Survivor: Micronesia, also known as Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites, is the sixteenth installment of Survivor. This season featured ten new contestants, dubbed as "the super-fans" facing ten of the most popular castaways at the time. It culminated with Parvati Shallow defeating Amanda Kimmel in a 5-3 jury vote.


Casting for this season was originally done as an "All-Stars" season with all returning players, but that idea was scrapped in favor of the "Fans vs. Favorites" format.[citation needed]


  • Fans vs. Favorites: One tribe, Airai​, is composed of ten Survivor "superfans", while the other, Malakal, is composed of ten popular castaways from past seasons.
  • Temporary Immunity Idols: At the beginning of the game, the contestants vied for two individual Immunity Idols, one for each tribe. The first person who gets the tribe's idol will be immune at his/her first visit to Tribal Council.
  • Exile Island: Exile Island returns after being absent in Survivor: China. This season, both tribes will send one of their own to Exile Island to compete to find the Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: Hidden Immunity Idols return this season, however only one is hidden on Exile Island at a time.
  • Tribe Switch: Both tribes swapped four members each.
  • Eight Person Jury: This season marked the first time that a jury is comprised of eight members.
  • Final Tribal Council: The standard two-finalist Final Tribal Council returns after three seasons of having a three-finalist finale.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S16 jon t Jon Dalton
33, Los Angeles, CA
Pearl Islands
Malakal 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S16 mary t Mary Sartain
28, Emeryville, CA
Real Estate Manager
Airai 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
S16 yauman t Yau-Man Chan
55, Martinez, CA
Malakal 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
S16 mikeyb t Mikey Bortone
33, Los Angeles, CA
Aspiring Writer
Airai 4th Voted Out
Day 11
S16 joel t Joel Anderson
32, Avondale, AZ
Airai Malakal 5th Voted Out
Day 14
S16 jonathan t Jonathan Penner
45, Los Angeles, CA
Cook Islands
Malakal Airai Evacuated
Day 15
S16 chet t Chet Welch
48, Ford City, PA
Pageant Coach
Airai Malakal 6th Voted Out
Day 17
S16 kathy t Kathy Sleckman
45, Glen Ellyn, IL
Golf Course Vendor
Airai Airai Quit
Day 19
S16 tracy t Tracy Hughes-Wolf
43, Fredericksburg, VA
Residential Builder
Airai Malakal 7th Voted Out
Day 20
S16 ami t Ami Cusack
34, Golden, CO
Malakal Malakal 8th Voted Out
Day 21
S16 eliza t Eliza Orlins
24, Manhattan, NY
Malakal Airai Dabu 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
S16 ozzy t Ozzy Lusth
26, Venice, CA
Cook Islands
Malakal Malakal 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
S16 jason t Jason Siska
22, Fox River Grove, IL
Gymnastics Coach
Airai Airai 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
S16 james t James Clement
30, Lafayette, LA
Malakal Airai Evacuated
4th Jury Member
Day 31
S16 alexis t Alexis Jones
24, Beverly Hills, CA
Motivational Speaker
Airai Airai 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
S16 erik t Erik Reichenbach
21, Ypsilanti, MI
Ice Cream Scooper
Airai Malakal 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
S16 natalie t Natalie Bolton
31, West Hollywood, CA
Personal Trainer
Airai Airai 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
S16 cirie t Cirie Fields
37, Norwalk, CT
Malakal Malakal 15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
S16 amanda t Amanda Kimmel
23, Los Angeles, CA
Malakal Malakal Runner-Up 4
S16 parvati t Parvati Shallow
25, Los Angeles, CA
Cook Islands
Malakal Airai Sole Survivor 4

Season Summary

The 20 players were divided into two tribes: Malakal consisting of ten favorites, and Airai consisting of ten fans. In the pre-merge Reward Challenges, the winning tribe selected both a member of the losing tribe and a member of their own tribe to go to Exile Island where a series of clues would lead to a Hidden Immunity Idol. Ozzy Lusth managed to follow the clues to claim the Idol.

After 11 days, with the tribes still at equal numbers, the tribes were swapped through a Schoolyard Pick. Despite the separate tribes, the favorites worked within their new tribes to eliminate the fans, who succumbed to infighting. Before and through the merge, three people had to be removed from the game; Jonathan Penner, who suffered an infection on his knee; Kathy Sleckman, who wanted to quit after suffering psychological trauma; and James Clement, who had an infected finger - James remained part of the jury though had to use an IV drip during Tribal Council.

