Tyson Apostol - Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Blood vs. Water
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 81.5 | Wins: 1 | Jury: 1

Survivor: Tocantins (2009) - 8th place, ninth person out - second juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 9, "It's Funny When People Cry" (Day 27).

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (2010) - 15th place, sixth person out.

  • Voted/idoled out in Episode 6, "Banana Etiquette" (Day 15).

Survivor: South Pacific (2011) - Winner - first place.

  • Received seven votes to win, 7-1-0, in Episode 14, "It's My Night" (Day 39).
Tyson Apostol - 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 3.11 5.24 0.59 2 5 4 0.46 1.56 - - - 1.05 4.66
S20: Heroes vs. Villains 0.66 2.03 0.33 1 3 2 0.42 2.00 - - - 0.75 2.66
S27: Blood vs. Water 2.91 10.11 0.29 9 2 11 0.82 3.82 7 8 0.875 1.98 11.98
Career 6.68 17.37 0.38 12 10 17 0.70 2.70 7 8 0.875 1.80 9.21
Tyson Apostol - Challenge record
  • S18 logo Tocantins challenges
    A Crate Idea - Ep3 IC
    Sandstone Shootout - Ep6 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-12)

    • Tocantins Ep.1 RC/IC: "A River, Run Through It" - Timbira wins.
    • Tocantins Ep.2 RC/IC: "Beach Brawl" - Timbira loses.
    • Tocantins Ep.3 RC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Timbira doesn't even come close.
    • Tocantins Ep.3 IC: "A Crate Idea" - Timbira loses again.
    • Tocantins Ep.4 RC: "Shoulder the Load" - Holds weight for Timbira, drops at 140 lbs; Timbira loses.
    • Tocantins Ep.4 IC: "Try Any Angle" - Timbira wins.
    • Tocantins Ep.5 RC: "Dizness as Usual" - Scores Timbira's only point. Unsurprisingly, Timbira loses.
    • Tocantins Ep.5 IC: "Water Mortar!" - Makes the final three catches to propel a Timbira win (5-4, as shown).
    • Tocantins Ep.6 RC: "When Pigs Fly" - Catches and throws, Timbira wins (in last 10 seconds, 14-13).
    • Tocantins Ep.6 IC: "Sandstone Shootout" - Tyson out-slingshots JT, and Timbira wins.
    • Tocantins Ep.8 RC: "Rock Block" - Tyson's team finishes third out of the three teams.
    • Tocantins Ep.9 RC: "Swiss Cheese Please" - with Debbie, Erinn, and JT, part of the winning team.


    Get A Grip - Ep7 IC
    Rope-A-Dope - Ep8 IC

    Individual challenge record (2-for-3): (Mean % finish: 92%)

    • Tocantins Ep.7 IC: "Get A Grip" - Tyson wins (1st/10).
    • Tocantins Ep.8 IC: "Rope-A-Dope" -Tyson wins again (1st/9).
    • Tocantins Ep.9 IC: "Tocantins Shuffle" -Tyson leads with two shots left, but is knocked out by Sierra, who is in turn knocked out by Debbie (3rd/8).


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

    • None.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains challenges
    Lock and Load, Light - Ep1 IC
    Sumo'an Mud - Ep3 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-8; 1 sit-out):

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 RC: "Battle Dig" - Paired with Rob against James & Rupert, unable to stop James; Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 IC: "Lock & Load, Light" - Rows for Villains, lights final wok, and Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.2 RC/IC: "A Crate Idea" - Rolls a crate with Sandra, then Boston Rob; Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.3 RC/IC: "Sumo'an Mud" - Beaten by JT, and Villains lose big, 8-0.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - Beats Colby for the final point, Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 IC: "Roll With It" - Blindfolded, rolls Rob in the ball, Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 RC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Scores one of two Villains points, Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis" - Sits out with Danielle, but the Villains still win.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 89%)

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Rope-A-Dope" - Narrowly loses to Boston Rob (2nd/9).


