Janet's likability and work ethic allowed her to make strong connections with her tribemates, getting her to the merge. At the first post-merge Tribal Council, she attempted to stand up for what she believed was right by targeting her ally Dan Spilo after several women came up to her and expressed that they felt that Dan had inappropriately touched them. However, she found herself relegated to the minority after Dan was saved, but nevertheless used her strong social connections to once again work herself into a position of power. At the final five, she thought that she was poised to make it to the end as she possessed a Hidden Immunity Idol and was the best at making fire. However, Dean Kowalski used an Idol Nullifier to cancel her idol, leading Janet to be voted out for being too big of a threat to win.
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Hometown: Neptune, New Jersey
Current residence: Palm Bay, Florida
Occupation: Chief Lifeguard
Hobbies: Body surfing, softball, and rowing lifeguard boats.
Pet peeves: Laziness and being wasteful.
Three words to describe you: Aggressive, enthusiastic, and vivacious.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Saving many lives in the ocean and of course, my kids and my grandchildren.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? Tina Turner. She walked out and made no excuses—and made it big.
What's one thing we wouldn't know from seeing a photo of you? I come off tough and stern... not true.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Stephenie, because she's athletic.
What's your primary motivation for being on Survivor? It's my dream. And the money!
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? Because I can read people and I have the necessary skills, athletically and socially.
Determined to erase the stigma older women often face at the start of the season, Janet proved to be an asset by being the first to make fire for the Vokai tribe. Janet would also become a player others would go to, whether it be the women consulting her about Dan Spilo's behavior or Lauren Beck and Tommy Sheehan approaching her about blindsiding Molly Byman. Aided further by some strong challenge performances, Janet's position on Vokai seemed pretty stable. It would remain that way after a Tribe Switch on Day 12 saw Janet end up with four other Vokai members against and three original Lairo on the new Lairo tribe. Janet was able to immediately connect with Karishma Patel and Tom Laidlaw, but she did not let these new connections cloud her gameplay. Her conversation with Tom revealed that Tom would be loyal to his original alliance, helping Janet make the decision to take him out at the first opportunity. On Day 17, Janet was selected by random draw to go to the Island of the Idols, where she declined a chance to win a "Safety Without Power" advantage. When Lairo again lost immunity, Janet would be blindsided when Dean Kowalski played a Hidden Immunity Idol given to him by Kellee Kim to take out her ally Jack Nichting.
When the tribes merged into the Lumuwaku tribe on Day 20, gameplay was mixed with real world issues with Dan and Kellee once again on the same tribe, causing some previous incidents to resurface and repeat. Though Dan was Janet's ally, she was willing to put that aside after hearing that Dan made some of the women feel uncomfortable. Janet and Kellee pushed hard for Dan's elimination, but did not know that Elizabeth Beisel and Missy Byrd were actually targeting Kellee, leading to Kellee's blindside at Tribal Council and Janet being relegated to the minority. Upon returning to camp, Janet sought answers from Elizabeth and Missy, though the two continued to exaggerate Dan's actions and lie to Janet. Janet feared being one of the next players to go, leading her to look for and eventually find a Hidden Immunity Idol the following morning. However, another heated Tribal Council centered on Dan's behavior led to Janet misplaying her idol, though Jamal Shipman was voted out instead. Continuing to play from the bottom, Janet survived the next two Tribal Councils, despite being targeted by Aaron Meredith in the first, and being involved in a tie with Elizabeth in the second, with Aaron and Elizabeth being voted out instead.
Janet and Tommy won the Reward Challenge on Day 31, allowing them to enjoy a feast with their loved ones. They invited their main allies Dan and Lauren, leaving outsiders Dean, Karishma, Elaine Stott, and Noura Salman back at camp. After a frantic Tribal Council led to Karishma's elimination, it seemed like Janet now had a clear path to the final four after having reintegrated herself into the Vokai majority alliance and finding another Hidden Immunity Idol. However, Elaine warned Janet that if Elaine were to be voted out next, Janet would be the next biggest threat for jury votes. At Tribal Council, however, Janet remained loyal to her alliance and voted out Elaine, followed by Dan being ejected from the game after another incident of inappropriate touching. However, Janet's decision to tell Lauren and Tommy about her idol would backfire as the two told Dean, who received an Idol Nullifier at the Island of the Idols. On Day 37, thinking that she would get to the Final Three by playing her idol at the final five, then win the fire-making challenge at the final four, Janet asked Tommy to get the rest of the tribe to vote for her, while she would use her idol to save herself and vote out Lauren instead. However, Dean used his Idol Nullifier to cancel out Janet's idol and Janet's allies turned on her for being too big of a threat to win both the fire-making challenge, and subsequently, the whole game, eliminating her in a 4-1 vote.
At the Final Tribal Council, Janet asked Tommy about the reasoning behind him betraying her. Tommy explained that Janet played too good of a game for him to have a chance at beating her if they were both in the Final Three. Janet would vote for Tommy to win the title of Sole Survivor, which he did in an 8-2-0 vote over Dean and Noura.
|Janet's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|3||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|4||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|6||Lairo Tribe Immune|
|13||Lauren|| Dean, Lauren,|
|Voted Out, Day 37|
| Voted For|
^1 In "I Was Born at Night, but Not Last Night", Dean used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Janet's vote against him.
^2 In "We Made It to the Merge!", Janet used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 2 votes against her.
^3 In "Bring On the Bacon", Karishma used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Janet's vote against her. Also, the vote ended with a 1-1-0 tie between Janet and Elizabeth, forcing a revote. On the revote, Janet did not receive any votes to be eliminated.
^4 In "Mama, Look at Me Now", Janet used a Hidden Immunity Idol. However, Dean used an Idol Nullifier on Janet, therefore nullifying her Idol.
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- Janet is the oldest member of the original Vokai tribe and the oldest woman to compete on Island of the Idols.
- Janet had been applying for Survivor since Borneo.
- Janet is the only castaway to decline a mentors' challenge at the Island of the Idols.
- Janet is the oldest castaway to find, and subsequently play, a Hidden Immunity Idol on Survivor, being 59 at the time of filming.
- Janet is the third woman to find multiple Hidden Immunity Idols in a single season, following Kelley Wentworth in Cambodia and her fellow Island of the Idols castaway Kellee Kim.
- Janet lost 20 lbs. during her time on Island of the Idols.
- Janet is the oldest woman to make the finale in Survivor history.
|Survivor: Island of the Idols Castaways|