Australian Survivor Season 05 Episode 20 Descriprion
Back at camp, Steve is disappointed that he is the Dead Man Walking and criticizes Brian’s ego and lack of work ethic around camp. Sharn is upset that Monika lied to her and has once again put her in the minority position. Monika does talk with Sharn, Steve, and Shane and admits that the vote was hard and she doesn’t know if she made the right decision. Sharn believes that there might still be hope in getting Monika back with the Champions for the next vote.
The next morning, Steve discovers that because he is Dead Man Walking, he is not allowed to compete for Reward and has to go to Exile Beach until the next Immunity Challenge. Before the Challenge, Sharn does speak with Monika and proposes that she rejoin with the Champions as Brian cannot be trusted. Sharn is concerned because she believes Monika is easily manipulated, but she hopes to be able to bring her back to the Champions.
Reward challenge: Divided into two teams of three, two members will have to memorize two symbols and then paddle out one at a time to a pontoon containing a cypher, requiring them to count the number of times their patterns appear on it. They will then paddle back to shore and use their cypher to release a set of three balls. The final member will have to get all three balls into a gutter, where the first to get all three in the gutter win.
The team of Brian, Shane, and Sharn wins Reward. While on the Reward, Sharn and Shane try to convince him to think about his own game and rejoin with the Champions. The two try and convince Brian that Shonee and Fenella will turn on him the first chance they get. However, Brian believes that he is in a good position with Shonee and Fenella and doesn’t want to get rid of them. Brian flat out tells Sharn and Shane that if Steve wins Immunity, one of them will be voted out next.
Immunity challenge: Castaways will have to transport a ball on a pole through a series of obstacles. After each obstacle, they will add a section of the pole. If they drop the ball, they will have to redo the section. Once they complete the obstacle course, they will need to roll their ball down a gutter in an attempt to get it into a bucket. The first person to get their ball in the bucket wins. (Brian Wins)
Back at camp, Brian intends to get rid of Steve once and for all as he almost won today’s challenge and Brian wants to be the last man standing for the benefit of his own game. Brian, Monika, Shonee, and Fenella propose to split the vote between Steve and Sharn in case one has an idol and then vote for Steve on the revote if he doesn’t have one. Brian believes that he has the numbers to take him to the end of the game. Shane, Steve, and Sharn attempt to talk to Monika again to see if she will rejoin with their group. Steve and Shane also attempt to convince Brian to come back to the Champions because if he goes to the end with the women, then they will easily vote him out whereas Steve notes if he sticks around, he’ll still be a physical shield for Brian. Both alliances realize that they are again putting their trust in Monika to be on their side.
At Tribal Council, Steve talks about his predicament in the game now that he is Dead Man Walking. Steve argues that he is not a physical threat as he’s never won an Immunity Challenge. The Tribal gets a bit personal as Shane calls out the other alliance for not doing any work around camp and that Sharn, Steve, and Shane have carried the other four. Brian argues that they carried players like Shane and Monika through the Challenges. Monika doesn’t appreciate Brian calling her out like that as she felt she’s never had to be carried. The contestants also discuss the pending end of the game as they figure out how to get to the end of the game and how they can win. Once the votes are cast, the vote ends in a 2-2-2 tie between Steve, Sharn, and Fenella. On the revote, the alliance of Brian, Monika, Fenella, and Shonee vote out Steve.
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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.