Survivor: Micronesia - Fans vs. Favorites is the sixteenth season of the CBS reality television series Survivor. Pitting die-hard Survivor fans against some of the series' past contestants, this season is the show's third to include contestants from past seasons, after the all-returning contestant pool from Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Guatemala in which two contestants from Survivor: Palau returned for a second chance.

Applications were due on July 7, 2007. Around August 2007, 800 applicants were selected for an interview by CBS. Out of these 800, about 48 semi-finalists were selected to go to Los Angeles sometime during September 2007. From these semi-finalists, 10 contestants were selected to participate in the show between late October and mid-December 2007.[1] The full cast of 20 contestants were revealed on January 32008 by Entertainment Weekly.[2] In the same article, it was also revealed that Palau winner, Tom Westman, was invited to participate, but declined. In other interviews, host Jeff Probst revealed that a list of 20 Favorites was put together (enough for an entire game) and then 10 of them were cut. Others included for consideration were Shane Powers (of Exile Island), Yul Kwon (of Cook Islands), and Courtney Yates (of China), though Probst confirmed that Yates declined the opportunity.[3] The contestants were split into two tribes, fans and favorites, named Airai and Malakal respectively. Both tribes were named after islands in Palau.

The season was filmed in Palau, marking the second time Survivor has filmed there (the first being 2005).[4][5] The filming locations for this season were the same as those used in Survivor: Palau.[6] Exile Island returned this season after being absent from Survivor: China, with a new twist of one castaway from each tribe being sent to Exile Island where they had to compete to find the Hidden Immunity Idol.


Contestant Original Tribe Episode 5 Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Total Votes
Dave Cruser
37, Simi Valley, CA
Formerly of Survivor: China
Malakal 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Chet Welch
48, Ford City, PA
Airai 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Erik Reichenbach
22, Pinckney, MI
Airai 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Natalie Bolton
32, Los Angeles, CA
Airai 4th Voted Out
Day 12
Earl Cole
36, Santa Monica, CA
Formerly of Survivor: Fiji
Malakal Airai 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Ruth Marie Milliman
50, Greenville, SC
Formerly of Survivor: Panama
Malakal Airai 6th Voted Out
Day 16
Ami Cusack
34, Golden, CO
Formerly of Survivor: Vanuatu
Malakal Malakal 7th Voted Out
Day 16
Terry Deitz
48, Simsbury, CT
Formerly of Survivor: Panama
Malakal Airai 8th Voted Out
Day 19
Joel Anderson
32, Avondale, AZ
Airai Malakal Removed Due to Injury
Day 21
Jason Siska
22, Fox River Grove, IL
Airai Airai 9th Voted Out
Day 22
Ian Rosenberger
26, Key Largo, FL
Formerly of Survivor: Palau
Malakal Malakal Rubak 10th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 25
Kathleen "Kathy" Sleckman
45, Glen Ellyn, IL
Airai Malakal 11th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
Alexis Jones
24, Los Angeles, CA
Airai Malakal 2
Mary Sartain
29, Emeryville, CA
Airai Malakal 0
Michael "Mikey B" Bortone
34, Los Angeles, CA
Airai Airai 2Template:Ref
Tracy Hughes-Wolf
43, Fredericksburg, VA
Airai Airai 4
Aras Baskauskas
26, Santa Monica, CA
Formerly of Survivor: Panama
Malakal Malakal 0
Brooke Stephens
29, Hood River, OR
Formerly of Survivor: Guatemala
Malakal Malakal 0
Eliza Orlins
25, New York, NY
Formerly of Survivor: Vanuatu
Malakal Airai 3
Sherea Lloyd
27, Atlanta, GA
Formerly of Survivor: China
Malakal Malakal 5
The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaways has received during Tribal Councils where the castaway is eligible to be voted out of the game. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.

Template:Refbegin Template:Note Jason played the Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore four votes against him were not counted.

Template:Note Mikey played the Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore three votes against him were not counted. Template:Refend

=The game

Episode Titles Air Date Challenges Exiled Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
Those Who Are At War With Others..." May 1, 2008 AiraiTemplate:Ref None Template:Ref Dave 8-2 1st Voted Out
Day 3
"Things Go 'Airai'" May 8, 2008 Malakal Malakal Jason Chet 9-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
"Jealous Bone" May 15, 2008 Malakal Malakal Jason Erik 3-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Ruth Marie
"If You're Gonna Lose Badly..." May 22, 2008 Malakal Malakal Mikey Natalie 5-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
Ruth Marie
"Jeff Does it Again!" May 29, 2008 Malakal Malakal Jason Earl 5-2 5th Voted Out
Day 15
"Blindsides and Betrayal" June 6, 2008 Airai NoneTemplate:Ref NoneTemplate:Ref Ruth Marie 3-2-1 6th Voted Out
Day 16
Ami 5-4 7th Voted Out
Day 16
"Showdown" June 19, 2008 Malakal Malakal Mikey Terry 3-2 8th Voted Out
Day 19
"I Think You're a Little Paranoid" June 26, 2008 Airai Malakal Kathy Joel No Vote Removed Due to Injury
Day 21
Tracy Jason 1-0 9th Voted Out
Day 22
"To Lie or Not to Lie" July 5, 2008 NoneTemplate:Ref Aras NoneTemplate:Ref Ian 6-3-1 10th Voted Out
Day 25
"Evening the Score" July 14, 2008 Brooke, Eliza, Sherea Mary Kathy 3-3 11th Voted Out
Day 27
In the case of multiple tribes or people who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one player won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.

