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Survivor: Polynesia is the thirtieth season of the second generation Suitman's Survivor Series, which began December 5, 2015, and ended with a live reunion on February 5, 2016.

It ended with John P. defeating Daniel K. and Nick J. at the Final Tribal Council in a 4-3-1 vote. There was no Fan Favorite award this season.

Production

This season features twenty-one returning castaways, divided into three tribes of seven. They are divided based on their association with one of three unique ways to win the game. Castaways known to get far through challenge prowess are the "Strong" tribe. Castaways known for their ability to get far through creating strong bonds, alliances and likability are the "Social" tribe. Castaways known for their ability to make big smart moves to further their game are the "Strategic" tribe. The tribes are Savave, wearing red, Tanrake, in yellow, and Vaiaku, with blue. On Each tribe has a tribal circle pattern as their insignia. On Day 10, the tribes merged into Funafuti, wearing black.

The entire cast of returning players were hand-picked by production this season. The castaways were chosen for fitting one of the three divisional categories of the season - Strong, Social and Strategic. The full cast of 21 and tribal designations were revealed on December 2, 2015.

Twists

  • The Madhouse: Returning twist from Second Chances. When players are voted out they do not go home. They instead face off in a head-to-head duel with another voted out player to earn a spot in the next stage. The winner advances while the loser is out for good. Once a certain number of people have advanced, the successful candidates will compete in a condensed version of the Survivor post-merge, all taking place on one day, to decide who will re-enter the game.
  • Strong vs. Social vs. Strategic: The tribes were divided based upon methods they utilised to play the game in past seasons. The "Strong" tribe, who are known for winning immunity challenges, the "Social" tribe, who are known for forging bonds to lay low, and the "Strategic" tribe, who are known for making major moves to shake up the game.
  • Three-Tribe Format: This season is the ninth season to have more than two tribes, and is the third all-returnee season to feature three tribes, after New Zealand and Conqueror's Crusade. It's also the second time the three-tribe format has been used in a season with more than 18 castaways.
  • Returning Players: This season, twenty-one returnees were all specifically selected to fit the three categories for this season. It is the first season to feature returnees from the six most recent seasons - Last Leap to El Salvador.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 6, the Savave, Tanrake and Vaiaku tribes underwent a tribe switch, mixing up the tribes. The Tanrake tribe was dismantled in this switch, leaving only Savave and Vaiaku.
  • Double Tribal Council: On three separate occasions - Day 1, Day 5 and Day 7 - two tribes went to Tribal Council to vote someone out. Due to the three-tribe format, the challenge was still for tribal immunity on the first two occasions, but with only one tribe winning. The third occasion featured just two tribes, so the challenge was individual. Then, on Day 10, One Day Tribes was initiated.
  • One Day Tribes: On Day 10, the ten remaining castaways were divided back into two tribes, just for a Double Tribal Council that day, before reverting back to a normal merged tribe. AJ and Nick J. each picked one person to join them on their tribe. They chose Sam and Derek respectively.
  • Hidden Immunity Idols: There was one hidden idol placed in each tribe camp, which could be found by correctly guessing the answer to the clues sent daily to the two immune tribes.
  • Extra Vote: This season featured an extra vote as a prize in the Survivor Auction. It was won by Jacob B.

