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Shonee Fairfax is a contestant from Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders (2018) and Australian Survivor: All Stars.

Alongside Fenella McGowan, Shonee made up one half of Shonella. A social powerhouse, Shonee played a vital role in many early Contenders voting decisions. The duo would later form a cross tribal alliance with Brian Lake and Monika Radulovic at the merge, and use their perceived position on the bottom to create chaos amongst the Champions. After a crucial error on Brian's part at the Final 6 resulted in Fenella's elimination, Shonee would flip, again, to help Shane Gould in taking out Monika, only to have her torch snuffed the very next Tribal Council.

Shonee returned for All Stars where she formed a close bond with Harry Hills and Nick Iadanza. After initially being voted into exile by her tribe, Shonee returned with a vendetta. Alongside Harry, Shonee flipped on her previous tribemates to join Locky Gilbert and his Vakama alliance. Come merge, however, the new Mokuta tribe proved impenetrable, resulting in Shonee's alliance slowly being picked off. After fellow former Champions v Contenders castaway Sharn Coombes backed out of a last minute plan to vote out David Genat at the final 7, Shonee saw her game come to an end for a second time, being eliminated in a close 4-3 vote.

Profile

Retrieved from 10play.com.au

Age: 26
Occupation: Pro-Skater's Wife
State: QLD
Tribe: Contenders

From partying with The Rolling Stones to holidays in Paris, Shonee is not the typical Survivor player.

Married to a famous pro-skater, Shonee spends her life between London and Noosa where she is an HR assistant. With her husband Ben's success as a skater, Shonee is very keen to step out of his shadow and show the world what she's got.

"My husband's achievements are endless so this is my chance to shine and do something super cool for myself and contribute to our lives. I may just be a wife but I 100% believe I can outwit, outplay and outlast anyone you put me up against.

"My life doesn't allow me to have a traditional job so this is my chance to do something amazing and really shine! People are constantly talking to me about my husband's achievements, I want them to speak about mine."

Admitting she's very stubborn but loyal and fun, Shonee may not be used to the rough conditions Survivor will bring but she believes she can handle it once she's there.

Shonee thinks her strengths will come from the social game saying, "I already know I have a great social game and I can persuade people to give me what I want.

"I will be the best Sole Survivor because I am basically just a professional athlete's wife so when the other contestants hear this, I think they'll disregard me as a threat and that's when I will go in for the kill."[1]

27, Personal Assistant — Season 3

As one part of the Shonella duo in Season 3, Shonee is back without her best mate Fenella but isn't going to let it slow her down.

The personal assistant from London who loves chilling on the beach and drinking margaritas is not afraid to get her hands dirty. After coming fourth in her season, Shonee is happy when people misjudge her.

"I was the last Contender standing and survived 17 Tribal Councils in my season! I am an All Star!"

With a plan to keep her alliances tight and work with the villains because as she says, "they're the ones you want to know what they're planning," Shonee will miss her husband Benny and real life luxuries while living on the island.

Known for being cheeky and having fun while playing, Shonee also won't listen to haters and believes she's got what it takes. "Why would I bother playing if I didn't think I could win! I almost won last time and that was my test run. Now I'm ready!"

Shonee says she'd use the prize money to help her family and put a deposit on a house and knows the moment she's most looking forward to – "Jonathan handing me a cheque for half a million dollars. It's go big or go home and I'm not going home."[2]

Australian Survivor

Champions v Contenders

Shonee was determined to prove herself given her upbringing and Contenders status. Immediately her social game was strong, appearing to have links with all three sub-alliances within the Contenders tribe. She was closest with Fenella McGowan, their friendship blossoming into a formidable partnership throughout the season. Together with Anita Berkett, they managed to successfully vote out players from the other two alliances through the first four Tribal Councils they attended. Though Anita would be blindsided by Heath Davies's Hidden Immunity Idol play on Day 20, the pair affectionately dubbed "Shonella" carried on and voted out rival Zach Kozyrski and outsider Paige Kerin in their remaining Tribal Councils prior to the Tribe Switch.

Shonee was dealt a bad hand in the switch as she and Tegan Gasior were outnumbered 6-2 by the original Champions. Shonee was able to make some solid connections on that tribe, allowing her to vote out Jackie Glazier and then be ignored when the Champions reunited and voted out Tegan. This led to a merge where Shonee was one of just four Contenders left, and with Benji Wilson and Robbie Skibicki having contributed to Tegan and Heath's eliminations, Shonee's only true ally left was Fenella.

