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Aubry Bracco

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S32 Aubry Bracco

Contestant Profile
Born: November 14, 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 32)
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Occupation: Social Media Marketer
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Kaôh Rōng
Tribe(s): Chan Loh
► Gondol
Dara
Finish: Runner-Up (2/18)
Alliance(s): Dara Women's Alliance
Challenge Wins: 6
Votes Against: 8
Days Lasted: 39
Game Changers
Tribe(s): Mana
► Nuku
► Mana
Maku Maku
Finish: 5/20
Alliance(s): Tavua Alliance
Challenge Wins: 9
Votes Against: 9
Days Lasted: 37
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Aubry Bracco is a contestant from Survivor: Kaôh Rōng and Survivor: Game Changers.

Starting off as a vulnerable member of the Brains tribe, Aubry managed to emerge from her shell to become a major strategic player in Kaôh Rōng, despite losing her two closest allies, Neal Gottlieb and Joe del Campo, to medical evacuations. Once the tribes merged, she worked with close ally Cydney Gillon to found the dominating alliance of the season. She eventually pulled in and formed a close relationship with Tai Trang, convincing him to flip on his allies, which helped to give her a spot in the Final Tribal Council. However, her social game proved to be lacking to her competitor, Michele Fitzgerald's, and cost her the victory in the end.

Returning for Game Changers, despite a looming target over both herself and the rest of her former Kaôh Rōng castmates, Aubry managed to once again travel deep into the game, although often times losing her closest allies along the way. After playing a more quiet game, which included her first individual Immunity Challenge victory, she was voted out for the first time in 5th place.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Name (Age): Aubry Bracco (29)
Tribe Designation: Brains
Current Residence: Cambridge, Mass.
Occupation: Social Media Marketer
Personal Claim to Fame: My name (it means "leader of the elves") and the way I pursued my education with my own style. I convinced my advisers at Brown University to let me write a children's book about a manatee instead of a 50-page thesis and went on to graduate with honors.
Inspiration in Life: My grandmother, Madeline. She dealt with a crazy Brooklyn Italian family and was a hard worker. She was the first Woman of the Year at the New York Daily News and never let anything get her down (she once went back to work the day after a major car accident). She also had a wacky personality—as kids she told us she didn't eat chicken because "their legs were too close to their butts."
Hobbies: Crayon art, running, meeting locals in new places and astrology.
Pet Peeves: People who are not self-aware, don't know how to listen actively or give fake compliments. Close second: scented things covering bad smells.
3 Words to Describe You: Beguiling, intuitive and relentless.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Crayons – (preferably a 64-pack with built-in sharpener) to hold an art therapy session to calm everyone down. Plus, they smell good. 2. Camera – to document the adventure. 3. Astrology books – I want to know who I'm dealing with and what motivates people.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Love child of Sophie and Cochran. Hair of Shambo.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I love SURVIVOR. Since I was 15, I've watched. As complicated as the game is, there's something so simple, authentic and raw. I have deep respect for the timelessness and evolution of the game.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I'm a hard worker who never gives up, and I'd entertain people by pulling a Greg Buis and being a weirdo. People would think I was doing this to be funny and pass time, but I'd actually be extracting key details. After living in Salem, MA during several Halloweens, I've learned to embrace my quirkiness and work with outlandish personalities.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I'm an expert listener and a journalist at heart so I'm inherently observant and social. I look for the most genuine and self-aware person in the room so I can connect with them, and I'm on the prowl for the most fake person in the room so I know what I'm dealing with. I want to prove to myself that I have what it takes to manage personalities under pressure with $1,000,000 on the line.[1]

