Denise Stapley - Survivor: Philippines
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Seasons: 1 | Days: 39 | Wins: 1

Survivor: Philippines (2012) - Winner, 6-1-1.

  • Received six jury votes to win (6-1-1), in Episode 14, "Million Dollar Question" (Day 39).

Denise Stapley - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S25: Philippines 1.65 13.36 0.12 11 6 14 0.78 2.20 6 8 0.75 1.65 8.35
Career 1.65 13.36 0.12 11 6 14 0.78 2.20 6 8 0.75 1.65 8.35
Denise Stapley - Challenge record
  • S25 logo Philippines challenges

    Swing Break - Ep4 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (3-for-11)

    • Philippines Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Share the Wealth" - Does rowing stage, Matsing blows the puzzle, finishes last (3rd/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Manila Folders" - Caller for Matsing, which is last again (3rd/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Deep In Thought" - Dives to retrieve puzzle pieces, Matsing... last again (3rd/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Swing Break" - Competes, carries pots, but once again, Matsing loses (3rd/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 5 RC: "Idol Hands" - Now with Kalabaw, wins her bout against RC, but Kalabaw loses.
    • Philippines Ep. 5 IC: "Thrash, Splash & Bash" - Competes again. Kalabaw loses again.
    • Philippines Ep. 6 RC: "Bog Roll" - Mired in the mud as Tandang surrenders.
    • Philippines Ep. 6 IC: "Philiping Out" - Launcher, but Kalabaw loses.
    • Philippines Ep. 8 RC: "Catch of the Day" - Part of winning team effort (with Malcolm, Penner, Lisa, Jeff Kent).
    • Philippines Ep. 9 RC: "Muddy Waters" - Part of winning team again (with Malcolm, Penner, Carter).
    • Philippines Ep. 10 RC: "Snare the Drum" - Part of losing team once again (with Skupin, Lisa, Penner).


    The Ball Drop - Final 4 IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-11): (Mean % finish: 53%)

    • Philippines Ep. 7 IC, "Wrist Assured" - Wins immunity for the women (1st of 4).
    • Philippines Ep. 8 IC, "Snake in the Grass" - One of seven eliminated in first stage (bottom 4/10).
    • Philippines Ep. 9 IC: "Paddle Out" - One of many losers (tie-4th/9).
    • Philippines Ep. 10 IC: "Push Your Luck" - Eliminated in the third and final stage (3rd/8).
    • Philippines Ep. 11 IC: "Brains and Brawn" - Misses two trivia questions, eliminated in the second stage (4th/7).
    • Philippines Ep. 12 RC: "Mud Slinging" - With her husband, Brad, comes close, but loses (5th/6).
    • Philippines Ep. 12 IC: "Fish and Game" - Neither among the leaders nor the worst (5th/6).
    • Philippines Ep. 13 RC: "Sliders" - One ring hooked, tied with Lisa (tie-3rd/5).
    • Philippines Ep. 13 RC: "One Track Mind" - Unclear of exact finish place, but did not win (tie-2nd/5).
    • Philippines Ep. 14 RC: "Dragon Slayer" - Barely edged by Malcolm on the puzzle (2nd/4).
    • Philippines Ep. 14 IC: "The Ball Drop" - Second to drop out (3rd/4).


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

    • Philippines: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 3
    Played: 11
    Win%: 0.27
    Sat out: --
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 1
    Played: 11
    Win%: 0.09
    Mean% Finish: 53%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Denise Stapley - Tribal Council record
  • S25 logo Philippines Tribal

    Final Three

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • Philippines, Ep. 5: Finds Matsing's idol with Malcolm, but he keeps it for himself.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (11/14):


    VAP - Votes against (6):

    • Philippines, Ep. 5: One vote, from Dawson.
    • Philippines, Ep. 11: Three votes, from Penner, Carter, and Abi-Maria.
    • Philippines, Ep. 13: One vote, from Abi-Maria.
    • Philippines, Ep. 14: One vote, from Malcolm.


    Jury votes received (6/8):

    • Philippines, Ep. 14: Received six jury votes, from Malcolm Freberg, Abi-Maria Gomes, Jonathan Penner, Pete Yurkowski, and Artis Silvester, to win, 6-1-1.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 11
    Tribals: 14
    VAP: 6
  • Jury votes
    Made: --
    Received: 6
    Total jurors: 8
Denise Stapley - Pictures
  • S25 logo Philippines image gallery
Denise Stapley - Interviews
  • S25 logo Philippines interviews

    Pre-game interviews


    Post-game interviews

    • Rob Cesternino at RobHasAPodcast (12/17/12): "Interviews with the Survivor Philippines Final Four"
    • Gordon Holmes at (12/17/12): "Denise: 'It's Hard to Believe It's Really Real'"
    • Dalton Ross at (12/17/12): "Denise reveals the person still mad at her, and that she is the one who told Penner about Lisa's past"
    • Daniel Fienberg at (12/21/12): "Denise Stapley Discusses Her Survivor: Philippines Win"
Denise Stapley - Bio
  • S25 logo Philippines bio

    Excerpts from her Survivor: Philippines bio page:


    "Personal Claim to Fame: The decision to leave the safety and stability of my previous job to open my own business is without a doubt my proudest accomplishment. It took planning and preparation to make that transition smooth and successful. It also took some serious courage to risk the financial security I had.
    Inspiration in Life: At this point in my life, I struggle to identify any one hero, but a hero in my eyes is someone who follows their passion.
    Hobbies: Sprint triathlons, reading and playing dress up/goofing off with my kiddo. 
    Pet Peeves: My number one pet peeve is laziness and people who expect that change will happen without them having to put in any real level of effort. Life is what you make it folks... dig deep! 
    3 Words to Describe You: Determined, energetic and goofy.
    If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why?
    1) A seriously sturdy jogging bra – no one needs to see my 40 year-old ta-ta’s dangling out. This is for function, not fashion.  
    2) My baseball cap or pink dew rag – sheer comfort and a reflection of who I really am. 
    3) My favorite picture of my husband and daughter for motivation and connection with them. 
    Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I really like Stephenie from Survivor: Palau. If that wasn’t 'digging deep' I don’t know what is. She has sheer will power and determination. That is what drives me. 
    Reason for Being on Survivor: Believe it or not, for the experience!
    Why You Think You’ll 'Survive' Survivor: At work, I have to be able to engage and connect on some level with every person who walks through my door. I’m also a worker bee who will seek out ways to help camp life run smoothly. 
    Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I have a job that requires the ability to engage people to share very personal information and gain their trust to know it will remain confidential. Survivor will require that same skill set and honestly, I’m good at it. My motto in business, life and now Survivor is 'keep it simple, keep it smart.'"


    From her interview, by Dalton Ross:

    "Please welcome Iowa's only certified sex therapist! Could Denise's training help her out on the island? 'I have a way of disarming people and getting them to tell me things that are really uncomfortable,' she says. However she's already a bit concerned about some of the other female contestants. 'Some of the women, I don't know how the hell they're going to last out here. They're doing the cuticles and they're painting their nails, and I'm like, Seriously? What the hell are you doing here?!?'"