|Born:||September 17, 1970|
|Hometown:||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Tribe(s):|| Fei Long|
Hae Da Fung
|Alliance(s):||Fei Long Alliance (affiliated)|
Jean-Robert Bellande is a contestant from Survivor: China.
He is best remembered for his aggressive gameplay that included calling out players that he deemed threats to their faces and telling the weaker players that they didn't deserve to be in the game. This, combined with his overt flirting with the younger girls and loud snoring made him a constant annoyance to his tribemates and resulted in him being blindsided by his own alliance.
Retrieved from CBS.com
Born in Long Island, N.Y., Jean-Robert Bellande considers himself international as he is the son of French-speaking Haitian immigrants that raised him in Asia. Bellande is a professional poker player (his televised tournaments include the 2005 Rio Circuit Event, 2005 U.S. Poker Championship, Ballbreakers 2005 and the 2005 World Poker Tournament's "Bad Boys of Poker"). In 2005, he was ranked as high as the Number 6 Card Player in the world.
Bellande first made a name for himself promoting some of Los Angeles' hottest nightclubs including the Roxbury, Tatou of Beverly Hills and the Gate. He then opened up his own Hollywood night spot, Sky Sushi, which he ran for five years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University. He describes himself as charismatic, fun and loud. He is most proud of making it to the final table at the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Event where he pocketed a whopping $210,000, and has now pocketed over $700,000 in tournament winnings. Bellande's hobbies are playing poker, playing pool and hitting the nightclubs. His favorite sport is soccer. He enjoys playing tennis and basketball. If he could take three non-survival items with him to location, he'd bring a deck of cards, poker chips and a dealer!
Bellande currently resides in Las Vegas. His birth date is Sept. 17, 1970.
After the Chinese ceremony was completed, Jean-Robert Bellande was placed on the Fei Long tribe. His instincts told him that Todd Herzog was a devious player. He questioned him whether he was telling the truth. Todd was concerned as Jean-Robert could tell everyone to look out for him. Fei Long won the first two Immunity Challenges. However, Jean-Robert acted lazy at camp as part of his strategy. This irritated everyone, mainly Courtney Yates. Aaron Reisberger confronted him about his apparent lack of ethic, leading to an argument in front of kidnapped Zhan Hu member Jaime Dugan. Leslie Nease saw him as an easy first vote off for his annoying personity and habits. Fei Long lost its first challenge for reward. Zhan Hu won the Immunity Challenge as well, due to Courtney's physical weakness. Jean-Robert discussed with James Clement whether to vote out Courtney or Leslie. However, Todd and Courtney overheard the two men. The tribe decided to vote out Leslie because of her connections to the other tribe. Jean-Robert was safe as Fei-Long won the next challenges.
A local Chinese fisherman, gave a note to the tribe. It said to pick the two warriors from the other tribe that would benefit their tribe. Fei Long chose Frosti Zernow and Sherea Lloyd. Jean-Robert told James that if Zhan Hu gets the same note, James is out of Fei Long. This was true as Zhan Hu picked James and Aaron. Jean-Robert was the most disheartened as he lost his closest ally. Jean-Robert proposed to the original Fei Long that Sherea goes first and then Frosti. Sherea and Frosti quickly noticed that Jean-Robert was the biggest annoyance to the Fei Long tribe. Fei Long won the Immunity Challenge, due to Jaime and Peih-Gee Law throwing the challenge. Jean-Robert's conflict with Courtney intensified during a reward to a local bathouse. Fei Long lost the Immunity Challenge, placing him on thin ice again. Todd felt that Jean-Robert should go for being a physical and strategic threat. Amanda Kimmel felt that Sherea should go for being untrustworthy and a challenge threat too. Amanda's logic beat out Todd's and Sherea was voted off.
The tribes merged and they celebrated with a feast, much to Jean-Robert's enjoyment. The first Immunity Challenge was based on the events at the feast which Jean-Robert failed to remember the color of the pole. At the first Tribal Council of the merged tribe, Hae Da Fung, Jean-Robert was horrified when Jaime pulled out what was thought to be an Hidden Immunity Idol. It was confirmed to be an Fake one and Jaime was sent to the jury. Jean-Robert along with James, Todd, and Amanda won a reward to a local Chinese village. The quartet was handed a clue to the idol. While Jean-Robert was surprised by the thought of an Idol, everyone else has been aware of its existence. Jean-Robert started searching for the idols, oblivious that James had both Idols. At the Immunity Challenge, Jean-Robert was the first person out. After the challenge, Erik Huffman informed him that James had not one but two idols. Startled by the revelation, Jean-Robert tried to align himself with James. James declined stating it would be the dumbest move in Survivor. Jean-Robert then decided to blindside James for his idols and his physical ability. Jean-Robert secured the votes of Erik and Peih-Gee. He also discussed his plan with Todd. Disturbed by the fact that Jean-Robert was placing Ideas in people's heads, Todd branded Jean-Robert as the biggest threat to him. Todd secured the votes of Amanda, James, and Courtney who wasn't sure it will work. Expecting James to meet his end in the game, Jean-Robert was blindsided in a 5-3-1 vote.
At Final Tribal Council, Jean-Robert first pointed out that his vote was up for Grabs as he promised himself not to vote for Todd or Amanda if they betray him but didn't believed that Courtney was the most deserving. First, Jean-Robert asked Courtney on why he should vote for her. Courtney said she had Outwitted, Outplayed, and Outlasted him and pointed out she won immunity. Jean-Robert told Amanda that he wasn't going to backstab her, which she replied she wasn't going to vote against him. Jean-Robert asked was she lying when she made that promise or just went back on her word. Amanda denied lying and said she didn't want to vote out Jean-Robert but just went with the majority. Finally, Jean-Robert told Todd that he identified him as a strategic player and asked why he didn't vote out the biggest threat in James. Todd told Jean-Robert that he was becoming a strategic threat and thus the biggest threat to him. Left speechless, Jean-Robert congratulated the finalists, much to the other jurors shock and laughter. Jean-Robert cast his juror vote to Todd, who became Sole Survivor.
|Jean-Robert's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Fei Long Tribe Immune|
|2||Fei Long Tribe Immune|
|4||Fei Long Tribe Immune|
|5||Fei Long Tribe Immune|
|7||Jaime|| Erik, Jaime,|
|8||James|| Amanda, Courtney,|
Frosti, James, Todd
|Voted Off, Day 24|
| Voted for|
- At the 2008 World Series of Poker Bellande came close to capturing his first bracelet when he finished runner-up to Matt Graham in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em - Shootout event, earning $173,564 then later he finished in 442nd place out of 6844 entries at the Main Event that same year. As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,100,000.
- On July 3, 2014, Jean-Robert was arrested in Las Vegas for "expired license plates" and "unlawful acts of financial responsibility". He was released the next day after spending 16 hours in jail.
- Jean-Robert received the most votes out of everyone in Survivor: China, with 12, and had received votes every time he went to Tribal Council.
|Survivor: China Castaways|