Jesse Lopez - Survivor 43

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 25 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • Survivor 43 (2022) - 4th place, 15th out - 8th juror.
  • Eliminated via F4 firemaking in Episode 13, "Snap Some Necks and Cash Some Checks" (Day 25).

Jesse Lopez on social media: twitter | Instagram

Jesse Lopez - 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
Survivor 43 1.17 10.98 0.11 9 0 9 1.00 7.00 - - - 1.11 8.17
Career 1.17 10.98 0.11 9 0 9 1.00 7.00 - - - 1.11 8.17


Jesse Lopez - Performance ranks

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.


Jesse Lopez - Challenge record
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Brain Stew - Ep4 IC

Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-9; 1 2nd):

  • Survivor 43, Ep.1 RC: "Crate Wide Open" - Hauls a crate, and Vesi wins.
  • Survivor 43, Ep.1 IC: "Freedom of Choice" - Works table maze, Vesi doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.2 RC/IC: "Serpent Turf" - Hauls the snake, but Vesi loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.3 RC/IC: "Turtle Head" - Works puzzle with Nneka; Vesi loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.4 RC: "Walk Around" - Lands a sandbag; Vesi wins.
  • Survivor 43, Ep.4 IC: "Brain Stew" - Works the puzzles, and Vesi wins (1st/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.5 RC/IC: "EOC" - Crosses obstacles, and Vesi wins (1st/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.6 RC/IC: "No Quarter" - Part of the winning team.
  • Survivor 43, Ep.12 RC: "Roll With It" - Blindfolded, pushes ball, works maze for the losing team.


Operation Balance Build - F4 IC

Individual challenge record (0-for-8*; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 40.7%)

  • Survivor 43, Ep.7 IC: "Eve 6" - With Jeanine, eliminated in the first stage (tie-9th/12).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.9 RC/IC: "Crocodile Rock" - First out on red team (5th/5).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.10 RC: "Put a Ring On It" - One of seven tossing sandbags when Noelle wins (tie-2nd/8).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.10 IC: "Teeter Tower" - One of seven to not reach the height limit (tie-2nd/8).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.11 IC: "Last Gasp" - Third person to drop out (5th/7).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.12 IC: "Battle of Evermore" - On the puzzle as Cassidy wins (tie-3rd/6).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.13 F5 IC: "Draw the Line" - One of four working the puzzle as Owen wins (tie-2nd/5).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.13 F4 IC: "Operation Balance Build" - One of three stacking bowls as Cassidy wins (tie-2nd/4).

*Since the Ep8 IC sit-outs were coerced, it was not counted as a ChA


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

  • Survivor 43: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 5
2nd place: 1
Played: 9
Win%: 0.61
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 8*
Sat out: 1
Win%: 0.00
Mean% Finish: 40.7%/td>
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Jesse Lopez - Tribal Council record
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Ep8 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (2/2; 2 votes voided) | Advantages held/played (0/0):

  • Survivor 43, Ep. 5: Risks his vote at Dilemma island; loses his vote (Day 11).
  • Survivor 43, Ep. 7: Dwight hands him Jeanine's idol before Tribal; Jesse keeps it after Dwight is voted out (Day 14). Also holds on to Cody's idol for him for multiple Tribal cycles.
  • Survivor 43, Ep. 12: Plays Cody's idol for Owen, voiding one vote, and preventing Cody from using it (Day 23).
  • Survivor 43, Ep. 13 F5 vote: Plays Jeanine's idol for himself, voiding one vote (Day 24).


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

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep2 Justine Justine Brennan (voted out, 3-1-1) Yes
Ep3 Nneka Nneka Ejere (voted out, 4-1) Yes
Ep6 -* Elie Scott (voted out, 7-2-1-1) -
Ep7 Dwight Dwight Moore (voted out, 7-3-2) Yes
Ep8 Jeanine Jeanine Zheng (voted out, 9-2) Yes
Ep9 Ryan Ryan Medrano (voted out, 4-1) Yes
Ep10 Noelle Noelle Lambert (voted out, 5-2-1) Yes
Ep11 Sami Sami Layadi (voted out, 6-0) Yes
Ep12 Cody Cody Assenmacher (voted out, 6-0) Yes
Ep13 Karla Karla Cruz Godoy (voted out, 4-[0]) Yes

*Because he lost his vote on the Ep.5 journey, Jesse was present, but unable to vote at the Ep.6 Tribal (no TCA).


VAP - Votes against (0):

  • [Survivor 43, Ep. 13 F5 vote: One vote, from Karla, voided by his idol play.]


