Romeo Escobar - Survivor 42

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

  • Survivor 42 (2022) - 3rd place, 7-1-0.
  • Received no jury votes to finish in 3rd place in Episode 13, "It Comes Down to This" (Day 26).

Romeo Escobar on social media: twitter | Instagram

Romeo Escobar - 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 1.52 10.97 0.14 5 6 9 0.54 1.56 0 8 0.00 0.68 3.07
Career 1.52 10.97 0.14 5 6 9 0.54 1.56 0 8 0.00 0.68 3.07


Romeo Escobar - 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.


Romeo Escobar - Challenge record
Survivor 42 logo  Survivor 42 challenges

Can't Find My Way Home - Ep2 RC/IC

Tribal/team challenge record (2-for-9; 1 2nd; 3 sit-outs):

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 1 RC: "Open Reward Challenge" - Helps paddle, and Ika wins.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 1 IC: "Forty Two" - Sits out, as Ika loses.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Can't Find My Way Home" - Blindfolded, grabs bags, as Ika doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Spiral Architect" - Sits out, as Ika takes second again (2nd/3).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 4 RC: "Tangled Up Sled Slide" - Untangles ropes, as Ika loses.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 4 IC: "Beyond the Tuna" - Sits out again, Ika loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 5 RC/IC: "Ramplified" - Crosses obstacles, and Ika wins (1st/3).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 6 RC: "Rolling Stones Challenge" - Retrieves keys for the losing team.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 8 RC: "Basket Case" - Moves a buoy along for the losing team.


Can't Buoy Me Love - Ep8 IC

Individual challenge record (1-for-9; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 49.9%)

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 8 IC: "Can't Buoy Me Love" - Fourth out, in under a minute (4th/7).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 9 IC: "Bermuda Triangles" - Last out for the orange team (2nd/5).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 10 RC: "Walk this Way" - Still untying his knots as it ends (8th/8).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 10 IC: "Bow Diddley" - Third out, on first section (6th/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" - Working on the puzzle as it ends (5th/5).
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 13 F4 IC: "Simmotion" - Lasts to 4-ball stage; Romeo wins! (1st/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: 1
Played: 9
Win%: 0.28
Sat out: 3
Individual challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 9
Sat out: 1
Win%: 0.11
Mean % Finish: 49.9%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean % Finish: -
Romeo Escobar - Tribal Council record
Survivor 42 logo  Survivor 42 Tribal

Ep8 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Survivor 42: None. Although he did create a fake idol, revealed at final five.


VFB - Votes for the person booted (5/9):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep1 Zach Zach Wurtenberger (voted out, 5-0) Yes
Ep4 Swati Swati Goel (voted out, 3-1) Yes
Ep7 Maryanne Lydia Meredith (voted out, 6-2-2-1) -
Ep8 Hai Chanelle Howell (voted out, 7-3-1) -
Ep9 (F10) Rocksroy Rocksroy Bailey (voted out, 4-1) Yes
Ep10 Jonathan Hai Giang (voted out, 6-2) -
Ep11 Mike Drea Wheeler (voted out, 5-3) -
Ep12 Omar Omar Zaheer (voted out, 3-2-2) Yes
Ep13 Lindsay Lindsay Dolashewich (voted out, 4-1) Yes


VAP - Votes against (6):

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 8: Three votes, from Chanelle, Maryanne, and Omar.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 9: One vote, from Rocksroy.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 12: Two votes, from Jonathan and Mike.


Jury votes received (0/8):

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 13: Received no jury votes, to finish in third place, 7-1-0.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 0
Played: -
Votes voided: -
Voting record
VFB: 5
Tribals: 9
VAP: 6
Jury votes
Made: 0
Received: 0
Total jurors: 8
Romeo Escobar - Pictures
Survivor 42 logo  Survivor 42 image gallery
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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 Rocksroy hook the key
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    Ika wins reward!
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    Arrival at camp
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    Ika tribe meet-and-greet
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    Talking about meshing with the older players
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    The adults, allegedly forming an alliance
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Watching from the sit-out bench
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    Not wanting to vote out Zach
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    Ika, Ep1 Tribal Council
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    Talking to Probst
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    Disappointed to have to vote Zach, Ep2
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Ika takes second!
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    Wisely sitting (standing) out, Ep3 RC/IC
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    Starting line, Ep4 RC
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    Complaining about Rocksroy's micromanagement tendencies
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    The losing Ikas, Ep4 IC
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    A plan emerges
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    Ika, Ep4 Tribal
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    Drea recites her line, pre-Ep5 IC
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    Ika finally wins!
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    Fake merge lineup, Ep6
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    Not catching the orange team, Ep6 RC
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    Fake-merge feasting on rice
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    Talking about coming out with Hai
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    Saved from having to compete in Ep7 IC. Thanks, Rocksroy
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    The out-of-the-numbers group confers
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    Not-merge tribe, Ep7 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    Competing, Ep8 IC
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    Kula Kula, Ep8 Tribal
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    Starting line, Ep9 IC
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    Not excited about the upcoming all-dudes Tribal
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    Omar has a plan
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    Orange team, Ep9 Tribal
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    Starting line, Ep10 IC
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    Kula Kula, Ep10 Tribal
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep11 IC
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    Wisely avoiding Do or Die
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    Kula Kula, Ep11 Tribal
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    Working the puzzle, Ep12 RC
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    Picked for reward with Omar
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    Kula Kula, Ep12 Tribal
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    I made a fake idol! Ep13
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    Pre-challenge lineup, F5 IC
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    Crossing the slack line
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    Kula Kula, F5 Tribal
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    Listening to Lindsay
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    Catching balls, F4 IC
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    Romeo wins final immunity!
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    Guaranteed a spot in the final three
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    Happy to have achieved this
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    Watching the fire-making
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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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    About to hug Maryanne for her win
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    Finalists + jury, aftershow
Romeo Escobar - Interviews
Survivor 42 logo  Survivor 42 interviews

Pre-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino & Mike Bloom at RHAP (2/10/22): "Survivor 42 | Ika Tribe Castaway Preview"
  • Mike Bloom at (2/17/22): "Pageant Coach Romeo Escobar Is Ready to Prove People Wrong"


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at (5/26/22): "Romeo Escobar reveals reaction from family that found out he was gay on Survivor"
  • Mike Bloom at (5/26/22): "Finalist Romeo Escobar on His Many Unseen Alliances and the Reaction to His Coming Out on the Show"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/26/22): "Survivor 42 | Final 5 Exit Interviews - May 26, 2022"
Romeo Escobar - Bio
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Official CBS Survivor 42 bio excerpts (February 9, 2022):

"What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Several. I always dreamed of working in the industry so I am. I dreamed of owning my own pageant, so I do. I dreamed of traveling the world, so I have. I always accomplish my goals.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? How competitive I am. Because I am a small man, and gay and Latino, people always underestimate me. I love proving them wrong. I hate losing or being wrong. I always want to have the right answer and win everything I do.

Who is your hero and why? My mother and father. They are immigrants who came to this country with nothing. They wanted a better life for their family. Despite not knowing the language, they were able to build a home and offer me a better life than the one they had growing up.

Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I don’t think anyone has played a game like the one I will play. But I do want to achieve great Survivor historical moments like Sandra, Cirie, Parvati, Rupert, Rob. I want to be remembered.

Why do you believe you can be the Sole Survivor? I know I can be the final Survivor because I am likable enough and persuasive enough to convince people to vote for me. I always find a way to get what I want."