Pete Yurkowski - Survivor: Philippines

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 27 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • Survivor 25: Philippines (2012) - 8th place, 11th out - 4th juror.
  • Voted out in Episode 10, "Whiners are Weiners" (Day 27).

Pete Yurkowski on social media: twitter | Instagram

Pete Yurkowski - 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
S25: Philippines 1.50 6.36 0.24 2 9 4 0.44 1.08 - - - 0.68 2.58
Career 1.50 6.36 0.24 2 9 4 0.44 1.08 - - - 0.68 2.58


Pete Yurkowski - 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.


Pete Yurkowski - Challenge record
Survivor 25 logo S25: Philippines

Idol Hands - Ep5 RC

Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-11; 2 2nds)

  • Philippines Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Share the Wealth" - Does rowing stage, Tandang blows the lead, finishes second (2nd*/3).
  • Philippines Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Manila Folders" - Hauler, does puzzle. Tandang wins! (1st/3).
  • Philippines Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Deep In Thought" - Dives, Tandang second (2nd*/3).
  • Philippines Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Swing Break" - Competes, and Tandang wins. (1st/3).
  • Philippines Ep. 5 RC: "Idol Hands" - Wins against Carter, and Tandang wins.
  • Philippines Ep. 5 IC: "Thrash, Splash & Bash" - Competes, Tandang wins.
  • Philippines Ep. 6 RC: "Bog Roll" - On the field as Tandang negotiates surrender.
  • Philippines Ep. 6 IC: "Philiping Out" - One catch shown (against Jeff Kent), Tandang wins.
  • Philippines Ep. 8 RC: "Catch of the Day" - Part of the losing team (with Skupin, Carter, Artis, Abi-Maria).
  • Philippines Ep. 9 RC: "Muddy Waters" - Pete and his team (Skupin, Lisa, Artis) loses.
  • Philippines Ep. 10 RC: "Snare the Drum" - Pete and his team (Malcolm, Carter, Abi-Maria) wins.


Paddle Out - Ep9 IC

Individual challenge record (0-for-4): (Mean % finish: 57.2%)

  • Philippines Ep. 7 IC, "Wrist Assured" - Second man out (6th/7).
  • Philippines Ep. 8 IC, "Snake in the Grass" - First to advance to the finals, but blows the puzzle (3rd/10).
  • Philippines Ep. 9 IC: "Paddle Out" - Shown as main competition to Skupin, but lost (2nd/9).
  • Philippines Ep. 10 IC: "Push Your Luck" - One of three people eliminated in first stage (tie-6th/8).


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

  • Philippines: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 6
2nd place: 2
Played: 11
Win%: 0.64
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 4
Win%: 0.00
Mean% Finish: 57.2%
Hero challenges/duels
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Pete Yurkowski - Tribal Council record
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Ep7 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Philippines: None. Although he did play with an idol clue.


VFB - Votes for the person booted (2/4):


VAP - Votes against (5):

  • Philippines, Ep. 7: Two votes, from Penner and RC.
  • Philippines, Ep. 8: Four votes, from Malcolm, Denise, Carter, and Jeff Kent.
  • Philippines, Ep. 10: Three votes, from Malcolm, Penner, and Carter (voted out, 3-2-[0]).


Jury votes made (1/1):

Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 0/0
Idols found: 0
Idols played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 2
Tribals: 4
VAP: 5
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 1
Received: --
Pete Yurkowski - Pictures
Survivor 25 logo  S25: Philippines image gallery
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    Philippines intro shot
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    Philippines intro shot
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    Pre-game interview
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    CBS pre-game interview
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    Pre-season Sprint ad
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    Pre-season Sprint ad
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    Early camp shot, with RC
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    Do you want to see my idol clue?
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    First challenge
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    Watching the Tandang puzzle, first challenge
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    Hauling, Ep2 RC/IC
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    More hauling, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Doing puzzles with RC, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Puzzle time, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Embracing the dark side, Ep4
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    Facing off against Carter, Ep5 RC
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    You're gonna let them win for what? Ep6 RC
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    Dodging bullets at the Jeff Kent vote, Ep7
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    Assembling the blue team's puzzle, Ep8 RC
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    Losing it up, Ep9 RC
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    Manipulating his balls, Ep9 IC
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    Ep10 reward/ game vacation
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    Sitting through an Ep10 tribal tirade
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    Oh, yay. Ponderosa.
Pete Yurkowski - Interviews
Survivor 25 logo  S25: Philippines

Pre-game interviews

  • Gordon Holmes at (9/14/12): "Survivor: Philippines Pre-Game Interview: Peter 'Pete' Yurkowski"
  • CBS pre-game interview (YouTube, now removed by CBS)


Post-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (11/26/12): "Survivor Exit Interview with Pete Yurkowski"
  • Gordon Holmes at (11/26/12): "Survivor: Philippines Castaway Pete: Abi Is a ‘Brazilian Time Bomb’"
  • Steve Helling at (11/27/12): "Pete Yurkowski: I Fumbled the Game"
  • Daniel Fienberg at (11/28/12): "Pete Yurkowski talks Survivor: Philippines"
Pete Yurkowski - Bio
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From his pre-game interview, by Dalton Ross:

"Wait, I didn't know Taylor Lautner was playing Survivor this season! But the Twilightlookalike has a plan for how to deal with returning players. 'You have to use them to the merge,' says Team Jacob. 'Learn what you can from them as fast as you can and then get rid of them. Because if you keep them around, they win fan favorite. I want $100,000!'"

Excerpts from his Survivor: Philippines bio page (8/24/12):

"Personal Claim to Fame: Graduating with an engineering degree and putting it on the back burner. Gotta' do what you love.

Hobbies: Going to bars and meeting girls, going to the gym and making beats.

Pet Peeves: Stupid people definitely sit at number one. But, here goes the list: ditsy girls, girls that wear tiaras to bars on their birthdays, meat heads, people that are happy all the time, people that beat around the bush, bad ideas, traffic circles, buildings that are structurally unsound and escalators – especially when they don’t work.

3 Words to Describe You: Crazy, funny, manipulative and intelligent.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) My stuffed pillow pet turtle named Hambone. He is coming because Hambone goes where I go. He will be an icon for the show. Plus, how can girls not melt when they find out that one of the things I brought was a stuffed animal. 2) A bottle of rum. 3) Ukrainian Flag… Grandpa would be proud.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Russell Hantz, because he manipulated everyone and was a boss the entire time. Puppet mastery is the name of the game.

Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to be the alpha male. This show is predominately about who is the leader of the pack and that’s me. I’ve been busy with school and graduation but now that’s all over. It’s my time to dominate this game and win it. Plus, I want a million dollars.

Why You Think You’ll 'Survive' Survivor: I’m strong, I’m agile, I have excellent balance, I’m intelligent, I can empower you through the use of speech, I can strategize like Napoleon and I’m a leader.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I take charge of situations and am willing to put my reputation on the line to manipulate and make it to the end. I am not on the island to make friends. I want to win. I have the athletic and intellectual means to conquer anything and anyone you throw at me."