|Born:||March 23, 1964|
|Hometown:||San Francisco, California|
|Finish:||Second Runner-Up (3/18)|
|Alliance(s):|| Gondol Alliance|
Dara Women's Alliance (affiliated)
|Alliance(s):|| Power Six|
Tavua Alliance (affiliated)
In Kaôh Rōng, Tai was a widely-beloved personality on the island, especially in the early days of the game. His ingenuousness, sense of humor and compassion for plants and animals won him a motley array of allies, including Caleb Reynolds, Scot Pollard, and Aubry Bracco. His game took an unexpected turn when he sided with Aubry and betrayed Scot at Tribal Council by declining to form a super idol for the latter. This move earned him widespread distrust. He also struggled with a persistent inability to express himself articulately at Tribal Council, and much of his late-game strategic play was viewed as haphazard or even irrational. Though he was able to navigate to the end of the game, his erratic style was criticized by the jury and he received no votes at Final Tribal Council. Regardless, he remains a fan favorite from the season.
Despite his erratic and unpredictable gameplay on his first attempt, he managed to make it very deep in Survivor: Game Changers. He aligned with Brad Culpepper and was forced to turn on his closest ally Caleb Reynolds after the tribe switch. He managed to find three Hidden Immunity Idols, and during a Joint Tribal Council; he pulled off a huge move by playing one of his idols on Sierra Dawn Thomas which resulted in Malcolm Freberg's elimination. Despite being in the minority for most of the merge, he was not perceived as a huge threat. After Brad won the Final Immunity Challenge, he decided to target Tai. Ultimately Tai, was voted out just one day before the Final Tribal Council.
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Name (Age): Tai Trang (51)
Tai started on the Gondol tribe. While on the boat he grabbed a chicken which he would name Mark and took that to camp. He later searches for the Hidden Immunity Idol but was caught which made the women on his tribe not trust him. He looks for the idol again on Day 4 but was unsuccessful. He tries to kiss Caleb Reynolds on Day 4, but Caleb backs away. On Day 7, Tai finds the idol, but learns that two idols can be combined to form a super Idol. At a brutal Immunity challenge on Day 9, Caleb was medically evacuated for heat exhaustion. Tai cried for his friend.
Tai remained on Gondol after the Tribe Switch along with Anna Khait. They were joined by Chan Loh members Aubry Bracco, Peter Baggenstos, and Joe del Campo and To Tang member Scot Pollard. Tai bonded with Scot. Gondol lost immunity. Tai and Anna recruited Scot to get rid of Peter for his arrogance; Tai revealed his idol to Anna and Scot, and planned to use it that night to forgo the tie. However, Scot knowing both Tai and his ally Kyle Jason had idols managed to turn Tai on Anna. Tai voted against Anna and did not play his idol on her so Anna was blindsided. Julia Sokolowski then joined Gondol. The next day, Peter plotted with Tai and Scot to eliminate Aubry and Joe. Gondol lost immunity again. At camp, Peter told Scot and Tai that they should switch the target to Julia. However, this made them target Peter. Peter was blindsided at tribal council.
Tai made the merge. Debbie Wanner approached him for an alliance, but her brazen attempt caused Tai not to align with her. He planned on sticking with Scot. However, Neal Gottlieb was medically evacuated so tribal council did not take place. Tai won the next immunity challenge. At Tribal Council, he voted for Jason but his ally Nick Maiorano was blindsided. After Tribal Council, Jason and Tai revealed their idols to each other. At the next Tribal Council, Jason and Tai revealed their idols and Jason gave the idol to Tai, but Tai did not play either of them. They voted for Cydney Gillon, but Debbie was blindsided.
Tai gave back Jason's idol after Tribal Council. Tai helped Jason and Scot sabotage the camp the next day. At the next reward challenge, Tai defeated Aubry Bracco for an advantage. The advantage turned out to be an Extra Vote. Aubry tried to get Tai on her side. He later considered joining her side because he felt alienated by his allies. After the immunity challenge, Tai, Jason, and Scot planned on forming the super idol at tribal council. Aubry managed to convince Tai to side with her. At Tribal Council, Tai voted for Scott and did not give him his idol so he was blindsided in a shocking tribal.
Tai tried to rationalize his betrayal to Jason, explaining that he was afraid that he and Scot were going to betray him, but it failed to diffuse Jason's anger. At Tribal Council, Tai received votes from Jason and Julia, but Julia was voted out.
