Courtney Yates - Survivor: China, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 63 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 1 | Jury: 1

Survivor: China (2007) - 2nd place, two jury votes.

  • Received two jury votes to finish 2nd (4-2-1) in Episode 13, "A Slippery Little Sucker" (Day 39).


Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (2010) - 11th place, 10th out - 2nd juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 9, "Survivor History" (Day 24).

Courtney Yates - 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 1.68 13.30 0.13 7 0 9 0.78 5.44 2 7 0.29 1.19 8.84
S20: HvsV 0.57 3.23 0.18 2 9 5 0.36 0.86 - - - 0.53 1.43
Career 2.25 16.53 0.14 9 9 14 0.64 3.81 2 7 0.29 1.06 5.79
Courtney Yates - Challenge record
  • S15 logo China challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Blade Runner - Ep3 IC
    Warrior's Duel - Ep4 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (4-for-12; 5 sit-outs):

    • China Ep. 1 IC: "Dragon Dance" - Carries a pole, and Fei Long wins.
    • China Ep. 2 RC: "Chinese Checkers" - Doesn't officially sit out, but doesn't participate; Fei Long wins again.
    • China Ep. 2 IC: "Gate Crasher" - Officially sits out as Fei Long beats underfed Zhan Hu once again.
    • China Ep. 3 RC: "Clear the Deck" - Sits out again, but somehow, Fei Long loses.
    • China Ep. 3 IC: "Blade Runner" - Courtney's anemic chopping digs a big hole, Fei Long loses again.
    • China Ep. 4 RC: "Great Balls of Fire" - Sits out of another Fei Long win.
    • China Ep. 4 IC: "Warrior's Duel" - Flings balls with Denise; Fei Long wins again.
    • 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) - Eats three eels slower than Jaime, Fei Long loses.
    • China Ep. 8 RC: "Bucket Stops Here" - Sits in a sinking ship, part of the losing team.
    • China Ep. 9 RC: "Drum Roll" - Part of the winning team, with Amanda, Erik, and Frosti.


    Dragon Rider - Ep8 IC
    Winning the Ep9 IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-11; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 48.8%)

    • 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" - Sits motionless for 32 minutes, and Courtney wins! (1st/9).
    • China Ep. 9 IC: "Take A Stab At It"- Sits out to eat, instead of competing (tie-8th/8).
    • China Ep. 10 RC: "Confucius Said" - One of three to get 3/5 questions right (tie-4th/7).
    • China Ep. 10 IC: "Star Struck" - Makes it to the second round, but misses on her one throw there (tie-3rd/7).
    • China Ep. 11 RC: "Marco Polo" - Blindfolded, does not reach the center with her dad (bottom 5/6).
    • China Ep. 11 IC: "Swamp Donkeys" - Not close to winning (tie-4th/6).
    • China Ep. 12 RC: "Zen Archery" - Given 12 arrows, but Denise wins after they are shot (tie-3rd/5).
    • China Ep. 12 IC: "Chinese Leftovers" - Eliminated in the third round (ball and drum); out (3rd/5).
    • China Ep. 13 RC: "Great Wall of Zhelin" - Finishes behind Amanda (tie-2nd/4).
    • China Ep. 13 IC: "Offer It Up" - Second person eliminated (3rd/4).


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

    • China: None.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Lock and Load, Light - Ep1 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (4-for-15; 6 sit-outs):

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 RC: "Battle Dig" - With Sandra, unable to stop topless Sugar, Villains lose (3-2).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 IC: "Lock & Load, Light" - Holds the torch on the boat, and Villains win on the puzzle.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.2 RC/IC: "A Crate Idea" - Sits out with Randy as the Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.3 RC/IC: "Sumo'an Mud" - Sits out with Sandra, as the Villains lose big (8-0).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - Loses a point to Candice, but the Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 IC: "Roll With It" - Sits out with Sandra again, as the Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 RC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Sits out with Sandra and Parvati, Villains win again.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis" - Paired with Boston Rob, Villains win on the puzzle.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.7 RC: "Basket Brawl" - Sits out with Sandra and Parvati, Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.7 IC: "Caught in the Web" - Very slow on the net, and the Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.8 RC: "Faux Coconut Bowling" - Sits out with Sandra again, Villains lose (3-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.8 IC: "Mudslide" - Paired with Parvati, lose vs. JT/Colby, somehow. Villains lose (2-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.9 RC: "Chimney Sweep" - Beats Amanda for the final point; Villains win (3-0).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.9 IC: "Strung Out" - Competes... slowly, Villains lose.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 31%)

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Rope-A-Dope" - Tied for last on the Villains (tie-7th/9).


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

    • None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 8
    Played: 27
    Win%: 0.30
    Sat out: 11
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 1
    Played: 12
    Sat out: 1
    Win%: 0.08
    Mean% Finish: 48.3%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Courtney Yates - 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 (7/9)


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • China: None.