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

    • None.
  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water challenges
    In the Barrel - Ep2 RC/IC
    Boats, Brains and Brawn - Ep4 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-7):

    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Swims and row for Galang, and Galang wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 2 RC/IC: "In The Barrel" - One of three barrel rollers for Galang; Galang wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Sumo at Sea" - Loses to Hayden and injures his shoulder, but Galang wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Boats, Brains and Brawn" - Paddles AND does the puzzle for Galang, all with one arm; Galang wins again.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 5 RC/IC: "Slide Show" - Beats Hayden, but loses to Caleb, and Galang finally loses one.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Buoy Oh Buoy" - Now with New Tadhana, dives & does puzzle with Aras. Tadhana wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 7 RC/IC: "Chain Reaction" - Throws bolos for Tadhana, and Tadhana wins again, 3-2.


    Wrist Assured - Ep11 IC
    A Bit Tipsy - F5 IC

    Individual challenge record (2-for-9; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 64%)

    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 8 IC: "Flash Back" - With Tina, eliminated on the fourth item shown (tie-7th/11).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 9 Final 10 IC: "Pesky Palate" - Makes it to second round, but no further (tie-4th/10).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 9 Final 9 IC: "Balancing Point" - Eliminated seconds before Hayden (3rd/9).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 10 RC/IC: "Splash Back" - Eventually drops out after Laura Morett falls (2nd/8).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 11 IC: "Wrist Assured" - Does not compete, opts to eat instead (tie-7th/7).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 12 RC/IC: "Ram-Ball On" - Finishes third (3rd/6).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 13 RC/IC: "Pulled Up" - Has an early lead, but doesn't win (bottom 4/5).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 14 Final 5 IC: "A Bit Tipsy" - Tyson wins! (1st/5).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 14 Final 4 IC: "Rise To It" - Tyson wins again (1st/4).


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

    • None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 17
    Played: 27
    Win%: 0.63
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 4
    Played: 13
    Sat out: 1
    Win%: 0.31
    Mean% Finish: 72%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Tyson Apostol - Tribal Council record
  • S18 logo Tocantins Tribal
    Ep3 Tribal Council
    Ep9 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • Tocantins: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (2/4):


    VAP - Votes against (5):

    • Tocantins, Ep. 9: Five votes, from JT, Stephen, Erinn, Taj, and Sierra (voted out, 5-3).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

    • Tocantins, Ep. 13: Voted for J.T. Thomas (who won, 7-0).
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains Tribal
    Ep3 Tribal Council
    Ep3 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Heroes vs. Villains: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/2):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 3: Randy Bailey (voted out, 9-1).


    VAP - Votes against (3):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6: Three votes, from Parvati, Russell, and Danielle (idoled out, [0]-3-2).


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Heroes vs. Villains: None.
  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water Tribal
    Final 9 Tribal Council
    Final three

    Idols held/played: (2/1; 0 votes voided)

    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 8: With the merge upon him, Tyson acts on the clues Hayden & Caleb gave him post-switch, and digs up the idol fairly quickly.
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 11: Tyson plays the idol, although nobody voted against him.
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 12: Now using Ciera's clue, finds the new idol, hours after playing the last one.
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14: Hands his idol to Gervase, who plays it (and gets the credit for voiding two votes against him).


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

    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 5: Laura Morett (voted out, 7-1).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 8: Aras Baskauskas (voted out, 7-2-2).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 9 (Final 10 vote): Vytas Baskauskas (voted out, 8-1-1).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 9 (Final 9 vote): Tina Wesson (voted out, 7-1-1).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 10: Laura Morett (voted out again, 7-1).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 11: Caleb Bankston (voted out, 4-3).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 13: Hayden Moss (voted out, 3-2).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14 (F5 vote): Ciera Eastin (voted out, 3-[0]).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14 (F4 vote): Tina Wesson (voted out again, 3-1).


    VAP - Votes against (2):

    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 9 (F10 vote): One vote, from Vytas.
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 9 (F9 vote): One vote, from Tina.


    Jury votes received (7/8):

    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14: Received 7 jury votes, from Aras Baskauskas, Caleb Bankston, Katie Collins, Hayden Moss, Laura Morett, Ciera Eastin, and Tina Wesson (and won, 7-1-0).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 2
    Played: 1
    Votes voided: 0
  • Voting record
    VFB: 12
    Tribals: 17
    VAP: 10
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 1
    Received: 7
    Total jurors: 8
Tyson Apostol - Pictures
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Tyson Apostol - Interviews
  • S18 logo Tocantins interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (2/2/09): "Tyson Apostol: 'I'm going to try to be as helpful as I can without being the alpha male'"
    • Jeff Probst's Tocantins pre-season cast assessment.


