Justin "Jay" Starrett is a contestant from Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.
Despite his laid-back personality, Jay proved to be a serious threat during his season, orchestrating the blindside of Michaela Bradshaw, winning two individual Immunity Challenges, and finding a Hidden Immunity Idol. During the merge, his affiliation with the Triforce alliance and his physical prowess during challenges made him a target. He managed to outlast the rest of his alliance in part due to a unique rivalry/friendship with Adam Klein, but was ultimately eliminated on Day 36 after he mistakenly played a fake idol made by David Wright.
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Name: Justin "Jay" Starrett
Current residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Occupation: Real estate agent
Tribe designation: Vanua (Millennials)
Three words to describe you: Determined, intelligent, and funny.
Hobbies: Skimboarding, fishing, and pretty much any sport.
Pet peeves: I don't like when people make plans or say they're going to do something and they don't deliver.
What does it mean to be a Millennial? Millennial means "freedom" to me. I say this because we are born in a time when anything is truly possible; social media and all these different outlets help you to not only learn information quickly, but gives you the capability to become or create anything. Being a Millennial, you can chase your dreams and do things that are out-of-the-box; as long as you are working towards your dream and not just sitting there thinking about it, you can become successful.
Personal claim to fame: Purchasing my house at the age of 25.
Inspiration in life: I would definitely have to say my beautiful mother is my hero. Through everything—including past divorces and serious health issues—she still pushes forward like the little Peruvian soldier she is. She's had 10 brain aneurisms and received surgical care for six of them. She wakes up every day smiling and not only motivates and inspires me, but everyone she comes in contact with. I am truly blessed.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? iPod because I'm always dancing or jamming out to something; a skimboard just in case there are some waves to ride; and a DVD player with DVDs, so I can lie back and relax after my hard day of living life like a caveman.
Survivor contestant you're most like: I have to say Russell Hantz (Samoa, Heroes vs. Villains, Redemption Island) and Woo Hwang (Cagayan, Cambodia). Not only will I constantly look through everything to find clues, I'll be observant to all of my surroundings. I'll align myself with the men and women to make everyone believe I want to make a team; but, all the while, I'll be backstabbing and making big moves to eliminate any threat I may feel will get in the way of my success. Did I mention I'll be doing this with a smile on my face that will have to make them vote for me in the end?
Reason for being on Survivor: Sometimes I take the things for granted and I would like to strip myself of all the comforts. I want to go out there and play this game and win. I want to be with nature again and I want to lose myself, so I can rediscover myself. The other reason is simple; it's a million dollars. Come on. That could change everything in a person's life.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I will be the final Survivor. Period. I am mentally strong and will push my body to any limit it has to go. I am extremely intelligent, determined, and focused on winning. I have a ton of street smarts and know how to maneuver and manipulate people to get the things I want. I'm a flirtatious, outgoing, good-looking guy who is not afraid to work hard and make big moves.
Jay started on Vanua. He, along with Taylor Stocker and Figgy Figueroa formed the Triforce alliance, and Jay recruited Michelle Schubert to the alliance on Day 1. When Vanua lost immunity on Day 7, Figgy became the target. After Zeke Smith told Jay that Figgy was the target, Jay alerted Michelle. Michelle told Jay that they should target Mari Takahashi for being a strategic an social threat. Jay told Figgy, and both of them managed to get Michaela Bradshaw on their side. At Tribal Council, Jay, his allies, Michaela, Will Wahl, and Hannah Shapiro voted for Mari, thus blindsiding her. Will then became a part of Jay's alliance.
Jay, along with Will, Michaela, and Hannah were switched to the new Ikabula tribe after the tribe switch, and were joined by former Takalis Bret LaBelle, and Sunday Burquest. On Ikabula, Jay and Will found the Hidden Immunity Idol together, but were caught by Michaela. However, she promised not to rat them out. Jay held onto the idol. When Ikabula finally lost immunity on Day 20, Michaela suggested to Jay, Will, and Hannah that they split their votes between Bret and Sunday, and vote out Bret in the revote. However, Jay talked to Will about blindsiding Michaela because of her intelligence, athleticism, and the fact she knows about the idol. At Tribal Council, Jay, Will, Bret, and Sunday blindsided Michaela. Michaela angrily asked Jay if he voted for her, and he said yes, and she angrily glared at him for about a few seconds before departing. Despite being angry with Jay, she did not reveal his idol.
When the merge occurred, Jay reunited with his remaining allies minus Figgy who was blindsided before Michaela. After Taylor informed Jay that former Vanua member Adam Klein was targeting Will, Jay decided to target Adam. Will won the first individual Immunity Challenge, forcing Adam to shift his plan. At Tribal Council, Jay and his alliance voted for Adam, but the rest blindsided Michelle. After Tribal Council, the minority alliance of Jay, Taylor, and Will tried to recruit more allies. Jay did not win the next Reward Challenge. At camp, Jay tried talking to Adam, but Adam taunted Jay about Jay being in the minority alliance. After Jay told Adam's allies about his comments, they considered betraying him. The next day, Sunday and Bret discussed targeting Jessica Lewis. Sunday recruited Jay, who promised support from his alliance members Taylor and Will. Ken McNickle won immunity. At camp, Sunday realized that her plan to target Jessica was infeasible at that point, and warned Jay. Taylor then told Jay about his stolen food stash and Adam's Reward Steal advantage. Jay encouraged Taylor to tell their tribemates about Adam's advantage in order to spark distrust. During Tribal Council, Jay and Taylor tried to turn everyone on Adam. However, Jay ended up voting for Taylor. He decided not to play his idol. While he received four votes, Taylor was voted out with seven votes.
