Survivor: The Amazon
|Survivor: The Amazon|
|Presented by||Jeff Probst|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of castaways||16|
|Runner-up||Matthew von Ertfelda|
|Location||Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Original release||February 13 –|
May 11, 2003
|Filming dates||November 7, 2002– December 15, 2002|
Survivor: The Amazon is the sixth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The season was filmed from November 11, 2002, through December 15, 2002, in the Amazon and premiered on February 13, 2003. Hosted by Jeff Probst, it consisted of the usual 39 days of gameplay with 16 competitors.
For the first time ever, the initial tribes were divided by sex. The two initial tribes were the all-female Jaburu (named for a native stork) and the all-male Tambaqui (a native fish). The season is noted for having the first reality show contestant with a disability, the hearing impaired Christy Smith. They were eventually merged into the Jacaré (Portuguese for "alligator") tribe when ten contestants remained. The winner, swimsuit model Jenna Morasca, was named Sole Survivor after defeating Matthew von Ertfelda by a jury vote of 6-1.
|Contestant||Men vs. women||Switched tribe||Merged tribe||Finish|
23, Ellicott City, Maryland
|Tambaqui||1st voted out|
46, Manchester, Missouri
|Jaburu||2nd voted out|
26, Houston, Texas
|Tambaqui||3rd voted out|
31, Orangeburg, South Carolina
|Jaburu||4th voted out|
40, North Attleboro, Massachusetts
|Jaburu||Tambaqui||5th voted out|
23, Los Angeles, California
|Jaburu||Jaburu||6th voted out|
56, Valencia, California
|Tambaqui||Tambaqui||Jacaré||7th voted out|
23, Pasadena, California
|Tambaqui||Tambaqui||8th voted out|
1st jury member
35, Riverside, California
|Jaburu||Jaburu||9th voted out|
2nd jury member
32, Los Angeles, California
|Tambaqui||Jaburu||10th voted out|
3rd jury member
24, Basalt, Colorado
|Jaburu||Tambaqui||11th voted out|
4th jury member
24, Jefferson City, Missouri
|Jaburu||Tambaqui||12th voted out|
5th jury member
50, Olney, Illinois
|Tambaqui||Tambaqui||13th voted out|
6th jury member
24, Wantagh, New York
|Tambaqui||Jaburu||14th voted out|
7th jury member
|Matthew von Ertfelda
33, Washington, D.C.
21, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Morasca and Rob Cesternino later competed in Survivor: All-Stars. Outside of Survivor, in 2005 Morasca competed on a "Reality All-Stars" episode of Fear Factor.. In 2011, Morasca appeared on The Amazing Race 19 with then-boyfriend Ethan Zohn, who appeared on Survivor: Africa and Survivor: All Stars
The season began with the contestants divided into tribes split by gender for the first time. The men's tribe, Tambaqui, wearing blue, was quick to get their camp life squared away, building shelter, and alliances were quickly formed. The women's tribe, Jaburu, wearing yellow, experienced quarreling within their tribe, and spent almost the entire first week without a shelter. On Tambaqui, an alliance of four was formed, led by Roger, which included Butch, Alex, and Dave. However, Rob quickly emerged as an arbiter between Roger's alliance and the outliers of the tribe, solidifying allegiances with both. On Jaburu, the younger women, Heidi, Jenna, and Shawna quickly began to coalesce, pulling in Deena and Christy to control the voting on Jaburu.
On Day 13, Dave and Jenna traveled to an isolated location to act as tribal ambassadors. Jenna gave Dave crucial information about Jaburu, giving Dave an advantage when, the next day, they were forced to choose new tribes, equally distributing the men and the women. Rob, Matthew and Alex were sent to Jaburu while Heidi, Jeanne and Christy were sent to Tambaqui. At Tambaqui, Heidi decided to align with the men to vote off Jeanne. At Jaburu, the men and women joined forces to vote off an untrustworthy Shawna. Deena and Rob created an alliance and when the merge occurred, they aligned with Alex, Matthew and the rest of the women. At the merge, Deena and Rob's alliance controlled the votes against sexist Roger and physical and mental threat Dave. leaving Butch as the last player remaining outside of Rob and Deena's alliance.
