Sean Edwards - Survivor 45

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 9 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

  • Survivor 45 (2023) - 15th place, 4th out.
  • Voted out/semi-quit in Episode 4, "Music to My Ears" (Day 9).

Sean Edwards on social media: twitter

Sean Edwards - 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 0.25 1.23 0.20 1 3 3 0.24 1.33 - - - 0.45 1.58
Career 0.25 1.23 0.20 1 3 3 0.24 1.33 - - - 0.45 1.58


Sean Edwards - 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.


Sean Edwards - Challenge record
Survivor 45 logo  Survivor 45 challenges

Ep1 RC

Tribal/team challenge record (1-for-6):

  • Survivor 45 Ep.1 RC: "Barge Simpson" - Retrieves key with Brandon, helps him on ladder, but Lulu loses.
  • Survivor 45 Ep.1 IC: "Mud Crutch" - Crosses the obstacles, but Lulu loses again (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.2 RC/IC: "Smash and Grab" - Grabs a key, but Lulu loses again (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.3 RC: "Running Down a Dream" - Catches his ball, and Lulu wins (1st/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.3 IC: "Draggin' the Dragon" - Second to the puzzle, but Lulu loses again (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 45 Ep.4 IC: "Turn the Cage" - Now with Reba, helps carry the cage, but Reba loses (3rd/3).


Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

  • Survivor 45: None.


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

  • Survivor 45: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 6
Win%: 0.17
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Sean Edwards - Tribal Council record
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Ep2 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Survivor 45, Ep. 2: Present as Sabiyah finds Lulu's (wax-encased) Beware idol (Day 5).
  • Survivor 45, Ep. 3: Helps Sabiyah cool down her idol by dumping water on it after she retrieves it from the Tribal fire (Day 7).


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

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep2 Brandon Brandon Donlon (voted out, 3-0) Yes
Ep3 Kaleb Sabiyah Broderick (voted out, 2-1) -
Ep4 Dee Sean Edwards (voted out, 3-1-1) -

*Lulu attended Ep1's Tribal Council, but Hannah quit before any votes were cast.


VAP - Votes against (3):

  • Survivor 45, Ep. 4: Three votes, from J.Maya, Julie, and Sifu (voted out, 3-1-1).


Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Survivor 45: None.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 0
Played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 1
Tribals: 3*
VAP: 3
Jury votes
Made: 0
For winners: --
Received: --
Sean Edwards - 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, about making up for lost time
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    Greeting Probst
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    Paddling with Brandon, Ep1 RC
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    Emily is already suspicious of Kaleb and Sabiyah for volunteering for Sweat vs Savvy
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    Concerned they have no shelter and no machete
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Helping on the wall
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    The losing Lulus
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    Lulu, Ep1 Tribal
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    Listening to Hannah
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    Listening to Brandon's journey story, Ep2
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Watching the puzzle stage
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    Sabiyah found the idol, but it's inside a candle, and ...
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    Lulu, Ep2 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 RC
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    Lulu finally wins something!
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    Lulu decides to send Kaleb on the camp raid
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    Happy about Emily's growth as a player
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 IC
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    Working the block puzzle
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    Another Lulu loss
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    Lulu, Ep3 Tribal
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    Talking through the Sabiyah blindside, Ep4
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    It's a swap! But ...
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    The new tribes
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    Talking to the new tribemates
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    I'm trying to find a crack
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    Bonding with J.
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 IC
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    The loisng Rebas
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    I didn't picture my Survivor experience being going to every Tribal
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    Reba, Ep4 Tribal
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    Snuffed, Day 9 (Episode 4)
Sean Edwards - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino & Mike Bloom at RHAP (9/7/23): "Survivor 45 | Cast Preview Part 1"
  • Mike Bloom at (9/15/23): "School Principal Sean Edwards Has a Doctorate in Human Connection"


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at (10/19/23): "Sean Edwards has 'intense feeling of regret' over quitting Survivor 45"
  • Mike Bloom at (10/19/23): "Sean Edwards Admits He Regrets His Last-Minute Quit on Survivor 45"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (10/19/23): "Survivor 45 | Exit Interview with the Fourth Player Voted Out - Ep4"
Sean Edwards - Bio
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Official CBS Survivor 45 bio excerpts (from Mike Bloom's gallery, 9/7/23):

3 Words to Describe You: Connection-seeker, ambitiously minded, magnetic energy

Why do you want to be part of SURVIVOR? I have been watching Survivor ever since the very beginning. I always wanted to play, but for so many years never had the confidence to even put myself out there. For me, Survivor represents my chance to reclaim a lot of lost time and missed opportunities. Now that I have pride and confidence in myself, I am ready to play and win!

What’s one life experience you feel has prepared you for the game? As a gay man, overcoming social stigma and religious expectations helped me to develop mental grit, tenacity and resilience which is absolutely necessary for Survivor.

Which previous player do you identify with the most? Who do you think you will play most like? I identify the most with Zeke Smith. He was always authentic and true to himself. He always came across as genuine, even in his gameplay. I imagine I will play the most like Cirie Fields and Todd Herzog. They both were able to use the power of connection and social wit to form relationships that brought them further into the game. Then, when those relationships no longer served their game play, they voted them out. I know that sounds harsh, but that’s the game! We can be friends after I win, I promise.

What will you value in an alliance partner? Something I really value in my everyday life as an elementary school principal is diverse perspectives. I am going to bring that value into the game. I want to align with people who think differently than me because they will be able to see situations from a different vantage point, suss out shady people, or have different ideas that I may not initially see, notice or have.

Favorite Hobbies: My husband, Matt, is a great cook. My favorite thing to do is eat his food while spending quality time with him and watching Survivor seasons. I also love a good game night with my cousins.

Pet Peeves: People who are arrogant and think they are better than others.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I am pretty proud of a lot of things like being the first openly gay school principal in my school district, getting my doctorate degree, having my work published in various academic journals, but all of that pales in comparison to my absolute greatest success in life which is marrying my husband, Matt.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? When people first meet me, they often make assumptions. Almost everyone thinks I am younger than I really am. There was a time in my life when I was a high school vice principal and parents and visitors thought I was the student body president. So, people are always surprised to learn that I am so accomplished in my education and career. I’m not just here for a good time, I am goal driven and a natural leader.

Who in your life is your biggest inspiration and why? My older sister, Elaine, has autism. She is nonverbal, aggressive and self-injurious, and cannot live independently. Although she faces more challenges every day than most other people, she smiles, laughs and gets through it. I hope to one day have an ounce of her bravery.

Why will you be the Sole Survivor? Survivor is largely a social game and my skills in this area will lead me to becoming the next Sole Survivor. I can read people’s emotions, empathize with others, connect with anyone, and make people feel comfortable with me. These skills will help me to build alliances naturally and easily. I’m ready to claim the $1 million now.