The next day, Will told Zeke about Jay's idol, and the word soon spread to everyone else. While it appeared that Jay was the odd man out, he was not a target as the Takali Alliance targeted Jessica while David's Vinaka Alliance targeted Takali alliance member Chris Hammons. David Wright won immunity. At camp, both alliances did not tell Jay their plans in order to trick him to play his idol, and Jay even contemplated on playing the idol. However, Jay noticed the Tribal Council conversation largely excluded him so he decided not to play his idol and voted for Jessica, but Chris was blindsided. On Day 30, Jay easily beat the others to win his first individual Immunity Challenge. He then became a member of Zeke's Vinaka Alliance. He along with his alliance voted for Hannah, but the vote ended in a 5-5 tie between Zeke and Hannah. Jay voted for Hannah in the revote, but it ended in a 4-4 tie. Jay did not participate in the rock drawing Tiebreaker due to the fact that he was immune. Jessica picked the unlucky rock and was eliminated, thus putting Jay's new alliance in the majority.
The next day, Jay met his sister Melanie. He won the Loved Ones Challenge and chose to share the reward with Will, Sunday, and Adam. On the reward, Adam gave his Reward Steal advantage to Jay to show gratitude. After finding out that Will wanted to flip, Jay tried to get Will to stay. At Tribal Council, Jay and his alliance minus Will voted for Hannah, but Will flipped and Adam played his idol on Hannah, so Zeke was blindsided.
Jay managed to win his second Immunity Challenge. Back at camp, Jay and Will tried rallying people against David. Both himself and Will voted for David but Will was blindsided. With the last of his allies gone, Jay tried aligning with Adam; they discussed targeting David, but Adam was still hoping to eliminate Jay. Ken won immunity. Jay targeted David and told Adam he wanted to go to the end with him, but Adam refused and told him to play his idol. Adam confided him about his mother's cancer battle which made both of them cry, and Jay reveal that his mom is sick. At Tribal Council, Jay voted for David and played his Hidden Immunity Idol, but only received one vote, while Adam and Hannah stayed loyal to David and Ken and sent Sunday to the jury.
Returning from Tribal Council, Jay was angry he wasted his idol. The next day, Jay found another Hidden Immunity Idol, but was unaware it was actually a fake which David planted, and then he became arrogant. At the Immunity Challenge, Jay was initially leading, but he did not cover his numbers which allowed David to win immunity and reward. Jay then used the Reward Steal advantage to steal David's reward, but chose to share it with David and Adam. On reward, Jay campaigned against Bret for his connections on the jury, and told both David and Adam he would go to the Final Three with them. Jay played the idol at Tribal Council, but Jeff Probst then said it was fake. At first Jay was shocked, but then smiled and congratulated the others. Ken then played the Legacy Advantage which negated Jay's vote against him, and Jay was blindsided in a 5-0 vote.
At the Final Tribal Council, he asked Adam why he didn't trust him to take him to the end. He contributed to Adam's unanimous 10-0-0 victory by voting for him to win.
|Jay's Voting History|
|1||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|3||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|4||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|5||Ikabula Tribe Immune|
|6||Ikabula Tribe Immune|
|13||Adam, Bret, David,|
|Voted Out, Day 36|
^1 In "Million Dollar Gamble", the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Hannah and Zeke, forcing a revote. Jay did not change his vote on the revote.
^2 In "About to Have a Rumble", Adam used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Hannah, negating Jay's vote against her.
^3 In "Slayed the Survivor Dragon", Jay used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 1 vote against him.
^4 In "I'm Going for a Million Bucks", Ken used a Legacy Advantage, negating Jay's vote against him.
- In the fall of 2018, Jay appeared on the 2nd season of MTV's Ex on the Beach alongside a variety of Big Brother houseguests. He appeared on the show as Big Brother: Over The Top winner Morgan Willett's ex. They rekindled their romance on the show, only to break up soon after filming wrapped.
- Jay appeared on the first episode of IMDb's Survivor Live After Show, hosted by Chelsea Walker, following the premiere of Winners at War, alongside Dean Kowalski and Kelley Wentworth.
- In the winter of 2019, Jay competed on MTV's The Challenge: Total Madness. He was medically disqualified from the show in the sixth episode after showing signs of a concussion, finishing in 24th place (12th out of the 14 male Challengers).
- In the fall of 2020, Jay competed on MTV's The Challenge: Double Agents. He was eliminated from the show in the seventh episode, finishing in 22nd place (11th out of the 15 male Challengers).
- Jay was initially cast as an alternate for Kaôh Rōng prior to making it on to the cast of Millennials vs. Gen X.
- Jay is the third contestant of Peruvian descent, following Kel Gleason and Cecilia Mansilla.
- Jay was the first castaway in Millennials vs. Gen X to play a Hidden Immunity Idol for himself. He would be followed by Adam Klein.
- Both of them failed to negate the majority of the votes cast against them.
- Jay lost 12 lbs. during his time on Millennials vs. Gen X.
|Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Castaways|