Josh Wilder - Survivor 44

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 13 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

  • Survivor 44 (2023) - 12th place, 7th out.
  • Voted out in Episode 6, "Survivor with a Capital S" (Day 13).

Josh Wilder on social media: twitter | Instagram

Josh Wilder - 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 0.72 1.82 0.39 2 7 3 0.54 1.70 - - - 0.94 2.41
Career 0.72 1.82 0.39 2 7 3 0.54 1.70 - - - 0.94 2.41


Josh Wilder - 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.


Josh Wilder - Challenge record
Survivor 44 logo  Survivor 44 challenges


Tribal/team challenge record (3-for-8; 1 2nd):

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 1 RC: "Crate Wide Open" - Grabs a puzzle block, flings a ring, and Soka wins (1st)/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 1 IC: "Paradise Lost" - Paddles, hauls, slides puzzle pieces; Soka wins (1st)/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "A Bridge You Must Cross" - Works the snake maze, Soka doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Box Car Blues" - Helps roll the cube, but Soka loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 4 RC: "Air Raid" - Hits a target, Soka wins (1st)/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 4 IC: "Leap of Faith" - Works the puzzle with Sarah, but Tika loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 5 IC: "EOC" - Works the table maze with Yam Yam, but Tika loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 6 RC/IC: "No Quarter" - Pushes the ball, but part of the losing team.


Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

  • Survivor 44: None.


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

  • Survivor 44: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 3
2nd place: 1
Played: 8
Win%: 0.44
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Josh Wilder - Tribal Council record
Survivor 44  logo  Survivor 44 Tribal

Ep4 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (1/1; 2 votes voided):

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 4: Received a pre-merge idol at the 3-person swap (Day 8).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 4: Played the idol for himself, voiding two votes and avoiding a tie (Day 9).


VFB - Votes for the person booted (2/3):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep3 Claire Claire Rafson (voted out, 4-0) Yes
Ep4 Sarah Sarah Wade (voted out, 2-[0]) Yes
Ep6 Yam Yam Josh Wilder (voted out, 7-3-1) -


VAP - Votes against (7):

  • [Survivor 44, Ep. 4: Two votes, from Sarah and Yam Yam, both voided by Josh's idol play.]
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 4: Seven votes, from Carson, Danny, Frannie, Heidi, Jaime, Lauren, and Yam Yam (voted out, 7-3-1).


Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Survivor 44: None.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 1
Played: 1
Votes voided: 2
Voting record
VFB: 2
Tribals: 3
VAP: 7
Jury votes
Made: 0
For winners: --
Received: --
Josh Wilder - Pictures
Survivor 44 logo  Survivor 44 image gallery
  • Josh Wilder S44
    Pre-season video shot
  • Josh Wilder S44
    On the boat, Day 1
  • Josh Wilder S44
    Opening sequence confessional
  • Josh Wilder S44
    Greeting Probst
  • Josh Wilder S44
    Flinging a ring, Ep1 RC
  • Josh Wilder S44
    Soka wins!
Josh Wilder - Interviews
Survivor 44 logo  Survivor 44 interviews

Pre-game interviews


Post-game interviews

  • Sydney Bucksbaum at (4/6/23): "Josh Wilder knows he would have gone home earlier on Survivor without Matthew's injury"
  • Mike Bloom at (4/6/23): "Josh Wilder Says He Was 'Heartbroken' by His Relationship with Yam Yam"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (4/6/23): "Survivor 44 | Exit Interview with the Seventh Player Out - Ep6"
Josh Wilder - Bio
Survivor 44  logo  Survivor 44 bio

Official CBS Survivor 44 bio excerpts (January 31, 2023), via Mike Bloom at

"3 Words to Describe You: Adventurous, charismatic, ambitious

Why do you want to be part of SURVIVOR? I want to be a part of SURVIVOR to prove to myself, and any other little gay Black boy or girl that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. Growing up with a medical condition, I was always told by numerous people and doctors that I couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to do things like other people. I called bull crap and have completely astounded doctors with what I have achieved both professionally and personally. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

What’s one life experience you feel has prepared you for the game? I feel as if your life experiences will help get you further in the game. As a physician, I meet a variety of new people on a daily basis. This will help my social game as I must get that individual to trust my diagnosis, explanation, and treatment plan in 20 minutes during an office visit.

Which previous player do you identify with the most? Who do you think you will play most like? I identify most with Jeremy. I will play most like Davie. He had a great social game and was a beast at challenges.

What will you value in an alliance partner? I will value an alliance partner’s complete honesty and trustworthiness. Without these two characteristics, do you truly have an alliance?

Favorite Hobbies: Obstacle course races, traveling, tending to my houseplants

Pet Peeves: Those who mispronounce salmon. Unnecessary rudeness. People who walk slow in front of me.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Graduating at the top of my class after undergoing a total gastrectomy during my first year of medical school

What is something we would never know from looking at you? One would never know that I was born with a congenital deformity called Prune Belly Syndrome. This required me to have a kidney transplant at nine years old. I am on life-long immunosuppressant medication which inadvertently caused me to develop stomach cancer when I was 25. I had to have a complete stomach removal because of this and relearn how to eat. I’m doing great and am cancer-free.

Who in your life is your biggest inspiration and why? Besides my mom, who helped me find who I was in the world, I would say my deceased kidney donor, Kristen Reagle. She died at the age of 15 from a drunk driver and her grandma donated all of her organs. I was a near perfect match and received her kidney. I live every day for her and would not be here without her.

Why will you be the Sole Survivor? I will be the Sole Survivor because adversity and survival have been my life. I wasn’t supposed to live past age five. I survived a kidney transplant. I beat cancer. I grew up a gay Black man in Ohio. I also know how to communicate with many different people to establish trust and alliances to further my game play. Lastly I am a very athletic individual which has only come from the hard work and dedication to being healthy due to my illness. This means I can take any negative situation and flip it into a positive endeavor. This is required to outlast all the trials and tribulations of the game."