After Julia's elimination, Tai revealed his advantage to Aubry and Joe. Tai decided to take out Michele Fitzgerald for her likability. He later reinforced his desire to vote for Michele, but Cydney was unhappy with Tai's bossiness. He told Jason to vote for Michele but Jason did not believe he had the power. At Tribal Council, Tai used his extra vote advantage on Michele, but Jason was voted out.
After Jason's elimination, Tai tried to make amends with his alliance after he was left out of the plan, and confronted Aubry about her betrayal. Joe won the reward challenge and chose to share the reward with Aubry and Cydney. Back at camp, Tai and Michele made amends and plan to target Aubry. However, after returning to camp the next morning, Aubry reconciled with Tai, and the two decided to go to the end with Joe. However, their plans were put on hold when Joe was medically evacuated.
Aubry and Tai agreed to target Michele next. However, Michele talked to Tai about splitting up Aubry and Cydney. Michele won immunity. Aubry changed her target to Cydney and pleaded with Tai to vote with her and force a tie, while Michele and Cydney proposed getting rid of Aubry as the best likely speaker in front of the jury. At Tribal Council, Tai voted against Cydney, forcing a tie between her and Aubry. Aubry defeated Cydney in the fire-making tiebreaker to send Cydney to the jury, making Aubry, Michele, and Tai the game's three finalists.
At the Final Tribal Council, Tai was criticized for his erratic gameplay and misplaying his advantage, At the end of the Final Tribal Council, Tai finally let Mark go. He ultimately became the second runner-up receiving zero jury votes. He lost to Aubry who was the runner up with two votes and Michele who won the season with five votes.
During the Reunion Show, Australian singer Sia came on stage and donated $50,000 to Tai, and another $50,000 to his choice of animal charity in order to thank him for showing America how to be kind to animals.
|Tai's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Gondol Tribe Immune|
|2||Gondol Tribe Immune|
|3||Gondol Tribe Immune|
|4||Gondol Tribe Immune|
|7||No Tribal Council|
|12|| Michele +|
|13||No Tribal Council|
| Jury Votes|
|Second Runner-Up, Day 39|
^1 In Now's the Time to Start Scheming, Tai used an Extra Vote advantage, allowing him to vote twice at Tribal Council.
Tai started on Nuku which won the first two challenges. He was switched to Mana after the Tribe Switch. He was reunited with Caleb Reynolds. After Losing the immunity challenge, Caleb was a target for his bond with Tai and being an outsider. While Tai wanted to vote out the other outsider Hali Ford, Brad Culpepper convinced him to vote out Caleb. Tai joined the majority in voting out Caleb at Tribal Council. Tavua won the next immunity challenge. However, the losing tribes had to go to a Joint Tribal Council and vote out one member. Tai managed to find a Hidden Immunity Idol minutes before Tribal Council and told all his tribemates minus Hali. At Tribal Council, Brad convinced him to play the idol on Sierra Dawn Thomas. The votes against her were negated and Mana's votes sent Malcolm Freberg out of the game. Before the next tribe switch, Tai found a second idol
He was switched back to Nuku after the second tribe switch. He found a third idol on Nuku. Nuku lost immunity on Day 16. Tai accidentally told Jeff Varner, who was an outsider that the plan was to vote out the other outsider Sandra Diaz-Twine. At Tribal Council, Tai tried to target Ozzy Lusth, but this made the others consider voting him out. However, Sandra was voted out in a 5-2 vote though Tai received votes from Sandra and Jeff. When Jeff outed Zeke Smith for being transgender at the next Tribal Council, Tai scolded him. Tai along with the others then verbally voted out Jeff.
Tai made it to the merge. At the feast, Jeff Probst said two people had to volunteer to sit out. Tai and Brad volunteered. Tai joined the majority in voting out Hali at the merged tribal council. Tai beat Ozzy to win the next immunity challenge. At Tribal Council, Tai's alliance (Power Six) which now included Sarah Lacina blindsided Ozzy. Tai's alliance now with Sarah had a 6 to 5 majority. However, Sarah flipped at the next Tribal Council, thus leaving Tai in the minority. At the final 10 Tribal Council, Tai received three votes, but Zeke was blindsided.
