29-year-old Jonathan Young has become the subject of much discussion in the Survivor community lately, largely because he’s emerged as one of the tallest dominant challenge performers in the “Survivor” storyline and almost single-handedly carried his Taku tribe to victory on multiple occasions.
What many fans may not know about Jonathan is that Survivor 42 isn’t the first time he’s traveled to Fiji to take part in a reality show. In fact, the Alabama native actually appeared on Discovery’s “Endurance” in 2007, where he placed third.
Here’s what you need to know:
Jonathan got into a notable argument with his partner on Endurance
During its run from 2002-2008 “persistence‘ was widely regarded as a ‘Survivor’ style show for teenagers. The teenage participants are matched with someone of the opposite sex, where they live in a remote location (Fiji in Jonathan’s case) and are expected to participate in various physical and mental challenges. Then the contestants are eliminated one by one until one couple is left to take home the prize of a paid all-inclusive vacation with their parents to a (different) exotic location.
Jonathan Young took part in the sixth and final season of “Endurance” entitled “Endurance: Fiji” which was filmed in the summer of 2007 when Jonathan was 14 and released from October 2007 to March 2008. The show has its Making rounds online largely due to his popularity as a Survivor 42 contestant.
In a video, in a scene strongly reminiscent of a recent episode of “Survivor 42,” in which Jonathan gets into an argument (which some have interpreted as misogynistic) with his 23-year-old fellow tribesman, Maryanne Oketch, Jonathan argues with his partner, Die 14-year-old Hannah Gross of West Bloomfield, Michigan after losing a fight. In the video, Jonathan explains in his unmistakable Alabama accent that he was frustrated that Hannah didn’t listen to him during the challenge. He tries to reason with Hannah and find a solution to their lack of chemistry as a partner, but she pushes back.
“You need to relax,” Hannah says to Jonathan. “You have to be nice to your partner.”
“Why couldn’t you just catch it?” asks Jonathan.
“Because it slipped! I’m sorry I’m not God and didn’t catch all the balls!” Hanna replies. The two then reiterate that the other needs to “relax,” until it ends with Hannah calling him obnoxious and Jonathan saying, “Okay, then there’s nothing else you can talk to about.”
In the end, the two took third place.
Jonathan wanted to be on Survivor to experience The Real Thing
In his Pre-game interview with Parade, Jonathan, who was 28 during the filming of Survivor 42, told the outlet that around the time he took part in Endurance, he started watching Survivor, which he dubbed “‘Survivor ‘ for children”. He explained that he realized he wanted to continue on “Survivor” as soon as he got home and saw it as “the real thing” as opposed to “Endurance”:
[‘Endurance’] was basically a dumbed down version of this show. You couldn’t starve us because we were just kids. But I got a taste of what Survivor was going to be like. And when I got home I was like, ‘I want to do Survivor.’ I want to do the right thing. I want to see how hard it is. I want the challenge’.
Complete episodes of “Endurance: Fiji” are available on YouTubewhere fans can watch a young Jonathan compete for the holiday prize.
“Survivor 42” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The three-hour finale will air Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
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