Age: 30
Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Previously played on: Season 32: Brains vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty, Runner Up
How have you changed since the last time you played? I'm more assertive, confident, and grounded in who I am. In my last season, I logically knew I could play and do well. This time, I believe it. I have an easier time taking stock of the cards on the table, making decisions, and rolling with the consequences.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? I bring the confidence in my physical abilities. In Kaôh Rōng, I proved I was a brain who could hang with brawn. I might not look athletic, but I am. I've been working on core strength and balance. Emotionally, I'm more grounded than I was. I can be an attractive ally or confidant to other tribe mates, especially those on the outskirts, without letting those relationships drain me.
What are you most proud of from the last time? I am beyond proud that I made it to Day 39 despite encountering some obstacles, including:
- Having a horrendous Day 2.
- Crappily executing the Pete vote. This time, I'll be folding the paper up, eating it for fiber, and taking a new parchment if I change my mind.
- My infection.
- Two closest allies being medically evacuated.
- Being forced to make fire to save myself.
I managed some tough personalities and assembled a ragtag group to vote out Scot, which felt like dismantling a bomb, making sure all the wires were where they needed to be. Overall, I may have bumped into more obstacles than a ball in a pinball machine, but I played proactively. I owned my actions and fate, and I did it in a way that was true to me.
What, if anything, do you most regret? I wish I could take back every second of every one of the five days I lived with Nick. Oh, and I regret letting Joe eat all the red meat.
How would you play differently this time? Going into Game Changers, I know I'll have a target on my back, especially since other players will have just seen my season. I can't play under the radar… people won't buy it. I plan to align with a variety of people, including power players and villains to pad myself. In Survivor 34, I will: 1. Do with certainty and apologize later. 2. Be friendly with more people and have intense relationships with less. 3. Execute with finesse.[2]

Survivor

Kaôh Rōng

Aubry began her Survivor journey on Chan Loh, the "Brains" tribe, as a fan of the game. Due to the intense Cambodian heat, she was struck by a panic attack from the elements, and contemplated quitting. However, her tribe encouraged her to stay. She did not attend Tribal Council until Day 9, after Chan Loh narrowly lost the third Immunity Challenge.

Then, she found that her former allies, Liz Markham and Peter Baggenstos, had been plotting against her and Neal Gottlieb. Debbie Wanner took advantage of the situation and leaked the information to Aubry. Aubry and Neal decided to join up with Debbie and Joe del Campo in executing a split vote plan to blindside either of the deceitful duo. At Tribal Council, Aubry made the right decision to join with her new allies. Even though Liz and Peter had cast their votes against her, Debbie, Joe, and Neal saved her by blindsiding Liz to leave Peter on the bottom of the tribe. Chan Loh won the next Immunity Challenge, and abstained from Tribal Council.

On Day 12, the tribes switched. Aubry was separated from most of her allies, and was placed on the new Gondol tribe with Joe and enemy Peter. The three Brains decided to put their past conflict aside in order to blindside Anna Khait at Gondol's first Tribal Council so as to prevent the Beauties from gaining a numbers advantage. Gondol won the next Reward Challenge, but lost the Immunity Challenge due to Peter's poor stacking strategy.

The Gondol Alliance approached Aubry for her vote by throwing Peter under the bus. Aubry contemplated flipping, but her ally Joe was adamant about sticking to tribal lines despite having been targeted by Peter and Aubry found herself as the swing vote between Julia Sokolowski and Peter. At Tribal Council, she initially wrote Julia's name down, but infamously struck it out, ultimately changing her vote to Peter. This not only created tension between her and Joe, but also between her and the Gondol Alliance, which she had just helped. Scot Pollard found her to be overly fickle, and vowed to get either of the surviving Brains out at Gondol's next possible opportunity. Fortunately for Aubry, the tribes merged into the Dara tribe the very next day. She was reunited with allies Neal and Debbie.

However, Debbie utilized strong-arm tactics in order to get the Beauties to vote with the Brains, and this alienated the entire group of Brains. The Beauties decided to gang up with the Brawns, and set their eyes on Aubry and Neal. Aubry failed to win immunity, and prepared for the worst. However, Neal was evacuated due to a knee infection. Despite being saved for the cycle, Aubry was devastated that her main ally in the game had been taken away from her and that he had departed without passing on his Hidden Immunity Idol to her.

The remaining Brains trio seemed to be facing insurmountable odds. To make matters worse, Aubry's team lost the following Reward Challenge, which served to cripple her morale even more. She recouped, however, and was thankful for the miracle which came when Cydney Gillon grew paranoid of her own alliance. Cydney decided to form a women's alliance, and the Brains were given a second chance. At Dara's first Tribal Council, Nick Maiorano was shocked by his blindside. The turn of events opened a rift between the women and the men of the tribe. Aubry was shocked when Julia showed openness to the prospect of flipping to the less likable group of men, who had burned their bridges with their antics. Aubry led a charge against her, but her plan was thwarted by Julia's immunity win. She saw that Debbie was feeding information to the double agent, and shifted the target to her, resulting in yet another blindside.