Convinced she had control over the game, Deena decided to spare Butch in order to vote out Alex for being a social and physical threat. The women quickly informed Alex of Deena's betrayal and he was able to convince Heidi, Jenna and the men to eliminate Deena at the next Tribal Council. With Deena gone, Alex was convinced he was solid in an alliance of four with Jenna, Heidi, and Rob. However, he revealed to Rob that his plan was to vote him out at the final four to avoid a tie with Heidi and Jenna. Rob used this information to form a counter-alliance with Matthew, Butch, and Christy, where they voted out Alex. With three men and three women remaining, Christy became the swing vote but was voted out after failing to commit to either side. The next Tribal Council, the men stuck together and voted off Heidi, perceived to be the more physical of the two women left.
At the Final Four, Jenna, the final woman remaining, won immunity, forcing the men to prematurely turn on themselves. Faced with either avenging Alex and Heidi by voting off Rob or getting rid of an undeserving Butch, she ultimately sided with Matthew and Rob to vote off Butch. Jenna continued her winning streak and won immunity again, giving her the sole vote at the next Tribal Council. She ultimately voted off Rob due to his strong strategic gameplay. Facing the jury, Matthew was praised for his survival skills and work ethic, but he was criticized for hypocrisy and lack of strategic gameplay for the majority of the game. On the other hand, Jenna was criticized for her lack of work ethic and even wanting to quit a few days earlier. However, as a result of having better relationships with people on the jury, and being seen as playing the game more strategically from the beginning, Jenna was voted to become the Sole Survivor in a vote of 6-1.
|No.||Title||Original air date||Reward||Immunity|
|1||"Boys vs. Girls"||February 13, 2003||None||Jaburu||Ryan||1st voted out|
|2||"Storms"||February 20, 2003||Jaburu||Tambaqui||Janet||2nd voted out|
|3||"Girl Power"||February 27, 2003||Jaburu||Jaburu||Daniel||3rd voted out|
|4||"Trapped"||March 6, 2003||Tambaqui||Tambaqui||JoAnna||4th voted out|
|5||"Pick-up Sticks"||March 13, 2003||None[a]||Jaburu||Jeanne||5th voted out|
|6||"More Than Meats the Eye"||March 19, 2003||Tambaqui||Tambaqui||Shawna||6th voted out|
|7||"Girls Gone Wilder"||March 26, 2003||None[b]||Deena||Roger||7th voted out|
|8||"Sleeping With the Enemy"||April 3, 2003||Dave,
|Jenna||Dave||8th voted out|
1st jury member
|9||"The Chain"||April 10, 2003||Alex,
|Matthew||Deena||9th voted out|
2nd jury member
|10||"Amazon Redux"||April 17, 2013||Recap Episode|
|11||"Q and A"||April 24, 2003||Survivor
|Rob||Alex||10th voted out|
3rd jury member
|12||"Sour Grapes"||May 1, 2003||Matthew
|Christy||11th voted out|
4th jury member
|13||"The Amazon Heats Up"||May 8, 2003||Matthew
|Matthew||Heidi||12th voted out|
5th jury member
|14||"...And Then There Were Four"||May 11, 2003||None||Jenna||Butch||13th voted out|
6th jury member
|Jenna||Rob||14th voted out|
7th jury member
|15||"The Reunion"||Jury vote|
- In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.
- There was no reward challenge due to the tribal switch.
- There was no reward challenge due to the tribal merge.
- At Tribal Council, Jenna chose to give her immunity to Heidi.
|Title||CBS recap||Original air date||US viewers|
|76||1||"Boys vs. Girls"||Recap||February 13, 2003||23.26||9.1/24|
As the sixteen castaways arrived deep in the Amazon jungle, Jeff shocked the castaways when he divided the castaways into a tribe of men, Tambaqui, and a tribe of women, Jaburu. He gave the castaways their buffs and maps to their respective camps. As Tambaqui arrived at their camp, they had a quick meeting and questioned the women's survival skills. When Jaburu arrived at their camp, Christy informed her tribemates that she is deaf. Meanwhile at Tambaqui, Roger became their leader and became frustrated with Daniel and Ryan's work ethic.
At the immunity challenge, Tambaqui took an early lead, however Jaburu pulled ahead to win the challenge when Daniel and Ryan had trouble with the balance beam, sending the men to Tribal Council. As Tambaqui returning to camp without immunity, they thought their overconfidence had caused them to lose the challenge. Knowing he was on the chopping block for struggling in the challenge, Ryan formed an alliance to oust Roger, the tribes' oldest and most vocal player. In the end, Ryan's plan failed, and he was sent home.
|77||2||"Storms"||Recap||February 20, 2003||20.34||7.7/19|
With the need to strengthen their shelter and assign a leader, the Jaburu tribe woke up miserable. Meanwhile, Tambaqui enjoyed a breakfast of manioc flour and set out on a fishing expedition, only to rained on by a heavy rainstorm. Meanwhile, with their faulty shelter, Jaburu struggled to maintain their fire in the rainstorm.