Fortunes began to change for Shonee when the Champions blindsided physical threat Lydia Lassila on Day 32. This gave Shonee an opportunity to round up the other outsiders to turn the tables on Mat Rogers and his core alliance. This occurred on Day 37 where Shonee, Fenella, Benji, Brian Lake, and Monika Radulovic joined forces, putting the game in their hands. Though Brian and Monika briefly flipped to get rid of Benji (despite Shonee using the Vote Steal on Sharn Coombes), the remaining four players stayed together long enough to vote out Steve Willis twice due to the "Dead Man Walking" twist, during which Shonee won her first career individual Immunity Challenge on Day 40. This success was short-lived due to Brian's mistake in the split vote which meant three votes for Sharn were canceled, allowing Shane Gould to survive at Fenella's expense. Shonee was frustrated with Brian and formed a new alliance with Sharn and Shane (the "Sh" alliance, reflecting the secrecy as well as the first syllable of their names). This alliance successfully blindsided Monika and flushed Brian's idol on Day 46. Brian won the following Immunity Challenge, meaning Shonee had to realign with Brian to save herself. She was not confident she could beat Sharn at a firemaking challenge, so she tried to get Sharn to vote for Shane in order to vote out Shane. This 2-1-1 vote strategy failed and instead Shonee was voted out by that vote configuration on Day 47, becoming the 8th member of the jury.

At Final Tribal Council, Sharn's inability to effectively communicate her strategy and Shane's better than expected performance led to Shonee voting for who she considered the underdog, Shane, to win. That vote proved crucial as Shane won the title of Sole Survivor in a 5-4 vote.

Voting History

Shonee's Voting History
Episode Shonee's
Votes
Voted Against
Shonee
1 Matt -
2 Contenders Tribe Immune
3 Contenders Tribe Immune
4 Steve K. Paige
5 Jenna -
6 Contenders Tribe Immune
7 Tegan -
8 Heath1 -
9 Zach -
10 Paige -
11 Brian Jackie
12 Brian Brian, Samuel
13 Champions Tribe Immune
14 Lydia -
15 Robbie -
16 Samuel -
17 Mat -
18 Sharn
+ Sharn;
Sharn
2
-
19 No Elimination3
20 Sharn;
Steve W.
4
-
21 Sharn5 -
22 Monika -
23 Shane Shane, Sharn
Voted Out, Day 47
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Shane

^1 In "Episode 8", Heath used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Shonee's vote against him.
^2 In "Episode 18", Shonee used a Vote Steal advantage on Sharn, allowing her to cast an additional vote in Sharn's place. Also, the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Benji and Sharn, forcing a revote. Shonee did not change her vote on the revote.
^3 In "Episode 19", rather than voting someone out, Koro Savu had to vote to give someone the status of Dead Man Walking. Shonee had won Individual Immunity and could not be voted to receive this status.
^4 In "Episode 20", the vote ended with a 2-2-2 tie between Fenella, Sharn, and Steve W., forcing a revote. Shonee voted for Steve W. on the revote.
^5 In "Episode 21", Sharn used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Shonee's vote against her.

All Stars

Shonee received a mixed reception of being underestimated and adored by her fellow Mokuta tribe members at the start of this season. Nick Iadanza and Harry Hills were the biggest fans of her gameplay, and the trio became the "Little Rascals" alliance. Despite them being perceived as some of the weaker members of the tribe, their collective efforts and Shonee's Hidden Immunity Idol play on Day 12 (which Shonee found underneath the water well) helped them eliminate Shane Gould, Michelle Dougan, and Henry Nicholson. Though Shonee was not performing particularly poorly, Abbey Holmes became relentless in targeting Shonee as Abbey's alliance consistent of the more athletic players. Though Abbey's alliance had the numbers to vote out Shonee on Day 14, the Exile Beach twist occurred which sent the top two vote earners (Shonee and her now frenemy Zach Kozyrski) to Exile Beach rather than eliminated from the game.

