Nicholas "Nick" Iadanza is a contestant from Australian Survivor (2016) and Australian Survivor: All Stars.

In 2016, after choosing a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol over a bag of beans, Nick was pegged as a snake and liar early on, resulting in his early vote out during the mock vote, where he was sent to the Saanapu tribe. Once the merge hit, Nick stuck with the majority Saanapu alliance and found an idol soon after. Believing that he was still not to be trusted, Sam Webb turned on Nick, forcing him to play his idol at the following Tribal Council. Despite trying to get back into their good graces, Nick's alliance let Sam have his wish and voted him out.


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Name (Age): Nick Iadanza (28)
Tribe Designation:Vavau
Current Residence: Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: High-School Teacher

There are Survivor super fans and then there is 28-year-old Nick. A high-school English teacher from Adelaide, he has watched every episode of every series of the US version multiple times. Nick even had a Survivor-themed 21st birthday party.

Admitting he was a "blubbering mess" when he was told he would be a castaway, Nick says: "My goal is simply to win, at all costs. In every day life you don't betray people, you don't end people's dreams, you don't snatch a huge sum of money from their hands and stuff it in your own pocket."

But that's what Survivor is all about.

"I'm waiting to pull the trigger. That's what makes a good castaway – someone who will pull the trigger and when the recoil hits you, you are ready to pull the trigger again."

Knowing it will be a whole new game competing, compared to watching it from his couch, Nick says one of the highlights of the whole experience will be watching it on television with his family and he hopes to make them proud.

"I have had Survivor nights for years with my fiancé, sisters and dad. We always watch together and cheer on our favorites, so it will be that times 1,000 when I am playing. We have a group chat where we discuss strategy and even have Survivor fantasy polls every season. My whole family are huge fans."

Nick wants to do it for his mother who passed away a few years ago.

Survivor was their weekly ritual and he says: "I would sit at my Mum's feet in the lounge room and she would tell me how good I would be at the challenges, even though we both knew I was a skinny little runt. So I am doing it for me, but I am also doing it for her."[2]

Australian Survivor


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Voting History

Nick's Voting History
Episode Nick's
Voted Against
1 Vavau Tribe Immune
2 Vavau Tribe Immune
3 Vavau Tribe Immune
4 Vavau Tribe Immune
5 Mock Vote1
6 Saanapu Tribe Immune
7 Kylie2;
Brooke, Flick;
8 No Tribal Council
9 Saanapu Tribe Immune
10 Saanapu Tribe Immune
11 Saanapu Tribe Immune
12 Saanapu Tribe Immune
13 Saanapu Tribe Immune
14 Saanapu Tribe Immune
15 Conner Conner
16 Sue Kate, Kristie,
Sam, Sue
17 Sue Brooke, El, Flick,
Jennah-Louise, Kristie,
Kylie, Sam, Sue
Voted Out, Day 37
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In Episode 5, Vavau and Saanapu were subjected to a joint and mock Tribal Council where the players they voted out (Nick and Conner respectively) were merely switched to the other tribe. Nick ultimately received enough votes to be swapped to the other tribe.
^2 In Episode 7, Kylie used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Nick's vote against her. Also, the vote ended with a 2-2-0 tie between Nick and Tegan, forcing a revote. On the revote, Nick did not receive any votes to be eliminated.
^3 In Episode 16, Nick used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 4 votes against him.


Voting History


  • Nick appeared on the season recap podcast episode for Rob Has a Podcast's coverage of Australian Survivor. Most notably, he provided some insight as to what led the jury to vote for Kristie to win.
  • In 2018, it was revealed that Nick is expecting his first child with his wife, Christine.
    • They welcomed their daughter, Paloma Eleonora Iadanza, on December 15, 2018.[3]


  • Nick was the youngest male member of the original Vavau tribe.
  • Nick received at least one vote at every Tribal Council he attended.
  • Nick is the highest placing male member of the original Vavau tribe and the only one who made it to the merge.
  • Nick is the first man in Australian Survivor history to play a Hidden Immunity Idol.
    • Nick is the first castaway in Australian Survivor to use a Hidden Immunity Idol but not receive a majority of the votes.
  • Nick is the first castaway on the Network Ten incarnation of Australian Survivor to become a member of the jury.
  • Nick and Sue Clarke currently hold the most elimination votes against them in a single season of Australian Survivor, with both accumulating 15 over the course of the season.


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