Despite being seen as a threat from the outset due to her perceived likability, Elaine managed to find her footing in the game within the majority alliance on the Lairo tribe. Following the Tribe Switch, an opportune trip to the Island of the Idols allowed her to obtain a Vote Blocker, which she successfully used to save herself and her allies. Although her alliance worked their way into the majority following the merge, Elaine inadvertently contributed to their downfall by blindsiding ally Missy Byrd, putting them down in numbers. With her alliance eventually being dismantled, Elaine was voted out by the Vokai majority, who feared her as a threat to win.
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Hometown: Woodbine, Kentucky
Current residence: Rockholds, Kentucky
Occupation: Factory Worker
Hobbies: Four-wheeling, fishing, and taking my boat to the lake.
Pet peeves: Guys who think women aren't their equals, girls who think they need to use their body to get ahead, and people who think their s*** don't stink!
Three words to describe you: Independent, stubborn, and kind.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Stepping up and taking care of my loved ones when they needed me. I took care of my grandpa who helped raise me when he got sick until he passed. My godmother lost her daughter and her husband, then had a stroke all within eight months. I was all she had to get through everything. My mom recently was in a coma and on life support. For months, she fought to get stronger and relearn everything. I was by her side the whole time. The plan was for her to come live with me afterwards so I could take care of her. Unfortunately, she passed away from complications before that could happen. To some, stuff like that may not be an accomplishment, but to me that's the only stuff that matters. I'm proud to be that kind of person.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My godmother. She took me in when I was young, and treated me like her own ever since. She is the strongest woman I know. She is kind, caring and very loving, even though she has suffered a great deal over the past few years. She's awesome.
What's one thing we wouldn't know from seeing a photo of you? People think I am a real hard ass but I am actually a big softy.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? I think I am most like Rupert, rough and raw on the outside, and a big marshmallow on the inside. He seemed to be a very kind person just like me.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I think people will underestimate me. I think with my people skills and my ability to relate to different types of people, I will be able to befriend them or gain their trust. I would be overlooked because I wouldn't be a threat, but an ally.
Elaine immediately bonded with fellow hard workers Vince and Tom, was recruited into the Lairo women's alliance, and charmed the tribe as a whole with her sense of humor. These qualities threatened Ronnie who identified Elaine as an end game threat already 3 days into the game. Elaine sensed that Ronnie was untrustworthy so she rallied her allies to take him out. Although she appeared to have the numbers, she dreaded the possibility of going home so much that she asked Aaron and Ronnie if they would be willing to target Vince. Elaine opened up about her real life struggles that night at the first Tribal Council, urging her tribe to "put a pin in it" and delay her elimination if she's such a threat. Elaine's bid to stay in the game and blindside Ronnie was successful.
Elaine would fall into the background a bit strategically in the following Tribal Councils, while still maintaining good relationships with most of the tribe. These relationships allowed Elaine to know about shifting plans such as on Day 11 when her alliance's indecisiveness forced them to resort to "Plan Z" and take out Chelsea. Elaine, despite claiming to be unlucky at the tribe swap, found herself in a 4-4 situation on the new Vokai. Though Aaron was willing to flip on her, a trip to Island of the Idols gave Elaine an opportunity to find a vote steal which gave the original Lairo contingent a renewed sense of hope and unity. This advantage allowed Elaine to blindside Jason, solidifying her alliance's position until the merge.
When the tribes merged into Lumuwaku, Elaine initially remained loyal to the seven members of post swap Vokai. That changed following Elaine's individual immunity challenge win at the Double Tribal Council twist. Elaine realized Missy was too controlling so she saved the intended target, Tommy, and rallied Karishma to take out Missy. Though it was a bold move, Elaine did give Tommy's original Vokai alliance power. Her attempt to usurp them at the Final 8, despite finding a Hidden Immunity Idol, was thwarted by Dean blowing up the plan at Tribal Council by telling Tommy about it. Elaine felt she had no choice but to play her idol, only for it to be a waste. The following vote saw Elaine nearly out of options. Her last resort was to convince Lauren and Janet to take out Noura by scaring the women into thinking Noura would take their spot at Final Tribal Council. They would not budge and Elaine was voted out 5-2 on Day 35.
At Final Tribal Council, Elaine helped her friend and at times ally Tommy win the title of Sole Survivor by an 8-2-0 vote.
|Elaine's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Lairo Tribe Immune|
|5||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|6||Jason|| Dan, Lauren,|
|7||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|12||Noura|| Dean, Janet, Lauren,|
|Voted Out, Day 35|
| Voted For|
^1 In Bring On the Bacon, Karishma used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Elaine's vote against her. Also, the vote ended with a 1-1-0 tie between Elizabeth and Janet, forcing a revote. Elaine voted for Elizabeth on the revote.
^2 In A Very Simple Plan, Elaine used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against her.
- Elaine proposed to her girlfriend Tonya shortly after the finale aired.
- Elaine is the oldest woman and highest-ranking woman on the original Lairo tribe.
- Elaine had applied for Survivor four times before being cast on Island of the Idols.
- Elaine lost 24.2 lbs during her time on Island of the Idols.
|Survivor: Island of the Idols Castaways|