Wendell Holland - Survivor: Ghost Island
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 74 | Wins: 1 | Jury: 1

Survivor: Ghost Island (2018) - Winner, 5-5-0 (1-0).

  • Received five (plus one) jury votes to win in Episode 14, "It's Game Time, Kids" (Day 39).

Survivor: Winners at War (2020) - 13th place, 10th out - 7th juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 8, "This is Where the Battle Begins" (Day 21).
  • Cumulative time: In-game - 21 days; Edge of Extinction - 14 days.

Wendell Holland - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S36: Ghost Island 3.95 12.39 0.32 7 5 9 0.77 2.42 6 11 0.55 1.63 9.65
S40: Winners at War 0.66 3.54 0.19 4 12 5 0.74 1.40 - - - 0.93 2.06
Career 4.61 15.93 0.29 11 17 14 0.78 2.06 6 11 0.55 1.34 6.01
Wendell Holland - Challenge record
  • S36 logo Ghost Island challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep4 IC - Cell Block Sea

    Tribal/team challenge record (10.5*-for-13):

    • Ghost Island Ep. 1 IC: "Sled Zeppelin" - Helps haul the sled and work the puzzle, and Naviti wins!
    • Ghost Island Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Coming Up for Air" - Shoots four of Naviti's baskets, and Naviti wins again.
    • Ghost Island Ep. 3 RC/IC: "All Along the Watchtower" - Works the puzzle for New Naviti, blows a lead; Naviti loses.
    • Ghost Island Ep. 4 RC: "Water Slaughter" - Paired with Chris, helps score one of Naviti's points; Naviti wins.
    • Ghost Island Ep. 4 IC: "Cell Block Sea" - Helps move the crate and place balls, and Naviti wins.
    • Ghost Island Ep. 5 RC: "Rod Screw-It" - Collects the smaller sandbags with Chris, and Naviti wins again.
    • Ghost Island Ep. 5 IC: "Hitch a Ride" - Runs out twice to retrieve number bags; Naviti wins again.
    • Ghost Island Ep. 6 IC: "Sir Duke" - Now with Yanuya, caller & directs the puzzle; Yanuya wins (1st/3).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 7 RC: "Discy Business" - Somehow, Yanuya doesn't blow away the competition (2nd*/3).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 7 IC: "Cruel Sea" - Tosses rings with Chris, Yanuya wins again (1st/3).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 9 RC: "Gone Shootin'" - Makes four of the team's six shots, and the purple team wins.
    • Ghost Island Ep. 10 RC: "Caged Tigers" - Opens cages, helps paddle, helps with the puzzle, but the purple team loses.
    • Ghost Island Ep. 13 RC: "Always on the Run" - Paired with Domenick, the purple pair wins!

    *Note: Second-place finishes in the three-tribe challenges count as half a win.


    Vin Skully - F6 IC

    Individual challenge record (2-for-10): (Mean % Finish: 60.4%)

    • Ghost Island Ep. 8 IC: "Audio Slave" - Tenth person to drop out, on the transition to the final stage (4th/13).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 9 IC: "Fijian Feast" - Can't handle the eyeballs, out in the first round (tie-9th/12).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 10 IC: "Take the Reins" - First person to drop out, within the first minute (11th/11).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 11 IC: "Crocodile Rock" - Final person to drop out from orange team, 2nd overall (2nd/5).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 12 RC: "A Quick Affair" - One of several people trying to go under the final obstacle (tie-3rd/8).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 12 IC: "The Ball Drop" - Third person to drop out; uses advantage, still third out (6th/8).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 13 IC: "Seven Bridges Road" - Finishes the final puzzle first, but does not alert Probst; loses (2nd/7).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 14 F6 IC: "Vin Skully" - Quick to the puzzle, finishes first, and finally,Wendell wins! (1st/6).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 14 F5 IC: "Pyramid Scheme" - First to the puzzle, first to finish;Wendell wins! (1st/5).
    • Ghost Island Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Stacked Up" - Almost wins again, but stack drops on the last piece (tie-2nd/4).


