Tai Trang - Survivor: Kaoh Rong, Survivor: Game Changers
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 77 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 1 | Jury: 1

Survivor: Kaoh Rong (2016) - 3rd place, no jury votes.

  • Received zero jury votes to finish third, 5-2-0, in Episode 14, "Not Going Down Without A Fight."

Survivor: Game Changers (2017) - 4th place, 17th out - 10th juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 14, "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" (Day 38).
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Tai Trang - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S32: Kaoh Rong 3.11 13.40 0.23 5 4 9 0.55 1.94 0 7 0.00 0.78 5.05
S34: Game Changers 1.85 12.81 0.14 9 10 13 0.69 1.38 - - - 0.83 3.23
Career 4.95 26.21 0.19 14 14 22 0.63 1.61 0 7 0.00 0.82 4.09
Tai Trang - Challenge record
  • S32 logo Kaoh Rong challenges
    Rice Race - Ep3 RC/IC
    The Hook - Ep11 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (7.0*-for-12; 1 sit-out):

    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Wooden Ships" - Dives, paddles, and Beauty beats Brawn by one puzzle piece (2nd*/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Dragging the River" - Carries the log, pulls in the string, and Beauty wins! (1st/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Rice Race" - Places the second ball for Beauty, and Beauty wins! (1st/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 4 RC: "Dig It" - Races and digs, but Beauty finishes second, loses Caleb (2nd*/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 4 IC: "Snake, Rattle and Roll" - Sits out of another second-place Beauty finish (2nd/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 5 IC: "New School" - Now with New Gondol, unties and carries fish pieces, and Gondol loses.
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 6 RC: "B, B & B" - Helps move the buoys in to shore, and eventually, Gondol wins.
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 6 IC: "Get Over It" - Final stacker in Gondol's ill-advised stacking strategy; Gondol loses.
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 8 RC: "United We Stand" - Part of the utterly mismatched winning team, with Julia, Nick, Debbie, Scot.
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 9 RC: "Knot Your Fault" - Part of the winning team, with Jason, Julia, and Scot.
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 11 RC: "The Hook" - Paired with Joe, who does surprisingly well, but does not win (2nd/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 12 RC: "Weight and Sea" - Part of the winning team, with Jason and Michele.

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

     

    Rollerballs - Ep7 IC
    Uncomfortably Numb - Ep8 IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-10): (Mean % finish: 63%)

    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 7 IC: "Rollerballs" - Second person to drop out in the final round (2nd/11).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 8 IC: "Uncomfortably Numb" - Outlasts even redwood Cydney, and Tai wins! (1st/10).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 9 IC: "Backed Up" - One of several people to not win (tie-2nd/9).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 10 IC: "This Much" - Fourth person to drop out, 25 minutes in (5th/8).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 11 IC: "Running the Numbers" - One of several people back re-checking symbols at the end (tie-3rd/7).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 12 IC: "Got a Hunch" - One of several people to drop his stack, not win (tie-2nd/6).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 13 RC: "5x5" - Lands zero sandbags, then has to wait as Joe finishes (5th/5).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 14 F4 RC: "Home Stretch" - Working on the combination lock as Aubry wins (tie-2nd/4).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 14 IC: "Gimme Three Steps" - Has a lead on the final puzzle layer, but just loses (2nd/4).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 14 F3 RC: "Stacked Up" - Gets close a few times, but keeps knocking over his stack (tie-2nd/3).

     

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

    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 10 RC: "Free Will" - Outlasts everyone overall, wins advantage (1st/3).
  • S34 logo Game Changers challenges
    Serpent Turf - Ep2 RC/IC
    Box Car Blues - Ep5 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-13):

    • Game Changers Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Crosses various obstacles, digs up a bag, and Nuku wins!
    • Game Changers Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Serpent Turf" - Hauls the giant snake, and Nuku wins again.
    • Game Changers Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Austin's EOC" - Crosses obstacles with Debbie & Caleb; new Mana loses (3rd/3).
    • Game Changers Ep. 4 IC: "Ow Pairs" - Collects bags for Mana, but Mana loses.
    • Game Changers Ep. 5 RC: "Unchained Medley" - Digs up ball bags; Mana loses (3rd/3).
    • Game Changers Ep. 5 IC: "Box Car Blues" - Carries sandbags over the beam, and Mana wins (1st/3).
    • Game Changers Ep. 6 IC: "Cargo Salvage" - Now with Nuku, hauls stuff, but Nuku loses.
    • Game Changers Ep. 7 RC: "Dulcimer Stomp" - Untie the ladder puzzle planks, and Nuku wins.
    • Game Changers Ep. 7 IC: "Plunge, Pop, Pull" - Pulls the raft along for Nuku, but Nuku loses.
    • Game Changers Ep. 9 RC: "New School" - With Andrea, hooks fish and carries the pole for the winning team.
    • Game Changers Ep. 10 RC: "O Black Water" - Crosses water obstacles for the losing team.
    • Game Changers Ep. 11 RC: "Angry Chair" - Helps haul people in the chair, for the losing team.
    • Game Changers Ep. 12 RC: "Full Tilt Boogey" - Part of the losing blue team, with Sarah and Michaela.

