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Hannah Shapiro is a contestant from Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.

Hannah appeared neurotic and easily flustered through the first half of her season, and sometimes even cultivated this reputation in order to seem non-threatening. She steadily gained more strategic leverage as the game progressed, and after the merge, became a key decision-maker within David's Vinaka Alliance. Thus, she was able to secure a seat at the Final Tribal Council alongside allies Adam Klein and Ken McNickle. However, the jury was put off by her slowness in targeting David Wright and other seemingly erratic elements of her strategy, and she lost in a unanimous vote to Adam.


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Name: Hannah Shapiro
Age: 24
Current residence: West Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Barista
Tribe designation: Vanua (Millennials)
Three words to describe you: Nerdy, competitive, and weird.
Hobbies: Skiing, scuba diving, eating, plus I can hula-hoop and walk at the same time.
Pet peeves: Someone who likes to kill people. Not sure why, that's just such a pet peeve of mine! Also, people who stick their gum on public benches or fart in small elevators.
What does it mean to be a Millennial? Being a Millennial means being hip, cool, nifty and totally rad. Go young people! No, I'm not secretly an 80-year-old neurotic Jewish lady. I don't know what you're talking about.
Personal claim to fame: I was Ben Franklin in my eighth-grade production of 1776. I sang out of tune, people clapped, and it was an electric moment of fame.
Inspiration in life: My mother. She has super-human levels of toughness. I cry when I bump my arm into something too hard, when an authority figure yells at me, or if I see a video of a cat being tickled. My mom is the opposite. She is a freakin' warrior and I'm her odd, terrified child.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
1. A journal: One with an old school lock on it that says "KEEP OUT" on the front. That way, I could write to stay sane and nobody would read what I wrote because there's a "KEEP OUT" sign on it.
2. An old buff I bought: I did a two-week rafting trip a while back to see if I could handle Survivor because I had never camped before.
3. An old-timey compass: People would be, like, she must be hip! Just look at that old-timey compass.
Survivor contestant you're most like: I'm a big John Cochran (South Pacific, Caramoan) fan. He used his humor and fish out of water-ness to control the game without seeming threatening. Cochran had a buff collection and wrote a paper on Survivor at Harvard Law School. I wrote my college common application essay about wanting to be on Survivor, so I can relate to his super fan-ness; plus, we were both obviously super cool in middle school.
Reason for being on Survivor: I've been a fan of Survivor since I was 14. My friend and I would throw Survivor parties where we would eat worms and dirt (aka gummy worms and Oreos), while the castaways starved, and fancy food when they won Reward Challenges. Simply stated, being a Survivor contestant has been a dream of mine forever. Plus, I like the idea that 14-year-old me would find 24-year-old me cool.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I probably won't. I've tripped walking down a sidewalk, so imagine that person in the wilderness.[2]


Hannah was initially placed on the Vanua tribe consisting of millennial castaways. After Vanua lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 7, it appeared that Hannah was in the majority, along with Adam Klein, Mari Takahashi, Michaela Bradshaw, Will Wahl, and Zeke Smith, going against the Triforce alliance of Figgy Figueroa, Jay Starrett, Michelle Schubert, and Taylor Stocker. At Tribal Council, however, Michelle told her to vote out Mari, and would not tell her why. Hannah spent a lot of time at the voting booth because she was unsure what to do, but ultimately joined the majority in blindsiding Mari. After returning from Tribal Council, she apologized to Zeke and tried to explain her decision, but Zeke did not want to talk to her.

She, along with Jay, Michaela, and Will, were switched to the new Ikabula tribe after the Tribe Switch, and were joined by Takali members Bret LaBelle and Sunday Burquest. When Ikabula lost immunity, Michaela suggested that they split their votes between Bret and Sunday, and vote out Bret in the revote. Hannah and Michaela voted for Bret, but Jay and Will joined Bret and Sunday in blindsiding Michaela.

Returning from Tribal Council, Hannah was upset about being out of the loop. The merge occurred the next day. She regrouped with fellow Vanua allies Adam and Zeke. Will won immunity. The plan was to blindside Michelle. However, when a paranoid Adam started talking to Taylor, Hannah considered voting out Adam for being untrustworthy, but at Tribal Council, she joined the majority in blindsiding Michelle. At the next Tribal Council, she helped her alliance split their votes between Taylor and Jay, and Taylor was voted out. On Day 28, Hannah and Zeke were caught in the middle between the Takali Alliance who targeted Jessica Smith, and David Wright's alliance who targeted Chris Hammons. They sided with the latter alliance, blindsiding Chris.

