J.T. Thomas - Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Game Changers
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 79 | Wins: 1 | Jury: 1

Survivor: Tocantins (2009) - Winner, 7-0.

  • Received seven jury votes to win in Episode 13, "I Trust You, But I Trust Me More" (Day 39).

Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance (2010) - 10th place, 11th out - 3rd juror.

  • Idoled out in Episode 10, "Going Down In Flames" (Day 27).

Survivor: Game Changers (2017) - 16th place, 5th out.

  • Voted out in Episode 5, "Dirty Deed" (Day 13).

J.T. Thomas - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats

Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S18: Tocantins 5.38 12.24 0.45 9 0 11 0.82 5.73 7 0 1.00 2.26 17.24
S20: Heroes vs. Villains 1.23 4.23 0.29 5 5 6 0.82 2.59 - - - 1.11 3.82
S34: Game Changers 0.73 1.48 0.49 0 3 2 -0.09 0.00 - - - 0.40 0.73
Career 7.33 17.94 0.41 14 8 19 0.73 4.13 7 0 1.00 2.14 8.58
J.T. Thomas - Challenge record
  • S18 logo Tocantins challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Sandstone Shootout - Ep6 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (7-for-12):

    • Tocantins Ep. 1 RC/IC: "A River, Run Through It" - Collects puzzle planks; Jalapão reaches the puzzle first, then loses.
    • Tocantins Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Beach Brawl" - Scores the game-tying goal, and Jalapão wins.
    • Tocantins Ep. 3 RC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Jalapão wins.
    • Tocantins Ep. 3 IC: "A Crate Idea" - Rolls crates, and Jalapão wins (barely).
    • Tocantins Ep. 4 RC: "Shoulder the Load" - Holds 220 pounds before dropping, and later, Jalapão wins.
    • Tocantins Ep. 4 IC: "Try Any Angle" - Retrieves two puzzle pieces, but Jalapão loses.
    • Tocantins Ep. 5 RC: "Dizness As Usual" - Wins his race vs. Sierra, and Jalapão wins, 3-1.
    • Tocantins Ep. 5 IC: "Water Mortar!" - Loses a tooth while single-handedly scoring 4 points for Jalapão, which then blows a 4-2 lead and loses (5-4).
    • Tocantins Ep. 6 RC: "When Pigs Fly" - Middle catcher/tosser, but Jalapão barely loses (14-13).
    • Tocantins Ep. 6 IC: "Sandstone Shootout"- Slower than Tyson on the slingshot, and Jalapão loses.
    • Tocantins Ep. 8 RC "Rock Block" - With Brendan & Debbie, part of the winning team; enjoys white-water rafting.
    • Tocantins Ep. 9 RC "Swiss Cheese, Please" - With Erinn, Debbie & Tyson, part of the winning team.


    Tarantula - Final 4 IC

    Individual challenge record (4-for-10; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 76%)

    • Tocantins Ep. 7 IC: "Get a Grip" - Sixth person to drop out, at the 20-minute mark (5th/10).
    • Tocantins Ep. 8 IC: "Rope-A-Dope" - Makes the finals, but falls far behind Brendan & Tyson (3rd/9).
    • Tocantins Ep. 9 IC: "Tocantins Shuffle" - Sits out to eat pizza instead of competing; does not win (tie-8th/8).
    • Tocantins Ep. 10 RC: "Jalapowed" - Eliminates two people, but fifth out overall (3rd/7).
    • Tocantins Ep. 10 IC: "Snag, Drag & Bag" - Tries an aggressive move to catch Coach in the final table maze, falls in a hole right at the end (tie-2nd/7).
    • Tocantins Ep. 11 IC: "Propellerheads" - Working on math as Stephen wins; had at least 1 symbol wrong (3rd/6).
    • Tocantins Ep. 12 RC: "Blind to Reason" - First to exit the maze, and JT wins easily (1st/5).
    • Tocantins Ep. 12 IC: "Chimney Sweep" - Outlasts even the Exile-weakened Coach; JT wins (1st/5).
    • Tocantins Ep. 13 F4 IC: "Tarantula" - First to get all three bags, holds on to win on the puzzle (1st/4).
    • Tocantins Ep. 13 F3 IC: "Simmotion" - Reaches four-ball stage, and JT wins one final time (1st/3).


