Tony Vlachos - Survivor: Cagayan, Survivor: Game Changers
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 84 | Wins: 2 | Jury: 0

Survivor: Cagayan (2014) - Winner, 8-1.

  • Received eight jury votes to win in Episode 14, "It's Do or Die" (Day 39).

Survivor: Game Changers (2017) - 19th place, 2nd out.

  • Voted out in Episode 2, "The Stakes Have Been Raised (Part 2)" (Day 6)..

Survivor: Winners at War (2020) - Winner, 12-4-0.

  • Received 12 jury votes to win, in Episode 14 "It All Boils Down to This" (Day 39).

Tony Vlachos - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S28: Cagayan 2.28 12.94 0.18 10 5 10 0.99 3.11 8 9 0.89 2.06 10.73
S34: Game Changers 0.00 0.21 0.00 1 7 2 0.32 1.27 - - - 0.32 1.27
S40: Winners at War 4.56 12.07 0.38 8 0 12 0.67 4.67 12 16 0.75 1.79 13.73
Career 6.85 25.23 0.27 19 12 24 0.79 3.74 20 25 0.80 1.33 7.62
Tony Vlachos - Challenge record
  • S28 logo Cagayan challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Supertramp - Ep9 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6.0*-for-13; 2 sit-outs):

    • Cagayan Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Draggin' the Dragon" - Pulls the cart and hauls chests for Aparri, which narrowly finishes second (2nd*/3).
    • Cagayan Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Phish Farm" - Pulls the traps with his toe for Aparri, which thanks to Sarah on the puzzle, passes Luzon for an easy Aparri win (1st/3).
    • Cagayan Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Mazed and Confused" - Sits out with Lindsey, as Aparri wins (1st/3).
    • Cagayan Ep. 4 RC: "Haulin' Oats" - Blindfolded and tethered to Lindsey, collects items as Aparri stages a last-minute comeback to finish second (2nd*/3).
    • Cagayan Ep. 4 IC: "Octopus' Garden" - Sits out as Cliff's basket-shooting thwarts Sarah's attempts to throw the challenge, sending Aparri to another second-place finish (2nd/3).
    • Cagayan Ep. 5 RC: "Kicking and Screaming" - Now with Solana, drags Sarah for the final point, and Solana wins.
    • Cagayan Ep. 5 IC: "Gate Crasher" - Participates for Solana, which barely loses.
    • Cagayan Ep. 6 RC: "Idol Hands" - Easily beats Morgan in his bout, and Solana wins, 4-2.
    • Cagayan Ep. 6 IC: "Styx" - Retrieves Solana's key, and Solana wins.
    • Cagayan Ep. 8 RC: "Rise and Shine" - Part of the losing team (with Woo, Kass, Trish, & Tasha).
    • Cagayan Ep. 9 RC: "Supertramp" - With Spencer & Jeremiah, yay spa day as the winning team (1st/3).
    • Cagayan Ep. 10 RC: "Rove, Rove, Rove Your Boat" - Rows for the losing team (with Woo, Trish, and Kass).
    • Cagayan Ep. 12 RC: "Challenge Pitch" - With Trish & Tasha, part of the losing team.

    *Note: Second-place finishes during the three-tribe phase of Cagayan count as half a win.


    Mud Run - Ep13 RC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-10): (Mean % finish: 54%)

    • Cagayan Ep. 7 IC: "Bermuda Triangles" - Tenth to drop out, loses in Round 3 to Woo (2nd/11).
    • Cagayan Ep. 8 IC: "Keep On Your Toes" - Fourth to drop out, near the start (7th/10).
    • Cagayan Ep. 9 IC: "Living Color" - With LJ, eliminated in Rd. 2 on the 7th tile (tie-2nd/9).
    • Cagayan Ep. 10 IC: "Hard to Handle" - Third out, within the first 3 minutes of round 1 (6th/8).
    • Cagayan Ep. 11 IC: "Inside Track" - Has one of five balls placed when Tasha wins (tie-3rd/7).
    • Cagayan Ep. 12 IC: "Combo Platter" - One of the many people who were neither first nor second (tie-3rd/6).
    • Cagayan Ep. 13 RC: "Mud Run" - After overfilling his bucket, Tony wins pizza (takes Trish, 1st/5).
    • Cagayan Ep. 13 IC: "Jacob's Ladder" - Blows a huge lead on the slide puzzle, finishes second (2nd/5).
    • Cagayan Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Vertigo" - First to start the puzzle stage, but all are passed by Kass (tie-2nd/4).
    • Cagayan Ep. 14 F3 IC: "Roundabout" - Finishes in third place (3rd/3).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Cagayan: None.
  • S34 logo Game Changers challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Serpent Turf - Ep2 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (0-for-2):

