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James Clement

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Contestant Profile
Birth Date March 9, 1977 (1977-03-09) (age 38)
Hometown Lafayette, Louisiana
Occupation Gravedigger

China

Tribe(s) Fei Long
► Zhan Hu
Hae Da Fung
Placement 7/16
Alliance(s) Fei Long Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 7
Vote(s) Against 9
Day(s) Lasted 30

Micronesia

Tribe(s) Malakal
► Airai
Dabu
Placement 7/20
Alliance(s) Favorites Couples Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 10
Vote(s) Against 3
Day(s) Lasted 31

Heroes vs. Villains

Tribe(s) Heroes
Placement 14/20
Alliance(s) Heroes Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 2
Vote(s) Against 7
Day(s) Lasted 15
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James Clement IV is a contestant from Survivor: China, Survivor: Micronesia, and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

Physically, James is one of the strongest contestants to play; however, all his experiences in the show have been negative. He is remembered more for being blindsided with two Hidden Immunity Idols in his possession while in China, and being unlucky with injuries, such as being medically evacuated due to an infected finger and voted out after injuring his leg. Despite this, James is still considered one of the most physically dominant players in the game, and one of the series most comical and remembered players for his humorous remarks and phrases, and zero tolerance for "dummies".

ProfileEdit

ChinaEdit

James Clement owns a burial service and he is a gravedigger. In addition, he works security at nightclubs and weddings and bartends on the side. His hobbies include watching television and surfing the web. He enjoys sprinting, weight lifting and playing football.

Clement describes himself as athletically gifted, socially adaptive and physically attractive. He is most proud of carrying on the family business. He feels he'll do well because he considers himself to be physically and mentally adept, adventurous and able to adapt to new environments and situations.

Clement currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his pit bull, Brently. His birth date is March 9, 1977.

MicronesiaEdit

James Clement owns a burial service and he is a gravedigger. In addition, he works security at nightclubs and weddings and bartends on the side. His hobbies include watching television and surfing the web. He enjoys sprinting, weight lifting and playing football.

Clement describes himself as athletically gifted, socially adaptive and physically attractive. He is most proud of carrying on the family business. He feels he'll do well because he considers himself to be physically and mentally adept, adventurous and able to adapt to new environments and situations.

Clement currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his pit bull, Brently. His birth date is March 9, 1977.

Heroes vs. VillainsEdit

James Clement (32)
Tribe: Heroes
Hometown: Lafayette, La.
Current Residence: Malibu, Calif. and Lafayette, La.
Personal Claim To Fame: “Continuing the family business.”
Inspiration in Life: “My dad.”
Previous Finishes: China: 10th out, 4th Jury Member; Micronesia: Injured, 4th Jury Member
Favorite Past Moment: “All the challenges.”
Previous Survivor He Respects Most: Amanda Kimmel (China, Micronesia)
Previous Survivor He Respects Least: “No comment.”
Why Did He Come Back?: “To prove to myself I can get further in the game.”

Survivor: ChinaEdit

After the completion of the welcoming ceremony, James Clement was place on the Fei Long tribe. James immediately proved to a hard worker for his tribe. However after a conversation with Leslie Nease, James revealed in a confessional that his biggest obstacle was the social aspect as he prefer to be by himself. James was chosen to be the frontrunner for his tribe. Fei Long was able to win easily over the rival tribe, Zhan Hu, keeping James safe. James would help his tribe win the next two challenges.

On Day 7 , James and Amanda Kimmel found a crab. However, the tribe argued what to do with it before settling with Courtney Yates' idea of boiling it for crab stock. At the Reward Challenge, the Fei Long men won both of their respective rounds against the Zhan Hu men. However, Zhan Hu's women won the tribe it's first challenge and chose to kidnap Leslie Nease. James and Jean-Robert Bellande talked loudly about who to vote out next in an insulting manner before settling on Leslie. The men failed to noticed that Courtney and Todd Herzog were only a few yards and were annoyed with them and wanted them out. Fei Long lost it's first Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council, Leslie was voted out in a 6-2 vote over Jean-Robert. 

