Chet Welch
S16 Chet Welch
Contestant Profile
Born: October 22, 1959 (1959-10-22) (age 58)
Hometown: Ford City, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Pageant Coach
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Airai
► Malakal
Finish: 14/20
Alliance(s): Older Airai Alliance
Challenge Wins: 2
Votes Against: 12
Days Lasted: 17

Chet Welch is a contestant from Survivor: Micronesia.

Chet is infamous for his dismal challenge performance, often being stated as one of the worst physical competitors to ever compete on Survivor.


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Chet Welch currently works in customer service for a pharmacy that supplies nursing homes and hospitals with resident-specific medications. He has been in the pharmacy business for 20 years. After finishing high school, he attended college classes in business and music.

Welch has lived in Ford City, Pennsylvania, in the same house his entire life, but has traveled throughout the United States. He enjoys swimming, hiking, kayaking, dancing and yoga. Welch describes himself as magical, determined and unknowing. He is most proud of having coached 11 Miss Pennsylvania pageant contenders to win the title (he is a pageant coach for Miss America in his spare time). He believes the fact that he is fit, intelligent, crafty and street/country smart will help him go far on SURVIVOR.

Welch continues to live in Ford City, Pennsylvania, with his significant other, Bob. Having rescued animals for 40 years, he currently houses his three dogs (Forrester, Chance and Savanna), along with 15 sheep, 75 ducks and three cats. His birth date is October 22, 1959.[1]


Voting History

Chet's Voting History
Episode Chet's
Voted Against
1 Airai Tribe Immune
2 Mary Jason, Mikey B.
3 Airai Tribe Immune
4 Mikey B. Alexis, Jason,
Mikey B.
5 Joel Erik, Joel
6 Erik Amanda, Ami,
Cirie, Erik, Ozzy
Voted Off, Day 17


  • On January 9, 2010, Chet attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.[2]


  • Chet was the oldest member of the original Airai tribe.
  • Chet received votes against him at every Tribal Council he attended.
    • At his Airai tribals at least one of his votes was from Mikey B and Jason.
    • At his Malakal tribals at least one of his votes was from Erik.
  • Chet asked his tribemates to vote him out. It is speculated that this was because he was soon going to be evacuated due to having a piece of coral lodged in his foot (which Chet claimed happened the Day 7 Reward Challenge.[3]), and if he had not been voted off, Malakal would have lost two members.
  • Chet received the most votes against him than any other contestant in Micronesia with 12.
  • Kathy stated that Chet was recruited to compete on Survivor.[4]