Denise Martin - Survivor: China

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 38 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • Survivor 15: China (2007) - 4th place, 13th out - 7th juror.
  • Voted out in Episode 13, "A Slippery Little Sucker" (Day 38).

Denise Martin on social media: facebook

Denise Martin - 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
S15: China 2.97 13.30 0.22 7 3 9 0.77 3.11 - - - 1.00 6.08
Career 2.97 13.30 0.22 7 3 9 0.77 3.11 - - - 1.00 6.08

 

Denise Martin - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile

28%

Tribal: VFB% percentile

80%

Tribal: rVAP percentile

88%

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.

 

Denise Martin - Challenge record
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Chinese Checkers - Ep2 RC

Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-12; 3 sit-outs):

  • China Ep. 1 IC: "Dragon Dance" - Carries a pole, and Fei Long wins.
  • China Ep. 2 RC: "Chinese Checkers" - Helps hold back Zhan Hu, and Fei Long wins again.
  • China Ep. 2 IC: "Gate Crasher" - Fei Long wins against underfed Zhan Hu once again.
  • China Ep. 3 RC: "Clear the Deck" - Fei Long women are swept in their 3 bouts; Fei Long loses, 3-2.
  • China Ep. 3 IC: "Blade Runner" - Sits out, Fei Long loses for a second straight time.
  • China Ep. 4 RC: "Great Balls of Fire" - Moves fireballs with Todd, and Fei Long wins.
  • China Ep. 4 IC: "Warrior's Duel" - Scores no points, but Fei Long wins again.
  • China Ep. 5 IC: "Plunge, Pull & Pop" - Thanks to Zhan Hu throwing the IC, Fei Long wins.
  • China Ep. 6 RC: "Search and Decode" - Sits out of another Fei Long win.
  • China Ep. 6 IC: "Name That Spoon" (gross food) - Participates, and finally, Fei Long loses.
  • China Ep. 8 RC: "Bucket Stops Here" - Unpicked, forced to sit out, ineligible to participate in reward.
  • China Ep. 9 RC: "Drum Roll" - Part of the hapless red team, with Peih-Gee, Todd, & James.

 

Ep10 IC

Individual challenge record (2-for-11; 1 sit-out): (Mean % Finish: 45.7%)

  • China Ep. 7 IC: "Retention to Detail" - One of four people eliminated on the third question (tie-3rd/10).
  • China Ep. 8 IC: "Dragon Rider" - Second person to drop out, at circa 10 minutes (8th/9).
  • China Ep. 9 IC: "Take A Stab At It"- Sits out to eat, instead of competing (tie-8th/8).
  • China Ep. 10 RC: "Confucius Said" - One of three to get 3/5 questions right (tie-4th/7).
  • China Ep. 10 IC: "Star Struck" - Eliminated in the first round; one hit for two total points (6th/7).
  • China Ep. 11 RC: "Marco Polo" - Blindfolded, first to reach center, with her husband. Denise wins! (1st/6).
  • China Ep. 11 IC: "Swamp Donkeys" - Not close to winning (tie-4th/6).
  • China Ep. 12 RC: "Zen Archery" - Given two arrows, but picks up points. Denise wins! (1st/5).
  • China Ep. 12 IC: "Chinese Leftovers" - Refuses to eat balut in the second round; out (4th/5).
  • China Ep. 13 RC: "Great Wall of Zhelin" - Finishes in last place (4th/4).
  • China Ep. 13 IC: "Offer It Up" - Last person eliminated (2nd/4).

 

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

  • China: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 6
Played: 12
Win%: 0.50
Sat out: 3
Individual challenges
Wins: 2
Played: 11
Win%: 0.18
Mean% Finish: 45.7%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Denise Martin - Tribal Council record
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Ep7 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • China: None.

 

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

 

VAP - Votes against (3):

  • China, Ep. 13: Three votes, from Todd, Courtney, and Amanda (voted out, 3-1).

