Jessica Michele "Sugar" Kiper[1] is a contestant from Survivor: Gabon and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

In Gabon, she came to be in the unlikely position of being a powerful force in the game after spending several days at Exile Island and finding the Hidden Immunity Idol on her first time there. Having been away from her tribe multiple times and having swapped tribes, the competing alliances fought to get her vote. However, at the Final Tribal Council, she found herself on the receiving end of harsh criticism from the jury, most notably from Corinne Kaplan. Sugar ended up having a completely clean vote record, neither having an elimination nor a jury vote cast for her.

Her second shot in Heroes vs. Villains was short-lived as she was called out for her poor work ethic and an inability to fit in with her tribemates. Her apparent social awkwardness led to her becoming the first boot.


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Jessica "Sugar" Kiper (29)
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Occupation: Pin-Up Model

Jessica Kiper prides herself on being flirty and fun. When she is not acting, this 29 year old works as a waitress named "Sugar" at '50s diners and enjoys singing and making music. Friends describe this single, free-spirit as crazy, funny and cool. Currently, this blonde pin-up model lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her dog, "Major P. Pants," but has spent time living in various places throughout the country including Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, and San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.

Jessica can be a bit of a goofball and her laugh is contagious. Although at first glance she may not look tough, despite being adorned with several tattoos, Kiper has been through a lot in her life, including the recent death of her father, whom she called her hero. Despite the struggles she's faced, Kiper has always come out on top. She is ready to bring her spunk, positive attitude and bubbly personality into the game of Survivor and hopes to grow as a person after the experience and win enough money to "get off people's couches."
Jessica was born on February 22, 1979.[2]

Jessica "Sugar" Kiper (29)

Tribe: Heroes
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Personal Claim To Fame: "Becoming a retro pin-up model."
Inspiration in Life: "My dad."
Previous Finishes: Gabon: 2nd Runner Up
Favorite Past Moment: "Blindsiding Randy."
Previous Survivor She Respects Most: Bruce Kanegai (Panama)
Previous Survivor She Respects Least: Corinne Kaplan (Gabon)
Why Did She Come Back? : "For the Survivor lovin' viewers."[3]



Sugar was chosen by Ace Gordon to be on the Kota tribe, stating that it wasn't appropriate for a photographer to not have a model. When it was her turn to pick, Sugar chose Marcus Lehman. Kota won the first three challenges. However, the opposing tribe, Fang, made a comeback and won the next reward and Immunity Challenges. Fang exiled Sugar and this season she was given the choice of finding the Hidden Immunity Idol or living in a luxurious hut. She chose to look for the idol and revealed her strategy for eliminating "bad people" and her motivation was that her father had recently died. She found that Idol, something that Corinne Kaplan doubted she was capable of. Sugar agreed that Paloma Soto-Castillo was the weakest due to her dismal performance in the Reward Challenge and voted her out.

On Day 10, after ranking Tribe members in order of importance, a Tribe switch by Schoolyard Pick occurred. Sugar was the person unpicked and was automatically exiled and would reside at Exile Island until the losing tribe's Tribal Council. Having found the idol already, she chose the hut. After the Immunity Challenge was over and being informed that Fang lost, Sugar looked forward to heading to the Fang camp, knowing that Ace and Jacquie Berg had both been switched to Fang. Much to her surprise, Jacquie was voted out over Kelly Czarnecki. The New Fang generally lost challenges, and Sugar was frequently exiled. Sugar felt guilty that she was eating the many foods of the hut (which she dubbed the "Sugar Shack"). Sugar was targeted by the Fang Alliance for her close relationship with Ace but was spared because GC Brown wanted to leave and Kelly was irritating the Fang Alliance. At the next immunity, It was revealed that it would be a Double Tribal Council and the challenge was individual. Sugar made it to the final round with Ace and Marcus but was the first person out. Despite that, Marcus gave her a second Individual immunity for the Fang. After Ken Hoang lied to her, saying Ace was using her because of her idol, Sugar conspired with Crystal Cox and Ken Hoang to blindside him. In her confessional, she still thanked him for the wonderful time. The plan worked like a charm as Ace was blindsided at Tribal Council and before leaving, he said "Thanks, Sugar".

After the double Tribal Council, the tribes enjoyed what was thought to be a merge feast. Unfortunately, it was a setup for a second tribe switch. Sugar stayed on Fang with Matty Whitmore and was reunited with Corinne and Charlie Herschel from the original Kota, and introduced to Randy Bailey. The new Fang "who started pronounced it like the American pronunciation" won the next Immunity Challenge. 

Sugar was shocked that Marcus was voted out. Jeff announced the tribes had merged and new tribe would stay at the Fang camp. The former Kota members tried to get Sugar on their side, but she stayed loyal to her tribe and joined in voting out Charlie over Crystal. Bob Crowley told her he had the Idol, but being the real holder of the Idol, she knew that was a lie. At the Survivor Auction, she brought a mystery item, which turns out to be peanut butter and chocolate for $340. Randy brought cookies for the tribe and offered Sugar his cookie. She took it and gave it to Matty, much to Randy's annoyance. Sugar agreed with the Alliance to vote out Randy for making camp life more unbearable. Bob told Sugar that his Idol was fake and she suggested to give it to Randy; Bob was reluctant at first, but eventually did give him the fake idol. At Tribal Council that night, Sugar laughed out loud when the Idol was revealed to be a fraud and Randy was voted out. At the following Tribal Council, Sugar voted out Corinne who she had issues with, but Ken voted against Matty as a fail-safe if Corinne had an Idol.

