Michelle Dougan is a contestant from Australian Survivor (2017) and Australian Survivor: All Stars.

Known for her strong arguing skills and logical points at Tribal Council in 2017, Michelle was able to escape elimination several times despite seeing her name being thrown around due to her seemingly futile personality and laziness around camp. This was evident at her first Tribal Council with Samatau where she was able to convince the tribe to eliminate Ben Morgan instead of herself. After that, she was able to travel deep in game, being a key member in several votes, such as teaming up with Tessa O'Halloran to orchestrate a show-stopping blindside of Henry Nicholson. After eventually making it to the Final 4, Michelle was once again in danger of going home due to being a social threat, having made several connections with the people on the jury. She came in 4th place after losing the fire-making tiebreaker challenge to eventual winner Jericho Malabonga.

In All Stars, Michelle was immediately seen as a weak-link by many, and was pushed into the minority alongside ally Henry Nicholson. After the tribe's second Immunity Challenge loss, the pair attempted to sway votes towards Sharn Coombes, but the majority voted out Michelle instead, blindsiding both Michelle and Henry.


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Age: 33
Occupation: Nanny​
State: NSW
Tribe: Asaga

Nicknamed "Have a chat" by her friends and family, Michelle is a woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to tell people how she is going to get it.

A professional nanny in Sydney, Michelle loves going to the races, the beach and catching up with friends. In preparation for sleeping in the wild, she recently practiced by sleeping on a trampoline in her backyard.

While she admits to not being used to roughing it, Michelle is out to prove that she has what it takes to win.

"I am unprepared in some ways but anything can happen out there so I don't know how prepared you can really be. All I know is I want to be ruthless and make some big moves. I am here to shake up my life, so I won't be quiet when I'm there," she said.

"I have never been camping, and the closest I have come to roughing it is a three-star hotel. But I love a challenge and I'm sure I will be sweet."

Michelle is also ready to use whatever assets she needs to make connections and alliances.

"I am open to flirting to get what I want out there, apparently I do it anyway. You have to do what you have to do, it's just a game at the end of the day.

"My game play is to flirt and to treat each personality and ego differently. I can talk underwater and sell ice to Eskimos so my team will either love or hate me but the haters will have to go early."

Her father passed away in 2008 and Michelle lives by the mantra to live out her dreams every day, wanting to make him proud.[1]

35, Nanny — Season 2

Proving a lot of people wrong, Michelle not only made it to the top four in her season, she also won a car!

While a lot of her fellow castaways saw a Sydney girl who loves the races and cute clothes, Michelle turned out to be a strategic player who could hold her own. And coming back for All Stars, she's hoping for the same reaction.

"I have the philosophy that you have to risk it for the biscuit! I am going to play savage, trust my gut and chat, chat, chat.

"I will backstab if need be. I'm here to play and I want to play straight out of the gate."

As a Survivor fan, Michelle is hoping to see players like Mat Rogers or her friend Luke Toki back on the beach. But the life of an Australian Survivor is still not her favourite thing, like sleeping on the beach or being stuck in the rain.

Michelle is a social player who admits it'll be hard for her to fly under the radar. But she has been working hard to do more physical training to prepare for the challenges coming her way.[2]

Australian Survivor


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Voting History

Michelle's Voting History
Episode Michelle's
Voted Against
1 Kent;
2 Asaga Tribe Immune
3 Asaga Tribe Immune
4 Asaga Tribe Immune
5 Asaga Tribe Immune
6 Samantha Mark W., Samantha
7 Mark W. -
8 Asaga Tribe Immune
9 Jacqui -
10 Kent Kent, Odette
11 No Tribal Council2
12 Samatau Tribe Immune
13 Ben Ben, Locky, Tessa
14 Samatau Tribe Immune
15 Samatau Tribe Immune
16 Jarrad -
17 Anneliese -
18 Henry -
19 Tara -
20 Sarah Sarah
21 Luke -
22 Ziggy Locky, Ziggy
23 Peter Individual Immunity
25 Jericho;
Jericho, Tara;
Voted Out, Day 52
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In Episode 1, the vote ended with a 6-6 tie between Joan and Kent, forcing a revote. Michelle did not change her vote on the revote.
^2 In Episode 11, despite losing the Immunity Challenge, Asaga did not have to go to Tribal Council.
^3 In Episode 25, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Michelle and Jericho, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their vote on the revote, forcing a fire-making tiebreaker. Michelle was eliminated at the tiebreaker.

All Stars

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Voting History

Michelle's Voting History
Episode Michelle's
Voted Against
1 Shane Lee
2 Mokuta Tribe Immune
3 Mokuta Tribe Immune
4 Sharn Abbey, Harry, Lee,
Lydia, Nick, Zach
Voted Out, Day 9


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  • Michelle is the oldest member of the Asatoa tribe.
  • Michelle is the first castaway in Australian Survivor to fall victim to the Car Curse.
  • Michelle and Jericho Malabonga are the first pair of contestants in Australian Survivor to be stuck in a deadlocked tie at the final four, and compete in a fire making challenge.
    • Michelle is the first castaway in Australian Survivor to lose a fire making tiebreaker challenge.


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