'Yam Yam' Arocho - Survivor 44

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 26 | Wins: 1

  • Survivor 44 (2023) - Winner, 7-1-0.
  • Received seven jury votes, to win in Episode 13, "Absolute Banger Season" (Day 26).

Yamil 'Yam Yam' Arocho on social media: twitter | Instagram

Yam Yam Arocho - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
Survivor 44 1.56 11.15 0.14 7 6 10 0.69 1.96 7 8 0.88 1.71 8.77
Career 1.56 11.15 0.14 7 6 10 0.69 1.96 7 8 0.88 1.71 8.77

 

Yam Yam Arocho - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile

52%

Tribal: VFB% percentile

72%

Tribal: rVAP percentile

78%

Performance ranks are a quick visual measure of the contestant's season vs. historical data from all prior contestants, in three basic (scorable) categories:

1. Performance in individual challenges (MPF), as a measure of "physical game";

2. Ability to vote people out consistently (VFB%, or VFB/TCA), or "strategic game"; and

3. Ability to avoid being voted against (rVAP, or TCA-VAP) - which scales better than a percentage would - for "social/strategic game."

See also: Full glossary for all these abbreviations.

 

Yam Yam Arocho - Challenge record
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Ep3 IC

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

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 1 RC: "Crate Wide Open" - Works puzzle with Carson, but Tika loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 1 IC: "Paradise Lost" - Paddles, hauls, slides puzzle pieces; Tika doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "A Bridge You Must Cross" - Crosses the bridge, but Tika loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Box Car Blues" - Works the puzzle with Carson; Tika doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 4 RC: "Air Raid" - Shooting as the challenge ends; Tika loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 4 IC: "Leap of Faith" - Grabs a key, Tika loses again (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 5 IC: "EOC" - Works the table maze with Josh, but Tika loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 6 RC/IC: "No Quarter" - Helps push the ball, part of the losing team.
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 12 RC: "Roll With It" - Blindfolded, part of the winning team.

 

Ep11 IC

Individual challenge record (1-for-9): (Mean % finish: 57.1%)

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 7 IC: "Audio Slave" - Fourth out for purple team, on narrowest part of beam (2nd/5).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 8 IC: "Eve 5" - With Frannie, eliminated in 2nd stage (tie-5th/10).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 9 IC: "Ballin' A Jack" - Third person out, under 5 min. in (3rd/5).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 10 RC: "Put a Ring On It" - Does not appear to reach final ball-tossing stage (8th/8).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 10 IC: "Union of the Snake" - One of six working puzzle as Carson wins (tie-3rd/8).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 11 IC: "Last Gasp" - Lasts over 1 hr, 20 min., and Yam Yam wins! (1st/7).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 12 IC: "Take the Reins" - Fourth out, in under 5 min. (3rd/6).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 13 F5 IC: "Lone Palm Express" - Fourth to puzzle, does not win (4th/5).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 13 F4 IC: "Simmotion" - Second out, at three-ball stage (3rd/4).

 

Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-0):

  • Survivor 44: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 1
2nd place: 2
Played: 9
Win%: 0.22
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 9
Win%: 0.11
Mean% Finish: 57.1%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Yam Yam Arocho - Tribal Council record
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Ep13 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Survivor 44: None.

 

VFB - Votes for the person booted (7/10):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep2 Helen Helen Li (voted out, 3-1) Yes
Ep4 Josh Sarah Wade (idoled out, 2-[0]) -
Ep6 Josh Josh Wilder (voted out, 7-3-1) Yes
Ep7 Matt Matt Blankinship (voted out, 3-2) Yes
Ep8 Frannie Brandon Cottom (idoled out, [0]-4]) -
Ep9 Kane Kane Fritzler (voted out, 5-3-1-1) Yes
Ep10 Frannie Frannie Marin (voted out, 5-2-1) Yes
Ep11 Danny Danny Massa (voted out, 3-[0]-2) Yes
Ep12 Jaime Jaime Ruiz (voted out, 4-2) Yes
Ep13 Heidi Lauren Harpe (voted out, 3-1-1) -
10 TOTALS 7

 

VAP - Votes against (6):

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 6: Three votes, from Brandon, Josh, and Kane.
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 7: Two votes, from [Heidi - via Lauren's proxy] and Matt.
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 13 (F5 vote): One vote, from Heidi.

