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September 21, 1982 |
Vero Beach, Florida
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Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
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|Awards||6th Place (Cook Islands)
Runner-up (Heroes vs. Villains)
Parvati Shallow (born September 21, 1982 in Vero Beach, Florida) was the $1,000,000 winner of the reality television series Survivor: Micronesia after receiving votes from Eliza Orlins, Jason Siska, Alexis Jones, Natalie Bolton, and Cirie Fields. She had previously competed in Survivor: Cook Islands where she placed sixth, and later was the runner-up in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. From July 5, 2011 to December 2011, Parvati starred in CBS' Around the World For Free. She is also the host of the Survivor After Show on CBS.com, a weekly web-exclusive series where she interviews the voted off Survivors and chats with other special guests such as former Survivors.
Shallow grew up the eldest of three siblings on a commune in Vero Beach, Florida. She and her family moved to Atlanta when she was 11 years old. Shallow put herself through college, attending the University of Georgia, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with minors in French and Italian. While in college, she was an active member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.
Shallow began competing in boxing in 2004. She and some fellow boxers created a non-profit organization titled "Knockouts for Girls", a charity that provides scholarships and boxing lessons for underprivileged girls. She completed the Nautica Malibu Sprint Triathlon and is scheduled to compete in the Wildflower Olympic Distance Triathlon at Lake San Antonio, CA
In 2009, Shallow and fellow Survivor contestant Amanda Kimmel appeared in the movie Into the Blue 2 (as herself). In 2010, Shallow was the host on a CBS Survivor preview segment for the 21st season, Survivor: Nicaragua.
Shallow originally auditioned for The Amazing Race along with her friend. They did not make the final cut. CBS producers, however, remembered her from her auditions and then approached her to take part in Survivor, which she accepted.
Survivor: Cook Islands
Shallow originally appeared as part of the Rarotonga tribe, which represented Caucasians, along with Adam Gentry, Jonathan Penner, Jessica "Flica" Smith, and Candice Woodcock. Her tribe did not face any danger for the first six days as they had immunity. At the end of the second immunity challenge, Billy Garcia of the Aitu tribe told Shallow and Woodcock that he was next to go. Woodcock replied, "We love you" and Garcia believed Woodcock and he fell in love. Shallow was particularly allied with Gentry and Woodcock, who were romantically involved. When the four tribes were merged into two, Shallow and Gentry remained in Rarotonga while their other tribe mates were sent to Aitutaki. Despite being stronger in number, the new Rarotonga continually lost in challenges. Shallow pressed for the elimination of J.P Calderon, whom she thought as arrogant and he became the fourth person voted out, despite his physical strength. Shallow survived her tribe's next three Tribal Councils as John Paul "J.P." Calderon, Stephannie Favor, and Cristina Coria were voted off. When the contestants were down to 12, a 'Mutiny' twist was presented where anybody could change tribe affiliations, and for the first time it was accepted. Shallow's former tribe mates Penner and Woodcock decided to jump back to Rarotonga, thus having all remaining Caucasian contestants on the same tribe. Rarotonga lost the next two Immunity challenges and Shallow remained loyal to her "White Alliance" by eliminating Brad Virata, Rebecca Borman, and Jenny Guzon-Bae. At the merge, despite coming with a 5–4 member advantage over Aitutaki, Shallow found herself at the minority as Penner betrayed his former tribe mates and joined the Aitu 4 in voting out Nathan "Nate" Gonzalez. Shallow was angry with Penner and even cut her thumb with a machete a day following Penner's betrayal while cutting a coconut, saying she was imagining the coconut was Penner's head. After alliance member Candice was eliminated, Shallow and Gentry found themselves fighting for survival. Despite being on the outs, Shallow was able to retain her strength and won two reward challenges, one being the loved one challenge. This worried the Aitu 4, who were dissatisfied with how Gentry and Shallow lay around camp sleeping, while they worked and got their food. In an attempt to stay in the game, Gentry and Shallow talked to Yul Kwon about voting out Penner (who betrayed their alliance) first in exchange for their jury votes, a plan which succeeded. On day 36 Shallow was finally voted out in a 4–2 vote when the Aitu 4 saw her craftiness as more of a threat than Gentry's physical strength. As a juror, she cast her vote for runner up Ozzy Lusth. Shallow was noted for being a flirt throughout the season. She flirted with Nathan "Nate" Gonzalez to ensure his loyalty, had 'cuddle sessions' with Gentry and sat naked in a hot tub with Kwon and Lusth during a reward challenge. Shallow also kissed Gentry when she was voted off.
