Katurah Topps - Survivor 45

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 25 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • Survivor 45 (2023) - 4th place, 15th out - 8th juror.
  • Eliminated via firemaking in Episode 13, "Living the Survivor Dream" (Day 25).

Katurah Topps on social media: twitter

Katurah Topps - 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 0.62 9.98 0.06 4 0 7 0.57 4.00 - - - 0.63 4.62
Career 0.62 9.98 0.06 4 0 7 0.57 4.00 - - - 0.63 4.62


Katurah Topps - 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.


Katurah Topps - Challenge record
Survivor 45 logo  Survivor 45 challenges

Knock One Back - Ep5 IC

Tribal/team challenge record (2-for-9; 2 2nds; 2 sit-outs):

  • Survivor 45 Ep.1 RC: "Barge Simpson" - Empties the crate with Bruce, but Belo loses.
  • Survivor 45 Ep.1 IC: "Mud Crutch" - Crosses the obstacles, and Belo wins! (1st/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.2 RC/IC: "Smash and Grab" - Sits out, as Belo is second by seconds (2nd/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.3 RC: "Running Down a Dream" - Catches her ball, but Belo loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.3 IC: "Draggin' the Dragon" - Assembles the puzzle, and Belo doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.4 IC: "Turn the Cage" - Helps carry the cage, and Lulu wins (1st/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.5 RC/IC: "Knock One Back" - Collects keys, hits a target, and Lulu doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.6 RC/IC: "Super Ramp" - Draws gray rock, forced to sit out, but picks winning team and gets merge buff/feast anyway.
  • Survivor 45 Ep.9 RC: "Different Stages" - Unable to dig up the third rung, blue team loses. Katurah loses her vote.


Get a Grip - Ep7 IC

Individual challenge record (0-for-8): (Mean % finish: 46.3%)

  • Survivor 45 Ep. 7 IC: "Get a Grip" - Fifth out on the red team (2nd/6).
  • [Survivor 45 Ep. 8 IC: "Drop a Log" - Sits out in exchange for rice (not counted).]
  • Survivor 45 Ep. 10 RC: "Running on Empty" - One of seven somewhere on the table maze as Emily wins (tie-2nd/8).
  • Survivor 45 Ep. 10 IC: "Invertigo" - Second out, on initial pegs (7th/8).
  • Survivor 45 Ep. 11 IC: "Unspun Heroes" - Still knocking blocks off with sandbags at the end (tie-4th/7).
  • Survivor 45 Ep. 12 RC: "Barreling Along" - Working on the slide puzzle as Austin wins (tie-2nd/6).
  • Survivor 45 Ep. 12 IC: "Gimme One Step" - Third out, under 12 minutes (3rd/6).
  • Survivor 45 Ep. 13 F5 IC: "High Deck Matsui" - Still working on her first puzzle tier as it ends (tie-4th/5).
  • Survivor 45 Ep. 13 F4 IC: "On Shaky Ground" - Drops her stack, watches Dee win (tie-2nd/4).


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

  • Survivor 45 : None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 2
2nd place: 2
Played: 9
Win%: 0.33
Sat out: 2
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 8
Win%: 0.00
Mean% Finish: 46.3%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Katurah Topps - Tribal Council record
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Ep7 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Survivor 45, Ep. 13 (F5 vote): Jake plays his idol for Katurah, voiding one vote, but credit goes to Jake (Day 24).


VFB - Votes for the person booted (4/7*):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep6 Kaleb J.Maya (voted out, [0]-0; 10-1) -*
Ep7 Kaleb (F11 vote) Kaleb Gebrewold (voted out, 4-2) Yes
Ep8 Jake Kellie Nalbandian (voted out, 5-3) -
Ep9 -** Kendra McQuarrie (voted out, 6-1) -
Ep10 Bruce Bruce Perrault (voted out, 4-3-1) Yes
Ep11 Julie Emily Flippen (idoled out, [0]-1) -
Ep12 Drew Drew Basile (voted out, 4-2) Yes
Ep13 Julie Julie Alley (voted out, 2-1-1-[0]) Yes

*Everyone voted for Kaleb in the first round of the Ep6 Tribal; he played his Shot in the Dark (and couldn't vote), and was safe. Nobody earned VFB, since JMaya left on the revote, not the first round.

**Katurah was present at the Ep9 Tribal, but unable to vote (no TCA charged).


VAP - Votes against (0*):

  • [*Survivor 45, Ep. 13 (F5 vote): One vote, from Dee, voided by Jake's idol play.]


