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Jonathan Libby is a contestant from Survivor: Palau.

He, along with Wanda Shirk, was one of the first people to be eliminated from the game via Schoolyard Pick.


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Jonathan Libby was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, having attended Lake Highlands High School. He attended Richland College before transferring to Texas Tech University. Libby currently works in sales and marketing for a software company. He has previously worked as a martial arts instructor, a ski instructor and a club promoter.

A true survivor, Libby was diagnosed with and cured of testicular cancer earlier this year.

Libby describes himself as straightforward, blunt and intense. He enjoys skiing, fishing, wakeboarding and playing guitar. He teaches women's self-defense courses and competes in full contact fighting. He has also spent time over the last two years learning how to skillfully master the art of sushi-making. His grandmother is his hero, as he believes she is the backbone of their family and the best person he's ever met. He is most proud of being able to say, at 23 years old, he beat cancer.

Currently single, Libby resides in Dallas. His birth date is September 5, 1981.[1]


The contestants of Palau started the game by rowing to the island and were surprised to encounter host Jeff Probst, who announced that the first of each gender to reach the Immunity Necklaces waiting on the beach would win the immunities. Jonathan and Stephenie LaGrossa made the fatal error of jumping off the boat early because they thought that that would help them get there quicker, but they ended up being the last ones to get to the beach and Ian Rosenberger ended up getting the Immunity Necklace for the males. When everyone arrived, there was no one on the beach and no instructions, so the initial group of 20 went ahead on building a shelter. The next day, Jeff Probst announced that the tribes would be chosen in a Schoolyard Pick, with the last castaway of each gender being eliminated immediately. For the males, the last two options were Jonathan, who did not get along with a few castaways, and Willard Smith, arguably the weakest of the male players. Willard was ultimately chosen to be on Koror by Caryn Groedel. Jonathan, along with Wanda Shirk, were the last two unpicked and therefore, eliminated.

Voting History

Because he was eliminated before the first Tribal Council, Jonathan did not have a voting history.

Jonathan's Voting History
Episode Jonathan's
Voted Against
1 Not Picked
Eliminated, Day 2


  • Jonathan has since married and has two children.[2]


  • Since he was left unpicked before Wanda Shirk, Jonathan is the first contestant to finish in 20th place.
  • Jonathan and Wanda are the only contestants to never be assigned to a tribe.
  • Jonathan is included as a member of Ulong in the opening credits, since if the Schoolyard Pick continued, he would have been placed on Ulong by default.
  • Jonathan is one of six contestants to never go to Tribal Council, along with Wanda, Kourtney MoonGary Stritesky, Dana Lambert, and Pat Cusack.
    • Jonathan, Wanda, Kourtney, and Pat are the only contestants to be eliminated from the game in the first episode by means other than a vote.
  • Being 23 at the time of filming, Jonathan is tied with Ryan Aiken as the youngest first boot.


Survivor: Palau Castaways
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