A strong strategic and social player, Lauren aligned with Tommy Sheehan early on, and the two managed to play in the middle throughout the game to get them to the final four. She was ultimately deemed to be too much of a threat to win the game, and when Noura Salman won the Final Immunity Challenge, she and Tommy conspired to ensure that Lauren would to lose the fire-making challenge to Dean Kowalski, which caused her to fall one day short of the Final Tribal Council.
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Hometown: Bakersfield, California and Rochester Hills, Michigan
Current residence: Glendale, California
Hobbies: Eating an entire bag of Hot Cheetos in one sitting while binge watching true-crime shows, laughing at my own jokes, writing/blogging, music festivals, talking people's ears off... my stepdad says I have the gift of gab, thanks Dad!
Pet peeves: People that take a French fry while asking "can I have a fry?" before I even get the chance to say yes, saying "literally" before every sentence (guilty), being late (if you're on time you're still late), talking in third person, and clapping when a plane lands.
Three words to describe you: Bubbly, adaptable, and diligent.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Moving across the country from Michigan to Los Angeles at 17 years of age and creating a stable life for myself. We all know Los Angeles rent is no joke, and even though a lot of people I know have moved home, I've been able to stick it out. Tenacity is my middle name!
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My stepdad, Charles. He has raised me since I was 10 months old, and is everything a girl could ask for. He always brings me Starbucks whenever I ask. It's the little things. He's the best thing that's ever happened to me and my family.
What's one thing we wouldn't know from seeing a photo of you? That I do one of the best Britney Spears impressions you've ever heard.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Troyzan because we're both hot, Cirie because she's the best social player to date DUH, and I also like to think of myself as a gangsta in an Oprah suit. And last but certainly not least, Sandra because I have no problem being cutthroat to make power plays to enhance my individual game. The queen stays queen!
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? My ability to connect with others is astronomical, I just love people! I have the physical and mental ability to see myself through to the very end. People tend to underestimate me which will definitely work in my favor. I plan to be the second black woman to win this game, hands down.
Beginning the game on the Vokai tribe, Lauren formed a quick friendship Tommy Sheehan after they initially bonded over their loved ones. This connection among others allowed Lauren to seemingly form a tight alliance consisting of herself, Tommy, Dan Spilo, Janet Carbin, and Kellee Kim. Under Lauren's direction, the group blindsided Molly Byman at Vokai's first Tribal Council to weaken her influence on the tribe.
Lauren remained on Vokai after the Tribe Switch on Day 12, alongside allies Dan, Tommy, and Jason Linden, though they found themselves in a precarious 4-4 split against members of the original Lairo tribe. When Vokai lost immunity on Day 16, the four conspired with Aaron Meredith to target Elaine Stott. At Tribal Council, however, Elaine revealed that she had a Vote Blocker advantage, which she used against Jason, ultimately allowing the original Lairo members to vote him out. Now relegated to the minority, Lauren and Tommy attempted to throw Dan under the bus to protect themselves, but the original Lairo contingent became suspicious of them and considered voting out Tommy if they lost again.
When the tribes merged into the Lumuwaku tribe on Day 20, Lauren and Tommy attempted to rekindle their alliance with Janet and Kellee. However, the two sensed that Kellee would not be loyal to their alliance after she flirted with the possibility of voting out Dan, resulting in her eventual elimination. When a Double Elimination twist temporarily split up the Lumuwaku tribe on Day 27, Janet appeared to be the next to go due to her previous attempt to take out Dan. However, Lauren and the other former Vokai decided that Aaron was a bigger threat, blindsiding him and reestablishing their original Vokai alliance.
The next day, Lauren volunteered to go to the Island of the Idols, where she accepted the mentors' challenge, which required her to correctly pick who would win the next individual Immunity Challenge in exchange for a Hidden Immunity Idol that would be valid for the following two Tribal Councils. With the players having the option to either eat or compete, Lauren focused all of her energy on convincing everyone except Elizabeth Beisel and Noura Salman, the two players she picked to win immunity, to sit out of the challenge. Noura went on to win the challenge, granting Lauren a Hidden Immunity Idol. However, Karishma Patel's idol play at Tribal Council that night prompted Lauren to play her own idol to be safe, though it was ultimately for naught as she did not receive any votes against her and Elizabeth was voted out instead.
On Day 30, Janet and Tommy won the Loved Ones Challenge and decided to take Lauren and Dan with them on the reward. This caused Noura to realize that she was on the outs of their alliance, and she conspired to target Lauren with Elaine, Karishma, and Dean Kowalski because of her strong social game. However, Lauren won immunity, foiling their plan, with Karishma being voted out that night, followed by Elaine. At the final five, Janet attempted to eliminate Lauren with her own idol; however, Lauren and Tommy got Dean to use his Idol Nullifier to cancel Janet's idol, sending her to the jury.
After Noura won the Final Immunity Challenge on Day 38, Lauren was unhappy to hear that even though Noura considered Lauren her "number one ally", she would be facing Dean in the fire-making challenge. Lauren desperately tried to practice making fire, only for Noura to continuously distract her by attempting to explain her decision. At Tribal Council, Lauren was able to start a fire, but ultimately lost to Dean, becoming the tenth and final member of the jury.
At the Final Tribal Council, Lauren asked Tommy who he was most loyal to. Her loyalty to Tommy remained as she voted for him to win the title of Sole Survivor, which he ultimately did in a 8-2-0 vote.
|Lauren's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|3||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|4||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|5||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|7||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|Eliminated, Day 38|
| Voted For|
^1 In Bring On the Bacon, Lauren used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against her. Also, Karishma used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Lauren's vote against her. Also, the vote ended with a 1-1-0 tie between Elizabeth and Janet, forcing a revote. Lauren voted for Elizabeth on the revote.
^2 In Mama, Look at Me Now, Noura had the advantage of choosing one person to be in the Final Three with her. She chose Tommy, subjecting Dean and Lauren to a fire-making challenge. Lauren lost the challenge, eliminating her from the game.
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- Lauren lasted the longest without receiving elimination votes against her in Island of the Idols.
- Lauren 18 lost lbs. during her time on Island of the Idols.
|Survivor: Island of the Idols Castaways|