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

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

    Schmergen Brawl - Ep5 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (7-for-14):

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 1 RC: "Battle Dig" - With Amanda, scores vs. Randy & Jerri; later, Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 1 IC: "Lock & Load, Light" - Rows and gets a lead for Heroes, who blow it on the puzzle.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 2 RC/IC: "A Crate Idea" - Collects crates with Cirie & Tom, but Heroes lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Sumo'an Mud" - Beats Tyson, Heroes win big (8-0).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - In line to race, but does not get a chance; the Heroes lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 4 IC: "Roll With It" - Works the table maze (blindfolded); Heroes lose again.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 5 RC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Initial round shooter, but Heroes lose again.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis" - Paired with Amanda; Heroes blow another puzzle.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 7 RC: "Basket Brawl" - Gets an assist on Colby's winning shot; Heroes win waterfall feast.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 7 IC: "Caught in the Web" - Works the puzzle, and Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 8 RC: "Faux Coconut Bowling" - Knocks down 6 pins on first throw, easily beating Danielle's pair of gutter balls; Heroes win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 8 IC: "Mudslide" - With Colby, scores final point vs. Parvati/Courtney. Heroes win (2-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 9 RC: "Chimney Sweep" - Still in it as the Heroes lose (3-0).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 9 IC: "Strung Out" - Second runner for the Heroes; Heroes win.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-2): (Mean % finish: 72%)

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6 IC: "Rope-A-Dope" - Just barely loses to Candice (2nd/6).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 10 IC: "Get A Grip" - Sixth to drop out, at the 40-minute mark (5th/10).


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

    • None.
  • S34 logo Game Changers challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Serpent Turf - Ep2 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (3.5*-for-6):

    • Game Changers Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Crosses obstacles, digs up a bag, and Nuku wins!
    • Game Changers Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Serpent Turf" - Tosses the winning ring, and Nuku wins again.
    • Game Changers Ep.3 RC/IC: "Austin's EOC" - Crosses obstacles with Malcolm & Michaela; new Nuku wins! (1st/3).
    • Game Changers Ep.4 IC: "Ow Pairs" - Retrieves bags, plates a ball on the table maze for Nuku, but Nuku loses.
    • Game Changers Ep. 5 RC: "Unchained Medley" - Crosses the beam holding the bow; Nuku doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
    • Game Changers Ep. 5 IC: "Box Car Blues" - Gets the key, shoots sandbags for Nuku, but Nuku loses (3rd/3).

    *Note: Second-place finishes in the three-tribe phase of Game Changers count as half a win.


    Individual challenge record (n-for-n):

    • Game Changers: None yet.


    Duel/ Hero challenge record (1-for-1): (Mean % finish: 100%)

    • Game Changers Ep. 4 RC: "Ram-Ball On" - Navigates the obstacles with a ball, and Nuku wins (1st/3). (Scored as a duel, because only two people per tribe competed.)
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 17.5*
    Played: 32
    Win%: 0.55
    Sat out: 0
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 4
    Played: 12
    Win%: 0.33
    Mean% Finish: 76%
  • Duels/ Hero challenges
    Wins: 1
    Played: 1
    Win%: 1.00
    Mean% Finish: 100%
J.T. Thomas - Tribal Council record
  • S18 logo Tocantins Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Tocantins: None, although told he's "sharing" Stephen & Taj's idol with them after he stumbles on it.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (9/11):


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • Tocantins: None.


    Jury votes received (7/7):

    • Tocantins, Ep.13: Received seven jury votes, from Brendan Synnott, Tyson Apostol, Sierra Reed, Debbie Beebe, Coach Wade, Taj Johnson-George, and Erinn Lobdell (winner, 7-0).
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep2 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (1/0):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 8: JT finds the idol hidden at the Heroes camp, pledges to use it for the tribe.
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 9: Hands over his idol to Russell. Who is on the other tribe. Wrapped in the greatest love letter of all time. To save Russell Hantz. It ends up sending JT to the jury.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (5/6):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 1: Sugar Kiper (voted out, 9-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 2: Stephenie LaGrossa (voted out, 6-3).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 4: Cirie Fields (idoled out, 3-[0]-2).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 5: Tom Westman (voted out, 5-2).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6: James Clement (voted out, 5-1).


    VAP - Votes against (5):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 10: Five votes, from Sandra, Parvati, Russell, Jerri, and Danielle (idoled out, 5-[0]).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

  • S34 logo Game Changers Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep5 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (1/0)

    • Game Changers, Ep. 5: Finds the Nuku in-camp clue, then the idol. Then leaves it in camp. Good times.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (0/3):

    • Game Changers: None yet.


    VAP - Votes against (3):

    • Game Changers, Ep. 5: Three votes, from Michaela, Sandra, and Varner (voted out, 3-2).


