Australian Survivor Season 05 Episode 17 Descriprion
The next morning, Benji, Shonee, and Fenella all agree that they need to make a move against Mat now or they will never get a chance. The three attempt to get Brian and Monika to join with their alliance to blindside Mat, but both still want to stick with the Champions. Mat sees Brian getting closer to Shonee and Fenella as he is always making them laugh with his stories and Mat concludes that Brian should be next to leave as he has never really had trust in him. Sharn reveals to Benji that the Champions are going to vote Brian out next. Benji, Shonee, and Fenella approach Brian and Monika again with the revelation that Brian will be voted out next. Benji also tells Brian and Monika that Mat asked him to spy on the two of them. After hearing this information, Brian now knows that it is time to make his move against Mat. Benji states that Mat has been running the game ever since the merge and he is ready to unseat him.
While walking out to the watering well, Sharn spots a piece of paper behind the lid. The paper is an idol clue which reveals that an idol will be hidden at the next Immunity Challenge underneath the orange table. Sharn sees this as a great opportunity to get power in the game.
Immunity challenge: In the first stage, castaways will have to dig under a log. The first six to finish move on. In the second stage, castaways will have to complete a puzzle. The first three to finish move on. In the final stage, castaways will have to use a cue to get three balls into three slots on a snooker table. The first person to get all three in wins.
Benji wins Immunity. After the Challenge, Sharn does grab the idol from under the table. Unfortunately, as she is walking back to the group, the idol falls out from her pants and everyone sees it.
Back at camp, Mat, Sharn, Shane, and Steve all agree to vote Brian out next. Mat shares this with Monika, Benji, Shonee, and Fenella to get everyone onboard with the plan. Mat believes that once Brian is gone, the remaining five Champions will be an unbreakable, loyal force that can pick off the rest of the Contenders. Benji, Shonee, Fenella, Brian, and Monika appear ready to blindside Mat at the next Tribal Council. However, the group is concerned about Sharn’s idol because she might decide to play it just to get rid of it as everyone knows she has it. Benji knows the worst case scenario would be for Sharn to play the idol on Mat. Benji decides to tell Sharn that people are considering to throw votes at her in an effort to scare Sharn into playing the idol for herself. Benji also hints at a blindside happening tonight. Sharn debates whether or not she should tell Mat about Benji’s plans and also debates whether to play the idol for herself or Mat. Sharn is frustrated that she couldn’t keep the idol a secret as it fell out of her pants.
At Tribal, Mat discusses the fact that a strong alliance exists on the tribe, but that talking too much or giving away information can make people a target. The tribe also discusses the fact that an alliance cannot last forever as only one person will win. The tribe also discusses Sharn dropping the idol in front of everyone and whether it is in Sharn’s best interest to play it as keeping it might make her more of a target. The voting takes place. After the voting, Sharn decides to play her idol. Initially, she states she wants to play the idol for Mat. However, Benji vocalizes to Sharn that the vote is split and if Sharn doesn’t play it for herself, then it’ll result in a tie. Sharn debates on what she should do and ultimately decides to play the idol on herself. Interestingly, with all the commotion, Mat decides not to play his own idol. When the votes are revealed, Mat, Sharn, Shane, and Steve vote for Brian, but Brian, Benji, Monika, Shonee, and Fenella have followed through on their plan to blindside Mat. Mat becomes the sixteenth person voted out and the third member of the Jury.
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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.