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Evelyn Judith "Evvie" Jagoda, Ph.D.[2] is a contestant from Survivor 41.

Evvie started the game in a power position on the Yase tribe, where they formed strong relationships with the rest of their tribe, allowing them to dictate the first two eliminations. At the merge, Evvie found themself in the minority. After Evvie led the Yase minority alliance in a deft counter-manoeuvre against the Knowledge is Power advantage, they narrowly escaped elimination and went on to win the next Immunity Challenge. However, their luck ran out as, after losing the next Immunity Challenge, they were unable to sway the majority alliance into voting out their former ally Liana Wallace, which resulted in their elimination.

Profile

Retrieved from cbs.com

Age: 28
Hometown: Westchester, New York
Current Residence: Arlington, Massachusetts
Occupation: Ph.D. student
Hobbies: Cooking, biking, being in nature (hiking, camping, swimming in ponds)
Three Words to Describe You: Extroverted, enthusiastic, smart
Pet Peeves: Men. Not all men, but I cannot stand machismo and man-splainers — anything like that drives me insane. [In grad school] I deal with A LOT of know-it-all male energy, and it's a lot. Back when I dated men, I once broke up with a guy because we were on a trip to Budapest and he kept pronouncing it "Budah-pesht" to prove how smart and worldly he was, and it was the biggest turnoff. I broke up with him literally 30 minutes after we got back from the trip.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? In February 2019 I was featured in an episode of the podcast Radiolab (episode "Asking for a Friend"). I was so proud of it for several reasons. One, I absolutely love that podcast and it was so freaking cool to be a part of it. Two, I felt like I was really able to bring a lot of myself into the interview. Normally, scientists try to keep things very clinical and sterile. That's not my attitude. We talked about Neanderthals, but in the discussion, I also brought up the fact that we always seem to imagine Neanderthals as males when of course they were females as well. The reporter said, "Oh maybe I should be imagining myself meeting a female Neanderthal at a bar." Naturally, I replied, "Well that's my kind of story." She ran with it and had a whole chunk of the episode be about queer interspecies romance, which is literally my dream come true.
What is something we would never know from looking at you? People are normally shocked that I passed as straight for 23 years. I give off the vibe of someone super confident in my queerness (which I am now), but it wasn't always this way. I like to be loud and proud about that so people know that it's okay to take longer to know yourself. People who know me at all are also often incredibly surprised when I say that I'm 5'2". People are always surprised that I'm short. I have a big personality that takes up more than 62 inches of space.
Who is your hero and why? My hero is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is just such a badass woman and withstands so much hate, sexism, racism, ageism and somehow never gives up or gives in. I so admire the way that she stands up for regular people and against huge opposition from powerful forces with just her voice, passion and beliefs. I genuinely cried when watching her speech after a Republican congressman called her a bitch. She stood there in Congress, so poised and dignified, yet still so clearly channeling intense fiery passion against abusive men and for women everywhere who have to deal with that BS. She said, "Having daughters is not what makes someone a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect is what makes a decent man." That's just so true and clear and makes me feel seen by a politician for the first time ever.
Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I think the strategy that would work well for me would be staying close to the center of power, but never directly perceived as the one making the calls. For example, Todd at the beginning of China put Aaron as the leader of his tribe, but knew he could control him. I also think Natalie in San Juan del Sur crushed this. She was Jeremy's number two at first, so he was the one that got cut while she stuck around. Then she pretended to let Jon Misch et al. be in charge. Ultimately, she struck at the right time and was able to get him out and win. I think that would be the type of player I would want to be — I'd want to seem agreeable and like I wasn't playing with intense strategy, but be right next to the front-man so that I could grab the reins at the right moment. This plan could blow up if you're too in love with the front-man (à la Stephen with J.T. or any non-Kim players in One World). You have to know when to betray them.
Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I really think I have the right combination of skills to win the game. I'm extremely smart and strategic and know the game very well and will constantly be thinking about how to put myself in the best position to win. But I'm also so silly and goofy and physically small and clumsy that I think people will really underestimate me and not target me. I've got an infectious smile and personality that will help me make great bonds with people. I'm super open and vulnerable with people so I think people will feel close to me, tell me information and want to work with me. I think people will have warm feelings for me at the end of the game even if I vote them out. I'm good at reading people's vibes and am very sensitive to shifts in people's energy so I think I'll be able to figure out if people are lying to me or planning to betray me. Even though I am very empathetic to people, I also can have a wall up in me and always put my closest people above anyone else, and I know I will be able to betray someone for the sake of winning the game. I'm also relentlessly optimistic and will not ever give up or count myself out.[3]