Contestants

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Voted Out The
Madhouse
Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S30 Mickle P.
Mickle P.
17, Green
Cursed Hand & Second Chances
Tanrake 1st Voted Out
Day 1
Lost Duel 1
Day 2
6
S30 Charlie B.
Charlie B.
16, Black
Jan Mayen, Eritrea
& Last Leap
Vaiaku Quit
Day 3
0
S30 Austin W.
Austin W.
21, Gold
Kiribati
Vaiaku Quit
Day 5
2
S30 Tony I.
Tony I.
19, Green
Venezuela, Moral vs. Merciless
& Bingo vs. Suitman
Savave Savave 6th Voted Out
Day 6
Lost Duel 2
Day 7
5
S30 Will T.
Will T.
16, Light Green
Jan Mayen & Last Leap
Tanrake Savave 7th Voted Out
Day 7
Lost Duel 3
Day 8
6
S30 Will C.
Will C.
17, Brown
Jordan, All-Stars
& Moral vs. Merciless
Tanrake 5th Voted Out
Day 5
1st Voted Off
Madhouse
Day 8
3
S30 Kelly R.
Kelly R.
19, Gold
El Salvador
Savave Vaiaku 8th Voted Out
Day 7
Eliminated1
Madhouse
Day 8
4
S30 George I.
George I.
17, TV Star
Occultus Island & Reclamation
Savave 2nd Voted Out
Day 1
2nd Voted Off
Madhouse
Day 8
6
S30 Evan T.
Evan T.
17, TV Star
Great Britain, All-Stars & Last Leap
Vaiaku 3rd Voted Out
Day 2
Lost Final Vote
Madhouse
Day 8
4
S30 Morgan S.
Morgan S.
18, Red
Kiribati
Tanrake Funafuti 4th Voted Out
Day 4
Returned
Day 8
10
9th Voted Out
1st Juror
Day 8
S30 Chris D.
Chris D.
18, TV Star
Great Britain, Friends vs. Favorites
& Moral vs. Merciless
Savave Savave 10th Voted Out
2nd Juror
Day 9
7
S30 Newz O.
Newz O.
17, Black
Cursed Hand, Bingo vs. Suitman
& Last Leap
Vaiaku Vaiaku 11th Voted Out
3rd Juror
Day 10
8
S30 Robby J.
Robby J.
15, Brown
Bingo vs. Suitman, New Zealand
& Last Leap
Savave Vaiaku 12th Voted Out
4th Juror
Day 10
11
S30 AJ R.
AJ R.
20, TV Star
Bhutan
Tanrake Vaiaku 13th Voted Out
5th Juror
Day 11
4
S30 Nick R.
Nick R.
16, Black
Kiribati
Tanrake Vaiaku 14th Voted Out
6th Juror
Day 12
9
S30 Sam S.
Sam S.
21, TV Star
Seychelles & Conqueror's Crusade
Tanrake Savave 15th Voted Out
7th Juror
Day 13
6
S30 Jacob B.
Jacob B.
21, Sky
Rejects vs. Royals
Savave Savave 16th Voted Out
8th Juror
Day 14
62
S30 Derek Z.
Derek Z.
18, Black
Brazil, Moral vs. Merciless
& Conqueror's Crusade
Vaiaku Vaiaku 17th Voted Out
9th Juror
Day 15
7
S30 Nick J.
Nick J.
16, Sky
Cursed Hand & Rejects vs. Royals
Vaiaku Vaiaku Third Place 3
S30 Daniel K.
Daniel K.
19, TV Star
Bhutan
Vaiaku Savave Runner-up 6
S30 John P.
John P.
17, Gold
Great Britain, Jordan
& Bingo vs. Suitman
Savave Savave Sole Survivor 0

The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway received during Tribal Councils where the castaway was eligible to be voted out of the game, excluding tiebreakers. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council OR in the Madhouse.

^1 Kelly was voted out after a 2-2 tie between herself and George. Since only four people were left in The Madhouse, they both drew rocks to determine who was eliminated. Kelly drew the purple rock and was eliminated.
^2 Jacob played a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore 3 votes against him were not counted.

The Game

Episode Air Date Immunity Voted Out Vote Finish
1 "Maybe I Should Switch Cocaine Dealers" December 5, 2015 Vaiaku Mickle 6-1 1st Voted Out
Day 1
George 6-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 1
2 "I Was No Tony Vlachos" December 9, 2015 Tanrake Evan 4-2-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 2
Savave
3 "We Are Not Luzon!" December 16, 2015 Tanrake Charlie No Vote Quit
Day 3
Savave
4 "With It For the Long Haul" December 17, 2015 Savave Morgan 4-2 4th Voted Out
Day 4
Vaiaku
5 "Sketchier By the Day" December 19, 2015 Savave Will C. 3-2 5th Voted Out
Day 5
Austin No Vote Quit
Day 5
6 "Ditching the Core" December 20, 2015 Vaiaku Tony 5-2 6th Voted Out
Day 6
7 "Someone Needs to Call the Bulldozer" December 22, 2015 Jacob1 Will T. 5-1 7th Voted Out
Day 7
Nick J.1 Kelly 4-3 8th Voted Out
Day 7
8 "Slay the Season" January 6, 2016 Jacob Morgan 6-4-1-1 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 8
9 "Work Extra Hard on His Hooves" January 7, 2016 Newz Chris 6-5 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 9
10 "The Shepherds Had Their Own Agendas" January 10, 2016 Nick J. Newz 4-1 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 10
Robby 2-02 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 10
11 "It's A Complete Fluke" January 12, 2016 Jacob AJ 4-2-1-1 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 11
12 "Battle of the Sheep" January 13, 2016 Derek Nick R. 4-3-1 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 12
13 "Erase the Target" January 16, 2016 Nick J. Sam 4-2 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 13
14 "Cirque-Du-Soleil Game" January 20, 2016 Derek Jacob 3-2 16th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 14
January 30, 2016 John Derek 3-1 17th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 15
Reunion Show February 5, 2016 Jury Vote Nick J. 4-3-1 Third Place
Daniel Runner-up
John Sole Survivor

^1 Both tribes went to Tribal Council on Day 6, so the challenge was individual.
^2 Jacob played a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore 3 votes against him were not counted.