Parvati returned as a "Favorite" and part of the Malakal tribe. She formed a close bond with James Clement and the two formed an alliance with another couple consisting of Amanda Kimmel and Ozzy Lusth. After their tribe lost the first Immunity Challenge, they tried swinging Jon Dalton, aka "Jonny Fairplay", over to their side to gain a majority over the alliance of Yau-Man Chan, Ami Cusack, Eliza Orlins, and Jonathan Penner. However, Fairplay was voted out instead as per his wishes. Parvati then made a pact with Cirie Fields to go all the way to the final three with Amanda. After losing the 3rd Immunity Challenge, Parvati was targeted by the opposing alliance but her alliance (now with Cirie) succeeded in voting off strategic threat Yau-Man.
At the tribal switch, Parvati and James were separated from their alliance as they moved to Airai. However, she remained safe as her tribe won the remaining tribal Immunity Challenges. On day 20, she made a deal with Natalie Bolton to an alliance with James and Alexis Jones plus a final four deal with Alexis and Amanda, both of which Natalie accepted.
At the merge, Parvati found herself in a good position as she was allied with six (Alexis, Amanda, Cirie, Natalie, Ozzy, James) of the 9 people left. During the 10th Immunity Challenge, Parvati convinced Jason Siska to step down from the challenge so that she could win Immunity, which worked (under the condition that the tribe would not vote for Jason). However, Parvati's "Couples Alliance" decided to turn back on what they said and vote off Jason. Cirie saw this as an opportunity to blindside physical threat Ozzy and needed Parvati for it to work, which she agreed to. She recruited her Airai female alliance Natalie and Alexis to the plan, and Ozzy was voted off 5–4. After Ozzy was voted off, Parvati found herself in a failed attempt to patch things up with James and Amanda (who kept her distrust to herself). The five remaining women then formed an alliance to vote off the men, starting with Jason. However, when James was evacuated and Erik Reichenbach won Immunity, they were forced to vote off one of their own. Amanda was the intended target, a plan which Parvati did not want to be part of. She then helped Amanda in her quest to find the Hidden Immunity Idol (which she found buried under the tribal flag) and together, they voted off possible jury threat Alexis.
Parvati made it all the way to the final three with Cirie and Amanda (as promised) However, she was shocked to learn that only two of them would face the jury. She was eliminated first at the Final Immunity Challenge but was chosen to be in the Final Two by Amanda. At the Final Tribal Council, Parvati convinced the jury to vote for her because of her aggressive game play compared to her previous season. Despite being accused of being a mean person by Eliza Orlins and a backstabber by Ozzy Lusth, the jury decided to award Parvati the title of Sole Survivor with a vote of 5–3 against Amanda, earning votes from Eliza Orlins, Jason Siska, Alexis Jones, Natalie Bolton, and Cirie Fields.
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Parvati returned to play Survivor for a third time as a part of the villains tribe. She quickly accepted an alliance with Russell Hantz and Danielle DiLorenzo. Her tribe won the first two immunity challenges, but they lost the third on Day 8. Parvati was immediately targeted for being a huge social and strategic threat, and also for having a possible alliance with four of the heroes (James, Cirie, Candice and Amanda). She was spared, however, to get rid of the weaker link, Randy Bailey.
