Colby Donaldson - Survivor: The Australian Outback, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 98 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1 | Final Two: 1

Survivor: The Australian Outback (2001) - Second place, lost jury vote, 4-3.

  • Received 3 jury votes, losing to Tina Wesson in Episode 14, "The Most Deserving" (Day 42).

Survivor: All-Stars (2004) - Twelfth place, seventh out.

  • Voted out in Episode 7, "Sorry... I Blew It" (Day 19).

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (2010) - Fifth place, 16th out - eighth juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 14, "Anything Could Happen" (Day 37).
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Colby Donaldson - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S2: Australia 8.09 13.09 0.62 10 5 11 0.90 2.83 3 7 0.43 1.95 13.49
S8: All-Stars 0.81 1.96 0.41 1 4 2 0.33 1.75 - - - 0.75 2.56
S20: HvsV 1.56 10.56 0.15 5 7 11 0.45 1.16 - - - 0.59 2.72
Career 10.46 25.61 0.41 16 16 24 0.66 2.00 3 7 0.43 1.50 8.06
Colby Donaldson - Challenge record
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback challenges
    Water Torture - Ep3 RC
    True or Falls - Ep4 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-11):

    • The Australian Outback Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Bridging the Gap" - Thanks to a capsizing Kucha raft, Ogakor wins easily.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 2 RC: "Butch Cassidy" - Jumps, swims, carries, Ogakor wins again.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 2 IC: "Tucker'd Out" - Bravely eats a candy bar, but thanks to Tina, Ogakor loses.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 3 RC: "Water Torture" - Holds all the weight, and Ogakor wins in the tie-breaker.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 3 IC: "Lock Step" - Anchors Ogakor, but thanks to Maralyn's repeated trips, Ogakor loses.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 4 RC: "Master Mind" - Participates in the puzzle, Ogakor loses.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 4 IC: "True or Falls" - Answers a question, but Ogakor loses.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 5 RC: "Triage" - One of the first two carriers, Ogakor loses its fourth straight.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 5 IC: "The Maze" - Somehow, Ogakor wins.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 6 RC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Ogakor loses, depriving Tina of Doritos. Flings a bucket of water at Jerri (the caller) afterwards.
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 9 RC: "Double Play" - Paired with Jerri, as the winning team, gets a honeymoon at the Great Barrier Reef, where he illegally removes coral to butter up potential jurors.

     

    Fire and Water - Ep10 IC
    Blue Plate Special - Ep11 IC

    Individual challenge record (7-for-11): (Mean % Finish: 82%)

    • The Australian Outback Ep. 7 IC: "Perch" - Jumps, circa 8 hrs before the challenge ends, in an effort to attract Kucha votes (9th/10).
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 8 RC: "Return to Sender" - Misses the target completely (bottom 5/9).
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 8 IC: "Don't Fence Me In" - Places two discs, good enough for fifth place (5th/9).
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 9 IC: "Hanging in the Balance" - Beats Tina in the first round, and Rodger in the second round, but loses to Nick in the final round (2nd/8).
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 10 IC: "Fire and Water" - last to light his fire, but Colby wins (1st/7).
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 11 RC: "End of the Line" - Colby wins again (1st/6).
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 11 IC: "Blue Plate Special" - Eliminates Elisabeth with his final two shots, wins (1st/6).
    • (The Australian Outback Ep. 12 RC: "Survivor.com" (loved ones) - Not counted.)
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 12 IC: "Fugitives" - Passes lock-dropping Keith at the finish line, wins (1st/5).
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 13 RC: "Survivor Pentathlon" - Colby wins yet again (1st/4).
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 13 IC: "Memory" - Colby wins again (1st/4).
    • The Australian Outback Ep. 14 (F3) IC: "Fallen Comrades"- gets the final question right, narrowly wins (1st/3).

    RECORD: Colby's seven individual challenge wins (and five individual IC wins) are tied for the most in a single season (with Terry Deitz, Panama-Exile Island).