Elimination History

Voting Table

Original Tribes Switched Tribes Madhouse Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated: S30 Mickle P.bw
Mickle
S30 George I.bw
George
S30 Evan T.bw
Evan
S30 Charlie B.bw
Charlie
S30 Morgan S.bw
Morgan
S30 Will C.bw
Will C.
S30 Austin W.bw
Austin
S30 Tony I.bw
Tony
S30 Will T.bw
Will T.
S30 Kelly R.bw
Kelly
S30 Morgan S.bw
Morgan
S30 Morgan S.bw
Morgan
S30 Chris D.bw
Chris
S30 Newz O.bw
Newz
S30 Robby J.bw
Robby
S30 AJ R.bw
AJ
S30 Nick R.bw
Nick R.
S30 Sam S.bw
Sam
S30 Jacob B.bw
Jacob
S30 Derek Z.bw
Derek
S30 Nick J.bw
Nick J.
S30 Daniel K.bw
Daniel
S30 John P.
John
Vote: 6-1 6-1 4-2-1 No Vote 4-2 3-2 No Vote 5-2 5-1 4-3 7-43 6-4-1-1 6-5 4-1 2-01 4-2-1-1 4-3-1 4-2 3-2 3-1 4-3-1
John George Tony Will T. Morgan Newz Robby Robby AJ Sam Sam Nick J. Derek Jury Vote
Daniel S-V Tony Will T. Evan S-V Robby Newz Sam Nick R. Sam Jacob Derek
Nick J. Evan Kelly Morgan Morgan Chris Jacob AJ Jacob Sam Jacob Derek
Derek Evan Kelly Morgan Morgan Chris Jacob AJ Jacob Sam Jacob Daniel John
Jacob George Tony Will T. Morgan Newz Robby Robby Nick J. Nick R. x22 Derek Nick J. John
Sam Mickle Morgan Will C. Tony Will T. Evan Newz Robby Newz Derek Nick R. Derek Daniel
Nick R. Mickle Morgan Will C. Robby Evan Morgan Chris Newz AJ Jacob John
AJ Mickle Morgan Will C. Robby Evan Newz Robby Newz Derek Daniel
Robby George Kelly Morgan Morgan Chris Jacob Nick J.
Newz Evan Kelly Morgan Morgan Chris Nick R. John
Chris George Tony Will T. Morgan S-V S-V Daniel
Morgan Mickle Nick R. S-V Did Not Vote
Evan Austin
George Robby
Kelly George Robby
Will C. Mickle Nick R. Nick R.
Will T. Mickle Morgan Nick R. Daniel Daniel
Tony George Daniel
Austin Evan Quit
Charlie Austin Quit
Mickle Will T.

^1 Jacob played a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore 3 votes against him were not counted.
^2 Jacob used his extra vote to cast two votes for Nick R. at one Tribal Council.
^3 On Day 8, the remaining eleven castaways were asked to vote who they wanted to re-enter the game from the Final 2 of the Madhouse, Evan and Morgan, due to the tie that occurred with the Madhouse Jury.

Madhouse History

The Madhouse
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Eliminated: S30 Mickle P.
Mickle
S30 Tony I.
Tony
S30 Will T.
Will T.
S30 Will C.
Will C.
S30 Kelly R.
Kelly
S30 George I.
George
Vote: No Vote 3-1-1 2-2 No Vote 1-0 1-12
Morgan Arrived Waiting Advanced Will C. George Jury Vote Returned
Evan Arrived Advanced Will C. Kelly George
George Arrived Won Evan Kelly Evan
Kelly Arrived Won Will C. George Eliminated1 Morgan
Will C. Arrived Waiting Won George Did Not Vote
Will T. Arrived Lost Did Not Vote
Tony Arrived Lost Did Not Vote
Mickle Arrived Lost

^1 Kelly was voted out after a 2-2 tie between herself and George. Since only four people were left in The Madhouse, they both drew rocks to determine who was eliminated. Kelly drew the purple rock and was eliminated.
^2 On Day 8, the remaining eleven castaways were asked to vote who they wanted to re-enter the game from the Final 2 of the Madhouse, Evan and Morgan, due to the tie that occurred with the Madhouse Jury. They voted in Morgan.

Returning Players

Season Castaways
S35 Solomon Islands S30 AJ R.
AJ R.
S30 Jacob B.
Jacob B.
S30 Nick J.
Nick J.
S37 Indonesia S30 Kelly R.
Kelly R.
S30 Newz O.
Newz O.
S39 Entitled vs. Earned S30 Charlie B.
Charlie B.
S30 Evan T.
Evan T.
S30 Jacob B.
Jacob B.
S30 Nick J.
Nick J.
S30 Robby J.
Robby J.
S40 Ragnarok S30 Derek Z.
Derek Z.
S30 Kelly R.
Kelly R.
S30 Nick R.
Nick R.
S30 Sam S.
Sam S.

Gallery

Suitman's Survivor Seasons
MongoliaSaint LuciaBrazilGreat BritainJordanAll-StarsVenezuelaCaicos IslandsEast TimorSeychelles
BruneiFriends vs. FavoritesVietnamOccultus IslandMoral vs. MercilessCursed HandReclamationSecond Chances
Jan MayenBingo vs. SuitmanEritreaNew ZealandJapanLast LeapConqueror's CrusadeBhutan
KiribatiRejects vs. RoyalsEl SalvadorPolynesiaKazakhstanUnfinished BusinessPuerto RicoAyia Thekla
Solomon IslandsWorlds CollideHondurasIndonesiaCanary IslandsEntitled vs. EarnedRagnarok
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