Kelly Sharbaugh is a contestant from Survivor: Samoa.

A member of the Galu Alliance, Kelly entered the merge with a numbers advantage, but she was ultimately blindsided at the Final 11 after the target Russell Hantz played a Hidden Immunity Idol.


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Kelly Sharbaugh (25)
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Hairstylist

A free-spirit with an edgy twist, Kelly prefers to take life as it comes and embrace the unknown. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, she now lives in Southern California, arriving there after one of many cross-country treks.

Self-described as spontaneous and passionate in her desire to live life to the fullest, Kelly makes her living as a hairstylist, which fuels her creative side.
As homage to her outlook on life, she has chosen to place fairly permanent markings on her body that represent some facets of her personality and life. Among her multiple tattoos are the words "cuidado" (Spanish for "careful") on her forearm and "trouble" on her left foot.

Her unconventional life experiences and choices have resulted in a positive outlook on life and her belief in the power to change. She feels that making small attainable goals end up contributing to the greater good which is, ultimately, what she wants to do. Her open and straightforward communication style allows her to delve into the deeper meaning of life and provide insight to those closest to her.

With a highly addicting and sociable personality, Kelly is certain she will stand out in the game of Survivor.

Kelly resides in both San Diego and West Hollywood, Calif. and her birthday is December 26.[1]


Kelly was placed on the Galu tribe at the beginning of the season. During the early days of the game, she enjoyed Galu's lengthy winning streak and many rewards. On Day 11, Foa Foa would finally win an Immunity Challenge, sending Kelly to her first Tribal Council. Prior to Tribal, Kelly grew irritated by Yasmin Giles' demeanor and lack of contributions at camp, joining the majority of the tribe in voting her off over the physically weak Monica Padilla. Despite winning the remaining Immunity Challenges, conflicts soon emerged when the tribe became divided between the men and the women, with Kelly aligning with Monica and Laura Morett.

The tribes merged into Aiga on Day 19, with eight Galu members opposed to Foa Foa's four. However, Kelly was informed by Natalie White that Erik Cardona was conspiring against her ally Monica. Convinced that Erik was untrustworthy, Kelly joined the other former Galu's in blindsiding him. At Tribal that night, Russell Hantz used his Hidden Immunity Idol, but didn't garner any votes against him. Because of this and losing the Day 24 Immunity Challenge to Laura, the unified Galu targeted him for elimination.

However, Russell was able to find another Idol without any clues. When he revealed this to original Galu outsider Shambo Waters, she suggested he and the other Foa Foa members vote for Kelly, as she was one of Laura's closest allies and the least likely to be eliminated of the former Galu members. At Tribal Council, Russell used his Idol, cancelling all seven of the Galu alliance's votes against him and blindsiding Kelly in a 4-0 vote. She became the second juror.

At the Final Tribal Council, Kelly ignored Mick Trimming. She also viewed Natalie as dependent on others for everything, but she rebutted Kelly by saying that she gradually grew more self-confident. Kelly then asked Russell if his character in the game was how he acted in real life. Russell denied this, saying he an honorable man and was worried about what his kids would think of him. Kelly had a hard time believing Russell's answer and voted for Natalie to be the Sole Survivor.

Voting History

Kelly's Voting History
Episode Kelly's
Voted Against
1 Galu Tribe Immune
2 Galu Tribe Immune
3 Galu Tribe Immune
4 Yasmin -
5 Galu Tribe Immune
6 No Vote
7 Galu Tribe Immune
8 Erik -
9 Russell H.1 Jaison, Mick,
Natalie, Russell H.
Voted Out, Day 24
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Tastes Like Chicken", Russell H. used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Kelly's vote against him.


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  • Kelly was the third person to be voted out as a direct result of an Hidden Immunity Idol being played.
  • Kelly is the only person from Aiga to receive votes from only all four former Foa Foa members post-merge.
  • Kelly has the least amount of votes cast against a female in Survivor: Samoa, with 4.
  • Kelly lost 9 lbs. during her time in Samoa.[2]
  • Kelly shares many similarities with Kelly Remington.
    • They're both named Kelly.
    • They were both blindsided from a Hidden Immunity Idol with 4 votes against them.
    • They both were the second lowest placing females of their original tribes, Galu and Escameca and were also the lowest placing females of their merged tribes, Aiga and Merica.


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