Zach Wurtenberger - Survivor 42

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 3 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

  • Survivor 42 (2022) - 17th place, 2nd out.
  • Voted out in Episode 1, "Feels Like a Rollercoaster" (Day 3).

Zach Wurtenberger on social media: twitter | Instagram

Zach Wurtenberger - 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 0.17 0.37 0.45 0 1* 5 -1.00 0.00 - - - -0.55 0.17
Career 0.17 0.37 0.45 0 1* 5 -1.00 0.00 - - - -0.55 0.17


Zach Wurtenberger - 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.


Zach Wurtenberger - Challenge record
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Forty Two - Ep1 IC

Tribal/team challenge record (1-for-2):

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 1 RC: "Open Reward Challenge" - Helps paddle, and Ika wins.
  • Survivor 42, Ep. 1 IC: "Forty Two" - Works the puzzle with Swati, but Ika loses (3rd/3).


Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

  • Survivor 42: None.


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

  • Survivor 42: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 2
Win%: 0.50
Sat out: -
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean% Finish: -
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean% Finish: -
Zach Wurtenberger - Tribal Council record
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Ep1 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Survivor 42: None.


VFB - Votes for the person booted (0/1*):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep1 -* Zach Wurtenberger (voted out, 5-0) -

*Zach played his Shot in the Dark at the Ep1 Tribal, and thus could not vote (1 TCA charged).


VAP - Votes against (5):

  • Survivor 42, Ep. 1: Five votes, from Drea, Rocksroy, Romeo, Swati, and Tori (voted out, 5-0*).


Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Survivor 42: None.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 0
Played: -
Votes voided: -
Voting record
VFB: 0
Tribals: 1*
VAP: 5
Jury votes
Made: 0
For winners: -
Received: -
Zach Wurtenberger - Pictures
Survivor 42 logo  Survivor 42 image gallery
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    CBS pre-season intro shot
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    Boating in, Day 1
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    Greeting Probst
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    Ika wins reward!
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    Arrival in camp
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    Talking about being a super-duper fan
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    Ika tribe meet-and-greet
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    Talking about Harry Potter
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    The long-lived Skinny Guys alliance forms
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    Tori's looking for "taro," huh?
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    Seeing Jackson has left the game, pre-Ep1 IC
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    If we lose, we give up our flint? You bastards!
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    Hauling the boat
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    Working the puzzle with Swati
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    The losing Ikas
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    Apologizing for the challenge loss
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    Ika, Ep1 Tribal Council
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    Talking to Probst
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    Playing his Shot in the Dark
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    The first person voted out of Survivor 42...
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    Snuffed, Episode 1 (Day 3)
Zach Wurtenberger - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino & Mike Bloom at RHAP (2/10/22): "Survivor 42 | Ika Tribe Castaway Preview"
  • Mike Bloom at (2/18/22): "Zach Wurtenberger Wants to Use his Passion to Be Underestimated"


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at (3/10/22): "Zach Wurtenberger on how it all went so wrong so fast on Survivor 42"
  • Mike Bloom at (3/10/22): "Zach Wurtenberger on Taking the Shot in the Dark and not Downplaying his Superfandom"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (3/10/22): "Survivor 42 Exit Interview with the First Player Voted Out - March 10, 2022"
Zach Wurtenberger - Bio
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Official CBS Survivor 42 bio excerpts (February 9, 2022):

"Pet Peeve: People who don’t tip. I used to deliver pizza, so it’s a pretty big deal for me. My biggest one is when the bill is like $19.95, and the customer handed me a $20 smiling and said, “Keep the change.” Oh, really? I get to keep your nickel? Wow, thank you so much!

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? At the moment, there’s a bunch of academic stuff, like getting into Washington University and winning the Tournament of Champions (the biggest tournament of the year in debate). But for personal accomplishments, I’m really proud of this one sketch I wrote for our spring comedy show, titled “Skate Park.” There was no trophy or award or anything, but I worked extremely hard on it, and it absolutely killed. It was really rewarding.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? I think that a lot of people would assume because I’m young, that I’m naïve or that I have no life experience. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I am a hustler. I’ve worked hard for my grades, my scores and competitive success. I wanted to go to a top-tier school, so I worked hard to get in. I have worked hard for what I have, and I’m proud of it.

Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Todd Herzog. He played a brilliant game in China, where he controlled every single vote from the shadows. We’re in a period of Survivor now where the tallest tree is the first one cut; just look at Edge of Extinction’s boot order. You need to build a resume, but you can’t let anyone realize how extensive your resume is until it’s too late. Todd managed to keep his threat-level low while subtly manipulating every facet of the game and revealed everything at Final Tribal Council. I’d also love to mix that with Jeremy’s meat shield strategy, so that I’m never the first one targeted if things go awry.

Why do you believe you can be the Sole Survivor? I love all of the core skills that you need to win the game. I’m extremely personable and make friends easily. I’m super intelligent and strategic, with a vast knowledge of the game. I’m athletic enough to not be a liability, but not enough to be a threat. And most importantly, I am willing to work harder than anyone to win. In speech and debate, I competed against hundreds of students from around the country every weekend. These people were just as smart as me, just as well-spoken and just as talented. But I beat them because I worked harder and because I wanted it more. And the same will be true for Survivor."