At the reward challenge, JoAnna was Jaburu's caller and Butch was Tambaqui's caller. Following JoAnna's instructions, Jaburu was able to win their second consecutive challenge. Tambaqui got frustrated after they lost their second challenge in a row. After winning fishing bait, Jeanne set out to catch fish for her hungry tribe. Meanwhile, JoAnna expressed her dislike for the immunity idol because she felt it was against the Ten Commandments. Christy and JoAnna argued over JoAnna's beliefs. Suspicion arose at Jaburu when a granola bar was found at the bottom of their storage container. Despite being unclaimed, Janet was blamed for smuggling the granola bar. The tribe agreed to throw the granola bar in the fire.
Immunity was won by Tambaqui. After losing immunity, Christy expressed that she felt her tribe was lazy, causing some friction within Jaburu. At Tribal Council, Janet was targeted for being the weakest, and was blamed for smuggling the granola, and was sent home.
|78||3||"Girl Power"||Recap||February 27, 2003||N/A||8.4/22|
As rain poured over Tambaqui, the men worked on their daily chores. Roger got frustrated with Daniel's hesitation to help with the water. However, Matthew helped Daniel calm his nerves and the two bonded.
Reward was won by Jaburu. While Jaburu bathed with their newly acquired personal hygiene products, the younger women bathed separately from the older women. Meanwhile at Tambaqui, Matthew and Dave discussed whether to eliminate Daniel or Roger. At Jaburu, Deena became the tribe's leader. With Deena's leadership, Jaburu managed to repair the roof of their shelter, boil five pots of water, and caught fish to give them nutrition for the next challenge.
At the immunity challenge, Tambaqui fell behind when they failed to saw through the rope attaching the plank of wood properly, allowing Jaburu to pull ahead and win immunity. Knowing he was on the chopping block, Daniel attempted to form an alliance with Alex and Rob in order to oust Roger. Despite his attempts to target Roger, the tribe voted out their weakest link, Daniel.
|79||4||"Trapped"||Recap||March 6, 2003||23.33||9.3/23|
At Jaburu, Jeanne and JoAnna were doing most of the work. While Tambaqui struggled to catch fish, JoAnna caught a fish for Jaburu. At Jaburu, a rift between the younger women and the older women formed. Knowing they were vulnerable, Heidi, Jenna and Shawna lobbied Deena to join their alliance. Feeling she could manipulate the younger women more easily, Deena agreed to align with Heidi, Jenna and Shawna. Meanwhile at Tambaqui, Matthew became the tribe's provider.
At the reward challenge, Jaburu took an early lead, however Tambaqui managed to pull ahead and win reward. After her tribe lost the challenge, Shawna had grown extremely tired and lost motivation. Meanwhile, Tambaqui enjoyed their Coca-Cola and a large fish that Matthew had caught.
At the immunity challenge, Tambaqui had caught more fish than Jaburu and won their second challenge in a row. After returning to camp, Shawna was still not feeling well and threatened to break her alliance. Deena, Heidi and Jenna pulled Christy into their alliance in case Shawna broke their alliance. In the end, Shawna did not vote with her alliance. However, with Christy's help, they managed to send JoAnna home.
|80||5||"Pick-up Sticks"||Recap||March 13, 2003||N/A||TBA|
With JoAnna gone, Deena felt she had more leadership than before. Meanwhile, Shawna was ready to give up after her alliance voted against her wishes kept her in the game. Meanwhile at Tambaqui, Alex accidentally sliced his eyebrow as he was cutting firewood. Alex hurried to notify his tribemates and was bandaged up by the medical team. Both tribes received Tree Mail instructing them to send their youngest member, Dave from Tambaqui and Jenna from Jaburu, on a journey. Dave and Jenna met Jeff at a luxury Amazon retreat. Jeff announced that they were going to have a "Get to Know You". Dave listened to the information that Jenna willingly provided about her tribe. She described her friendship with Heidi. As the two awoke the next morning, they found a breakfast waiting for them. As they enjoyed their breakfast, Jeff arrived to announce a twist. Jeff dropped nameplates on the table, each with the name of a castaway. He instructed the two to pick new tribes and told them to alternate between genders. Being aware of Heidi and Jenna's friendship, Dave chose Heidi for his tribe first in order to separate the two women. Once they finished, the new Jaburu tribe consisted of Alex, Deena, Jenna, Matthew, Rob and Shawna. The new Tambaqui tribe consisted of Butch, Christy, Dave, Heidi, Jeanne, and Roger. After the two paddled to their camps, they announced the switch to their old tribes. The new members of both tribes were welcomed with opened arms. After Christy revealed her deafness to the men, they made an effort to include Christy in all conversations, and used the lantern to help her read lips at night. Meanwhile at Jaburu, Shawna seemed to overcome her fatigue.