After the next Reward Challenge, Hannah told David about Zeke's plan to eliminate him, and she decided to join David's Vinaka Alliance. Before Tribal Council,  Zeke talked to Hannah about his plan; after she was visibly reluctant to work against David, Zeke decided to target her instead. Hannah tried recruiting Adam to join her, David, Jessica, and Ken McNickle, and force a tie. At Tribal Council, her alliance voted for Zeke while Zeke's Vinaka Alliance voted for her which ended in a 5-5 tie between her and Zeke. The revote ended in a 4-4 tie between her and Zeke. Nobody would change their votes, so then a rock drawing Tiebreaker occurred where Jessica was eliminated by picking the unlucky rock.

It appeared Hannah's alliance was in the minority. The next day, Hannah met her mother Liz at the Loved Ones Challenge. Adam won immunity. At camp, Hannah said she believed she was the target. At Tribal Council, Adam played a Hidden Immunity Idol on her, however, it only negated four votes as Will flipped to her alliance so Zeke was blindsided. At the next Tribal Council, Hannah joined the majority in blindsiding Will. Ken won immunity at the final seven. At camp, Hannah decided to target Sunday to hinder her alliance members from bringing her to the end of the game as a perceived easy opponent in the jury vote. Her plan worked as Sunday was blindsided.

David won immunity on Day 36. Jay talked to Hannah and David about blindsiding Bret, but at Tribal Council, Hannah joined Ken, David, Adam, and Bret in blindsiding Jay. Ken won immunity on Day 37. Hannah, David, and Ken affirmed their final three deal and decided to target Adam for being a larger threat than Bret to win the final challenge. Adam then told Hannah about his new idol and plan to eliminate David, but Hannah told David and Ken. At Tribal Council, Adam played the idol on himself, but Hannah, David, and Ken voted against Bret to send him to the jury.

Back at camp, a frustrated Adam told Hannah that if David made it to the Final Tribal Council, he would win the game; though she had repeatedly spared David, she agreed with Adam and promised to vote against David the next night. On Day 38, Ken defeated Hannah to win the Final Immunity Challenge. At camp, Hannah talked to Ken about eliminating David. At Tribal Council, Ken joined Hannah and Adam in voting out David.

At the Final Tribal Council, Hannah and Adam fought over strategic decisions, and she was criticized for foiling earlier plans to eliminate David. Hannah ultimately became the co-runner up of the season along with Ken, losing to Adam in a unanimous 10-0-0 jury vote.

Voting History

Hannah's Voting History
Episode Hannah's
Voted Against
1 Vanua Tribe Immune
2 Mari -
3 Vanua Tribe Immune
4 Vanua Tribe Immune
5 Ikabula Tribe Immune
6 Ikabula Tribe Immune
7 Bret -
8 Michelle -
9 Jay -
10 Chris -
Bret, Jay,
Sunday, Will, Zeke;
Bret, Jay,
Sunday, Will1
11 Zeke Bret, Jay
Sunday, Zeke
12 Will -
Sunday -
13 Jay -
Bret -
David -
Jury Votes
for Hannah
Co-Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In "Million Dollar Gamble", the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Hannah and Zeke, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their vote on the revote, forcing a rock drawing tiebreaker. Hannah was immune from the tiebreaker.
^2 In "About to Have a Rumble", Adam used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Hannah, negating 4 votes against her.


  • Hannah, along with Hayden Moss and Tony Vlachos, appeared on the debut episode of Beyond the Buff, a Facebook live series which discusses the episode of Survivor which aired the previous day.[3]
  • On May 10, 2017, Hannah, along with Abi-Maria Gomes, appeared on an episode of Pen Fan Forum hosted by Andrea Boehlke to discuss the twelfth episode of Survivor: Game Changers.[4]
  • Hannah co-hosts the Pawnee Public Radio podcast, where she and her colleague Will Sonheim rewatch the TV Series Parks and Recreation and talk about each episode, with fellow Survivor alumni Desi Williams guest appearing in an episode.


  • Hannah took a Survivor college class taught by Max Dawson.[5]
  • Hannah is the highest-ranking female on Millennials vs. Gen X, and the highest-ranking member of the Ikabula tribe.
  • Hannah lost 22 lbs. (10 kg) during her time on Millennials vs. Gen X.[6]
  • Hannah placed 14th in TV Guide's "20 Best Performances of 2016".[7]


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