Fei Long was able to resume it's winning streak by winning the next Reward Challenge at Tribal Council. The tribe won a visit from local fisherman and his family and chose to kidnap Zhan Hu's Dave Cruser . Jean-Robert served as a translator. At the Immunity Challenge, James was partnered with Todd. James and Todd managed to score an combined 3 points for Fei Long, which was crucial for winning the Immunity Challenge. 

On Day 13, James praises Denise Martin in a confessional for her work ethic and encouraging nature. James finds those traits attractive and would be in a relationship with her if not for the age difference. Later that day, two Chinese men came with a note asking Fei Long to pick Zhan Hu's two strongest members and they would become Fei Long. Fei Long speculated that the note meant that two Fei Longs was being transferred to Zhan Hu as well. Fei Long chose Frosti Zernow and Sherea Lloyd. Jean-Robert told James that if Zhan Hu gotten the same note, he was going. Sure enough, two different Fisherman came with a note reveal James was being transferred to the Zhan Hu along with Aaron Reisberger. When he was getting to know his new tribemates, James told them he'll gather firewood and water. At the Immunity Challenge, James gotten frustrated with Jaime Dugan and Peih-Gee Law when the women were botching the puzzle while cracking jokes. Zhan Hu ended up losing the challenge. James' attitude gotten worse when he learned that the women threw the challenge. Despite receiving a vote from Aaron, Aaron was the one who was voted out in a 3-1-1 vote.

James felt the best thing for him to do was to do the work at camp to keep Zhan Hu rested.  At the Reward Challenge, Zhan Hu lost but James was able to go to the trip to the Chinese Tea House because of being kidnapped. James along with Fei Long enjoyed the Tea House and it's amenities. James himself, showered in the front everyone, which didn't bother them at all. Todd Herzog told James to share the container with him once James had opened it. When he did open it, James learned that it was a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. James gave the clue to Todd, who later returned with the idol. Todd wanted James to throw the challenge so they can vote out Jaime. James felt that shouldn't be two hard as Zhan Hu was going throw the challenge anyway. However, Zhan Hu actually competed to win and they won the Immunity Challenge when Denise was unable to eat a balut and gave up trying causing her tribe to lose. 

Peih-Gee tried to convince James to join them, pointing out that they sacrificed on of their allies to save him but he wasn't interested. Based on where Todd told him where the idol was, James went to retrieve the other idol. James pulled both plaques done and rushed to place the idol in his bag. He later noticed that the blank plaque was gone and wondered in delight if Jaime had took it. On Day 20, The tribes merged and enjoyed an feast with entertainment provided by Chinese performers. The next day, the Immunity Challenge was held at camp, which was won by Frosti. At Tribal Council, James' suspicions was confirmed when Jaime attempted to play her idol, only for it to be rejected and she was voted out in a 7-3 vote. James felt he was in a good position because his alliance gets along despite the differences. However, James having two idols earned the ire of Todd and Amanda who wanted him out because of threat status. At the Reward Challenge, Jean-Robert picked James, Todd and Amanda and they won a tribe to a 1000 year old village. James was impressed with the history of the village. James clashed with Jean-Robert twice, first when it to James eating more rice and second was when the latter integrated the former about the idols. At Tribal Council, James was spared and Jean-Robert was voted out in a 5-3-1 vote.

James was shaken by nearly getting voted out. He woke up the rest of the tribe by singing "Good Morning" in an obnoxious voice. Denise also came to James about being left out of the Jean-Robert blindside because she felt like she was on the outside. At the next Reward Challenge, Peih-Gee picked James to be on her team. James picked Todd who picked Denise. The team struggled in the challenge and lost the river cruise. James and Peih-Gee argued about the lost of challenge. At The next Immunity Challenge, The castaways was given the choice of competing or eating Burgers with all of the fixins, fries and sodas until the challenge ended. James chose to eat and Peih-Gee won immunity over Frosti. At Tribal Council, Frosti was unanimously voted out over Erik.