Immunity was won by Jaburu. After Tambaqui returned to camp, the women planned to target Butch and cause a tie between the men and the women. However, Dave lobbied Heidi to vote with the men, leading Heidi to become the swing vote. In the end, Dave's lobbying proved effective, and Jeanne was sent home.
|81||6||"More Than Meats the Eye"||Recap||March 19, 2003||N/A||TBA|
At Jaburu, Shawna had a romantic interest in Alex.
At the reward challenge, it came down to Christy and Jenna to break a tie. Christy outlasted Jenna, winning reward for Tambaqui. With Deena's authority at Jaburu diminishing, she formed an alliance with Rob. Rob then pulled Matthew into their alliance.
At the immunity challenge, it was neck and neck until Tambaqui tore off a large piece of meat, winning immunity. After Jaburu returned to camp, Alex and Shawna revealed that they would be voting for Matthew. However Rob had just formed an alliance with Matthew, and chose to target Shawna with Deena, Jenna and Matthew. In the end, Rob's plan came into fruition and Shawna was sent home.
|82||7||"Girls Gone Wilder"||Recap||March 26, 2003||16.67||6.3/16|
Jaburu agreed to form a voting block once the tribes merge. As the tribes read their Tree Mail, they found a key that will unlock a mysterious box at their camps. They were instructed to pack up their camp and paddle to a spot where they would meet Jeff. Once the castaways arrived, Jeff announced the merge and distributed new red buffs. Jeff then sent the castaways to a new camp along the river. As the castaways enjoyed their merge feast, they named the new tribe "Jacaré", Portuguese for alligator. While enjoying the feast, Roger got upset when his tribe used their ice to cool their beer instead of using it to preserve their food. Roger caused tension among the tribe as he gave orders to his tribemates. As the castaways built their shelter, Deena discussed voting out Roger with Heidi and Jenna. Roger planned to pick off the four women one by one. As morning came, Roger continued to annoy his tribemates by chopping wood too early. Deena discussed her plan to eliminate Roger with Rob, who agreed.
At the immunity challenge, Heidi and Jenna stripped naked in exchange for peanut butter and chocolate. It came down to Christy and Deena, and the outcome would be decided using a game of rock-paper-scissors. Christy lost, giving immunity to Deena. At Tribal Council, Deena's plan came into fruition, and Roger was voted out.
|83||8||"Sleeping With the Enemy"||Recap||April 3, 2003||18.40||7.4/|
After returning from Tribal Council, Dave felt vulnerable after his ally Roger was eliminated. Dave attempted to secure his position in the tribe by helping Butch construct a dock. However, Rob wasn't impressed and felt that Dave was a showoff. Meanwhile, Matthew worried his tribe as he kept on sharpening the machete for an hour at a time.
The team of Alex, Dave and Deena won the first round of the reward challenge, with Dave winning the final round. Dave chose Deena to join him on the reward. As Dave and Deena enjoyed their reward, Dave lobbied Deena to keep him in the game. Deena agreed to talk to her alliance about keeping him in the game.
At the immunity challenge, it came down to Heidi and Jenna. Jenna answered the final question correctly, winning immunity. After returning to camp, Matthew continued to irk his tribemates with his behavior. Despite Matthew's behavior, Dave was perceived as a physical threat, and he was voted out, becoming the first member of the jury.
|84||9||"The Chain"||Recap||April 10, 2003||N/A||TBA|
At the reward challenge, it came down to Alex and Matthew. Alex shot closest to the center, winning reward. He chose Jenna to join him on the reward. While Alex and Jenna enjoyed their reward, Deena plotted to oust Alex as she felt he was a physical threat. Meanwhile, Butch accidentally caught a piranha while fishing, and got bitten in the finger. When Alex and Jenna returned to camp, Heidi revealed Deena's plan to Jenna. Jenna then told Alex that Deena was targeting him for elimination.
