Lisa Whelchel - Survivor: Philippines

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 39 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 1

  • Survivor 25: Philippines (2012) - 2nd place (tie), one jury vote.
  • Received 1 jury vote, to tie for second (6-1-1), in Episode 14, "Million Dollar Question" (Day 39).

Lisa Whelchel on social media: twitter | Instagram

Lisa Whelchel - 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 0.99 13.36 0.07 5 0 8 0.63 4.38 1 8 13 0.82 6.12
Career 0.99 13.36 0.07 5 0 8 0.63 4.38 1 8 13 0.82 6.12


Lisa Whelchel - 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.


Lisa Whelchel - Challenge record
Survivor 25 logo S25: Philippines

Share the Wealth - Ep1 RC/IC

Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-11; 1 2nd; 2 sit-outs)

  • Philippines Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Share the Wealth" - Does final puzzle stage, Tandang blows lead, finishes second (2nd*/3).
  • Philippines Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Manila Folders" - Caller, Tandang wins (1st/3).
  • Philippines Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Deep In Thought" - Sits out of a Tandang non-loss (2nd/3).
  • Philippines Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Swing Break" - Sits out again, this time of a complete Tandang victory (1st/3).
  • Philippines Ep. 5 RC: "Idol Hands" - Loses her bout vs. Katie, but Tandang wins.
  • Philippines Ep. 5 IC: "Thrash, Splash & Bash" - Works puzzle, Tandang wins.
  • Philippines Ep. 6 RC: "Bog Roll" - Tandang negotiates a surrender.
  • Philippines Ep. 6 IC: "Philiping Out" - Launcher, and Tandang wins.
  • Philippines Ep. 8 RC: "Catch of the Day" - Lisa passed by Carter, but team (Malcolm, Denise, Penner, Jeff) wins.
  • Philippines Ep. 9 RC: "Muddy Waters" - Lisa and her team (Skupin, Pete, Artis) loses.
  • Philippines Ep. 10 RC: "Snare the Drum" - Lisa and her team (Skupin, Penner, Denise) loses.


The Ball Drop - Final 4 IC

Individual challenge record (0-for-11): (Mean % finish: 40.8%)

  • Philippines Ep. 7 IC, "Wrist Assured" - First woman out (4th/4).
  • Philippines Ep. 8 IC, "Snake in the Grass" - Eliminated in the first stage (tie-7th/10).
  • Philippines Ep. 9 IC: "Paddle Out" - One of many losers (tie-4th/9).
  • Philippines Ep. 10 IC: "Push Your Luck" - One of three people eliminated in first (of 3) stages (tie-6th/8).
  • Philippines Ep. 11 IC: "Brains and Brawn" - Missed trivia question, only person eliminated in 1st stage (7th/7).
  • Philippines Ep. 12 RC: "Mud Slinging" - Does not win reward, but gets to spend the day with her brother (4th/6).
  • Philippines Ep. 12 IC: "Fish and Game" - Tying sticks when Malcolm wins (tie-3rd/6).
  • Philippines Ep. 13 RC: "Sliders" - Hooks one of five rings (tie- 3rd/5).
  • Philippines Ep. 13 IC: "One Track Mind" - One of three non-Malcolms stuck on the maze puzzle (tie-2nd/4).
  • Philippines Ep. 14 RC: "Dragon Slayer" - At least ahead of Skupin on the puzzle (3rd/4).
  • Philippines Ep. 14 IC: "The Ball Drop" - Narrowly loses to Skupin (2nd/4).


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

  • Philippines: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 5
2nd place: 1
Played: 11
Win%: 0.50
Sat out: 2
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 11
Win%: 0.00
Mean% Finish: 40.8%
Hero challenges/duels
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Lisa Whelchel - Tribal Council record
Survivor 25 logo  S25: Philippines

Final Three

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Philippines, Ep. 7: Finds Malcolm's idol in his pocket while rooting through his bag "doing laundry."


VFB - Votes for the person booted (5/8):


VAP - Votes against (0):

  • Philippines: None.


Jury votes received (1/8):

  • Philippines, Ep. 14: One vote, from RC Saint-Amour (lost the jury vote to Denise Stapley, 6-1-1).
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 0/0
Idols found: 0
Idols played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 5
Tribals: 8
VAP: 0
Jury votes
Made: 0
For winners: --
Received: 1
Total jurors: 8
Lisa Whelchel - 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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    Yup, the first ad is all hers (pre-game shot)
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    Listening to Probst, prior to the Ep1 RC/IC
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    Tandang puzzle
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    Chatting with new Dangrayne tribemate, Penner
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    Still chatting with Penner
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    Conferring with Skupin
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    Paddle Out - Ep9 IC
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    Auction action
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    Sandwiches are exciting
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    Fretting in confessional, again
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    With the chosen people at the family visit RC, Ep12
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    Refreshed from family visit, and ready to play , Ep12
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    Family visit, with Justice, Skupin, and Skupin
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    Ready to go, Ep12 IC
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    About to say goodbye to Carter, Ep12 tribal council
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    Scaling walls, Ep13 RC
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    Hoping Skupin will pick her, Ep13 RC
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    Final five immunity challenge
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    Playing for IC advantage, final four RC
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    Final four IC, Ep14
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    The final three
Lisa Whelchel - Interviews
Survivor 25 logo  S25: Philippines

Pre-game interviews


Post-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino at RobHasAPodcast (12/17/12): "Interviews with the Survivor Philippines Final Four"
  • Dalton Ross at (12/17/12): "Lisa Whelchel talks about being shocked by Penner on Survivor: Philippines and says she will be co-hosting on The Jeff Probst Show"
  • Gordon Holmes at (12/18/12): "Lisa Whelchel on Penner’s Survivor Blindside: ‘Why Didn't I See That Coming?’"
Lisa Whelchel - Bio
Survivor 25 logo  S25: Philippines

From her interview, by Dalton Ross:

"There is probably nowhere prissy Blair Warner from The Facts of Life would rather be less than out on an island in the Philippines, but for the woman that played her, it is a dream come true. A true super fan, Lisa openly campaigned to get on Survivor. And embarking on this journey can't help but remind her of The Facts of Life theme song because, 'I have a feeling Survivor is going to be a whole lot of good, but it's also going to be a whole lot of bad.'"

Excerpts from her official CBS Survivor: Philippines bio page (8/24/12):

"Personal Claim to Fame: My three delightful and interesting children and the close friendship we enjoy.

Inspiration in Life: I admire and respect Oprah. She has used her fame and fortune to help people.

Hobbies: Reading, scrapbooking and traveling.

Pet Peeves: People who judge other people.

3 Words to Describe You: Quick-witted, sharp-minded and brave-hearted.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) A Bible with giant print because I don’t know if I would have my reading glasses. 2) A journal and a pen because I have a terrible memory and I don’t want to forget a minute of this experience. 3) Playing cards because I love to play games.

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Colby – I’m competitive, genuine and from Texas!

Reason for Being on Survivor: I LOVE the game and was born to play it. Plus, I want to meet Jeff Probst.

Why You Think You’ll 'Survive' Survivor: I am strong physically, intellectually and in will.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: My inherent make up is to assess the big picture goal, determine the steps to reach it, gain everything there is to learn about how to accomplish the goal, jump in with both feet, connect with other people’s strengths and never give up until the job is done."