After Frosti left, The final seven were quizzed on facts for a trip to a xiaolin temple. Peih-Gee won and took Erik and Denise with her. When they returned, Erik tried to convince James into an final four alliance with him, Denise and Peih-Gee. James wasn't interested, feeling secured in his five person alliance and liken flipping to eating the apple in the garden of eden. However, Amanda deemed James the biggest threat and felt this was the best chance to blindside him if he didn't win immunity. At the Immunity Challenge, James made it to the final but failed to score with Erik winning immunity much to the relief of Amanda, Todd and Courtney. James was set voting out Peih-Gee. At Tribal Council, James didn't use one of his idols and was blindsided in a 5-1-1 vote.

At Final Tribal Council, James congratulated the finalists and told them that he wasn't upset with them for blindsiding him. James asked Courtney about one good time on Survivor. Courtney said during the first challenge of the season because she claimed the pole was heavy and was excited when they won because she wasn't going to be the first person voted out of the season. When asked by Jeff why he asked that question, James claimed it because he wanted to give the finalists an easy one. In the end, James voted for Courtney (Originally stated to be Todd) to win, who lost in a 4-2-1 vote.

Voting HistoryEdit

James' Voting History
Episode James's
Votes
Voted Against
James
1 Fei Long Tribe Immune
2 Fei Long Tribe Immune
3 Leslie -
4 Fei Long Tribe Immune
5 Peih-Gee Aaron
6 Zhan Hu Tribe Immune
7 Jaime -
8 Jean-Robert Erik, Jean-Robert,
Peih-Gee
9 Frosti -
11 Peih-Gee Amanda, Courtney,
Denise, Erik, Todd
Voted Off, Day 30
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Courtney

Survivor: MicronesiaEdit

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Voting HistoryEdit

James' Voting History
Episode James'
Votes
Voted Against
James
1 Jon -
2 Malakal Tribe Immune
3 Yau-Man -
4 Malakal Tribe Immune
5 Airai Tribe Immune
6 Airai Tribe Immune
7 Airai Tribe Immune
8 Airai Tribe Immune
9 Eliza -
10 Jason -
11 Parvati Alexis,
Jason, Natalie
12 No Tribal Council
Evacuated, Day 31
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Amanda

Survivor: Heroes vs. VillainsEdit

Statistics of James Clement
Longevity
Seasons competed 3
Total number of days 76
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 18
Individual wins 1
Total 19
Tribal Council
Total votes received 19
Exile Island
Times exiled 0
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island N/A
Duels won N/A

Due to his kind nature and "gentle giant" persona, James was assigned to the Heroes tribe. This season, James became frustrated and angry at his tribe mates over time for their lack of team work when it came to competing against the Villains, and during the Tribal Council when Stephenie LaGrossa was eliminated, this sudden change of attitude was not well received.

At a Reward Challenge, James once again injured himself and was treated by the Medical Team. With the tribe unaware of whether or not he'd return, several people contemplated his return to the game and whether or not it would benefit them. James returned later on that day with his leg in a cast. Although still mobile, he was weakened and could not commit to his usual work ethic.

Losing consecutive challenges, James knew he was on the chopping block, but attempted to show he was still a valuable asset by racing J.T. Thomas, though he lost badly. Ultimately, it came down to "banana etiquette" as he was voted out on Day 15 for being too much of a liability to his tribe.

