Samuel Hinton is a contestant from Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders (2018).

A certified genius, Samuel used his social and strategic prowess to secure a position in the majority Champions tribe alliance, continuing their control over the game into the merge. After the blindside of alliance member Lydia Lassila, Samuel began to question his value to the alliance. This prompted him to flip, but after news of his attempts to sway the numbers in his favor caught wind, Samuel saw both his old and new allies turn on him, ultimately voting him out in an 8-2 vote on Day 36 and making him the second juror.


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Age: 26
Occupation: Astrophysicist
State: QLD
Tribe: Champions​​​​​

Proving that brawn is not the only way onto the Champions tribe, Sam's outstanding intellectual accomplishments will have him ahead of the game.

A boy genius, Sam is a top astrophysicist and a robotics and software engineer who knows 14 programming languages. He's also an astronomer and has won the Bok Prize, the most prestigious award for masters students who have impressed the Astronomical Society of Australia.

Sam is currently completing his Doctorate of Philosophy and has had 16 academic works published. He's been invited to universities around the world to lecture and has been impressing professional industry leaders at each destination.

"Naïve statistics say it's unlikely that I will win but I'm going to try! Stranger things have happened before and it would be pretty cool for a smart nerdy kid to take out the prize."

Hoping to make himself useful at camp by making shelters and fire, Sam is planning to be an integral part of his tribe not by winning challenges but by supporting his friends and being himself saying, "It'll probably be a mistake but I want to be me. I've been working out but I don't imagine I'll get to the point where I'll be a challenge beast like other players will.

If he makes it to the end, Sam isn't going to forget his roots.

"I've been a student my entire life, always scraping by. If I win, the title will be enough but I would use the prize money to buy myself a car so I can actually get around. Plus help some of my mates and my family."[1]

Australian Survivor

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Voting History

Samuel's Voting History
Episode Samuel's
Voted Against
1 Champions Tribe Immune
2 Russell;
3 Damien -
4 Champions Tribe Immune
5 Champions Tribe Immune
6 Moana -
7 Champions Tribe Immune
8 Champions Tribe Immune
9 Champions Tribe Immune
10 Champions Tribe Immune
11 Jackie -
12 Shonee -
13 Champions Tribe Immune
14 Lydia -
15 Robbie -
16 Benji Benji, Brian, Mat, Monika,
Shane, Sharn, Shonee, Steve W.
Voted Out, Day 35
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Episode 2", the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Jackie and Russell, forcing a revote. Samuel did not change his vote on the revote.


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  • Samuel is the youngest castaway on the Champions tribe.


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