Fenella McGowan is a contestant from Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders (2018).

Together with Shonee Fairfax, Fenella formed the infamous Shonella, which would prove to be a forceful minority alliance, allowing the two girls to play off their perceived weaknesses to avoid target. Come the merge, Fenella proved to also pose a threat in challenges, oftentimes being one of the last contestants left, but it was her social game that often proved most powerful. After forming an alliance with Brian Lake and Monika Radulovic, the two found themselves in the late majority, but, after Sharn Coombes played a Hidden Immunity Idol at the final 6, Fenella found herself blindsided in a 2-1-0 vote, making her the sixth juror.


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Age: 33
Occupation: Interior Designer
State: VIC
Tribe: Contenders​​​​​

The last of five children, Fenella learnt early that personality is everything. A character through and through, she is going to do whatever it takes to stay in the game and show the champions that a contender can take it out.

"I'm not scared facing off against the champions, I know I can do it. I'm quite unassuming and nobody would think I'm fit but I am. Mentally, I know how to work people from years of working in retail. I know how to lie to your face thanks to going to a private girls' school. I can manipulate from being the youngest child. I'm also fiercely competitive and stubborn. I feel like I was born to play this game!"

Fenella has been training to get as fit as she can be and has done the Oxfam 100 km walk twice so is feeling ready for whatever challenges come her way. Mentally, she thinks she has what it takes but there is one thing that worries her.

"I am so white! I've burnt everything. When I was 13, the tops of my feet got burnt while I was away with my friend's family so my friend's Mum made me wear socks into the surf. At 13! Can you imagine? Just as I was noticing boys. Surf and socks and pale white, wasn't the look I wanted to go with. So I'm going to be finding as many trees to sit under on the island as I can!"

Fighting for the win, Fenella says she wants to give back to her parents by shouting them a trip overseas, a new flute for her sister and enough for her and her husband to buy a home.

But Fenella knows that winning isn't going to be easy, especially considering some of her biggest weaknesses.

"I can't keep secrets! I'm terrible at lying. I'm also really fiery and awkward in social scenarios if I'm nervous and I have the worst memory. So it's not going to be an easy win but I think play hard or go home."[1]

Australian Survivor

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Voting History

Fenella's Voting History
Episode Fenella's
Voted Against
1 Matt -
2 Contenders Tribe Immune
3 Contenders Tribe Immune
4 Steve K. -
5 Jenna -
6 Contenders Tribe Immune
7 Tegan -
8 Heath1 -
9 Zach -
10 Paige -
11 Contenders Tribe Immune
12 Contenders Tribe Immune
13 Robbie -
14 Lydia Benji,
Lydia, Robbie
15 Robbie -
16 Benji -
17 Mat -
18 Sharn;
19 No Elimination3
20 Sharn;
Shane, Sharn;
21 Sharn5 Shane, Sharn
Voted Out, Day 44
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Episode 8", Heath used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Fenella's vote against him.
^2 In "Episode 18", the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Benji and Sharn, forcing a revote. Fenella voted for Benji on the revote.
^3 In "Episode 19", rather than voting someone out, Koro Savu had to vote to give someone the status of Dead Man Walking.
^4 In "Episode 20", the vote ended with a 2-2-2 tie between Fenella, Sharn, and Steve W., forcing a revote. On the revote, Fenella did not receive enough votes to be eliminated.
^5 In "Episode 21", Sharn used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Fenella's vote against her.


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