Australian Survivor Season 03 Episode 26 Descriprion
Lee, El and Kristie immediately left camp in the morning to participate in the Traditional “Rites of Passage”; they walked past the torches of the twenty-one castaways who had left the game and honoured them before heading to their Final Immunity Challenge.
The final three arrived at the site of the final challenge, a cliff top above the ocean. Jonathan surprised them with a visit from their loved ones (Kristie with her father, Lee with his sister and El with her sister), who would watch and give moral support to the castaways during the final challenge. Upon reuniting with her father, Kristie recalled watching the first season finale of American version of Survivor and an identical final challenge to the challenge she was about to partake in herself. She remembered telling her father that she wanted to be on and win Survivor.
Final Immunity Challenge: The final three castaways must balance themselves barefoot on pedestals while holding onto an idol with one hand. Any castaway who moves either foot off the post, lets go of the idol or touched the idol with their free hand will be eliminated from the challenge. The last castaway left standing wins the final immunity of the season and would have the sole vote at the night’s Tribal Council.
El dropped after six hours, having to be carried away from the pole by Jonathan, with her wrist paralysed. After nearly six and a half hours, Krisite made an emotional plea to Lee begging him to let her win the challenge and promising that she would take him if she were to win. In the end, Lee slipped and Kristie, in tears and also unable to walk, was awarded the final immunity.
At Tribal Council, the members of the Jury were all visibly shocked to see Kristie with the Immunity Necklace. Lee and El were both given the opportunity to campaign for Kristie to take them to the Final Two; El claimed that she had always tried to be genuine and support Kristie through the game and that she was less likely to get votes from the jury, while Lee said that he would be happy with whatever decision Kristie made. With her sole vote, Kristie kept her promise to Lee, voting El off to become the ninth and final member of the jury.
Lee and Kristie awoke on Day 55 and celebrated with the traditional finalist breakfast. Kristie and Lee then thought about how they might approach their Final Tribal Council; Kristie intended to use the fact that she was constantly underestimated to her advantage, while Lee said he would try to say that he played as clean and honest a game as possible whilst also having a very good record in challenges. The two then left for their Final Tribal Council.
In their opening statements to the jury, Lee and Kristie both reiterated what they believed were the strongest aspects of their gameplay: Lee said that he played for his sons and tried as hard as he could to play as honourably and loyally as possible, while Kristie delivered a very strong statement about how she was constantly underestimated and it was through her determination that she managed to fight through twenty Tribal Councils and two whole tribes (post-swap Vavau and Fia Fia) to get to the Final Two. The jury then asked questions to the Final Two; El was first, asking Lee what selfless acts he will perform if he wins, to which he answered that he will look after his mother and father, further his philanthropic work, and finance his sons’ education. El then asked Kristie how she played the game, considering that she never appeared to approach anyone with any sort of strategy, and why she should vote for her. Kristie responded saying that she was unable to conduct any strong moves in the game, especially once she had entered Fia Fia, because she was alone whilst everyone else had very strong alliances.
Flick was next, and asked Kristie why she refused to make big moves in the game, such as turn on Lee and El, even though it was in her best interests to do so. Kristie responded that those that made big moves ended up being voted out straight away afterwards, and her only making subtle moves was her strategy to remain in the game, especially considering the difficult position she was in upon the merge. Brooke then asked Lee if there was a romantic relationship between him and El or if the apparent attraction between them was just him leading her on to assist his strategy; Lee responded that he did not lead El on, and while they were very close it never got to the point of romantic attraction. Brooke next asked Kristie if all her strategic moves were controlled by Lee, to which she said that at no point did anyone have any control of her moves but she deliberately made it seem that they did to make people feel that they were secure. Jennah-Louise was next, and instantly remarked on Kristie’s strong performance in the Final Tribal Council so far, before asking Lee why he chastised her for desiring the prize money and making her seem greedy when she intended to use the money to help her continue her humanitarian work. Lee apologised to Jennah-Louise, saying that it was a mistake he made in an emotional environment. Kylie came next, and gave a speech about her respect for the game and also the title of Sole Survivor, before asking both Kristie and Lee to own their game and justify her desire to see either of them granted the win.
Next up was Sam, who confessed that Lee had a reputation of taking advantage of people who were vulnerable, and asked him how he might’ve taken advantage of Kristie. Lee said that he was just trying to make sure that she was okay given that she struggled early on in the game at Aganoa and it was through that where they began to talk strategy. Nick was next; he stated to Kristie that he was amazed at the boldness of her answers at the Final Tribal Council given that her statements at previous Tribal Councils had been “as incoherent as her gameplay”, and explained to Lee that his tendency to take the moral highground and put so much value on morality given that he constantly was chastised those who were trying to play the game to save themselves and would end up backstabbing others occasionally for his own benefit. Lee responded by saying that he set himself up for failure, but he tried as hard as he could so that he could make his sons proud. Sue then came up and asked Kristie to explain her constant flip-flopping and erratic gameplay, to which Kristie said that it was necessary for her to stay in the game, especially on occasions, such as Sue’s own elimination, where she was close to being voted out; she then also said that she was able to go to twenty Tribal Councils and predict the outcome of every single one. Last was Matt, who said that on occasions he saw two Kristies; one that was caring and supportive, and another that was manic; and asked her which Kristie he would possibly be voting for to win. Kristie responded by saying that the game caused severe emotional stress for her, including her having a mental breakdown very early into the game, to the point where she had incredible levels of anxiety. She explained this as the reason for the disconnect, but stated that she was able to continue in the game and fight through this despite all the adversity, and that was a great part of her growth throughout the game.
