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

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 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.

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 season has produced two contestants (Jenna Morasca and Rob Cesternino) who have returned for subsequent seasons.


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

Season Summary

The season began with the contestants divided into tribes split by gender for the first time. The men's tribe, Tambaqui, wearing blue, was quick to get their camp life squared away, building shelter, and alliances were quickly formed. The women's tribe, Jaburu, wearing yellow, experience quarrelling within their tribe, and spent almost the entire first week without a shelter. On Tambaqui, an alliance of four was formed, led by Roger Sexton. However, Rob Cesternino quickly emerged as an arbiter between Roger's alliance and the outliers of the tribe, solidifying allegiances with both. On Jaburu, the younger women took control of the voting in the tribe.

On Day 13, Dave Johnson and Jenna Morasca 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, Heidi Strobel decided to align with the men. At Jaburu, Deena and Rob created an alliance and when the merge occurred, they aligned with Alex Bell, Matthew von Ertfelda, and the rest of the women. Deena and Rob's new alliance controlled the first two votes.

Convinced she had control over the game, Deena decided to vote out Alex for being a social and physical threat. The women quickly informed Alex of Deena's betrayal, and he was able to convince Heidi, Jenna and the men to eliminate Deena at the next Tribal Council. With Deena gone, Alex was convinced he was solid in an alliance of four with Jenna, Heidi, and Rob. However, he revealed to Rob that his plan was to vote him out at the final four to avoid a tie with Heidi and Jenna. Rob used this information to form a counter-alliance with Matthew, Butch Lockley, and Christy Smith, where they voted out Alex. With three men and three women remaining, Christy became the swing vote but was voted out after failing to commit to either side. At the next Tribal Council, the men stuck together and voted out Heidi, perceived to be the more physical of the two women left.

At the final four, Jenna won immunity, forcing the men to prematurely turn on themselves. Jenna and Matthew formed a Final Two alliance and, faced with either avenging Alex and Heidi by voting out Rob or getting rid of an undeserving Butch, Jenna ultimately sided with Matthew and Rob to vote out Butch. Jenna continued her winning streak and won the Final Immunity Challenge, giving her the sole vote at the next Tribal Council where she ultimately voted out Rob.

Facing the jury, Matthew was praised for his survival skills and work ethic, but he was criticized for hypocrisy and lack of strategic gameplay for the majority of the game. On the other hand, Jenna was criticized for her lack of work ethic and even wanting to quit a few days earlier. However, as a result of having better relationships with people on the jury, and being seen as playing the game more strategically from the beginning, Jenna was voted to become the Sole Survivor in a vote of 6-1.

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 ??? ???
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/Immunity Challenge.
^1 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.png
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S6 daniel t.png
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S6 jeanne t.png
S6 shawna t.png
S6 roger t.png
S6 dave t.png
S6 deena t.png
S6 alex t.png
S6 christy t.png
S6 heidi t.png
S6 butch t.png
S6 rob t.png
S6 matthew t.png
S6 jenna t.png
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 were 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 first season whose merged tribe has an accented letter (Jacaré).
  • The Amazon is the first season where 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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