Matty was angered by this. Crystal starting yelling at him to keep his loyalty. Sugar witnessed this and viewed Ken and Crystal as bad people and helped in voting out the duo. Sugar also warned Bob that Ken would blindside him after giving him the Immunity Necklace. Sugar was set on going to the Final Tribal Council with Bob and Matty. This would go up in smoke as Susie Smith won the Final Immunity Challenge. Bob convinced Sugar to vote against Matty, and, being close with both men, Sugar decided to give Bob a fair chance. Bob won the tiebreaker and Matty was eliminated.

At Final Tribal Council, Sugar gave notoriously poor answers to the jury, including "You don't have to vote for me" and "You're a jerk". Sugar gave Corinne the middle finger after the latter called the former an "unproductive leech on society" and claimed it was insincere when she cried about her deceased father due to how often it happened. Sugar received no jury votes and finished as the second runner-up.

Voting History

Sugar's Voting History
Episode Sugar's
Voted Against
1 Kota Tribe Immune
Kota Tribe Immune
2 Paloma -
3 On Exile Island1
4 GC -
5 Kelly -
6 Ace Individual Immunity
7 Fang Tribe Immune
8 Charlie -
9 Randy -
11 Corinne -
12 Crystal -
13 Ken -
Matty -
Jury Votes
for Sugar
Second Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In "It Was Like Christmas Morning!", Sugar was not selected by a tribe at the tribe-switch and was sent to Exile Island, granting her immunity from Tribal Council.

Heroes vs. Villains

Sugar was assigned to the Heroes Tribe due to her wanting to keep the "good people" around in her first season. In her brief stay in the game, Sugar's highlight was during the very physical Reward Challenge on Day 1, where Villains member Sandra Diaz-Twine attempted to fluster Sugar by undoing her bra. However, Sugar decided to let the bra go and rush to her tribe's finish mat topless and flipping the bird on Diaz-Twine, winning a point for her tribe. The Heroes went on to win the Reward Challenge.

Sugar was shown to be a lot less helpful in camp than the other members of her team. She seemed more interested in flirting and cuddling with the guys, notably Colby Donaldson than anything else, visibly annoying him and following him around everywhere when he attempted to get away from her. In the first Immunity Challenge, she was placed on the puzzle station. Despite a strong lead, the puzzle portion of the challenge was where the Heroes lost their lead, and eventually, the challenge. Immediately after the loss, Sugar was seen in tears.

Back at camp, Sugar, being one of the puzzle builders, was one of the people to blame for the loss. Despite still not helping her tribe at all, some other tribe members considered keeping her around and voting off a player who would be more dangerous deeper in the game, such as Cirie Fields or Stephenie LaGrossa. When it came to the vote, the entire tribe, motivated by Sugar's personality quirks and potential liability in future challenges, unanimously sent her home in a 9-1 vote.

Voting History

Sugar's Voting History
Episode Sugar's
Voted Against
1 Amanda Amanda, Candice, Cirie,
Colby, J.T., James,
Rupert, Stephenie, Tom
Voted Out, Day 3


Sugar Wedding

Sugar with her new husband, Nicholas.

  • On January 9, 2010, Sugar attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of her Gabon and Heroes vs. Villains cast mates.
  • Sugar voiced the video game character Candy Edwards in the 2011 video game L.A. Noire.[4]
  • Sugar was a cast member on the fifth season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which aired on VH1 on June 26, 2011. She claimed that she went on a downward spiral after Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains had aired. There, Sugar revealed that she attempted suicide as a result of being voted out of Heroes vs. Villains. She also claimed to have been evacuated from Samoa to Australia by the producers who feared that she would hurt herself by over-dosing.[5]
  • On January 12, 2014, Sugar was arrested after crashing into the back of a parked car. She was released eight hours later.[6]
  • Sugar was pregnant with her first child and due to give birth in November 2015.[7]
    • Sugar gave birth to her daughter, Penelope Jean Critelli on November 17, 2015.[8]
  • Sugar married Nicholas Critelli in February 2016.[9]


  • Sugar got her nickname when she was 18 while working at a San Francisco-based 50's diner named "It's Tops", where she worked as a waitress.[10] The nickname was coined by a fellow waitress. She noted that she was "sweeter" back then.
  • Sugar holds the record for the most Exile Island visits, with five during Survivor: Gabon.
  • Sugar is the first castaway to use a Hidden Immunity Idol on another player.
  • Sugar is the only person to not receive any votes against her up until the Final Tribal Council, and then receive no jury votes to win either.
  • Sugar is one of two people to come in 3rd in their first season and 20th in their second. The other is Jon Dalton.
  • Sugar is the only female Hero who has only played twice, and one of two overall, along with Tom Westman.


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