At the start of the merge, the remaining fans attempted to form alliances with the favorites that held the majority. An alliance of Amanda Kimmel, Parvati Shallow, Cirie Fields, Ozzy and James worked with the other female fans, Natalie Bolton and Alexis Jones, worked together. However, the women soon teamed up to take out the remaining men. The men were eliminated in succession until Erik Reichenbach was left. However, he managed to thwart the women's plan by winning immunity. Finally, the remaining women convinced Erik he was safe at the next vote regardless if he won individual immunity; Erik, having won this immunity, gave it to Natalie to engender her trust, allowing the women to vote him off. Amanda, Parvati and Cirie made it to the Final Three. After Amanda won the Final Immunity Challenge, she voted out Cirie for being the largest threat to the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Amanda was grilled for being melodramatic while Parvati was blasted for her numerous deceptions. Parvati was ultimately awarded the title of Sole Survivor by a vote of 5-3.

Episode Air date Challenges Exiled Eliminated
Finish Viewers (in millions)[2] Rating/Share (18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 "You Guys Are Dumber than You Look" February 7, 2008 None Yau-Man None Jon
1st Voted Out
Day 3
14.02 4.8/N/A
2 "The Sounds of Jungle Love" February 14, 2008 Malakal1 Kathy Mary
2nd Voted Out
Day 6
13.18 4.6/N/A
3 "I Should Be Carried on the Chariot-Type Thing!" February 21, 2008 Malakal Airai Kathy Yau-Man
3rd Voted Out
Day 8
12.66 4.1/N/A
4 "That's Baked, Barbecued and Fried!" February 28, 2008 Malakal Malakal Kathy Mikey B.
4th Voted Out
Day 11
12.53 4.2/N/A
5 "He's a Ball of Goo!" March 6, 2008 Airai Airai None2 Joel
5th Voted Out
Day 14
12.64 4.0/N/A
6 "It Hit Everyone Pretty Hard" March 13, 2008 Airai Airai Chet Jonathan
(no vote)
Day 15
13.22 4.3/N/A
Jason Chet
6th Voted Out
Day 17
7 "Like a Wide-Eyed Kid in the Candy Store" March 19, 2008 Malakal Airai Jason Kathy
(no vote)
Day 19
11.56 3.8/N/A
Tracy Tracy
7th Voted Out
Day 20
8 "A Lost Puppy Dog" April 3, 2008 Ozzy3 Ami
8th Voted Out
Day 21
12.87 4.0/N/A
9 "I'm in Such a Hot Pickle!" April 10, 2008 None Jason None Eliza
9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
11.59 3.9/N/A
10 "I Promise..." April 17, 2008 Amanda,
Parvati Cirie Ozzy
10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
12.01 3.9/N/A
11 "I'm Ruthless... and Have a Smile on My Face" April 24, 2008 Survivor
Erik Jason Jason
11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
12.90 4.3/N/A
12 "I'm Gonna Fix Her!" May 1, 2008 Alexis
Erik Amanda James
(no vote)
4th Jury Member
Day 31
12.32 4.0/N/A
12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
13 "If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese" May 8, 2008 Erik
Parvati Erik
13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
12.62 4.1/N/A
14 "Stir the Pot!" May 11, 2008 None Amanda None Natalie
14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
12.98 4.1/N/A
Amanda Cirie
15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Amanda
Sole Survivor
15 "Reunion" 10.42 3.8/N/A

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 To help the post-switch tribes integrate, no one was sent to Exile Island.
^3 Before the Immunity Challenge, both tribes were tasked to send one member from the other tribe to Exile Island, preventing them from competing in the challenge. Although the person exiled from the losing tribe would attend the subsequent Tribal Council, they would be immune from being voted out.
^4 Amanda used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 4 votes against her.

