John Palyok - Survivor: Vanuatu

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 7 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

  • Survivor 9: Vanuatu (2004) - 16th place, 3rd out.
  • Voted out in Episode 3, "Double Tribal, Double Trouble" (Day 7).

John Palyok on social media: twitter | Instagram

John Palyok - 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
S9: Vanuatu 0.25 1.49 0.17 0 5 2 -0.15 0.00 - - - 0.02 0.25
Career 0.25 1.49 0.17 0 5 2 -0.15 0.00 - - - 0.02 0.25


John Palyok - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile


Tribal: VFB% percentile


Tribal: rVAP percentile


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.


John Palyok - Challenge record
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Great Escape Run - Ep3 IC

Tribal/team challenge record (2-for-4):

  • Vanuatu Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Fire Starter" - Successfully works the table maze, but thanks to Chris's allergy to balance beams, Lopevi loses.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 2 RC: "By the Numbers" - One of eight Lopevis not to get across; Lopevi loses again.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 2 IC: "Four on the Floor" - Blindfolded, collects pieces, and finally, Lopevi wins!
  • Vanuatu Ep. 3 RC: "Great Escape Run" - Uses grappling hook to retrieve all 3 Lopevi keys; Lopevi wins reward.


Individual challenge record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 75%)

  • Vanuatu Ep. 3 IC: "Great Escape Run" - Third person to start his ladder puzzle, but does not win (3rd/8).


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

  • Vanuatu: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 2
Played: 4
Win%: 0.50
Sat out: -
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 1
Win%: 0.00
Mean% Finish: 75%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean% Finish: -
John Palyok - Tribal Council record
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Ep3 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Vanuatu: None.


VFB - Votes for the person booted (0/2):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep1 Chris Brook Geraghty (voted out, 5-3-1) -
Ep3 Rory John Palyok (voted out, 5-3) -


VAP - Votes against (5):

  • Vanuatu, Ep. 3: Five votes, from Chris, Chad, Sarge, Rory, and Bubba (voted out, 5-3).


Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Vanuatu: None.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 0
Idols found: 0
Idols played: -
Votes voided: -
Voting record
VFB: 0
Tribals: 2
VAP: 5
Jury votes
Made: 0
For winners: -
Received: -
John Palyok - Pictures
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    Vanuatu intro shot
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    Vanuatu intro shot
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 RC/IC
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    Waiting for Chris to (never) cross the balance beam
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    Unknowingly walking past the weakest leak, Ep1
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    Looking over Lopevi's ineffective fire-making efforts, early Ep2
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    Counting out the 5-3 young people's disadvantage, early Ep2
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    Taking a walk with Bubba
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    You think I'm a THREAT Bubba?!? How could you SAY that?!
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    Trying to pass John K along the balance beam, Ep2 RC
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    Listening to Probst, pre-Ep2 IC
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    Lopevi wins! Ep2 IC
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    Plotting with Brady to exploit the Sarge/Rory rift, Ep3
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    Retrieving keys, Ep3 RC/IC
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    Lopevi listens to Probst, prior to the immunity part of the Ep3 RC/IC
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    Starting line, immunity leg
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    Digging up ladder rungs
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    Lopevi, Ep3 Tribal
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    With the remainders of the young dudes alliance, Ep3 Tribal
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    Not liking how these votes are turning out, Ep3 Tribal
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    Getting snuffed, Ep3
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John Palyok - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • None found.


Post-game interviews

  • Ellen Crean at CBS's The Early Show (9/30/04): "Survivor's Ousted Duo: Mia, J.P."
  • Angel Cohn at (10/7/04): "Survivor Handyman Gets Nailed"
John Palyok - Bio
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From his official CBS Vanuatu bio page:

"John Palyok was born in Hobart, Indiana, to John and Jenny and has a younger brother, Mike. He attended Hobart High School, where he participated in football, track and wrestling. He and his football team won the 1989 State Championship. Additionally, Palyok was awarded All-State, All-Conference and Team Captain of the 1990 football season

Palyok earned a Division II football scholarship to Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. During college, he was a member of the Theta Chi national fraternity, vice president of the American Marketing Association and made honorable mentionĀ on the Dean's List twice. He participated in a summer internship program at a well-known amusement park, where he was able to attend formal business seminars and assist in the recreational department of the company. He graduated in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Palyok earned a graduate assistantship to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. While there, he worked as the assistant business operations manager for their athletic department and worked at the local YMCA. In addition, he co-founded the organization Students for Responsible Business. In 1997, he received his master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management information systems.

After school, Palyok moved to Chicago, where he became a general manager for a Computerized Maintenance Management company, managing their Midwest regional office. He then moved to California to assist in starting up an educational software company, serving as the director of technical support and services. Most recently, Palyok has started a retail management career with one of the largest Home Depot stores in the world. Palyok's hobbies include camping, martial arts, hunting, fishing, scuba diving, archery, golf and traveling. He was PADI certified in 2000. He is a member of the Long Beach Bow Hunter's Club. Palyok was recently recognized by the California Bowmen Hunters's Club for harvesting one of the top 20 largest deer ever recorded in the state.

Palyok currently lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Tammy, and their cat, Keeley. His birth date is May 13, 1973."