Michael Jefferson is a contestant from Survivor: One World.

He was one of the physically strongest members of the Manono tribe prior to the merge. After the merge, he believed himself to be involved in a secret endgame alliance with Kim Spradlin and others, but Kim turned Troyzan Robertson against him and masterminded his blindside.


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Name (Age): Michael Jefferson (30)
Tribe Designation: Manono
Current Residence: Seattle, Wash.
Occupation: Banker
Personal Claim to Fame: I was the first one in my family to become a college graduate.
Inspiration in Life: My dad is my hero. He is the man I want to be like. I have learned so many great skills from him that I'll have for a lifetime.
Hobbies: Working out, kayaking and soccer.
Pet Peeves: Annoying eaters, bad breath, people who grunt while working out, and people that "need" a cigarette.
3 Words to Describe You: A leader, ambitious and organized.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: First, Ethan since he played a very clean game and did very well, and Rupert, because I speak my mind from my heart, not my head.
Reason for Being on Survivor: It's my mom's dream (Survivor is her favorite show) for me to be on and win. Also, I see it as my chance to travel to a new part of the world.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I am a natural leader who knows when to keep my mouth shut. People always listen to my opinions and I am a hard worker. I am very much a people person and with all the back-stabbing that goes on with Survivor, I don't see it happening to me.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am a very driven person and can usually get what I want. I am a natural leader but will gladly step aside to take the spotlight off of me. I am also a very persuasive person who has learned to keep your enemies close so that it's easier to control and predict their movements. I am unstoppable!![1]


In the 60-second item grab at the very beginning of the game, Michael revealed to his team that he stole some of the items Salani grabbed, which would upset Salani. Michael then joined an alliance with Bill Posley, Jay Byars, and Matt Quinlan, not thinking that the other 5 Manono members would team up on them. The new alliance decided that Colton Cumbie would be the first one to go due to his lack of strength and being close with Salani. However, in "One World Is Out the Window", Colton formed a plan with Troyzan Robertson, Jonas Otsuji, Tarzan Smith, and Leif Manson to get rid of Matt, who they perceived as to be the leader of Michael's alliance. Bill and Jay abandoned the alliance to also vote off Matt and Michael, unsure of what to do, Michael cast a vote for Bill, and Matt would be voted off on Day 8. Returning from Tribal Council, Michael was shocked that Matt was sent home when there are weaker players on the tribe such as Colton, Tarzan, and Leif. In "Bum-Puzzled", Michael never said whether or not he was against giving up immunity and going to Tribal Council but eventually he agreed as Manono appeared at Tribal Council that night. Bill was voted off, and any real alliance Michael may have had up to this point seemed non-existent now.

In "A Bunch of Idiots", a tribe switch occurred, and Michael (along with Jay and Troyzan) were switched to the Salani tribe, joining original Salani members Kat Edorsson, Chelsea Meissner, Sabrina Thompson, and Kim Spradlin. Salani had a clear physical advantage over the new Manono, and they would win the next 3 challenges. However, Michael still lacked a true alliance since Jay and Troyzan aligned with Kim and Chelsea, while Kim and Chelsea were also close with Kat and Sabrina.

The two tribes merged into Tikiano on Day 17. and Michael decided to stick with the post-switch Salani alliance, saying he doesn't like Manono, especially expressing a dislike towards Tarzan. At Tribal Council on Day 20, Michael was called out by Jonas as Jonas referred to him as a big threat, despite Michael not doing so well in the Immunity Challenge earlier that day. Despite Jonas's reasoning, Michael was safe as everyone except Leif, who voted with Jonas against Michael, voted off Jonas. In Just Annihilate Them, Michael won the Reward Challenge along with Christina Cha, Kim, Sabrina, and Leif. On the reward, Kim and Sabrina came up with a plan to blindside Michael. Kim, Sabrina, Chelsea, Kat, and Troyzan were on board with the plan and at Tribal Council, Jay and Leif voted along with them to blindside Michael with a vote of 7-2-2 (Michael voted against Christina, since he thought that was the plan).

At Final Tribal Council, he cast his jury vote for Kim.

Voting History

Michael's Voting History
Episode Michael's
Voted Against
1 Manono Tribe Immune
2 Manono Tribe Immune
3 Bill -
4 Bill -
5 Salani Tribe Immune
6 No Vote
7 Jonas Jonas, Leif
8 Christina Chelsea, Jay, Kat, Kim,
Leif, Sabrina, Troyzan
Voted Out, Day 22
Voted for
Sole Survivor



  • Michael lost 13.8 lbs. during his time in One World.[3]


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