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Survivor: David vs. Goliath
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Presented by Jeff Probst
No. of days39
No. of castaways20
Production location(s) Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
Filming datesMarch 29 (2018-03-29) – May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)
Original release September 26, 2018 (2018-09-26) – present (present)
Preceded by Survivor: Ghost Island

Survivor: David vs. Goliath is the 37th season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The season features 20 new contestants divided into two tribes embodied by two biblical figures: "David", composed of ten underdogs who constantly have to overcome obstacles, and "Goliath", composed of ten overachievers who have used their advantages in life to excel in their fields. This season was the sixth to be filmed in Fiji.[1]

The season premiered on September 26, 2018, with an extended 90-minute episode.[2]


The 20 new castaways include filmmaker and two-time Amazing Race contestant Mike White, and professional wrestler and Tough Enough III co-winner John Hennigan.

List of Survivor: David vs. Goliath contestants
Contestant Original tribe Switched tribe[a] Finish
Pat Cusack
40, Watervliet, New York
David Medically evacuated
Day 3
Jessica Peet
19, Lakeland, Florida
David 1st voted out
Day 6
Jeremy Crawford
40, New York, New York
Goliath 2nd voted out
Day 9
Bi Nguyen
28, Houston, Texas
David Quit due to injury
Day 10
Natalia Azoqa
26, Irvine, California
Goliath Vuku 3rd voted out
Day 11
Carl Boudreaux
41, Houston, Texas
David Vuku[b]
Natalie Cole
57, Los Angeles, California
Goliath Jabeni
John Hennigan
38, Los Angeles, California
Goliath Tiva
Christian Hubicki
32, Tallahassee, Florida
David Tiva
Kara Kay
30, San Diego, California
Goliath Vuku
Angelina Keeley
28, San Clemente, California
Goliath Jabeni
Alec Merlino
24, San Clemente, California
Goliath Vuku
Elizabeth Olson
31, Longview, Texas
David Vuku
Gabby Pascuzzi
25, Denver, Colorado
David Tiva
Alison Raybould
28, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Goliath Tiva
Dan Rengering
27, Gainesville, Florida
Goliath Tiva
Davie Rickenbacker
30, Atlanta, Georgia
David Vuku
Lyrsa Torres
36, Boston, Massachusetts
David Jabeni
Mike White
47, Los Angeles, California
Goliath Jabeni
Nick Wilson
27, Williamsburg, Kentucky
David Jabeni
  1. ^ The tribe names for "David" and Goliath" were changed into "Vuku" and "Jabeni" after the tribe swap.
  2. ^ Carl was initially exiled after not drawing a buff during the tribe swap. He joined the tribe that lost the next Immunity Challenge, Vuku, directly after their Tribal Council.

Season summary

Challenge winners and eliminations by episodes
Episode title Original air date Challenge winner(s) Eliminated Finish
Reward Immunity
"Appearances are Deceiving" September 26, 2018 David Pat Medically evacuated
Day 3
"The Chicken Has Flown the Coop" October 3, 2018 Goliath Jessica 1st voted out
Day 6
"I Am Goliath Strong" October 10, 2018 David Jeremy 2nd voted out
Day 9
"Time to Bring About the Charmpocalypse" October 17, 2018 None[a] Bi Quit due to injury
Day 10
Carl[b] Natalia 3rd voted out
Day 11
"Jackets and Eggs" October 24, 2018
"Aren’t Brochachos Just Adorable?" October 31, 2018
  1. ^ Bi quit the game before any challenges were conducted.
  2. ^ Carl drew a package without a buff during the tribe swap. As a result, he was exiled and joined the tribe that lost the next Immunity Challenge, Vuku, directly after their Tribal Council.


No. in
Original air dateUS viewers
5411"Appearances are Deceiving"1.7/7[3]TBASeptember 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)7.83[3]

Host Jeff Probst explained the theme of the season before asking the Goliath tribe to choose who they perceived to be the weakest man & weakest woman on the David tribe, and to choose their own strongest man & strongest woman. They picked Christian & Lyrsa for David and John & Alison for their tribe to run a reward challenge. The Davids got to choose which tribe completed which task in the challenge.

  • Reward Challenge: One pair from each tribe will have to cross either a balance beam over water, plank bridge, or two person balance beam, then go through a crawl under, net tunnel, or rope tunnel, then transfer 30 sandbags from one platform to another, complete a slide puzzle, or complete a 15 piece puzzle. Once they are done, they will climb out to get a shelter making kit. The first tribe to get the kit wins it.

