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Amanda Lee Kimmel is a contestant from Survivor: China, Survivor: Micronesia, and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

Amanda established her status as a keen strategic player in China, where she commandeered the majority alliance alongside Todd Herzog. During her return in Micronesia, she proceeded to cement this reputation, becoming part of the infamous Black Widow Brigade. Despite her undisputed grasp of the game which helped her secure a seat at Final Tribal Council twice, her inadequacy at jury management and perceived weaker gameplay compared to other finalists (such as Todd Herzog and Parvati Shallow) had cost her the win both times. Still, Amanda remains one of the most respected contestants in Survivor history, as exemplified by her participation as a Hero in her latest outing in Heroes vs. Villains, which also marked the only time she has been voted out in her career.

Amanda is the first person to ever make it to two Final Tribal Councils; she also holds the record for most days survived without being voted out, at 108.

Profile[]

Retrieved from CBS.com

Amanda Kimmel has lived all over the state of Montana. She most recently worked as a hiking tour guide and continues to hone her skills as an artist while learning about the fashion industry. At the age of 16, she began modeling in Chicago, where she lived on her own for one year. She has also worked as a make-up artist, retail sales representative and waitress. Her goal is to develop a business within the fashion industry.

Kimmel has competed in many beauty pageants and was crowned Miss Montana USA in 2005 and placed in the Top 8 for Miss Earth in 2006. She's been on the cover of Montana Living Magazine and Pageantry Magazine. Kimmel has been to China twice before to compete in the Miss Kite of the World Pageant in Weifang, where she placed as a semifinalist, was given a key to the city and was heavily promoted on billboards and news articles. While promoting tourism via these pageants, she did volunteer work at orphanages and other organizations and was permitted to fly kites off the Great Wall in five-inch heels.

Kimmel's hobbies include hiking, running, drawing and painting. She enjoys rock climbing, snowshoeing, kickboxing and volleyball. Kimmel describes herself as motivated, competitive and determined. She has camped every weekend in Montana since she was three years old. She tries never to leave home without her cowboy boots.

Kimmel just moved from Kalispell, Montana to Los Angeles and is living with her sister, Katrina. Her family has one dog, Sassy, one cat, Cleo and one horse, Frisco. Her birth date is August 3, 1984.[1]

Amanda Kimmel has lived all over the state of Montana. She most recently worked as a hiking tour guide and continues to hone her skills as an artist while learning about the fashion industry. She began modeling in Chicago at the age of 16 where she lived on her own for one year. She previously worked as a make-up artist, retail sales representative and waitress. Her goal is to develop a business within the fashion industry.

Kimmel has competed in many beauty pageants and was crowned Miss Montana USA in 2005 and placed in the Top 8 for Miss Earth in 2006. She's been on the cover of Montana Living Magazine and Pageantry Magazine. Kimmel has been to China twice before to compete in the Miss Kite of the World Pageant in Weifang. She placed as a semi-finalist and was given a key to the city and was heavily promoted on billboards and in news articles. While promoting tourism via these pageants, she did volunteer work at orphanages and other organizations and was also permitted to fly kites off the Great Wall in five inch heels.

Kimmel's hobbies include hiking, designing, drawing and painting. She enjoys rock climbing, snowshoeing, kickboxing and volleyball. Kimmel describes herself as motivated, competitive and determined. She has camped every weekend in Montana since she was three years old. She tries never to leave home without her cowboy boots.

Kimmel just moved from Kalispell, Montana to Los Angeles and is living with her sister, Katrina. Her family has one dog, Sassy, two cats, Cleo and Lynus, and one horse, Frisco. Her birth date is August 3, 1984.[2]

Amanda Kimmel (24)

Tribe: Heroes
Hometown: Kalispell, Mont.
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Personal Claim To Fame: "Becoming Miss Montana USA/Miss Earth USA."
Inspiration in Life: "God."
Previous Finishes: China: 2nd Runner Up; Micronesia: Runner Up
Favorite Past Moment: "Finding the hidden immunity on Exile on Fans vs Favs! It was like Christmas!"
Previous Survivor She Respects Most: James Clement (China, Micronesia)
Previous Survivor She Respects Least: Richard Hatch (Borneo, All-Stars)

Why Did She Come Back?: "Because I am really competitive and wanted to prove I could win!"[3]

Survivor[]

China[]

Main article: Amanda Kimmel/China

Episode Tribe
Affiliation
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Fei Long Dragon Dance Reward/Immunity No Won
2 Chinese Checkers Reward No Won
Gatecrasher Immunity No Won
3 Clear the Deck Reward No Lost
Blade Runner Immunity No Lost
4 Great Balls of Fire Reward No Won
Warrior's Duel Immunity No Won
5 Plunge, Pull, Pop Immunity Yes Won
6 Search and Decode Reward Yes Won
Survivor Smorgasbord Immunity No Lost
Tribes Merged, Day 20
7 Hae Da Fung Memory Feast Immunity Lost
8 The Bucket Stops Here Reward Won
Dragon Rider Immunity Lost
9 Drum Roll Reward Won
Chinese Zodiac Symbols Immunity Lost
11 Confucius Said Reward Lost
Star Struck Immunity Lost
12 Marco Polo Reward Invited
Swamp Donkey Immunity Lost
13 Zen Archery Reward Lost
Chinese Leftovers Immunity Won
14 Great Wall of Zhelin Reward Won
Broken China Immunity Won
Second Runner-Up, Day 39

Episode Amanda's
Votes
Voted Against
Amanda
1 Fei Long Tribe Immune
2 Fei Long Tribe Immune
3 Leslie -
4 Fei Long Tribe Immune
5 Fei Long Tribe Immune
6 Sherea -
7 Jaime -
8 Jean-Robert -
9 Frosti -
11 James -
12 Erik -
13 Peih-Gee Individual Immunity
14 Denise Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Amanda
Erik
Second Runner-Up, Day 39

Micronesia[]

Main article: Amanda Kimmel/Micronesia

Episode Tribe
Affiliation
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Malakal First to Shore Immunity1 Lost
Reinventing the Wheel Reward/Immunity No Lost
2 Smash and Grab Reward/Immunity No Won
3 Beach Bash Reward No Won
Nut Bucket Immunity No Lost
4 Diver Down Reward No Won
Crosswalk Immunity No Won
5 Cat and Mouse Reward No Lost
A Stone's Throw Immunity No Lost
6 Build It Up, Break It Down Reward No Lost
United We Stand Immunity No Lost
7 Money Roll Reward No Won
What-er Drag Immunity No Lost
8 The Gauntlet Reward/Immunity No Lost
Tribes Merged, Day 22
9 Dabu Last Gasp Immunity Lost
10 Bai Bai Reward Won
When It Rains, It Pours Immunity Lost
11 Survivor Auction
Pool Party Immunity Lost
12 Body Slam Reward Lost
Shoot to Thrill Immunity Lost
13 Survivor Roots Reward Invited
Dash, Dig, Decode Immunity Lost
14 Crystal Method Immunity Won
The Ball Drop Immunity Won
Runner-Up, Day 39
Notes:
^1 This challenge was played for individual immunity at each tribe's first Tribal Council.

Episode Amanda's
Votes
Voted Against
Amanda
1 Jon -
2 Malakal Tribe Immune
3 Yau-Man -
4 Malakal Tribe Immune
5 Joel -
6 Chet -
7 Tracy -
8 Ami -
9 Eliza -
10 Jason -
11 Jason -
12 Alexis Alexis, Cirie,
Erik, Natalie
1
13 Erik -
14 Natalie Individual Immunity
Cirie Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Amanda
Erik, James, Ozzy
Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In "I'm Gonna Fix Her!", Amanda used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 4 votes against her.

Heroes vs. Villains[]

Main article: Amanda Kimmel/Heroes vs. Villains

Episode Tribe
Affiliation
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Heroes Battle Dig Reward No Won
Lock, Load and Light Immunity No Lost
2 A Crate Idea Reward/Immunity No Lost
3 Sumo in Mud Reward/Immunity No Won
4 Slip, Slide & Score Reward No Lost
Roll With It Immunity No Lost
5 Schmergen Brawl Reward No Lost
Blind Cube Crisis Immunity No Lost
6 Rope-a-Dope1 Immunity Lost
Reward Yes Lost
7 Basket Brawl Reward No Won
Caught in the Web Immunity No Won
8 Fauxconut Bowling Reward No Won
Mud Slide Immunity No Won
9 Chimney Sweep Reward No Lost
Strung Out Immunity No Won
Tribes Merged, Day 25
10 Yin Yang Get a Grip Immunity Lost
11 Pacific Shuffle Reward Won
House of Cards Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 30
Notes:
^1 The tribes competed in separate individual Immunity Challenges where the winners from both tribes competed against each other for tribal reward.

Episode Amanda's
Votes
Voted Against
Amanda
1 Sugar Sugar
2 Stephenie Colby, Stephenie, Tom
3 Heroes Tribe Immune
4 Tom1 -
5 Tom -
6 James -
7 Heroes Tribe Immune
8 Heroes Tribe Immune
9 Heroes Tribe Immune
10 Jerri2 -
11 Parvati Candice, Danielle, Jerri,
Parvati, Russell, Sandra
Voted Out, Day 30
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Sandra

^1 In "Tonight, We Make Our Move", Tom used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Amanda's vote against him.
^2 In "Going Down in Flames", Jerri used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Amanda's vote against her.

Post-Survivor[]

Trivia[]

  • Amanda is originally from the state of Montana, but had already moved to California when she became a Survivor contestant. The first castaway to be a resident of Montana when playing was Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff in Nicaragua.
  • Amanda is the youngest woman on the original Fei Long tribe.
  • Amanda and Todd Herzog voted for the same people on China and were part of the majority in each of their votes.
  • Amanda is the first contestant to win the Final Immunity Challenge and finish as the second runner-up. She would be followed by Russell Hantz in Heroes vs. Villains, Noura Salman in Island of the Idols, Xander Hastings in Survivor 41, Romeo Escobar in Survivor 42, and Ben Katzman in Survivor 46.
  • Amanda is the first finalist to receive a jury vote and finish in third place. She would be followed by Missy Payne in San Juan del Sur and Ryan Ulrich in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.
  • Amanda lost 25 lbs. during her time on China.[10]
  • Amanda is the youngest member on the original Malakal tribe and the youngest woman to compete on Micronesia.
  • Amanda is the first woman to find and use a Hidden Immunity Idol, and the second contestant overall to successfully play it in its modern format, following Yau-Man Chan on Fiji.
  • Amanda and Cirie Fields are the first contestants to make the final four and the finale episode twice.
  • On both China and Micronesia, Amanda won the last two Immunity Challenges.
  • Amanda is the first contestant to make the Final Tribal Council twice.
    • She is the first contestant to make it to the Final Tribal Council in back-to-back seasons.
    • She is the only contestant to make the Final Tribal Council twice without either appearance being an all-returnee season.
  • Amanda is the first castaway to only receive uncounted elimination votes over the course of a season, negating the only elimination votes against her with a Hidden Immunity Idol in Micronesia.
  • Amanda has played all her three seasons with James Clement and has outlasted him on all of them.
    • In their profiles for Heroes vs. Villains, both Amanda and James referred to each other as the previous Survivor castaway that they respected the most.
  • Amanda is the youngest contestant on Heroes vs. Villains.
  • Amanda is the first returning player to accumulate 100 days over their Survivor career.
  • Amanda, Russell Hantz, and Tony Vlachos are the only castaways to play at least three times and only be eliminated once.
  • Amanda lasted a record 108 days overall as a castaway without being voted out, counting her first day in China, until she was voted out on Day 30 of Heroes vs. Villains.
  • Amanda lost 12 lbs. during her time on Heroes vs. Villains.[11]

References[]

Survivor: China Castaways
 Aaron
Fei Long
S15 aaron t
 Amanda
Fei Long
S15 amanda t
 Ashley
Zhan Hu
S15 ashley t
 Chicken
Zhan Hu
S15 chicken t
 Courtney
Fei Long
S15 courtney t
 Dave
Zhan Hu
S15 dave t
 Denise
Fei Long
S15 denise t
 Erik
Zhan Hu
S15 erik t
 Frosti
Zhan Hu
S15 frosti t
 Jaime
Zhan Hu
S15 jaime t
 James
Fei Long
S15 james t
 Jean-Robert
Fei Long
S15 jeanrobert t
 Leslie
Fei Long
S15 leslie t
 Peih-Gee
Zhan Hu
S15 peihgee t
 Sherea
Zhan Hu
S15 sherea t
 Todd
Fei Long
S15 todd t
Survivor: Micronesia Castaways
 Alexis
Airai
S16 alexis t
 Amanda
Malakal
S16 amanda t
 Ami
Malakal
S16 ami t
 Chet
Airai
S16 chet t
 Cirie
Malakal
S16 cirie t
 Eliza
Malakal
S16 eliza t
 Erik
Airai
S16 erik t
 James
Malakal
S16 james t
 Jason
Airai
S16 jason t
 Joel
Airai
S16 joel t
 Jon
Malakal
S16 jon t
 Jonathan
Malakal
S16 jonathan t
 Kathy
Airai
S16 kathy t
 Mary
Airai
S16 mary t
 Mikey B.
Airai
S16 mikeyb t
 Natalie
Airai
S16 natalie t
 Ozzy
Malakal
S16 ozzy t
 Parvati
Malakal
S16 parvati t
 Tracy
Airai
S16 tracy t
 Yau-Man
Malakal
S16 yauman t
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Castaways
 Amanda
Heroes
S20 amanda t
 Candice
Heroes
S20 candice t
 Cirie
Heroes
S20 cirie t
 Coach
Villains
S20 coach t
 Colby
Heroes
S20 colby t
 Courtney
Villains
S20 courtney t
 Danielle
Villains
S20 danielle t
 J.T.
Heroes
S20 jt t
 James
Heroes
S20 james t
 Jerri
Villains
S20 jerri t
 Parvati
Villains
S20 parvati t
 Randy
Villains
S20 randy t
 Rob
Villains
S20 rob t
 Rupert
Heroes
S20 rupert t
 Russell
Villains
S20 russell t
 Sandra
Villains
S20 sandra t
 Stephenie
Heroes
S20 stephenie t
 Sugar
Heroes
S20 sugar t
 Tom
Heroes
S20 tom t
 Tyson
Villains
S20 tyson t
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