    Jury votes received (2/7):

    • China, Ep. 13: Received two jury votes, from Denise Martin and Frosti Zernow, to finish second (4-2-1).
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep3 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Heroes vs. Villains: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (2/5):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 3: Randy Bailey (voted out, 9-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 8: Coach Wade (voted out, 4-3).


    VAP - Votes against (9):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 7: One vote, from Coach.
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 8: Three votes, from Russell, Jerri, and Coach.
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 9: Five votes, from Sandra, Parvati, Russell, Jerri, and Danielle (voted out, 5-1).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14: Voted for Sandra Diaz-Twine, who won (6-3-0).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: -
  • Voting record
    VFB: 9
    Tribals: 14
    VAP: 9
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 1
    Received: 2
    Total jurors: 7
Courtney Yates - Pictures
  • S15 logo China image gallery
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
Courtney Yates - Interviews
  • S15 logo China interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • CBS pre-game interview: "I pretty much think the censors are gonna have a field day any time I speak on the show. I don't even hear myself when I start swearing. If there's subtitles it's gonna be a lot of question mark… exclamation… asterisk. And I know there's some lady who reads the Bible every 10 seconds. She's gonna hate me!"
    • Probst pre-game assessment from TV Guide online (8/20/07): "Courtney's not the kind of girl who wakes up and says, ‘Should we go catch fish?' She'll say, ‘I need a cup of coffee and a cigarette!' She admits she can be a bitch with a negative attitude. At first, she is off-putting. But there's something oddly appealing because she's being real. She's tiny, but she can take care of herself with her mouth alone."


    Post-game interviews

    • Christopher Rocchio at RealityTVWorld (12/20/07): "Courtney Yates dishes on Survivor: China runner-up ride"
    • Eric Goldman at (12/18/07): "Survivor: China Interview - Courtney"
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Dalton Ross at (1/29/10): "Courtney says 'I feel like I'm playing with the big dogs here and I'm wrapped in bacon'"
    • Andy Dehnart at RealityBlurred (2/9/10): "Courtney Yates: 'No one is scared of me. ... It's like I don't exist'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Dalton Ross at (4/16/10): "Ousted Villain discusses Russell, J.T., and immunity idol madness"
    • Gordon Holmes at (4/19/10): "Castaway Interview: Courtney Yates"
    • Kate Stanhope at (4/16/10): "Courtney: 'I'm Proud to Have Been on Russell's Team'"
    • Daniel Fienberg at (4/17/10): "Courtney Yates talks Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (2/25/11): "Stephen & Courtney on Boston Rob 4.0"
Courtney Yates - Bios
  • S15 logo China bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From her official CBS Survivor: China bio page:


    "Courtney Yates grew up in Boston, the only sister with three brothers, two older, one younger, all much bigger. She attended Suffolk University, studying at both the main Boston/Beacon Hill campus and the University's West African campus, located in Dakar, Senegal. She paid her way through college working nights as a passenger service agent for a major airline at Boston's Logan International Airport, spent time as a receptionist at a high-end hair salon, and has even worked as a "historical interpreter" (a tour guide in costume) at historic homes in Salem, Massachusetts. She graduated in May, 2003, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Yates is currently a waitress in a popular restaurant in New York City's Union Square, where she enjoys the fast pace and the freedom her job affords her.


    Yates' main hobbies include reading and learning new things. She loves history and enjoys keeping ongoing lists of things to look up whenever she comes across something new or interesting. Yates has a large and varied collection of friends with whom she loves going out, eating, drinking and, of course, gossiping, a long-practiced skill she hopes will serve her well on Survivor: China. Originally from Boston, her sport of choice is baseball, and despite now living just a few stops from Yankee Stadium, she remains a loyal member of Red Sox Nation.


    Yates is best described as honest (sometimes interpreted as cruel), sarcastic (often interpreted as bitchy) and physically small. She is aware that people find her slight frame curious, and at times controversial, but she warns people against judging her on looks alone. She proclaims that her body weight (or lack thereof) is purely genetic, as both her parents are tall and thin as well. She claims to be tough as nails, both mentally and physically, and is ready for the challenge of Survivor.


    Yates currently resides in New York City with her rescued, semi-reformed alley cat, Catullus (named for the poet). Her birth date is March 26, 1981."

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

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


    "Personal Claim To Fame: “Punctuality.”
    Inspiration in Life: “The laughter of children.”
    Previous Finishes: China: Runner-up
    Favorite Past Moment: “Seeing my Dad bust out from behind the bushes at the family reward.”
    Previous Survivor She Respects Most: Yau-Man Chan (Fiji, Micronesia)
    Previous Survivor She Respects Least: “All the strong people, because they are so smug.”
    Why Did She Come Back?: “Couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”"


    Official CBS pre-game interview: