Kellie Nalbandian - Survivor 45

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 16 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • Survivor 45 (2023) - 10th place, 9th out - 2nd juror.
  • Voted out in Episode 8, "Following a Dead Horse to Water" (Day 16).

Kellie Nalbandian on social media: twitter | Instagram

Kellie Nalbandian - 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 1.47 3.65 0.40 1 5 3 0.27 1.04 - - - 0.67 2.50
Career 1.47 3.65 0.40 1 5 3 0.27 1.04 - - - 0.67 2.50


Kellie Nalbandian - 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.


Kellie Nalbandian - Challenge record
Survivor 45 logo  Survivor 45 challenges

Smash and Grab - Ep2 RC/IC

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

  • Survivor 45 Ep.1 RC: "Barge Simpson" - Swims and paddles with Jake, but Belo loses.
  • Survivor 45 Ep.1 IC: "Mud Crutch" - Works the puzzle with Brando, and Belo wins! (1st/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.2 RC/IC: "Smash and Grab" - Works the puzzle with Kellie, and 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" - Sits out, as Belo takes second place.
  • Survivor 45 Ep.4 IC: "Turn the Cage" - Carries the cage, rebounds, and Lulu wins (1st/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.5 RC/IC: "Knock One Back" - Sits out, as Lulu doesn't lose (2nd/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.6 RC/IC: "Super Ramp" - Crosses obstacles, but the red team loses big.


Get a Grip - Ep7 IC

Individual challenge record (1-for-2): (Mean % finish: 58.3%)

  • Survivor 45 Ep. 7 IC: "Get a Grip" - Outlasts everyone on the blue team, and Kellie wins (1st/6).
  • Survivor 45 Ep. 8 IC: "Drop a Log" - First out, on transition to 4th knot (6th/6).


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

  • Survivor 45 : None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 2
2nd place: 1
Played: 8
Win%: 0.31
Sat out: 2
Individual challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 2
Win%: 0.50
Mean% Finish: 58.3%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean% Finish: -
Kellie Nalbandian - Tribal Council record
Survivor 45  logo  Survivor 45 Tribal

Ep5 journey

Idols held/played (0/0) | Advantages held/played (1/0):

  • Survivor 45, Ep. 5: Gets talked into taking the amulet advantage, with J. and Austin (Day 11).
  • Survivor 45, Ep. 8: Voted out while holding the amulet, turning it into an idol for Austin (Day 16).


VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/3):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep6 Kaleb J.Maya (voted out, [0]-0; 10-1) -*
Ep7 Sifu (F12 vote) Sifu Alsup (voted out, 5-1) Yes
Ep8 Jake Kellie Nalbandian (voted out, 5-3) -**

*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.

**What the hell, guys?


VAP - Votes against (5):

  • Survivor 45, Ep. 8: Five votes, from Austin, Dee, Drew, Emily, and Julie (voted out, 5-3).


Jury votes made (1/1):

Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 1/0
Idols found: 0
Idols played: -
Votes voided: -
Voting record
VFB: 1*
Tribals: 3
VAP: 5
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 1
Received: -
Kellie Nalbandian - 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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    Opening sequence confessional about being excited to play
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    Greeting Probst, Day 1
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    Paddling, Ep1 RC
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    Talking about the new tribe
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    September birthdays alliance formed
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Working the puzzle with Brando
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    Belo wins immunity!
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    Alliance talk with Kendra and Brando, Ep2
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    Also an alliance with the Belo guys
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    Talking about her options
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    Working the puzzle with Brando, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Belo, about to take second place
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    Belo trailing, Ep3 RC
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    Belo women chatting
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    Katurah has a point about Bruce
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    Watching the Ep3 IC from the sidelines
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    Seems legit, Ep4
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    Newly Lulu, Ep4 swap
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    Oh well, great Survivor players can adapt
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 IC
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    Retrieving errant throws
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    Lulu wins!
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    Checking up on Jake, Ep5
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    Just caught Katurah idol hunting
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    Watching the shooting, Ep5 IC
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    A totally legit non-aggression pact with J and Austin, Ep5 journey
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    Arriving at Reba, Ep6 (earn the) merge
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep6 IC
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    Red team, trailing
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    The losing red team
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    Waiting for their fate to be determined
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    Belo ladies reconnect
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    Not-merge tribe, Ep6 Tribal
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    Kaleb is safe!
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    Starting to get tired of Bruce, Ep7
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep7 RC/IC
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    Blue team in progress
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    Down to a showdown with Dee
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    Kellie wins individual immunity! (not team reward, though)
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    Blue team, Ep7 Tribal
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    Listening to Probst
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    The 10-second long Survivor 45 women's alliance, Ep8
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    That's good, right? Right?
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    Starting cash totals
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    Auctions are fun!
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    Already eliminated, Ep8 IC
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    Ugh, Bruce is safe, so that means I'm a target
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    Trying to work something with Jake
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    Dakuwaqa, Ep8 Tribal
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    Listening to Bruce
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    Second member of the jury...
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    Snuffed, Day 16 (Episode 8)
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    With the jury, Final Tribal
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    Finalists plus jury, Aftershow
Kellie Nalbandian - Interviews
Survivor 45 logo  Survivor 45 interviews

