With five immunity challenge wins in Cook Islands, Lusth became the fourth player, after Colby Donaldson, Tom Westman and Terry Deitz, to win a record five immunity challenges in a single season.
Since then, Mike Holloway, on Survivor: Worlds Apart, and Brad Culpepper, on Survivor: Game Changers, have also accomplished this feat. Favorites was Lusth's second appearance on Survivor.
Lusth was perceived a threat due and he led his tribes to numerous immunities.
Yet, he was not part of the dominating alliance of Yul Kwon: Candice Woodcock, Becky Lee, and Jonathan Penner and Lusth lost his original tribemate, Mansilla.
Prior to the million dollar vote, Gentry had promised he would give Kwon his vote if he survived longer than Penner. Lusth gained the votes of Raro members: Shallow, Gonzalez, Jenny Guzon-Bae and Rebecca Borman.
Lusth was the longest-lasting contestant from the original Aitu tribe, and stayed so after the tribe switch.
With regard to his prior appearance, Lusth commented, "My mistakes last time were basically being too much of a loner.
I'm never going to go anywhere by myself except to use the bathroom".
Following the tribal merge, Lusth remained loyal to the Aitu Four and voted with his allies to send Nate Gonzalez, Woodcock, Penner, Parvati Shallow and Adam Gentry off, despite times when he considered aligning with Shallow.
When he was only a couple of years old, his parents divorced and he moved with his mom, to Durham, North Carolina, to be closer to his relatives.
After a few more moves, his mother, with himself and his two siblings, Katrin and Zoe, settled in Mountain View, California. After graduating, he attended Santa Barbara City College, for two years, until he moved to the Los Angeles area.
Following the third tribal council, Lusth was angry that his tribe had voted for Mansilla, but was comforted by his tribemates.
After two straight wins, Probst announced both tribes would go to Tribal Council.