Australian Survivor Season 05 Episode 12 Descriprion
On Contenders, Benji and Robbie feel like they are in a good position in the game. Sharn is still concerned about being on the bottom of the tribe so she approaches Benji to create an alliance together. Both players believe they have good connections in the game and if they support each other they think they can go a long way.
On Champions, Mat, Sam, and Steve are relieved to have gotten rid of Jackie, but they are concerned about how Brian is feeling since they left him out of the loop. Mat has had concerns about whether he can trust Brian, but Mat wants to keep him around so that there are more Champions in the merge. Brian is feeling vulnerable after the vote last night and tries to keep himself in the game by acting as the comedic relief. Brian wears Jackie’s clothes to brighten up the mood of the tribe. In order to prevent being blindsided, Mat proposes to Shane that she acts as a double agent for their alliance. Mat notes that people think Shane is easy to manipulate, but Mat finds Shane to be smart and could be a good source of information. Shane is willing to be a double agent and believes that this is actually going to help her game a lot.
Reward challenge: On one-on-one match-ups, castaways will hold onto a rope at a steep angle over the water. The last person left standing scores a point for their tribe. First tribe to score three points wins a Sunday roast with pork, chicken, veggies, and wine. (Contenders Win)
During the Reward, the Contenders are impressed with Lydia’s athletic background and her intelligence. Lydia believes that she has actually found her place in the new Contenders tribe. Later that night, Benji decides that it would be a good time for him to go get the idol from the other island. Benji crosses the ocean to the other island and is able to find the idol hidden in the ledge over the ocean.
Immunity challenge: Two members of each tribe will have to transport a set of eight tires across a set of monkey bars. Next four castaways will put the tires on a cart. The final member of the tribe will then use it to transport the tribe, two at a time, across an obstacle course. Once across the course, they will disassemble the cart and use the eight tires to solve a puzzle so they can raise a flag. The first tribe to raise their flag wins. (Contenders Win)
After the Immunity Challenge, Jonathan hands a note to the Contenders and tells them that they will be attending the Champions’ Tribal Council this evening.
Back at camp, there is an initial consensus by the Champions, again, to split the vote between Shonee and Tegan. Sam even tells Tegan and Shonee that this is the plan so they will not feel blindsided. However, Brian is still feeling concerned about his position after the last vote and speaks with Tegan about aligning with her to get rid of Mat and Steve. Brian also proposes to Shane that they consider working with Shonee and Tegan. However, Tegan doesn’t trust Brian and informs Mat that Brian has approached her and Shonee to get rid of him tonight. Shonee and Tegan also approach Shane to convince her to join forces with them and get rid of Brian because he’s proven himself to be untrustworthy. Shane realizes that she is again a swing vote tonight. Shane also decides to tell Mat and Steve about Brian approaching her to vote out one of them tonight. This causes Mat and Steve to consider blindsiding Brian tonight because they haven’t been able to fully trust him and this proves he is working against them.
At Tribal Council, the Champions express to Jonathan and the Contenders that their goal is to stay Champions Strong and that Tegan or Shonee will be leaving tonight. Tegan and Shonee discuss Brian approaching them to work against the Champions and attempt to convince Brian that maybe he should do something tonight because he’s on the bottom of the Champions. Brian states that he was concerned after the last Tribal because he got votes against him and he was attempting to keep his options open. However, Brian insists that he is staying strong with the Champions. Sam states that they didn’t share this information with Brian because the goal was to get rid of Jackie and they didn’t want her to hear this information. Tegan argues that if you’re not getting information, then you’re on the bottom and she doesn’t believe Brian’s position will improve if he does nothing tonight. After the votes are read, while Shonee and Tegan voted for Brian, the remaining Champions stuck together and split the vote. Tegan received three of these votes, which is enough to eliminate her.
However, before Tegan can leave, Jonathan reveals there is a twist. The Contenders open their note and find out that they’ve been given the power tonight to either Save Tegan or Send Tegan home for good. The Contenders will vote one at a time to either Save Tegan or Send Tegan home. Tegan pleads with her former contenders, Benji, Robbie, Heath, and Fenella, to save her because the Champions have made it clear they are sticking together and they need as many Contenders as possible to stay. While Heath and Fenella immediately agree, Benji and Robbie are on the fence. While the voting takes place, there are discussions among the Contenders on what they should do. When the votes are revealed, Heath and Fenella chose to save Tegan, but Benji and Robbie have decided that they cannot trust Tegan given that they previously voted her out. Robbie and Benji join the Champion Women in sending Tegan home. As a result, Tegan becomes the eleventh person voted off Australian Survivor.
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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.