While on Exile Beach, Shonee and Zach surprised each other with how well they got along despite their awkward history. The Tribe Switch then occurred, which placed Shonee and her ally Harry in the middle of two major alliances: the Vakama alliance of Brooke Jowett, AK Knight, Locky Gilbert, and Flick Egginton, and Abbey's remaining athletic alliance with Lydia Lassila and John Eastoe. Shonee, Harry, and the other outsider Mat Rogers joined forces with original Vakama to Pagong Abbey's alliance. Though Shonee's challenge performances were solid and caught some attention, Vakama continued to lose, forcing them to vote out Mat since his allies were on Mokuta and the merge was approaching. Shonee and Harry became nervous because as original Mokuta members, they could become the next easiest targets. Harry found an advantage that allowed him to cancel a Tribal Council after the votes are cast but before they are read. Shonee encouraged Harry to use it, but AK convinced him not to. This gamble paid off as Flick was unanimously voted out. Their next dilemma came when Mokuta lost on Day 28. Harry did not give Nick the advantage, as Shonee and Harry did not want to risk themselves not making the merge.

Unfortunately for Shonee, Nick was unanimously voted out just before the merge. Following Locky's blindside on Day 30 (when Shonee won individual immunity), it was clear Shonee, Brooke, Harry, and AK were in the minority. Shonee put her social game on overdrive in order to find a crack, but while David Genat played along, he became increasingly wary of her threat level. Shonee managed to survive long enough for another game-changing twist to occur. Shonee won immunity again on Day 34, and due to another Exile twist, the top three vote earners this and the following Tribal Council would go to Exile Beach to compete in a series of challenges for a shot to return. As the majority Mokuta alliance split the vote between Brooke and AK, Shonee, Brooke, and AK targeted Moana Hope. Shonee was unable to secure immunity again on Day 36, forcing her to go to Exile Beach along with volunteer Zach and a disappointed Jacqui Patterson.

While on Exile again, Shonee immediately identified Jacqui as a person her alliance could flip to their side as she was not sent to Exile by choice. Shonee also capitalized on Jacqui's rivalry with Zach as he was perceived to be David's closest ally. Since Moana, Brooke, and Jacqui won their way back into the game, the Mokuta alliance split the vote between Shonee and AK. Thanks to Shonee successfully flipping Jacqui, Zach was voted out instead. With the alliances now with four members each, Shonee was prepared to go to rocks if necessary. However, David's immunity win and idol play on Tarzan Herlaar meant that the odds were not in Shonee's alliance's favor. As the only vulnerable player from the Mokuta alliance, Sharn Coombes pleaded to Shonee, AK, and Brooke to flip on Jacqui and assured them that she would flip to their side. Though they didn't completely trust Sharn, they decided it wasn't worth it to risk rocks so they voted for Jacqui in the unanimous decision tiebreaker. This risk did not pay off, and Brooke's immunity win on Day 42 sealed Shonee's fate as she was voted out that night, becoming the fifth member of the jury.

Once again, Shonee decided not to vote for Sharn to win, as not only did Sharn go back on her word, but she felt David played a much stronger game.

Voting History

Shonee's Voting History
Episode Shonee's
Votes
Voted Against
Shonee
1 Shane -
2 Mokuta Tribe Immune
3 Mokuta Tribe Immune
4 Henry -
5 Henry Henry, John,
Lee, Lydia, Zach
1
6 Mock Vote2
7 Abbey Abbey, Lydia
8 John -
9 John -
10 Mat Mat
11 Vakama Tribe Immune
12 Flick Flick
13 Vakama Tribe Immune
14 Sharn Individual Immunity
15 Jacqui -
16 Moana Individual Immunity
17 Jacqui Tarzan, Zach
Voted Out, Day 36
18 Zach David, Tarzan, Zach
Returned, Day 38
19 Moana;
Moana;
Jacqui
3
-
20 David David, Moana,
Sharn, Tarzan
Voted Out, Day 42
Voted for
Sole Survivor
David

^1 In "Episode 5", Shonee used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 5 votes against her.
^2 In "Episode 6", Mokuta was subjected to a mock Tribal Council where the two people who received the most votes were sent to Exile Beach. Shonee received the most votes and was exiled until the Tribe Switch.
^3 In "Episode 19", the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Jacqui and Moana, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their vote on the revote, forcing a unanimous consensus tiebreaker. Shonee voted for Jacqui on the tiebreaker.

Post-Survivor

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Trivia

  • Shonee is the highest placing member of the original Contenders tribe.
  • Shonee is the youngest member of the original Mokuta tribe.

References

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