Australian Survivor Season 06 Episode 12 Descriprion
At Contenders, Harry and Matt acknowledge that if their tribe loses again one of them will be voted out. Harry has begun looking for an idol again while Ross tries to follow him. Harry is able to give him the slip and finds a clue by the watering well stating that the idol is above the shelter. Before the tribe leaves for the reward challenge, Harry is able to lean the tribe’s flag up against the shelter and grabs the idol as the tribe leaves.
At Champions, David and Luke still find themselves in a precarious position. David tells Luke he has found the idol, but David also wants to plan ahead for the future as the idol won’t protect him for long. David attempts to make amends with Shaun, trying to convince him that the physical threats need to stay together after the merge or they will be picked off. Shaun cannot trust David, but believes that David has made some good points that make him think about the future.
Reward challenge: On one-on-one match-ups, castaways will be blindfolded and attempt to collect a ring at the end of a narrow beam on top of a tower. Once they have a ring, they will dive in the water and remove their blindfold and attempt to land the ring on a peg. The first person to get their ring on the peg earns a point for their tribe. The first tribe to 3 points wins a trip to a Survivor pub.
The Champions win the reward and are allowed to select one person from Contenders to join them. The Champions choose Harry with the hopes that he will give them information. Harry absolutely spills everything to the Champions tribe about what has been going on at Contenders and informs his former Contenders that the Champions are sticking together. While this is good news for Luke and David, tribe members Daisy, Shaun, and Andy consider throwing the next immunity challenge to vote out Luke or David to keep the Champions and Contenders numbers even.
Immunity challenge: One at a time, five castaways from each tribe will slide down a water slide and attempt to grab one of four number tiles. Once all four tiles are collected and all five members are down the slide, they will use the number tiles to unlock a combination lock, releasing a sledgehammer. Once they have the sledgehammer, they will use it to smash three wooden targets, releasing three sets of bags containing puzzle pieces. The final two tribe members will use the puzzle pieces to complete a puzzle. The first tribe to complete their puzzle wins.
During the challenge, it appears Andy might be throwing it as he does poorly on the puzzle. However, Baden is not in on the plan to throw the challenge and ends up winning it for the Champions.
Back at Contenders, Matt expresses frustration over his position in the game and the tribe’s consistent losses. The Champions decide to throw their votes towards Harry because they believe he doesn’t have an idol. However, Harry and Matt are not giving up and both decide to approach Simon and Ross to see if they will join them in a men’s alliance. Harry and Matt point out to Simon that he was on the bottom of the Champions before the switch and try to convince both Ross and Simon that Janine, Pia, and Abbey are in control and would vote them out if Harry and Matt weren’t there. Ross does tell Harry that he would be interested to shake things up, but Harry can’t tell if Ross is being serious. Harry decides to put on some tears to convince Ross to keep him in the game and Ross does seem to genuinely want to help Harry. While Janine sees Harry and Ross working hard on the men, she remains confident in her position.
At Tribal, the tribe discusses the tension between Harry and Janine. Harry actually states that he wants to play against tough players and he has a lot of respect for Janine. Harry and Matt discuss their helpless positions in the game which Janine and Abbey pretty much confirm. Harry and Matt make one last pitch to Simon and Ross to flip and vote out Pia with them to break up Janine’s strong alliance. When the votes are cast, Harry plays his idol, which negates three votes cast against him. Janine also decides to play her idol, but she receives no votes. Harry and Matt do vote for Pia, however, it is revealed the Champions did decide to split the vote between Harry and Matt. The vote ends up in a 2-2 tie between Pia and Matt. On the revote, the Champions remain solid and cast their votes for Matt. Matt becomes the eleventh 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.