'Survivor': See Jeff Probst's Public Service Announcement on proper Tribal Council voting technique -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There are a few things you need to learn how to do before you go on Survivor: strategize, compete in challenges, look good in a bathing suit. But there is one other crucial aspect of the game that must be mastered as well — the Tribal Council voting process. I know what you’re thinking: It’s just writing somebody’s name down! How hard can it be? Well, as countless contestants have shown us in the past, there are many ways to screw up what should be a simple act of backstabbing and betrayal. Which is why host Jeff Probst was kind enough to film a Public Service Announcement for all future Survivor contestants on the dos and don’ts of proper vote casting. (Who says celebrities don’t give back?) Grab a pen and take some notes as Jeff breaks down all the moves guaranteed to make you a TV star if and when you make it on the show. To enjoy what just might be the most informative — and yes, important —PSA in history, click on the video player below. Because clicking is half the battle.

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  • Brandon

    Oh Eliza, always the best jury and voting reactions. I think all future contestants should have to go see her for classes, it would make Tribal Council so much more interesting.

    • Micah

      I have always loved Eliza! She’s just so transparent, it’s so much fun to watch.

      • Mark

        Me too! The queen of overacting – eyeballs widening, nostrils flaring. I was always sure she would get a role on a soap opera after her Survivor appearances.

      • Eliza4Ever

        “It’s a fu@k!ng stick !!!”
        Eliza was attending law school when she was on the show. I’d volunteer for jury duty in her town just to watch her dramatic final summations to the jury.

    • Saline

      Eliza never should have come back a second time. She wasn’t Allstar or Favorite material.

      • hf

        She was for me, loved her!

      • Cameron

        Are you kidding? She was most definitely all star material. Her and Ami from Vanuatu made most of the strategic decisions in her season, plus she was fantastic entertainment!

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  • wsugar

    Love you Gefery!

    • Saline

      Put a cork in it wsugar you dope!

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  • Mark

    I remember one former contestant mentioned the spelling issue after she famously misspelled the name of player she was voting off: “I didn’t know how to spell it, but what was I supposed to do? Tap her on the shoulder on the walk to Tribal Council and say ‘This has nothing to do with how I’m going to vote, but what’s the correct way to spell your name?'”

    • allie

      I am pretty sure that was Sue in Season 1 voting off Sonjia. She spelled it “Souna”.

      • Mark

        Thanks allie. I was sure a Survivor trivia fanatic would come to my resue!
        I used to think it was a schoolteacher (who would feel self-conscious about making a spelling mistake) who said it, but now I realize you’re right – and I do remeber that famous “Souna” spelling!

    • Saline

      Ralph the redneck retard from last season was the king of incorrect grammer. Nobody will ever be dumber than Ralph Keiser.

      • D

        You are the queen of incorrect spelling. You’d make a great pair!

      • Madox

        Misspelling “grammar” probably wouldn’t make her the queen of incorrect spelling. Maybe a princess, though.

  • Thomas

    He should have shown Crystal’s vote for Randy from Gabon for the last tip. ;-)

  • Carol

    OK, now I understand why Jeff Probst won the Emmy for outstanding reality show host.

  • Gatorclaw

    A cool you tube vid idea would be a montage of incorrectly spelled names… there have been tons… somebody get on that.

  • ImStillToni

    HAHAHAHAHA Jefe is hilarious! he had me at “eenie.”

  • EJ


  • Deb N

    Completely in love with Jefe!!!

  • BH

    I vote to evict Geff. Oh wait, i’m confused.

  • Heidi

    My number one was ‘spell the name right’. So glad he touched on that. It just makes you look like a dimwit. Although, its hard to just walk up to someone on your tribe and say …”so, how do you spell your name”?. I get the dillema. Maybe ask someone else who is in your alliance.

    • Saline

      The best incorrect nickname was the backwoods hick from Season 5 Thailand Clay Jordan. Writing Goodbye Denver Dixie instead of Ghandia. But again nobody beats that dummy Ralph from Season 22.

    • phoenix17

      Or… Just have a sign posted somewhere with everyone’s names on it for reference… Just a thought…

  • Ember

    If this is tips for “future contestants”, the should show this to all L.A. area bartenders and hair stylists. They seem to be the only people cast on reality shows lately.

  • Samantha

    The spelling thing is a very easy fix. Just ask people to spell their names out as they introduce themselves on day 1 and then make a joke about having to write everybody’s name down at least once that season. hee hee.

    • D

      I thought you were going to say the name has to be spelled correctly or else the vote doesn’t count.

  • Lecakes

    Some people just can’t spell and aren’t good with words. It doesn’t realy matter. As long as the person that gets the most votes goes out. But I agree with the comment above that Ralph from last season was dumber than a bag of hammers. And probably couldn’t even spell his own name correctly.

    • Marianna

      And yet, if I had to be stranded on a desert island after a storm I’d rather it be with Ralph than with university educated David who couldn’t even construct a puzzle. Smart, dumb, whatever; it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

      • D

        There are different types of intelligence, for sure.

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