John Cochran - Survivor: South Pacific, Survivor: Caramoan
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 70 | Wins: 1 | Jury: 1

Survivor: South Pacific (2011) - 8th place, 13th out - fifth juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 11, "Cult Like" (Day 30).
  • Eliminated by Ozzy Lusth (in a duel) in Episode 12, "Ticking Time Bomb" (Day 31).
  • Longevity totals: In-game - 30 days; Redemption Island - 1 day.

Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites (2013) - Unanimous winner (won jury vote, 8-0-0).

  • Received all eight jury votes in Episode 14, "Final Push" (Day 39).
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John Cochran - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S23: South Pacific 0.43 7.48 0.06 8 13 10 0.79 1.32 - - - 0.84 1.75
S26: Caramoan 5.03 11.90 0.42 8 0 12 0.67 4.67 8 8 1.00 2.09 15.70
Career 5.47 19.38 0.28 16 13 22 0.72 1.94 8 8 1.00 2.01 10.67
John Cochran - Challenge record
  • S23 logo South Pacific challenges
    Ccoconut Conundrum - Ep1 IC
    Family Ties - Ep7 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (3-for-7):

    • South Pacific Ep.1 IC: "Coconut Conundrum" - participates, but Savaii narrowly loses.
    • South Pacific Ep.2 RC/IC: "Crate Escape" - Savaii wins.
    • South Pacific Ep.3 RC/IC: "Hitching a Ride" - Turns wheel, Savaii loses.
    • South Pacific Ep.4 RC/IC: "Shoulder the Load" - Loader, Savaii wins.
    • South Pacific Ep.5 RC/IC: "Pig Out" - Savaii can't gnaw as much spit-soaking pork as Upolu, and loses.
    • South Pacific Ep.6 RC/IC: "Losing Face" - Wheelbarrow duty, Savaii wins.
    • South Pacific Ep.7 RC/IC: "Family Ties" - Gets blamed by Probst and his tribe (unfairly) when Savaii loses.

     

    Bow-Diddley - Ep9 F10 IC
    Puppet Master - Ep12 duel

    Individual challenge record (0-for-6; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 31%)

    • South Pacific Ep.8 IC: "Coconut Cradle" - First man to drop out (8th/8).
    • South Pacific Ep.9 F11 IC: "Get Crackin'" - Eliminated in the first round (bottom 7/11).
    • South Pacific Ep.9 F10 IC: "Bow-Diddley" - Opts to sit out and eat pastries, instead of compete (tie-10th/10).
    • South Pacific Ep.10 F9 IC: "Price on Your Head" - Not particularly close to winning (bottom 6/9).
    • South Pacific Ep.10 F8 IC: "Challenge At Tribal (CAT)" - With Brandon, eliminated on the 2nd question (tie-4th/8).
    • South Pacific Ep.11 IC: "Deja Vu" - Just misses reaching the second round (tie-4th/7).

     

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

    • South Pacific Ep.12 Duel: "Puppet Master" - Cochran very narrowly misses beating Ozzy. (2nd/2)
  • S26 logo Caramoan challenges
    Hot Pursuit - Ep7 RC
    Muddy Waters - Ep10 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (7-for-12; 1 sit-out):

    • Caramoan Ep.1 RC: "Water Slaughter" - With Francesca, beats Matt & Laura, and eventually, Bikal wins.
    • Caramoan Ep.1 IC: "A Long Way to the Top" - With Phillip, tosses crates from the first floor; Bikal eventually loses.
    • Caramoan Ep.2 RC/IC: "Plunge, Pull & Pop" - With Corinne & Brandon, one of three Bikal pullers. Bikal wins.
    • Caramoan Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Cell Block Sea" - Competes, Bikal wins again.
    • Caramoan Ep. 4 RC: "Head and Shoulders" - Sits out but gets reward, as Bikal wins again.
    • Caramoan Ep. 4 IC: "Smash & Grab" - With Phillip, in charge of locks, then lets Phillip toss, and Bikal wins.
    • Caramoan Ep. 5 RC: "Nut Bucket" - Shoots baskets for Bikal, and Bikal wins.
    • Caramoan Ep. 6 IC: "Crate Outdoors" - Now switched to the new Bikal, which promptly starts losing.
    • Caramoan Ep. 7 RC: "Hot Pursuit" - Second Bikal to unclip, with Dawn & Julia, but Bikal still loses.
    • Caramoan Ep. 7 IC: "Phoenix Rises" - One of the nebulous pullers/arrangers. Bikal loses again.
    • Caramoan Ep. 9 RC: "Jump Shot" - Part of the winning team (with Eddie, Reynold, Michael, Erik).
    • Caramoan Ep. 10 RC: "Muddy Waters" - Part of the winning team (with Erik, Phillip, Dawn, Reynold).

