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Aubry Bracco is a contestant from Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, Survivor: Game Changers, and Survivor: Edge of Extinction.

Starting off Kaôh Rōng as a vulnerable member of the Chan Loh tribe, Aubry managed to emerge from her shell to become a major strategic player, despite losing close allies Neal Gottlieb and Joe del Campo to medical evacuations. Once the tribes merged, she worked with close ally Cydney Gillon to found the dominating alliance of the season. She eventually pulled in and formed a close relationship with Tai Trang, convincing him to flip on his allies, which helped to give her a spot in the Final Tribal Council. However, her social game proved to be lacking to her competitor, Michele Fitzgerald's, and cost her the victory in the end.

Returning for Game Changers, despite a looming target over both herself and the rest of her former Kaôh Rōng castmates, Aubry managed to once again travel deep into the game, although oftentimes losing her closest allies along the way. After playing a more quiet game, she was voted out for the first time in 5th place.

Her time in Edge of Extinction was short lived. Her past performances made her a target from the start. Despite finding an idol while on the initial Kama tribe and being given an Extra Vote Advantage following the Tribe Switch, she was ultimately blindsided shortly after the switch when she chose not to play her idol or extra vote. She had two opportunities to return to the game by winning the re-entry duel, but failed both times.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Name (Age): Aubry Bracco (29)
Tribe Designation: Brains
Current Residence: Cambridge, Mass.
Occupation: Social Media Marketer
Personal Claim to Fame: My name (it means "leader of the elves") and the way I pursued my education with my own style. I convinced my advisers at Brown University to let me write a children's book about a manatee instead of a 50-page thesis and went on to graduate with honors.
Inspiration in Life: My grandmother, Madeline. She dealt with a crazy Brooklyn Italian family and was a hard worker. She was the first Woman of the Year at the New York Daily News and never let anything get her down (she once went back to work the day after a major car accident). She also had a wacky personality—as kids she told us she didn't eat chicken because "their legs were too close to their butts."
Hobbies: Crayon art, running, meeting locals in new places and astrology.
Pet Peeves: People who are not self-aware, don't know how to listen actively or give fake compliments. Close second: scented things covering bad smells.
3 Words to Describe You: Beguiling, intuitive and relentless.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Crayons – (preferably a 64-pack with built-in sharpener) to hold an art therapy session to calm everyone down. Plus, they smell good. 2. Camera – to document the adventure. 3. Astrology books – I want to know who I'm dealing with and what motivates people.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Love child of Sophie and Cochran. Hair of Shambo.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I love SURVIVOR. Since I was 15, I've watched. As complicated as the game is, there's something so simple, authentic and raw. I have deep respect for the timelessness and evolution of the game.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I'm a hard worker who never gives up, and I'd entertain people by pulling a Greg Buis and being a weirdo. People would think I was doing this to be funny and pass time, but I'd actually be extracting key details. After living in Salem, MA during several Halloweens, I've learned to embrace my quirkiness and work with outlandish personalities.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I'm an expert listener and a journalist at heart so I'm inherently observant and social. I look for the most genuine and self-aware person in the room so I can connect with them, and I'm on the prowl for the most fake person in the room so I know what I'm dealing with. I want to prove to myself that I have what it takes to manage personalities under pressure with $1,000,000 on the line.[1]

