Australian Survivor Season 05 Episode 03 Descriprion
After Tribal Council, Moana and Sharn celebrate their role in blindsiding Russell and calling his bluff at Tribal. Moana reveals that she’s playing Survivor to win and provide for her sister that she cares for and this move has definitely helped her game in a positive way. Meanwhile, Jackie is concerned with being voted out next as she did receive four votes at Tribal Council. Jackie believes the men want her out next, so she’s hoping to convince the tribe to vote out Damian next because of his physical limitations and because if Damian got to the end, he would win the game with his backstory. Damian hopes that he can continue to prove to his tribe that, despite not having his legs, he can perform well and will always give it his all in the challenges.
Reward challenge: In one-on-one face-offs, castaways will attempt to kick a penalty shot into a goal. One person will be the striker, the other the goalie. If the striker gets the ball into the net, they earn a point. Once the ball is saved or the striker earns a point, they’ll switch positions. If a castaway can’t get a goal, neither tribe will earn a point. First tribe to score seven points wins a fishing kit and a fish meal to go along with it. (Champions Win)
At Contenders, Heath finds a Hidden Immunity Idol clue hidden in a bottle in the watering well. He reads it and it reveals that the idol is hidden at the next Tribal Council in the voting urn lid. Heath knows the Contenders will have to lose Immunity in order for him to get it. However, while walking down the path, Robbie spots the bottle inside Heath’s pants so Heath is forced to reveal he found a clue but he does not reveal the idol’s location at Tribal.
At Champions, while the tribe is enjoying their fish reward, Moana is not able to fully partake in the meal as she is a vegetarian. While the tribe is eating, an idol clue falls out from under the tablecloth. Several people step over it without seeing it, but Moana is able to spot the clue and grabs it unseen. It is the same clue Heath received so Moana knows the Champions will have to lose in order for her to get the idol.
Immunity challenge: Seven members of each tribe will push a giant chariot on the top. From the top of the chariot, two more members will attempt to fish several baskets of puzzle pieces. Once they have all they baskets, they will hand them over to the final two tribe members, who will use the pieces to solve a puzzle. The first tribe to finish their puzzle wins. (Contenders Win)
The Immunity Challenge is a blowout for the Champions as Shane and Damian struggled with fishing the baskets and Jackie failed horribly at the puzzle. At camp, Jackie is in tears over the loss and apologizes to the entire tribe for not performing well. Jackie pleads with them all to consider her collective effort before they vote her out. She later reveals that she planned the speech and the tears, hoping to garner sympathy. Jackie continues her campaign to get Damian out. However, Moana is concerned that Jackie is playing a strong game and speaks with Mat and Steve about voting out Jackie. Steve refuses to vote out Damian because they both served in the armed forces and Steve is upset that some people on the tribe seem to overlook the fact that Damian lost his legs while serving his country. The rest of the tribe struggles with the decision because they’re concerned about what future challenges Damian might not do well in versus Jackie playing a very active strategic game and causing trouble in the tribe.
At Tribal Council, the tribe discusses how to keep itself stronger in the challenges moving forward and both Jackie and Damian reveal that they are vulnerable for the vote tonight. While the tribe is voting, Moana is able to grab the idol from underneath the voting urn lid. When the votes are read, Mat voted for Shane, Steve and Damian voted for Jackie, but the remainder of the tribe voted based on strength in the challenges and voted out Damian. Damian becomes the third person 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.