     

    Caramoan Catering - Ep8 IC
    Light My Fire - F4 IC

    Individual challenge record (4-for-10): (Mean % finish: 69%)

    • Caramoan Ep. 8 IC: "Caramoan Catering" - Cochran wins! (1st/12).
    • Caramoan Ep. 9 IC: "Last Gasp" - Eighth person to drop out (4th/11).
    • Caramoan Ep. 10 IC: "Keel Hauling" - Eliminated in first round, fourth or fifth in his heat (4th/5).
    • Caramoan Ep. 11 IC: "Drop A Log" -Thanks to the advantage he purchased, gets two extra knots, and wins (1st/9).
    • Caramoan Ep. 12 F8 RC/IC: "Bermuda Triangle" - At the 15-min mark, jumps down to eat hot dogs and soda (6th/8).
    • Caramoan Ep. 12 F7 IC: "Fun Climb" - With a whopping 3/10 puzzle rungs placed, gets third (3rd/7).
    • Caramoan Ep. 13 RC: "Loved Ones Dizzy Gillespie" - Doesn't win, but given reward by Brenda (bottom 5/6).
    • Caramoan Ep. 13 IC: "I Hold On" - First person to drop out, after 15 minutes (6th/6).
    • Caramoan Ep. 14 RC: "Teeter Tower" - Cochran wins, giving himself advantage in the next IC (1st/4).
    • Caramoan Ep. 14 IC: "Vertically Challenged" - Loses most of his advantage on the puzzle, but still wins (1st/4).

     

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

    • Caramoan: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 10
    Played: 19
    Win%: 0.53
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 4
    Played: 16
    Sat out: 1
    Win%: 0.25
    Mean% Finish: 55%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 1
    Win%: 0.00
    Mean% Finish: 50%
John Cochran - Tribal Council record
  • S23 logo South Pacific Tribal
    Ep1 Tribal Council
    Ep9 F10 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • South Pacific: None.

     

    VFB - Votes for the person booted (5/8):

    • South Pacific, Ep. 1: Semhar Tadesse (voted out, 8-1).
    • South Pacific, Ep. 3: 'Papa Bear' Caruso (voted out, 6-1-1).
    • South Pacific, Ep. 5: Elyse Umemoto (voted out, 3-2-2).
    • South Pacific, Ep. 7: Ozzy Lusth (voted out, 5-1).
    • [South Pacific, Ep. 8: Famously switches his vote to Keith on the revote, but did not vote Keith originally, so it doesn't count in his stats.]
    • South Pacific, Ep. 9 (F11 vote): Ozzy Lusth (voted out again, 9-2).
    • South Pacific, Ep. 9 (F10 vote): Jim Rice (voted out, 7-3).
    • South Pacific, Ep. 10 (F9 vote): Dawn Meehan (voted out, 7-2).
    • South Pacific, Ep. 10 (F8 vote): Whitney Duncan (voted out, 7-1).

     

    VAP - Votes against (13):

    • South Pacific, Ep. 1: One vote, from Semhar.
    • South Pacific, Ep. 3: One vote, from Jim.
    • South Pacific, Ep. 5: Two votes, from Ozzy and Elyse.
    • South Pacific, Ep. 7: One vote, from Ozzy.
    • South Pacific, Ep. 9 (F11 vote): Two votes, from Ozzy and Jim.
    • South Pacific, Ep. 10 (F8 vote): One vote, from Whitney.
    • South Pacific, Ep. 11: Five votes, from Sophie, Coach, Albert, Rick, and Brandon (voted out, 5-2).

     

    Jury votes made (0/1):

    • South Pacific, Ep. 14: Voted for Coach Wade (who finished second, 6-3-0).
  • S26 logo Caramoan Tribal
    Ep10 Tribal Council
    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • Caramoan: None.

     

    VFB - Votes for the person booted (8/12):

     

    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • Caramoan: None.

