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Shannon Elkins
S21 Shannon Elkins
Contestant Profile
Birth Date December 4, 1979 (1979-12-04) (age 35)
Hometown Lafayette, Louisiana
Occupation Pest Control company owner


Tribe(s) La Flor
Placement 19/20
Challenge(s) Won 1
Vote(s) Against 7
Day(s) Lasted 6

Shannon Elkins is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.

He is known for his controversial comments towards Sash Lenahan at his tribe's first Tribal Council, causing the latter's alliance, and some of his own, to turn on him.


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Name: Shannon Elkins (30)
Tribe: La Flor
Current Residence: Lafayette, La.
Occupation: Pest Control Co. Owner
Personal Claim to Fame: Raising three children.
Inspiration in Life: My family.
Hobbies: Working out, playing basketball and coaching.
Pet Peeves: Dumb people.
3 Words to Describe You: Smart, sexy and strong.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Straight forward like Russell but much prettier.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: To put another notch in my belt.
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: I'm very likeable and very athletic so it will be hard to get rid of me.

Survivor: Nicaragua

Due to being 30 years of age, Shannon was placed on the younger La Flor tribe at the beginning of the season. Upon reaching La Flor's camp, Shannon immediately approached Chase Rice for an alliance, telling him that they should not let a woman win (stipulated that two women had won the two preceding seasons Samoa and Heroes vs. Villains). After losing the second Immunity Challenge, Shannon rallied an alliance of six, targeting NaOnka Mixon because of her weakness in challenges and combative demeanor. However, Alina Wilson and Kelly Bruno told Shannon that Brenda Lowe was more of a threat because of her budding friendship with Chase.

At La Flor's first Tribal Council, Shannon berated Chase for not wanting to vote out Brenda. The rest of the tribe then began to question Shannon's trustworthiness. Confused and angered by the conversation, Shannon verbally attacked Sash Lenahan, asking the latter about his sexuality. In an attempt to calm Shannon down, Fabio Birza told him that he was causing too much conflict in the tribe, but Alina defended Shannon, stating that he never lied to anyone, but that Chase had. Despite Alina and Shannon's arguments, the majority of the tribe deemed that Shannon was creating too much tension, and he became the first person voted out of La Flor in a 7-3 vote.

Voting History

Shannon's Voting History
Episode Shannon's
Voted Against
1 La Flor Tribe Immune
2 Brenda Benry, Brenda, Chase, Kelly B.,
Kelly S., NaOnka, Sash
Voted Off, Day 6


  • The tension-filled Tribal Council stirred controversy because of Shannon's seemingly derogatory remarks about the LGBT community. In an interview, Shannon declared that he is neither a homophobe nor a sexist.  He then apologized to Sash Lenahan for what happened and it was not he intended to say. He somewhat blamed the editing of the episode, for he claimed that the viewers did not see the whole Tribal Council proceedings and he did not intend to hurt anyone, although he later commented that he was only trying to "protect his butthole". Additionally, he made a Youtube video with former Survivor: Fiji contestant Boo Bernis. This video was turned private and currently inaccessible. However, at the reunion, he claimed that he meant what he said.[1]


  • Elkins is the third Survivor contestant from Lafayette, Louisiana following Boo Bernis and James Clement.
  • Shannon is the oldest contestant on the La Flor tribe.


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