Aubry later formed a close relationship with Tai Trang, and was able to convince him to abandon his alliance by withholding his Hidden Immunity Idol, blindsiding Jason and Scot when the latter looked to Tai for protection. This allowed Aubry's alliance to take Julia and Jason out in the next two Tribal Councils.

At the final five, Aubry ostracized Michele Fitzgerald when she picked long-time ally Cydney for the reward - a trip to a spa - which Joe had won. While the three enjoyed their reward, Joe gorged excessively on the meats. This came back to haunt him when he was ailed by an issue with his urinary tract. Aubry faced déjà vu when Joe was pulled from the game, losing yet another close ally to an untimely evacuation.

Aubry won the final four Reward Challenge, and opted to take Cydney with her on the reward. Michele and Tai plotted against them while they enjoyed their meal. Aubry and Cydney decided to dispose of Michele - a major jury threat - with Tai's help. However, when Michele won immunity, they had to turn on each other. Aubry secured Tai's support, and he was able to force a tie. Aubry and Cydney competed in a fire-making tiebreaker, and a victorious Aubry emotionally eliminated Cydney. However, she was glad to find herself in the Final Three.

Michele won the final Reward Challenge, which gave her the right to deny a juror of his or her voting rights. Aubry campaigned for Scot's ouster in order to keep her two guaranteed votes - Neal and Joe - on the jury box. Ultimately, Michele decided to remove Neal, who she found to be an eloquent and avid supporter of Aubry.

Aubry entered Final Tribal Council as a major strategist of the season. However, the jurors deemed Aubry's social connections with them to be severely lacking in comparison to Michele's. Aubry earned Joe and Nick's jury votes, but lost to Michele in a 5-2-0 final vote.

Voting History

Aubry's Voting History
Episode Aubry's
Votes
Voted Against
Aubry
1 Chan Loh Tribe Immune
2 Chan Loh Tribe Immune
3 Peter;
Ineligible
Liz, Peter;
-
1
4 Chan Loh Tribe Immune
5 Anna -
6 Peter -
7 No Tribal Council
8 Nick Jason, Scot
9 Debbie -
10 Scot Jason, Scot
11 Julia -
12 Jason -
13 No Tribal Council
14 Cydney Cydney, Michele2
Jury Votes
for Aubry
Joe, Nick
Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In The Circle of Life, the vote ended with a 2-2-2 tie between Aubry, Liz, and Peter, forcing a revote. On the revote, Aubry did not receive any votes to be eliminated.
^2 In Not Going Down Without a Fight, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Aubry and Cydney, forcing a fire-making tiebreaker. Aubry won the tiebreaker and remained in the game.

Game Changers

Returning for Game Changers, Aubry was initially placed on the Mana tribe. After Mana lost the first Immunity Challenge she joined the majority in voting out Ciera Eastin at Tribal Council for her scheming. The next day, Tony Vlachos and Aubry talked about working together and recruiting Sandra Diaz-Twine, Caleb Reynolds, and Malcolm Freberg. However, Tony's paranoia caused Sandra to target him. After Mana again lost at the next Immunity Challenge, Aubry joined the majority in voting Tony out, though she did receive votes from Tony and Sandra.

The next day, a Tribe Switch occurred. Aubry along with Sandra, Malcolm, Jeff Varner, and Michaela Bradshaw were switched to the Nuku tribe where were joined by original Nuku J.T. Thomas. Aubry faced a heavy blow on Night 11 when Malcolm was blindsided. She then aligned with J.T. in a bid to target Sandra's alliance. After Nuku lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 13, Aubry and J.T. voted for Sandra's ally, Michaela, but Michaela, Sandra, and Jeff blindsided J.T., thus leaving Aubry on the outs. However, she was spared the next day when another tribe switch occurred. Both she and Michaela were switched back to Mana, but neither had to worry as Mana won the next two Immunity Challenges.

On Day 19, the tribes merged into the Maku Maku tribe. She, along with Michaela, Troyzan Robertson, and Hali Ford were the only original Mana members to make it to the merge. She joined the majority in eliminating Hali at the first post-merge Tribal Council. Aubry joined the Tavua Alliance in voting against Zeke Smith at the next Tribal Council, but Ozzy Lusth was blindsided.

