Aaron Meredith is a contestant from Survivor: Island of the Idols.
After initially being relegated to the minority of the Lairo tribe at the first Tribal Council, Aaron managed to work his way into a position of power by aligning with Elizabeth Beisel and Missy Byrd. The trio managed to take control of the game, placing them on top of the Lumuwaku tribe following the merge. However, a surprise Double Elimination separated Aaron from his allies, and this, combined with his status as a physical threat, resulted in his eventual blindside.
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Hometown: Uncasville, Connecticut
Current residence: Warwick, Rhode Island
Occupation: Gym Owner
Hobbies: Lifting, traveling, and outdoor activities.
Pet peeves: Ignorance, driving slow in the left lane, and lazy people.
Three words to describe you: Attractive, intelligent, and strong.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? My son. He is unbelievably smart, kind, and funny.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My dad. He worked his ass off as a police officer for 25 years to provide for our family and he never once missed a game in all the sports I played.
What's one thing we wouldn't know from seeing a photo of you? I once had a kettle corn business. I drove up the east coast popping popcorn at fairs.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Ozzy. He's a physical monster when it comes to challenges, a major contributor around camp, a smart player, and social threat.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I flat out want this! I have to come in with a STRONG social game because I will have a huge target on my back as a physical threat. I know how to work people, get people to know me, like me, and trust me.
Aaron expected to get off to a strong start at Lairo alongside his close ally Ronnie Bardah, as they both believed either Elaine Stott or Vince Moua would be the first to go. However, Elaine's social maneuvering resulted in Ronnie receiving that distinction, leaving Aaron on the outside after the first vote. Following Tribal Council, Missy Byrd reassured Aaron that he was needed for his physical strength. Though Aaron doubted her genuineness at that moment, this would prove to be the start of a new power duo in Lairo, and later trio when bringing in Elizabeth Beisel. Together, they kept perceived expendable outsider Karishma Patel in the game while taking out recent Island of the Idols visitor Vince and Chelsea Walker, who appeared to be growing too close to Dean Kowalski for their liking.
Aaron's core alliance remained in tact following the tribe swap, where they found themselves alongside Elaine in a 4-4 deadlock against original Vokai. Aaron and Tommy Sheehan bonded to the point where Aaron was ready to flip on Lairo. He considered flipping even after Elaine revealed she had an advantage which would allow her to block a Vokai member's vote. However, Aaron realized this was possibly their last opportunity to get the numbers over Vokai so he turned on Tommy and blindsided Jason Linden at post-swap Vokai's only Tribal Council visit.
Aaron won the first two individual Immunity Challenges following the merge, and though Aaron voted with the majority in those Tribal Councils, those performances only solidified his status as a physical threat. In a surprise Double Tribal Council twist, Aaron was split up from the original Lairo members except for Dean, though outsider Janet Carbin remained in his temporary "tribe" for that round of voting. Noura Salman was the first to bring up Aaron as a target, and the rest of the group debated between whether Aaron or Janet was more dangerous. Ultimately, the group unanimously voted out Aaron 5-1, and Aaron would immediately join the jury. His presence there shocked his allies Missy and Elizabeth when they arrived for their Tribal Council, and he could only look on as his fellow ally Missy was also voted out that night.
At the Final Tribal Council, Aaron told the finalists to own their games, asked them what their strategic approach was and advised Tommy not to downplay Dean's game. Aaron cast his vote for Dean to win as he respected his game the most, though Dean would finish second to Tommy in a 8-2-0 vote.
|Aaron's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Lairo Tribe Immune|
|5||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|7||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|9||Janet|| Dan, Dean, Janet,|
|Voted Out, Day 27|
| Voted For|
- Aaron, along with nineteen other former Survivor, Australian Survivor, Survivor South Africa, and Survivor New Zealand contestants, competed in the second Survivor-themed mini-competition of Sequester on June 20, 2020. He was eliminated in the third round, finishing in 18th place.
- Aaron was the last male contestant voted out on Island of the Idols.
- Aaron lost 25.1 lbs during his time on Island of the Idols.
|Survivor: Island of the Idols Castaways|