Australian Survivor Season 05 Episode 02 Descriprion
At Contenders, Steve knows that he dodged a bullet last night and tries to work on building relationships with his tribe members to stay in the game. Steve attempts to align with the rest of the men while Tegan and Heath bond over the fact that they are both parents who are missing their kids.
At Champions, Jackie reveals in private that she has told the tribe she’s a speed Rubik’s Cube player, but she’s actually the best female poker player in Australia. Meanwhile, the rest of the Champions are concerned that Russell is starting to cause friction in camp and people believe he is playing the game just like he does in the US and they want him voted out. In an attempt to take the target off of himself, Russell gathers the tribe together and shows them that he has the Hidden Immunity Idol so he guarantees he will not be going at the first Tribal Council.
Reward challenge: One member from each tribe faces off on a platform surrounded by water, where they will attempt to knock the other off using padded bags. The first tribe to score 7 points wins comfort items. (Champions Win)
At Contenders, the tribe is struggling after losing two challenges in a row, but they all get together and vow to beat the Champions at the next challenge.
At Champions, Russell believes that showing everyone the idol actually makes people want to work with him now. Russell attempts to create alliances with Jackie, Mat, and Damian. Russell promises Jackie and Mat on his wedding ring that he is with them and even states that he’ll give them his wedding ring as a sign of trust. However, Russell reveals in private that he isn’t actually married and brought multiple fake wedding rings with him for the game. Later that night, Russell talks with Damian about their long term game. Moana overhears their talk and is determined to make a move against Russell as he is the most dangerous player in the game.
Immunity challenge: Tribe will race out into the water to retrieve four hanging buoys. They will climb to the top of a floating tower. Once they are up there, they will need to dive back into the water to retrieve four more buoys that are underwater. Once they have all eight buoys, they will attempt to get all eight into a basket from the top of their tribe’s tower. The first tribe to get all eight buoys in their basket wins. (Contenders Win)
Back at camp, Champions begin to discuss the vote. Jackie suggests to some people that the vote be split between Russell and either Shane or Damian to flush Russell’s idol or get rid of a weak player. Many don’t agree with Jackie’s suggestion and Jackie feels she might have painted a target on herself by mentioning this plan. Russell’s plan is to create so much chaos regarding the vote that there will be no majority vote against him. Russell approaches the men with a plan to vote out Jackie, then talks with others about voting out Damian, and even later discusses voting out Shane. Russell’s goal is to try and split the vote so much that he doesn’t have to play his idol tonight. Later, Moana, Lydia, Monika, Shane and Sharn gather to discuss Russell’s antics during the day, noting that he’s trying to stir the pot like always. The women discuss voting for Russell despite him having the idol.
At Tribal Council, Russell openly wears his idol, stating he knew he was a huge target coming into the game and he is trying to survive another night. Russell states that the gameplay was slow and he was forced to play hard just to survive. Others criticize Russell for his actions while Damian, Jackie, and Shane also express concern over being voted out based on discussions today. Russell informs everyone that he is going to play his idol and will not be going home tonight. When the voting takes place, Russell gambles and decides not to play his idol. When the votes are read, there is a 4-4 tie between Russell and Jackie. The rest of the tribe votes again. While Damian stays loyal to Russell and votes Jackie, the remainder of the tribe votes for Russell, eliminating him from the game.
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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.