Australian Survivor Season 06 Episode 05 Descriprion
At Contenders, Shaun and Daisy have made a tight alliance. During a trip to the well, Shaun discovers an idol with Daisy that turns out to be the idol with special rules that Janine found last episode. Shaun knows he has to give it to a Champion in order for it to have any power. Shaun is hoping that he can use this idol to establish tight relationships on the other tribe for the merge.
At Champions, Steven is surprised to still be in the game and is trying to work on his social game to get back in the good graces of the tribe. However, David states that Steven has no clue how to play the game and he’ll surely be out next. David is liking his position in the game with his alliances, his knowledge of Luke and Janine’s idol, but he wants an idol of his own. Janine does finally tell David about her idol in order to gain his trust. David believes he might be able to use this knowledge to his advantage.
Reward challenge: Three members from each tribe must race through the water to get control of the ball. They will then pass the ball onto a fourth member on a platform, who will kick it in. The first tribe to kick five goals wins fish and chips. (Champions win)
At the reward challenge, David and Shaun reveal their knowledge of the special idols and agree to swap them at the next immunity challenge. When David asks Janine if he can have the idol, Janine states that she wants to keep it for the merge. However, David wants to get a hold of Shaun’s idol so he creates a fake idol to discreetly swap with Shaun’s real one.
Immunity challenge: Five members of each tribe will be locked in a series of cages throughout an obstacle course. Two more members of the tribe will run the course, freeing their tribemates along the way. Once everyone is free, all members of the tribe will go under a net and collect a set of sandbags. The final two members will use a set of blocks to create the Australian Survivor logo. Once that is finished, they will use the sandbags to knock down the blocks. The first tribe to knock down all of their blocks wins immunity. (Contenders win)
During the immunity challenge, David and Shaun swap idols but Shaun is not aware he got a fake one while David does get the real idol. Back at camp, the majority alliance decides to split their votes between E.T. and Steven in case Steven has an idol. In order to prevent a possible blindside, David tells E.T. and Simon to vote Steven out tonight in order to save themselves. The tribe feels David was a little too arrogant and bossy with his pitch and his alliance wonders if the power is going to David’s head. E.T. and Simon don’t appreciate the way David spoke to them and believe that the majority alliance is splitting the vote. Steven, E.T., and Simon attempt to convince Ross to join back with them to blindside Pia in order to keep the tribe strong and upset the majority alliance. Pia observes Simon talking to Ross and tells her alliance that they should just all vote for Steven instead of splitting the vote. The alliance is concerned whether Ross will stay loyal to them or will flip back.
At Tribal Council, there is whispering among the majority alliance about whether to split the vote or just vote Steven and whether they can trust Ross. At once point, Ross actually states that he deserves to go home for his poor performance. However, the tribe observes that the vote is not about challenge performance, but about numbers and alliances. Steven states that he is still vulnerable and David states that Steven put himself in that position with the way he played the game. Pia also admits that she is in danger and worries about the vote going awry because of various plans. However, when the votes are cast, the tribe unanimously votes for Steven. Steven becomes the fifth person voted out of Australian Survivor.
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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.