On Day 35, Tai discussed with Aubry Bracco about eliminating Sarah, but Aubry wanted him out. At Tribal Council, Sarah stole his vote, he received votes from Michaela Bradshaw and Aubry, but Michaela was blindsided. Sometime after Tribal Council, he was confronted by Sarah for targeting her. He denied it at first but soon confessed, and this angered her. The next day, Brad tried to aggressively force Tai into giving him one of his hidden immunity idols, with the intention of eliminating Tai with five players remaining. After the immunity challenge, Tai told Aubry about his idols and promised to play one on her that night to ensure her loyalty; the two teamed up with Cirie Fields to counter the alliance of Sarah, Brad, and Troyzan Robertson on the reward. At Tribal Council, Tai played his idols on himself and Aubry. Cirie was eliminated by default as the others were immune.
On Day 37, Tai contemplated siding with Aubry and voting out Troyzan, but at Tribal Council; he and Sarah sided with Brad and Troyzan so Aubry was unanimously voted out. Brad won the Final Immunity Challenge. He was targeted by Brad and Troyzan. He tried to convince Sarah to enforce a tie between him and Troyzan, but at Tribal Council, Tai was unanimously voted out.
At the Final Tribal Council, he said in a confusing way that he believed his relationship with Sarah was real, and the jury laughed, and he accused Brad of being condescending. He ultimately voted for Sarah who won in a 7-3-0 vote.
At the Reunion Show, Brad apologized to Tai for the way he treated him, Jeff polled the jury on who they would have voted for if Tai was in the Final Three instead of Sarah, and the result ended in a 5-5 tie between Tai and Brad, then Jeff said if that happened; the rules state that the finalist out of the running which would be Troyzan in this case would become a juror and select the winner; Troyzan stated he would have vote for Brad so it appeared that Tai would have finished second to Brad.
|Tai's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Nuku Tribe Immune|
|Nuku Tribe Immune|
|4||Mana Tribe Immune|
|9||Sierra|| Brad, Sierra,|
|12|| || |
|Troyzan|| Brad, Sarah,|
|Voted Off, Day 38|
| Voted For|
^1 In Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow, Sarah used a Vote Steal advantage on Tai, preventing him from voting at Tribal Council.
^2 In No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 2 votes against him. Also, Sarah used a Legacy Advantage, negating Tai's vote against her.
|Statistics of Tai Trang|
|Total votes received:||16|
|Days spent on Redemption Island:||N/A|
- Tai is the second LGBT Asian-American to play Survivor. The first was Brad Virata from Cook Islands.
- Tai is the highest ranking male contestant of Kaôh Rōng.
- Tai currently ties with Julia Sokolowski for the record of the most consecutive Reward Challenges won, either by tribal and/or individual, with 8.
- Tai is the first castaway to use an Extra Vote and not be voted out at the same Tribal Council.
- Australian pop singer Sia personally gave Tai $50,000 and also gave away another $50,000 to an animal charity of Tai's choice at the Kaôh Rōng Reunion Show as she is a fan of the show and Tai is her favorite castaway of this season because of their mutual love for animals.
- Tai is the third LGBT contestant, after Richard Hatch and Todd Herzog, to reach the Final Tribal Council.
- Out of the three, Tai is the only one not to win.
- During a Reward Challenge when Tai's tribe won a reward of chickens, Tai kept one of them and named it Mark. Mark, named after Mark Burnett, stayed with Tai until the Final Tribal Council when he let it go.
- Tai revealed that his favorite Survivor moment was when the final 4 women in Survivor: Micronesia convinced Erik Reichenbach to give his immunity necklace to Natalie Bolton, complimenting the big move as well as sympathizing with Erik.
- Tai is the first person to find multiple Hidden Immunity Idols in one episode.
- Tai is the second castaway to play two Hidden Immunity Idols in at the same Tribal Council, following Parvati Shallow in Heroes vs. Villains.
- Tai is one of four returning players to be an active player in the finale episode of every season they have competed in, along with Spencer Bledsoe, Keith Nale, and fellow Kaôh Rōng castaway Aubry Bracco.
- Tai lost 12 lbs. during his time on Survivor: Game Changers.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/JuliaSokolowski/status/712640687716622336
- ↑ http://www.cbs.com/shows/survivor/cast/215177/
- ↑ http://www.cbs.com/shows/survivor/cast/215596/
- ↑ https://twitter.com/CalebReynolds/status/726899153310236672
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TaiTrangSF/status/838633346531897345
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReL5-MO2gII
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