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The Joint Tribal Council is a Survivor twist where two tribes both attend a single Tribal Council as a group.

It is not to be confused with a Double Tribal Council, where the tribes attend two separate Tribal Councils.

History/Appearances

In Survivor: Samoa, a planned Double Tribal Council was canceled after Russell Swan was medically evacuated from the game. As a result, both the Foa Foa and Galu tribes attended Tribal Council together, but no one was voted out.

In Survivor: One World, a Joint Tribal Council was held to announce the evacuation of Colton Cumbie. Again, no one was voted out. The Manono and Salani tribes merged at this Tribal Council.

In Survivor: Game Changers, during the three-tribe stage, Tavua won a three-tribe Immunity Challenge, sending Mana and Nuku to a Joint Tribal Council and introducing the concept that they would vote only one person out. Nuku's numbers advantage was negated by a well-played Hidden Immunity Idol, and they lost Malcolm Freberg in a 5-0 vote.

In Survivor: Edge of Extinction, once again during the three-tribe stage, it was announced that only one tribe would win immunity, sending the other two to Tribal Council. Kama won the Immunity Challenge, and it was revealed that Lesu and Manu would be attending Tribal Council together in a Joint Tribal Council. With both tribes containing four members, there were mutual discussions of a potential deadlock occurring. Despite the vote initially being tied 4-4, Manu caved and voted out outsider Wendy Diaz unanimously on the revote.

Contestants eliminated at a Joint Tribal Council

Season Episode Tribes Eliminated Vote Notes
Samoa 6 Foa Foa S19 russells t
Russell Swan
No vote Due to the unforeseen evacuation of Russell S., the planned Double Tribal Council was canceled altogether, and the tribes were merely informed of his game status and health condition.
Galu
One World 6 Manono S24 colton t
Colton Cumbie
No vote Following Colton's evacuation, both tribes were sent to Tribal Council to not only discuss the incident, but also to merge the remaining castaways.
Salani
Game Changers 4 Mana S34 malcolm t
Malcolm Freberg
5-0 The first deliberate Joint Tribal Council where two tribes were sent to Tribal Council to vote one person out.
Nuku
Edge of Extinction 5 Lesu S38 wendy t
Wendy Diaz
4-4;
6-0
This is the first Joint Tribal Council to feature a revote, and the first in which a woman was eliminated. 
Manu

Trivia

  • Both Joint Tribal Councils that occurred in seasons taking place in Fiji had someone being voted out of the game, while both Joint Tribal Councils that occurred in seasons that took place in Samoa did not have anyone voted out.
  • No contestant has been present at multiple Joint Tribal Councils. Troyzan Robertson (present in One World) was immune from the Game Changers Joint Tribal, and Aubry Bracco (present in Game Changers) was voted out the round prior to the Edge of Extinction Joint Tribal.

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