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

    • Ghost Island: None.
  • S40 logo Winners at War challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Block in a Hard Place - Ep5 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (4-for-9; 1 2nd):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F20 IC: "Water Slaughter" - With Tony, part of the only Dakal pair to lose; Dakal wins, 3-1.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F19 IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Tosses rings with Tyson; Dakal blows a lead, loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Draggin' the Dragon" - Assembles, hauls and dismantles the cart; Dakal wins.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Along the Watch Tower" - Crosses obstacles, digs and carries ladder, and Dakal wins.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Beyond the Wheel" - Swims and tows the boat, but Dakal blows the puzzle, loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 5 IC: "Block in a Hard Place" - Crosses obstacles, works the block puzzle, and Sele wins (1st/3).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 6 IC: "Rice Race" - Crosses obstacles, places Sele's second ball, but Sele loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 7 RC: "Ball-istic Missiles" - (Unaired). Sele finishes second (2nd*/3).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 7 IC: "Dishwalla" - Carries the dish, works the puzzle with Michele, but Sele loses by a second.


    Get a Grip - Ep8 IC

    Individual challenge record (0-for-2): (Mean % finish: 65.7%)

    • Winners at War, Ep. 8 IC: "Get a Grip" - Third man to drop out (5th/7).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 EoE RC: "Don't Call It a Comeback" - Lands one ball on the table maze, doesn't win (tie-2nd/13).


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

    • Winners at War: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 14
    2nd place: 2
    Played: 22
    Win%: 0.68
    Sat out: --
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 2
    Played: 12
    Win%: 0.17
    Mean% Finish: 61.4%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Wendell Holland - Tribal Council record
  • S36 logo Ghost Island Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (1/1; 1 vote voided) | Advantages held/played (1/1):

    • Ghost Island, Ep. 7: Finds the Yanuya idol, which is Erik's necklace from Micronesia (Day 18).
    • Ghost Island, Ep. 12: Skips loved ones reward to get guaranteed advantage at Ghost Island, it's Malcolms (Day 31).
    • Ghost Island, Ep. 12: Plays his advantage at the next challenge, it doesn't help (Day 32).
    • Ghost Island, Ep. 14 (F5 Tribal): Plays his idol for Laurel, voiding one vote (Day 37).


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (7/9):


    VAP - Votes against (5):

    • Ghost Island, Ep. 9: One vote, from Michael.
    • Ghost Island, Ep. 11: One vote, from Michael.
    • Ghost Island, Ep. 12: Three votes, from Angela, Chelsea, and Kellyn.


    Jury votes received (6/11):

    • Ghost Island, Ep. 14: Receives five votes, from Chelsea Townsend, Kellyn Bechtold, Sebastian Noel, Donathan Hurley, and Angela Perkins, to tie, 5-5. Then receives the tie-breaking vote from Laurel Johnson, to win, 5-5-0 (1-0).
  • S40 logo Winners at War Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep8 Tribal

    Idols/advantages held/played (0/0):

    • Winners at War: None yet.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (4/5):


    VAP - Votes against (12):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 6: Two votes, from Michele and Parvati.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 7: One vote, from Yul.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 8: One vote, from Adam, Ben, Denise, Jeremy, Kim, Sarah, Sophie, Tony, and Tyson (voted out, 9-3).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 14: Voted for Tony Vlachos, who won, 12-4-0.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Advantages held/played: 1/1
    Found: 1
    Played: 1
    Votes voided: 1
  • Voting record
    VFB: 11
    Tribals: 14
    VAP: 17
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 1
    Received: 6
    Total jurors: 11
Wendell Holland - Pictures
  • S36 logo Ghost Island image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S40 logo Winners at War pictures (click to expand/collapse)
Wendell Holland - Interviews
  • S36 logo Ghost Island interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Erin Cebula at ET Canada (1/31/18): "Wendell Holland Wants to Lead from Within"
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (2/6/18): "Meet Wendell in 60 seconds"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (2/7/18): "Wendell - 'I'm Not the Devil, I'm Not Russell Hantz'"
    • Josh Wigler at The Hollywood Reporter (2/22/18): "Meet Wendell Holland"


