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Tumblr Survivor: Redemption Island
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Season 5
Filming Location Waiheke Islands,
Auckland, New Zealand
Season Run December 2, 2013 -
February 6, 2014
Host Ryan
Survivors 18
Winner JaeMin
Runner(s)-up Jessica
Tribes Ngāpuhi
Tainui
Marae
Returnees Andrew (S8)
Austin (S10, S24, S40)
JaeMin (S6, S10)
Jake (S6, S13, S24, S40, S50, S57)
Jake B (S6, S12)
Jessica (S6, S8, S13, S30)
Jenn Tramkellan (S30)
Justin (S6, S9, S23)
Nicole (S8)
Owen (S8, S13, S27)
Opening Sequence
Tumblr Survivor 5 Intro01:03

Tumblr Survivor 5 Intro

Series Chronology
Previous Season Panama
Next Season Heroes vs. Villains

We are on the coast of Waiheke Island here in New Zealand. It is here that 18 contestants will fight to earn the title of Sole Survivor! They have been divided into 2 tribes. The two tribes are named after Maori iwi of New Zealand. The first is Ngapuhi, wearing green. Ngāpuhi is a Māori iwi located in the Northland region of New Zealand, and centred in the Hokianga, the Bay of Islands and Whāngārei. It also has the largest affiliation of any New Zealand iwi. The second is Tainui, wearing blue. The Waikato Tainui are a group of Māori from the Tainui waka (tribal confederation) who live in the Waikato Region, in the western central region of New Zealand’s North Island

Production

The season featured eighteen players divided onto two tribes of nine. Each tribe was made up of two returning players and seven new players. The two tribes, Ngapuhi in green and Tainui in blue, were named after traditional New Zealand Maori Iwi.

The returning players were recruited specifically for the Redemption Island twist. The four returning players were divided onto the two tribes, each one boy and one girl. Lacey, of Tumblr Survivor: Tocantins, was asked to return for this season but declined the offer.

Following the end of the season's run, there was some controversy surrounding this season's contestant, Becca. It was discovered that Becca had lied in her application about having never played Tumblr Survivor before, and had actually previously competed on Tumblr Survivor: Cook Islands.

Twists

  • Redemption Island: This twist provides an opportunity for an eliminated player to re-enter the game and continue their pursuit to the million-dollar prize and the title of Sole Survivor. In order to do so however, eliminated contestants will compete in head-to-head challenges (known as Duels) in order to remain on the island and avoid permanent elimination.
  • Hidden Immunity Idols :  There were two Reward Challenges held Pre-Merge in which the winners would recieve a hidden Immunity Idol.
  • Returning Players: Four returning players who played in Seasons 1, 3 and 4 came back for their shot at redemption.
  • Tribe Switch: In Episode 5 there was a tribe switch that mixed up the original tribes. 
  • Double Tribal Council: The twist sends both tribes to Tribal Council in one night.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Status Finish Redemption Island Status Votes
Against
Original Tribe Swapped Tribe Merged Tribe
Becca S5
Becca
Philippines PhillipinesFlag
Tainui Quit
Day 6
0
Kandace S5
Kandace
United States American Flag
Tainui Removed1
Day 9
0
Meg S5
Meg
United States American Flag
Ngāpuhi Medically Evacuated2
Day 11
1
Laura S5
Laura
United States American Flag
Ngāpuhi 1st Voted Out
Day 6
1st Eliminated
Day 20
8
Isolina S5
Isolina
New Zealand 800px-Flag of New Zealand.svg
Ngāpuhi 3rd Voted Out
Day 23
2nd Eliminated
Day 31
4
Sarah S5
Sarah
20, TX, United States American Flag
Panama, Tocantins
Tainui Tainui Medically Evacuated3
Day 40
0
Chris H S5
Chris
22, United States American Flag
Cook Islands, Tocantins
Tainui Ngāpuhi 4th Voted Out
Day 34
3rd Eliminated
Day 40
5
Owen S5
Owen
17, United States American Flag
Ngāpuhi Ngāpuhi 6th Voted Out
Day 40
4th Eliminated
Day 41
5
Andrew S5
Andrew
17, SC, United States American Flag
Panama
Ngāpuhi 2nd Voted Out
Day 17
5th Eliminated
Day 41
6
Bradley 5
Bradley
21, TX, United States American Flag
Ngāpuhi Tainui Marae 8th Voted Out
Day 42
6th Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 50
11
Austin S5
Austin
17, WA, United States American Flag
Tainui Ngāpuhi 10th Voted Out
Day 48
7th Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 52
8
Nicole S5
Nicole
19, NJ, United States American Flag
Cook Islands
Ngāpuhi Tainui 12th Voted Out
Day 52
8th Eliminated
3rd Jury Member
Day 53
5
Jake B S5
Jake B
19, NY, United States American Flag
Ngāpuhi Tainui 11th Voted Out
Day 51
9th Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 53
6
Justin S5
Justin
17, FL, United States American Flag
Ngāpuhi Tainui 5th Voted Out
Day 37
1st Returnee
Day 41
14
9th Voted Out
Day 44
3rd Returnee
Day 53
13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 56
Jake S5
Jake
15, NY, United States American Flag
Tainui Tainui 7th Voted Out
Day 40
2nd Returnee
Day 41
10
14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 61
Jenn S5
Jenn
21, Canada Canadian Flag
Tainui Ngāpuhi 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 62
2
Jessica S5
Jessica
18, BC, Canada Canadian Flag
Tainui Ngāpuhi Runner Up 0
JaeMin S5 JaeMin
24, OH, United States American Flag
Tainui Ngāpuhi Sole Survivor 3

