Mike Turner - Survivor 42

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 26 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 1

  • Survivor 42 (2022) - 2nd place, 7-1-0.
  • Received one jury vote to finish second in Episode 13, "It Comes Down to This" (Day 26).

Mike Turner on social media: twitter | Instagram

Mike Turner - 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 42 1.63 10.97 0.15 6 4 8 0.74 2.63 1 8 0.13 1.02 5.00
Career 1.63 10.97 0.15 6 4 8 0.74 2.63 1 8 0.13 1.02 5.00


Mike Turner - 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.


Mike Turner - Challenge record
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Ramplified - Ep5 IC

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

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 1 RC: "Open Reward Challenge" - Helps paddle, but Vati does not win.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 1 IC: "Forty Two" - Paddles, hauls crates; Vati doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Can't Find My Way Home" - Blindfolded, gets bags, and Vati wins (1st/3).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Spiral Architect" - Lands two bags, but Vati loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 4 RC: "Tangled Up Sled Slide" - Untangles ropes, as Vati loses.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 4 IC: "Beyond the Tuna" - Swims, tows boat; Vati doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 5 RC/IC: "Ramplified" - Hits one target, but Vati loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 6 RC: "Rolling Stones Challenge" - Rolls stone, ladder for losing team.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 8 RC: "Basket Case" - Moves a buoy along for the winning team.


Can't Buoy Me Love - Ep8 IC

Individual challenge record (1-for-9*; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 45.4%)

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 8 IC: "Can't Buoy Me Love" - Third out, in under a minute (5th/7).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 9 IC: "Bermuda Triangles" - Third out for orange, very quickly (3rd/5).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 10 RC: "Walk this Way" - Still on the see-saw as it ends (tie-6th/8).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 10 IC: "Bow Diddley" - First out, very quickly (8th/8).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 12 RC: "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" - Working the puzzle as it ends (tie-2nd/6).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 12 IC: "Stair Down the Walls" - On the table maze as it ends (tie-3rd/6).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 13 F5 IC: "Giant Tick" - Races Lindsay on the puzzle; Mike wins! (1st/5).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 13 F4 IC: "Simmotion" - First out, on the 1-ball stage (4th/4).

*Sat out of the Ep11 IC, to avoid the Do or Die twist (not counted)


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

  • Survivor 42: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 2
2nd place: 2
Played: 9
Win%: 0.33
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 9
Sat out: 1
Win%: 0.11
Mean % Finish: 45.4%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean % Finish: --
Mike Turner - Tribal Council record
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Ep5 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (1/1; 0 votes voided):

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 2: Finds Vati's Beware Idol, promptly tells half the tribe (Day 4).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 5: Finally activates his idol at the Ep5 RC/IC (Day 11).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 13: Plays his idol for Maryanne at final five, voiding no votes (Day 24).


VFB - Votes for the person booted (6/8*):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep3 -* Jenny Kim (voted out, 2-2; 1-1; consent) -
Ep5 Chanelle Daniel Strunk (voted out, 2-2-1; 3-0) -
Ep7 Lydia Lydia Meredith (voted out, 6-2-2-1) Yes
Ep8 Chanelle Chanelle Howell (voted out, 7-3-1) Yes
Ep9 (F10) Rocksroy Rocksroy Bailey (voted out, 4-1) Yes
Ep10 Hai Hai Giang (voted out, 6-2) Yes
Ep11 Drea Drea Wheeler (voted out, 5-3) Yes
Ep12 Romeo Omar Zaheer (voted out, 3-2-2) -
Ep13 Lindsay Lindsay Dolashewich (voted out, 4-1) Yes

*Mike was present at the Ep3 Tribal Council, but was unable to vote, due to the Beware idol


VAP - Votes against (4):

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 5: One vote, from Chanelle.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 11: Three votes, from Drea, Drea, and Romeo.


