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Survivor: The Amazon is the sixth season of the reality show Survivor.

The season is noted for having the first reality show contestant with a disability, the hearing impaired Christy Smith. It is also regarded as being the first season with a particular theme, ultimately changing the mechanics of Survivor in the long run. The winner is Jenna Morasca, a 21-year-old swimsuit model from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who defeated Matthew von Ertfelda in a 6-1 vote. The season has produced two contestants (Jenna Morasca and Rob Cesternino) who have returned for subsequent seasons.


The live season finale, including the announcement of the winner and a live reunion of all the season's contestants, took place at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, on David Letterman's Late Show stage, which was decorated to look like the set in the Amazon. The live reunion was supposed to be held at Madison Square Garden, but due to heavy rain and lack of roof, the set was immediately relocated.


  • Tribe Composition: The sixteen castaways were divided into two tribes of eight. In a Survivor first, the castaways were sorted by gender: The men formed the Tambaqui tribe while the women formed the Jaburu tribe.
  • Summit and Tribe Switch: On Day 13, the youngest member from each tribe, was sent to a summit where they decided the new tribes, mixing the men and the women.
  • Merged Tribe Composition: The merged tribe was composed of ten members.
  • Final Tribal Council Format: Two finalists faced a jury of seven. The jurors individually addressed the finalists.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S6 ryan t Ryan Aiken
23, Ellicott City, MD
Tambaqui 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S6 janet t Janet Koth
46, Manchester, MO
Jaburu 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
S6 daniel t Daniel Lue
26, Houston, TX
Tax Accountant
Tambaqui 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
S6 joanna t JoAnna Ward
31, Orangeburg, SC
Guidance Counselor
Jaburu 4th Voted Out
Day 12
S6 jeanne t Jeanne Hebert
40, North Attleboro, MA
Marketing Director
Jaburu Tambaqui 5th Voted Out
Day 15
S6 shawna t Shawna Mitchell
23, Los Angeles, CA
Retail Saleswoman
Jaburu Jaburu 6th Voted Out
Day 18
S6 roger t Roger Sexton
56, Valencia, CA
Construction Company VP
Tambaqui Tambaqui Jacaré 7th Voted Out
Day 21
S6 dave t Dave Johnson
23, Pasadena, CA
Rocket Scientist
Tambaqui Tambaqui 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
S6 deena t Deena Bennett
35, Riverside, CA
Deputy District Attorney
Jaburu Jaburu 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
S6 alex t Alex Bell
32, Los Angeles, CA
Triathlon Coach
Tambaqui Jaburu 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
S6 christy t Christy Smith
24, Basalt, CO
Children's Adventure Guide
Jaburu Tambaqui 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
S6 heidi t Heidi Strobel
24, Jefferson City, MO
Gym Teacher
Jaburu Tambaqui 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
S6 butch t Butch Lockley
50, Olney, IL
School Principal
Tambaqui Tambaqui 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
S6 rob t Rob Cesternino
24, Wantagh, NY
Computer Projects Coordinator
Tambaqui Jaburu 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
S6 matthew t Matthew von Ertfelda
33, Washington, DC
Restaurant Designer
Tambaqui Jaburu Runner-Up 6
S6 jenna t Jenna Morasca
21, Bridgeville, PA
Swimsuit Model
Jaburu Jaburu Sole Survivor 3

Season Summary[]

For the first time, the castaways were divided into tribes split by gender. The men's tribe, Tambaqui, was quick to set up their camp under Roger's effective yet abrasive leadership. On the sidelines, Rob secretly arbitrated between Roger's alliance of Butch and Dave and the outliers Alex, Daniel and Matthew to further his interests.

The women's tribe, Jaburu, experienced infighting and spent almost the entire first week without a shelter. Deena stepped up as leader of the women, setting things in order within the tribe while forming a majority alliance with the younger members Heidi, Jenna and Shawna. Believing they can easily defeat the women with their physical strength, the men displayed overconfidence, which was handily eroded by losing 4 of the first 5 challenges. The men later came together and won enough Immunity Challenges to even the numbers, 6-6.

On Day 13, the youngest of both tribes, Dave and Jenna traveled to an isolated location to act as tribal ambassadors. Jenna gave Dave crucial information about Jaburu, giving Dave an advantage when, the next day, they were forced to choose new tribes, equally distributing the men and the women. At the new Tambaqui, it seemed the tribe would arrive at a stalemate, but much convincing, Heidi joined the men in voting out Jeanne. At the new Jaburu, despite showing signs of giving up pre-switch, Shawna's mood somehow lit up since the men arrived, particularly Alex. Deena, believing Shawna's growing closeness with Alex could be detrimental to her game, sought Rob's help to break the two apart, voting Shawna out. The tribes merged on Day 19 where the men outnumbered the women, 6-4.

At the merge, Roger believed the men would easily pick the women off one by one; but Heidi and Jenna, believing he will not vote for a woman if he was on the Jury, used his growing unpopularity and turned the rest of the tribe against him. At the first merge Tribal Council, Roger was blindsided, with his ally Dave swiftly going next. Rob later turned the tables on Deena when she believed she was controlling the game.

