Amanda Kimmel - Survivor: China, Survivor: Micronesia-FvF, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 108 | Wins: 0 | Final Three/Two: 2 | Jury: 1

Survivor: China (2007) - 3rd place, one jury vote.

  • Received one jury vote to finish 3rd (4-2-1) in Episode 13, "A Slippery Little Sucker" (Day 39).


Survivor: Micronesia-Fans vs. Favorites (2008) - 2nd place, three jury votes.

  • Received three jury votes to finish 2nd (5-3) in Episode 14, "Stir the Pot!" (Day 39).


Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (2010) - 9th place, 12th out - 4th juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 11, "Jumping Ship" (Day 30).

Amanda Kimmel - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall scores
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S15: China 4.27 13.30 0.32 9 0 9 1.00 7.00 1 7 0.14 1.46 12.13
S16: Micronesia 2.89 12.05 0.24 12 0 13 0.92 6.46 3 8 0.38 1.54 11.60
S20: Heroes vs. Villains 1.56 5.56 0.28 4 10 7 0.55 1.14 - - - 0.83 2.70
Career 8.72 30.91 0.28 25 10 29 0.86 5.34 4 15 0.29 1.41 8.78
Amanda Kimmel - Challenge record
  • S15 logo China challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Chinese Checkers - Ep2 RC
    Great Balls of Fire - Ep4 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (7-for-12; 2 sit-outs):

    • China Ep. 1 IC: "Dragon Dance" - Carries a pole, and Fei Long wins.
    • China Ep. 2 RC: "Chinese Checkers" - Scores one of Fei Long's two points, and Fei Long wins again.
    • China Ep. 2 IC: "Gate Crasher" - Fei Long wins against an underfed Zhan Hu once again.
    • China Ep. 3 RC: "Clear the Deck" - Fei Long women lose all three of their bouts; Fei Long loses, 3-2.
    • China Ep. 3 IC: "Blade Runner" - Chops ropes, but unable to recover from Courtney's slow start, Fei Long loses.
    • China Ep. 4 RC: "Great Balls of Fire" - Places fireballs with Aaron, Fei Long wins again.
    • China Ep. 4 IC: "Warrior's Duel" - Scores the winning point, and Fei Long wins again, 4-3.
    • China Ep. 5 IC: "Plunge, Pull & Pop" - Sits out of an IC that Zhan Hu throws (Fei Long wins, duh).
    • China Ep. 6 RC: "Search and Decode" - Sits out of another Fei Long win.
    • China Ep. 6 IC: "Name That Spoon" (gross food) - Participates, and finally, Fei Long loses.
    • China Ep. 8 RC: "Bucket Stops Here" - Part of the winning team, with Todd, James, and Jean-Robert.
    • China Ep. 9 RC: "Drum Roll" - Part of the winning team, with Courtney, Erik, and Frosti.


    Dragon Rider - Ep8 IC
    Take a Stab At It - Ep9 IC

    Individual challenge record (3-for-11): (Mean % finish: 63.3%)

    • China Ep. 7 IC: "Retention to Detail" - One of four people eliminated on the first question (tie-7th/10).
    • China Ep. 8 IC: "Dragon Rider" - Sixth person out, lasting over 20 minutes (4th/9).
    • China Ep. 9 IC: "Take A Stab At It"- Eliminated in the second round, five items (3rd/8).
    • China Ep. 10 RC: "Confucius Said" - Gets just 2/5 questions right, for last place (7th/7).
    • China Ep. 10 IC: "Star Struck" - Scores 2 points in the second round, just behind Erik (2nd/7).
    • China Ep. 11 RC: "Marco Polo" - Blindfolded, does not reach the center with her sister (bottom 5/6).
    • China Ep. 11 IC: "Swamp Donkeys" - Opens just one lock (3rd/6).
    • China Ep. 12 RC: "Zen Archery" - Given 4 arrows, but Denise wins after they are shot (tie-3rd/5).
    • China Ep. 12 IC: "Chinese Leftovers" - Makes it through all four rounds, and Amanda wins! (1st/5).
    • China Ep. 13 RC: "Great Wall of Zhelin" - Amanda wins again! (1st/4).
    • China Ep. 13 IC: "Offer It Up" - Outlasts everyone else, Amanda wins again (1st/4).


