Erik Reichenbach is a contestant from Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan.

A longtime Survivor fan, in Micronesia Erik became the third person to ever hand his individual immunity to another person. He was goaded into doing so by the cutthroat Black Widow alliance, which promptly voted him out. This is considered one of the most infamously stupid moves in Survivor history.

In Caramoan, Erik returned to the Fans vs. Favorites format as a Favorite. He again penetrated deep into the game due to his low-profile strategy, finding himself the swing vote at several crucial Tribal Councils. However, he was medically evacuated from the game at the final five, his same finishing position as in his first game.


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Erik Reichenbach was born and raised in Pinckney, Michigan. He is currently in his senior year of studying art at Eastern Michigan University, and is a member of the college's track team. Reichenbach works at an ice cream parlor called "Screams" in Hell, Michigan, where he also designs T-shirts, hauls canoes and entertains his customers. He previously worked in landscaping, construction and as a freelance graphic designer.

Reichenbach's hobbies include drawing, writing comic books, rock-climbing and studying philosophy/religion. He describes himself as animated, earnest and familiar. He is very proud of his running accomplishments during his senior year of high school, where he set the school's 400 yard record (49.3 seconds), and being able to run in the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Carolina. Reichenbach is a member of the Eastern Michigan Cross Country and Track team, Pinckney Pirate Track and Field Alumni and a rock climbing club.

Reichenbach believes he'll go far on SURVIVOR because he is a good listener, entertaining, optimistic, athletic, a creative thinker and can easily be a leader or a follower.

Reichenbach is currently single and lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his cats, Furrball and Kittyfizzle (K-Fizz for short). His birth date is November 27, 1985.[1]

Name (Age): Erik Reichenbach (27)
Tribe Designation: Bikal
Previous Season: Survivor: Micronesia – 13th castaway voted out/6th Jury Member
Current Residence: Santa Clarita, Calif.
Occupation: Comic Book Artist
Personal Claim to Fame: Survivor: Micronesia
Inspiration in Life: My Dad and my girlfriend, Dana.
Hobbies: Drawing, running and traveling.
Pet Peeves: Quiet or opinionless people.
3 Words to Describe You: Easy going, humorous and original.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) Contacts – So I can see. 2) Acrylic Paint – To paint a "masterpiece" at tribal camp. 3) A deck of cards - to eliminate any boredom.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy Lusth – I am great at challenges too!
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To show everyone that I am really not dumb, and in actuality I am a smart, funny guy who just does things in a different way.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I'm physically strong and easily adapt to my surroundings.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I adapt to working with different personalities easily and I have enough of an understanding of the game to improvise if necessary.[2]



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Voting History

Erik's Voting History
Episode Erik's
Voted Against
1 Airai Tribe Immune
2 Mary -
3 Airai Tribe Immune
4 Mikey B. -
5 Chet -
6 Chet Chet, Tracy
7 Tracy -
8 Ami Ami
9 Eliza -
10 Jason -
11 Jason Individual Immunity
12 Amanda1 Individual Immunity
13 Parvati Amanda, Cirie,
Natalie, Parvati
Voted Out, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In I'm Gonna Fix Her!, Amanda used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Erik's vote against her.
^2 In if It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese, Erik had won Individual Immunity, but gave it to Natalie during Tribal Council.


Erik was placed on the Favorites tribe of Bikal. His tribe won the first Reward Challenge but lost the first Immunity Challenge. At camp, he was angry on how Phillip Sheppard came up to him and said (though worded differently), "You can join us, but if you don't, we already have the numbers, anyway." He sided with Brandon Hantz, Brenda Lowe, and Francesca Hogi in the first Tribal Council, casting his vote for Andrea Boehlke, but since Francesca was voted off 6-4, Erik was left in the minority.

Thanks to Brandon's personality and being useful in challenges, Bikal won the next three Immunity Challenges, and after the Tribe Switch he switched to Gota. Luckily, everybody on Gota were great at challenges aside from Sherri Biethman. Gota won all of the challenges after the Tribe Switch.