 

Jury votes received (7/8):

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 13: Seven votes, from Brandon, Carson, Danny, Frannie, Heidi, Lauren, and Matt, to win, 7-1-0.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 0
Played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 7
Tribals: 10
VAP: 6
Jury votes
Made: 0
Received: 7
Total jurors: 8
Yam Yam Arocho - Pictures
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    Pre-season video shot
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    On the boat, Day 1
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    Excited opening sequence confessional
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    Greeting Probst
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    Working the puzzle with Carson, Ep1 RC
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    Tika debates who will do the Savvy task
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    Checking out the idol cage
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    Carson and Helen solved Savvy!
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    Listening to Sarah's dilemma report
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Hauling the crate
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    Tika doesn't lose!
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    Tika on the slide, Ep2 IC
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    Watching Sarah work the snake maze
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    Carson wants to work with Carolyn and Yam Yam?
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    Tika, Ep2 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 IC
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    Digging deep
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    Working the puzzle with Carson
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    Tika takes second
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    Checking out the newly red-Xed birdcage, Ep4
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    Reacting to the post-Ep4 RC swap
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    Watching Sarah and Josh work the puzzle, Ep4 IC
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    Josh idoled out Sarah, with two votes?!
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    Not thrilled to be left out of the vote, Ep5
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    Bonding with Josh
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    Working the table maze, Ep5 IC
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    Checking out Josh's obviously fake idol
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    A reprieve from Probst
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    Merge-ish time, Ep6
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    Talking to Matt
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    Not-merged tribe, chatting
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    Stealth Tika three meeting
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    Watching the puzzle stage, Ep6 IC
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    Worried the vote could be for him, as the only Tika vulnerable
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    Not-merge tribe, Ep6 Tribal
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    Listening to Probst
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    I made it! Ep7
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    Brandon explains how Ratu's birdcage worked
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    Still in it, Ep7 IC
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    The non-rewardees chat
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    Stating his case, Ep7 Tribal
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    Digging with Frannie, Ep8 IC
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    Not reaching the third round
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    Talking with Heidi and Carson
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    Va Va, Ep8 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    Appreciating the off day, Ep9
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    Starting line, Ep9 IC
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    Targeting Kane
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    Va Va, Ep9 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    Starting line, Ep10 RC
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    Disappointed to not be on reward
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    Missing out on letters from home
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    You want to target Frannie?
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    Starting on the puzzle, Ep10 IC
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    Checking in with Carson
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    Va Va, Ep10 Tribal
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    Listening to Danny
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    As I predicted, Carolyn was MAD, Ep11
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    Carolyn being mad
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    Starting line, Ep11 IC
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    Showdown with Heidi
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    Yam Yam wins immunity!
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    Guess who's safe tonight?!
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    Va Va, Ep11 Tribal
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    Listening to Carson
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    Listening to Carolyn's idol story, Ep12
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    Carolyn is a threat!
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    Blindfolded, working the table maze, Ep12 RC
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    Yam Yam's team wins reward!
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    Massages and plotting
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    Starting line, Ep12 IC
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    Va Va, Ep12 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    Final five, new camp, Ep13
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    It's just a f***ing stick
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    Pre-challenge lineup, F5 IC
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    Trying to catch Carson
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    Reward feasting at the Sanctuary
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    Va Va, F5 Tribal
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    Listening to Lauren
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    Oh yay, Simmotion again. F4 IC
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    Helping Carson practice fire
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    I just wanted to help him
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    Va Va, F4 Tribal
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    Final three! Morning 26
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    Morning 26 breakfast
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    Leaving camp one last time
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    Final Tribal, ready to face the jury
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    Answering questions
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    The winner of Survivor 44... Yam Yam!
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    Finalists + jury, aftershow
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Yam Yam Arocho - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino & Mike Bloom at RHAP (2/3/23): "Survivor 44 | Tika Tribe Castaway Preview"
  • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (2/9/23): "Yamil 'Yam Yam' Arocho's Hurricane Maria Experience Has Prepared Him for the Unknown"

 

Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/25/23): "Yam Yam Arocho reveals the Survivor 44 jury vote that surprised him the most"
  • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (5/25/23): "Survivor 44 Winner Yamil 'Yam Yam' Arocho Breaks Down His Key Relationships and Historic Victory"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/25/23): "Survivor 44 | Final 5 Exit Interviews"
Yam Yam Arocho - Bio
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Official CBS Survivor 44 bio excerpts (January 31, 2023), via Mike Bloom at Parade.com:

"3 Words to Describe You: Fun, loud and caring

Why do you want to be part of SURVIVOR? I want to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing the best game in the world. I’ve been watching since the very first episode, when I was 13 years old. And I want to prove to me, that I have the physical & mental strength to make my dreams come true, and to win the title & money.

What’s one life experience you feel has prepared you for the game? After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, we had no power in my house or work for 90 days. And I had to lead my team of 20+ adults (most older than me) and give them hope, when I felt I had none. Without them I would not be who I am today.

Which previous player do you identify with the most? Who do you think you will play most like? Cirie Fields. She is lovable, caring and fun. She is super intelligent & a strategy genius. I hope to emulate her and win.

What will you value in an alliance partner? Intelligence & commitment. I need to play with intelligent people that want to go far with me.

Favorite Hobbies: Taking care of my plants, going to the beach with my husband, hanging out with my girlfriends and traveling.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Leading a team of cool people, following the steps of my mother. Being married to my husband and creating a home. Getting on SURVIVOR.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? I love to do bearded drag at Halloween.

Why will you be the Sole Survivor? I will be the Sole Survivor because the stars have aligned for me, it’s my time and because of my social game."


"Meet Yam Yam" tweet/video (2/3/23):