The nine jury members then all voted for their winner, and just before the final vote count, Jonathan brought in the families of the two finalists to witness the vote count. In the end, Lee received one vote (from El), while Kristie received the remaining eight to win the $A500,000 and the title of Sole Survivor.
In the episode’s conclusion, the jury’s votes for Kristie were shown, along with their voting booth confessionals giving their comments: Matt stated he wasn’t sure how Kristie managed to persevere, but thought it was “inspiring” and “incredible”; Flick stated that Kristie deserved to be the Sole Survivor; Sue commented “well deserved, good on you…but you’re still a naughty little girl”; Brooke confessed that while she had never expected Kristie to even make it to end, let alone get her vote, Kristie won her over with her Final Tribal Council performance; Jennah-Louise commended Kristie for beating the odds, getting to the end, and living her dream; Sam simply held up his vote for Kristie and plainly stated “this game definitely has a sick sense of humor”; Kylie proclaimed that she believed that Kristie “owned” her game; Finally, Nick was uncharacteristically silent as he cast his vote for Kristie, but after placing it in the urn he whispered to himself “Wow…I can’t believe I just did that,” and walked away from the podium.
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Australian Survivor Show Descriprion
Australian Survivor is an Australian reality game show based on the international Survivor format. Following the premise of other versions of the Survivor format, the show features a group of contestants, referred to as “castaways” as they are marooned in an isolated location. The castaways must provide food, water, fire, and shelter for themselves. The contestants compete in various challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. The contestants are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted off the island by their fellow castaways. The final castaway remaining is awarded the title of “Sole Survivor” and the grand prize of A$500,000.
The series first aired in 2002 on the Nine Network, who as of 2020, also hold the first-run Australian broadcast rights to the flagship American edition of Survivor. In 2006, a celebrity edition aired on the Seven Network. Both iterations of the series only lasted one season due to low ratings.
In November 2015, the Network Ten announced at its network upfronts that it would be reviving the series in 2016. The series commenced airing on 21 August 2016. Unlike its predecessors, the series was renewed by Network Ten for another season for 2017, and has continued to be successful since. An All-Star edition featuring former contestants aired in early 2020. A second 2020 edition set to feature new civilian players was expected for later in 2020, but production on that season was postponed due to issued travel restrictions as well as safety concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This season is now set to be produced in mid-2021, in an Outback location near the town of Cloncurry, Queensland and is set to air in late 2021.
Australian Survivor Show Format
The show follows the same general format as the other editions of Survivor. To begin, the players are split into two or three tribes, are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meagre supplies for a period of several weeks. Frequent physical and mental challenges are used to pit the tribes against each other for rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for immunity, forcing the other tribe to attend Tribal Council, where they must vote one of their tribemates out of the game by secret ballot.
About halfway through the game, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and challenges are on an individual basis; winning immunity prevents that player from being voted out. Most players that are voted out during this stage become members of the Tribal Council Jury. When only two players remain, the Final Tribal Council is held. The finalists pleads their case to the Jury as to why they should win the game. The jurors then have the opportunity to interrogate the finalists before casting their vote for which finalist should be awarded the title of Sole Survivor and win the grand prize of A$500,000 (or a A$100,000 charity prize in the celebrity season).
Like other editions of the show, the Australian edition has introduced numerous modifications, or twists, on the core rules to prevent players from over-relying on strategies that succeeded in prior seasons or other editions of the show. These changes have included tribe switches, players being exiled from their tribe for a short period of time, hidden immunity idols that players can use to save themselves or another player at Tribal Council from being voted off, voting powers which can be used to influence the result at Tribal Council and players being given a chance to return following their elimination.
Survivor in Australia
The first Australian version of the Survivor format was filmed in late 2001, and aired in 2002 on the Nine Network. The program was a contractual obligation if the network were to be allowed to continue to broadcast American Survivor. The program was criticised for poor casting and lower production value than the popular American edition and it was not renewed due to low ratings. The Nine Network still hold the first-run rights to American Survivor and have continued to broadcast the American edition of the program ever since. Since 2013, recent seasons air on Nine’s secondary channel; 9Go! and streamed on 9Now within hours of the original American airing.
In 2006, the Seven Network found a loophole in the contract between the Nine Network and Castaway Television, which allowed them to produce a celebrity version of the series, due to a celebrity format being viewed as different from the original format. The Seven Network did not renew the series.
In November 2015, Network Ten revealed at its upfront event that it would air a new season featuring regular contestants to air in the last quarter of 2016. This new season gives Australian Survivor the distinction of being one of the few Australian programs to have aired across all three major commercial television networks in Australia. Australian Survivor has continued to air yearly, concluding its most recent season in March 2020.
Following Network Ten’s acquisition by CBS (the United States broadcaster of the format) in 2017, starting in December 2018, CBS made the complete American Survivor series available on their paid Australian streaming platform, Paramount+ (known as 10 All Access until 2021). The broadcasts include the previously unaired to Australia Survivor US: Marquesas, which Nine did not air due to its commitment in airing their 2002 version of Australian Survivor. A select few seasons are also uploaded to 10’s free streaming site, 10 Play. Each US season is uploaded some time after the season has aired on Nine Network, when the rights to that season revert to CBS under their agreement. Additionally, as of September 2020, both seasons of Survivor NZ and the Philippines & Island of Secrets editions of Survivor South Africa were also uploaded on 10 Play. In 2021, 10 Play offered week-to-week streaming via 10 play of the Immunity Island edition of the South African series as it aired in South Africa.