Voting HistoryEdit

James' Voting History
Episode James'
Votes
Voted Against
James
1 Sugar -
2 Stephenie -
3 Heroes Tribe Immune
4 Colby -
5 Tom Colby, Tom
6 Colby Amanda, Candice,
Colby, J.T., Rupert
Voted Off, Day 15

Post-SurvivorEdit

  • JamesTheYoungAndTheRestless

    James on The Young and The Restless

    James is a big fan of The Young and the Restless. He ended up making a cameo as a cop in an episode. After watching the series for more than two decades (and even scheduling his college classes around the show), James says he's an even bigger fan after his cameo. "Just the fact that I was there makes me relate to it and love the show more," he says. "I had a great time. I can take that off my bucket list now."
  • On January 9, 2010, James attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of his Heroes vs. Villains cast mates.
  • At the Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Reunion Show, James was nominated for the Dumbest Move in Survivor History for being blindsided with two Hidden Immunity Idols in his possession and not playing either of them in Survivor: China. James lost to fellow Heroes tribemate J.T. Thomas.

TriviaEdit

  • James was cast on the show at the advice of Boo Bernis from Survivor: Fiji. James and Boo are both natives of Lafayette, Louisiana, and played football together at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. They had known each other for about 10 years.
  • James and Frosti Zernow are the only contestants to be members of all three Survivor: China tribes.
  • James is one of three contestants to win the Fan Favorite Award twice, the other two being Russell Hantz and Ozzy Lusth.
    • James is one of two contestants to win the Fan Favorite Award in consecutive seasons, the other being Russell Hantz.
  • Despite his being regarded as one of the strongest players to play the game, James never won an Individual Challenge.
    • Currently, He is the only male three-time contestant to never win an individual Immunity Challenge.
  • James is the first contestant voted out while having a playable Hidden Immunity Idol in his possession.
    • He is the only player to be voted out while in possession of two idols.
  • Two of James's three eliminations involved injuries.
  • James was the first African-American male to return for a second season of Survivor.
  • Following Bruce Kanegai, James is the second castaway to be medically evacuated post-merge.
  • James is the first evacuee to play a season post-evacuation and one of the five contestants to ever do so.
  • Having finished 7th in his first two seasons, James is the first castaway to finish in the same position twice. He was followed by Candice CodySandra Diaz-Twine, Jonathan Penner, and Erik Reichenbach.
    • James and Erik both achieved this feat via being medically evacuated in their second season.
    • After finishing in 7th place twice, he was the 7th person voted out of Heroes vs. Villains.
    • Coincidentally, James placed 14th in Heroes vs. Villains, the same number as his first two placements combined.
  • In Micronesia, James became the first contestant to leave the game on Day 31 when he was evacuated.
  • James has played all three seasons on the same starting tribe as Amanda Kimmel, and she has placed higher than him all three times.
    • He and Amanda are the only contestants to be on the same original tribe in back-to-back seasons.
    • They are one of two pairs of contestants to appear in three seasons together, along with Jerri Manthey and Colby Donaldson.
  • James' luxury item in Heroes vs. Villains was one of the two idols he did not use back in China.
  • James is one of only three contestants to play three times and never reach the Final 4, along with Jonathan Penner and Candice Cody.
  • James is one of nine players to appear on two back-to-back seasons (the others are: Rupert Boneham, Bobby Jon Drinkard, Stephenie LaGrossa, Amanda Kimmel, Russell Hantz, Malcolm Freberg, Joe Anglim and Shirin Oskooi).
  • James is the first contestant to be in possession of two Hidden Immunity Idols at the same time. He would later be followed by Parvati Shallow, Malcolm Freberg (who did so twice), and Tony Vlachos.
  • James wore seven buff colors during his three seasons and never the same color twice.
  • James has the third least amount of days of a 3 time player with 76, ahead of only Stephenie LaGrossa (75 days) and Candice Cody (72 days.)
  • James is the lowest ranking contestant from Survivor: China to return for another season.
  • Both times James was on the jury the person who he voted for did not win.
  • In their three times playing together, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains is the only time where James is after Amanda Kimmel in the opening credits.
  • James along with Amanda, Stephenie, Cirie Fields, and Parvati Shallow are the first castaways to play in seasons with all new castaways, all returning castaways and season with both new and returning players. They was followed by Rob Mariano, Russell Hantz, Coach WadeTina Wesson, Rupert, Candice Cody and Tyson Apostol

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