Aurora McCreary is a contestant from Survivor: Edge of Extinction.
Known for her caustic and sarcastic personality, Aurora quickly found herself on the outs of the Kama tribe, being the only one willing to work with the returning players. She was able to reach the merge without attending Tribal Council, but after her only ally was blindsided, she became a target. Despite not having a stable alliance, Aurora was able to survive until the Final 6 due to winning Immunity Challenges, as well as several of the more threatening players being blindsided. However, she was voted out after Rick Devens won immunity, and was then permanently eliminated after losing the re-entry challenge the next day.
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Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Current residence: Orlando, Florida
Occupation: Divorce Lawyer
Hobbies: Rock climbing, adventure racing, and brunch!
Pet peeves: Know-it-alls, ignorance, playing the victim card, any noise coming from the mouth, the easily offended, slow walkers, and people who are homophobic.
Three words to describe you: Direct, ruthless, and athletic.
What is your personal claim to fame? Having my mom tell me she was proud of who I became before she died. We were polar opposites and did not get along, but in the end, she was proud of me.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My brother Shane. We went into the foster care system after being taken away from our biological mother. Shane wouldn't leave my side and always protected me and made me feel normal. He made sure I wouldn't grow up with negative memories or scars and allowed me to become the person I am today.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
Gum: I have an addiction and I don't just chew, I chomp!
Sunglasses: I cannot hide my facial reactions and roll my eyes constantly.
Earplugs: I'm an extroverted introvert so the fact that I am surrounded by people and can't get away is going to drive me crazy.
Which Survivor contestant are you the most like? Tyson for being a manipulative, mischievous prankster, Ciera for her attitude and foot in the mouth moments, and Michaela for her die-hard competitiveness.
What's your reason for being on Survivor? I love the show and have been obsessed with it since the beginning. I want to be in the depths of the conversations, manipulations, and absolute psychological warfare. Also, the competitions look like so much fun. Oh no, I have to stand in the middle of the blue ocean and prove I'm a badass—GAME ON!
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I will bring my analytical skills. I'm good at going into a situation knowing what I want, reading others, and finding out what drives them, manipulating the situation to make them think my goal is theirs. I have the ability to take the personal side out and bring forth the cutthroat side.
Starting the season on the Kama tribe, Aurora was impressed with returning player Joe Anglim's providing and ability to make fire without flint, quickly aligning with him and Aubry Bracco. However, the rest of the tribe was hesitant to work with the returning players and Aurora soon found herself on the outs. Luckily, the trio was spared when Kama won the first three Immunity Challenges. Aurora remained on Kama along with Joe after the Tribe Switch on Day 9. While the pair tried to recruit Ron Clark to gain a majority, they were unaware that the rest of the original Kama still planned on voting out Joe or Aubry even after the switch. Regardless, Joe's prowess in challenges helped Kama finish first in all of the challenges after the switch, allowing Aurora to abstain from Tribal Council.
Aurora made the merge on Day 17, with the original Kama having a 8-5 majority. While Aurora and Joe were open to sending the previously eliminated Rick Devens back to the Edge of Extinction, the rest of Kama decided to blindside Joe for being a physical threat. After Joe was eliminated, Aurora lamented on Kama's betrayal, but decided to stick with the group as long as they had power. Her fortunes soon turned after winning the individual Immunity Challenge on Day 22 and later receiving an Extra Vote advantage from Aubry on the Edge of Extinction.
Following Eric Hafemann's blindside, Aurora was in favor of reuniting the original Kama members into one alliance. However, her comments about this plan at the next Tribal Council caused Julia Carter to be blindsided and Aurora was once again relegated to the bottom, becoming a target of the new majority alliance. After failing to win the Immunity Challenge on Day 27, the majority decided that Aurora would be the next to go. However, Wardog DaSilva came up with a plan to save Aurora and vote out the last returning player; Kelley Wentworth. Before Tribal Council, Aurora gave her Extra Vote to Ron to try and secure his loyalty, but he secretly contemplated voting her out and keeping the advantage for himself. At Tribal Council, Aurora was spared when Ron sided with her and Wardog, and he returned the Extra Vote to her the next day.
Despite this, Aurora still remained a frequent target for the other players, notably Wardog and Rick. As the latter grew more powerful through his use of Hidden Immunity Idols, Aurora appeared to align with Gavin Whitson, Victoria Baamonde, and Lauren O'Connell to try and stop him. After failing to eliminate him on Day 31 (during which Aurora gave Gavin her Extra Vote to ensure Ron would be eliminated if Rick played an idol), Aurora's alliance targeted him once again on Day 34. However, after he won immunity, Aurora again became a target when most of the tribe felt they could beat outsider Julie Rosenberg in the Final Tribal Council over her. While Aurora stuck with the plan to eliminate Julie, the rest of the tribe voted her out unanimously. She then went to the Edge of Extinction.
Aurora competed in the second re-entry challenge the next day, but lost to Chris Underwood, permanently eliminating her. At the Final Tribal Council, Aurora was the only Kama member on the jury that voted for Gavin to be the Sole Survivor, but he lost to Chris in a 9-4-0 vote.
|Aurora's Voting History|
|1||Kama Tribe Immune|
|2||Kama Tribe Immune|
|3||Kama Tribe Immune|
|4||Kama Tribe Immune|
|5||Kama Tribe Immune|
|Kama Tribe Immune|
Lauren, Rick, Victoria
|Voted Out, Day 34|
|13||On Edge of Extinction|
|Eliminated, Day 35|
^1 In "I'm the Puppet Master", Rick used a Hidden Immunity Idol on David, negating Aurora's vote against him.
^2 In "Awkward", Rick used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Aurora's vote against him.
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- Aurora lost 16 lbs. during her time on Edge of Extinction.
- Aurora was the only member of the Kama tribe to vote for Gavin Whitson to win the game.
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