Francesca Hogi is a contestant from Survivor: Redemption Island and Survivor: Caramoan.

In Redemption Island, her blowup with Phillip Sheppard at the seasons first Tribal Council, resulted in her being blindsided and sent to Redemption Island. She was eliminated in 18th place after losing the first Redemption Island duel to her tribemate Matt Elrod. She holds the distinction of being the first player ever voted out and sent to Redemption Island, and becoming the first person ever eliminated from Redemption Island. 

In Caramoan, she tried to target Phillip due to their conflict from their original season, but her plan backfired as she was blindsided at the season's first Tribal Council, thus making her the first returning player who was voted out first in her first season, as well as the first player to be voted out first in two seasons.


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Name (Age): Francesca Hogi (36)
Tribe Designation: Ometepe
Current Residence: Washington, DC
Occupation: Attorney
Personal Claim to Fame: Assembling the most amazing set of friends.
Inspiration in Life: My mom. She's been through so much in her life, starting with picking cotton while growing up in segregated Alabama. She is brilliant, beautiful and an all-around incredible person.
Hobbies: Writing, yoga and watching movies.
Pet Peeves: Self-delusion.
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, opinionated and stubborn.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I would most likely be a Cirie/Boston Rob combo.
Reason for being on Survivor: I'm normally competitive for no good reason - $1 million is a great excuse.
Why you think you'll "survive" Survivor: I'm book-smart, street-smart and can be pretty persuasive when necessary.
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: I might be the perfect combination of salty and sweet.[1]

Name (Age): Francesca Hogi (38)
Tribe Designation: Bikal
Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – 1st castaway voted out
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: Attorney
Personal Claim to Fame: I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Inspiration in Life: My Mom. She is smart, strong, caring and fearless.
Hobbies: Traveling, yoga and watching movies.
Pet Peeves: Liars, delusional people who only think about themselves and all around inconsiderate people make me crazy!
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, outgoing and honest.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) iPod - Nothing tunes out the chatter like music! 2) Floss - Food stuck in my teeth makes me crazy. 3) Air mattress - No one should have to sleep on bug infested bamboo.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: The most awesome contestant you can think of who went out early.
Reason for Being on Survivor: Two reasons - money and redemption.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I'm strong. Also, not afraid of snakes or spiders.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I'm tenacious.[2]


Redemption Island

Francesca was placed on the Ometepe tribe at the start of the season. Upon revealing Survivor super-villains Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz as players on Day 1, Francesca immediately expressed her distaste, outright stating that they were "troublemakers." Francesca initially made an alliance with Phillip Sheppard and Kristina Kell, the latter of whom found the Hidden Immunity Idol. However, early cracks in the alliance began to form when Francesca grew annoyed with Phillip's talkative personality.

After Ometepe's loss at the inaugural Immunity Challenge, Natalie Tenerelli became Francesca's alliance first target for elimination. However at Tribal Council, Phillip went double-agent by telling Rob about Kristina's idol, putting Kristina and Francesca in particular trouble. Despite Kristina being deemed as untrustworthy, it was Francesca who got eliminated from Ometepe in a 4-3-2 vote.

Upon her elimination, she was sent to Redemption Island where she received meager supplies and food, while waiting for her opponent in the upcoming Redemption Island duel. The opponent turned out to be fellow Ometepe tribemate Matt Elrod, much to Francesca's shock. At the first duel, Francesca initially gained an early lead, but Matt managed to catch up, winning the duel. Francesca congratulated Matt told him to get revenge on Ometepe. With this, Francesca was the first player permanently eliminated from the game.

Voting History

Francesca's Voting History
Episode Francesca's
Voted Against
1 Phillip Grant, Matt,
Phillip, Rob
Voted Out, Day 3
2 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 6


Along with nine other favorites, Francesca was placed on the Bikal tribe. She initially aligned with Brenda LoweErik Reichenbach, and Brandon Hantz. After aligning with them, she apologized to Phillip Sheppard about their rivalry in Redemption Island. Phillip later explained that he will let Francesca be herself and go her own way, despite still being annoyed by her.

After Bikal lost the Day 3 Immunity Challenge, the tribe negotiated over who to send home. All of Francesca's alliance wanted to send home her fellow Redemption Island contestant Andrea Boehlke, while the other six Bikal members who hadn't aligned with Francesca wanted to send her home. At Tribal Council, each side of Bikal stated their points including Phillip, who randomly spoke her name angrily three times, proving he actually could pronounce it now. Ultimately, the other Bikal members voted out Francesca 6-4.

Voting History

Francesca's Voting History
Episode Francesca's
Voted Against
1 Andrea Andrea, Cochran, Corinne,
Dawn, Malcolm, Phillip
Voted Out, Day 3


  • On March 13, 2015, Francesca appeared on the NBC show Today being interviewed by Kathie Lee Gifford to give her take on love and dating.[3]
  • On April 9, 2015, Francesca agreed to change seats in a middle of an aisle seat on a flight from New York to London because a strict Orthodox Jewish man refused to sit next to any woman other than his wife.[4]
  • On April 19, 2017, Francesca, along with Nick Maiorano, appeared on an episode of Pen Fan Forum hosted by Andrea Boehlke to discuss the eighth and ninth episodes of Survivor: Game Changers.[5]
  • Francesca officiated Allie Pohevitz's wedding.[6]


  • Francesca is the first person to be voted out and sent to Redemption Island. Francesca is also the first person to lose a duel on Redemption Island.
  • Of all returning players, Francesca holds the record for the least days in the game overall, with 9.
  • Despite being first voted out of Redemption Island, Francesca appears on the season's DVD cover.[7]
  • Francesca is the only contestant to be eliminated first on two seasons.
  • Francesca is the only female Favorite in Caramoan to not make the merge.
  • Francesca beat Russell Swan's infamous record of the least days spent in the game by a returning player, only lasting nine days over two seasons, three of which she spent on Redemption Island. In both of those seasons, Phillip Sheppard cast a vote against her.
  • Rob Cesternino called Francesca's negative achievement the "Anti-Sandra", referencing Sandra Diaz-Twine's two wins on Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
  • Francesca, Russell Swan, Tom Westman, Colton Cumbie, and Caleb Reynolds are the only returning castaways to be affiliated with only two tribes.
  • Francesca, Phillip, and Andrea have started the game on the same tribe in all of their seasons they competed in together.


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