Survivor

Evvie's game started at a crossroads because Eric Abraham proposed a plan to them to vote out Tiffany Seely to keep the tribe strong. This worried Evvie because that trend would eventually lead to them becoming a target for a similar reason. This prompted the formation of an alliance between Evvie, Tiffany, and Liana Wallace who successfully voted out Abraham on Day 3, forming the majority Yase Alliance that would control the tribe for the rest of the pre-merge. Unfortunately, Yase lost a second consecutive Immunity Challenge. On the bright side, Evvie was selected by Luvu to accompany Deshawn Radden at The Summit. Evvie took this opportunity to build a cross tribal relationship by telling Deshawn about the new idol mechanics this season and allowed Deshawn to risk his vote to earn an extra vote. After Evvie's alliance voted out David Voce, Yase would go on to avoid the remaining pre-merge Tribal Councils. During this time, Xander Hastings became integrated into the alliance, Liana connected with Shan Smith during her Summit visit and considered defecting from Yase.

The combination of Liana's defection from Yase to the Black Alliance, Erika Casupanan breaking the hourglass to reverse the initial post merge Immunity Challenge results, and Ricard Foyé winning the following Immunity Challenge made Evvie the easy target going into Day 14's Tribal Council. It appeared Evvie's only hope was for Xander to play his idol on them while avoiding Liana's Knowledge is Power Advantage. While Xander's eventual decision to keep his idol provided correct as Sydney Segal ended up receiving the majority of the votes, Evvie started to distrust Xander, only to remain loyal to him due to not having any other option. Evvie was also disappointed that their bond with Deshawn from the Summit didn't materialize into an alliance. A much needed immunity victory on Day 16 resulted in Evvie's only other remaining ally, Tiffany, getting voted out that night. Following that vote, tensions began to rise within the majority alliance, primarily between Shan and Deshawn. That battle would be put on hold as a twist that separated the Viakana tribe into two groups of five forced Evvie back into a corner. Following Xander's immunity win, Evvie tried to flip Deshawn against Liana. This plan failed, and Evvie's time in the game came to a close with a 3-2 vote, finishing in 9th place and the 3rd member of the jury.

Although Evvie was closest with Xander out of the final 3, they contributed to Erika's 7-1-0 victory at Final Tribal Council.

Voting History

Evvie's Voting History
Episode Evvie's
Votes
Voted Against
Evvie
1 Abraham -
2 Voce -
3 Yase Tribe Immune
4 Yase Tribe Immune
5 Yase Tribe Immune
7 Deshawn Danny, Deshawn (x2),
Ricard
8 Heather Individual Immunity
9 Liana Danny,
Deshawn, Liana
Voted Out, Day 17
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Erika

Post-Survivor

  • Between the filming and airing of Survivor 41, Evvie came out as genderqueer/non-binary.[4] Evvie uses they/them pronouns.[5]
  • On November 16, 2021, Evvie finished their doctorate degree in Human Evolutionary Biology. They received their diploma the day before their elimination episode aired.

Trivia

  • Evvie is the first non-binary castaway on Survivor.
  • Evvie lost 14 lbs. during their time on 41.[6]

References

Survivor 41 Castaways
 Abraham
Yase
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 Brad
Ua
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 Danny
Luvu
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 Deshawn
Luvu
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 Erika
Luvu
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 Evvie
Yase
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 Genie
Ua
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 Heather
Luvu
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 JD
Ua
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 Liana
Yase
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 Naseer
Luvu
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 Ricard
Ua
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 Sara
Ua
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 Shan
Ua
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 Sydney
Luvu
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 Tiffany
Yase
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 Voce
Yase
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 Xander
Yase
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