Age: 30
Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Previously played on: Season 32: Brains vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty, Runner Up
How have you changed since the last time you played? I'm more assertive, confident, and grounded in who I am. In my last season, I logically knew I could play and do well. This time, I believe it. I have an easier time taking stock of the cards on the table, making decisions, and rolling with the consequences.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? I bring the confidence in my physical abilities. In Kaôh Rōng, I proved I was a brain who could hang with brawn. I might not look athletic, but I am. I've been working on core strength and balance. Emotionally, I'm more grounded than I was. I can be an attractive ally or confidant to other tribe mates, especially those on the outskirts, without letting those relationships drain me.
What are you most proud of from the last time? I am beyond proud that I made it to Day 39 despite encountering some obstacles, including:
- Having a horrendous Day 2.
- Crappily executing the Pete vote. This time, I'll be folding the paper up, eating it for fiber, and taking a new parchment if I change my mind.
- My infection.
- Two closest allies being medically evacuated.
- Being forced to make fire to save myself.
I managed some tough personalities and assembled a ragtag group to vote out Scot, which felt like dismantling a bomb, making sure all the wires were where they needed to be. Overall, I may have bumped into more obstacles than a ball in a pinball machine, but I played proactively. I owned my actions and fate, and I did it in a way that was true to me.
What, if anything, do you most regret? I wish I could take back every second of every one of the five days I lived with Nick. Oh, and I regret letting Joe eat all the red meat.
How would you play differently this time? Going into Game Changers, I know I'll have a target on my back, especially since other players will have just seen my season. I can't play under the radar… people won't buy it. I plan to align with a variety of people, including power players and villains to pad myself. In Survivor 34, I will: 1. Do with certainty and apologize later. 2. Be friendly with more people and have intense relationships with less. 3. Execute with finesse.[2]

Age: 32
Hometown: Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Marketing Director
Previous season: Kaôh Rōng, Game Changers
Hobbies: Gardening (I live in an indoor jungle), crayon art (melting them on canvas), and astrology (Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon and Gemini Rising over here).
Pet peeves: Revisionist history.
Three words to describe you: Intuitive, scrappy, and persistent.
What's your personal claim to fame? Neutralizing Kaôh Rōng's Super Idol.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My grandmother, Madeline. She dealt with a crazy Brooklyn Italian family and was a hard worker. She was the first Woman of the Year at the New York Daily News and never let anything get her down (she once went back to work the day after a major car accident.) She also had a wacky personality—as kids she told us she didn't eat chicken "because their legs are too close to their butts."
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? Astrology Book: best conversation starter ever and personality investigation ever. Headphones: 'cause it gets really annoying listening to the castaways whine about being hungry. Not a thing, but the presence of a very dear person: Tai Trang. Finder of all things edible, Survivor soulmate and Idol king.
Which Survivor contestant are you the most like? Aubry Bracco.
What's your reason for being on Survivor? Primary: I love Survivor, and I don't want Game Changers to be the end of my story. 34 was rough from the moment Queen Sandra said, "thank you, next" to my olive branch offer. Above all, I'm addicted to challenging myself, evolving and saying "yes" to the experience. Everything in life, good or bad, can be a gift. It's just a matter of perception.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? Because I never quit.[3]

Survivor

Kaôh Rōng

Aubry began her Survivor journey on Chan Loh, the "Brains" tribe, as a fan of the game. Due to the intense Cambodian heat, she was struck by a panic attack from the elements and contemplated quitting. However, her tribe encouraged her to stay. Aubry proved herself in the first Immunity Challenge helping Chan Loh win. She did not attend Tribal Council until Day 9 after Chan Loh narrowly lost the third Immunity Challenge.

At that point, she found that her former allies, Liz Markham and Peter Baggenstos, had been plotting against her and Neal Gottlieb. Debbie Wanner took advantage of the situation and leaked the information to Aubry. Aubry and Neal decided to join up with Debbie and Joe del Campo in executing a split vote plan to blindside either of the deceitful duo. When it came time to decide which of the two to target first, Aubry was more worried about Peter long term, though he was stronger in challenges than Liz. At Tribal Council, Aubry made the right decision to join with her new allies. Even though Liz and Peter had cast their votes against her, Debbie, Joe, and Neal saved her by blindsiding Liz to leave Peter on the bottom of the tribe. Chan Loh won the next Immunity Challenge and remaining in tact with five members until the swap.

On Day 12, the tribes switched. Aubry was separated from most of her allies and was placed on the new Gondol tribe with Joe and nonaligned Peter. The three Brains decided to put their past conflict aside in order to blindside Anna Khait at Gondol's first Tribal Council so as to prevent the Beauties from gaining a numbers advantage due to Julia joining the tribe that would lose the next challenge. Gondol won the next Reward Challenge but lost the Immunity Challenge due to Peter's poor stacking strategy.

