Jessica Tenderlove
Contestant Profile
Birth Date September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12) (age 39)
Hometown Washington, DC
Occupation Cryptanalist

Survivor: Madagascar

Tribes Baobab
Placement Runner-Up (2/16)
Challenges Won 8
Votes Against 4
Days Lasted 39

Jessica Tenderlove is a contestant in Survivor: Madagascar.


A cryptanalyst working for the FBI, Jessica loves puzzles. Only 30 years old, Jessica thinks she can destroy any games. Winning Survivor, one of the biggest mind games is Jessica’s goal. She hates annoying/obnoxious people and fake people. She admits to being a little narrow minded sometimes and will be closer with those who are more like-minded.

Survivor: Madagascar

Jessica began by forming a solid alliance on Day 2 with Drew Garths another government employee.

It's great to meet someone in a similar field as me! I think Drew and I would make a great team actually. I could be the puzzle master and if he really is what he claims he is, he could be the two-faced liar that tricks people all the way to the end! HA! He could do all my dirty work!


She became a dominating factor for her tribe by solving numerous immunity challenge puzzles. She was referred to as the "puzzle master".

On Night 10, Jessica further secured her place in the game by finding the hidden immunity idol. She didn't have the clue, but she saw Bobby and Corey digging around for it and figured out it was under the flag first.

I kinda figured it was underground. But the possibilities to where it could be underground are endless! So I returned to the shelter and contemplated where it could be. Where would an obvious hiding place be? Then I realized it must be under the flag!


She didn't realize Carly was also on the hunt for the idol. Carly checked for dirty fingernails the next morning, luckily Jessica was able to was her hands privately. Jessica was in a good position at Baobab. On Day 21, she suggested Hanson is voted out because she thought he had the idol. He was eliminated. Then On Day 22, she said Antonia should go because she won a mystery reward. When Antonia didn't win immunity on Day 24, she was eliminated on Jessica's command.

On Day 25, Jessica's perfect game got fractured. She told Drew that she wanted Nicholas out. Drew disagreed. He then told Nicholas in private that he would take him to the end. Drew really wanted to take him as a goat. Later, Nicholas flat out told Jessica that she was next, but she didn't believe him and then further planned his elimination.

Nicholas and Carly threatened Drew to keep his word, he had to eliminate Jessica next. Drew can't agree. In the end, Jessica tries to split the vote between Julian and Elsa, trying to save Nicholas because of his loyalty despite his arrogance. But only Drew listens to her and Corey and Bobby vote for Nicholas and he is eliminated.

After Carly lost her ally, she became the swing vote. She wanted to tear apart Jessica and Drew. She got Corey and Bobby to vote for Jessica and Carly voted with Elsa and Julian for Drew. Jessica played her idol and she lost her ally Drew.

Now Jessica was ally-less. She teamed up with Carly and together they broke up Julian and Elsa by eliminating Julian on Day 33.

Jessica won immunity on Day 36, and she broke up another strong duo, Corey and Bobby, with the help of Elsa.

On Day 39, she won votes from Corey, Drew and Julian, but it wasn't enough to win. Jessica finished second.

Voting History

Jessica's Voting History
Episode Jessica's
Voted Against
1 Baobab Tribe Immune
2 Sherbert -
3 Baobab Tribe Immune
4 Baobab Tribe Immune
5 Baobab Tribe Immune
6 No Vote
7 Hanson -
8 Antonia -
9 Elsa Carly & Nicholas
10 Elsa Bobby & Corey
11 Julian -
12 Corey Individual Immunity
13 Carly;
Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Jessica
Drew, Julian & Corey
Runner-up, Day 39
  1. In Never Give Up, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Bobby and Carly, forcing a revote, where the only eligible for elimination were Carly and Bobby. At the revote, Jessica switched her vote for Bobby.


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