Australian Survivor Season 05 Episode 18 Descriprion
After Tribal, Benji celebrates his orchestrated blindside against Mat and states that he is now the New Godfather of the tribe. Steve, Sharn, and Shane are feeling completely blindsided and angry that Mat was voted out and that Monika and Brian turned on them. In an act of revenge, Shane puts the fire out that night. Sharn is feeling incredibly vulnerable and upset that Benji got in her head and feels like she is the next person out. Sharn does attempt to approach Brian to see if he will come back to the Champions, but Brian notes that they voted for him and it is hard for him to trust the Champions now.
Reward challenge: Divided into two teams of four, the castaways will pull a handle to release a ball into the water. They will then need to jump into the water from a high platform to get their ball. Once they have their ball, they will then attempt to shoot it into a basket. The first person to get their ball into their team’s basket earns a point. The first team to three points wins.
Shane and Benji are the team captains and choose their teams. The team of Brian, Monika, Shane, and Sharn wins Reward. Shane reveals that she picked the people she did to try and organize a blindside against Benji. Sharn and Shane try to convince Brian and Monika that it would be best to take Benji out of the game because he’s been a major strategist. Sharn and Shane also argue that Brian and Monika would be on the outs of their new alliance as Benji will likely take Shonee and Fenella to the end. While on the Reward, Brian jokingly looks around for an idol, but he ends up finding a clue stating that an idol is hidden under the stairs at the reward site. Brian is able to grab the idol for himself.
At camp, Benji does have concerns that the Champions might reunite to get rid of him at the next Tribal. Shonee does reveal to Benji that she has the Steal a Vote advantage and hopes to use it at the next Tribal to make sure the numbers truly stay on their side.
Immunity challenge: Castaways will have to bounce a ball on a disc while standing on a box. After an hour, castaways will have to use one hand. If at any time they drop their ball, step off the box, or their ball stops bouncing, they are out of the challenge. The last person left bouncing their ball wins. (Brian Wins)
Back at camp, Benji is set on taking out Sharn as he knows she burnt her trust at the last Tribal. Benji, Shonee, and Fenella tell Brian and Monika that the plan is to get rid of Sharn. Sharn, Steve, and Shane make a plan to blindside Benji and try to get Brian and Monika to reunite as the Champions. In order to convince Brian and Monika not to flip back, Benji tells Monika that Shonee has the Steal a Vote, but that she can steal multiple votes and Benji also tells Brian that Sharn has been throwing his name to vote out. However, with Brian having Immunity, Brian knows that this could not be happening. Brian and Monika are truly in the middle about the vote and both sides are particularly concerned about where Brian’s loyalties will end up tonight.
At Tribal, the tribe talks about the fallout from the last Tribal when Mat was blindsided. Sharn discusses how upset she feels that Benji manipulated her at the last Tribal and that she is vulnerable tonight. Steve and Shane express their sadness at Mat leaving. However, Brian notes that had they not blindsided Mat, then he would have been voted out. Brian and Monika both discuss how they felt on the bottom of their alliance and Sharn remarks that the Champions alliance is dead. Before the voting takes place, Shonee reveals her Steal a Vote advantage and steals Sharn’s vote. When the votes are read, it is revealed that Brian and Monika have rejoined the Champions and vote for Benji. The vote ends in a 4-4 tie between Benji and Sharn. On the revote, Benji is blindsided.
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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.