The Gondol Alliance approached Aubry for her vote by throwing Peter under the bus. Aubry contemplated flipping, but her ally Joe was adamant about sticking to tribal lines despite having been targeted by Peter and Aubry found herself as the swing vote between Julia Sokolowski and Peter. At Tribal Council, she initially wrote Julia's name down, but infamously struck it out, ultimately changing her vote to Peter. This not only created tension between her and Joe but also between her and the Gondol Alliance, which she had just helped. Scot Pollard found her to be overly fickle and vowed to get either of the surviving Brains out at Gondol's next possible opportunity. Fortunately for Aubry, the tribes merged into the Dara tribe the very next day, allowing her to be reunited with allies Neal and Debbie.

However, Debbie utilized strong-arm tactics in order to get the Beauties to vote with the Brains, and this alienated the entire group of Brains. The Beauties decided to gang up with the Brawns and set their eyes on Aubry and Neal. Aubry failed to win immunity, and she prepared for the worst. However, Neal was evacuated due to a knee infection. Despite being saved for that vote, Aubry was devastated that her main ally in the game had been taken away from her and that he had departed without passing on his Hidden Immunity Idol to her.

The remaining Brains trio seemed to be facing insurmountable odds. To make matters worse, Aubry's team lost the following Reward Challenge, which served to cripple her morale even more. She recouped, however, and was thankful for the miracle which came when Cydney Gillon grew paranoid of her own alliance. Cydney decided to form a women's alliance, and the Brains were given a new lease on life. At Dara's first Tribal Council, Nick Maiorano was shocked by his blindside, which left the remaining men other than Joe surprised and Scot and Jason in particular looking for revenge. The turn of events opened a rift between the women and the men of the tribe. Aubry was shocked when Julia showed openness to the prospect of flipping to the less likable group of men, who had burned their bridges with their antics. Aubry led a charge against her, but her plan was thwarted by Julia's immunity win. She saw that Debbie was feeding information to the double agent, and shifted the target to her (though needing her then target Julia's help), resulting in yet another blindside.

Aubry later formed a close relationship with Tai Trang and was able to convince him to abandon his alliance by pointing out the lack in personality similarities between the easy going and likeable Tai compared to the tougher exteriors in Scot and Jason. Aubry's connection with Tai immediately paid off by withholding his Hidden Immunity Idol, blindsiding Jason and Scot when the latter looked to Tai for protection. Not only did this prevent Aubry from being voted out due to the Super Idol, but this also allowed Aubry's alliance to take Julia and Jason out in the next two Tribal Councils.

At the final five, Aubry ostracized Michele Fitzgerald when she picked long-time ally Cydney for the reward - a trip to a spa - which Joe had won. While the three enjoyed their reward, Joe gorged excessively on the meats. This came back to haunt him when he was ailed by an issue with his urinary tract. Aubry faced déjà vu when Joe was pulled from the game, losing yet another close ally to an untimely evacuation, and making her friendship with Tai that much more vital to surviving the next vote should she not win immunity.

Aubry won the final four Reward Challenge and opted to take Cydney with her on the reward. Michele and Tai plotted against them while they enjoyed their meal. Aubry and Cydney decided to dispose of Michele - a major jury threat - with Tai's help. However, when Michele won immunity, they had to turn on each other. Michele and Cydney were in agreement that Aubry was the bigger threat than Tai. However, Aubry secured Tai's support, and he was able to force a tie. Aubry and Cydney competed in a fire-making tiebreaker, and a victorious Aubry emotionally eliminated Cydney. However, she was glad to find herself in the Final Three.

Michele won the final Reward Challenge, which gave her the right to deny a juror of his or her voting rights. Aubry campaigned for Scot's ouster in order to keep her two guaranteed votes - Neal and Joe - on the jury box. Ultimately, Michele decided to remove Neal, who she found to be an eloquent and avid supporter of Aubry.

