Jane Hammett-Bright is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.

Best remembered for her intense rivalry with tribemate Marty Piombo, Jane used her wacky yet likable demeanor and challenge prowess to advance deep into the game. Unfortunately for her, her game came to an end when her alliance chose to betray her, as she was deemed a jury threat. She did, however, win the Fan Favorite Award by a huge margin.


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Name: Jane Bright (56)
Tribe: Espada
Current Residence: Jackson Springs, N.C.
Occupation: Dog Trainer
Personal Claim to Fame: Winning best in show!
Hobbies: Snow/water skiing and showing dogs.
Pet Peeves: Lazy people.
3 Words To Describe You: Crazy, daring and honest.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Rupert because he was loveable, but I still think I'm smarter.
Reason for being on Survivor: To win America over.
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: Everybody likes me and respects me. Plus, I'd be an underdog to them.[1]


Jane Bright was place on the Espada tribe, which consisted of castways of at least 40 or older. Jane quickly made fire, impressing everyone on the tribe. At the first challenge, Espada decided to not use the Medallion of Power. Jane was placed at the puzzle section of the challenge. Despite her and the other women's efforts, the younger La Flor won the challenge. At Tribal Council, Jane agreed that Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff was the weakest after her speech and voted her off. Espada used the Medallion at the next challenge, which gave them the win. They earned fishing gear from the victory, which Jane was delighted about. Jane enjoyed fishing with famed NFL coach Jimmy JohnsonMarty Piombo was concerned about her and Holly Hoffman admiration for Jimmy J. Jane reassured Holly that she was safe, despite stealing Dan Lembo's shoes. Marty showed everyone that he found the Hidden Immunity Idol. La Flor won immunity and reward, sending Espada to their second Tribal Council. Jimmy J. admitted he was one of the weakest, which caused everyone to vote him off. Things turn miserable when a strong storm hit the campsite. After a the rainy, cold night, the camp was filled with debris. There was very little rice and the fish left the fishing area. Jane missed Jimmy J.'s leadership and hoped something would step up. Because of La Flor using the Medallion of Power and Jimmy Tarantino's insubordination, Espada lost horribly. Jane voted against the weakest member, Dan. However, Marty was annoyed with Jimmy T. and arranged his elimination which clearly angered Jane after seeing Jimmy T. get voted out.

After Jimmy T.'s ouster, Marty assured Dan that Jane and Holly would be the next to go. This did not happen as a tribe switch occurred. Jane, along with Marty and Jill Behm were selected to be on La Flor by Brenda Lowe. Jane liked the younger people being similar to her. Also she like their organization, yet laid backed attitudes. Jane felt excluded by Marty and Jill, who she viewed as "tighter than ticks" Jane told Brenda and Purple Kelly that Marty and Jill were untrustworthy and should be voted out immediately. Knowing that Jane would tell them about his idol, Marty revealed it to the younger tribe. They had mixed reactions to the idol. La Flor won the Immunity Challenge, keeping Jane safe. The next challenge was for individual immunity as both tribe would be going to Tribal Council. Jill won immunity and won the tribe a feast at Tribal Council as well. Jane was going to vote out Marty, which Brenda wanted her to do for a split vote plan. At Tribal Council, Marty whispered to Jane to vote against Brenda. Jane ignored him and voted against him. The vote was tied 3-3-2 between Marty and Kelly Bruno. Jane was the only one to vote against Marty at the revote. Marty wanted to know why she voted against him, stating he was always honest with her. La Flor lost the next two challenges. Marty saved himself by giving his idol to Sash Lenahan.