Jury votes received (1/8):

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 13: Received one vote from Jonathan Young, to finish second (7-1-0).
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 1
Played: 1
Votes voided: 0
Voting record
VFB: 6
Tribals: 8*
VAP: 4
Jury votes
Made: 0
Received: 1
Total jurors: 8
Mike Turner - Pictures
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    CBS pre-game intro shot
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    Boating in, Day 1
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    Greeting Probst
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    Watching Hai try to hook the key, Ep1 RC
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    Vati discusses Sweat vs. Savvy
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    Vati counts correctly!
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    Firefighter starting the fire
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    Listening to Daniel's story about childhood leukemia
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Shoving the boat
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    Talking about his idol search, Ep2
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    Found the Beware Idol
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    It did say "Beware"
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    Letting Daniel check the paperwork
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Unable to watch the puzzle stage
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    Vati wins immunity!
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    Dismayed at Daniel "losing" his idol clue, Ep3
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    Ah, there it is
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 RC/IC
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    Sandbag phase
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    The losing Vatis
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    Heading to Tribal, without a vote
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    Vati, Ep3 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Probst
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 IC
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    Vati doesn't lose!
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    Still not sure what to make of Daniel, Ep5
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    Finally getting to say his line
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    Who has an idol and a vote now? This guy!
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    Slingshotting, Ep5 IC
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    The losing Vatis
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    Vati, Ep5 Tribal Council
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    Fake merge lineup, Ep6
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    Helping Drea up, Ep6 RC
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    No chance at catching the orange team
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    Talking about idols with Drea
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    Also with Maryanne
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    Bonding with fellow big guy Jonathan
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    Connecting with Omar
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    Saved from competing in the Ep7 IC
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    Full almost-merge tribe, now with Rocksroy
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    Not-merge tribe, Ep7 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Lydia
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    Winning team, Ep8 RC
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    Competing, Ep8 IC
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    Kula Kula, Ep8 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Jonathan
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    Rocksroy wants a men's alliance, Ep9
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    Starting line, Ep9 IC
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    Orange team's Tribal, Ep9
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    Picked by Lindsay for reward, Ep10
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    Pizza and videos from home
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    Starting line, Ep10 IC
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    Kula Kula, Ep10 Tribal
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    Listening to Lindsay
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    I swear, I'm with all of you and will not eliminate any of you, Ep11
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    Wisely avoiding Do or Die, Ep11 IC
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    Kula Kula, Ep11 Tribal
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    I don't have an idol, Drea
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    Seems legit, Ep12
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    Picked for reward again, Ep12
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    Not for long!
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    Table mazing, Ep12 IC
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    Kula Kula, Ep12 Tribal
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    Lindsay asks for an idol, Ep13
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    Not solving the word scramble
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    Pre-challenge lineup, F5 IC
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    Mike wins immunity!
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    I've been dreaming about this for 20 years, Jeff
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    Reward feasting with Jonathan
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    Safe, F5 Tribal
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    Playing his idol for Maryanne
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    Starting line, F4 IC
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    Ready to go, F4 firemaking
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    Mike is safe, Jonathan is out
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    Morning 26 breakfast
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    Final three, ready to face the jury
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    Answering questions
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    Hugging the winner
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    Finalists + jury, aftershow
Mike Turner - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (2/12/22): "Retired Firefighter Mike Turner Has Lived a Lifetime of Survival"
  • Rob Cesternino & Mike Bloom at RHAP (2/20/22): "Survivor 42 | Vati Tribe Castaway Preview"


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/26/22): "Mike Turner says final Survivor Tribal Council was like 'falling off a cliff'"
  • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (5/26/22): "Mike Turner Breaks Down the Jury Reaction and Playing with Honesty"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/26/22): "Survivor 42 | Final 5 Exit Interviews - May 26, 2022"
Mike Turner - Bio
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Official CBS Survivor 42 bio excerpts (February 9, 2022):

"Pet Peeve: People ripping open cereal boxes and leaving them open. People who are late.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Easy! Raising my children! I know it’s cliché, but it’s true. I come from the projects, not a very good home life, and I didn’t know how to be a father. But I watched other good fathers, learned and raised two amazing kids and I’m very proud.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? I’m sensitive. I care. I get my feelings hurt. I’m smart (at least I think so). My heart hurts for the less fortunate. I love learning. I’m a straight arrow.

Who is your hero and why? Not sure if I have any heroes, but I have people I looked up to and who taught me about life, how to be a father, a hard worker, honest, and loyal: Capt. Stankiswiez, John O’Brien, Aunt Ruth and Uncle David.

Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I would love to play like Boston Rob. Not sure it will work out that way but I really believe that I have all the great attributes of all the great players.

Why do you believe you can be the Sole Survivor? I honestly think I can be the final Survivor because I possess all the attributes needed. I’ll be a beast in challenges, a worker in camp, yet I’ll make people believe I’m not a threat until it’s too late. I also have the gift of gab! People will like me (even Jeff)."