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Leslie Ann Nease is a contestant from Survivor: China.

Best remembered for refusing to finish the Buddhist welcoming ceremony due to her Christian beliefs, Leslie found herself relatively well liked by her tribe, but after being kidnapped by the opposing Zhan Hu tribe, she was blindsided by her tribe for fear of flipping come a merge.


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Leslie Nease's stepfather was a United States Marine, so she traveled with her family all over the world. She attended and graduated from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan. Moving back to the United States, Nease attended two years of college at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Nease currently works as a Christian host for a midmorning radio show. She is on the air from 9 am until noon, and then spends the rest of her day being mom to her four kids, Stephanie, Tommy, Kennedy and Peyton. She also teaches fitness classes three nights a week (step, kickboxing, sculpt and cycle) and has her own speaking ministry where she encourages others in their faith. She has written a book about fitness & spirituality called Body Builders. She has previously worked as a personal trainer and waitress.

Nease's hobbies include reading and studying scripture, writing poetry, yard sales and camping with her family. Her favorite sport is volleyball. She describes herself as energetic, passionate and overwhelming. Her favorite topics are what she considers to be her "Four Fs": Faith, Family, Friends and Fitness. She was Mrs. North Carolina in the Mrs. USA pageant in Las Vegas in August 2001. In March 2003, she was the first New York finalist in the Regis & Kelly co-host search when Kelly went on maternity leave. In April 2006, she went on a mission trip to La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where they spent most of their time outdoors in the Andes Mountains visiting Compassion International-sponsored children in underdeveloped areas.

Nease has auditioned for Survivor every season for the past five years. She always wanted to experience Survivor for herself and decided she wasn't giving up. She never let the rejection get her down, but instead allowed it to fuel her passion for the adventure. Finally, after 11 audition tapes, her dream is coming true.

Nease currently resides in Tega Cay, South Carolina with her husband of 18 years, Rod. They have one dog, Buddy. Her birth date is March 25, 1969.[1]


At the beginning of the game, despite being specifically told it was not a religious ceremony, Leslie was unable to finish the welcoming ceremony due to her strong Christian beliefs, saying that the ceremony felt too much like worship. After the others finished the ceremony, Leslie was placed on the Fei Long tribe. Despite Fei Long's winning streak, Leslie was feeling demoralized without her bible. She felt better when Jaime Dugan, who was kidnapped by Fei Long, chose to share the clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol with her. She relayed the information to Todd Herzog, whom she had formed a close bond with. Also at this time, Leslie along with the rest of her tribe grew annoyed with Jean-Robert Bellande's lack of work ethic and personality.

On Day 7, the women of Zhan Hu won the Reward Challenge, and decided to kidnap Leslie. She bonded with the group and noted their high spirits despite the losing streak. The women then began to gossip, where Leslie revealed that Aaron Reisberger was the leader of Fei Long and how Todd was a strategic player. After returning to Fei Long, Leslie informed her tribe what she told Zhan Hu. This alarmed everyone, especially Aaron and Todd. Fei Long lost the next Immunity Challenge and Leslie was danger for her bonds with Zhan Hu. Although Todd lobbied for Leslie and campaigned for Jean-Robert's elimination, Aaron was adamant she was the most likely to flip at the merge. At Tribal Council, Leslie was voted out in a 6-2 vote.

Voting History

Leslie's Voting History
Episode Leslie's
Voted Against
1 Fei Long Tribe Immune
2 Fei Long Tribe Immune
3 Jean-Robert Aaron, Amanda, Denise,
James, Jean-Robert, Todd
Voted Out, Day 9


  • Nease attended fellow China castaways Jaime Dugan and Erik Huffman's wedding, where she shared memories and read scriptures.
  • On January 9, 2010, Leslie attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
  • Leslie has done some traveling with Sherea Lloyd. Leslie also keeps in touch with Courtney Yates.[2]



Survivor: China Castaways
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