On Day 26, Debbie Wanner instructed Aubry to vote against Michaela, and told Aubry that Sarah Lacina did not trust her in order to gain Aubry's trust. However, Aubry relayed this to her alliance, including Sarah. This played a pivotal role in Sarah flipping back to Aubry's alliance and blindsiding Debbie. Aubry won her first immunity challenge on Day 33. At Tribal Council, she and Andrea Boehlke voted against Brad Culpepper whom they believed was the intended target, but Andrea was blindsided. She targeted Tai Trang next, but Michaela was blindsided in a chaotic Tribal Council.

On Night 36, Tai played a Hidden Immunity Idol on himself and another on Aubry. This then caused Sarah to play her Legacy Advantage and Troyzan to play his own idol. This made everyone except for Cirie Fields immune from the vote and meant that Cirie was eliminated by default. After Brad won immunity on Day 37, Aubry was targeted by Brad and Troyzan. She tired persuading Sarah and Tai to vote out Troyzan, pointing out that Brad would be loyal to Troyzan over either of them if Brad were to again win the next Immunity Challenge. However, Sarah and Tai ultimately did not accept her offer so Aubry was unanimously voted out at Tribal Council. She placed 5th and was the 9th member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Aubry, along with Ozzy and Cirie, questioned Troyzan about his lack of leadership and decision making. She contributed to Sarah's 7-3-0 victory by voting for her to win.

Voting History

Aubry's Voting History
Episode Aubry's
Votes
Voted Against
Aubry
1 Ciera -
Tony Sandra, Tony
2 Nuku Tribe Immune
3

Sierra1

-
4 Michaela -
5 Mana Tribe Immune
6 Mana Tribe Immune
7 Hali -
Zeke Zeke
8 Debbie -
9 Zeke -
10 Sierra -
11 Brad Individual Immunity
Tai Cirie
12 Sarah2 Brad2
Troyzan Brad, Sarah,
Tai, Troyzan
Voted Off, Day 37
Voted For
Sole Survivor
Sarah

^1 In The Tables Have Turned, Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra, negating Aubry's vote against her.
^2 In No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Aubry, negating 1 vote against her. Also, Sarah used a Legacy Advantage, negating Aubry's vote against her.

Post-Survivor

  • In 2017, Aubry visited Costa Rica and shared some moments with some fans of the program in that country.[3]
  • In June 2017, Aubry started a podcast called "Odd With Aubry".[4]

Trivia

Statistics of Aubry Bracco
Longevity
Seasons competed: 2
Days lasted: 76
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins: 10
Individual wins: 5
Total wins: 15
Tribal Council
Total votes received: 17
Exile Island
Times exiled: 0
Redemption Island
Duels won: N/A
Days spent on Redemption Island: N/A
  • Aubry is the highest-ranking member of the original Chan Loh tribe.
  • Aubry is the highest-ranking female member of the original Mana tribe.
  • Every time Aubry had her name written down at Tribal Council in Kaôh Rōng, she received two votes. This includes the Final Tribal Council.
  • Aubry and Alecia Holden tied for most votes cast against them in Kaôh Rōng, with 8 each.
  • Aubry is the only "Brain" in a Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty season to reach the Final Tribal Council.
  • Aubry was the only player to vote in the majority at every Tribal Council post-merge in Kaôh Rōng.
  • Aubry is the only person who Tony Vlachos voted against at Tribal Council in his Survivor and did not eliminate. Instead, Tony himself was voted out at that Tribal Council
  • In Game Changers, Aubry and Mana tribemate Michaela Bradshaw, were the seventh and eighth castaways to share a tribe with every castaway on a season. The first six were Rob MarianoSean Rector, and Vecepia Towery, in Marquesas, Denise Stapley in Philippines, and Kelly Wiglesworth and Spencer Bledsoe in Cambodia.
  • Aubry is one of four returning players to be an active player in the finale episode of every season they have competed in, along with Spencer Bledsoe, Keith Nale, and fellow Kaôh Rōng and Game Changers castaway Tai Trang.
    • Aubry is currently the only female castaway with this distinction.
  • Aubry lost 15 lbs. during her time on Game Changers. After discovering her weight loss, Aubry noted she lost about the same amount of weight in her first season.[5]

References