    • Game Changers Ep.1 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Crosses obstacles, digs up a bag, but Mana does not win.
    • Game Changers Ep.2 RC/IC: "Serpent Turf" - Hauls the giant snake, but Mana loses again.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • Game Changers: None.


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Game Changers: None.
  • S40 logo Winners at War challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Draggin' the Dragon - Ep2 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (3-for-11; 2 2nds; 1 sit-out):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F20 IC: "Water Slaughter" - With Wendell, loses Dakal's only point; Dakal wins, 3-1.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F19 IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Paddles, crosses obstacles, but Dakal loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Draggin' the Dragon" - Assembles, hauls and dismantles the cart; Dakal wins.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Along the Watch Tower" - Crosses obstacles, digs and climbs ladder, and Dakal wins.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Beyond the Wheel" - Sits out with Sandra, as Dakal blows the puzzle, loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 5 IC: "Block in a Hard Place" - Still with Dakal, knocks blocks, and Dakal doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 6 IC: "Rice Race" - Crosses obstacles, chops open the bag, but Dakal loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 7 RC: "Ball-istic Missiles" - (Unaired). Dakal finishes last (3rd/3).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 7 IC: "Dishwalla" - Helps carry the dish across obstacles, and Dakal doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 9 RC: "New School" - Swims and carries the net for the losing red team.
    • [Winners at War, Ep. 11 RC: Unaired - Not a part of the winning team.]


    Got a Hunch - Ep10 IC

    Individual challenge record (4-for-10): (Mean % finish: 66.8%)

    • Winners at War, Ep. 8 IC: "Get a Grip" - Fourth man to drop out (4th/7).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 9 IC: "Bermuda Triangles" - Fifth person out, late in the second stage (7th/11).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 10 IC: "Got a Hunch" - Simply stacks the blocks, and Tony wins. Simple as that. (1st/10).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 11 IC: "10 Foot Pole" - Lasts over 32 minutes, Ben and Jeremy drop, and Tony wins! (1st/9).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 12 IC: "When It Rains" - Lasts 15 minutes, bribes Nick to drop, and Tony wins! (1st/4).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 13 F7 IC: "Running Down a Dream" - One of five working the slide puzzle to not win (tie-2nd/7).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 13 F6 IC: "High Step Back" - One of five people to not win (tie-2nd/6).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 F6 IC: "Running Down a Dream" - Still on the first layer as Michele wins (tie-4th/6).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 F5 IC: "5 on 5" - Races Ben to land the last sandbag; Tony wins! (1st/5).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Simmotion" - First out, on the 3-ball stage (4th/4).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Winners at War: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 8
    2nd place: 4
    Played: 26
    Win%: 0.39
    Sat out: 3
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 5
    Played: 20
    Win%: 0.25
    Mean% Finish: 64.5%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Tony Vlachos - Tribal Council record
  • S28 logo Cagayan Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (3/2; 0 votes voided)

    • Cagayan, Ep. 2: Dives deep, retrieves Aparri's idol, using the clue from the Ep2 RC/IC.
    • Cagayan, Ep. 6: While raiding Aparri camp, puts a target on Jeremiah by publicly showing him Solana's (useless) idol clue.
    • Cagayan, Ep. 7: Sensing he and LJ are targets at the merge, plays his idol to protect LJ. LJ then plays his own idol to protect Tony. Neither receives any votes, though.
    • Cagayan, Ep. 10: Finds the (not Tyler Perry) Special Idol, digging by an odd tree.
    • Cagayan, Ep. 11: Buys an idol clue at the auction, uses it to dig up another (regular) hidden idol.
    • Cagayan, Ep. 13: Displays both Special Idol and regular idol at Tribal, plays regular idol for himself. Cancels out zero votes.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (10*/10):


    VAP - Votes against (5):

    • Cagayan, Ep. 8: Four votes, from Morgan, Spencer, Tasha, & Jeremiah.
    • Cagayan, Ep. 12: One vote, from Spencer.


