Brandon Donlon - Survivor 45

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 5 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

  • Survivor 45 (2023) - 17th place, 2nd out.
  • Voted out in Episode 2, "Brought a Bazooka to a Tea Party" (Day 5).

Brandon Donlon on social media: twitter | Instagram

Brandon Donlon - 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 45 0.00 0.53 0.00 - 3 0* -1.00 0.00 - - - -1.00 0.00
Career 0.00 0.53 0.00 - 3 0* -1.00 0.00 - - - -1.00 0.00


Brandon Donlon - 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.


Brandon Donlon - Challenge record
Survivor 45 logo  Survivor 45 challenges

Ep1 IC

Tribal/team challenge record (0-for-3):

  • Survivor 45 Ep.1 RC: "Barge Simpson" - Retrieves key with Sean, panics on ladder; Lulu loses.
  • Survivor 45 Ep.1 IC: "Mud Crutch" - Works the puzzle with Emily, but Lulu loses again (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.2 RC/IC: "Smash and Grab" - Works the puzzle with Sabiyah, but Lulu loses again (3rd/3).


Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

  • Survivor 45 : None yet.


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

  • Survivor 45 : None yet.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 3
Win%: 0.00
Sat out: -
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean% Finish: -
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean% Finish: -
Brandon Donlon - Tribal Council record
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Ep1 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Survivor 45, Ep. 2: Finds Lulu's Beware Advantage, but immediately gives it to Sabiyah (Day 4).
  • Survivor 45, Ep. 2: Goes on the Ep2 journey for Lulu, plays for an advantage, but ends up losing his vote instead (also Day 4).


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

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep2 -** Brandon Donlon (voted out, 3-0) -
0** TOTALS 0

*Lulu attended Ep1's Tribal Council, but Hannah quit before any votes were cast. Also, Kendra cast a vote for Brandon while at Lulu camp, but Hannah's quit pre-empted the official voting process, so it doesn't count.

**Brandon also attended the Ep2 Tribal, where he was voted out, but was unable to vote himself, thanks to the Ep2 journey.


VAP - Votes against (3*):

  • Survivor 45, Ep. 2: Three votes, from Emily, Kaleb, and Sean (voted out, 3-0).


Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Survivor 45 : None.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 0/0
Idols found: 0
Idols played: -
Votes voided: -
Voting record
VFB: 0
Tribals: 0*
VAP: 3
Jury votes
Made: 0
For winners: -
Received: -
Brandon Donlon - Pictures
Survivor 45 logo  Survivor 45 image gallery
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    Survivor 45 intro shot
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    Survivor 45 intro shot
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    CBS pre-game interview shot
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    Pre-game interview
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    Preview confessional, talking about robbing banks
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    Greeting Probst, Day 1
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    Paddling with Sean, Ep1 RC
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    The struggle is real
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    First challenge did not go well...
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    Finally making it to camp
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    Talking up Hannah
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Hitting the wall
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    Working the puzzle with Emily
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    The losing Lulus
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    Concerned about the vote
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    Lulu, Ep1 Tribal
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    Listening to Emily
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    Talking about Lulu's Ep2 idol hunt
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    Found it!
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    Letting Sabiyah handle the "beware" part
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    The scoliosis stepstool
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    With Bruce and Drew, Ep2 journey
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    I've been waiting a long time to do this! And we're still gonna wait. Okay.
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    Telling Lulu what happened
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Working the puzzle
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    Worried, but relying on his social skills to pull him through
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    Lulu, Ep2 Tribal
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    It's one of us, Jeff
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    Going into the voting booth to not vote
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    Second person voted out of Survivor 45...
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    Snuffed, Day 5 (Episode 2)
Brandon Donlon - Interviews
Survivor 45 logo  Survivor 45 interviews

Pre-game interviews


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at (10/5/23): "Brandon Donlon explains his panic attack on Survivor 45: 'I felt my body shut down'"
  • Mike Bloom at (10/5/23): "Brandon Donlon Talks Through His Opening Panic Attack on Survivor 45"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (10/5/23): "Survivor 45 | Exit Interview with the Second Player Voted Out - Ep2"
Brandon Donlon - Bio
Survivor 45  logo  Survivor 45 bio

Official CBS Survivor 45 bio excerpts (from Mike Bloom's gallery, 9/7/23):

3 Words to Describe You: Empathetic, inquisitive, relatable Why do you want to be part of SURVIVOR? Survivor is my favorite thing in the world. It changed me for the better before I ever stepped foot in Fiji. I want to be the person this game can turn me into.

What’s one life experience you feel has prepared you for the game? My background in writing is imperative for a game like this. I like to think I know what to say, how to say it, and who I should say it to.

Which previous player do you identify with the most? Who do you think you will play most like? I wake up every day wishing I was Mike White. He played one of the most impressive Survivor games ever, balancing his insane social savviness while oozing likability. I hope to play like any of the Survivor writers, really – give me David Wright, Cochran, Penner, etc.

What will you value in an alliance partner? Comfort. I am so anxious during my day-to-day life. I can imagine it’ll be 10 times worse here. My friends and family all have their unique ways of calming me down. I want that here, too.

Favorite Hobbies: Going out to eat, antiquing, leaving a party without telling anybody.

Pet Peeves: Adult men who have Snapchat. People who message me “hi” when they need something from me. Lead with your request!

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? After doing contract marketing work since college, I finally settled at a place I love, doing work I love, and working with some of the best people I know.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? I hate tabletop games. I feel like I give off big tabletop game energy. I’d rather get a root canal than play Settlers of Catan. Genuinely.

Who in your life is your biggest inspiration and why? Every teacher I’ve ever had. Each one has imparted something I still carry to this day – and they’re so overworked, underpaid, and undervalued. Pay teachers more!

Why will you be the Sole Survivor? I want it more. Nobody wants this as bad as I do. I feel like Charlie - I got the golden ticket, I’m at the chocolate factory, and I plan on being the last one standing. Game on.