    Post-game interviews

    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/24/18): "Wendell Holland on that crazy finish"
    • Josh Wigler at The Hollywood Reporter (5/24/18): "Wendell and Domenick Tell Their Sides of the Ghost Island Tale"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (5/24/18): "Survivor Champion Wendell - 'Dom Thought He Was Going to Beat Me, 8-2'"
    • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (5/24/18): "Wendell Holland Builds a Winning Game"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/24/18): "FINALE Top 6 Exit Interviews - 5/24/18"
  • S40 logo Winners at War interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Sangita Patel for ET Canada (1/15/20): "Wendell Holland Says He's Ready to 'Play Dirty' for Survivor: Winners at War"
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (1/24/20): "Wendell Holland on why he needs to 'chill' on Survivor: Winners at War"
    • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (2/10/20): "Wendell Holland Is Looking for Another Partner in Crime on Survivor: Winners at War"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (2/10/20): "Wendell Holland - 'I'd Love to Sit Back and Watch These Old Heads Kill Each Other'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Brice Izyah at RHAP (5/26/20): "Purple Pants Podcast | The Marathon Continues"
    • Phil Wood & Alexa Pappas at Survivor Specialists (5/30/20): "Survivor 40: The Wendell Holland Tell-All"
Wendell Holland - Bios
  • S36 logo Ghost Island bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Official CBS Ghost Island bio excerpts (1/31/18):


    "Pet peeves: People who aren't open-minded despite facts/logic/new information, people that overuse the word "honestly," and not being in control of my destiny.


    What's your personal claim to fame? I left a comfortable job in the legal field to pursue my dreams.


    If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? First, my brush to take care of my beautiful beard and fro. Second, a chainsaw so I can make building things a lot easier, and finally, a sketchbook so I can doodle, draw, and write.


    Which Survivor contestant are you most like? I think I'd play the game like Jeremy Collins because I'll always keep my heart in the right place, but I'll still be a serious competitor and threat.


    Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I'm good with people and likable. I'm very diplomatic and can connect with people from different walks of life. I'm also not the biggest and strongest looking person, though I can compete with the best of them. That will get me past the first few votes. Then, my athleticism and skill at puzzles will help me win challenges when it becomes an individual game. Finally, my persuasive skills in front of a jury will win me the million. Boom."


  • S40 logo Winners at War bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his official CBS Survivor: Winners at War cast bio page (1/15/20):


    When did you first watch Survivor?

    Season 18 – Survivor: Tocantins.


    Do you still watch Survivor?



    What does Survivor mean to you and your family?

    To me, it is a decade-long dream turned into reality. My family saw it as one of those crazy dreams of mine, and they supported it with curiosity. When they realized how serious I took Survivor, and that I was pretty good at it, they threw their full support behind me. For that, I'm super grateful.


    What is one way playing Survivor changed your life?

    It made me much busier. I give more talks, travel more, and give back more than I had before. Before I made lots of custom furniture for Beve Unlimited and traveled a little for deliveries. Now I still make lots of furniture, but I'm traveling globally for other sorts of opportunities, as well.


    As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy?

    The best season ever was the 10 year anniversary: Season 20, Heroes vs Villains. This will be yet another huge season: Season 40, Winners At War, the first all-winners season. To be a part of it, I'm part of the Survivor legacy, and that's something that I've always wanted to accomplish. So I'm just humbled, honored, and grateful to be out here again.


    How will you play differently than you did in your past season?

    Last time I was playing for a lot of people back home. I wanted to play it safe to represent well for my family, community, and loved ones back home. I wanted to leave something my little cousins and my niece and nephew could see and be proud of. They have that; I did that. This time I want to loosen up a bit and have some fun out there. Backstab a little bit, and talk even more trash. Shoot at some big dogs, and pull some tricks out. Maybe even do some things that are out of character. Let's see who's out here to really play the game."