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Survivor: Palau
Palau
Season 40
Filming Location Palau
Tribes      Ollei
     Imetang
     Tobi
     Koror
     Ualap
Returning Castaways
Extravaganza Tom
Centennial  Tom
Chronology
Previous Season Survivor: Outback
Next Season Survivor: Sahara

Survivor: Palau was the fortieth season of Survivor. 

The season ended when Tom won the title of Sole Survivor, beating Kel and John by a 8-1-0 jury vote at the Final Tribal Council. The season featured 20 contestants dubbed as "castaways" marooned on four separate beaches in Palau. They were divided into four tribes: Ollei in green, Imetang in red, Tobi in black, and Koror in brown. The tribes were named for cities and islands in Palau. On Day 19, the tribes merged into the blue Ualap tribe (Palau spelled backwards).

The hidden idol immunity was featured this season. Five were hidden; one for each original tribe and one at the merge. 

The main twist this season was the return of the four-tribe format last seen in Cook Islands. Following the previous seasons, producers wanted to create a season that would eliminate the idea of tribal reliance. For the second straight season, this failed. 

As with the previous season, only one All-Star made the All-Star list at the finale. Theodore Lansing, one of the most popular Survivors ever, refused to be ever brought back, as he found the experience "enriching, awe-inspiring, lush, but downright miserable. It was simply not for me."

This season was called out by most media for the racism emitting from contestant Niko Neeca. In episode 2, Neeca's judgements were revealed when he wanted to vote off Choice for being "ghetto trash," while citing to fellow tribesmate Theodore that "if she were a Jew," she would be "twice the kill." Theodore and Sabrina, the two practicing Jews of the tribe, reported back to Choice and Amy their concerns with Niko. He was unanimously voted out at the Tobi tribe's first tribal council. Producers stated prior to the premiere of Episode 2: "We want to firstly apologize for the comments made by one of the castaways during tonight's episode. We do not condone any of the contestant's thoughts and the network does not support him in any way." Following the premiere of the episode, the producers were lambasted for casting such a racist character. Producers stated: "We had no idea that he believed what he did. Our extensive background checks revealed nothing. We would never have aired any of the comments had it not pertained to the tribe's dynamic. We had no choice but I think it makes a statement that every place in the world has racism and there is no escape. We apologize to anyone who was offended by last night's episode. Ratings plummeted in the next episode, but returned to its high in Episode 4. Theodore Lansing, the contestant who openly condemned Neeca and his beliefs, won both Player of the Season and Entertainment Award. Neeca, not surprisingly, was awarded Villain of the Season, making him the earliest-to-be-voted-out contestant to win an award at the finale. However, he was booed offstage at the Finale after he refused to make any apologies when asked. 


ContestantsEdit

Contestant Original Tribe Absorbed Tribes Merged Tribe Finish Total Votes
Andre Ollei 1st Voted Out
Day 3
4
Niko Tobi 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
4
Choice Tobi 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
4
Carol Ollei 4th Voted Out
Day 10
3
Britney Imetang Imetang 5th Voted Out
Day 12
7
Tony Ollei Koror 6th Voted Out
Day 14
8
Posy Koror Koror 7th Voted Out
Day 16
6
Adeline Koror Koror 8th Voted Out
Day 18
2
Theodore Tobi Koror 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
3
Amy Tobi Koror 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 23
6
Kat Imetang Imetang Ualap 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 26
4
Sabrina Tobi Imetang 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 29
5
Dakota Imetang Imetang 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 31
5
Chip Imetang Imetang 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
5
Court Imetang Imetang 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 35
5
Mamaw Ollei Imetang 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 36
4
Zach Ollei Imetang 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
3
John Koror Koror Third Place 2
Kel Koror Koror Runner-Up 2
Tom Koror Koror Sole Survivor 12

The GameEdit

Episode # Immunity Eliminated Vote Finish
1 Koror Andre 4-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Imetang
Tobi
2 Koror Niko 4-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Ollei
Imetang
3 Koror Choice 3-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
Imetang
Ollei
4 Koror Carol 2-1-1 4th Voted Out
Day 10
Tobi
Imetang
5 Koror Britney 7-1 5th Voted Out
Day 12
6 Imetang Tony 7-1 6th Voted Out
Day 14
7 Imetang Posy 6-1 7th Voted Out
Day 16
8 Imetang Adeline 2-0* 8th Voted Out
Day 18
9 Imetang Theodore 3-2 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
10 Imetang Amy 3-1 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 23
11 Chip Kat 3-0** 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 26
12 Dakota Sabrina 5-4 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 29
13 Kel Dakota 5-3 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 31
14 Mamaw Chip 5-2 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
15 Kel Court 5-1 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 35
Finale John Mamaw 3-2 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 36
John Zach 3-1 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote John 8-1-0 Third Place
Kel Runner-Up
Tom Sole Survivor
  • Theodore played the hidden immunity idol. Therefore, the four votes cast against him were negated. 
    • Tom played the hidden immunity idol. Therefore, the seven votes cast against him were negated. 

Voting HistoryEdit

Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Finale
Eliminated: Andre
4/5 votes
Niko
4/5 votes
Choice
3/4 votes
Carol
2/4 votes
Britney
7/8 votes
Tony
7/8 votes
Posy
6/7 votes
Adeline
2/2 votes
Theodore
3/5 votes
Amy
3/4 votes
Kat
3/3 votes
Sabrina
5/9 votes
Dakota
5/8 votes
Chip
5/7 votes
Court
5/6 votes
Mamaw
3/5 votes
Zach
3/4 votes
Tom Tony Posy Theodore Theodore Amy Kat Sabrina Dakota Chip Court Mamaw Zach
Kel Tony Posy Theodore Thedore Amy Kat Sabrina Dakota Chip Court Mamaw Zach
John Tony Posy Theodore Thedore Amy Kat Sabrina Dakota Chip Court Mamaw Zach
Zach Andre Carol Britney Tom Sabrina Dakota Chip Court John Kel
Mamaw Andre Carol Britney Tom Sabrina Dakota Chip Court John
Court Britney Tom Tom Tom Tom Tom
Chip Britney Tom Tom Tom Tom
Dakota Britney Tom Tom Tom
Sabrina Niko Choice Britney Tom Tom
Kat Britney Tom
Amy Niko Choice Tony Posy Adeline Tom Kel
Theodore Niko Choice Tony Posy Adeline Tom
Adeline Tony Posy Theodore
Posy Tony Amy
Tony Andre Mamaw Amy
Britney Kat
Carol Andre Tony
Choice Niko Amy
Niko Choice
Andre Carol

Jury VoteEdit

Jury vote
Finalists: John
0/9 votes
Kel
1/9 votes
Tom
8/9 votes
Juror Vote
Zach Tom
Mamaw Tom
Court Tom
Chip Tom
Dakota Tom
Sabrina Tom
Kat Tom
Amy Tom
Theodore Kel

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