The immunity challenge came down to Deena and Matthew. Matthew swallowed a live beetle larva whole first, winning immunity. Unaware that Heidi had already revealed Deena's plan, Deena lobbied Jenna to vote for Alex at Tribal Council, upsetting Jenna. In the end, Deena's scheming cost her the game, and she was voted out, becoming the second member of the jury.
|85||10||"Amazon Redux"||N/A||April 17, 2003||N/A||TBA|
|A recap of the first 27 days including previously unaired footage.|
|86||11||"Q and A"||Recap||April 24, 2003||18.00||6.4/|
Each castaway received US$500 in their Tree Mail for a Survivor Auction. At the auction, Jeff shocked the castaways by bringing letters from home up for bids. Christy outbid Jenna, winning her letter from home. The castaways were shocked when Jeff put another letter from home up for bid. The tribe let Jenna win the second letter. After returning to camp, Jenna, whose mother was ill, was upset at Christy for outbidding her. Meanwhile, Alex revealed to Rob that he would vote him out should their alliance make it to the final four. Upset, Rob approached Matthew to oust Alex with the help of Butch and Christy. Matthew agreed to vote for Alex at Tribal Council.
At the immunity challenge, it came down to Rob and Matthew. Rob answered the final question correctly, winning immunity. Unaware of Rob's plot against Alex, the alliance of Heidi, Jenna and Alex decided to target Matthew, who they saw as a physical threat. At Tribal Council, Rob's plan came into fruition, and Alex was voted out, becoming the third member of the jury.
|87||12||"Sour Grapes"||Recap||May 1, 2003||17.65||TBA|
Heidi and Jenna were furious at Rob for turning against Alex at Tribal Council. While the men were out working, Heidi and Jenna lobbied Christy to align with them in order to oust one of the men.
Matthew won the reward challenge, and was given the chance to sacrifice the visit from his mother to let everyone else reunite with their loved ones. Matthew chose to sacrifice the visit from his mother. Not wanting Matthew's act to go unrewarded, Jeff allowed Matthew to reunite with his mother and enjoy the reward at the village. As the five other castaways returned to camp, Rob attempted to make amends with Heidi and Jenna. He brought up voting out Matthew as a threat and taking Jenna to the final two. However, Jenna still didn't trust Rob, and she told the tribe of his plans.
Immunity was won by Jenna. After returning to camp, Rob lobbied Christy, the swing vote, to vote out Heidi. Christy told Rob that her decision was still up in the air. However, Rob realigned himself with Heidi and Jenna to target Christy, who was a threat to ruin the Heidi-Jenna alliance. At Tribal Council, Jenna gave up immunity for Heidi. Rob's plan came into fruition, and Christy was voted out, becoming the fourth member of the jury.
|88||13||"The Amazon Heats Up"||Recap||May 8, 2003||19.10||7.0/|
Jenna was feeling the effects of the harsh living conditions. Meanwhile, Rob planned on voting out Heidi due to her being a physical threat and told her about his plan to be honest with the girls. Butch, with Rob's help, continued to collect "firewood," despite the large amount of wood around camp, causing Rob and Jenna to question his sanity.
Matthew won the reward challenge, and chose Rob to join him on the barbecue. As the remaining castaways returned to camp, a fire had burned much of their camp, burning many of the castaways' clothes and personal belongings. Once Matthew and Rob returned from their reward, the men worked to rebuild the camp. Heidi and Jenna, knowing the men planned to vote them out, did not help as they felt it would make the men's lives easier.
Immunity was won by Matthew. As the castaways returned to camp, Jenna broke down in tears, wanting out of the game. Knowing she was on the chopping block, Heidi lobbied to vote out Jenna at Tribal Council due to the pain she was in. In the end, the men felt that Heidi was more of a threat than Jenna, and she was voted out, becoming the fifth member of the jury.
|89||14||"...And Then There Were Four"||Recap||May 11, 2003||22.29||8.9/22|
After returning from Tribal Council, the final four celebrated making it that far. Meanwhile, the men planned to vote out Jenna next.
The men's plan to eliminate Jenna was thwarted after she won the challenge, keeping her safe from the vote. After returning to camp, Matthew and Rob discussed voting out Butch. Later on, Matthew formed a secret alliance with Jenna to take her to the final two. Although Jenna was interested in siding with Butch, the tribe unanimously voted him out, sending him to the jury 3-1.