Following Deena's elimination, it would seem that Alex, Heidi, Jenna and Rob forged a majority alliance, but when Alex hastily revealed Rob he would vote him out at the final four, Rob gathered the outsiders Butch, Christy and Matthew to blindside Alex. With the men and women even again, Christy was viewed as the swing vote but was noncommittal to either pact, allowing Rob to realign with Heidi and Jenna and voting Christy out. With the men having the majority, they voted out Heidi over Jenna, who was sick at the time.

Despite being under the weather, Jenna overcame the odds by winning the remaining Immunity Challenges, forcing the men to turn on each other. Unaligned, Butch was voted out first, then the biggest threat Rob, leaving Jenna and Matthew as the final two.

At the Final Tribal Council, Matthew was commended for his work ethic, but was criticized for his lack of strategic play while Jenna was called the opposite. In the end, for having better relationships on the jury and having more strategy than Matthew, Jenna won the title of Sole Survivor in a 6-1 landslide vote.

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated
Finish Viewers
(in millions)[2]
Reward Immunity
1 "Boys vs Girls" February 13, 2003 None Jaburu Ryan
1st Voted Out
Day 3
23.30 9.1/24
2 "Storms" February 20, 2003 Jaburu Tambaqui Janet
2nd Voted Out
Day 6
20.30 7.7/19
3 "Girl Power" February 27, 2003 Jaburu Jaburu Daniel
3rd Voted Out
Day 9
22.40 8.4.22
4 "Trapped" March 6, 2003 Tambaqui JoAnna
4th Voted Out
Day 12
23.30 9.3/23
5 "Pick-Up Sticks" March 13, 2003 None Jaburu Jeanne
5th Voted Out
Day 15
21.10 8.1/21
6 "More than Meats the Eye" March 19, 2003 Tambaqui Tambaqui Shawna
6th Voted Out
Day 18
16.40 6.1/14
7 "Girls Gone Wilder" March 26, 2003 None Deena Roger
7th Voted Out
Day 21
16.70 6.3/16
8 "Sleeping with the Enemy" April 3, 2003 Dave
Jenna Dave
8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
19.80 7.3/19
9 "The Chain" April 10, 2003 Alex
Matthew Deena
9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
19.10 7.1/20
10 "The First 27 Days" April 17, 2003 Recap Episode N/A N/A
11 "Q and A" April 24, 2003 Survivor
Rob Alex
10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
18.09 6.5/19
12 "Sour Grapes" May 1, 2003 Matthew
[Butch, Christy,
Heidi, Jenna,
11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
17.70 6.5/19
13 "The Amazon Heats Up" May 8, 2003 Matthew
Matthew Heidi
12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
19.00 7.0/20
14 "And Then There Were Four" May 11, 2003 None Jenna Butch
13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
22.3 8.9/22
Jenna Rob
14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Matthew
Sole Survivor
15 "Reunion" 17.60 8.2/21
^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 Jenna gave up her immunity to Heidi at Tribal Council.

Voting History[]

Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14
Voted Out S6 ryan t
S6 janet t
S6 daniel t
S6 joanna t
S6 jeanne t
S6 shawna t
S6 roger t
S6 dave t
S6 deena t
S6 alex t
S6 christy t
S6 heidi t
S6 butch t
S6 rob t
S6 matthew t
S6 jenna t
Vote 4-3-1 5-1-1-1 6-1 4-2-1 4-2 4-2 7-3 8-1 6-2 4-3 4-2 3-2 3-1 1-01 6-1
Jenna Janet JoAnna Shawna Roger Dave Deena Matthew Christy Rob Butch Rob Jury Vote
Matthew Roger Daniel Shawna Roger Dave Deena Alex Christy Heidi Butch None
Rob Ryan Daniel Shawna Roger Dave Deena Alex Christy Heidi Butch None Jenna
Butch Ryan Daniel Jeanne Christy Dave Deena Alex Jenna Heidi Rob Matthew
Heidi Janet JoAnna Jeanne Roger Dave Deena Matthew Christy Rob Jenna
Christy Jenna JoAnna Butch Roger Dave Alex Alex Jenna Jenna
Alex Ryan Daniel Matthew Roger Dave Deena Matthew Jenna
Deena Janet JoAnna Shawna Roger Dave Alex Jenna
Dave Daniel Daniel Jeanne Christy Matthew Jenna
Roger Ryan Daniel Jeanne Christy
Shawna Janet Christy Matthew
Jeanne Janet Shawna Butch
JoAnna Christy Shawna
Daniel Roger Roger
Janet Jeanne
Ryan Roger
^1 Matthew and Rob did not vote as they could only vote for each other. By virtue of winning the Final Immunity Challenge, only Jenna voted.


  • The Amazon is the first season to be filmed in South America.
  • The Amazon is the first season where the contestants were divided with a theme.
  • The Amazon is the first season to include an Asian-American male contestant.
  • The Amazon is the first season to not include an African-American male contestant.
  • The Amazon is the first season not to introduce a new tribe color, as all three colors (yellow, blue, and red) had been used in previous seasons.
  • All five contestants from California were voted out consecutively.
  • The Amazon is the first season, and the only season pre-All-Stars, where all contestants received a vote against them at one point during the game.
  • The Amazon is the first season in which a contestant gave up an Immunity Necklace and gave it to another contestant.
  • The Amazon is the first season in which a Pagonging did not occur after the merge.
  • The Amazon is the only season represented in All-Stars to not have a representative make that season's final six.
    • It is also the only season to not have any representatives reach the jury stage.


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