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Paul Wachter is a contestant from Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.

The oldest of the ten Gen-Xers, Paul quickly rose to the role as leader of his tribe, working to the point of a medical emergency in his second episode. While he did pull through, his commanding personality gained the ire of David Wright and Ken McNickle; after a gaffe in a conversation with Jessica Lewis, the women turned on Paul and blindsided him.


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Name: Paul Wachter
Age: 52
Current residence: Sugarloaf Key, FL
Occupation: Boat mechanic
Tribe designation: Takali (Gen-X)
Three words to describe you: Intimidating, methodical, and confident.
Hobbies: Singing in a rock band, treasure hunting, and spear fishing.
Pet peeves: Whiners and slackers.
What does it mean to be a Gen-Xer? Someone who never received a participation award.
Personal claim to fame: Being a father to three beautiful children.
Inspiration in life: David Lee Roth from Van Halen because he became one of the best frontmen in the world and we share the same birthday.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? My propeller necklace because my dad gave it to me; my thumb and pinky rings because my wife gave them to me; and my bracelet with my kids names on it because they keep me grounded.
Survivor contestant you're most like: Ozzy Lusth (Cook Islands, Micronesia, South Pacific) because he has a heart of a lion and I am a lion!
Reason for being on Survivor: My primary motivation is to win the million dollars. My secondary motivation is to show my children that anything is possible at any age.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? Because I have what it takes to be the winner! I am the Sole Survivor.[1]


The oldest of the ten Gen-Xers, Paul quickly rose to the role of leader in his tribe. He gained close friendships with Bret LaBelle and Chris Hammons and the three formed a majority alliance with Jessica Lewis, Lucy Huang, and Sunday Burquest over the minority of CeCe Taylor, David Wright, Ken McNickle, and Rachel Ako, the latter who was voted out at the tribe's first Tribal Council. Paul lazed around camp and was perceived as "dead weight" by Ken, who plotted with David to knock him out of the game. In the second episode, Paul fainted of heat exhaustion, but he did pull through. His commanding personality gained the ire of David, Ken, and CeCe. After losing the third Immunity Challenge on Day 10, the majority alliance targeted CeCe for her challenge weakness, but Jessica became worried about the possibility of an "all-guys" alliance. When she asked Paul about it, he left the option open, which prompted Jessica into rallying Lucy and Sunday against him. At Tribal Council, they sided with the three outsiders, and Paul was "150%" blindsided in a 6-3 vote.

Voting History

Paul's Voting History
Episode Paul's
Voted Against
1 Rachel -
2 Takali Tribe Immune
3 CeCe CeCe, David, Jessica,
Ken, Lucy, Sunday
Voted Out, Day 10


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