1. Kandace was removed from the game for cheating on an Immunity Challenge.
2. Meg was evacuated from the game for not voting in two back to back Tribal Councils.
3. Sarah was evacuated from the game for not participating in two back to back challenges.

Episode Guide

Episode Redemption Island Immunity Voted Out Vote Finish
Inhabitant(s) Challenger(s) Eliminated Finish
1 Welcome To Redemption Island Tainui Becca - Quit
Day 6
Laura 8-1 1st Voted Out
Day 6
2 #JusticeForKandace Laura Tainui Kandace - Removed
Day 9
Meg - Med Evac
Day 11
3 "Gay Guys and Big Personalities" Laura Tainui Andrew 6-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 17
4 "We Are Fang and They Are Taco" Laura Andrew Laura1 1st Eliminated
Day 20
Tainui Isolina 3-32 3rd Voted Out
Day 23
5 "This Isn't Tumblr's Sole Best Friend" Andrew Isolina Isolina3 2nd Eliminated
Day 31
Tainui Chris 5-1 4th Voted Out
Day 34
6 "It's Probably Hella Cursed" Andrew
Chris
Ngāpuhi Justin 3-2-1 5th Voted Out
Day 37
7 "wtf double tribal are you serious jeff" Andrew
Chris
Justin Chris 3rd Eliminated
Day 40
Austin Owen 4-1 6th Voted Out
Day 40
Nicole Jake 3-1 7th Voted Out
Day 40
Sarah - Med Evac
Day 40
8 Excuses About an Old Christmas Tree4 Andrew
Justin
Jake
Owen
Owen 4th Eliminated
Day 41
Justin Bradley 6-3 8th Voted Out
Day 42
Andrew 5th Eliminated
Day 41
Justin 1st Returnee
Day 41
Jake 2nd Returnee
Day 41
9 Jessica Makes Lists Bradley JaeMin Justin 7-1 9th Voted Out
Day 44
10 "They Don't Even Know
What Reality Is Anymore"
Bradley
Justin
Nicole Austin 4-3 10th Voted Out
Day 48
11 Clusterfuck Bradley
Justin
Austin Bradley 6th Elimninated
1st Jury Member
Day 50
Jenn Jake B 4-05 11th Voted Out
Day 51
12 Tainui Strong Austin
Justin
Jake B Austin 7th Elimninated
2nd Jury Member
Day 52
Jenn Nicole 56 12th Voted Out
Day 52
13 "Last Ngapuhi Standing"7 Jake B
Justin
Nicole Nicole 8th Elimninated
3rd Jury Member
Day 53
Jenn Justin 4-1 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 56
Jake B 9th Elimninated
4th Jury Member
Day 53
Justin 3rd Returnee
Day 53
14 "Surprise, Surprise I'm Doing
Bad At Another Challenge
"
Jenn Jake 2-2;
2-28
14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 61
15 "She Is Unpredictable" Jessica Jenn 1 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 62
Jessica 5-2 Runner-Up
JaeMin Sole Survivor

