Survivor record holders
Most challenges sat out - season
By: Jeff Pitman | Last updated: July 12, 2022

The Survivor contestants who sat out the most challenges, single season - Janu Tornell, Palau

Janu Tornell, S10 - Palau

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Sit-outs - Career

Most sit-outs, single-season
Rank Contestant Season SO ChA
1 Janu Tornell, Palau Janu Tornell S10: Palau 7 18
2 Katie Gallagher, Palau Katie Gallagher S10: Palau 7 25
3 Courtney Yates, Heroes vs. Villains Courtney Yates S20: Heroes vs. Villains 6 15
4 Abi-Maria Gomes, Philippines Abi-Maria Gomes S25: Philippines 6 20
5-t Caryn Groedel, Palau Caryn Groedel S10: Palau 6 23
5-t Courtney Yates, China Courtney Yates S15: China 6 23
7-t Jenn Lyon, Palau Jenn Lyon S10: Palau 6 24
7-t Sandra Diaz-Twine, Heroes vs. Villains Sandra Diaz-Twine S20: Heroes vs. Villains 6 24
9-t Corinne Kaplan, Gabon Corinne Kaplan S17: Gabon 5 18
9-t Heather Aldret, S41 Heather Aldret Survivor 41 5 18
11 Ian Rosenberger, Palau Ian Rosenberger S10: Palau 5 25
12-t Sandra Diaz-Twine, Heroes vs. Villains Sandra Diaz-Twine S40: Winners at War 4 7
12-t Daniel Strunk, S42 Daniel Strunk Survivor 42 4 7
14-t Willard Smith, Palau Willard Smith S10: Palau 4 13
14-t John Carroll, Marquesas John Carroll S4: Marquesas 4 13
16 Ciera Eastin, Cambodia Ciera Eastin S31: Cambodia 4 15
17 Coby Archa, Palau Coby Archa S10: Palau 4 16
18-t Robert DeCanio, Marquesas Robert DeCanio S4: Marquesas 4 18
18-t Shambo Waters, Samoa Shambo Waters S19: Samoa 4 18
18-t Erika Casupanan, S41 Erika Casupanan Survivor 41 4 18
18-t Romeo Escobar, S42 Romeo Escobar Survivor 42 4 18
22 Will Wahl, MvGX Will Wahl S33: Millennials vs. Gen X 4 20
23-t Big Tom Buchanan, All-Stars Big Tom Buchanan S8: All-Stars 4 21
23-t Lauren Rimmer, HvHvH Lauren Rimmer S35: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers 4 21
25 Missy Payne, SJdS Missy Payne S29: San Juan del Sur 4 22
26-t Todd Herzog, China Todd Herzog S15: China 4 23
26-t Denise Martin, China Denise Martin S15: China 4 23
28 Lydia Morales, Guatemala Lydia Morales S11: Guatemala 4 24
29 Tom Westman, Palau Tom Westman S10: Palau 4 25

Complete through Survivor 42. Click contestant name/picture to view their contestant page.

SO - Most challenges sat out

Sitting out challenges is a pretty straightforward stat to track: Was the contestant sitting out? Okay, chalk one up to the tally board. Even if the player is just standing around, useless, during a challenge, they're still "competing." For placement, we sorted first by most sit-outs, then by fewest challenge appearances (a.k.a. sit-out opportunities).

There are only a couple of exceptions:

(1) If the contestant is somehow exiled and not even present during a challenge, they don't get charged with a sit-out.

(2) Hero challenges (also duels) in which the contestant does not participate aren't counted, either.

Glossary:
  • SO: Challenges sat out.
  • ChA: Challenge Appearances. The number of challenges for which contestants were eligible to compete.