List of the 10 youngest ‘surviving’ contestants of all time

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Sammy Lyadi, Brandon Hantz and Will Wahl.

Age and youth have always played a decisive role in the game “Survivor”. Whether it’s at the expense of older players – who tend to Often voted first – or younger players – who often lied about their age in order to appear older in relation to their peers – age can have a serious impact on anyone’s game.

As stated by Mike Gabler at the premiere of “Survivor 43”, only One person Over the age of 50 has ever won the game; Young people are more likely to receive the award. But who are the youngest contestants to enter the competition? Well, as of season 43, it so happened that there were exactly 10 teens to ever compete on the show (minimum age to compete lowered to 18 of 21 in 2008).

Below is a comprehensive list, as of 2022, of 10 teens who participated in “Survivor” (Note: the ages mentioned here refer to the ages of the contestants at the start of the game):


10. Keith Sowell, “Edge of Extinction” – 19 years, 10.5 months

In 2018, Keith became the eighth teen to compete in “Survivor” when he appeared in season 38, “Edge of Extinction.” However, despite his youth, he was not suitable for the tribe, and he was sound outside the second for his poor performance in the challenge (and Lack of ability to swim especially).

Despite staying on edge for 11 days, Keith, along with fellow Edger Wendy Diaz, soon raise the flag And he returned home shortly after failing to get back into the game via brink of extinction challenge On the seventeenth day.


9. Brandon Huntz, “South Pacific” – 19 years, 7.5 months

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GTBrandon Hantz at the “Survivor: South Pacific” season interview in 2011.

Brandon’s youth was somewhat irrelevant as he tried to hide something other than his age from the rest of his tribe – his family history. likening it to “Being connected to Hitler,” Brandon is best known as Supervior “Survivor” Russell Hantz’s nephew, but he has tried to avoid his past in an effort to renew the Hantz family name. However, his attempts were short-lived, and once his Opollo tribe found out who he was, they embraced him as one of them. It was finally voted down when Upolu fell to five, however, after being considered too much of a jury threat (just unlike his toxic uncle).

Brandon returned the following year for season 26 “Caramoan” but soon proved ineligible to return, Suffering from a mental breakdown On the 13th and forcing his tribe to do so sacrifice immunity An impromptu tribal council was held to eliminate it.


8. Sami Lyadi, survivor 43 – 19 years, 6 months, 2 weeks, 5 days

Sami, a 19-year-old pet incinerator, is the latest in a long line of teens who expect to rape Fabio Berza as the youngest ever winner. This season, Sami has so far proven his value to the Baka tribe both physically and intellectually, but it is not known how long that will last. No doubt Sami—who told his tribe he’s 22 years old—has a lot to get over, but he could still become the first-ever “Survivor” teenage victor.


7. Jessica Pitt “David vs. Goliath” – 19 years, 5 months

In 2018, 19-year-old waitress Jessica Pitt was cast into the underdog “David” tribe in the popular “David vs. Goliath” squad. However, despite her age, she has become first person voice (But the second person was eliminated, after medical evacuation of her clan, Pat Cusack, three days ago) after the majority of the tribe became threatened due to the ties she had with other tribes.


6. Natalie Tennerelli, “Salvation Island” – 19 years, 3 months

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GTNatalie Tennerelli with finalists Rob Mariano (left) and Philip Sheppard, at this season’s reunion show in 2011.

Best known as a member of “Boston Rob” Mariano’s dominant Ometepe alliance, Natalie Tennerell eventually became the first – and so far only – teenager to reach the Final Tribal Council in Season 22, “Island of Redemption.” She did this in tandem with Boston Rob, who more than once likened her to a “daughter” (at that time, Rob already had two young daughters waiting for him at home).

However, Natalie’s youth and inexperience ended up playing a major role in her downfall. The jury deemed her a strategic incompetent and high-tail rider of Rob, Grant the last Million dollars in a landslide 8-1-0 win, while Natalie did not get any votes.


5. Swati Joel, “42 Survivor” – 19 years, 2 months

Last year, Swati competed in ‘Survivor 42’, and it quickly became apparent how strong her Ika tribe could separate themselves on the basis of age, as she quickly linked up with 24-year-old Tori Meehan and 21-year-old Zach Wurtenberger. However, that alliance soon collapsed, and Swati and Tori turned on Zach on the third day after Ika lost the first challenge, disqualifying Zach unanimously. When Ika lost immunity again on the ninth day, Swati quickly became the next target after it was discovered that she had told almost all of her other companions that they were her “number one”, swiftly eliminating her.

Final winner Marian Okic gave Swati a shout-out in her final speech to the Tribal Council, as she said she noticed early on how younger players, including Swati, were targeted early on, leading Marian to play an under-the-radar game. It worked out for the 23-year-old, who quickly became the fifth youngest winner in the game’s history.


4. Julia Sokolovsky, “Kaôh Rong” – 18 years, 11 months, 3 weeks, 1 day

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YoutubeJulia Sokolovsky in “Ponderosa”.

To this day, Julia is the only 18-year-old woman to compete on the show. She turned 19 on the tenth day of her ‘Kaôh Rong’ season, but she was exclusion A few weeks later, on day 29. She ended up casting a jury vote for her best friend and ally Michelle Fitzgerald, who would become the seventh (now eighth) youngest ever winner.


3. Michael Yerger – Ghost Island – 18 years 11 months

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GTMichael Yerger at the Wolk Moris Collection 7 Fashion Show in 2018.

Michael Yerger was one of only four 18-year-olds to compete, and he tried to hide his age from his peers. Although he was eliminated on Day 29 after the tie-break vote, Michael will soon help make “Survivor” history after voting for Domenick Abbate as juror, causing his first 5-5 Jury vote. Second runner-up in voting zero became Laurel Johnson in the tie vote, as she would vote for her ally Wendell Holland, who then became the season winner.

Michael turned 19, one week after filming for the season was completed.


2. Spencer Dom, “Tocantins” – 18 years, 10 months


Survivor Tocantins – Meet SpencerSpencer Dom (19) Birthplace: Lakeland, Florida Occupation: Student2009-01-16 T00:40:11Z

At the time, Spencer Dom was the youngest contestant to play “Survivor”. to benefit from change the rule That those aged 18-20 could start to get ahead, Spencer took advantage of this at just 18-years-old, becoming the youngest rider ever to compete in a Tocantins. Spencer was placed on the ill-fated Galabao Tribe, and he was Finally voted Before merging, on the fifteenth day.

Interestingly enough, Spencer – who is gay and tried to hide his sexuality from his fellow tribe members – ended up Acquaintance Todd Herzog, one of the youngest-ever “Survivor” winners. However, the relationship will not last.


1. Will Wall, “Millennials vs. Generation X” – 18 years, 8 months

In the years since Spencer Duhm appeared in “Survivor: Tocantins” in 2009, he was surpassed by only one person as the youngest person to ever compete.

Fit for the season, broken down not just by age but by generation – Will Wahl became the youngest “surviving” rider ever when he appeared in season 33 in 2016, starting at just 18 years and 8 months. It is a record he keeps to this day. However, his fate was decided on Day 34, after he was voted to betray his alliance.

“Survivor 43” airs every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

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