Michele Fitzgerald - Survivor: Kaoh Rong
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 78 | Wins: 1 | Final three: 1

Survivor: Kaoh Rong (2016) - Winner, 5-2-0.

  • Received 5 jury votes to win in Episode 14, "Not Going Down Without a Fight" (Day 39).

Survivor: Winners at War (2020) - 3rd place, 12-4-0.

  • Received no jury votes to finish in third place, in Episode 14, "It All Boils Down to This" (Day 39).

Michele Fitzgerald - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S32: Kaoh Rong 5.20 13.40 0.39 4 2 6 0.66 3.11 5 7 0.71 1.76 12.60
S40: Winners at War 2.78 12.07 0.23 7 4 14 0.50 1.75 0 16 0.00 0.73 4.53
Career 7.98 25.47 0.31 11 6 20 0.66 2.16 5 23 0.22 0.97 6.80
Michele Fitzgerald - Challenge record
  • S32 logo Kaoh Rong challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Wooden Ships - Ep1 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-12; 3 2nds; 1 sit-out):

    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Wooden Ships" - Dives for paddles, and Beauty beats Brawn by one puzzle piece (2nd*/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Dragging the River" - Carries the log, pulls in the string, and Beauty wins! (1st/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Rice Race" - Sits out of a first-place Beauty win (1st/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 4 RC: "Dig It" - Races and digs, and Beauty finishes second (2nd*/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 4 IC: "Snake, Rattle and Roll" - Swims to collect puzzle pieces, Beauty doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 5 IC: "New School" - Now with New Chan Loh, hooks and carries the fish, and Chan Loh wins!
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 6 RC: "B, B & B" - Dives and eventually releases the buoys; Chan Loh loses.
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 6 IC: "Get Over It" - Participates in Chan Loh's stacking; Chan Loh wins!
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 8 RC: "United We Stand" - Part of the losing blue team (with Aubry, Joe, Cydney, & Michele).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 9 RC: "Knot Your Fault" - Part of the losing blue team, with Debbie, Cydney, and Aubry.
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 11 RC: "The Hook" - Helpfully watches Cydney retrieve and hook all 3 rings, and win (1st/3).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 12 RC: "Weight and Sea" - Part of the winning team, with Jason and Tai.

    *Note: Second-place finishes in the three-tribe phase of Kaoh Rong count as half a win.


    Individual challenge record (3-for-10): (Mean % finish: 65%)

    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 7 IC: "Rollerballs" - First person to drop out in the second round (8th/11).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 8 IC: "Uncomfortably Numb" - Fifth to drop out, choosing to eat instead (6th/10).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 9 IC: "Backed Up" - Attempts to take the winning shot, but the dominoes don't fall (tie-2nd/9).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 10 IC: "This Much" - Fifth person to drop out, 25 minutes in (4th/8).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 11 IC: "Running the Numbers" - Memorizes the symbols in one shot, and Michele wins! (1st/7).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 12 IC: "Got a Hunch" - One of several people to drop her stack, not win (tie-2nd/6).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 13 RC: "5x5" - Hits with one sandbag, but has to wait as Joe finishes (4th/5).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 14 F4 RC: "Home Stretch" - Still gathering tiles as Aubry wins (4th/4).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 14 IC: "Gimme Three Steps" - Passes Tai on the final puzzle layer, Michele wins! (1st/4).
    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 14 F3 RC: "Stacked Up" - Gets close a few times, but keeps knocking over his stack (tie-2nd/3).


    Hero challenge/ duel record (1-for-1):

    • Kaoh Rong Ep. 10 RC: "Free Will" - Lasts under 10 minutes, wins the competition for food (1st/3).
  • S40 logo Winners at War challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Beyond the Wheel - Ep4 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (4-for-11; 1 2nd; 1 sit-out):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F20 IC: "Water Slaughter" - Not shown competing; Sele loses, 3-1.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F19 IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Paddles, crosses obstacles, and Sele wins!
    • Winners at War, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Draggin' the Dragon" - Assembles, hauls and dismantles the cart, but Sele loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Along the Watch Tower" - Crosses obstacles, works the puzzle with Rob, but Sele loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Beyond the Wheel" - Works the puzzle with Boston Rob, and Sele wins.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 5 IC: "Block in a Hard Place" - Still with Sele, crosses obstacles, and Sele wins (1st/3).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 6 IC: "Rice Race" - Sits out, as Sele loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 7 RC: "Ball-istic Missiles" - (Unaired). Sele finishes second (2nd*/3).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 7 IC: "Dishwalla" - Helps carry the dish, works the puzzle with Wendell; Sele loses by a second.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 9 RC: "New School" - Works the puzzle with Sophie, and the blue team wins.
    • [Winners at War, Ep. 11 RC: Unaired - Not a part of the winning team.]