Aubry entered Final Tribal Council as a major strategist of the season. However, the jurors deemed Aubry's social connections with them to be severely lacking in comparison to Michele's. Scot openly advocated for Michele citing that Aubry's game became less impressive near the end while Michele finished strong. Aubry earned Joe and Nick's jury votes but lost to Michele in a 5-2-0 final vote.

Voting History

Aubry's Voting History
Episode Aubry's
Votes
Voted Against
Aubry
1 Chan Loh Tribe Immune
2 Chan Loh Tribe Immune
3 Peter;
Ineligible
Liz, Peter;
-
1
4 Chan Loh Tribe Immune
5 Anna -
6 Peter -
7 No Tribal Council
8 Nick Jason, Scot
9 Debbie -
10 Scot Jason, Scot
11 Julia -
12 Jason -
13 No Tribal Council
14 Cydney Cydney, Michele2
Jury Votes
for Aubry
Joe, Nick
Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In The Circle of Life, the vote ended with a 2-2-2 tie between Aubry, Liz, and Peter, forcing a revote. On the revote, Aubry did not receive any votes to be eliminated.
^2 In Not Going Down Without a Fight, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Aubry and Cydney, forcing a fire-making tiebreaker. Aubry won the tiebreaker and remained in the game.

Game Changers

Returning for Game Changers, Aubry was initially placed on the Mana tribe. Mana would lose the first Immunity Challenge and vote out Ciera Eastin for her overzealous personality and eagerness to make big moves, though Aubry did (somewhat unsuccessfully) try to calm Michaela down when the latter was upset about being the decoy vote. Following Ciera's elimination, Aubry quickly joined forces with Tony Vlachos, Malcolm Freberg, Caleb Reynolds, and Sandra Diaz-Twine in hopes of forming an alliance out of players deemed obvious threats by the other castaways. That alliance did not even last one vote because Tony became paranoid of Sandra, believing she was plotting with Troyzan Robertson to blindside him. This paranoia would ultimately lead to Sandra doing just that and Tony was eliminated the subsequent Tribal Council and Aubry receiving votes as well. With Tony eliminated, Aubry found herself on the bottom but was saved by a Tribe Switch on Day 7. Aubry would join Malcolm, Sandra, Michaela Bradshaw, and Jeff Varner from Mana, and J.T. Thomas from Nuku to form the new Nuku tribe. While initially ostracized by Sandra and her allies, the tribe banded together on Night 11 when both the Nuku and Mana tribes had to attend Tribal Council together. With Nuku having six members over Mana's five, the vote seemed simple enough, but when J.T. warned his old tribe members of their plans to target Sierra Dawn Thomas, Tai Trang played a Hidden Immunity Idol on her, blindsiding Malcolm.

Following Malcolm's blindside, Aubry attempted to persuade Sandra and Jeff to target Michaela for her negative attitude over J.T., but to no avail. After Nuku lost the next challenge, J.T. was eliminated and Aubry was left without an ally. Aubry would once again be spared from imminent elimination thanks to a second Tribe Switch and a subsequent spree of Immunity Challenge wins. During that immunity streak, Aubry was impressed with Brad Culpepper opening up after an emotional reward victory and expressed her desire to work with him. On Day 19, the tribes merged. Despite that previous bonding with Brad, Aubry quickly formed strong bonds with Andrea Boehlke and Zeke Smith. At the first Tribal Council of the merge, free agent Hali Ford was eliminated by Brad Culpepper and Sierra, who were seen as the two leaders of the tribe. Following the blindside of Ozzy Lusth, Aubry joined Cirie Fields, Michaela, and Sarah Lacina to form the new Maku Maku majority alliance tribe and attempted to take out Brad and Sierra's alliance.

