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Spencer Duhm is a contestant from Survivor: Tocantins.

The youngest contestant of his season, Spencer initially was in a good spot on Jalapao. Unfortunately, after costing his tribe the win on the fifth Immunity Challenge, Spencer was unanimously voted out.


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Spencer Duhm (19)
Hometown: Lakeland, Fla.
Occupation: Student

Soon to see his teenage years in the rear-view mirror, Spencer Duhm is ready to look forward to the journey ahead of him. A fan of Survivor since day one, which began when he was still in grade school, Spencer can practically do a Castaway roll-call all the way from Survivor: Borneo. His fanaticism will give him a built-in edge that can make a direct contribution to how far he goes in this game.

Born and raised in Lakeland, Florida and currently a student at the University of Florida, Spencer majors in telecommunications and minors in business and European union studies. Aside from being the recruitment chair for his UF crew team, where he also rows competitively, Spencer is a huge sports fan. Involved in myriad athletic activities since age 7, Spencer has developed a strong competitive streak and determination to achieve success. Rooting for his college Gators or beloved Cubs familiarized him with all of the peaks and valleys associated with being a contender, which may help him navigate the ups and downs associated with castaway life.

With a resume like his, it's no surprise that this self-professed lover of "water cooler gossip" can't stand slow-talkers or laziness and is very ambitious and very outgoing. He is even willing to face his fear of heights for one million dollars but there is one fear that he refuses to face. When asked what he would not do for a million dollars he responded, "Snakes in general, I just don't do snakes." This young, goal-oriented man has been presented with his childhood dream of competing on his favorite reality show and truly feels that he has what it takes to become the next Sole Survivor.

Spencer is a gay, single man and currently resides in Gainesville, Fla. His birthday is December 20.[1]


Spencer started out on the Jalapao tribe and agreed that Sandy Burgin was the weakest member in the First Impressions vote. Sandy was given a helicopter ride to camp, while the rest were forced to endure a grueling trek to get there. When the tribe arrived at camp, they were annoyed that Sandy hadn't done much. Timbira barely won at the first challenge of barely won and impressed by Sandy's performance in the challenge, Spencer agreed to vote out the bossy Carolina Eastwood instead. The tribe was given flint after the elimination of Carolina.

Spencer stated that Carolina and Sandy switched places and affirmed that Sandy was still the next to go. The tribe decided to find food, which ended in the tribe eating termites. Jalapao went on a winning streak, winning the next two Immunity Challenges. When Timbira finally won immunity on Day 12, Spencer voted out Sandy in a 5-1-1 vote.

At the next Reward Challenge, Spencer helped his tribe win. At camp, Sydney Wheeler asked if he had any special girls at home. Spencer kept quiet because he was gay and he did not feel it was the right time to tell the tribe. Spencer performed poorly at the subsequent Immunity Challenge, costing his tribe the win. Sensing that he was in trouble, Spencer tried to save himself by campaigning against Taj Johnson-George, who also did poorly at the challenges and was frequently sent to Exile Island. This proved futile, and at Tribal Council, Spencer was unanimously voted out.

Voting History

Spencer's Voting History
Episode Spencer's
Voted Against
1 Carolina -
2 Jalapao Tribe Immune
3 Jalapao Tribe Immune
4 Sandy -
5 Taj J.T., Joe, Stephen,
Sydney, Taj
Voted Out, Day 15


  • Spencer previously dated Survivor: China winner Todd Herzog.
  • In summer 2009, Spencer appeared on the TVGuide special "Survivor Millionaires: Where Are They Now" during Todd's segment.[2]
  • On January 9, 2010, Spencer attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
  • Spencer graduated from the University of Florida.
  • On September 25, 2014, Spencer got engaged to his boyfriend, Joseph.[3]
  • As of 2020, Spencer works in the beer industry and moved to Wilmington, Delaware.[4]


  • Spencer was originally an alternate who was placed on the cast of Tocantins 24 hours before filming started.[4] Spencer replaced Mike Borassi, who had sleep apnea.[5]
  • Spencer's cover story was that he was going out of state for an internship to complete the semester.[4]
  • Spencer is the youngest castaway to compete on Tocantins.
  • Spencer is the lowest-placing man of the Jalapao tribe and the only one who was eliminated before the merge.
  • Spencer is the only man from the Jalapao tribe who was voted out. Joe Dowdle was medically evacuated while J.T. Thomas and Stephen Fishbach both made it to the Final Tribal Council.
  • Spencer lost 15 lbs. during his time on Tocantins.[6]


Survivor: Tocantins Castaways
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