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Game Changers: None.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 2
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 14
    Tribals: 19
    VAP: 8
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 1
    Received: 7
    Total jurors: 7
J.T. Thomas - Pictures
  • S18 logo Tocantins image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S34 logo Game Changers image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
J.T. Thomas - Interviews
  • S18 logo Tocantins interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (1/28/09): "JT Thomas: 'I'll play the dumb role if I feel like it'll push me farther in the game'"
    • Alec Harvey at AL.com (2/12/09): "Mobile cattle rancher JT Thomas Jr. ropes show on first try"
    • Jeff Probst's Tocantins pre-season cast assessment.


    Post-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (5/18/09): "JT Thomas wins $1.1 million after a uninamous vote, but was 'really worried'"
    • Wade Kwon at WadeOnBirmingham (5/18/09): "Alabama on Survivor: The James 'J.T.' Thomas Jr. interview"
    • Reality TV World interview (5/19/09): "James 'JT' Thomas Jr. talks about Survivor: Tocantins"
    • Eric Goldman at IGN.com (5/20/09): "Survivor: Tocantins Interview - JT"
    • CBS red-carpet finale interview.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (1/31/10): "JT Thomas: 'I feel like they're targeting me because they don't know me yet'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Kate Stanhope at TVGuide.com (4/24/10): "JT: I Wouldn't Give Russell the Idol Again"
    • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (4/24/10): "JT explains his big risk and why he couldn't find a new Stephen this season"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (4/26/10): "Castaway Interview: James 'JT' Thomas Jr."


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

  • S34 logo Game Changers interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (2/10/17): "The Last Thing People Remember Is, 'He's So Trustworthy, He Trusted Russell Hantz'"
    • Josh Wigler at Parade.com (2/10/17): "JT Thomas Is Fixing to Bring It"
    • CBS Game Changers pre-game interview (YouTube)


    Post-game interviews

    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (3/30/17): "J.T. didn't know about the sugar until he saw it on TV"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (3/30/17): "Exit Interview | Latest Player Voted Out - 3/30/17"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (3/31/17): "JT: 'It Was Sandra's Way or the Highway'"
J.T. Thomas - Bios
  • S18 logo Survivor: Tocantins bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his official CBS Survivor: Tocantins cast bio page:


    "A cattle manager raised in Samson, Alabama, JT operates a registered Angus Cattle Ranch. In addition to preparing the land and working the cattle, this southern charmer is responsible for all the paperwork and marketing associated with running the business.


    This ambitious 24-year-old gets fired up when people insult his intelligence and says “I'm not a dumb hillbilly, so don’t think it!” However, this may be just the strategy that JT chooses to use and isn’t above playing the “dumb and innocent country boy role” in an effort to gain alliances with the women. JT attended Troy University and is the first in his family to earn a Bachelors Degree. His is in business administration.


    A true family man, JT values his relationships and will work towards forming alliances that will take him very far in the game. This strong country boy is competitive and determined and will use manipulation in order to help him succeed and ultimately win Survivor.


    JT is single and currently resides in Mobile, Ala. His birthdate is June 23."


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

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


    "Personal Claim To Fame: “Being the first in my family to go to college and earn a degree.”

    Inspiration in Life: “My family.”

    Previous Finishes: Tocantins: Winner

    Favorite Past Moment: “Winning the final immunity challenge.”

    Previous Survivor He Respects Most: “Myself- I am my own hero, because of what I accomplished and how it brought my family together.”

    Previous Survivor He Respects Least: Jonny Fairplay (Pearl Islands, Micronesia)

    Why Did He Come Back? : “It’s the ultimate challenge, I couldn’t pass it up.”"


  • S34 logo Game Changers bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his official CBS Game Changers bio page:


    "How have you changed since the last time you played? 
    I’ve definitely been humbled. I have become a little more patient and I don’t think I’m quite as gullible.


    What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? 
    I think I bring many skills to the table. I will always play with all my heart, which has allowed me to overcome many obstacles in my life.


    I plan to build a very strong team and lead them to the merge. From there, I’ll have to play with the hand I'm dealt to the best of my ability.


    What, if anything, do you most regret? 
    I most regret the moment I climbed down from the pole in the Immunity Challenge that led to my dismissal. I knew it would be hard to win, so I let myself climb down. If I hadn’t climbed down, I could have held onto the pole for a lot longer.


    I let myself take the easy way out, which is hardly ever the best decision. Hunger and conditions clouded my judgment without me recognizing it."