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Vytas Baskauskas is a contestant from Survivor: Blood vs. Water and Survivor: Cambodia.

In Blood vs. Water, the game became a context for Vytas to mend his fraught relationship with his brother, Panama winner Aras Baskauskas. He proved a cunning social player, opening up about his troubled past and swearing unconditional loyalty (with dubious ingenuousness) in order to stave off elimination on a tribe where all the other members were women. His game came to an end when Aras's leadership position proved illusory after a game-changing blindside of the latter by Tyson Apostol and Gervase Peterson; Vytas's elimination directly followed his brother's.

In Cambodia, Vytas earned the ire of his female tribemates with his perceived misogynistic behavior at camp, resulting in his blindside at the hands of the "new-school" strategists at the season's first Tribal Council.


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Name (Age): Vytas Baskauskas (33)
Tribe Designation: Loved Ones
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Aras' Brother
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Yoga Instructor/Math Professor
Personal Claim to Fame: Beating heroin addiction, yoga discipline and receiving a graduate degree in math.
Inspiration in Life: I don't have one particular hero. I greatly admire the brilliant scientists and mathematicians of the past and also social activists such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hobbies: Movies, music, good food, bodysurfing and chess.
Pet Peeves: Stupidity and show-offs.
3 Words to Describe You: Smart, strong-willed and unique.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) iPod – love music. 2) Yoga mat – practice every day to keep the body & mind right. 3) Chess set - it's not just a game, it's a way of life.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: The intellect and wit of Jonathan Penner, the likability of Aras Baskauskas and the flirtatiousness of Parvati Shallow.
Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to be on the show for the experience. I truly believe I can outwit, outplay and outlast. Of course I also want the prize.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I have the necessary elements to make it to the end. I'm strong minded, smart and cunning. Through my addiction, I learned to easily manipulate people and although I don't use that skill as much anymore, it is still there.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am very assertive. It is unlike me to not get what I want. I am also smart and sociable so my people skills will do me well. I have a good social awareness. My personality is unique and although I may not be the most-liked, that's not such a bad thing in getting to the end.

What Does It Mean to You to Play Survivor with Your Loved One? Playing with Aras means the world to me. Our relationship hasn't always been the best, but over the past few years, it has definitely begun to improve. I love my brother very much and this experience will surely bring us closer together. That being said, there can only be ONE Sole Survivor. Aras and I have been competing with each other in almost every way since he was born. This will be the ultimate competition. Whether I win the game or not, I desperately want to beat my brother![1]

Name: Vytas Baskauskas
Season 27
Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Current Age: 35

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA[2]


Blood vs. Water

Assigned to Tadhana, the loved ones' tribe, Vytas joined the Five Guys Alliance led by Brad Culpepper and in doing so ensured his safety for a short time. After losing the second Immunity Challenge, Vytas and the alliance opted to send a message to the returning players by eliminating their strongest players' loved one in an attempt to see them swap at Redemption Island, though this plan fell short when Tyson did not take the bait. Consecutive losses at future challenges and Brad's efforts to eliminate those without loved ones caused an uprising in the tribe when Caleb Bankston openly admitted his intention to vote out Brad. When the vote tied during the episode "One Armed Dude and Three Moms", Vytas flipped on his alliance, sending the former NFL player to Redemption Island.

When the tribes switched, Vytas found himself the only male on a female governed Galang tribe and despite best efforts, he was the outsider. Losing the next two challenges, Vytas was spared when Kat Edorsson wanted to target Monica Culpepper and when Laura Boneham declared her intention to vote with the rest of the women and send him to Redemption Island. He was spared as Kat was deemed untrustworthy and Laura was deemed too much of a wildcard as they were eliminated instead.

After the tribe merge, Vytas reunited with Aras Baskauskas, his brother and immediately sought power, though it was short-lived when Aras was blindsided and after attempting to scramble for votes to stay in "My Brother's Keeper", he was subsequently voted out. Vytas survived one duel before being eliminated by the duo of Tina Wesson and Laura Morett after Laura came in first place and helped Tina come in second place.

At Final Tribal Council, Vytas told Tyson he wasn't getting his vote and told Gervase Peterson that playing "Old School" meant that he was not adapting to the game. He was the only juror to give his vote to Monica, who lost to Tyson in a 7-1-0 vote.

Voting History

Vytas's Voting History
Episode Vytas's
Voted Against
1 Laura B. -
Marissa -
2 Rachel -
3 John -
4 Ciera;
5 Tadhana Tribe Immune
6 Kat Kat
7 Laura B. Laura B.
8 Laura M. Individual Immunity
9 Tyson Caleb, Gervase, Hayden, Katie,
Laura M., Monica, Tina, Tyson
Voted Out, Day 22
10 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 27
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "One Armed Dude and Three Moms", the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Brad and Ciera, forcing a revote. Vytas voted for Brad on the revote.


In a public vote, Vytas was chosen to be one of the twenty castaways to compete on Survivor: Cambodia for a second chance.

On the first day, Vytas was placed on the Ta Keo tribe and aligned with the "Shelter" people consisting of Woo Hwang, Kelly Wiglesworth, and his brother's Panama tribemate and former rival Terry Deitz, who classed Vytas an honorary Old Schooler. At camp, Vytas attempted to influence the women as he did after the Tribe Switch on his first season though this was met with less successful results as Shirin Oskooi and Kelley Wentworth felt Vytas was being smarmy. 

Vytas did Yoga with Kelly Wiglesworth and tried to do with the rest of the tribe, but again this wasn't as well received. At the first challenge of the season, Ta Keo was initially leading because of Keith Nale dropping a torch in the water. However, Wiglesworth struggled with getting the key from the cage. This allowed the Bayon tribe to catch up and overtake them for the win. Ta Keo was shocked when they learned that they had to leave for Tribal Council Immediately. At Tribal Council, Vytas voted against Abi-Maria for being volatile. Ultimately, it was Vytas who ended up being the first boot of the season in a 6-4 vote over Abi-Maria.

Voting History

Vytas's Voting History
Episode Vytas's
Voted Against
1 Abi-Maria Abi-Maria, Jeff, Kelley,
Peih-Gee, Shirin, Spencer
Voted Out, Day 3


  • Vytas and his girlfriend welcomed their first child, a son, Asa, was born in February 8, 2014, in Bali.[3]


  • Vytas was first seen on Survivor at the Panama Reunion Show, congratulating Aras Baskauskas for his win.
  • Vytas lost 18.6 lbs. (8.5 kg) during his time in Blood vs. Water.[4]
  • Vytas and Aras's maternal grandfather was late actor Macdonald Carey.
  • The Baskauskas brothers are the second pair of siblings to have one place last and one place first after the Anderson twins, Natalie and Nadiya. However, the Andersons accomplished this feat on a season they were both on, while the Baskauskases accomplished it on the seasons where they did not play together.
  • Vytas was banned from attending the Cambodia Reunion Show for insisting to fly home before filming was wrapped to see his son, Asa. Moreover, Vytas claimed it was his assistant who accidentally responded to a message on his Instagram account while filming was still ongoing, which could have suggested his early exit from the game.[5][6] Vytas became the second contestant to be banned from the Reunion of their season, following Brandon Hantz in Caramoan and followed by Alec Merlino in David vs. Goliath and Dan Spilo in Island of the Idols.


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