SX9: Tocantina is the ninth game in the X series. Comprised of the newest cast in some time, the season was full of drama- from the rise and fall of the Timbira Tribe pre-merge to one of the most brutal Final Tribal Councils of the series, this group will go down as one of the most competitive and ruthless casts of all time.

One interesting aspect on this season was each castaway was asked pre-season of their prior relationships or first impressions of the rest of their competitors. Based on their answers, each castaway was paired with an Arch-Rival (or the person who they would least likely get along with) and each tribe was made up of 4 of these pairs.

In the end it was Aaron Reisberger/WAT426 who went from early pre-merge target to endgame mastermind, going on a late game challenge streak and whose impressive turnabout strategy managed to seal his victory again his more well-known finalists Spencer Duhm/BloedroodRoze and Jean-Robert Bellande/TimmyTAR.


Contestant Original Tribe Swapped Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Total Votes
Sierra Reed
Zhan Hu

1st Voted Out

Tyson Apostol
Zhan Hu 2nd Voted Out 6
Dave Cruser
Zhan Hu

3rd Voted Out

J.T. Thomas
Timbira Quit 0
Todd Herzog
Timbira Timbira 4th Voted Out 4
Erinn Lobdell
Timbira Zhan Hu 5th Voted Out 3
Jaime Dugan
Zhan Hu Timbira Tim Hu 6th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Ashley Massaro
Jukebox Blues
Zhan Hu Timbira Tim Hu Quit
2nd Jury Member
Sydney Wheeler
Timbira Timbira Tim Hu 7th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Sherea Lloyd
Timbira Zhan Hu Tim Hu 8th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Taj Johnson-George
sizzling bikini
Timbira Timbira Tim Hu 9th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Courtney Yates
Zhan Hu Zhan Hu Tim Hu 10th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Brendan Synnott
Zhan Hu Zhan Hu Tim Hu 11th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Jean-Robert Bellande
Zhan Hu Zhan Hu Tim Hu 2nd Runner-Up 3
Spencer Duhm
Timbira Timbira Tim Hu Runner-Up 0*
Aaron Reisberger
Timbira Timbira Tim Hu Sole Survivor 1

The GameEdit

Episode Titles Challenges Kidnapped Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
Episode 1: "The Art of War" Timbira Timbira Sierra 7-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Episode 2: "The Dead Grandmother Card" Timbira Dave Tyson 6–1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Episode 3: "Good Job, You Ruined Us!" Zhan Hu Timbira Sherea Dave 5–1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Episode 4: "SX's Most Retarded Moment" Zhan Hu None Sherea J.T. No Vote Quit
Day 12
Episode 5: "This Game Is Now About Throwing Challenges" Zhan Hu Zhan Hu None Todd 4-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 15
Episode 6: "There Isn't a Player Born Who Could Survive This..." Timbira Timbira Erinn Erinn 3–2 5th Voted Out
Day 18
Episode 7: "Trust No One" None Sherea None Jaime 5-3-1-1 6th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
Episode 8: "Reality Check" None None Ashley No Vote Quit
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
Episode 9: "Is This Me Having a Heart?" Auction Sherea Sydney 3-3-1-1 7th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
Episode 10: "In Our Paranoia of the Idol" Sherea Courtney Sherea 3-3-1 8th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
Episode 11: "Dead and Buried" Brendan
[Spencer, Taj]
Brendan Taj 6-1 9th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
Episode 12: "Fingers Crossed!" Aaron Aaron Courtney 2-1-0 10th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
Episode 13: "I Want to Be the Best" Aaron Aaron Brendan 3-1 11th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
The Reunion Jury Vote Jean-Robert 3*-3-1 2nd Runner-Up
Spencer Runner-Up
Aaron Sole Survivor


Following the initial Reward Challenge, the Timbira Tribe won the right to a better camp leaving the Zhan Hu Tribe struggling. The Zhan Hu Tribe, which was made up of one of the most volitile pairs, went on immunity losing streak which resulting in them visiting the first three Tribal Councils, where Sierra, Tyson and Dave were all voted out for their (lack of) challenge performance. Despite losing every Immunity Challenge, Zhan Hu proved their worth by winning rewards. They were spared a fourth vote when J.T. had a nervous breakdown and quit during the Immunity Challenge, causing the tribe in black to lose their first member.

After winning yet another reward challenge, the Zhan Hu Tribe opted to open a Mystery Chest, which resulted in them being able to kidnap two members. Sherea, who was kidnapped first, got to decide which two members of Zhan Hu would join Timbira in their place. Zhan Hu elected to also kidnap Erinn, while Sherea sent Ashley and Jaime to join Timbira. The switch resulted in tribal politics being reshuffled as both Todd and Erinn were cast out of the game, evening both original tribes just in time for the merge.