    Jury votes received (8/9):

    • Cagayan, Ep. 14: Received 8 votes, from Sarah Lacina, Morgan McLeod, LJ McKanas, Jeremiah Wood, Jefra Bland, Trish Hegarty, Spencer Bledsoe, and Kass McQuillen (Tony won, 8-1).
  • S34 logo Game Changers Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep2 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Game Changers: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/2):


    VAP - Votes against (7):

    • Game Changers, Ep. 2: Seven votes, from Aubry, Caleb, Hali, Malcolm, Michaela, Troyzan, and Varner (voted out, 7-2).


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Game Changers: None.
  • S40 logo Winners at War Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep9 Tribal Council

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

    • Winners at War, Ep. 11: Gets up early after Kim played an idol, and in short order finds one (Day 26).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 (F6 vote): Plays his idol for himself, voiding no votes (Day 36).


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (8/12):


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • Winners at War: None.


    Jury votes received (12/16):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 14: Received 12 jury votes, from Adam Klein, Amber Mariano, Ben Driebergen, Boston Rob Mariano, Danni Boatwright, Denise Stapley, Kim Spradlin, Nick Wilson, Sarah Lacina, Sophie Clarke, Wendell Holland, and Yul Kwon, to win, 12-4-0.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 4
    Played: 3
    Votes voided: 0
  • Voting record
    VFB: 19*
    Tribals: 24
    VAP: 12
  • Jury votes
    Made: 0
    For winners: --
    Received: 20
    Total jurors: 25
Tony Vlachos - Pictures
  • S28 logo Cagayan image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S34 logo Game Changers image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S40 logo Winners at War pictures (click to expand/collapse)
Tony Vlachos - Interviews
  • S28 logo Cagayan interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • None, apart from the CBS one, embedded below.


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (5/22/14): "Survivor: Cagayan Winner Tony - 'Hey Russell, This Is How You Win the Game"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/22/14): "Cagayan Exit Interviews with Tony, Woo, Kass and Spencer"
    • Josh Wigler for Parade (5/22/14): "Survivor: Cagayan Winner Tony Vlachos in Truth, Lies, and Victory"
    • Dalton Ross at (5/22/14): "Tony on dealing with boos, Woo, and that epic takedown by Trish"
    • Daniel Fienberg at (5/27/14): "Tony Vlachos talks Survivor: Cagayan"
    • Dom Harvey & Colin Stone at the Dom & Colin Podcast (7/3/14): "A Closer Look at Cagayan with Tony Vlachos"
  • S34 logo Game Changers interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • CBS Game Changers pre-game interview (YouTube)
    • Josh Wigler at (2/8/17): "Inside Tony Vlachos's New Bag of Tricks"
    • Gordon Holmes at (2/8/17): "I'm Going to Play It Maybe Faster This Time. I'm Going to Turn It Up Two Notches"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (3/9/17): "Tony: 'The Writing Was on the Wall and It Was in Plain English'"
    • Josh Wigler at (3/9/17): "Tony Vlachos Breaks Down That Royal Rumble"
    • Dalton Ross at (3/9/17): "Tony responds to Sandra taunting"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (3/9/17): "Double Exit Interviews | First Two Players Voted Out - 3/8/17"
  • S40 logo Winners at War interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Sangita Patel for ET Canada (1/15/20): "Tony Vlachos Wants to 'Play the Players' for Survivor: Winners at War"
    • Gordon Holmes at (1/24/20): "Tony Vlachos - 'I'm Going to Be As Ruthless As Possible'"
    • Mike Bloom at (1/30/20): "Tony Vlachos Is Sure to Surprise on Survivor: Winners at War"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (5/14/20): "Gordon interviews Tony Vlachos" (YouTube)
    • Dalton Ross at : "Tony Vlachos reveals all his antics we DIDN'T see on Survivor"
    • Mike Bloom at (5/14/20): "King of the Survivor jungle! Tony Vlachos tells his Winners at War story"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/14/20): "Survivor 40 FINALE Exit Interviews with the Final 6"
Tony Vlachos - Bios
  • S28 logo Cagayan bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his CBS Survivor: Cagayan bio page:


    "Personal Claim to Fame: Becoming a Jersey City police officer.
    Pet Peeves: Thugs who wear skinny jeans. Also, people who see me speaking on the phone, but yet they feel the need to start a conversation with me. Like it’s that urgent for them to know 'how's it going' while I'm speaking on the phone. SO RUDE!!!
    If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Cigarettes, coffee and liquor. I don’t smoke or drink coffee or liquor, but I would love to bring those items with me just so that I can barter with my tribemates! You know at some point in the game they would even give up immunity just to have a little taste of these items.
    Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Russell Hantz, because I can be just as devious. Boston Rob, because I can be just as slick.
    Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I have been a street cop for 12 years. My experiences as a cop give me a huge advantage going into this game. Being outside my element is my forte. That's what I do for a living. What’s going to be normal for me will be very stressful for the average castaway.
    Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? Sounds like a trick question. We'll let’s see. I'm a beautiful person that has a sharp brain and strong muscles. Based on appearance, I would consider myself "Brawn." For the purposes of Survivor though, I would consider myself "Brains." Maybe I wasn't the smartest in school, but I was always the sharpest!!!"


  • S34 logo Game Changers bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his official CBS Game Changers bio page:


    "How have you changed since the last time you played?
    I'm older and much wiser. Just kidding. I'm older, but definitely not wiser. You will see the same guy in this season as you saw in Cagayan.


    What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? 
    Unfortunately, the skills I bring to Survivor are skills that will NOT make me a useful member. Instead, they will make me a very threatening member.


    I haven't learned any new skills since I played on Cagayan, which could be my downfall going back on an all returnee season. I wish I could have learned the skill of being able to be quiet and try to play under the radar, but I don't see that happening. It’s just not in my DNA.


    How will you play differently this time? 
    Going into the game this time around, with all the players knowing my game style, I know that I'm going to be a huge threat. Having said that, I know I will have to take it down a few notches until I can plant my roots.


    Knowing myself, I won’t be able to take it down any notches and will be in trouble. I hope I have what it takes to adapt right away and "go with the flow"—if that’s even possible for me to do.


    I will have my fingers crossed for sure!"


  • S40 logo Winners at War bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his official CBS Survivor: Winners at War cast bio page (1/15/20):


    Pet Peeves: One-uppers, know-it-alls, laziness, entitlement, and passive-aggressiveness.


    Three words to describe you: Respectful, reliable, and responsible.


    When did you first watch Survivor?

    Season 1 (on and off throughout the years).


    Do you still watch Survivor?



    What does Survivor mean to you and your family?

    Survivor has been a financial blessing to me and my family, and we'll always be extremely grateful for that.


    As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy?

    It's truly as surreal as it was for me the very first time I played. I'm genuinely humbled that Survivor looks at me as one of their top winners, so much that they would invite me back to play again not once, but TWICE! Being a part of this unimaginable milestone of a season is HUGE!


    How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons?

    I've played Survivor twice (Season 28 and 34)—I won once, and lost once. I've learned that my game-winning performance was similar to that of a one-trick pony. There is no way I can perform the same tricks playing with Survivor legends and expect to get away with it. Hence my second time playing on Game Changers. Fortunately for me, I'm well aware that I will have to change the way that I'm wired. I will play this season differently by not being as loud/flashy and will try my best to control the votes/game without making it obvious that I'm doing just that. Wish me luck! LOL!"