Template:Refbegin Template:Note Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.

Template:Note Exile Island was not yet known to the castaways.

Template:Note Due to the double Tribal Council, there was no Immunity Challenge and noone was sent to Exile Island.

Template:Note Due to the merge, there was no Reward Challenge and noone was sent to Exile Island. Template:Refend

Episode 1: Those Who Are At War With Others...

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: The tribes are to assemble four puzzle wheels, attach them to a cart, and push the cart through a series of wooden fences. Upon reaching a sandpit with the cart, they then must dig up a set of planks to make a bridge. The tribes then push the cart over the bridge to a turnstile. The wheels are then removed and the pieces reassembled to complete the turnstile. The turnstile raises a fire wok on a pulley that lights the top of a platform.
  • Reward: The winning team wins Tribal Immunity and flint.

In a pouring rain, the ten fans arrived on the island unaware that they would be facing past castaways and were shocked when Jeff introduced the favorites. Jeff then pointed to a beach on an island across the way with two boats and told the tribes to swim across. Two individual Immunity Idols were there for the first castaway on each tribe to find them, with the stipulation that they were only good for the first time they went to Tribal Council. Jonny was the first to find the idols tied to the boat's prows, but Yau-Man noticed that Jonny took the other tribe's idol and raced over to the correct boat, tackling Jonny and grabbing the correct idol. Kathy got her tribe's idol after Yau-Man pointed it out to her. Two alliances were formed in the favorites tribe: one between Ami, Eliza, Jonathan, and Yau-Man and another consisting of the couples of James and Parvati and Ozzy and Amanda. Both groups courted Jonny and he played both sides. At the combined Reward and Immunity Challenge, the fans took the lead early and won. After the challenge, Jonny told the tribe that he missed his girlfriend and unborn daughter and that he really wasn't in the game. Feelings were split about whether he was being truthful or if the story was part of his strategy, but in the end he was unanimously voted out 9-1. After the vote, the tribe was given a flint, although Yau-Man had already started a fire using water and his glasses.

Voting history

Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Eliminated: Dave
8/10 Votes
9/10 Votes
3/9 VotesTemplate:Ref
5/8 Votes
5/7 Votes
Ruth Marie
3/6 Votes
5/9 Votes
3/5 Votes
No VoteTemplate:Ref
1/4 VotesTemplate:Ref
6/10 Votes
3/6 Votes
Alexis Chet Jason Mikey Ami Sherea Kathy
Aras Dave Ami Sherea Kathy
Brooke Dave Joel Ian
Eliza Dave Earl Terry Terry Mikey Ian
Mary Chet Jason Tracy Ami Sherea Kathy
Mikey B Chet Jason Natalie Earl Ruth Eliza Jason Ian Alexis
Sherea Dave Joel Ian
Tracy Chet Erik Natalie Earl Ruth Terry Mikey Ian Alexis
Kathy Chet Erik Natalie Ami Ian Alexis
Ian Dave Joel Tracy
Jason Chet Erik Natalie Earl Ruth Terry Mikey
Joel Chet Kathy Natalie Ami
Terry Sherea Tracy Eliza Eliza
Ami Dave Joel
Ruth Marie Dave Earl Terry
Earl Dave Tracy
Natalie Chet Jason Mikey
Erik Chet Kathy
Chet Joel
Dave Sherea

Template:Refbegin Template:Note Jason played the Hidden Immunity Idol, negating all votes cast for him.

Template:Note Joel was evacuated due to medical reasons, therefore no vote occurred for his removal from the game.

Template:Note Mikey played the Hidden Immunity Idol, negating all votes cast for him.



U.S. standard ratings

# Episode Rating
1 "Those Who Are At War With Others..."


  1. Survivor Application (PDF). Retrieved on 2007 May 17.
  2. Ross, Dalton (2008-01-03). 'Survivor: Micronesia': Exclusive Cast Reveal!. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2008 January 3.
  3. Jeff Probst Media Teleconference. Retrieved on 2008 January 31.
  4. Miho, David (2007-09-21). Survivor Palau Prepares For New TV Season -- Again. Pacific Magazine. Retrieved on 2007 October 5.
  5. Rodriguez Jr., Nazario (2007-09-25). Big Fish Ink needs around 200 Palauans for film production. Marianas Variety. Retrieved on 2007 October 5.
  6. Survivor: S16 Palau All-Stars. Survivor Maps. Retrieved on 2007 October 28.

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