     

    Keep on Your Toes - Ep8 IC
    Get a Grip - Ep9 IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-10): (Mean % finish: 64.3%)

    • Game Changers, Ep. 8 IC: "Keep on Your Toes" - Outlasts all but Andrea (2nd/13).
    • Game Changers, Ep. 9 IC: "Get a Grip" - Lasts over 1 hr, 35 min, outlasting Ozzy, and Tai wins! (1st/12).
    • Game Changers Ep. 10 IC: "Got a Hunch" - One of ten people to not beat Troyzan (tie-2nd/11).
    • Game Changers Ep. 11 IC: "High Step and Stack" - One of nine people to not beat Andrea (tie-2nd/10).
    • Game Changers Ep. 12 IC: "Can't Buoy Me Love" - Final person to drop out, over 18 minutes in (2nd/9).
    • Game Changers Ep. 13 F8 IC: "Teeter Tower" - One of several people to not beat Aubry (tie-2nd/8).
    • Game Changers Ep. 13 F7 IC: "Vertigo" - One of several people who does not beat Brad (tie-2nd/8).
    • Game Changers Ep. 14 F6 IC: "Maybe I'm A Maze" - Second to reach the puzzle stage, but does not win (tie-3rd/6).
    • Game Changers Ep. 14 F5 IC: "Spoon Man" - One of four people not to place a single ball (tie-2nd/5).
    • Game Changers Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Final Four-titude" - Third to the puzzle, but nearly catches Brad (2nd/4).

     

    Duel/ Hero challenge record (0.5*-for-1): (Mean % finish: 67%)

    • Game Changers Ep. 4 RC: "Ram-Ball On" - Navigates obstacles for Mana, finishing second (2nd*/3). (Officially a Hero challenge, scored like a duel, because only two people per tribe competed.)
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 12.0*
    Played: 24
    Win%: 0.50
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 2
    Played: 20
    Win%: 0.10
    Mean% Finish: 63.9%
  • Duels / Hero challenges
    Wins: 1.5*
    Played: 2
    Win%: 0.75
    Mean% Finish: 83.3%
Tai Trang - Tribal Council record
  • S32 logo Kaoh Rong Tribal
    Ep3 idol success
    Ep5 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (1/0) | Advantages held/played (1/1):

    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 2: Finds an idol clue, idol location, and key location, but can't release the key.
    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 3: Finally retrieves the key and unlocks the idol, despite losing the tool.
    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 9: Displays his idol at Tribal, gets handed Jason's as well, but plays neither.
    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 10: Wins the extra vote advantage at the Reward Challenge.
    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 12: Uses his extra vote to cast two throwaway votes against Michele.

     

    VFB - Votes for the person booted (5/9*):

    *Note: charged with two appearances for using his extra vote in Ep.12

     

    VAP - Votes against (4):

    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 10: Two votes, from Julia and Michele.
    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 11: Two votes, from Julia and Jason.

     

    Jury votes received (0/7):

    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 14: Received zero jury votes, finished third (5-2-0).
  • S34 logo Game Changers Tribal
    Ep1 Tribal Council
    Ep4 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (3/2; 3 votes voided)

    • Game Changers, Ep. 4: Shortly before the dual Tribal Council, Tai finds the Mana clue, then idol (Day 11). He gives it to Sierra at Tribal Council, and she correctly plays it (no credit for playing it for Tai, though).
    • Game Changers, Ep. 5: Finds a clue to another idol, but not the idol itself (Day 12).
    • Game Changers, Ep. 6: Uses the clue early in the morning to find the Mana idol (Day 14).
    • Game Changers, Ep. 6: Swapped to Nuku, uses the same clue to find their idol, hours later (Day 14).
    • Game Changers, Ep. 14 (F6 vote): Played an idol for himself (voiding votes from Sarah and Troyzan), and one for Aubry (voiding a vote from Brad), temporarily saving himself and Aubry, due to Sarah's Legacy Advantage play (Day 36).

     

    VFB - Votes for the person booted (9/13):

     

    VAP - Votes against (10):

    • Game Changers, Ep. 6: Two votes, from Sandra and Varner.
    • Game Changers, Ep. 11: Three votes, from Brad, Sierra, and Troyzan.
    • Game Changers, Ep. 13 (F7 vote): Two votes, from Aubry and Michaela.
    • Game Changers, Ep. 14 (F4 vote): Three votes, from Brad, Sarah, and Troyzan (voted out, 3-1).

