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Michele Fitzgerald is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Kaôh Rōng. She would later compete on Survivor: Winners at War.

A quiet contestant for much of the game, Michele stayed upbeat and made solid social relationships with her peers and utilized them to secure a place in the majority alliance. She then won a crucial Final Immunity Challenge, as well as an unprecedented advantage to strip a juror of their right to attend and vote in the Final Tribal Council. While she was not known to be the most strategically capable of the three finalists, Michele's social game, growth, and overall sincerity won her the title of Sole Survivor in a 5-2-0 vote.

Profile

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Name (Age): Michele Fitzgerald (24)
Tribe Designation: Beauty
Current Residence: Freehold, N.J.
Occupation: Bartender
Personal Claim to Fame: My time at Rock the Earth, where I toured and worked with bands raising money for environmental issues. I was able to travel, listen to amazing music and educate people about important causes.
Inspiration in Life: Harry Potter. His character chose bravery in the face of darkness and adversity. I appreciate anyone who overcomes obstacles without pitying themselves for being dealt a bad hand. Plus, magic.
Hobbies: Travelling, reading and rock climbing.
Pet Peeves: Overpriced alcohol, close talkers and self-important people.
3 Words to Describe You: Quirky, charismatic and adventurous.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? My journal to remind myself of my past and to keep track of my future, a Harry Potter book for a little entertainment, and my sister (does she count?).
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati. She was able to read people and form alliances that took the spotlight off of her. She took respectable chances, never silenced herself to get further, and dominated in challenges.
Reason for Being on Survivor: The adventure junky in me wants take myself out of my comfort zone, but ultimately, I'm applying to win. It's all about the money, honey! My car shakes at any speed over 50mph so I desperately need to replace that tin can.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: My positivity. I wouldn't let anything dampen my spirit. Enthusiasm is electric, and that attitude would shape the tone around camp. I may be a Jersey girl, but don't let that fool you. I have no problem roughin' it.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I've watched every season, so I know what it takes to be successful on this show. Using my charm, I think I can build strong relationships and lead an alliance without being viewed as aggressive. My social awareness will help me understand and use people's strengths, weaknesses and motives to my advantage. I'm not gonna play on the sidelines. I want to make big, badass moves that will get me further in the game, and have fun doing it.[3]

Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey
Current residence: Hoboken, New Jersey
Previous season: Winner of Survivor: Kaôh Rōng (Season 32)
Occupation: Business Development Manager
Hobbies: I love to travel and play board games.
Pet peeves: People who eat smelly foods on planes, people who invade personal space, and a bad martini.
Three words to describe you: Feisty, fun, and free spirited.
When did you first watch Survivor? I started watching Season 1 at the age of 10.
Do you still watch Survivor? Absolutely! In my completely unbiased opinion, it's the greatest TV show of all time.
Who is your inspiration in life? My family inspires me every day. They are the most thoughtful, funny, and loving people I have ever met and they always push me to be better.
What does Survivor mean to you and your family? My family and I have always watched Survivor together so it is pretty sentimental. Being on the show has also allowed me to be involved with the Survivor community and I am lucky enough to call many of them my friends.
What is one way playing Survivor changed your life? Winning Survivor gave me the confidence to know that I can do anything I set my mind to. I did not win by being the smartest or strongest; I won by being myself. I think realizing that in my mid-20s was really pivotal in shaping how I handle challenges.
As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? As a super fan, I am absolutely honored to be a small part of a huge legacy. Winning my first season was surreal. Now, I get to return with winners that I admire... I am pinching myself.
How will you play differently than you did in your past season? I don't think I will play much differently. In my first season, I learned that I am able to calmly adapt to changing circumstances and this is valuable in a game where paranoia runs rampant. Since I am a social player, I will lean into that and make as many personal connections as possible. I would like to make some fun, big moves this time but they have to be smart and not just for shock factor.

The one thing that feels really important is advocating for my own story so that at the final Tribal I have a compelling narrative. Lately, we have seen a trend of strong, confident males winning Survivor so I want to show that you can have a different approach and still be worthy of the title Sole Survivor. The pressure is on this season because everyone wants to prove they are the best to ever play the game so I am expecting fireworks and lots of big moves.[4]

Survivor

Kaôh Rōng

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Voting History

Michele's Voting History
Episode Michele's
Votes
Voted Against
Michele
1 Gondol Tribe Immune
2 Gondol Tribe Immune
3 Gondol Tribe Immune
4 Gondol Tribe Immune
5 Chan Loh Tribe Immune
6 Chan Loh Tribe Immune
7 No Tribal Council
8 Nick -
9 Debbie -
10 Tai -
11 Julia Individual Immunity
12 Jason Tai (x2)
13 No Tribal Council
14 Aubry Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Michele
Cydney, Debbie,
Jason, Julia, Scot
Sole Survivor, Day 39

Winners at War

Voting History

Michele's Voting History
Episode Michele's
Votes
Voted Against
Michele
1 Denise -
Sele Tribe Immune
2 Danni -
3

Post-Survivor

  • Michele used her winnings to finish to pay off her car.[5]
  • Michele currently works in the tourism industry as a Business Development Manager at Palace Resorts.[6]

Trivia

  • Michele, along with Nick Maiorano and Chris Noble currently holds the record for surviving the most days in the game without attending Tribal Council, with 22.
    • Of those three, Michele is the only one who was not voted out at their first Tribal Council.
  • Michele's 25th birthday was on Day 37 of Kaôh Rōng.
  • Michele is the first, and curently only winner to avoid Tribal Council during the pre-merge portion of the game.
  • Michele is the least vulnerable female winner and the second overall behind Tom Westman, having been eligible to be voted out only four times.
  • Michele is the only person in Kaôh Rōng to win more than one individual Immunity Challenge.
  • Michele has secured her seat at the Final Tribal Council earlier than any other contestant - after the Immunity Challenge on Day 37.
  • Michele is the first contestant to be able to remove a juror from the game.
  • Michele is tied with Natalie Anderson for the most challenges (both tribal and individual) won by a female winner, with 13.
  • Michele became the third person from New Jersey to win in five seasons, following Tony Vlachos and Natalie Anderson.
  • Michele is the youngest woman to compete on Winners at War.

References

Preceded by
Cambodia
S31 jeremy t
Jeremy Collins
Sole Survivor
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Kaôh Rōng
S32 michele t
Michele Fitzgerald
Succeeded by
Millennials vs. Gen X
S33 adam t
Adam Klein
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