Elyse Umemoto is a contestant from Survivor: South Pacific.


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Name (Age): Elyse Umemoto (27)
Tribe Designation: Savaii
Current Residence: Las Vegas
Occupation: Dance Team Manager­
Personal claim to fame: I was the second runner-up to Miss America and I raised my three younger sisters.
Inspiration in life: My Grandma, Viola. God rest her beautiful soul. She taught me three of the most important things I'll ever learn: how to read, how to pray and how to appreciate music.
Hobbies: Baking cupcakes, amassing useless trivia and quotes and reading memoirs.
Pet peeves: Professional athletes with bad attitudes, wet laundry that doesn't get moved to the dryer immediately, pretty girls wearing ugly shoes and people who drink decaf.
3 words to describe you: Enchanting, indomitable and spunky!
Survivor contestant you are most like: Brenda from Nicaragua and Parvati. They know what they want and how to get it. They truly understand the social game.
Reason for being on Survivor: I thrive on challenge and the rush of competition. I always push the envelope and my limits. There's no better avenue to do this than Survivor.
Why you think you'll "survive" Survivor: I'm engaging, personable and a master at reading people. I'm controversial in many ways and I embrace that I'm a "character." I'm naturally athletic and can seamlessly blend into a group. I radiate confidence and always compete to win.
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: It's not just my character traits that make me a winner. It's literally in my blood to survive. My Japanese grandfather spent his childhood in an internment camp. My German grandmother's family has strong, long-standing ties with the government and fled immediately before the war. My Native American grandfather was the son of a deaf mute who learned English as a second language on the reservation by age 9. I have a passion for competition and I am the product of generations of TRUE survivors- their strength and resilience are a natural part of who I am.[1]


Elyse began the season as a member of the Savaii tribe. Being one of the more physically able members of the tribe, Elyse was quickly invited by Survivor veteran Ozzy Lusth to join the majority alliance along with Keith Tollefson, Jim Rice, and Whitney Duncan, keeping her safe for Savaii's first two Tribal Councils.

Following Mark Caruso's elimination, Elyse began to grow close to Ozzy. This concerned Jim, and he plotted with the remaining outsiders Dawn Meehan and John Cochran to eliminate her. After losing the Immunity Challenge on Day 14, Jim told Keith and Whitney about his plan to vote out Elyse. The pair were hesitant however, not wanting to lose Ozzy's trust. At Tribal Council, Elyse and Ozzy went with their original plan of eliminating Cochran, while Keith and Whitney voted for Dawn to avoid Ozzy's anger. However, Jim's plan came to fruition, sending an unsuspecting Elyse to Redemption Island in a 3-2-2 vote. Elyse was permanently eliminated from the competition after losing the duel to Christine Shields Markoski the following day.

Voting History

Elyse's Voting History
Episode Elyse's
Voted Against
1 Semhar -
2 Savaii Tribe Immune
3 Mark -
4 Savaii Tribe Immune
5 Cochran Cochran,
Dawn, Jim
Voted Out, Day 14
6 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 15


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