After eating breakfast, the final three castaways were shocked to find a bathroom scale in their Tree Mail. The three castaways each stepped on the scale and discovered how much weight they had lost over 38 days. Later on, Jeff arrived at the Jacaré camp and instructed the castaways to board a seaplane, where they would get an aerial view of the Amazon. Once finished, they were instructed to paddle to Tribal Council, where they would compete in the final immunity challenge.
During their final day at the Amazon, Jenna and Matthew reminisced about their eliminated tribemates and wrote each castaway's name on their supply crate. Matthew, wanting to add closure to their experience, brought the tribe's boat to shore and placed the camp artifacts inside. Matthew then set the contents on fire and sent the boat down the river.
At the final Tribal Council, Jenna stated to the jury members that they knew who she was. Matthew stated that he was dedicated to the tribe, that he was a serious competitor, and that he played with honor and integrity. Butch asked Jenna and Matthew if they had lied to or deceived any of their tribemates. Jenna responded by claiming she had lied to Deena, who she felt had betrayed their alliance. Matthew claimed that he had lied to Alex and Roger in order to save himself. Rob asked the final two castaways why the other finalist didn't deserve to be sitting next to them. Matthew responded by saying that Jenna did not contribute much around camp and that she had the desire to quit. Jenna responded by saying that Matthew hadn't been playing the game, didn't need the money, and that it was "just another adventure on his list of things to do". Alex stated to the finalists that the words "honesty" and "integrity” didn’t mean anything to him anymore. He asks them about their biggest regret. Jenna says it was putting trust in untrustworthy people. Matthew says it was his decision to support Ryan at the first vote.
Next up was Heidi, who asked the finalists whether they felt there was someone else more deserving of being in their position. Both Jenna and Matthew answered Rob. Deena was concerned about Jenna's statement that Matthew didn't need the money, and wonders if they should vote on need and not gameplay. Jenna responded that if she were on the jury, she would vote on need, but understands that others may feel differently. Deena then stated to Matthew that she was offended by the comment “may the best man win” he made at an earlier Tribal Council. Matthew apologized to Deena. Next up was Christy, who asked the finalists what their reactions were when they learned she was deaf. Matthew responded by claiming he thought she had a “funky accent”. Christy demanded an explanation from Jenna about her comment that she, Jenna, was “handicapped because she was beautiful”. Jenna claimed that she didn’t remember making that comment, but says she feels others judged her as not smart or strong because she's a swimsuit model. Last up was Dave, who asked which influential leader a castaway should emulate in the game. Matthew answered Colin Powell, while Jenna chose her mother for “her fight and strength”. In his closing speech, Matthew admitted that he had lied along the way, however mentioned that it was part of the game. Jenna mentioned that she had come through in the end when she needed to save herself.
|90||15||"The Reunion"||N/A||May 11, 2003||22.29||8.9/22|
|Months later, it was revealed that the jury gave Jenna the title of Sole Survivor, along with the million dollars. She won with six out of the seven jury votes. Only Butch voted for Matthew to win. Then, all 16 castaways discussed the season with host, Jeff Probst at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, on David Letterman's Late Show stage which was decorated to look like the tribal council set in the Amazon.|
- Matthew and Rob were not eligible to vote as the only eligible players they could vote for were each other.
Reception to Survivor: The Amazon was mostly positive with common praise being the tribe division by gender and baring colorful players such as Rob Cesternino. Jeff Probst ranked The Amazon as his 10th favorite season, citing the women's alliance led by Jenna, among other factors. Dalton Ross, the official Survivor columnist of Entertainment Weekly, ranked it as his seventh favorite season, calling it "probably the most unpredictable season ever." In 2012 and 2013, Survivor fan site "Survivor Oz" ranked The Amazon in the top 10 greatest seasons in its annual polls ranking every season of the series; it was 9th in 2012 and 7th in 2013. It was ranked as the 8th-best season by fan site "The Purple Rock Podcast" in 2015. In the official issue of CBS Watch commemorating the 15th anniversary of Survivor, The Amazon was voted by viewers as the 8th greatest season of the series. Also, in another poll for the same magazine, Rob was voted as the #3 greatest player in the series for his performance in The Amazon. In 2015, when Rob himself eventually held a poll on his reality TV podcasting website, The Amazon was ranked by his viewers as the 5th-greatest season in the series; Rob himself personally ranked it as the seventh-greatest.
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