Survivor: Panama-Exile Island (Season 12)- 2nd voted out
Melinda Hyder Biography:
Born on May 23, 1973 in Elizabethton, Tennesse, Melinda Hyder trained in ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics for 12 years. She took classes and taught at the Watt Dance Studio in Elizabethton. She was an honors student in Elizabethton High School, where she excelled greatly in math and music. While attending East Tennessee State University on a full vocal scholarship, she performed with the music groups 10BucsWorth, Chorale and Women's Ensemble. After graduating with a degree in music, Hyder entertained at Six Flags in Georgia for two years and then toured Europe while performing on a cruise ship. She has also worked as a real estate agent, private vocal coach, dance instructor, pageant coach and model. Hyder sees herself as a vivacious, competitive and compassionate individual, who enjoys creative home decorating, collecting Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, watching CBS soap operas and jogging.
As a cast member of Survivor: Panama-Exile Island, Hyder was placed on the Casaya tribe. During a reward challenge after the first elimination, she and other cast member Danielle
, were asked to form new tribes by means of selection. Hyder failed to mesh well with her new tribemates, and come elimination night, was sent home. Hyder was the second to be voted off the island.