Jury votes made (1/1):

  • Survivor 43, Ep. 13: Voted for Mike Gabler, who won, 7-1-0.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/advantages
Advantages held/played: 0/0
Idols held: 2
Idols played: 2
Votes voided: 2
Voting record
VFB: 9
Tribals: 9*
VAP: 0
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 1
Received: --
Jesse Lopez - Pictures
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    CBS pre-game interview shot
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    Arrival, Day 1
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    Greeting Probst
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    Watching the block puzzle, Ep1 RC
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    Vesi wins!
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    Time for intros
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    Day 1 alliance with Nneka and Cody
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    Talking about the tribe
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    Working the table maze with Noelle, Ep1 IC
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    Vesi doesn't lose!
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    Watching the puzzle stage, Ep2 RC/IC
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    The losing Vesis
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    Plotting with Dwight
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    Cody found the Beware idol and lost his vote!
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    Vesi, Ep2 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Nneka
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    Working the puzzle with Nneka, Ep3 RC/IC
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    Discussing options with Cody
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    Difficult decision ahead
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    Vesi, Ep3 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    About to land a sandbag, Ep4 RC
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    Reward feasting, discussing the raid
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    Vesi wins! Ep4 IC
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    Vesi wins, Ep5 RC/IC
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    Rowing to the Ep5 dilemma
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    Mulling the dilemma with Geo and Jeanine
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    Whoops, lost my vote
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    Time to merge, Ep6
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    Teams drawn, Ep6 IC
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    Watching the puzzle stage
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    Reward/not-merge feasting
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    Talking about Tribal
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    Not-merge tribe, Ep6 Tribal
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    Not moving on, Ep7 IC
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    Plotting with Cody
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    Gaia tribe, Ep7 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    TWO people gave me their idols before Tribal last night! Ep8
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    Picking sit-outs, Ep8 IC
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    Gaia, Ep8 Tribal
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    Listening to Cassidy
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    Starting line, Ep9 IC
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    Reward feasting
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    Talking about the plan
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    Red team, Ep9 Tribal
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    Trailing, Ep10 RC
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    Noelle wins!
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    Reward feasting
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    And letters from home!
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    Losing to Cassidy, Ep10 IC
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    Checklist for a blindside
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    Gaia, Ep10 Tribal
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    Last Gasp-ing, Ep11 IC
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    Making a move
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    Gaia, Ep11 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    Working the table maze, Ep12 RC
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    Puzzling, Ep12 IC
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    Spoiler alert: Neither will
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    Discussing the plan to blindside Cody
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    Gaia, Ep12 Tribal
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    Playing Cody's idol ... for Owen
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    Had to do it, bro
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    Final five! Ep13
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    Trying to catch up, F5 IC
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    Talking to Karla
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    Gaia, F5 Tribal
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    I've had this idol for a while
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    Pre-challenge lineup, F4 IC
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    Stacking bowls
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    Starting line, F4 fire
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    And done, just like that
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    Snuffed, Day 25
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    With the jury, Final Tribal
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    Jury and finalists, Aftershow
Jesse Lopez - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino & Mike Bloom at RHAP (9/2/22): "Survivor 43 | Vesi Tribe Castaway Preview"
  • Mike Bloom at (9/8/22): "Jesse Lopez Wants His Journey to Set an Example for His Family"


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at (12/15/22): "Jesse Lopez reveals one last Survivor shocker"
  • Mike Bloom at (12/15/22): "Jesse Lopez Talks the Thinking Behind and Reaction to His 'Hall of Fame' Cody Blindside"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/15/22): "Survivor 43 | Final 5 Exit Interviews"
Jesse Lopez - Bio
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Official CBS Survivor 43 bio excerpts (expected August, 2022):

(Still none as of 10/8/22. But available at

"Favorite hobbies: Playing chess with my son. Dancing with my daughter. Binge-watching shows with my wife after the chess player and dancer fall asleep.

3 words to describe you: Aware, ambitious, unbreakable

Pet peeve(s): Quitters, people who complain about things but aren't willing to change, and personalized license plates.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? The family I've built with my wife. Every day I get to watch my kids actually be kids and grow at their own pace. That's something that I never had and always wanted. It doesn't matter what else I've done or end up doing; building a family with my wife takes the cake.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? I do research at Duke. You don't look at me and see a scholar. As Biggie says though, "I'm sicker than your average."

Who is your hero and why? My wife. She's been with me every step of the way and had to make the same sacrifices as me to get here. She juggles the weight of both kids, my stresses, as well as her own, and still manages to maintain her composure. She's got no fear and has always pushed me to do better. I could go on forever, but at the end of the day I just want to make her proud.

Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I'm basically Spencer or Christian (David vs. Goliath) if they got jumped into a gang at 15. I'm definitely bringing an academic mindset to the game because I've spent more hours thinking about how people vote than Sandra and Boston Rob combined. At the same time, I wasn't raised in an ivory tower and have been around the block enough to know there is stuff textbooks can't teach you about real people and life.

Why do you believe you can be the Sole Survivor? I've researched voting behavior for years. I don't care if I'm out there with someone who never missed an episode of Survivor, or someone who played 3 times already, they ain't gonna hold a candle to me strategically. But I'm also not an academic by nature and have gone from being a gang member to dealing with Harvard-level researchers on a daily basis -- so I can adapt to any environment and build relationships with anyone."

 CBS's "Meet Jesse" pre-season interview video tweet: