Brandon Hantz - Survivor: South Pacific, Survivor: Caramoan

Seasons: 2 | Days played: 49 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • Survivor 23: South Pacific (2011) - 6th place, 14th out - 7th juror.
  • Voted out in Episode 13, "And Then There Were Five" (Day 35).
  • Eliminated by Ozzy in the final duel in Episode 14, "Loyalties Will Be Broken" (Day 36).
  • Cumulative time: In-game - 35 days; Redemption Island - 1 day.

Brandon Hantz on social media: twitter | Instagram

Brandon Hantz - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S23: South Pacific 1.55 9.48 0.16 10 4 11 0.91 3.18 - - - 1.07 4.73
S26: Caramoan 0.76 1.02 0.74 0 8 2 -0.21 0.00 - - - 0.53 0.76
Career 2.30 10.50 0.22 10 12 13 0.76 2.15 - - - 0.98 3.31


Brandon Hantz - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile


Tribal: VFB% percentile


Tribal: rVAP percentile


Challenges: MPF percentile


Tribal: VFB% percentile


Tribal: rVAP percentile


Performance ranks are a quick visual measure of the contestant's season vs. historical data from all prior contestants, in three basic (scorable) categories:

1. Performance in individual challenges (MPF), as a measure of "physical game";

2. Ability to vote people out consistently (VFB%, or VFB/TCA), or "strategic game"; and

3. Ability to avoid being voted against (rVAP, or TCA-VAP) - which scales better than a percentage would - for "social/strategic game."

See also: Full glossary for all these abbreviations.


Brandon Hantz - Challenge record

Shoulder the Load - Ep4 RC/IC

Tribal/team challenge record (4-for-7)

  • South Pacific Ep. 1 IC: "Coconut Conundrum" - Shoots baskets, Upolu wins.
  • South Pacific Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Crate Escape" - Competes, but Upolu loses.
  • South Pacific Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Hitching A Ride" - Puzzle bag retriever for Upolu, Upolu wins.
  • South Pacific Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Shoulder the Load" - Sets the record for weight held (240 lbs, tied with Jim Rice), but Upolu loses.
  • South Pacific Ep. 5 RC/IC: "Pig Out" - Gnaws and spits pork, Upolu wins.
  • South Pacific Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Losing Face" - Moves the cart of coconuts around, but Upolu loses.
  • South Pacific Ep. 7 RC/IC: "Family Ties" - Paired with Edna on first bag, gives Upolu slight lead, Upolu wins.


Batman Wall - Ep13 IC

Individual challenge record (1-for-8; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 51.4%)

  • South Pacific Ep. 8 IC: "Coconut Cradle" - third place among men (3rd/8) and overall (3rd/12).
  • South Pacific Ep. 9 F11 IC: "Get Crackin'" - One of seven eliminated in the first round (tie-5th/11).
  • South Pacific Ep. 9 F10 IC: "Bow-Diddley" - One of seven who opted to eat instead of compete (tie-10th/10).
  • South Pacific Ep. 10 F9 IC: "Price on Your Head" - Barely second to Sophie (2nd/9).
  • South Pacific Ep. 10 F8 IC: "C.A.T." - With Cochran, eliminated on second question (tie-4th/8).
  • South Pacific Ep. 11 IC: "Deja Vu" - Tied with Edna for last in first round (tie-6th/7).
  • South Pacific Ep. 12 IC: "Flip Out" - Second person eliminated (5th/6).
  • South Pacific Ep. 13 IC: "Batman Wall" - Brandon wins, solidly over Coach (1st/5). Then gives away the necklace.


Redemption Island duel record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 50%)

  • South Pacific Ep. 14 Duel: "Get A Grip" - Loses to Ozzy, eliminated (2nd/2).

Nut Bucket - Ep5 RC

Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-7):

  • Caramoan Ep. 1 RC: "Water Slaughter" - With Andrea, helps beat Hope & Eddie to win the point, and eventually, Bikal wins.
  • Caramoan Ep. 1 IC: "A Long Way to the Top" - With Andrea again, tosses boxes from the fourth floor, but thanks to Reynold beating Malcolm on the sandbag toss, Bikal loses.
  • Caramoan Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Plunge, Pull & Pop" - Puller for Bikal, and thanks to Brenda/Andrea's superior diving, Bikal wins.
  • Caramoan Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Cell Block Sea" - Yet another time that Bikal wins.
  • Caramoan Ep. 4 RC: "Head and Shoulders" - Bikal wins (barely, but does so again).
  • Caramoan Ep. 4 IC: "Smash & Grab" - Bikal wins again.
  • Caramoan Ep. 5 RC: "Nut Bucket" - Amusingly, holding up the nut bucket, with Phillip. Bikal wins.


Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

  • Caramoan: None.


Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-0):

  • Caramoan: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 10
Played: 14
Win%: 0.71
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 8
Sat out: 1
Win%: 0.13
Mean% Finish: 51.4%
Hero challenges/duels
Wins: 0
Played: 1
Win%: 0.00
Mean% Finish: 50%


Brandon Hantz - Tribal Council record

Ep13 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • South Pacific: None.


VFB - Votes for the person booted (10/11):


VAP - Votes against (4):

  • South Pacific, Ep. 12: One vote, from Edna.
  • South Pacific, Ep. 13: Three votes, from Coach, Sophie, and Rick (voted out, 3-2).


Jury votes made (1/1):

  • South Pacific, Episode 14: Voted for Sophie Clarke (who won, 6-3-0).