 

Jury votes made (0/1):

  • China, Ep. 13: Voted for Courtney Yates, who finished second (5-2-1).
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 0/0
Idols found: 0
Idols played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 7
Tribals: 9
VAP: 3
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 0
Received: --
Denise Martin - Pictures
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    China intro shot
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    China intro shot
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    Bonus China intro shot
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    CBS pre-game interview
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    Day 1, hiking to the train
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    On the train
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    At the temple
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    Excited about the new cultural experience
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    Post-temple chat with Probst
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    The game has begun, Day 1
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    Fei Long heads to camp
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    Fei Long!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Starting line
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    Fei Long leading
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    Fei Long wins!
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    Fei Long confronts Jean-Robert about his laziness, Ep2
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 RC
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    Listening to Probst
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    Rolling balls
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    Fei Long wins!
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    Just kidnapped Jaime
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 IC
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    Listening to Probst
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    Starting line
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    Things are going smashingly
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    Almost there...
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    Fei Long wins!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 RC
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    Starting line
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    That escalated quickly
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 IC
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    Watching from the sidelines as Fei Long loses
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    Post-IC strategy talk
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    Fei Long, Ep3 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Probst
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 RC
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    Listening to Probst
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    Placing a fireball, with Todd
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    Fei Long greets the fishermen family
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    Rave review about the reward camp visit
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    Reward feasting
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 IC
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    Listening to Probst
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    Ready to do battle
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    Working in camp, Ep5
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    Talking about appreciating James's work ethic
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    Fei Long selects two Zhan Hus to join them
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    Aaron learns he and James have been traded for two players to be named later
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    So long, Aaron and James!
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    Greeting the new arrivals
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    Swap feasting
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep5 IC
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    Starting line
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    Hurry up, Jean-Robert
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    Working the puzzle
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    Fei Long wins!
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    Idoled up
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep6 RC
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    Fei Long wins!
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    Todd says James has an idol, so Fei Long has to win the IC
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    I will do my best!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep6 IC
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    Starting line
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    Facing off vs. James over balut
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    That didn't go so well
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    I feel like I let my tribe down
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    Fei Long, Ep6 Tribal Council
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    You are merged! Ep7
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    Merge feasting
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    Pre-challenge sit-down, Ep7 IC
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    Eliminated, along with Erik
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    Hae Da Fung, Ep7 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Probst
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep8 RC
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    Unpicked, watching from the sidelines
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    Used to not being picked, but it still hurts
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep8 IC
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    Starting line
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    Hae Da Fung, Ep8 Tribal Council
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    Unhappy about being out of the loop on the Jean-Robert boot
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep9 RC
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    Red team, freshly picked
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    Starting line
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    Not really
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    Red team almost scores, doesn't
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    The losing red team
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep9 IC
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    Choosing to eat, rather than compete
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    Move it along, Probst, we have cheeseburgers to eat!
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    Eating
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    Hae Da Fung, Ep9 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Probst
Denise Martin - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • CBS pre-game interview: "I try to be positive, outgoing, friendly.... You don't want to get on my bad side, though, 'cause that's not pleasant (laughs)."
  • Probst pre-game assessment from TV Guide online (8/20/07): "Denise is a likable, blue-collar woman with the most lovely mullet. She has it, she tells us, because it fits her life. There's nothing pretentious about her. She's very honest and endearing and a hard worker. I just adore Denise."

 

Post-game interviews

  • Christopher Rocchio at RealityTVWorld (12/21/07): "Denise Martin talks about her Survivor: China experience
  • Andy Dehnart at RealityBlurred (12/18/07): "Denise Martin admits she's a janitor, apologizes for being unintentionally 'misleading'"
Denise Martin - Bio
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From her official CBS Survivor: China bio page:

"Denise Martin was born and raised in Revere, Massachusetts. She attended Revere High School, Class of 1985. She spent one year at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and then attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she received a certificate in Technical School/ Telecommunication Electronics.

Martin rides her scooter to her job as a lunch lady for fourth through seventh graders. This involves preparing and serving lunch, along with cleaning the kitchen, five days a week. She previously worked as a short-order cook and a central office technician for a phone company. She also operated and maintained a video game route at eight different colleges, repairing and maintaining video games and juke boxes.

Martin is a Second Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate. She is a student at Revere Karate Academy in Revere. She recently opened her own karate school, Douglas Karate Club. She is a member of the International Kenpo Karate Association. Her hobbies include collecting Budweiser memorabilia, axe and knife throwing, stick fighting, and playing sports with her three daughters. She is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan; she even named her dachshund Tedy Bruschi K9. She describes herself as competitive, outgoing, strong-willed and determined.

Martin currently resides in Douglas, Massachusetts with her husband of 16 years, Robert. They have three daughters, Erin, 13; Emily, 10; and Samantha, 9. Her birth date is May 5, 1967."