    Redemption Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • China: None.
  • S16 logo Micronesia challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Smash and Grab - Ep2 RC/IC
    Diver Down - Ep4 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-14):

    • Micronesia Ep.1 RC/IC: "Reinventing the Wheel" - Pushes the cart for Malakal, Malakal loses.
    • Micronesia Ep.2 RC/IC: "Smash and Grab" - One of Malakal's tile smashers, and Malakal wins.
    • Micronesia Ep.3 RC: "Beach Bash" - Competes, Malakal wins.
    • Micronesia Ep.3 IC: "Nut Bucket" - Shoots baskets, but Malakal loses.
    • Micronesia Ep.4 RC: "Diver Down" - Works the puzzle with Cirie and Eliza, and Malakal wins (thanks, Ozzy).
    • Micronesia Ep.4 IC: "Crosswalk" - One of Malakal's six walkers/necklace retrievers. Malakal wins.
    • Micronesia Ep.5 RC: "Cat and Mouse" - Now with New Malakal, which loses.
    • Micronesia Ep.5 IC: "A Stone's Throw" - Malakal loses again.
    • Micronesia Ep.6 RC: "Build It Up, Break It Down" - Malakal loses again.
    • Micronesia Ep.6 IC: "United We Stand" - Malakal loses again.
    • Micronesia Ep.7 RC: "Money Roll" - Finally, Malakal wins one.
    • Micronesia Ep.7 IC: "What-Er Drag" - Malakal goes right back to losing.
    • Micronesia Ep.8 RC/IC: "The Gauntlet" - Malakal saves one last loss for the end.
    • Micronesia Ep.10 RC: "Bai Bai" - Part of the winning team, with Erik, Jason, and Ozzy.


    Individual challenge record (2-for-10): (Mean % finish: 61.9%)

    • Micronesia Ep.1 Individual IC: Does not find Malakal's necklace/idol thing.
    • Micronesia Ep. 9 IC: "Last Gasp" - Very first person to drop out (10th/10).
    • Micronesia Ep. 10 IC: "When It Rains, It Pours" - Around the 4-hour mark, drops out to pee (3rd/9).
    • Micronesia Ep. 11 IC: "Pool Party" - Can't dig up her key, eliminated in second round (4th/8).
    • Micronesia Ep. 12 RC: "Body Slam" - Last person eliminated, by Cirie (2nd/7).
    • Micronesia Ep. 12 IC: "Shoot to Thrill" - Hits on one of her three shots, good enough for third (tie-3rd/6).
    • Micronesia Ep. 13 RC: "Survivor Roots" - Knows zero Survivor history/ trivia (tie-4th/5).
    • Micronesia Ep. 13 IC: "Dash-Dig-Decode" - Not close (tie-2nd/5).
    • Micronesia Ep. 14 Final 4 IC: "Crystal Method" - Finally, Amanda wins! (1st/4).
    • Micronesia Ep. 14 Final 3 IC: "The Ball Drop" - Makes it to round four, and Amanda wins (1st/3).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record: (0-for-0)

    • None.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Lock and Load, Light - Ep1 IC
    Schmergen Brawl - Ep5 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (8-for-15):

