|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.
Tai also made a deep run in Game Changers. He opened the game by aligning with Brad Culpepper, and was forced to turn on his friend 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 giving one of his idols to 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 searched for the Hidden Immunity Idol but was caught, which made the women on his tribe not trust him. He looked for the idol again on Day 4 but was unsuccessful. Tai also formed a bond with Caleb Reynolds during the early stages of the game. In one instance, he playfully tried to kiss Caleb, but Caleb backed away. Tai finally found the tribe's Hidden Immunity Idol on Day 7 and learned that two idols can be combined to form a super idol At a brutal Reward Challenge on Day 9, Caleb was medically evacuated for heat exhaustion. Tai cried for his friend and worried about being outnumbered by the women on the tribe.
Tai remained on Gondol after the tribe switch along with Anna Khait. They were joined by original Chan Loh members Aubry Bracco, Peter Baggenstos, and Joe del Campo and lone original To Tang member Scot Pollard, who Tai formed a bond with. After Gondol lost immunity on Day 13, 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 original To Tang all Kyle Jason both had idols, managed to turn Tai on Anna. Tai voted against Anna and did not play his idol on her, leaving Anna blindsided. Julia Sokolowski then joined Gondol the next day. Peter plotted with Tai and Scot to eliminate Joe. After Gondol lost immunity again, Peter told Scot and Tai that they should switch the target to Julia. However, this made them target Peter and he was blindsided at Tribal Council.
On Day 17, the tribes merged into the Dara tribe. Debbie Wanner approached Tai for an alliance with the Brains, but her brazen attempt caused him to not align with her. Tai, along with the rest of the Beauties, planned to stick with the Brawns to split their votes between Aubry and Neal Gottlieb. However, Neal was medically evacuated, and Tribal Council did not take place. Tai won the next Immunity Challenge on Day 22. 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. As revenge for the women's alliance blindsiding Nick, Jason and Scot attempted to sabotage the camp, making Tai uncomfortable with their alliance. At the next Tribal Council, Jason gave his 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. At the next Reward Challenge, Tai defeated Aubry and Cydney for an advantage. The advantage turned out to be an Extra Vote, which he could use up until the final five. Aubry tried to get Tai on her side, which he considered because he felt alienated by his allies. After the Immunity Challenge, Tai, Jason, and Scot planned on forming the super idol at Tribal Council. However Aubry managed to convince Tai to side with her. At Tribal Council, Tai voted for Scot and did not give him his idol so he was blindsided with Jason's idol in his pocket.
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 the next 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 the rest of Tai's alliance voted Jason 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 planned 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. After Michele won immunity on Day 37, 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 was declared the Sole Survivor 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, where he was reunited with friend and former Kaôh Rōng ally Caleb Reynolds. After losing the Immunity Challenge on Day 9, Caleb was a target for his bond with Tai and being an outsider on a tribe dominated by original Nuku members. 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 on Day 11. After the challenge, host Jeff Probst revealed that the losing Mana and Nuku 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 on Day 14, Tai found the re-hidden Mana idol.
He was switched back to Nuku after the second tribe switch, where he found a third idol, the re-hidden Nuku idol, using the same method that he used to find his second. After Nuku lost immunity on Day 16, Tai accidentally told outsider Jeff Varner 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. Sandra and Jeff took advantage of this and attempted to convince tribe to vote out Tai for his unpredictability. However, the original Nuku members stayed together and Sandra was voted out in a 5-2 vote. 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.
The two tribes merged into the Maku Maku tribe on Day 19. At the feast, host Jeff Probst said that two people had to volunteer to sit out. Tai and Brad volunteered. Tai then joined the majority in voting out Hali at the merged Tribal Council. On Day 24, Tai beat Ozzy to win the next Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council, Tai's alliance, the Power Six convinced Sarah Lacina to join them in blindsiding Ozzy. Tai's alliance, now with Sarah, had a 6 to 5 majority. However, Sarah flipped at the next Tribal Council and voted Debbie Wanner out, thus leaving Tai in the minority. At the next Tribal Council, the remaining members of the Power Six threw their three votes to Tai, but Zeke was blindsided.
On Day 30, Tai bonded with Michaela Bradshaw, and the two formed a pact with Sierra and Troyzan Robertson to align with Brad and target Andrea Boehlke. After Brad won the next Immunity Challenge, both sides attempted to court Tai and Michaela. Sarah informed the two about Sierra's Legacy Advantage, securing their votes and sending Sierra to the jury. After Andrea was blindsided on Day 33, Tai consoled Aubry Bracco for being left out of the plan. This concerned Cirie Fields, who noted that Tai's ability to emotionally connect with others could be threatening.
On Day 35, Tai discussed with Aubry about eliminating Sarah, but Aubry wanted him out. After Sarah gave her Vote Stealer to Cirie as a sign of trust, Cirie attempted to use it at Tribal Council to steal Tai's vote to save Sarah and make a big move herself. After Sarah revealed that the advantage was non-transferable, Sarah stole his vote. Tai received votes from Michaela and Aubry, but Michaela was blindsided. 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 idols, with the intention of eliminating Tai with five players remaining. After Brad won 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 to counter the alliance of Sarah, Brad, and Troyzan on the reward. At Tribal Council, Tai played his idols on himself and Aubry, this prompted Sarah to play the Legacy Advantage she received from Sierra, and for Troyzan to play his own idol. Cirie was eliminated by default as all the others were immune.
On Day 37, Tai contemplated siding with Aubry and voting out Troyzan, but at Tribal Council. However, he and Sarah sided with Brad and Troyzan and Aubry was unanimously voted out. After Brad won the Final Immunity Challenge, Tai was targeted by Brad and Troyzan for betraying their alliance. He tried to convince Sarah to force 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, Probst 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. Probst revealed if that happened, the rules state that the finalist out of the running, which would have been 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.
- During the marooning in Kaôh Rōng, Tai retrieved chickens for the Gondol tribe. 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 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.
- Tai is the highest ranking male contestant of Kaôh Rōng.
- 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.
- 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 was her favorite castaway of this season because of their mutual love for animals.
- Tai revealed that his favorite Survivor moment was when the Black Widow Brigade in 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 third castaway to find three Hidden Immunity Idols in a single season, following Russell Hantz in Samoa and Tony Vlachos Cagayan. The men was followed by Ben Driebergen in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.
- 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 and Game Changers castaway Aubry Bracco.
- Tai lost 12 lbs. during his time on 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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