Friday, February 15, 2008

Survivor Contestants Season 3 Africa

Name Age Hometown Season Finish
Diane Ogden 42 Lincoln, NE Africa 16 16th
Jessie Camacho 27 Orlando, FL Africa 15 15th
Carl Bilancione 46 Winter Springs, FL Africa 14 14th
Linda Spencer 44 Cambridge, MA Africa 13 13th
Silas Gaither 23 Germantown, TN Africa 12 12th
Lindsey Richter 27 Portland, OR Africa 11 11th
Clarence Black 24 Detroit, MI Africa 10 10th
Clarence J. Black is an African American radio personality, who currently resides in Detroit, Michigan where he is a sports host for WDFN. He also competed on Survivor Africa. He graduated from Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Michigan in 1994, where he is currently an assistant coach for the basketball team.

Clarence Black was a contestant on Survivor Africa, where he is best known for stealing a can of beans. He was also accused off camera of taking cherries when everyone else only had one, by Ethan Zohn.

Black did stay around long enough to make the merge. The "scandal" separated him from his original tribemates and left him out of the alliance with the eventual final four of Kim Johnson, Lex van den Berghe, Ethan Zohn and Tom Buchanan.

Because he was alienated from the alliance, Black had to focus on the individual challenges in order to stay in the game. In the first immunity challenge after the merge, he lost a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors to Teresa Cooper and removed himself from the challenge (allowing Theresa to win immunity) in the 6th hour of the challenge. Clarence was eliminated from the competition the next day by a vote of 8-2.

Currently he is a a part time co-host with WDFN, a job he has held since November 2002. He spent the next year and a half working as a co-host with Sean Baligian and Eric Pate. In 2004, Black began hosting his own show "The Clarence Black Show", which he continues to host today. In 2006 Clarence became the new co-host of both "The 19th Hole" (PGA Golf) and "Football Sunday" (NFL/Detroit Lions pregame). When he is not behind the microphone, he can be found in front of the camera as an on-air talent for regional sports network Comcast Local. Clarence has been with Comcast Local since 2004, serving as special events host, sideline reporter for high school and college football and a color analyst for college basketball.

Kelly Goldsmith 22 Rancho Santa Fe, CA Africa 09 9th
Brandon Quinton 25 Dallas, TX Africa 08 8th
Frank Garrison 43 Odessa, NY Africa 07 7th
Kim Powers 29 Conshohocken, PA Africa 06 6th
Teresa Cooper 42 Jackson, GA Africa 05 5th
Tom Buchanan 46 Rich Valley, VA Africa 04 4th
Tom R. Buchanan (also known as Big Tom, born October 30, 1955) was a player on the CBS reality shows Survivor: Africa and Survivor: All Stars.

Buchanan was born in Rich Valley, Virginia and still resides there. He and his family have farmed in the area for three generations. Buchanan attended East Tennessee State University. He is a member of the Virginia Cattleman's Association, the Rich Valley Farmer's Club and the Rich Valley Presbyterian Church.

Since appearing on Survivor, Buchanan has acted as a spokesman for literacy education. (At several Tribal Councils, the names he marked down were not spelled properly. One of his literacy programs had "outread, outwrite, outspell" as a tag line.) He also named some of his goats for members of his original tribe. Buchanan has a wife, Sandy, and a son, Bucky Bo.

Tom was assigned to the Boran tribe in the Survivor: Africa series in 2002. He formed an alliance with tribemates Lex van den Berghe and Ethan Zohn. On the 15th day of the show, Tom was one of three players (along with Lex and Kelly Goldsmith) who were reassigned to the rival Samburu tribe (the first time players actually were moved between tribes). The players however retained their loyalty to their original tribemates rather than form new alliances; thus, when the new Samburu tribe lost its first immunity challenge, the voting was split between the original and the new members. The three original Samburu voted against Tom and the three former Boran voted against Lindsey Richter (who lost the tie because of former votes against her). When the tribes merged, the alliance of Tom, Ethan, and Lex remained firm and the other players were voted off one by one. However on the 39th day, when the three allies and Kim Johnson were the four remaining players, Kim won her first immunity and Tom was voted out. Kim won a second and final immunity challenge and chose Ethan as her competitor in the final council. Tom stayed with his longtime alliance and voted for Ethan, who won the million dollars in a 5-2 vote.

After the series was completed it was learned that the producers had made an error in awarding Kim the victory over Tom. The challenge was a trivia contest with questions about the other players. The deciding question was which female player did not have any piercings. Tom answered Jessie and Lex answered Lindsey, which the producers thought were incorrect answers. Kim answered Kelly, which the producers regarded as the only correct answer, and was awarded the immunity. However, it was later revealed that Lindsey Richter did in fact not have any piercings and Lex had been correct. CBS acknowledged the error and gave Tom and Lex the $100,000 they would have received if they had gone on to win second place in the series.

