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Chet Welch
S16 Chet Welch
Contestant Profile
Born: October 22, 1959 (1959-10-22) (age 57)
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 worse 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]

Survivor: Micronesia

Chet started the game on the Airai tribe also known as the Fans. Originally Chet, along with Kathy Sleckman and Tracy Hughes-Wolf isolated themselves from the rest of their tribe by not contributing to the camp. At the first Immunity Challenge the Airai tribe won immunity, saving Chet from Tribal Council.

In Episode 2 Chet, Tracy, and Kathy further isolated themselves by erecting a shelter that could only house those three. They helped the rest of their tribe build a sturdy shelter, which they had been previously unable to do so. at the Reward/Immunity Challenge Chet performed horribly, being unable to collect a single key. Because of Chet's dismal performance Airai lost the challenge, sending them to Tribal Council. Although Chet was the intended target he managed to escape elimination by convincing Joel Anderson to rally his tribe into voting out Mary Sartain, because of her closeness to Mikey Bortone.  

In the following episode Mikey B was shocked at Mary's blindside and he took out his anger on Chet. Airai lost the next Reward Challenge but managed to win the Immunity Challenge. In That's Baked, Barbecued and Fried! Chet's weakness contributed to Airai's second immunity loss. Although Mikey B was reassured Chet would be going home Tracy convinced Joel to vote for Mikey B, for his power over the tribe. Joel convinced Natalie Bolton and Erik Reichenbach to blindside Mikey, saving Chet from elimination for a second time.

After the Day 13 Tribe Switch, Chet was switched to Malakal. When Malakal lost the Immunity Challenge Chet was once again targeted for his weakness, but due to a strategic move made by Cirie Fields, Joel was sent home for his ferocious game play. 

Unfortunately for Chet, he suffered an injury on Day 17 during the Immunity Challenge. A piece of coral was lodged in his foot. Afraid he would soon be medically evacuated, he asked his tribe to vote him out. However, Erik and Tracy begged him to vote off Ozzy since Ami was on board with that idea and it would make for a great blindside and power shift. Chet considered that idea. At the Day 17 Tribal Council, Chet got his wish and became the seventh person eliminated from Micronesia, finishing in 14th place.

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 Sleckman claimed that Chet was recruited to compete on Survivor.[4]


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