     

    Jury votes received (8/8):

    • Caramoan, Ep. 14: Received all eight jury votes, and won, 8-0-0.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 13
    Tribals: 20
    VAP: 13
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 0
    Received: 8
    Total jurors: 8
John Cochran - Pictures
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John Cochran - Interviews
  • S23 logo South Pacific interviews

    Pre-game interviews

     

    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (12/8/11): "Castaway Interview: John Cochran"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/8/11): "John Cochran Settles All the Survivor: South Pacific Debates"
    • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (12/10/11): "John Cochran talks Survivor: South Pacific"
  • S26 logo Caramoan interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (2/5/13): "Cochran: 'They're Going to See a Different Guy'"
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (1/16/13): "John Cochran says 'I bring virtually nothing to the table'"
    • Cochran's CBS pre-S26 interview (YouTube)
    • CBS Survivor: Caramoan "Meet the Cast" (YouTube)

     

    Post-game interviews

    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/13/13): "John Cochran explains how he won Survivor: Caramoan"
    • Rob Cesternino at RobHasAPodcast (5/13/13): "Talking with the Winner and the Final 5 From Survivor: Caramoan"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (5/13/13): "Survivor Champion John Cochran - 'I Thought Dawn Could Beat Me'"
    • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (5/16/13): "John Cochran discusses his Survivor: Caramoan win"
John Cochran - Bios
  • S23 logo South Pacific bio

    From his MSN.com contestant profile:

    "John Cochran says: 99% of my game plan is adaptability. I like having the appearance of talking about my insecurities or embarrassing stories, not to the extent that people are annoyed by it. The more open you are with people, the more open they are with you. I will be calculating in what I will reveal.

    Jeff [Probst] says: He's hilarious."

     

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

    "Allow the Woody Allen-ish Harvard law student (who five minutes into the game instructs Probst to refer to him by his last name only) to tell you why he's destined to take home the title. 'I will win Survivor because I am a student of the game, unlike any other player that's played the game before. I've never missed a single episode. I used to do a newsletter in high school and wear a buff around my arm every Thursday, now it would be Wednesday. My senior yearbook picture was me wearing three buffs, two around my arm and one around my forehead, and a Survivor T-shirt. This has been ingrained in me for 11 years. This is the culmination of a lot of obsession.' And how!"

     

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

    "Personal claim to fame: I won the Dean's Scholar Prize at Harvard Law for an essay I wrote on the Survivor jury system. It was one of the few times in my life where my personal interests and academic obligations coincided perfectly.
    Hobbies: Guitar, trivia and studying the music and history of The Beatles.
    Pet peeves: People who think or act like they are smarter than they actually are and people who don't have a sense of humor.
    3 words to describe you: Neurotic, insecure and brilliant.
    Survivor contestant you are most like: I have some of the humor of Rob Cesternino, the candor of Jonathan Penner and the intelligence of Yul Kwon.
    Reason for being on Survivor: My respect and admiration for Survivor and my desire to make it even better. My secondary motivation is to experience some adventure and excitement in my life during a time when I otherwise feel like I'm on autopilot.
    Why you think you'll 'survive' Survivor: I have a strong sense of humor that can defuse tense situations and an ability to listen to conflicting viewpoints and devise a rational compromise that is satisfying to all parties involved. I also have a slender frame that doesn't take up much space in a crowded shelter.
    Why you think you will be the sole Survivor: I understand other people and how they function. Sure, I'm bright and have an extensive knowledge of Survivor, but none of that does any good unless you're able to figure out the reasons why other people do the things they do. Not only can I do that, but I'm also confident that I can leverage their desires and motives in a way that best serves my game."

     

  • S26 logo Caramoan bio

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

     

    "Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 13th castaway voted out/5th Jury Member
    Current Residence: Washington, D.C.
    Occupation: Harvard Law Student
    Personal Claim to Fame: Flipping on my tribe, being reluctant to take off my shirt on day one of Survivor: South Pacific.
    Inspiration in Life:  My Family – for supporting and putting up with me.
    Hobbies: Beatles music, guitar and Survivor.
    Pet Peeves: Self-entitlement and lack of a sense of humor.
    3 Words to Describe You: Brilliant, insecure and neurotic.
    If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why?
    1)    Frisbee – It’s fun and doubles as a dish. 2)    Cards – To pass the time. 3)    Sketchpad – I like to doodle!
    Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I have the humor of Rob Cesternino, the intelligence of Yul Kwon and the candor of Jonathan Penner.  
    Reason for Being on Survivor: I love Survivor! I’ve watched it, talked about it, studied it, written about it and dreamt about it for half my life.
    Why You Think You’ll 'Survive' Survivor: I’m too passionate about Survivor to let harsh elements, starvation, sleep deprivation and abrasive tribe mates deter me from lasting all 39 days.
    Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: Having played once before, I know the sorts of mistakes I’m susceptible to making. I didn’t win the last time I played and I have no desire to repeat history. I still know more about Survivor than virtually anyone else who’s ever played the game. Now I feel more mentally and psychologically prepared to put my theoretical knowledge of the game into practice. "

     

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