Pre-game interviews

  • Mike Bloom at (9/8/23): "Critical Care Nurse Kellie Nalbandian Prides Herself on 'Promoting Shared Vulnerability'"
  • Rob Cesternino & Mike Bloom at RHAP (9/13/23): "Survivor 45 | Cast Preview Part 3"


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at (11/16/23): "Kellie Nalbandian blacked out after Survivor blindside"
  • Mike Bloom at (11/16/23): "Kellie Nalbandian Reveals Her Plan to Steal Bruce's Idol"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (11/16/23): "Survivor 45 | Exit Interview w/ the Second Juror - Ep8"
Kellie Nalbandian - 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: Scrappy, deliberate, intuitive.

Why do you want to be part of SURVIVOR? I started watching the show while working through the COVID pandemic as a nurse in NYC. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done but it taught me that life is short and can change overnight. So why not go for what you want full tilt? I think that spirit of perseverance and true humanity is woven throughout this game. Plus, I love the adventure, competition and who doesn’t want to run extreme adult obstacle courses?

What’s one life experience you feel has prepared you for the game? Definitely being a nurse. I became an EMT at 18. I’ve worked in the emergency room, now in critical care and through COVID as a nurse in NYC. These experiences taught me to be rational, perceptive and emotionally intelligent in sustained stress and chaos. Not to mention, doing this on a night shift for 12 hours at a time, often without a break to rest! Nurses are tough- but we’re also empathetic, comforting and vulnerable. That combination will help me greatly in the game.

Which previous player do you identify with the most? Who do you think you will play most like? I totally relate to Kelley Wentworth’s tenacious, scrappy vibe. But I think like Parvati, I have the ability to connect with and draw in lots of different types of people with charm and authenticity but still maintain an independent ruthless mental strategy. I’d also like to draw inspiration from Cirie, as we are both nurses! What will you value in an alliance partner? I’d like to play with people that I not only trust but also understand their motives. They don’t have to be traditionally predictable- I just have to “get” them and vibe with them! And hopefully we can have some fun together!

Favorite Hobbies: Playing acoustic guitar, watching/playing soccer and taking board games way too seriously

Pet Peeves: Inefficiency and know it alls

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Working through the COVID 19 pandemic as a nurse in NYC- it showed me I have a lot more resilience and grit than I thought! I’m also proud of being my nursing school valedictorian and getting into Yale for grad school. I think people really underestimate nurses’ intelligence, but I live to prove people wrong!

What is something we would never know from looking at you? I am a little nerdy. I love strategy board games and video games.

Who in your life is your biggest inspiration and why? My fiancée, Gabrielle. She has persevered through difficult times against the odds and became not only successful but through everything, been the most genuine, generous, empathetic, individual who brings everyone together.

Why will you be the Sole Survivor? My job requires me to be adaptable in the face of constant chaos and change, just like this game! I’m a chameleon, I can bro out with jocks, nerd out with nerds, be besties with the girls. There’s no one I can’t bond with! I think I will surprise people. At the end of the day, I’m fully prepared to manipulate and blindside my way to final Tribal, where I can get votes from my friends on the jury.