Persona Non Grata

Idols held/played: (0/0)

  • Caramoan: None.


VFB - Votes for the person booted (0/2):

  • Caramoan: None.

VAP - Votes against (8):

  • Caramoan, Ep. 5: Eight votes, from Phillip, Malcolm, Corinne, Cochran, Dawn, Andrea, Erik, and Brenda (voted out, 8-1).


Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Caramoan: None.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Idols found: 0
Idols played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 10
Tribals: 23
VAP: 12
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 1
Received: --


Brandon Hantz - Pictures
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    South Pacific intro shot
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    South Pacific intro shot
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    S23 pre-game interview, with an unwelcome visitor
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    S23 pre-game camera whoring
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    S23 pre-game EW interview
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    S23 Ep1, waiting for Ozzy and Coach
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Still waiting for Coach
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    In camp
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Chopping things, Ep1
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Fishing, circa Ep1
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Getting a hand up, Ep1 RC/IC
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Can't slip anything past Coach
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Setting records, Ep4 RC/IC
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    South Pacific confessional
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Yay, praying
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    South Pacific merge IC
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Being classy, Final 10 IC
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Still being classy as Jim is eliminated
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    F10 tribal council
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    More F10 tribal
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Hauling rice, Final 9 IC
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Fully vested
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Fighting more demons, Ep11 tribal council
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Another day, another pray. Ep12
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Batman Wall, Ep13 IC
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    Victory! (albeit short-lived)
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    You are safe at tribal council tonight!... unless, well, you know
  • Brandon Hantz S23
    The end of Brandon's S23 run.
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Caramoan intro shot
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Caramoan intro shot
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Caramoan pre-game interview
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Caramoan pre-game ad
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    If you say so, CBS
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    With Andrea, vs Eddie, Ep1 RC
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Celebrating after Water Slaughter bout win
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Looking at the fans, Ep1 IC
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Running, Ep1 IC
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Bikal tribe, Ep1 tribal council
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Post-tribal fun, Ep2
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Great casting job, guys!
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Head and Shoulders, Ep4 RC
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Picking up tips from Tata
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Another Bikal victory, S26 Ep4 IC
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Nut Bucket, Brandon's last challenge (Bikal won)
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Arguing for the sake of arguing
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Predestination? Or just premeditation?
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    Hey, let's have the angry guy yell in front of everyone! I smell an Emmy!
  • Brandon Hantz S26
    End of the line


Brandon Hantz - Interviews

Pre-game interviews

  • Gordon Holmes at (8/22/11): "Pre-Game Interview: Brandon Hantz"


Post-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/19/11): "Post-finale interviews with Sophie, Brandon, Rick, Albert, Coach & Ozzy"

Pre-game interviews


Post-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino at RobHasAPodcast (3/14/13): "Brandon Hantz on his exit from Survivor: Caramoan"
  • Gordon Holmes at (3/14/13): "Brandon Hantz: 'I Am Perfectly Mentally Stable'"
  • Dalton Ross & Jessica Shaw at (3/14/13): "Brandon Hantz: 'I'm Not Crazy'"


Brandon Hantz - Bios

From his contestant profile:

"Brandon says: It would be a great opportunity to have money for my family and it was going to be an opportunity to show America there's more to the Hantz family than what Russell brought to Survivor. I am the exact opposite of my uncle Russell but most of my family doesn't think that's true.

Jeff [Probst] says: He's the underdog."

From his new contestant picture caption (by Dalton Ross):

"Just when you thought Survivor was finally done with Russell Hantz, along comes his nephew Brandon. And Brandon is on a mission to show that there is a much different side to the Hantz family. What side might that be? 'It's loyal. It's courageous. It's kind of like a golden retriever,' says Brandon. 'I want to show that we have morals and values and we have a standard in the Hantz family.' So what kind of advice did Uncle Russell give him? 'Pretty much to stay calm. If somebody tries to get in my face, to not lose my temper. Other than that, he knows I'm a nice guy to be around, and as long as I keep my cool, it's going to be smooth sailing.'"

Excerpts from his official CBS Survivor: South Pacific bio page:

"Inspiration in life: Jesus, because he died for me.

Hobbies: Shooting my guns, hunting and eating crawfish.

Pet peeves: When I order some food and it's not the way I want it or they forget my hot sauce.

3 words to describe you: Headstrong, bold and clever.

Survivor contestant you are most like: Probably Colby, Johnny Fairplay, Russell and Brandon [Ed. note: We presume he means Brandon Quinton from S3.]

Reason for being on Survivor: Financial freedom and to show everyone there is more than one side to the Hantz family other than being mean.

Why you think you'll "survive" Survivor: I'm very strong and I can hunt. I like fishing and swimming and I can build.

Why you think you will be the sole Survivor: I'm very handsome, smart, cunning, manipulative and funny."

From his official CBS Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites bio page:

"Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 15th castaway voted out/7th Jury Member

Occupation: Chemical Disposal

Personal Claim to Fame: Being a good father to my children.

Inspiration in Life: Jesus Christ

Hobbies: Playing music, drawing and passionate love.

Pet Peeves: Stupid people

3 Words to Describe You: Sexy, crazy fun and loyal.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1)    A picture of my children 2)    The Bible  3)    A pair of underwear

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like:  Brandon Hantz from Survivor: South Pacific – he’s so cute!

Reason for Being on Survivor: Money, money, money!!!

Why You Think You’ll 'Survive' Survivor: Hunting, fishing and fire breathing!

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I almost was the Sole Survivor but I won’t make the same mistakes again."