Zeke Smith has the added benefit of 18 people not knowing who he is on Survivor: Game Changers.
Zeke and fellow Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X player Michaela Bradshaw are heading into Survivor: Game Changers without anyone knowing their personalities or how they played the game. This will likely be a huge benefit, as seen by past instances of players competing in back-to-back seasons, like Russell Hantz going from Samoa to Heroes vs. Villains or Malcolm Freberg going from Philippines to Caramoan.
For Zeke specifically, though, he admits in his CBS bio that he doesn't have to change much from season to season.
"Frankly, I don't exactly know what I did right or wrong last time but, I think I played too flashy. This go 'round, I'm going to play more subtly, because I'm a very subtle person," he says. "Take one look at me and you think, "This guy knows subtle. No part of his mustache or patterned shirts or style of speaking says, 'pay attention to me!'"
Zeke started off relatively under-the-radar on Millennials vs. Gen X but emerged as a real power player by the time the merge hit. He formed his own coalition that included Bret LaBelle, Sunday Burquest, Jay Starrett and Will Wahl, who were willing to go to rocks for him at the Final 10. However, Will started to feel threatened by other players and wanted to make a big move, and turned against Zeke at the Final 9 and sending him to the jury.
By the sound of it, Zeke doesn't believe he has changed much since his first season - especially considering it was filmed just a few months before Game Changers!
"Since I just played, I don't think I've changed at all. I'm still digging sand out of my tush. I keep leaving the apartment barefoot," he says. "I've taken to sleeping on my neighbor's floor so there's someone to wake me during my night terrors. They know it's time to shake me awake when I start screaming, "Dave found another Idol!"
Survivor: Game Changers premieres Wednesday, March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.