1. Laura did not submit a Redemption Challenge score and automatically was removed.
2. After a deadlocked 3-3 tie vote between Isolina and Bradley, Bradley beat Isolina in a tiebreaker challenge, sending Isolina to Redemption Island
3. Isolina did not submit a Redemption Challenge score and automatically was removed.
4. Jake and Justin returned from Redemption Island in this episode.
5. Jessica played a Hidden Immunity Idol on JaeMin, negating the two votes against him.
6. Nicole did not vote resulting in a Self-Vote.
7. Justin returned from Redemption Island in this episode. Justin returning marked the end of the Redemption Island phase of the game.
8. JaeMin and Jake participated in a tiebreaker challenge following a deadlocked vote, which resulted in Jake being eliminated.

Voting History

Tumblr Survivor: Redemption Island Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Voted Off Becca S5 bw
Becca
Laura S5 bw
Laura
Kandace S5 bw
Kandace
Meg S5 bw
Meg
Andrew S5 bw
Andrew
Isolina S5 bw
Isolina
Chris S5 bw
Chris
Justin S5 bw
Justin
Sarah S5 bw
Sarah
Owen S5 bw
Owen
Jake S5 bw
Jake
Bradley S5 bw
Bradley
Justin S5 bw
Justin
Austin S5 bw
Austin
Jake B S5 bw
Jake B
Nicole S5 bw
Nicole
Justin S5 bw
Justin
Jake S5 bw
Jake
Jenn S5 bw
Jenn
Jessica S5 bw
Jessica
JaeMin S5
JaeMin
Vote No Vote 8-1 No Vote No Vote 6-1 3-3 5-1 3-2-1 No Vote 4-1 3-1 6-3 7-1 4-3 4 5 4-1 2-2 1-1 1 5-2
JaeMin Chris Owen Bradley Justin Jake Jake B Nicole Justin Jake - - Jury Votes
Jessica Chris Owen Bradley Justin Austin Jake B Nicole Justin JaeMin JaeMin Jenn
Jenn Chris Owen Bradley Justin Jake Jake B Nicole Justin Jake Jake - JaeMin
Jake Bradley Jake B Bradley Justin Austin Jake B Nicole Justin JaeMin - Jessica
Justin Laura Meg Andrew Bradley Bradley Redemption Island Bradley Austin Redemption Island Jake Jessica
Jake B Laura Meg Andrew Isolina Justin Jake Austin Justin Austin JaeMin RI JaeMin
Nicole Laura Meg Andrew Isolina Justin Jake Austin Justin Austin JaeMin Self-Vote RI JaeMin
Austin Chris Owen Bradley Justin Jake Redemption Island JaeMin
Bradley Laura Meg Andrew Isolina Justin Jake Austin Redemption Island JaeMin
Andrew Laura Meg Isolina Redemption Island
Owen Laura Meg Andrew Bradley Chris Jenn Redemption Island
Chris Owen Redemption Island
Sarah Jake B Med Evac
Isolina Laura Meg Andrew Bradley RI
Laura Self-Vote Redemption Island
Meg Self-Vote Self-Vote
Kandace Removed
Becca Quit

Tribe Flags

NgapuhiFlag TainuiFlag MaraeTribeFlag

Ngapuhi                                        Tainui                                           Marae

Buffs

NgapuhiBuffTainuiBuffMaraeBuff

Trivia

  • This is the first season to feature an original location and multiple original tribe names.
  • This is the first season of Tumblr Survivor to feature Redemption Island.
  • This season, 4 former castaways returned. 2 were placed on each tribe.
  • This is the first season in which Jack and Katie did not participate.
  • Kandace is the first castaway in Tumblr Survivor history to be forcibly removed from the game for cheating.
    •  She did so in the second Immunity Challenge.
  • This season featured a two week break for the holiday season from December 22, 2013 to January 2, 2014.
    • During this time two Reward Challenges and a Redemption Island Duel took place. The Reward Challenges were optional.
  • Only 3 castaways remained on their original tribe after the tribe swap.
  • Everyone whose name started with a 'J' made the merge.
    • The Final 6 was comprised of the six "J" players.
  • Justin is the first person ot be voted out of a season twice.
    • He is also the first to be voted out of a season three times.
  • Redemption Island is the first season (excluding Season 1) to have no returning players at Final Tribal Council.

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