminated with 1 vote after Karishma played a Hidden Immunity Idol, allowing his alliance to eliminate Elizabeth in the resulting revote. The following day, Dan got to go on reward with his son Ryan during the family visit, along with Janet, Lauren, Tommy, and their respective loved ones, where he affirmed his loyalty to that group. The Vokai Alliance continued to pick off original Lairo members Karishma and Elaine over the next few days, before Dan was ejected from the game on Day 36 following another incident of misconduct not involving a contestant, meaning he would not serve as a member of the jury. This event was the first official ejection in Survivor history.

Voting History

Episode Dan's
Voted Against
1 Vokai Tribe Immune
2 Molly -
3 Vokai Tribe Immune
4 Vokai Tribe Immune
5 Vokai Tribe Immune
6 Elaine -
7 Vokai Tribe Immune
8 Kellee Jamal, Janet,
Karishma, Kellee, Noura
Jamal -
9 Aaron -
10 Elizabeth;
11 Noura -
12 Noura -
Ejected, Day 362

^1 In "Bring On the Bacon", the vote ended with a 1-1-0 tie between Elizabeth and Janet, forcing a revote. Dan did not change his vote at the revote.
^2 In "Just Go for It", Dan was ejected from the game as a result of repeated inappropriate touching.


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  • Dan is the oldest man on the original Vokai tribe.
  • Dan had applied for David vs. Goliath and was cast for Edge of Extinction, but was unable to compete on the latter season as he had broken his foot days before filming.[4]
  • Dan is the first Survivor contestant to be ejected from the game.
    • As a result, he is the first contestant to be eliminated during the jury stage, but not become a juror.
    • He is the second contestant to be eliminated during the jury stage and not be a part of the final jury, following Neal Gottlieb, who was originally part of the jury in Kaôh Rōng, but was removed on Day 38 due to the Juror Removal vote.


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