Australian Survivor Season 07 Episode 05 Descriprion
On Mokuta, Lee and John bonded over their shared sense of humor. Nick was concerned that Henry was still in the game because the previous night’s vote showed Henry that he was truly on the bottom. Nick continued his campaign against Henry by reminding people that Henry has made significant moves so early in the game and cannot be trusted. Henry was aware he was on the bottom, but he hoped to continue proving his strength in challenges so the athletes on the tribe would keep him safe and vote Shonee out next as the next perceived weakest competitor.
On Vakama, Locky and Brooke’s relationship was growing. The tribe was still divided in terms of alliances. Mat has been openly wearing the idol around his neck to make Locky paranoid and remind the majority alliance that he still had power in the game.
Reward Challenge: Members from each tribe faced off one at a time and aimed to knock down their opponent’s hand-held idol to the ground. The first tribe to four points won ice-cream cones with toppings.
Mokuta won reward. After the challenge, Locky and Phoebe decided to use the reward advantage, but the tribe realized the reward could have been given to anyone on Vakama based on the way Jonathan asked who was going on the reward. While on the reward, Phoebe and Locky tried to get information on Mokuta’s strategy and dynamics, but nobody gave them anything. While enjoying the reward, Shonee discovered a rolled up piece of paper hidden inside of a log and found a clue to an idol hidden under the tribe’s well. Shonee was able to dig up the idol and revealed to Nick that she found it. The two were very happy because it could keep Shonee safe and they could hopefully use it to blindside Henry.
Immunity Challenge: Each tribe had to roll logs into slots on a ramp to form a staircase and retrieve a mallet. Three tribe members then used the mallet to hammer in nails to release a wooden box from a tunnel. The tribe then raced through the tunnel and across a mud-pit. Once each member is through, the tribe used a catapult to launch five balls into a basket. The first tribe to land five balls in the basket won immunity.
Vakama won the challenge. Back at camp, Nick continued his campaign to vote out Henry and tried to split the votes between Henry and Zach so Shonee could keep her idol. However, John, Lee, Lydia, and Abbey were concerned about keeping the tribe strong and weren’t entirely convinced. The tribe debated between voting out Shonee or Henry. Lydia warned Henry that the vote was up in the air and he should play an idol if he had one. Henry created a fake idol and decided he would plant it at Tribal Council and grab it before the vote, and he hoped it would scare people into not voting him out.
At Tribal Council, the tribe discussed their past votes and whether they were becoming a stronger, more cohesive tribe with their decisions. Shonee and Henry both expressed their vulnerabilities to the tribe. Henry did grab the fake idol, but Nick accused Henry of planting it and doubted it was real. After the votes were cast, Shonee did play her real idol and negated five votes. However, the remainder of the tribe decided Henry was too big of a threat to keep in the game any longer and Henry was voted out.
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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.