    Post-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (4/24/09): "Tyson Apostol: 'I figured I could squeak past'"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (4/24/09): "Castaway Interview: Tyson Apostol"
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (2/9/10): "Tyson Apostol: 'I need to make sure everything's strategic and nothing's personal'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (3/25/10): "Castaway Interview: Tyson Apostol"
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (3/25/10): "Ousted Villain calls his vote flip the dumbest move in Survivor history"
    • Kate Stanhope at TVGuide.com (3/25/10): "Tyson: I'm the Smartest and Strongest Player in Survivor History"
    • Carrie Bell at People.com (3/26/10): "Tyson Explains How He Blindsided... Himself"
  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (9/17/13): "Tyson & Rachel: 'She's the Sweetness to My Salty'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (12/16/13): "Winner Tyson Apostol: 'I Might Have to Go on a Fourth Time'"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/16/13): "Post-Finale Interviews with the Survivor: Blood vs. Water Final 7"
    • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (12/21/13): "Tyson Apostol Discusses His Survivor: Blood vs. Water Win"
Tyson Apostol - Bios
  • S18 logo Tocantins bio

    From his official CBS Survivor: Tocantins bio page (1/27/09):


    "Witty, charming and arrogant is how Tyson Apostol describes himself. This former pro-cyclist and swimmer believes that his natural athleticism, combined with his 'life of the party' personality, will get him far in he game. His favorite movie is 'The Jerk' and that’s how some people just might describe him.


    He compares his game strategy to that of some of the most entertaining castaways to ever play the game. Much like them, he is willing to do almost anything to win one million dollars, including implementing the use of lies and deceit to feed off the 'emotional weakness' of the other castaways. A Brigham Young University drop-out, he is actually very well traveled and skilled in street smarts, previously spending two years in the Philippines as a Mormon missionary, in addition to six years as a cyclist in Switzerland, Belgium and Austria.


    In many ways Tyson can be brash, egotistical and unapologetic but, oddly enough, he has no tolerance for 'know-it-alls' or individuals who lack common courtesy. In addition to, as he describes it, 'looking awesome,' his favorite hobbies are exercising and sunbathing. If he becomes the next sole Survivor, he plans to use all of the money for selfish purposes, starting with 'the most smoking motorcycle around.'


    Tyson currently resides in Heber City, Utah and his birthday is June 17."


  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains bio

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


    "Personal Claim To Fame: “College drop out, ex-pro cyclist, never had a real job... I guess I'm good at quitting.”

    Inspiration in Life: “My parents, without them I could be dead.  I'd at least be homeless and starving.”

    Previous Finishes: Tocantins: 8th out, 2nd Jury Member

    Favorite Past Moment: “My hilarious confessionals.”

    Previous Survivor He Respects Most: “Myself.”

    Previous Survivor He Respects Least: “Narrowed down to just one?  That's impossible!”

    Why Did He Come Back? : “Free tropical island getaway, an excuse to not brush my teeth and the potential of a fat pay check... as long as we get paid in diamonds and gold instead of US dollars.”"


  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water bio

    From his (and Rachel's) pre-game interview with EW's Dalton Ross:


    "Hey, Tyson, are you worried about the fact that there are three contestants from Survivor: One World on this season? 'No, they're children,' answers the Tocantins and Heroes vs. Villains veteran. 'They're all children. Monica, she's 45 and tries to dress like a 30-year-old. It's ridiculous. It's not going to be hard to turn all three against each other by whispering sweet little lies, and they'll all be at each other's throats.' However several other contestants commented that they weren't sure Tyson's girlfriend Rachel would be able to tough it out in the elements. 'I think she's going to miss the creature comforts of home,' admits Tyson. 'And if you talk about that too much, you become a target.'"


    From his (and Rachel's) official CBS bio page (8/21/13):

    "Relationship to Significant Castaway: Rachel’s Boyfriend

    Previous Season: Survivor: Tocantins – 2nd jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 6th voted out.

    Current Residence: Provo, Utah

    Occupation: Former Pro Cyclist/Shop Manager

    Why Did You Want to Return to Survivor and Play with Your Loved One? I returned to Survivor to play with my loved one so we could make some sweet cash, have a rad experience and an excuse to take all life’s responsibilities off for a couple months."