Australian Survivor Season 05 Episode 04 Descriprion
At Contenders, Steve believes that he is starting to form the right relationships with people in the game and is more confident about his position. Steve has aligned himself with Zach, Robbie, and Benji, seeing them as strong players that will take him far into the game. Steve and Zach intend on voting out one of the younger women next to keep the tribe strong. Zach is also feeling good about his position as he feels he has the numbers on his side.
At Champions, the tribe is trying to pick itself up after two losses in a row. Mat realizes that Damian getting voted out shows him that he needs to start playing more aggressively. Moana has formed tight bonds with both Sharn and Mat and reaffirms her alliance with the two of them. In order to solidify her alliance with Mat, Moana reveals to him that she found the Hidden Immunity Idol and actually gives it to him to hold for her as a sign of trust.
Reward challenge: One member from each tribe will attempt to hold onto a pole, while two members of the opposing tribe try to drag them to the finish line, earning a point. The first tribe to 3 points wins. (Champions Win)
During the Reward Challenge, Jenna’s bad ankle gets pulled on during the competition and she screams in pain. The medics decide that she cannot compete in future challenges until they run some more tests on her. The tribe is concerned about Jenna because they like her and believe she is an asset to the tribe, but they are concerned about her ankle. Jenna vows that she is not going to give up.
Later at the Contenders, the tribe notices a division forming between the men and the women of the tribe. Anita, Shonee, and Fenella are concerned that Zach, Robbie, Benji, and Steve think they’re running the show and want to eliminate the three of them because they are weakest. Shonee is particularly tired of Zach, finding him arrogant.
Immunity challenge: Tribe will have to chop down a rope to release a large ball. They will then maneuver the ball under a cargo net and hoist it up a steep wall. They will then use another rope to hoist the ball up and use it to break four targets. The first tribe to break all of their targets wins. (Champions Win)
Back at Contenders, Anita, Shonee, and Fenella plot to vote Steve out of the tribe finding that he is too close to the men and they find him to be a bit of a loose cannon and too much of a strategic threat. Anita believes that if Steve is voted out, then Zach, Benji, and Robbie will feel less comfortable with their positions in the tribe. The three hope to recruit Tegan, Heath, and Jenna to join their side of the vote for the majority. Meanwhile, Zach, Benji, Robbie, Paige, Tegan, Heath, and Jenna talk at the well and agree to vote out Shonee. Paige has pledged her loyalty to the men, finding that they can take her farther into the game. However, Zach, Benji, and Robbie later reveal to the others that the plan is really to vote out Paige because they find her to be the weakest on the tribe and they feel she is playing both sides. Tegan, Heath, and Jenna realize that they are the swing votes and the three have concerns about both Steve and Paige in the game.
At Tribal Council, the tribe discusses the importance of trust, the relationships they have made in the game, and whether there is a true gender divide in the tribe. When the votes are cast, it is revealed that Tegan, Heath, and Jenna joined with Anita, Shonee, and Fenella to vote Steve out of 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.