The villains then continued their challenge dominance, winning 4 challenges in a row, two being reward and two being immunity. During this, one of Parvati's allies, Russell, found a hidden immunity idol, causing Rob Mariano's alliance of Tyson Apostol, Courtney Yates, Jerri Manthey, Sandra Diaz-Twine and Benjamin Wade to target them. On Day 15, both tribes were to be sent to tribal council with one person from each tribe winning immunity. Parvati knew she needed immunity, but failed to get it (Boston Rob won it). The majority alliance would split their votes with Sandra, Rob, and Tyson voting for Russell and Jerri, Coach, and Courtney voting for Parvati. If one of them played the Hidden Immunity Idol, a revote would occur and the alliance would vote for whoever was left among the two. Russell knew that Rob's alliance would split the voted between him and Parvati, so he tricked Tyson to switch his vote to Parvati. At tribal council, Russell gave his idol to Parvati, negating her four votes and blindsiding Tyson with three votes and Russell getting two.
On Day 18, the villains lost immunity, and the Parvati, Russell, and Danielle alliance were still struggling to gain control of the game. They finally gained control when they persuaded Jerri to switch sides and vote out Russell's rival, Rob. The Heroes were beginning to think that the villain’s side was being run by an all-female alliance, led by Parvati. When the villains lost immunity again on Day 21, they decided to vote Coach out to further confirm the Heroes belief of that. Coach became the first jury member. On Day 22, the villains won a reward challenge where they got to go to outback steakhouse. There, Parvati found a clue to the hidden immunity idol and showed it to Danielle, to get her to trust her more than their other ally, Russell. The next day, Parvati and Danielle both found the idol together. They decided not to tell Russell, to keep him out of the loop for a while. On Day 24, the villains lost immunity again and James "J.T" Thomas Jr. gave his idol to Russell, in hopes that he would use it to vote out Parvati. Russell, however, showed it to Parvati, along with Danielle and Jerri, and began to laugh about it. They then discussed on whether to get rid of Sandra or Courtney. Parvati wanted to get rid of Sandra, trusting Courtney more, but ended up voting with the rest of the villains to vote Courtney out.
On day 25, the Heroes and Villains merged into Yin Yang and went to the Heroes camp. The heroes were surprised to see Parvati still in the game. Parvati and Russell came up with this story that they both played their idol, negating all votes and that in the revote they voted out Courtney. The new tribe quickly alienated Parvati, making Parvati swear to get revenge on all of the heroes. For the immunity challenge on Day 27, Parvati and Danielle were the last two remaining. Parvati decided to give it to Danielle, because Parvati already had the idol. Before tribal council, Russell gave Parvati his idol, making Parvati the most dangerous player in the game with two idols. Parvati went and then talked to Amanda, to see if she could trust her. Amanda told Parvati to play the idol for herself. Parvati didn't believe her, and at tribal council, she made the biggest move of the game, by playing both idols. One of them went to Sandra and the other to Jerri. All of the hero’s votes against Jerri did not count and JT was sent home in a 5-0 vote.
Russell was furious with Parvati for keeping her idol a secret from him. The heroes began to work on flipping Sandra to their side, to get rid of Russell. After Jerri won immunity, the heroes switched their target to Parvati in case Russell played a hidden immunity idol. However, the villains had already flipped Candice to their side but their plan failed, with Amanda being sent to the Jury in a 6-3 vote. Parvati won immunity on day 31, and then Candice was voted out in a 5-3 vote. On day 33, Russell won immunity, and decided to turn on his alliance. He tried to pit Parvati and Danielle against each other, but failed. Russell then aligned with the heroes to vote Danielle out, and with a little help from Jerri, Danielle was voted out in a 4-3 vote. On day 34, the final six were visited by their loved ones. Jerri won reward and chose to bring Parvati and Sandra with her. Russell then aligned with the heroes and decided to target Parvati. However, his plan was ruined when she won immunity on day 36. They then voted Rupert out in a 4-0 vote (Sandra played her idol, negating two votes). Parvati then won her third challenge on Day 37, and they voted the last hero, Colby, out of the game in a 4-1 vote. After Parvati failed to win the final immunity challenge, it seemed that she would be voted out, since everyone wanted her gone. Parvati wanted to get rid of Sandra, thinking she would get a lot of votes in the end. However, they voted out Jerri in a 3-1 vote, because Russell believed he would get her vote on the jury.