Voting History

Survivor: Micronesia Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Voted out: S16 jon t
S16 mary t
S16 yauman t
S16 mikeyb t
Mikey B.
S16 joel t
S16 jonathan t
S16 chet t
S16 kathy t
S16 tracy t
S16 ami t
S16 eliza t
S16 ozzy t
S16 jason t
S16 james t
S16 alexis t
S16 erik t
S16 natalie t
S16 cirie t
S16 amanda t
S16 parvati t
Vote: 9-1 6-2-2 6-2-1 6-3 6-2 No vote1 5-2 No vote2 5-1 4-1 8-2 5-4 4-3-1 No vote3 2-0 4-1 3-1 1-04 5-3
Parvati Jon Yau-Man Eliza Ozzy Jason Alexis Erik Natalie None Jury Vote
Amanda Jon Yau-Man Joel Chet Tracy Ami Eliza Jason Jason Alexis Erik Natalie Cirie
Cirie Jon Yau-Man Joel Chet Tracy Ami Eliza Ozzy Jason Amanda Erik Natalie None Parvati
Natalie Mary Mikey B. Eliza Ozzy James Amanda Erik Cirie Parvati
Erik Mary Mikey B. Chet Chet Tracy Ami Eliza Jason Jason Amanda Parvati Amanda
Alexis Mary Chet Eliza Ozzy James Amanda Parvati
James Jon Yau-Man Eliza Jason Parvati Evacuated Amanda
Jason Chet Chet Ozzy Ozzy James Parvati
Ozzy Jon Yau-Man Joel Chet Tracy Ami Eliza Jason Amanda
Eliza Jon Yau-Man Ozzy Parvati
Ami Jon Cirie Joel Chet Tracy Erik
Tracy Mary Mikey B. Joel Erik Ozzy
Kathy Mary Mikey B. Quit
Chet Mary Mikey B. Joel Erik
Jonathan Jon Parvati Evacuated
Joel Tracy Mikey B. Chet
Mikey B. Chet Chet
Yau-Man Jon Parvati
Mary Tracy
Jon Ozzy


^1 Jonathan was medically evacuated over a severely infected wound. No vote occurred for his removal.
^2 Kathy elected to quit the game due to depression and boredom. No vote occurred for her removal.
^3 James was medically evacuated over a severely infected finger. No vote occurred for his removal.
^4 Amanda used a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore all votes against her were negated.
^5 Cirie and Parvati did not vote as they could only vote for were each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Amanda voted.


  • This is the first season to have an even-numbered jury, with eight members.
    • This is the only season with a Final Two and an even-numbered jury. It is unknown how a potential tie would have been broken.
  • This was the first season to have two contestants be medically evacuated, followed by Samoa, One World, and Caramoan.
  • This was the first season where the final four was comprised of castaways of the same gender.
    • However, this would be surpassed in One World, whose final five was comprised of castaways of the same gender.
  • This is the first season to have an equal number of returning players and new players at the beginning of the game. It was followed by Caramoan and Blood vs. Water.
  • This is the second season to start with 20 contestants and have a Final Two, following Palau.
    • Coincidentally, both seasons were filmed in Palau, both featured Exile Island, and both had at least three contestants leave the game through means other than being voted out.
  • This season holds the record of the most number of episodes in which more than one castaway was eliminated, with 4.
  • This is the last season to date to feature still headshot images of the contestants in the opening credits.
  • For this season, once a player was eliminated, his/her name and images would no longer appear in the opening credits. Then, in continuing what was started in China, once the game reached the jury phase, only the players remaining would be shown, divided into "the jury" and the "the merged tribe".
  • This is the fourth season with an evacuation. This is the first season with two evacuations.
  •  Amanda KimmelCirie Fields, and Parvati Shallow are the only returning players to place higher than they did on their original season.
  • This is the only season to have Ponderosa and not be in HD.
  • This season is tied with Kaôh Rōng for the most contestants leaving the game without being voted out, or eliminated in a tiebreaker, eliminated by a twist, or duel at 3. Both Jonathan Penner and James Clement were evacuated, and Kathy Sleckman quit.
    • It is notable that, in addition to these 3, Jon Dalton asked to be voted out after his tribe lost the first Immunity Challenge. While he technically did not quit, as he was voted out, he still made for one less competitive castaway.
  • This is the only returning players season to feature returning players from Vanuatu and Fiji.
  • This is the only season with returning players to feature Exile Island.
  • Half of the contestants from this season would visit Exile Island.
    • Five of them were fans and the other five were favorites.
    • None of the favorites who went to Exile Island the first time they played would return the second time.
  • The returning players from Panama, Cook Islands, and China would go on to become 3-time players.
  • This season is tied with Survivor: Game ChangersSurvivor: David vs. Goliath, and Survivor: Island of the Idols for the most LGBT contestants with 3: Ami Cusack, Chet Welch, and Natalie Bolton.
  • This season is the first to have two tribes of 10 players each, despite there being 20 contestants in two previous seasons.


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