Jury votes made (1/1):

Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 0
Played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 4
Tribals: 7*
VAP: 0
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 1
Received: --
Katurah Topps - 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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    On the boat, Day 1
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    Opening sequence confessional
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    Greeting Probst
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    Emptying a crate with Bruce, Ep1 RC
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    September birthdays alliance formed
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    Kendra wants to target Jake because he's a lawyer!
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    Baiting Jake into talking about lawyering
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Watching the puzzle stage
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    Belo wins immunity!
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    Complaining about Bruce, Ep2
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    Watching the puzzle stage, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Belo trailing, Ep3 RC
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    Belo women chatting
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    Belo doesn't lose, Ep3 IC
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    Seems legit, pre-Ep4 swap
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    Now on Lulu
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 IC
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    Lulu, about to win
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    Checking on Jake, Ep5
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    Just got caught idol-hunting
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    Bonding with Kaleb
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    Shooting Lulu to 2nd place, Ep5 IC
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    Three tribes, one beach, Ep6
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    Drew the wrong rock, sitting out, Ep6 RC/IC
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    Reward feasting anyway
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    Happy to officially have made the merge
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    Not-merge tribe, Ep6 Tribal
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    Kaleb is safe?!
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    Called out by Bruce for supporting Kaleb, Ep7
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep7 IC
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    Getting a Grip
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    Reward feasting
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    Jake reveals he knew about Bruce's idol
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    Red team, Ep7 Tribal
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    Yay, Ep8
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    Counting cash
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    Auction time, ready to bid
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    About to pass up some delicious giant fish eyes
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    You guys could target Bruce?
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    Watching Bruce win immunity
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    Of course he won
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    Dakuwaqa, Ep8 Tribal
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    Listening to Bruce
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep9 RC/IC
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    Red team eliminated, lose their votes, first round
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    Not much of a chance, TBH
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    We all failed (Austin didn't)
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    Dakuwaqa, Ep9 Tribal
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    The Reba Four are a problem! Ep10
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    Not buying Bruce's lost idol ruse
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    Table mazing, Ep10 RC
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    Girls' night reward feasting
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    Letters from home
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    Still in it, Ep10 IC
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    Dakuwaqa, Ep10 Tribal
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    Listening to Drew
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    Telling Jake and Julie her story (not the lawyer part), Ep11
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    She's dangerous!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep11 IC
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    Dakuwaqa, Ep11 Tribal
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    Slide puzzling, Ep12 RC
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    Reward third-wheeling
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    Still in it, Ep12 IC
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    Dakuwaqa, Ep12 Tribal
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    Working on the tower puzzle, F5 IC
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    So long, Julie, F5 Tribal
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    Pre-challenge lineup, F4 IC
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    Just lost at firemaking, F4 Tribal
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    Snuffed without being voted out, F4 Tribal
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    With the jury, Final Tribal
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    Finalists plus jury, Aftershow
Katurah Topps - Interviews
Survivor 45 logo  Survivor 45 interviews

Pre-game interviews

  • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (9/8/23): "Civil Rights Lawyer Katurah Topps Calls Herself 'Perpetually an Underdog'"
  • Rob Cesternino & Mike Bloom at RHAP (9/13/23): "Survivor 45 | Cast Preview Part 3"


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at EW.com (12/21/23): "Katurah Topps says Survivor 45 finale mistake 'still haunts me'"
  • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (12/21/23): "Survivor 45's Katurah Topps Explains Her Last-Minute Vote Swap that Sealed Her Fate"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/21/23): "Survivor 45 | Final Five Exit Interviews"
Katurah Topps - Bio
Survivor 45  logo  Survivor 45 bio

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

3 Words to Describe You: Calculating. Determined. Unexpected.

Why do you want to be part of SURVIVOR? To remind myself of the power that the brave and multidimensional woman inside of me holds. And also because I firmly believe that doing things that scare the crap outta you is truly living What’s one life experience you feel has prepared you for the game? Walking through the world as a Black person, a woman, a queer person, and a child of poverty.

Which previous player do you identify with the most? Who do you think you will play most like? Natalie and Spencer, for their never-quit attitudes. I think I’ll have a mixture of Natalie’s determination, with a tiny bit of Rob’s manipulative leadership (but not overboard). But overall I think I’ll be a new player entirely.

What will you value in an alliance partner? Loyalty so unrelenting that it’s illogical. (Think Laurel’s loyalty to Wendell.)

Favorite Hobbies: Hot yoga, eating delicious food in gorgeous locations, and countering systemic racism.

Pet Peeves: Slow walkers, slow talkers, and people who ooze privilege.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Successfully switching my life from just “surviving” to actually “thriving”.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? I speak French. Oh, and I’m almost color blind.

Who in your life is your biggest inspiration and why? Katurah, the child. That little girl faced some of the most unimaginable obstacles, yet still decided to protect herself, become a civil rights lawyer, and break generational curses, and she grew up and did exactly that!

Why will you be the Sole Survivor: Because I’ve been preparing for it for life (even when I didn’t realize it)!