At the final tribal council, Parvati started with her opening statement by saying that she came into the game not knowing of the threat that she was to everyone. She said she put a line of defense together and that's where Russell came in. She said that Russell was the dragon and instead of slaying him, she kept him as her pet. She ended her opening statement by saying that she felt that she played the ultimate strategic game, physical game, and social game. Colby asked Parvati what strategic plays she made beyond challenges and what makes her more impressive than either Russell or Sandra. Parvati argued that she was the target throughout the entire game, pointing out that everyone on the jury wanted her out and that JT wrote it in his letter. She continued by saying that she felt she needed to make bolder moves than the other two and that the riskiest move she made was when she had two idols and Amanda told her she needed to play it for herself. She gave them to Jerri and Sandra to ensure their loyalty to her for the rest of the game. Coach was next and called Parvati the charmer and manipulator of the three sitting beside her. He then went on to say that he was wrong about Parvati, saying that he thought she was going to be weak in the challenges. He said that she was, however, a "warrior" in them. He then said that the "ironic twist of fate" was that the day he finally trusted her, was the day that she blindsided him.
Amanda did not ask Parvati any questions. Courtney started her statement by congratulating all three of the final villains. Courtney said that Parvati played a great game and was "athletic as hell". JT asked Parvati how well she thought she did in the game. Parvati said that the biggest difference in her and Sandra's game was that Sandra didn't need to work as hard in challenges, because post-merge Sandra wasn't a threat. She said that she had to work in challenges because she was always the threat. Danielle congratulated Parvati, but said nothing else. Jerri asked Parvati what happened the night she was voted out. Parvati responded by telling her that Russell wanted her on the jury because 100% he knew that he was getting her vote. Candice was next and told Parvati that she played this game "under Russell's thumb." Then she went on to compare it that she was like a "spouse in a bad abusive relationship" and that she wanted her to get out of it. She went on to say that she likes Parvati, but can't support that. Rupert was next and referred to Parvati as a "very strong player." He also stated that he was very disappointed that she aligned with Russell. Parvati then went on to say that she didn't have a choice and that by the first day, seven people on her tribe wanted her out. Rupert then went on to say that Parvati and Sandra both deserved the vote because Parvati worked to get here. He also stated that she fought in the challenges and deserved to be in the final three.
In the end, Parvati came in second, gaining the jury votes of Coach, Danielle, and Jerri. She beat Russell, who received no votes, and was beaten by Sandra Diaz-Twine, who got the votes of all heroes, plus Courtney. At the reunion, it was revealed that Parvati had played more days than anyone else in survivor history, with 114 days in three seasons, a record that was surpassed in 2011 by Rob Mariano, who played a total of 117 days in four seasons.
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- Derrik J. Lang (May 11, 2008). "'Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites' winner crowned". Associated Press via Google. Retrieved May 12, 2008.[dead link]
- CBS (July 5, 2011). "Around the World For Free". CBS. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
- Parvati from 'Survivor' dishes on her new show, beating up 'Big Brother' contestants, and whether she'll ever return to the island
- Survivor After Show on CBS.com
- Parvati Shallow bio for Survivor: Cook Islands at CBS.com
- Parvati Shallow bio for Survivor: Micronesia at CBS.com
- Parvati Shallow at the Internet Movie Database
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