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 1 RC: "Battle Dig" - With JT, scores a point vs. Randy & Jerri. And the Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 1 IC: "Lock and Load, Light" - Part of the Heroes' lead-blowing puzzle team; Heroes lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 2 RC/IC: "A Crate Idea" - Heroes don't follow One Voice, lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Sumo'an Mud" - Beats Danielle in her bout, Heroes win luxury items, coffee.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - Loses a point to Jerri, and the Heroes lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 4 IC: "Roll With It" - Works the blindfolded table maze, Heroes lose again.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 5 RC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Scores the first point, but the Heroes lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis" - Paired with JT, Heroes lose on the puzzle.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 7 RC: "Basket Brawl" - Scores no points, but the Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 7 IC: "Caught in the Web" - Works the puzzle with JT, beating Boston Rob/Sandra. Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 8 RC: "Faux Coconut Bowling" - Scores the winning points vs. Coach, and the Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 8 IC: "Mudslide" - Paired with Candice, beats Russell/Sandra, and Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 9 RC: "Chimney Sweep" - Drops out vs. Courtney to give the Villains the win, 3-0.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 9 IC: "Strung Out" - Heroes win, Colby arranges idol transfer to Russell.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 11 RC: "Pacific Shuffle" - Part of the winning team, with Colby & Danielle. Idol clue fight ahoy.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-3): (Mean % finish: 53.7%)

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 6 RC: "Rope-A-Dope" - Just behind Candice and JT in the immunity portion (3rd/6).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 10 IC: "Get A Grip" - Fifth person to drop out, 20 minutes in (6th/10).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 11 IC: "House of Cards" - Not particularly close (bottom 7/9).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record: (0-for-0)

    • None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 21
    Played: 41
    Win%: 0.51
    Sat out: 2
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 5
    Played: 24
    Win%: 0.08
    Mean% Finish: 20.8%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Amanda Kimmel - Tribal Council record
  • S15 logo China Tribal (click to expand/collapse)
    Ep3 Tribal Council
    Ep7 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • China: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (9/9)


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • China: None.


    Jury votes received (1/7):

    • China, Ep. 13: Received one jury vote, from Erik Huffman, to finish third (4-2-1).
  • S16 logo Micronesia Tribal (click to expand/collapse)
    Ep3 Tribal Council
    Ep3 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (1/1; 4 votes voided)

    • Micronesia, Ep. 12: Finds an idol right before Tribal Council (unshown), plays it, saving herself (Day 30).


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (12/13):

    • Micronesia, Ep. 1: Jonny Fairplay (voted out, 9-1).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 3: Yau-Man Chan (voted out, 6-2-1).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 5: Joel Anderson (voted out, 6-2).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 6: Chet Welch (voted out, 5-2).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 7: Tracy Hughes-Wolf (voted out, 5-1).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 8: Ami Cusack (voted out, 4-1).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 9: Eliza Orlins (voted out, 8-2).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 11: Jason Siska (voted out, 4-3-1).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 12: Alexis Jones (idoled out, [0]-2).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 13: Erik Reichenbach (voted out, 4-1).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 14 (F4 vote): Natalie Bolton (voted out, 3-1).
    • Micronesia, Ep. 14 (F3 vote): Cirie Fields (voted out, 1-0 [or 2-1]).


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • (Micronesia, Ep. 12: Four votes, from Cirie, Erik, Natalie, and Alexis, all voided by Amanda's idol play.)


    Jury votes received (3/8):

    • Micronesia, Ep. 14: Received three jury votes, from Erik Reichenbach, James Clement, and Ozzy Lusth, to finish 2nd (5-3).
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains Tribal (click to expand/collapse)
    Ep1 Tribal Council
    Ep1 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Heroes vs. Villains: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (4/7):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 1: Sugar Kiper (voted out, 9-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 2: Stephenie LaGrossa (voted out, 6-3).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 5: Tom Westman (voted out, 5-2).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6: James Clement (voted out, 5-1).


    VAP - Votes against (10):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 1: One vote, from Sugar.
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 2: Three votes, from Colby, Tom, and Stephenie.
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 11: Six votes, from Sandra, Parvati, Russell, Jerri, Danielle, and Candice (voted out, 6-3).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 1
    Played: 1
    Votes voided: 4
  • Voting record
    VFB: 25
    Tribals: 29
    VAP: 10
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 1
    Received: 4
    Total jurors: 15
Amanda Kimmel - Pictures
  • S15 logo China image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S16 logo Micronesia image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
Amanda Kimmel - Interviews
  • S15 logo China interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • CBS pre-game interview: "I'm gonna be the uplifter. I'm a very positive person, so I want to be the one who they're… they know is competitive, who works hard in tribe, but yet can lift everyone's spirits when they need to be lifted."
    • Probst pre-game assessment from TV Guide online (8/20/07): "Amanda probably is the most physically fit woman this season, very strong and confident. She's been outdoors a lot and she's not afraid of sticks or stones. Plus, she really knows the show — she's watched every episode — and after 15 seasons, that's an advantage."