David pulled away from Goliath to win the kit. Pat took charge of building the shelter, but his bossy nature rubbed some of his tribemates the wrong way. Nick spent more time making alliances rather than helping at camp, which frustrated Carl. Christian & Gabby bonded, as did Elizabeth & Lyrsa and Carl & Davie. On Goliath, Dan and Kara formed an attraction, while Natalia was put off by Natalie's orders to build the shelter despite not working herself. Everyone (particularly Mike) searched for an idol, which Dan, Kara, and Natalia eventually found. Throughout the first few days, heavy rain pounded both tribes.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Castaways will have to sprint through an obstacle to a sand pit, where one person from each tribe will have to dig under a log. After getting through the log, the first person will grab a machete and chop rope to release a set of ladders. The second tribe will have to untie knots instead. They will then pole vault on a platform. Once everyone is across the pole vault, they will then need to solve a number puzzle. The first tribe to finish their puzzle wins immunity and flint.

Goliath held off David's comeback to win immunity. The boat ride back to the David camp encountered rough waters, and Pat sustained a back injury that required the medical team's attention. Medical decided that Pat's injury was too severe for him to continue, and they evacuated him from the game. Jeff then cancelled Tribal Council and gave David flint. The epilogue at the end of Pat's final words revealed that he received treatment after production for this season concluded, and has since made a full recovery.

5422"The Chicken Has Flown the Coop"1.5/7[4]TBAOctober 3, 2018 (2018-10-03)7.27[4]

The cyclone continued through the night, and Jeff provided a firemaking kit and tarp to each tribe. At the David camp, Christian and Nick aligned, and Davie found an idol. Carl, wanting to keep the tribe strong, targeted Lyrsa. Elizabeth warned Lyrsa she was in danger, and she targeted Carl in retaliation. At the Goliath camp, Dan and Kara's connection raised red flags with their tribemates. Jeremy found Dan's idol hidden in his coat and told Mike about it. Still, most of the tribe affirmed their desire to vote out Natalie, but John told her she was a target, in an attempt to align with her. Jeremy then tried to convince Natalie to change her ways, to no avail. In fact, this only made Jeremy want to target Natalie more.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: One member from each tribe will climb a ladder using two rungs to retrieve a key, which will unlock their boat. They will then paddle out to retrieve bags of puzzle pieces and return to shore where five castaways will need to balance a table and complete a block puzzle. First tribe to finish their puzzle wins immunity and a fishing kit.

Goliath won the grueling challenge. Bi and Jessica told Gabby that Lyrsa would go home, but Gabby was paranoid because of the lack of information Jessica and Bi would give her about the plan. Elizabeth suggested targeting Jessica for her social connections to Carl and Bi. Christian and Nick were the swing votes; at Tribal Council, they voted against Jessica, sending her out of the game.

5433"I Am Goliath Strong"1.6/7[5]TBAOctober 10, 2018 (2018-10-10)7.65[5]
5444"Time to Bring About the Charmpocalypse"TBATBAOctober 17, 2018 (2018-10-17)TBD
5455"Jackets and Eggs"[6]TBATBAOctober 24, 2018 (2018-10-24)TBD
5466"Aren’t Brochachos Just Adorable?"[6]TBATBAOctober 31, 2018 (2018-10-31)TBD

Voting history

Original tribes Switched tribes
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6
Day # 3 6 9 10 11
Eliminated Pat Jessica Jeremy Bi Natalia
Votes None[a] 5–4 9–1 None[b] 3–1–1
Voter Vote
Alec Jeremy Natalia
Alison Jeremy
Angelina Jeremy
Carl Lyrsa Exiled[c]
Christian Jessica
Dan Jeremy
Davie Lyrsa Natalia
Elizabeth Jessica Natalia
Gabby Jessica
John Jeremy
Kara Jeremy Davie
Lyrsa Jessica
Mike Jeremy
Natalie Jeremy
Nick Jessica
Natalia Jeremy Elizabeth
Bi Lyrsa
Jeremy Natalie
Jessica Lyrsa
  1. ^ No vote; Pat was medically evacuated from the game.
  2. ^ No vote; Bi chose to quit the game.
  3. ^ Carl was exiled after drawing a package containing no buff during the tribe switch. He joined the tribe that lost the next Immunity Challenge, Vuku, after their Tribal Council.


  1. ^ Ross, Dalton (May 23, 2018). "Survivor: David vs. Goliath: Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett share intel on NEXT season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
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  4. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 4, 2018). "'Single Parents,' 'Empire,' everything else unchanged: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
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