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Survivor: Desert
Mongolia
Season 79
Filming Location Mongolia
Tribes      Genghis
     Khan
     Kublai
Returning Castaways
Fans vs. Favorites II  Phoebe
Centennial  Blaine
Chronology
Previous Season Survivor: Mongolia
Next Season Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites II

Survivor: Desert was the seventy-ninth season of Survivor. 

The season ended when Blaine won the title of Sole Survivor, beating Montana and Alana by a 6-1-0 jury vote at the Final Tribal Council. The season featured 16 contestants dubbed as "castaways" marooned on two separate deserts in Mongolia. They were divided into two tribes: Genghis in red and Khan in black. The tribes were named for the leader of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan. On Day 19, the tribes merged into the blue Kublai tribe, named for Kublai Khan.

Despite the lack of a main twist this season, it is remembered for the fight between Scott and Vinny in Episode 9. During a reward challenge, the two broke into a physical brawl for about ten seconds. Though it was ended by both men on their own terms without intervention, they were both expelled from the game per Survivor rules. Because the two were expelled, they could not participate in the jury, nor were they invited to the Reunion show. With the jury at five, producers retrieved June and Kurt from sequestration, the two castaways eliminated before the merge, to serve as jury members. This decision earned a severe amount of backlash from the public, who believed a jury of five could have properly determind the winner (Blaine would have won in a 4-1 vote had June and Kurt not been added to the jury). A permanent rule was added to the Survivor rulebook that jury members would only be retrieved from previous elimination if the number of jury members dropped below 5 or 6 (depending on the season). The only other time a jury member was extracted post-elimination was Weirdo's joining the jury in Survivor: All-Stars after Hiporka refused to join the jury body. 

This season marks the only time two people were expelled from the game at the same time and only the second time people were expelled at all, the last time being Lio's disqualification in Survivor: PhilippinesThe other and only time two people were eliminated from the game at one time without being voted off was Nora and Zoey's quittings in Survivor: Caribbean.

The reception to this season was mixed to negative, with many critics and fan displeased with Scott and Vinny's expulsions and the lackluster tone throughout. The jury decision received the most amount of backlash. 

ContestantsEdit

Contestant Original Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Total
Votes
Wish Genghis 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7
Phoebe Khan 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
5
Hugo Khan 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
6
River Genghis 4th Voted Out
Day 12
5
June Khan 5th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 15
6
Kurt Khan 6th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 18
4
Fiona Khan Kublai 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
9
Collin Khan 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
9
Scott Genghis Disqualified
Day 27
0
Vinny Genghis Disqualified
Day 27
2
Neil Khan 9th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 30
4
Li Khan 10th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 34
5
Tim Genghis 11th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
5
Alana Genghis Third Place 2
Montana Genghis Runner-Up 4
Blaine Genghis Sole Survivor 6

The GameEdit

Episode # Immunity Eliminated Vote Finish
1 Khan Wish 7-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 Genghis Phoebe 5-3 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 Genghis Hugo 6-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
4 Khan River 4-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
5 Genghis June 5-1 5th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 15
6 Genghis Kurt 4-1 6th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 18
7 Neil Fiona 5-4-1 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
8 Tim Collin 3-3-0
5-2
8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
9 Scott No Vote Disqualified
Day 27
Vinny
10 Blaine Neil 4-2 9th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 30
Finale Montana Li 4-1 10th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 34
Blaine Tim 3-1 11th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Alana 6-1-0 Third Place
Montana Runner-Up
Blaine Sole Survivor

Voting HistoryEdit

Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Finale
Eliminated: Wish
7/8 votes
Phoebe
5/8 votes
Hugo
6/7 votes
River
4/7 votes
June
5/6 votes
Kurt
4/5 votes
Fiona
5/10 votes
Tie Collin
5/7 votes
Scott
No Vote
Vinny
No Vote
Neil
4/6 votes
Li
4/5 votes
Tim
3/4 votes
Blaine Wish River Collin Neil No Vote Neil Li Tim
Montana Wish Vinny Fiona Collin Coliin Neil Li Tim
Alana Wish Vinny Fiona Collin Collin Neil Li Tim
Tim Wish River Fiona Neil Collin Neil Li Alana
Li Phoebe Hugo June Kurt Montana Blaine Blaine Tim Blaine
Neil Phoebe Hugo June Kurt Montana Blaine Blaine Tim
Vinny Wish River Fiona Collin Collin
Scott Wish River Fiona Neil Collin
Collin Phoebe Hugo June Kurt Montana Blaine No Vote
Fiona Phoebe Hugo June Kurt Montana
Kurt Phoebe Hugo June Li
June Fiona Hugo Fiona
River Wish Alana
Hugo Fiona June
Phoebe Fiona
Wish River

Jury VoteEdit

Jury Vote
Finalists: Alana
0/7 votes
Montana
1/7 votes
Blaine
6/7 votes
Juror Vote
Tim Blaine
Li Montana
Neil Blaine
Collin Blaine
Fiona Blaine
Kurt Blaine
June Blaine

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