Noura Salman is a contestant on Survivor: Island of the Idols.
Noura's erratic and hyper personality put her on the chopping block on several occasions as she was seen as untrustworthy and a loose cannon, though she managed to stay in the game as bigger targets emerged. Despite her eccentricity, she proved to be a savvy player at times, playing a role in Molly Byman and Aaron Meredith's eliminations. She proved to be good in individual challenges as well, winning three, including the Final Immunity Challenge. However, her gameplay was criticized by the jury, as they believed that she was operating based on her emotions instead of strategy, resulting in her finishing in 3rd place with no votes to win.
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Hometown: London / Bethesda, Maryland
Current residence: North Potomac, Maryland
Hobbies: Working out, creating healthy foods and beverages in the kitchen, traveling, and social media posting on self-help, food, and fitness.
Pet peeves: People lacking personal hygiene and table manners. I also cannot stand or be friends with people who are selfish, self-absorbed, or stingy.
Three words to describe you: Ambitious, passionate, and energetic.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Experiencing the world, living in many places, trying many jobs, careers, and businesses. Exploring many different people and relationships; going out on my own and making my own living and path best suited for me!
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My mom. She is the most generous, loving, thoughtful, hardworking, and humble person I know. She has always encouraged us to "be ourselves" and do what makes us happy. She struggled financially for 20 years and emotionally in her marriage to my dad, but still gave us the world—happily and gracefully.
What's one thing we wouldn't know from seeing a photo of you? I love frogs. I don't drink and have never done a drug or smoked a cigarette in my life.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Malcolm. Physically strong and great at puzzles and problem solving and genuinely liked by most people. And easy on the eyes. But underestimated with a low threat-factor like Fabio and Jud.[sic]
What's your primary motivation for being on Survivor? Finally use all of my talents, skills, and abilities and push myself to the highest physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual limits I've ever reached.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I'm multidimensional and not just one thing or person. I'm the nerd, jock, and model with brains, brawn, and beauty. Most importantly, I have the social skills needed to both win and influence people, and relentless drive to go after what I want.
When Jason was being targeted for presumably going idol searching, Noura felt compelled to alert him. Though they formed a tight bond, they were still in trouble as they faced the prospect of going to Tribal Council on Day 6 on the outside of an 8 person alliance. Though Noura's personality and camplife antics began to rub some players the wrong way, Noura identified that Molly was in a powerful position. Others would come to that realization and blindside Molly that night. Noura would get an opportunity to go to Island of the Idols where she got an opportunity to receive a Vote Blocker should she convince Vokai to let her be the caller in the upcoming Immunity Challenge. Noura rushed into this challenge to the surprise of Sandra and Rob and failed the task through getting caught in lies as well as poor performances in practice at camp. Noura was sat out of that Immunity Challenge as Jason lead her tribe to victory.
Though Noura lost her vote due to failing the task, she found herself in the majority after the swap. Noura was happy to work with original Vokai to vote out Tom, but quickly tried to target Jamal and Jack since they targeted her alongside Molly before the swap. Noura would get her opportunity when Kellee recruited her in a plan to vote out Jack. Kellee gave Dean an idol, which after being played meant Noura's vote helped send Jack out of the game in a 2-0 blindside.
Noura was part of the coalition that attempted to take out Dan right after the merge, but after that plan failed she briefly found herself in the outs. A Double Tribal Council twist saw Noura win her first Immunity Challenge, though by celebrating her victory and giving up on the challenge she failed to win her group reward as well. Noura was keen on taking out physical threat Aaron before outsider Janet, and the vote went in Noura's favor. With the numbers back under original Vokai's control, Noura appeared to be in a comfortable position. At the Loved One's Visit, Noura got to see her sister Lana. Since Lana is visually impaired, she got to view Noura perform the Reward Challenge alongside Jeff Probst. However, Noura would not be picked by Janet and Tommy to go on reward, causing her to go on a long tirade directed at her original tribemates. She aided in the idol search that lead to Elaine finding the idol, but Dean was not on board with working with Noura. Any plan to overthrow the alliance of Tommy, Lauren, Janet, and Dan soon crumbled and Noura received 3 votes as Karishma was voted out on Day 32.
Noura would be targeted by Elaine at the next vote in an attempt for Elaine to save herself. Elaine explained to Lauren and Janet that Noura would likely take their spots at Final Tribal Council due to Noura's perceived status as a goat. The plan failed, and Elaine's vote out coupled with Dan's ejection meant Noura would be at the final 5. When Dean won immunity on Day 37, he selected Noura to go on reward. Noura was happy about the situation, even flirting with Dean, though Dean was just trying to get Noura to be on his side going into the crucial Final Immunity Challenge. Noura's third overall individual immunity win on Day 38 gave her a tough choice to make. A previous conversation with Tommy caused Noura to believe that Tommy could not make fire, so in order to take out Lauren, who Noura believed to be the biggest remaining Jury threat, she would have to send Dean to firemaking. Lauren became upset with Noura, and further annoyed when Noura tried to explain her reasoning while Lauren was practicing making fire. Noura stuck by her decision that Tribal Council, causing Lauren to lose the challenge and meaning the Final Three would be Dean, Tommy, and herself.
Noura tried to explain her game but when she went off on a tangent, the Jury quickly disregarded her and shut her down. Noura attempted to argue that her gameplay was unique and effectively, but despite receiving some praise for her challenge performances and authenticity, she was not awarded any jury votes. Tommy would beat Dean and her 8-2-0 to win the title of Sole Survivor.
|Noura's Voting History|
|1||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|3||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|4||Vokai Tribe Immune|
|6||Lairo Tribe Immune|
|Second Runner-Up, Day 39|
^1 In "Plan Z", Noura wagered her vote at the Island of the Idols for an advantage. She lost the wager, making her ineligible to vote at the next Tribal Council she attended.
^2 In "I Was Born at Night, but Not Last Night", Jamal used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Noura, but did not negate any votes against her.
^3 In "Bring On the Bacon", Karishma used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Noura's vote against her. Also, the vote ended with a 1-1-0 tie between Elizabeth and Janet, forcing a revote. Noura voted for Elizabeth on the revote.
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- Noura previously applied for Blood vs. Water, Cagayan, Cambodia, and Kaôh Rōng.
- Noura previously dated Guatemala contestant Jamie Newton.
- Noura is the first person to volunteer to go to the Island of the Idols, the first person to be offered an advantage other than a Hidden Immunity Idol, and the first person to be immune from the next Tribal Council after going to the Island of the Idols.
- Noura is the first woman to win the Final Immunity Challenge and receive no jury votes to win.
|Survivor: Island of the Idols Castaways|