Australian Survivor Season 07 Episode 10 Descriprion
On Vakama, Shonee and Harry decided to align with Locky, Brooke, A.K., and Flick, leaving Mat at the bottom on the tribe. Mat, refusing to go down without a fight, approached Locky and Harry to discuss the fact that once he was eliminated, the alliance would have to cut one of their own and to think about their positions.
On Mokuta, Phoebe knew she was still on the bottom after the double Tribal Council. She tried to rebuild trust with David, who lost trust in her once she revealed their voting plans to Nick. David trusted Moana more and believed he established a good rapport with Zach.
Reward Challenge: One member from each tribe pulled themselves along a rope attached to two buoys. They then had five minutes to swim against the current from one buoy to another to get the tribe flag at the end without touching or interfering with their opponent. The first tribe to three points won a trip to the Survivor cake shop.
During one of the rounds, Locky got disqualified for grabbing onto Lee, ultimately leading to another win by Mokuta. The tribe discovered that the reward was “one at a time”, realizing there would likely be an idol, clue, or advantage hidden at the site. The tribe allowed Tarzan to eat first and then drew straws to determine the order. While several people searched for any form of advantage, Phoebe discovered a clue which said the idol was hidden back at their camp in a termite mound.
Immunity Challenge: The tribes unpacked poles used to build a staircase. They raced up the staircase, over a tower, and then pushed a giant wooden cube to a series of posts to collect keys. One of the keys unlocked a chest of puzzle pieces, which two tribe members used to build a puzzle. The first tribe to complete the puzzle won immunity.
Mokuta won their fifth straight tribal challenge. Back at Vakama, the majority alliance was set on getting rid of Mat. In order to further establish trust and to further infiltrate the Vakama alliance, Harry offered a plan to the majority alliance where they would split the votes between Mat and himself. Harry was aware that this is a huge risk because, if Mat found an idol, he’d be voted out, but he was willing to take the risk to further advance himself in the game and make big moves later. In an attempt to save himself, Mat argued for the tribe to vote Shonee out as the physically weakest and strongest social player in the game. Mat also began to plant doubts in tribe members’ heads about where they would stand if he was voted out of the tribe and only the six remaining alliance members were left. Flick indeed worried about her position on Vakama and debated whether it was the right time to make a big move. The rest of the tribe saw Flick talking to Mat and became concerned about whether Flick was paranoid with her position in the tribe. Brooke recalled that Flick blindsided her in their previous season so she was cautious about where Flick stood with the tribe.
At Tribal Council, the tribe discussed their frequent challenge losses. Mat proposed to the tribe that keeping him would benefit the tribe physically in challenges and he pledged his loyalty to Vakama if they kept him for the merge. Many tribe members discussed the pros and cons that Mat brought to the game and the tribe. Ultimately, the tribe stuck with their plan of splitting the vote, and Mat, who did not find a new idol, 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.