After orchestrating the elimination of fellow Kaôh Rōng castaway Debbie Wanner, Aubry managed to go somewhat under the radar thanks to bubbling conflict between Andrea and Zeke. After successfully winning her first Individual Immunity Challenge on Day 33, Aubry was suddenly cast out by her alliance when her closest ally Andrea was blindsided. Relegated back to the minority, Aubry managed to reconnect with former Kaôh Rōng ally Tai and was saved during the infamous "Idolgeddon" Tribal Council on Night 36 when Tai played a Hidden Immunity Idol on both himself and Aubry. This relationship would prove to be short-lived as Tai would immediately thereafter align with Sarah against Aubry for fear of her being too well perceived by the jury. After failing to win Immunity, Aubry was voted out in a 4-1 vote on Night 37. Aubry would place 5th overall and become the 9th member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Aubry, along with Ozzy and Cirie, questioned Troyzan about his lack of leadership and decision making. Ultimately, Aubry voted for her ally Sarah, contributing to her 7-3-0 victory over Brad.

Voting History

Aubry's Voting History
Episode Aubry's
Votes
Voted Against
Aubry
1 Ciera -
Tony Sandra, Tony
2 Nuku Tribe Immune
3 Sierra1 -
4 Michaela -
5 Mana Tribe Immune
6 Mana Tribe Immune
7 Hali -
Zeke Zeke
8 Debbie -
9 Zeke -
10 Sierra -
11 Brad Individual Immunity
Tai Cirie
12 Sarah2 Brad2
Troyzan Brad, Sarah,
Tai, Troyzan
Voted Out, Day 37
Voted For
Sole Survivor
Sarah

^1 In The Tables Have Turned, Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra, negating Aubry's vote against her.
^2 In No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Aubry, negating 1 vote against her. Also, Sarah used a Legacy Advantage, negating Aubry's vote against her.

Edge of Extinction

Voting History

Aubry's Voting History
Episode Aubry's
Votes
Voted Against
Aubry
1 Kama Tribe Immune
2 Kama Tribe Immune
3 Kama Tribe Immune
4 Manu Tribe Immune
5 Wendy Eric, Gavin,
Victoria, Wendy
Voted Out, Day 13
5 On Edge of Extinction
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Eliminated, Day 35
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Chris

Post-Survivor

  • In 2017, Aubry visited Costa Rica and shared some moments with some fans of the program in that country.[4]
  • In June 2017, Aubry started a podcast called "Odd With Aubry".[5]

Trivia

  • Aubry is the highest-ranking member of the original Chan Loh tribe.
  • Aubry is the highest-ranking female member of the original Mana tribe.
  • Every time Aubry had her name written down at Tribal Council in Kaôh Rōng, she received two votes. This includes the Final Tribal Council.
  • Aubry and Alecia Holden tied for most votes cast against them in Kaôh Rōng, with 8 each.
  • Aubry is the only "Brain" in a Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty season to reach the Final Tribal Council.
  • Aubry was the only player to vote in the majority at every Tribal Council post-merge in Kaôh Rōng.
  • Aubry is one of five returning players to be an active player in the finale episode of every season they have competed in, along with Spencer Bledsoe, Keith Nale, fellow Kaôh Rōng and Game Changers castaway Tai Trang, and fellow Edge of Extinction castaway David Wright.
    • Aubry is currently the only female castaway with this distinction.
    • Aubry is the second contestant in Survivor history to successfully make it to the finale episode as an active competitor in three different seasons, following fellow Game Changers castaway Cirie Fields.
  • Aubry lost 15 lbs. during her time on Game Changers. After discovering her weight loss, Aubry noted that she lost about the same amount of weight in her first season.[6]
  • Aubry has played on a yellow tribe in all three of her seasons. On her first season, she was swapped onto a yellow tribe, on her second season, the merged tribe was yellow, and on her third season, her starting tribe was yellow.
    • She has also played on a blue tribe in all three of her seasons, starting on a blue tribe on her first season, and swapping to a blue tribe on her second and third seasons.
  • She is the only contestant from the original Kama tribe to be voted out pre-merge. She is also the only returning player to be voted out pre-merge.
  • Aubry lost 24.2 lbs. during her time in Edge of Extinction.[7]

References