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Survivor: The Amazon

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Survivor: The Amazon
Presented by
No. of episodes14
No. of days39
No. of castaways16
WinnerJenna Morasca
Production locationsRio Negro,
Amazonas, Brazil
Filming datesNovember 7 –
December 15, 2002
Original release
ReleaseFebruary 13 (2003-02-13) –
May 11, 2003 (2003-05-11)

Survivor: The Amazon was the sixth season of the American reality show Survivor. It was filmed in 2002. There were thirteen episodes, one was shown each week on CBS from February 13 - May 11, 2003.

Sixteen players were sent to the Amazon to compete to win one million dollars. For the first time ever, the starting tribes were divided by gender. The two starting tribes were the all-female Jaburu (named after a native stork) and the all-male Tambaqui (a native fish). They later merged (combined into one tribe), which the players named "Jacaré" (Portuguese for "alligator"). It started and ended as a battle of the genders. The winner of Survivor: The Amazon was Jenna Morasca, a 21-year-old swimsuit model from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who won against Matthew Von Ertfelda by a vote of 6-1. The season finale (last episode) included the announcement of the winner and a live reunion of all the season's players 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 season is well known for having the first reality show player with a disability, the hearing impaired Christy Smith.

Another well-known moment in this season was an immunity challenge where the players would have to stand on a pole longer than everyone else. While all the players were standing on a pole, the players were told that they'd be given a bunch of different rewards for hopping off on purpose. Right away, Jenna Morasca and Heidi Strobel said that they would take off all of their clothes if they were given chocolate and peanut butter. Probst said yes, and a very naked Jenna and Heidi left the challenge and ate a plate of Oreo cookies and peanut butter. This got them a cover shot and a nude picture in a Playboy spread.[1]

Jenna Morasca and Rob Cesternino returned in Survivor: All-Stars, where they placed 16th and 15th.

Players[change | change source]

Player Starting tribe Switched tribe Merged tribe Finish Total Votes
Ryan Aiken
23, Ellicott City, MD
Tambaqui 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Janet Koth
46, Manchester, MO
Jaburu 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Daniel Lue
26, Houston, TX
Tambaqui 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Joanna Ward
31, Orangeburg, SC
Jaburu 4th Voted Out
Day 12
Jeanne Hebert
40, North Attleboro, MA
Jaburu Tambaqui 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Shawna Mitchell
23, Redwood City, CA
Jaburu Jaburu 6th Voted Out
Day 18
Roger Sexton
56, Valencia, CA
Tambaqui Tambaqui Jacaré 7th Voted Out
Day 21
Dave Johnson
23, Pasadena, CA
Tambaqui Tambaqui 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
Deena Bennett
35, Riverside, CA
Jaburu Jaburu 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Alex Bell
32, Los Angeles, CA
Tambaqui Jaburu 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
Christy Smith
24, Basalt, CO
Jaburu Tambaqui 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
Heidi Strobel
24, Buffalo, MO
Jaburu Tambaqui 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
Butch Lockley
50, Olney, IL
Tambaqui Tambaqui 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Rob Cesternino
24, Wantagh, NY
Tambaqui Jaburu 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Matthew Von Ertfelda
33, Washington, D.C.
Tambaqui Jaburu Runner-Up 6
Jenna Morasca
21, Pittsburgh, PA
Jaburu Jaburu Sole Survivor 3
The Total Votes is the number of votes a player got during Tribal Councils where the player is able to be voted out of the game. It does not count the votes they got during the final Tribal Council.

The game[change | change source]

Episode name Date shown on TV Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
"Boys vs. Girls" February 13, 2003 None[1] Jaburu Ryan 4-3-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"Storms" February 20, 2003 Jaburu Tambaqui Janet 5-1-1-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"Girl Power" February 27, 2003 Jaburu Jaburu Daniel 6-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
"Trapped" March 6, 2003 Tambaqui Tambaqui Joanna 4-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
"Pick-up Sticks" March 13, 2003 None[2] Jaburu Jeanne 4-2 5th Voted Out
Day 15
"More Than Meats the Eye" March 19, 2003 Tambaqui Tambaqui Shawna 4-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
"Girls Gone Wilder" March 26, 2003 None[3] Deena Roger 7-3 7th Voted Out
Day 21
"Sleeping With the Enemy" April 3, 2003 Dave
Jenna Dave 8-1 8th Voted Out
Day 24
"The Chain" April 10, 2003 Alex
Matthew Deena 6-2 9th Voted Out
Day 27
"The First 27 Days" April 17, 2003 Recap Episode
"Q and A" April 24, 2003 Survivor
Rob Alex 4-3 10th Voted Out
Day 30
"Sour Grapes" May 1, 2003 Matthew Jenna
Christy 4-2 11th Voted Out
Day 33
"The Amazon Heats Up" May 8, 2003 Matthew [Rob] Matthew Heidi 3-2 12th Voted Out
Day 36
"...And Then There Were Four" May 11, 2003 None Jenna Butch 3-1 13th Voted Out
Day 37
Jenna Rob 1-0 14th Voted Out
Day 38
"The Reunion" May 11, 2003 Jury Vote Matthew 6-1 Runner-Up
Jenna Sole Survivor
If more than one tribe or player wins reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically if it was teamwork, or where one player won and invited others, the players they invited are in brackets.

^ There was no Reward Challenge.

^ There was no Reward Challenge due to tribal switch.

^ There was no Reward Challenge due to tribal merge.

^ Jenna won immunity but gave it to Heidi during tribal council.

Voting history[change | change source]

Starting tribes Switched tribes Merged tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Reunion
Eliminated: Ryan
4/8 votes
5/8 votes
6/7 votes
4/7 votes
4/6 votes
4/6 votes
7/10 votes
8/9 votes
6/8 votes
4/7 votes
4/6 votes
3/5 votes
3/4 votes
1 vote
1/7 votes
6/7 votes
Voter Vote
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
Rob Ryan Daniel Shawna Roger Dave Deena Alex Christy Heidi Butch 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

References[change | change source]

  1. Steve Rogers (2003-06-09). "Jenna Morasca & Heidi Strobel to appear nude in August 'Playboy' magazine". Retrieved 2008-10-05.

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