     

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

    • The Australian Outback: None.
  • S8 logo All-Stars challenges
    Quest for Fire - Ep1 RC/IC
    Float Your Boat - Ep2 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (4.0*-for-10):

    • All-Stars Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Quest for Fire" - Mogo Mogo finishes second (2nd*/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 2 RC: "Stairway to the Stars" - Mogo Mogo loses, but Saboga gives them reward, anyway.
    • All-Stars Ep. 2 IC: "Float Your Boat" - Mogo Mogo finishes second again (2nd*/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 3 RC: "Better Homes and Island Living" - Mogo Mogo nabs another second-place finish (2nd*/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 4 RC: "Match Maker" - Mogo Mogo finishes dead last (3rd/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 4 IC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Mogo Mogo is back to second place (2nd*/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 5 RC: "Shipwrecked Raft Rescue" - Mogo Mogo wins! (1st/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 5 IC: "Pilfering Pirates" - Now down to two tribes, Mogo Mogo just loses.
    • All-Stars Ep. 6 RC: "Tribal Stomp-ede" - Mogo Mogo wins a barbecue feast!
    • All-Stars Ep. 7 RC/IC: "Floating Puzzle" - Mogo Mogo loses.
    *Note: Second-place finishes in the three-tribe phase of All-Stars count as half a win.

     

    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • All-Stars: None.

     

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

    • All-Stars: None.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains challenges
    Lock and Load, Light - Ep1 IC
    A Crate Idea - Ep2 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (8-for-15; 1 sit-out):

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 1 RC: "Battle Dig" - Gets pwned by Coach, called "Superman in a fat suit" by Tyson. Even so, the Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 1 IC: "Lock and Load, Light" - Paddles for the Heroes, who lose on the puzzle.
    • 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 Boston Rob in his bout, Heroes win luxury items, coffee.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - Loses final point to Tyson, 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" - Colby sits out, Heroes keep losing.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis" - Paired with Tom, Heroes lose on the puzzle.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 7 RC: "Basket Brawl" - First point (all men) - Colby is 1/3; second point (mixed) - Colby is 0/1; third point (all men) - Colby scores the winning point, and finally, the Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 7 IC: "Caught in the Web" - Runs/retrieves, Heroes win as the Villains blow the puzzle.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 8 RC: "Faux Coconut Bowling" - Loses to Russell, scoring 1 pt, but Heroes win anyway.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 8 IC: "Mudslide" - Paired with JT, beats Parvati/Courtney, and Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 9 RC: "Chimney Sweep" - First out, loses to Jerri; Villains (sorry) sweep the Heroes, 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 Amanda & Danielle, but insists on enjoying his movie, instead of fighting over idol clues.

     

    House of Cards - Ep11 IC
    Pegatory Knockout - F8 IC

    Individual challenge record (0-for-8): (Mean % Finish: 32%)

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 6 RC: "Rope-A-Dope" - Loses to Candice in the immunity portion (2nd/6).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 10 IC: "Get A Grip" - First person out, in less than a minute (10th/10).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 11 IC: "House of Cards" - Not particularly close (bottom 7/9).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 12 F8 IC: "When It Rains" - Third out, at 20 min for iced coffee/donuts (6th/8).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 12 F7 IC: "Pegatory Knockout" - Eliminated (along with Jerri) in the first round (tie-6th/7).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 13 RC: "Pass the Bucket" (with loved ones) - Damn it, Reid! Does not win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 13 IC: "Keep It Up" - First person out, 15 seconds in (6th/6).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 14 F5 IC: "Offer It Up" - Fourth person out, with a 17-dish stack (2nd/5).

     

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

    • Heroes vs. Villains: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 17.0*
    Played: 36
    Win%: 0.47
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 7
    Played: 19
    Win%: 0.37
    Mean% Finish: 61%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Colby Donaldson - Tribal Council record
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback Tribal
    Ep2 Tribal Council
    Ep14 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • The Australian Outback: None.

     

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

    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 2: Kel Gleason (voted out, 7-1).
    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 3: Maralyn Hershey (voted out, 5-1-1).
    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 4: Mitchell Olson (voted out, 3-3 [eliminated based on prior vote against]).
    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 7: Jeff Varner (voted out, 5-5 [eliminated based on prior votes against]).
    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 8: Alicia Calaway (voted out, 5-4).
    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 9: Jerri Manthey (voted out, 6-2).
    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 10: Nick Brown (voted out, 4-2-1).
    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 12: Rodger Bingham (voted out, 3-2).
    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 13: Elisabeth Filarski (voted out, 3-1).
    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 14: Keith Famie (voted out, 1-0 [or 2-1]).