In 2004, Tom returned to compete in the Survivor: All-Stars series. In this series, Tom began in the Chapera tribe. Tom joined the existing alliance of Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich. With Rob leading the alliance, Tom was able to play a quiet game and avoid making enemies. (One tribemate Tom did not get along with was Sue Hawk and after she quit the game, Tom celebrated by dancing and singing Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead.) However after a tribal shuffle brought Rupert Boneham and Jenna Lewis into the tribe, Rob and Amber also formed an alliance with them. After the five players had voted off all of the other competitors, Rob's worries that Tom might betray him caused him to decide to favor his alliance with Rupert and Jenna over his original alliance with Tom. Tom was voted off by the other four on the 36th day. Tom, angry over Rob's betrayal, voted for Amber in the final vote against Rob, which she won in a 4-3 vote.

Overall, Buchanan's strategy was to present himself as a simple country boy and occasionally act like a clown, knowing this would cause many other players to underestimate him as a threat. He also organized strong alliances and remained loyal to them. Buchanan's abilities in the game kept him in competition for a combined total of 73 days; the most ever for any Survivor player (and a record that continues to stand).

Prior to the Palau season of Survivor, several contestants were called on to perform a series of tasks. One of these tasks was dubbed the Big Tom Dance, named in his honor. Stephenie LaGrossa was voted the champion.

Lex van den Berghe 38 Santa Cruz, CA Africa 03 3rd
Lex van den Berghe (born June 18, 1963 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and later based in Santa Cruz, California) was the third-place finisher on Survivor: Africa and the ninth-place finisher on Survivor: All-Stars. Lex is of Dutch descent.

On Survivor: Africa, Lex formed a dominant alliance with Tom Buchanan and Ethan Zohn on the Boran tribe that carried him to the Final 4 of the show. At the seventh Tribal Council, Lex tried to figure out who had cast a second vote against him. Initially he believed Kelly Goldsmith was the offender and convinced his allies to vote her out of the game. After Kelly's elimination, Teresa Cooper admitted that she had voted for him.

On Survivor: All Stars, Lex was on the Mogo Mogo tribe. In Episode 9, Lex agreed not to vote out Amber Brkich, trying to earn favor with and protection from Rob Mariano. Mariano and his allies nonetheless voted out van den Berghe at the next Tribal Council. At the jury vote, Lex expressed anger towards Rob and was one of the four jurors who voted for Amber to win the million dollars. Lex's dismay towards Mariano contrasts with the fact that he had previously voted out three of his allies: Colby Donaldson, Ethan Zohn, and Jerri Manthey.

Van den Berghe is a father of two boys and is the drummer for two indie punk bands, LuckyDog and the Frontier Wives.

Kim Johnson 57 Oyster Bay, NY Africa 02 Runner-up
Ethan Zohn 27 Lexington, MA Africa 01 Winner
Ethan Zohn (born on November 12, 1973 in Lexington, Massachusetts) won $1,000,000 on Survivor: Africa, the third season of Survivor. Zohn also appeared on the All-Stars edition of the show.
Zohn was a soccer goalkeeper at Vassar College, and played professionally for the Hawaii Tsunami and Cape Cod Crusaders of the United Soccer Leagues and in Zimbabwe for Highlanders Football Club. He parlayed his victory on Survivor: Africa by donating some of his $1,000,000 first prize money to starting Grassroot Soccer, an organization whose goal is to "mobilize the global soccer community to combat the AIDS epidemic in Africa."

In 2005, Zohn began to co-host the Metro Soccer Report (later renamed MSG Soccer Report) on the MSG Network, a weekly show dedicated to Red Bull New York (formerly MetroStars) of Major League Soccer. As of April 2006, Zohn hosts FC Fox on the Fox Soccer Channel.

As part of the Boran tribe, Ethan did not become an immediate target in the game, seen as a strong player who could potentially help to win many tribal immunities. When his tribe lost two back-to-back immunity challenges, he joined the majority to vote off Diane Ogden and Jessie Camacho in Episodes 1 and 2. Over the next few days, Ethan would form a long-term alliance with Lex van den Berghe and Tom Buchanan from his Boran tribe.

But a twist in Episode 5 of the game saw both of Ethan's alliance members switch from Boran to the Samburu tribe, leaving Ethan alone with old Boran members Kim Johnson and Clarence Black. Two of the new Boran members from the Samburu tribe, Teresa Cooper and Frank Garrison, had a long standing misunderstanding with younger old-Samburu member Silas Gaither. So, in Episode 5, a consensus was reached in which Ethan's tribe threw the immunity challenge in order to vote out the unpopular Silas. Both of Ethan's alliance members Tom and Lex remained safe on the Samburu tribe, carrying all three into the merge.

