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Shawn Cohen is a contestant from Survivor: Pearl Islands.

Shawn continuously rubbed his tribemates the wrong way, most notably Rupert Boneham after infamously losing the Drake tribe's spearhead. This eventually led to his downfall after The Outcasts won immunity.


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Originally from New York City, Shawn Cohen is currently single and living in Hollywood, with Russty, his rottweiler. Cohen and his twin brother have recently established a new business where individuals can post on-line portfolios and artist reels. Cohen was previously employed as an account executive in the advertising industry. He notes that his friends and family have dubbed him "The Ultimate Salesman." Cohen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Arizona. His hobbies include going to movies, camping, surfing, snowboarding and film editing. His father is his hero because he admires all of the accomplishments he has had in his life and all the obstacles he endured to become the success that he is. He describes himself as charismatic, spontaneous and caring. Cohen feels that he's a good candidate for Survivor: Pearl Islands because he's competitive, never quits, is a problem solver and someone who works extremely well under pressure. His birth date is September 20, 1974.[1]


After it was revealed that the castaways would be only taking the clothes on their backs, Shawn was placed on the Drake tribe. Wondering about how he was going to get by with only his Armani suit, the tribes were sent off to a local Panamanian Market to gather supplies, where Sandra Diaz-Twine's savviness helped Drake score big time. After arriving at the campsite, Shawn immediately befriended Burton Roberts. The pair brought in Michelle Tesauro, and Shawn also accepted an alliance with Jon Dalton. This particular duo would end up annoying the other tribe members with their antics. Drake dominated in the challenges early on, resulting in them Looting the Morgan tribe often, leaving them impoverished. Drake also found their buried treasure, further bolstering the tribe.

However, everyone wanted to vote someone out. This came to a head when Burton proposed throwing a challenge to vote out a weaker member like Christa Hastie. The tribe was against such a thought, especially Rupert Boneham. However, they reluctantly went with the plan, and Morgan won immunity. In a twist, the tribe kidnapped Rupert, exempting him from that Tribal Council. Before Tribal, Jon told Shawn that his ally, Burton, would be the one going. Knowing that voting with Burton would only alienate himself from the tribe, he voted against his closest friend. After Tribal Council, Shawn lied about how he wanted Burton out like everyone else, which annoyed Michelle for how he turned on his best friends. With Rupert on their side, Morgan won the challenge, but when offered the chance to Mutiny, Rupert returned to his original tribe. Morgan then sent their leader, Andrew Savage, to loot the Drakes. He took a bag of rice, which the tribe filled the bag with more rice as a diplomatic gesture. The next challenge was a gross smoothie drinking contest. Michelle was told to act like she was having trouble with the smoothie, so she can win easily in a tiebreaker. However, she didn't follow through with the plan and Drake lost immunity again, with Jon solely blaming Michelle for the loss. She tried to turn the vote against Shawn for his laziness and eating too much. However, when the vote came, Michelle was unanimously voted out. 

Rupert wanted to elevate the shelter, but Shawn didn't want to help out, and made excuses as to why couldn't help. His incessant complaining annoyed Jon who called him out on his lack of work ethic, but Shawn didn't want to hear any of it and told him to back off and shut up. Sandra said in her confessional she was also annoyed with Shawn's complaining. Drake won the next Reward Challenge and a barbecue feast. When Jon was sent to loot Morgan, he revealed that Drake threw the first challenge that Morgan won to oust Burton. Angered by this, Andrew used this revelation as motivation to win Morgan immunity for the third time in a row. Although Shawn was the initial target, he was given a life ring by Rupert, as heard from Christa that Trish Dunn was targeting him. Shawn accepted and Trish was blindsided in a 4-2 vote.

Shawn and Jon got into another argument, which Sandra told everyone to just leave them alone. At the Immunity Challenge, everyone was shocked when first six people voted out returned. The Challenge stated if The Outcasts came in first, both tribes would go to Tribal Council, vote someone out and would be replaced by an outcast. Despite Drake leading for most of the challenge, The Outcast won. Before Tribal Council, Shawn made his plea to keep him because he was loyal to Drake and Jon was untrustworthy. However, he was unanimously voted out. 

Voting History

Shawn's Voting History
Episode Shawn's
Voted Against
1 Drake Tribe Immune
2 Drake Tribe Immune
3 Drake Tribe Immune
4 Burton -
5 Michelle Michelle
6 Trish -
7 Jon Christa, Jon,
Rupert, Sandra
Voted Out, Day 19


  • On January 9, 2010, Shawn attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.


  • Shawn was the youngest male on the Drake tribe.
  • Shawn is the first person to be voted out on Day 19.
  • Shawn was the only person in Pearl Islands that was voted out pre-merge to not be a part of the Outcast twist.


Survivor: Pearl Islands Castaways
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