Two rival voting blocks emerged and the threat of a Hidden Immunity Idol resulted in Jaime being sent home on Night 21. On Day 23, Ashley made a heart-breaking announcement that she would have to leave the game, leaving us with our final eight. Following a Survivor Auction, a tie vote occured between Sydney & Taj on Night 27 that resulted in Sydney leaving after someone switched their vote in the re-vote. On Day 28, Jeff announced that the Zhan Hu idol was never found and would now be played for in Reward Challenges. On Night 30, another tie vote was seen at the following Tribal Council involving Taj yet again. Once again her opponent, Sherea, who had won three individual challenges up to this point, was voted out of the tribe leaving us with our final six.

On Day 31, the tribe's loved one's visited the game and were allowed to compete for a chance to join the tribe and vote at the upcoming challenge. While Spencer and his boyfriend, Todd Herzog and Taj and her husband, Eddie George came close, it was Brendan and his secret lover Tyra Banks who won the challenge. Unable to save herself with immunity, Taj was finally voted out of the tribe. On Night 36, Brendan and Spencer both played their Hidden Immunity Idols (Brendan's from Timbira, Spencer's from Zhan Hu). The chaos resulted in a split vote that left Courtney in the crosshairs when two votes for Spencer were nullified. On Day 37, the Final Four was given the opportunity to compete to decide whether there would be a Final 2 or a Final 3. Aaron won the Final Reward Challenge, winning a Final Vote tiebreaker and he opted for a Final 3. Aaron's challenge advantage helped him win the Final Immunity Challenge and it was Brendan who found himself betrayed for being too big of a jury threat and instead became the final juror.

During the game's most brutal final Tribal Council, all three players were grilled for staying under the radar for the vast majority of the game. While Aaron was criticized for betraying and unneedlessly lying, Jean-Robert was questioned on his true desire to win the game throughout the game and Spencer's vendetta against his tribe's betrayal of his boyfriend, Todd, was also a point of contention as many felt he was consumed by it. Although he started out the game lucky to be on a winning tribe, Aaron Reisberger/WAT426 redeemed himself in the eyes of the jury for having the strongest endgame strategy and a lucky reward win in one of his four consecutive challenges ended up being the tiebreaking factor that won him the game in a 3-3-1 vote.

Voting TrackerEdit

Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Eliminated: Sierra Tyson Dave J.T. Todd Erinn Jaime Ashley Sydney Sherea Taj Courtney Brendan
Voter Vote
Aaron Ashley Jaime Taj Sherea Taj Courtney Brendan
Spencer Ashley Jaime Taj Taj Taj Courtney Brendan
Jean-Robert Sierra Tyson Dave Sherea Sydney Sydney Sherea Taj Spencer Brendan
Brendan Sierra Tyson Dave Erinn Jaime Sydney Taj Taj Spencer Jean-Robert
Courtney Sierra Tyson Dave Erinn Jaime Sydney Sherea Taj Jean-Robert
Taj Todd Courtney Aaron Sherea Jean-Robert
Sherea Erinn Jaime Sydney* Taj
Sydney Todd Courtney Courtney
Ashley Sierra Tyson Dave Todd Courtney
Jaime Sierra Tyson Dave Todd Brendan
Erinn Sherea
Todd Jaime
Dave Sierra Tyson Ashley
Tyson Sierra Jaime
Sierra Tyson
Jury Vote
Finalist: Aaron

3/7 Votes


1/7 Votes


3/7 Votes

Juror Vote
Brendan Aaron
Courtney Aaron
Taj Aaron
Sherea Spencer
Sydney Spencer
Ashley Jean-Robert
Jaime Spencer


This season was based loosely off of "The Art of War" and resulted in each castaway be paired in the first challenge with the player they ranked collectively lowest, known as their Arch-Rival. If by coincidence or fate, the first seven members voted out of the game were a member of a different Arch-Rival pair.

Aaron and Spencer broke that curse and were the only pair to survive to Day 39.

Contestant A Contestant B RC1 Finish Tribe Pair Split
Erinn Sherea 1st Timbira Day 18 - Erinn voted out.
Taj Todd 2nd Timbira Day 15 - Todd voted out.
J.T. Sydney 3rd Timbira Day 12 - J.T. quits.
Aaron Spencer 4th Timbira Final Two
Dave Jean-Robert 5th Zhan Hu Day 9 - Dave voted out.
Brendan Jaime 6th Zhan Hu Day 21 - Jaime voted out.
Ashley Sierra 7th Zhan Hu Day 3 - Sierra voted out.
Courtney Tyson Last Zhan Hu Day 6 - Tyson voted out.