Ethan's alliance soon began to control the game, with other members Kim Johnson and Kelly Goldsmith, all from the original Boran. They immediately targeted old-Boran member Clarence Black due to his physical strength and he was voted out. But, unbeknowst to Lex, he had received another vote at tribal council, who he believed had come from Kelly, but which actually came from Teresa. This led Lex on a witch-hunt against Kelly which almost led to the demise of Ethan's alliance when Kelly possessed the power with the other four ex-Samburu members, Teresa, Frank, Kim Powers and Brandon Quinton. But at the last minute, Brandon switched his vote, saving Lex, and voting out Kelly. But this move came back to haunt Brandon, when Ethan's alliance saw him as untrustworthy and voted him out at the next tribal council.

Ethan, Lex, Tom and Kim Johnson regained control of the game, outing previous Samburu members Frank, Kim Powers and Teresa in the next three tribal councils, carrying them into the Final 4. At the Final 4 immunity challenge, Kim Johnson, the next target to be voted out, won immunity, leading to the alliance having to resort to voting one of their own out. Ethan joined Lex and Kim Johnson in voting out Tom, carrying them into the Final 3. However, the Final 4 immunity challenge contained some controversy, which you can read about here.

At the Final 3 immunity challenge, older tribe member Kim outlasted the two young, fit men to win immunity in an endurance challenge. With Kim holding the power to choose who she would sit next to in the Final 2, she chose Ethan, believing that she could not win against either Lex or Ethan and she thought Ethan deserved the money more than Lex did.

In the end, Ethan Zohn beat out Kim Johnson in a 5-2 vote to become the Sole Survivor, gaining the votes of Kelly Goldsmith, Frank Garrison, Teresa Cooper, Tom Buchanan and Lex ven den Berghe.

Ethan was invited to participate in Survivor: All-Stars, which he gladly accepted. Originally part of the Saboga tribe, Ethan was immediately targeted as a previous winner, along with Survivor: The Australian Outback winner Tina Wesson. When Saboga lost immunity, the rest of the tribe decided to vote out Tina first, needing Ethan's strength to win future challenges. When Saboga lost immunity once again, Ethan was spared once more over physical liability Rudy Boesch, who had hurt his ankle previously.

In Episode 5, Ethan and the rest of the Saboga tribe were disbanded after losing a challenge. Ethan and Jerri Manthey joined the Mogo Mogo tribe, while Jenna Lewis and Rupert Boneham joined Chapera. Later in that episode, Ethan joined the rest of his new tribe to vote out Survivor: Borneo winner Richard Hatch. In episode 7, Ethan was on the outs when the alliance of Jerri, Lex van den Berghe, Shii Ann Huang and Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien left him out in their decision to vote out Colby Donaldson. Ethan was shocked at the decision, feeling betrayed by old Survivor: Africa alliance member Lex.

In Episode 8, Mogo Mogo lost immunity once again, and Ethan, the last former winner, was voted out in 11th Place overall, by a vote of 4-1. He was the most successful of the four previous winners who competed on All-Stars, lasting longer than Tina Wesson, Richard Hatch, and Jenna Morasca did.

* Ethan is no longer dating Survivor: Amazon winner Jenna Morasca. He previously dated Survivor: Borneo contestant Jenna Lewis, Survivor: The Australian Outback contestant and Survivor: All-Stars winner Amber Brkich.

* Ethan, to date, is the only Jewish individual of either gender to win Survivor.

* Ethan was a member of Team Mad River during the 2002 Eco-Challenge in Fiji.

* In 2005, Ethan appeared in the reality television program, Kill Reality, which follows various reality television personalities as they film a horror movie called The Scorned.

* Ethan is a supporter of animal rights. He posed nude (while holding a leaf to cover himself) for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked, Than Wear Fur" Campaign along with Jenna Morasca.

* In 2005, Ethan was a contestant in a special episode of Fear Factor which aired in February 28, 2005, in which he competed against other reality star winners including his girlfriend at the time Jenna Morasca who was the winner of Survivor: Amazon. He finished second, losing to former Bachelorette winner Ryan Sutter.

* While a senior at Lexington High School, Ethan was a member of the Student/Faculty Senate and was known for wearing the same sweatshirt to every meeting of the Senate throughout the school year.

* In October 2006, Ethan appeared on an episode of the VH1 series Celebrity Paranormal Project. He and his team investigated alleged paranormal activity at The Warson Asylum for the Criminally Insane.

* During his entire stay on the show, not a single person cast a vote against him. (Except in the Final tribal council, in which contestants vote for who they want to win.)

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