Erik then entered the merge, and was now placed on Enil Edam. Erik's alliance became very successful. Erik won individual immunity on Day 33. Referencing his costly mistake in his first season, Jeff asked him if there's any chance Erik would give up immunity again at Tribal Council, to which Erik replied "I'm way too scared to do that again!". However, Erik did give Andrea the Hidden Immunity Idol after he found it (out of courtesy though, since the clue did belong to Andrea). Furthermore, the idol put a target on Andrea back, setting her up to be blindsided, this time with Erik successfully voting her off after his unsuccessful attempt way back on Day 3. Nearing the end of the game, Erik started to feel extremely hungry, even attempting to climb an extremely tall tree to get coconuts. Tree Mail then came to say that their Loved Ones were coming, and Erik then began to feel more confident than before. Brenda then won the Loved Ones Challenge and chose Dawn Meehan to enjoy her Loved Ones time, however, since the game of Survivor is full of twists, two Loved Ones were coming and Brenda had to choose between Dawn and her or Erik and the rest of the tribe. However, Brenda chose Erik, Eddie, Cochran, and Sherri to have time spent with their Loved Ones. Because of this, Cochran, Sherri, and Dawn chose to blindside Brenda, but Erik stayed loyal to her and voted for Eddie.

After that night of Tribal Council, Erik began to feel lightheaded. After the medical team came and said Erik's blood pressure was too low, so he couldn't compete. After a sad elimination, Erik left the game finishing in the same place he ended up in his first season. 

At the Final Tribal Council, Erik commented on how Sherri did not play the game well, and how all of the jury members knew this. They began to argue over the case, so Erik just stopped. Because of that, Erik gave his jury vote to Cochran, just as all the other jurors did.

Voting History

Erik's Voting History
Episode Erik's
Voted Against
1 Andrea -
2 Bikal Tribe Immune
3 Bikal Tribe Immune
4 Bikal Tribe Immune
5 Brandon -
6 Gota Tribe Immune
7 Gota Tribe Immune
8 Corinne -
9 Michael -
10 Phillip -
11 Malcolm;
12 Eddie Reynold
Andrea Individual Immunity
13 Eddie Eddie
14 No Tribal Council
Evacuated, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In Come Over to the Dark Side, the vote ended with a 3-3-3 tie between Andrea, Malcolm, and Reynold, forcing a revote. Erik did not change his vote on the revote.



Erik and his wife Dana.

  • On January 9, 2010, Erik attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.[3]
  • At the Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Reunion Show, Erik was nominated for the "Dumbest Move in Survivor History" for giving up his immunity to Natalie Bolton, giving up his shot at the final four and being voted out unanimously by the women's alliance. Erik lost to Heroes vs. Villains castaway J.T. Thomas for giving his Hidden Immunity Idol to Russell Hantz.
  • In an interview with, Erik called the Caramoan live Reunion Show disrespectful, ridiculous, and "a farce," since he and half the jury were not given a chance to talk.
  • Starting from Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Erik now works as a graphic designer, where he makes Survivor related caricatures.[4]
  • In October 2013, Erik got engaged to his girlfriend, Dana.[5] They married on August 21, 2014.[6]
  • Erik was creating a mobile app for Apple and Android users called Islands of Chaos before it was cancelled in February 2019.[7]
  • Since 2013, Erik has been making Survivor comics that focus on highlights from memorable episodes.[8]
  • Erik, along with James Clement, appeared on stage at the Survivor: Ghost Island Reunion.


  • Erik was the youngest castaway in Micronesia.
  • Erik originally applied for Survivor: China.[9]
  • Erik was the only Fan switched to Malakal to make the merge.
  • Erik won his first Individual Immunity Challenge on his 22nd birthday.
  • Erik is the first person to be voted out immediately after giving up Individual Immunity. He was followed by Brandon Hantz in South Pacific.
  • In a 2012 interview, Jeff Probst stated him giving up his immunity was his 3rd favorite Tribal Council moment of all time.[10]
  • Erik is the only Fan from a Fans vs. Favorites season to compete multiple times.
  • Erik is the highest-placing Favorite in a Fans vs. Favorites season to not improve on his previous finish.
  • Erik is one of five castaways to finish in the same position twice, by placing 5th in both of his seasons. The others are James Clement, Sandra Diaz-TwineCandice Woodcock, and Jonathan Penner.
    • Erik was the second person to finish in the same position and play the same number of days. The first was Sandra, who played 39 days twice.
    • Erik was the second person to finish in the same position and with the same number of castaways. The first was Candice, who finished 8th/20 twice. Coincidentally, Candice was also the youngest castaway on her first season.
    • Erik is the only castaway to compete on both Fans vs. Favorites seasons, and the only castaway to be both a Fan and a Favorite.
  • Erik designed the tribe flags for both Dabu and Enil Edam.
  • Erik's favorite season aside from his first was Survivor: Fiji.[11]
  • Erik designed the cover of Rob Cesternino's audio book The Evolution of Strategy.


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