The La Flor tribe received a Tree Mail indicating to move to the Espada camp. The tribes had merged and they feasted. Marty named the new tribe Libertad. Jane clicked with Chase Rice because both were from North Carolina. At the Immunity Challenge, Jane outlasted the other women to win. Jane insisted on competing against men, which Jeff Probst allowed. Eventually, Fabio Birza outlasted Chase for the men's immunity. Jane continued her vendetta with Marty by voting against him. At Tribal Council, Marty launched a tirade against her. He claimed that she was the biggest threat for her strength, likability, and even proclaimed that he would vote for her. Everyone else voted against Alina Wilson for her being a threat. At the next Reward Challenge, the women were teamed up against the men, excluding Chase. Chase decided to support the women, who lost to the other men. During their reward, Marty tried to organize an attempt to flush NaOnka Mixon's idol and blindside Jane. Brenda won immunity, much to Jane's delight. Marty's plan failed when Chase and Sash sided with the women and he was voted out instead. The next reward, Jane was teamed up with Chase, Fabio, NaOnka, and Purple Kelly. They won the challenge easily, earning them a trip to a helicopter to go volcano surfing. At the Immunity Challenge, Jane nearly dropped out but Chase urged her on. Jane won immunity for the second time. She agreed with Holly's planned to vote off Brenda. Jane's team lost the next Reward Challenge. NaOnka and Purple Kelly announced they wanted to quit, but Jeff said to think over the decision. At Tribal Council, Jane informed the women that they would have much harder times ahead in life. She added that people were much worse off and they were not playing Survivor. Despite everyone's efforts to convince them otherwise, the women quit the game that night, disappointing everybody.

Chase won the next Reward Challenge, and selected Jane and Holly to accompany him. Chase worried that bringing Jane was a mistake as Sash was a swing vote. Thankfully, Sash joined Jane, Holly, and Chase to vote out Benry Henry. The next Tree Mail had a smartphone with messages from home. The Reward Challenge was a Loved Ones Challenge. Jane competed with her daughter, Ashley. Chase won the challenge, but opted to take Sash, Holly, and his respective loved ones instead. Jane was upset with the decision, because it was Ashley's last summer before going to college. The target, Fabio, won immunity. This cause Jane's alliance to turn on her even though Dan, an alliance outsider, was still in the game. Sash told her upfront, which Jane gave him the middle finger. She didn't want him to even look at her. Jane poured water over the fire, saying "I started it, I'm putting it out", stunning everyone. At Tribal Council, Jane launched a tirade against Holly for stealing Dan's shoes and tried to get Fabio and Dan to vote out Holly. This failed and Jane was unanimously voted out, with her vote being negated by Sash's idol.

At the Final Tribal Council, Jane started by saying that someone raised Sash good to be a New York River Rat and he should go back to the sewers were he came from. Jane explained that she was still angry with Chase for betraying her, but he made her time of Survivor: Nicaragua the funniest event she had. She asked him what he do with the million dollars. Chase said he would donate $100,000 dollars to a cancer research center that his brother founded. Next, Chase declared that he would use the money to take care of his mom. Fabio said he wanted to care for his parent and noted that everyone wants to do that. Jane finished her speech by saying that she enjoyed meeting Chase and Fabio's moms. Jane gave her jury vote to Chase, who lost to Fabio in a 5-4-0 vote.

At the Reunion Show, Jane was revealed to have won $100,000 for the Fan Favorite Award by a huge margin.

Voting History

Jane's Voting History
Episode Jane's
Voted Against
1 Wendy -
2 Espada Tribe Immune
3 Jimmy J. -
4 Dan -
5 La Flor Tribe Immune
6 Marty;
7 Marty Jill, Marty
8 Marty Individual Immunity
9 Marty Benry, Dan,
Fabio, Marty
10 Brenda Individual Immunity
12 No Vote
13 Benry -
14 Sash2 Chase, Dan,
Fabio, Holly, Sash
Voted Out, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Worst Case Scenario", the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Kelly B. and Marty, forcing a revote. Jane did not change her vote on the revote.
^2 In "This Is Going to Hurt", Sash used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Jane's vote against him.


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  • Jane applied for Survivor ten times over the years before getting cast on Nicaragua.[2]
  • Jane is the oldest woman to compete on Nicaragua.
  • Jeff Probst did not include Jane in his assessment of the cast.
  • Including members before and after the Tribe Switch, Jane is the only Espada member to win individual immunity after the merge. Holly Hoffman and Jill Behm won their individual immunity before the merge.
  • Jane holds the record for casting the most consecutive votes against one person, with five cast for Marty Piombo.
  • Jane won the most Immunity Challenges out of all the female players in Survivor: Nicaragua, with two.
  • Jane lost 14.1 lbs. during her time in Nicaragua.[3]
  • Jane is the first woman to win the Sprint Player of the Season award. This makes her the second woman to win the Fan Favorite Award, following Cirie Fields in Panama.


Survivor: Nicaragua Castaways
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