     

    Jury votes made (1/1):

    • Game Changers, Ep. 14: Voted for Sarah Lacina, who won (7-3-0).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Advantages held/played: 1/1
    Idols found/held: 5
    Idols played: 2
    Votes voided: 3
  • Voting record
    VFB: 14
    Tribals: 22*
    VAP: 14
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 1
    Received: 0
    Total jurors: 7
Tai Trang - Pictures
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Tai Trang - Interviews
  • S32 logo Kaoh Rong interviews

    Pre-game interviews

     

    Post-game interviews

    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/19/16): "Kaoh Rong Final 3 Interview Special"
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/19/16): "Tai reacts to getting all that surprise money from Sia"
    • Josh Wigler at Parade.com (5/19/16): "Tai Trang Marks His Journey"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (5/20/16): "Runners-Up Aubry and Tai Discuss Final Tribal and the $100,000 Chicken"
  • S34 logo Game Changers interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Josh Wigler at Parade.com (2/22/17): "Tai Trang Is Up for Another Game of Chicken"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (2/28/17): "Tai: 'I'm Not the Flip-Flop Guy. If You Worked With Jason and Scot, You'd Want to Flip on Them Too'"
    • CBS Game Changers pre-game interview (YouTube)

     

    Post-game interviews

    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/25/17): "Tai says he and Brad are 'friends for life'"
    • Josh Wigler at Parade.com (5/25/17): "Tai Trang Talks About His Idol Philosophy"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/25/17): "Survivor: Game Changers Winner & Final 6 Exit Interviews"
Tai Trang - Bio
  • S32 logo Kaoh Rong bio

    Excerpts from his official CBS Survivor: Kaoh Rong cast bio page: (1/20/16)

     

    "Inspiration in Life: My parents. They worked so hard to provide for 11 of my siblings. During and after the Vietnam war, we were so poor, we had to eat plain rice with soy sauce for months. Somehow they managed to get us all on a fishing boat to escape Communism and luckily we all survived 11 days on the open ocean. In an Indonesian refugee camp, my mom made and sold one cookie at a time to earn extra money for her children. They are the ones that taught me self-reliance and my mom always reminds me “If you have health and both hands, you can never go to sleep cold or hungry.”

     

    If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Coffee-my life necessity, I grew up loving Vietnamese coffee since I was 3 years old; a razor- I like to shave my head and face to feel young (a survival must) and clean; “The Windup Bird Chronicle,” it’s a surreal Japanese fiction that would relax me.

     

    Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Spencer, I like his positive spirit and determination to survive in given situations, and Bob Crowley, because we’re both older, nice, likable players with non-threatening demeanors who work hard.

     

    Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: Growing up poor and without many of life’s comforts, I have the physical and mental stamina to survive in harsh environments. I’m determined and never give up till I get what I’m after. I am short and non-threatening, most people seem to like me and often are drawn to me for whatever reason. I am genuinely nice and will treat everyone well (but don’t cross me, not even once). I will do whatever it takes to become the Sole Survivor. Even though it’ll be difficult and devastating to betray my alliance, my ultimate goal is to win. I want to be a winner that everyone thinks is a little odd, but endearing, who plays a smart and interesting game with some spicy drama."

     

  • S34 logo Game Changers bio

    Excerpts from his official CBS Game Changers bio page (2/8/17):

     

    "How have you changed since the last time you played? 
    After playing and watching my season unfold, I am more aware and appreciative of how complex Survivor is. I see my pitfalls and how I can improve. It's a delicate balance of being true to oneself and developing trust and friendships, while at the same time knowing who I think I can beat at the end.

     

    I hope I have not become jaded or less trustful now. Each game is unique with its own dynamics and I just need to be open and see where it takes me. I need the knowledge from my past season, but not baggage.

     

    Survivor is so great and winning is my ultimate goal.

     

    What are you most proud of from the last time? 
    Blindsiding Scot [and] Jason, and sending Scot home. I am proud that I broke away from their alliance to have a voice and played my own game. Deciding on my own destiny resulted in making the Final 3.

     

    And, yes, I am so happy to have saved Mark, the chicken. I worked really hard foraging for food so others didn't eat him.

     

    I am also proud to bring awareness to how we humans need to take care of our environment and have compassion for other living things.

     

    How will you play differently this time? 
    I am much more confident about the game now. I know I have a lot to offer and I can get along with everyone; now it's time to create strong relationships. It's good to have friends in both an alliance and on the Jury. I will be much more observant and aware of my position within the rest of the tribe.

     

    I need to be more flexible and fluid in this ever-changing game of strategy, focusing on the bigger picture of winning the game rather than personal friendships. Most of all, I would like to be myself, take risks, and have fun hanging with all these big Survivor legends."

     

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