    Running Down a Dream - F6 IC

    Individual challenge record (2-for-10): (Mean % finish: 51.7%)

    • Winners at War, Ep. 8 IC: "Get a Grip" - First woman to drop out (5th/5).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 9 IC: "Bermuda Triangles" - First person to drop out, fairly quickly (11th/11).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 10 IC: "Got a Hunch" - One of nine people to not win (tie-2nd/10).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 11 IC: "10 Foot Pole" - Third person to drop out, on the third stage (7th/9).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 12 IC: "When It Rains" - Third woman out, dropping for PB & chocolate (2nd/4).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 13 F7 IC: "Running Down a Dream" - Unable to catch her second ball; last (7th/7).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 13 F6 IC: "High Step Back" - First to knock down her tiles, and Michele wins! (1st/6).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 F6 IC: "Running Down a Dream" - Last to the puzzle, but first to finish; Michele wins (1st/6).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 F5 IC: "5 on 5" - One of three people to land no sandbags (tie-3rd/5).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Simmotion" - Lasts to the five-ball stage, then drops (2nd/4).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Winners at War: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 9
    2nd place: 4
    Played: 23
    Win%: 0.48
    Sat out: 2
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 5
    Played: 20
    Win%: 0.25
    Mean% Finish: 58.6%
  • Duels
    Wins: 1
    Played: 1
    Win%: 1.00
    Mean% Finish: 100%
Michele Fitzgerald - Tribal Council record
  • S32 logo Kaoh Rong Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Kaoh Rong: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (4/6):


    VAP - Votes against (2):

    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 12: Two votes, from Tai and... Tai.


    Jury votes received (5/7):

    • Kaoh Rong, Ep. 14: Received five votes, from Debbie Wanner, Scot Pollard, Julia Sokolowski, Kyle Jason, and Cydney Gillon (and won, 5-2-0).
  • S40 logo Winners at War Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep9 Tribal

    Idols/advantages held/played (1/1; 2 votes voided):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 9: Purchases a 50-50 coin flip advantage (/idol) from Danni and Parvati (Day 22).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 13: Played for herself at F6, voiding 2 votes (Day 31).


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (7/14):


    VAP - Votes against (4):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 11: Two votes, from Kim and Sarah.
    • [Winners at War, Ep. 13 (F7 vote): Two votes, from Denise and Sarah; both voided by her idol play.]
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 (F5 vote): Two votes, from Ben and Tony.


    Jury votes received (0/16):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 14: Received zero jury votes, to finish third (12-4-0).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 1
    Played: 1
    Votes voided: 2
  • Voting record
    VFB: 11
    Tribals: 20
    VAP: 6
  • Jury votes
    Made: --
    Received: 5
    Total jurors: 23
Michele Fitzgerald - Pictures
  • S32 logo Kaoh Rong image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S40 logo Winners at War pictures (click to expand/collapse)
Michele Fitzgerald - Interviews
  • S32 logo Kaoh Rong interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews


    Post-game interviews

    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/19/16): "Kaoh Rong Final 3 Interview Special"
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/19/16): "Michele: 'I had no idea which way it was going to go'"
    • Josh Wigler at Parade.com (5/19/16): "Michele Fitzgerald Speaks the Truth"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (5/19/16): "Winner Michele: 'I Did Give [Neal] a Little "[Expletive Deleted] You" on the Way Out'"
  • S40 logo Winners at War interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Sangita Patel for ET Canada (1/15/20): "Michele Fitzgerald Says New Confidence Will Change Her Gameplay for Survivor Season 40"
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (1/21/20): "Michele Fitzgerald wants to prove she deserved winning Survivor"
    • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (2/4/20): "Why Michele Fitzgerald Is One to Watch"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (2/4/20): "Michele Fitzgerald - 'There's No Blueprint on How to Win'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com: "Gordon interviews Michele Fitzgerald" (YouTube)
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/14/20): "Michele Fitzgerald on why fire tokens did not equal votes"
    • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (5/14/20): "Michele Fitzgerald on her journey of reintegration and validation during Survivor: Winners at War"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/14/20): "Survivor 40 FINALE Exit Interviews with the Final 6"
Michele Fitzgerald - Bios
  • S32 logo Kaoh Rong bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From her official CBS Survivor: Kaoh Rong cast bio page: (1/20/16)


    "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."


  • S40 logo Winners at War bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from her official CBS Survivor: Winners at War cast bio page (1/15/20):


    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.


    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."