     

    Votes against (5):

    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 7: Five votes, from Elisabeth, Rodger, Nick, Alicia, and Jeff.

     

    Jury votes received (3/7):

    • The Australian Outback, Ep. 14: Received three votes, from Rodger Bingham, Amber Brkich, and Nick Brown, but finished second to Tina Wesson, 4-3.
  • S8 logo All-Stars Tribal

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • All-Stars: None.

     

    VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/2):

     

    Votes against (4):

    • All-Stars, Ep. 5: One vote, from Richard.
    • All-Stars, Ep. 7: Three votes, from Shii Ann, Lex, and Jerri (voted out, 3-2).

     

    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • All-Stars: None.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains Tribal
    Ep2 Tribal Council
    Ep6 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Heroes vs. Villains: None.

     

    VFB - Votes for the person booted (5/11):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 1: Sugar Kiper (voted out, 9-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 4: Cirie Fields (voted out, 3-2-[0]).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6: James Clement (voted out, 5-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 12 (F8 vote): Candice Woodcock (voted out, 5-3).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 12 (F7 vote): Danielle DiLorenzo (voted out, 4-3).

     

    Votes against (7):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 4: Two votes, from Rupert and James.
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6: One vote, from James.
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14: Four votes, from Sandra, Parvati, Russell, and Jerri (voted out, 4-1).

     

    Jury votes made (1/1):

Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: -
  • Voting record
    VFB: 16
    Tribals: 24
    VAP: 16
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 1
    Received: 3
    Total jurors: 7
Colby Donaldson - Pictures
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Colby Donaldson - Interviews
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • None found?

     

    Post-game interviews

    • Bill Wyman at Salon.com (5/5/01): "Colby's Choice"
    • Mimi Swartz at Texas Monthly (8/01): "Nice Guys Finish Second"
  • S8 logo All-Stars interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • None found?

     

    Post-game interviews

    • Rome Neal at CBSNews.com (3/11/04): "Colby Gets A Surprise"
    • Angel Cohn at TV Guide (3/17/04): "Survivor's Colby Crushed"
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (2/10/10): "Colby Donaldson: 'I'm just in a really good place right now. I can control how much fun I have.'"
    • Rick Porter at Zap2It.com (1/10/10): "Colby Donaldson wants redemption"

     

    Post-game interviews

    • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (5/18/10): "Colby Donaldson Talks Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"
    • Kate Stanhope at TVGuide.com (5/21/10): "Colby: I Couldn't Find My Rhythm"
    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (6/3/10): "Colby: 'Reality was manipulated' on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"

     

    Thanks to Muneeb Khan (@MUK734) for his assistance in compiling this list.

Colby Donaldson - Bios
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback bio

    From his official CBS Survivor: The Australian Outback cast bio page:

     

    "Originally from Christoval, Texas, Colby Donaldson is a successful, self-employed custom auto designer and builder currently living in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in business marketing and began working as a sales representative at an HMO carrier until he decided to leave the security of a successful corporate job to pursue a passion and start his own company.

     

    Donaldson describes himself as imaginative, dedicated and flexible. A competitive athlete, he enjoys water skiing and mountain biking before gathering with friends for a barbecue. When not customizing cars, Donaldson enjoys designing and building furniture. His favorite sport to watch is football, but he prefers to play sand volleyball.

     

    His birth date is April 1, 1974."

  • S8 logo All-Stars bio

    From his official CBS All-Stars bio page: (January, 2004)

     

    "After his success on Survivor: The Australian Outback, Colby Donaldson moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He has guest starred on Reba and Just Shoot Me. He can soon be seen in Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is also the face of the very popular Schick commercials. In addition to acting, Colby enjoys outdoor sports and spending time with friends."

  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains bio

    From his official CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains bio page:

     

    "Personal Claim To Fame: “I make a pretty mean potato salad.”
    Inspiration in Life: “God, family & close friends.”
    Previous Finishes: Australia: Runner-Up; All-Stars: 5th Out
    Favorite Past Moment: “The very beginning of it all for me – stepping off the plane and into the Outback.”
    Previous Survivor He Respects Most:  Tom Westman (Palau)
    Previous Survivor He Respects Least: “Those who have thrown in the towel and left the game early.”
    Why Did He Come Back? : “For me, it’s all about the extreme challenge and the epic adventure.  A million bucks is a pretty good motivator as well.”"

     

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