Michael Yerger is a contestant from Survivor: Ghost Island.

An underdog from the start, Michael displayed strategic acumen and tenacity despite facing many odds. He managed to find two Hidden Immunity Idols and saved himself multiple times despite often being on the bottom. This made him a major threat, leading to his elimination.


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Age: 18
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
Current residence: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Hobbies: Health, fitness, luxury and exotic cars, outdoor activities (camping, hiking, swimming), traveling, concerts/festivals, and architecture/design.
Pet peeves: Incompetent drivers, negativity, and rain/cold.
Three words to describe you: Energetic, slick, and resilient.
What's your personal claim to fame? Earning Eagle Scout, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting Program of the Boy Scouts of America.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? The strong desire to use my inherent abilities to leave a positive impact on this earth when I am gone.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? Hot sauce, boomerang, skittles.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Malcolm Freberg—I'd be inwardly strategic and aggressive but outwardly friendly and easy-going.
What's your reason for being on Survivor? To become the youngest Sole Survivor ever.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? Because I'm a people person. I've always preferred to spend my time around others over being alone. I feel as though I can relate to those of all ages from all walks of life in some way in order to form common ground.[2]


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Voting History

Michael's Voting History
Episode Michael's
Voted Against
1 Gonzalez -
James Jacob
2 Malolo Tribe Immune
3 Bradley -
4 Stephanie -
5 James -
6 Malolo Tribe Immune
7 Chris -
8 Wendell Angela, Domenick, Donathan,
Jenna, Libby, Sebastian, Wendell
9 Desiree Chelsea, Desiree
10 Wendell;
Domenick, Wendell;
Domenick, Kellyn, Wendell
Voted Out, Day 29
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In The Sea Slug Slugger, Michael used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 7 votes against him.
^2 In The Finish Line Is in Sight, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Michael and Laurel, forcing a revote. Kellyn changed her vote to Michael on the revote, eliminating him from the game.


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  • Michael is the youngest contestant to compete on Survivor: Ghost Island.
  • Michael received the most votes out of anyone in Ghost Island, with 15.
  • Michael lost 21 lbs. during his time on Ghost Island.[3]
  • Michael is the only original Malolo member to remain on Malolo and make the merge.


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