    Post-game interviews

    • Christopher Rocchio at RealityTVWorld (12/19/07): "Amanda Kimmel talks about her Survivor: China moves"
    • Eric Goldman at (12/18/07): "Survivor: China Interview - Amanda"
  • S16 logo Micronesia-FvF interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews


    Post-game interviews

    • Christopher Rocchio at RealityTVWorld (5/12/08): "Amanda Kimmel talks about Survivor, losing twice in a row"
    • Eric Goldman at (5/14/08): "Survivor's Amanda: Back-To-Back Finalist"
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Dalton Ross at (1/15/10): "Amanda insists 'I'm gonna be a bulldog this time. No apologies, bitches.'"
    • Andy Dehnart at RealityBlurred (2/1/10): "Amanda Kimmel: 'A lot of people thought that I just got lucky twice, which is not the case'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Dalton Ross at (4/30/10): "Ousted contestant says what she would have done with the clue had Colby actually helped"
    • Gordon Holmes at (4/30/10): "Castaway Interview: Amanda Kimmel"
    • Kate Stanhope at (5/1/10): "Amanda: 'I'll Never Play the Game Again'"
    • Daniel Fienberg at (5/1/10): "Amanda Kimmel talks Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (2/2/12): "An Interview with Miss Survivor Finalist Amanda Kimmel"
Amanda Kimmel - Bios
  • S15 logo China bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From her official CBS Survivor: China bio page:


    "Amanda Kimmel has lived all over the state of Montana. She most recently worked as a hiking tour guide and continues to hone her skills as an artist while learning about the fashion industry. At the age of 16, she began modeling in Chicago, where she lived on her own for one year. She has also worked as a make-up artist, retail sales representative and waitress. Her goal is to develop a business within the fashion industry.


    Kimmel has competed in many beauty pageants and was crowned Miss Montana USA in 2005 and Miss Earth in 2006. She's been on the cover of Montana Living Magazine and Pageantry Magazine. Kimmel has been to China twice before to compete in the Miss Kite of the World Pageant in Weifang, where she placed as a semifinalist, was given a key to the city and was heavily promoted on billboards and news articles. While promoting tourism via these pageants, she did volunteer work at orphanages and other organizations and was permitted to fly kites off the Great Wall in five-inch heels.


    Kimmel's hobbies include hiking, running, drawing and painting. She enjoys rock climbing, snowshoeing, kickboxing and volleyball. Kimmel describes herself as motivated, competitive and determined. She has camped every weekend in Montana since she was three years old. She tries never to leave home without her cowboy boots.


    Kimmel just moved from Kalispell, Montana to Los Angeles and is living with her sister, Katrina. Her family has one dog, Sassy, one cat, Cleo and one horse, Frisco. Her birth date is August 3, 1984."

  • S16 logo Micronesia bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From her official CBS Survivor: Micronesia bio page (1/3/08):


    (Identical to her China one, but at least there's a new pre-game interview):


  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From her CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains bio page:


    "Personal Claim To Fame: “Becoming Miss Montana USA/Miss Earth USA.”
    Inspiration in Life: “God.”
    Previous Finishes: China: 2nd Runner Up; Micronesia: Runner Up
    Favorite Past Moment: “Finding the hidden immunity on Exile on Fans vs Favs! It was like Christmas!”
    Previous Survivor She Respects Most: James Clement (China, Micronesia)
    Previous Survivor She Respects Least: Richard Hatch (Borneo, All-Stars)
    Why Did She Come Back?: “Because I am really competitive and wanted to prove I could win!”"


    Official CBS pre-game interview: