Brandon Quinton is a contestant from Survivor: Africa.
A leading member in the Younger Samburu Alliance, Brandon was noted for his dislike of the older people in his tribe, especially the old-fashioned Frank Garrison. During the merge, he made the move to support Lex van den Berghe's pursuit of eliminating Kelly Goldsmith rather than voting with his old Samburu tribemates, thus leading to his blindside at the next Tribal Council.
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Brandon Quinton was born in Ada, Oklahoma. While his father served in the Army the family relocated to various places, including Temple, Texas, Savannah, Georgia and Munich, Germany. Currently, Quinton lives in Dallas and works as a bartender. He previously worked as a make-up artist at a major department store.
Quinton attended East Central University in Ada, but dropped out his sophomore year. He describes himself as affectionate, smart and manipulative, and his hobbies are playing tennis, running and smoking. Although gay, Quinton was married to a woman during college, but is now divorced and single. His birth date is January 22.
Brandon Quinton was placed on the Samburu tribe. The tribe had an initial winning streak, winning the first three challenges. However, the tribe was divided by age. The older members, Frank Garrison, Teresa Cooper, Linda Spencer, and Carl Bilancione tried to get Silas Gaither to form a majority. However, Silas preferred being aligned Brandon, Kim Powers, and Lindsey Richter. Brandon was wary of Silas but had no choice but to trust him. Eventually, Silas defected from the older group to be with the younger ones. Lindsey made friendship bracelets for her alliance. The next Tree Mail speculated the tribes had to make a Distress Signal. The tribe followed through with Silas' plan of using the encampment as a part of the signal. However, this would backfire as the signal was deemed to blend in too easily. Boran won immunity, sending Samburu to its first Tribal Council. The younger Samburu members decided to vote against Carl, who they felt didn't need the money because of his claims of owning expensive cars. The older members decided on Lindsey for being the weakest and for her attitude. The votes were deadlocked. Fortunately for Brandon's alliance, Lindsey won the tiebreaker, eliminating Carl and giving the younger alliance the majority. Samburu lost the following Immunity Challenge and Silas wanted the alliance minority to vote Lindsey, but would not tell them would they was voting for. Because of that, they gave their votes to Silas instead. In the end, Linda was the one to take the fall.
The next Tree Mail said to send three of the tribe's members on a quest. After a long wait, three people came to Samburu. However, instead of Silas, Frank, and Teresa, it was Kelly Goldsmith, Lex van den Berghe, and Big Tom Buchanan instead, who were members of Boran. They explained there was a tribe switch and that they were now on Samburu until the merge. Because of the past votes against, Lindsey panicked. This annoyed Brandon because she was ignoring his and Kim's efforts to protect her. He also added that he was glad to be gay because he would not be able to deal with a women like Lindsey. Boran won the Reward Challenge. Samburu won immunity, due to Boran throwing the challenge. Everyone speculated who was voted out, everyone felt that it was either Frank for his abrasiveness or Kim Johnson for her weakness. They were shocked when they learned that Silas was the one to get the shaft. Samburu won the Reward Challenge and a feast. The original Samburu tried to figure out who of the newcomers had past votes against him, which none of them had. Boran won immunity and the trio decided to vote against Tom, viewing him the easiest to beat in a tiebreaker. However, Kim J. signaled the original Boran that Lindsey had votes against her. Because of that, Lindsey was voted out.
Brandon felt that Tribal Council humiliated Lindsey. Brandon was nervous because he was in the minority for the first time. He was ready to turn on Kim P. to save himself, despite their friendship. This didn't happen because the tribes merged at the Immunity Challenge. Everyone agreed to move to the Boran camp. Brandon was the third person out after eighteen minutes. Eventually, Teresa won rock-paper-scissors for immunity over Clarence Black. Brandon agreed that Clarence was too much of a physical threat and voted him out. However, Lex received two votes at Tribal Council which angered him severely and led to a witchhunt to find out who else voted against him. Brandon wouldn't care less but the seeing the reaction; wished he done it himself. Brandon did well at the Reward Challenge, but lost to Ethan Zohn. Using the opportunity, Teresa united the original Samburu. However, Frank still didn't trust neither of the younger members. At the Immunity Challenge, Brandon made it to the final round but lost to Ethan. Lex came up with the wrong conclusion about Kelly voting against him (in reality, Teresa was the one to vote against Lex). However, Lex asked Brandon to be the fifth in the alliance and vote out Kelly. With the Samburus expecting him to vote out Lex, Brandon felt it was awkward being a swing vote. Ultimately, Brandon decided to vote against Kelly because of his disdain of Frank.
This move was fatal as the others deemed him untrustworthy. Kim P., in particular, was hurt by his decision, as she felt betrayed. Lex told his alliance that Brandon was solid, but Ethan noted that Brandon is only loyal to him. Neither Ethan or Big Tom had full trust him. The next challenge, the castaways had to pair up into teams of two. After a random drawing, Brandon was paired with Frank. Both men were dismayed as they were polar opposites. The rest of the tribe found this amusing, particularly Big Tom. In an odd twist of fate, the odd couple won reward. Brandon excitedly proclaimed "I have a date with Frank, I have a date with Frank!" The two remained civil while enjoying the private movie night, but their animosity toward each other remained the same. Lex tried to sway his alliance into voting out the negative Frank under the argument that Brandon saved them, but had no luck. Brandon tried to explain Kim P. that he voted off Kelly because was he still her friend, but was skeptical as he didn't tell her before hand. Unable to win immunity, Brandon was voted out for lack of loyalty, with Lex honoring his word to him.
At Final Tribal Council, Brandon didn't know who to vote for because he didn't interact with the finalists until the merge and they voted him out over Frank. He asked of the jury members who is the most deserving of their seats and who is the least deserving. Ethan and Kim J. both agree that Lex is the most deserving because of his challenge dominance and his good treatment of them. Ethan says that Brandon was the least deserving. Kim J. says Big Tom because she felt he wasn't supportive of women. Although he was planning on voting for Ethan, Brandon voted from Kim J., the reason being that Ethan slammed Brandon on his own question and viewed Kim J. as equally deserving as him.
|Brandon's Voting History|
|1||Samburu Tribe Immune|
|2||Samburu Tribe Immune|
|5||Samburu Tribe Immune|
|10||Frank||Ethan, Frank, Kim J.,|
Kim P., Teresa, Tom
|Voted Out, Day 27|
^1 In "The Gods Are Angry", the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Carl and Lindsey, forcing a revote. Brandon did not change his vote on the revote.
^2 In "I'd Never Do It to You", the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Lindsey and Tom, forcing a revote. Brandon did not change his vote on the revote.
- In early 2002, Brandon, along with all of his Africa castmates, appeared on Late Show with David Letterman where they would present the top 10.
- Brandon, along with Diane Ogden and Jeff Varner, attended the Marquesas Reunion Show.
- In 2013, Brandon graduated from East Central University in Ada, OK.
- He currently works as a registered nurse.
- On October 1, 2016, Brandon remarried.
- Brandon's luxury item was lip balm.
- Brandon is the first LGBT contestant to be on the jury.
- As revealed in the Fallen Comrades challenge on Day 37, Brandon has a tattoo of a black widow spider on his back.
|Survivor: Africa Castaways|