Michelle Dougan
Survivor 2017 Bio Michelle
Contestant Profile
Hometown: Sydney, New South Wales
Occupation: Nanny
Survivor Career
Version: Australia
Australian Survivor (2017)
Tribe(s): Asaga
► Samatau
Finish: 4/24
Challenge Wins: 13
Votes Against: 13
Days Lasted: 52
Michelle Dougan is a contestant from Australian Survivor (2017).

Known for her strong arguing skills and logical points at Tribal Council, 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.

Michelle was in actual danger for the first time after the second tribe-swap, where she became the outsider of the Samatau tribe but was able to survive after an outstanding Tribal Council performance caused the majority of the tribe to eliminate Ben Morgan instead. 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.


Retrieved from

Name (Age): Michelle Dougan (33)[1]
Tribe Designation: Asaga<font style="background-color:#00a19c; border-color:#00a19c; color:white; border-radius:3px; padding:2px;">Asaga</font>
Current Residence: New South Wales
Occupation: Nanny

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.

Australian Survivor

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 Off, 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 Jericho and Michelle, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their vote on the revote, forcing a firemaking tiebreaker. Michelle was eliminated at the tiebreaker.


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  • Michelle is the oldest member of Asatoa.
  • Michelle is the first castaway in Australian Survivor to fall victim to the Car Curse.
  • Michelle is the first castaway in Australian Survivor to lose a fire making tiebreaker challenge.
  • Michelle and Jericho Malabonga are the first pair of contestants in Australian Survivor to have a deadlocked tie, and participate in a fire making challenge.