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James Jones is a contestant from Survivor 43.

Holding the power on Coco with his closest ally Karla Cruz Godoy, James's strong position on the tribe led to him easily cruising to the merge. Once there, however, his social prowess coupled with his obtainment of the Knowledge is Power advantage led to him being targeted. Although he managed to evade elimination for the next few votes, James's game came to an end at the Double Elimination once his group turned on him for his said social acumen.


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Age: 37
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.
Occupation: Event Planner
Favorite Hobbies: Curating events, finding the best cocktails in the city, reading/writing
3 Words to Describe You: Confident, casual, self-aware
Pet Peeve(s): Really bad customer service. Pushy sales people.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Winning the United States Chess Open (largest chess tournament in the USA) for my rating bracket when I was 12. You are playing against grown people, and I won $1,200. That was like $100,000 to me at the time! It gave me the confidence that I could do almost anything.
What is something we would never know from looking at you? I grew up in the church. I was an usher and sang in the choir from age 6 to 17. My dad was a deacon and my mom was a deaconess. I have a deep faith but it is my own faith. I don't talk about it a lot but I am a big believer.
Who is your hero and why? My mom. She overcame a lot to raise me and give me the foundation to be the person that I am today. She made sure I was raised in a safe house, made sure I went to church to develop a moral compass, took me to black history workshops as a child so I had a sense of self worth. She made sure I got into the best public school in the city, then made sure I could travel the country as a middle schooler playing chess. She passed away five years ago, and as I grow older, I grow to admire her more each day.
Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Sandra's "anyone but me" will always be my strategy, as long as I see a path to the end and I am with people, or have people, in which I trust. If I don't have that, I will be an agent of chaos Russell with charm. I am playing to win and not for 7th place.
Why do you believe you can be the Sole Survivor? I thrive, and find a certain comfort, in chaos. Managing events at a club on a Friday night anything can happen, but whatever issues pop up you have to handle. That takes interpersonal skills if it is dealing with people, and it takes general problem-solving skills when dealing with a venue, and you still have to make sure everyone at your party has a great time.[2]


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Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out Result
1 Coco Crate Wide Open Reward No Lost
Freedom of Choice Immunity No 1st
2 Serpent Turf Reward/Immunity No 2nd
3 Turtle Head Reward/Immunity No 2nd
4 Walk Around Reward Yes Lost
Brain Stew Immunity No Lost
5 EOC Reward/Immunity No Lost
Tribes Disbanded, Day 12
6 None No Quarter Reward/Immunity No Lost
Tribes Merged, Night 13
7 Gaia Eve 6 Immunity Lost
8 Over-Extended Immunity Yes1 Lost
9 Crocodile Rock Reward/Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 17
^1 James elected to sit out of the challenge to help his tribe win a supply of rice.

Episode James's
Voted Against
1 Coco Tribe Immune
2 Coco Tribe Immune
3 Coco Tribe Immune
4 Lindsay -
5 Geo -
6 Elie Elie, Owen
7 Dwight Dwight, Noelle
8 Jeanine -
9 Owen Karla,
Noelle (x2), Sami
Voted Out, Day 17
Voted for
Sole Survivor




Survivor 43 Castaways
S43 cassidy t
S43 cody t
S43 dwight t
S43 elie t
S43 gabler t
S43 geo t
S43 james t
S43 jeanine t
S43 jesse t
S43 justine t
S43 karla t
S43 lindsay t
S43 morriah t
S43 nneka t
S43 noelle t
S43 owen t
S43 ryan t
S43 sami t