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Australian Survivor: Brains v Brawn is the sixth season of the Network Ten incarnation of the competitive reality TV show Australian Survivor.

Production

The season was originally planned to be filmed back-to-back with All-Stars in Savusavu, Fiji[2], but production was called off due to the travel restrictions imposed in Fiji due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The season was instead produced locally in the outback in Cloncurry, Queensland one year later.[3]

The number of days the game is played is shortened by two days, from 50 to 48.

Twists/Changes

  • Brains v Brawn: As the theme implies, the castaways are sorted into tribes based on their most prominent attribute of each castaway, intelligence or strength.
  • Safety Without Power: This works different to the normal Safety Without Power and can only work for the first Tribal Council, saving the user and 5 other tribe mates who will head back to camp and not cast a vote.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: A Hidden Immunity Idol for each tribe is hidden at each camp.
  • Mock Vote Tribal Council: On Day 14, under the pretense that the Brains tribe voted a member out for losing the Immunity Challenge, they unknowingly sent the person "voted out" (Cara) to the Brawn tribe instead to be its newest member.
  • Fire-Making Elimination: On Day 28, at the Immunity Challenge, the castaways were told three people had a chance to win individual immunity, and only those three would be eligible to vote someone out. At Tribal Council, instead of all three of the castaways casting votes as expected, they each competed in a firemaking challenge, with the winner casting the sole vote to eliminate.
  • Redemption Rock: On Day 28 and 30, the person voted out will not be sent home but will be sent to Redemption Rock to face each other to earn their spot back into the game.
  • Limited Voting Options: On Day 35, at the Immunity Challenge, the castaways were told the first five to complete the challenge would be safe, while the unlucky four who did not complete the challenge would be the only people eligible to receive votes at the next Tribal Council.
  • Secret Hidden Immunity Idol: A clue is hidden at camp, leading the castaway to a key; that key will allow the castaway to unlock a secret compartment at Tribal Council which contains a Hidden Immunity Idol. Once unlocked, the castaway writes the name of the person they want to use it for on the back of the idol, place it in the urn, and it will be played anonymously.
  • Save Scroll: On Day 39, a selection of four urns were added to Tribal Council, where the castaway who is voted out could return to the game if they found a Save Scroll in the correct urn, and if not they would be out for good. The twist is over once the Save Scroll has been found.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe First
Switched Tribe
Second
Switched Tribe
Merged Tribe
AUS8 phil t.png Phil Ferguson
28, Melbourne, VIC
Artist
Brains 1st Voted Out
Day 2
5
AUS8 janelle t.png Janelle Durso
43, Townsville, QLD
Cleaner
Brawn 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
7
AUS8 gavin t.png Gavin Wanganeen
48, Adelaide, SA
AFL Legend
Brawn 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
6
AUS8 benny t.png Benny Burdo
38, Los Angeles, CA
Entrepreneur
Brawn 4th Voted Out
Day 9
11
AUS8 mitch t.png Mitch Shaw
33, Brisbane, QLD
Doctor
Brains 5th Voted Out
Day 12
6
AUS8 joey t.png Joey McCann
35, Sydney, NSW
Head of Partnerships
Brains Brains 6th Voted Out
Day 16
5
AUS8 daini t.png Daini Tuiqere
26, Sydney, NSW
Personal Trainer
Brawn Brawn Brains 7th Voted Out
Day 18
3
AUS8 shannon t.png Shannon Lawson
30, Sydney, NSW
Model
Brawn Brawn Brawn 8th Voted Out
Day 19
14
AUS8 georgia t.png Georgia Ray
35, Noosaville, QLD
Forensic Psychologist
Brains Brains Brains 9th Voted Out
Day 21
7
AUS8 rachel t.png Rachel Downie
50, Buderim, QLD
Teacher/Businesswoman
Brains Brains Brains 10th Voted Out
Day 23
6
AUS8 simon t.png Simon Mee
31, Brisbane, QLD
Carpenter
Brawn Brawn Brawn 11th Voted Out
Day 25
13
AUS8 kez t.png Kez McGee
25, Busselton, WA
Bodybuilder
Brawn Brawn Brains Fire 12th Voted Out
Day 27
9
AUS8 chelsea t.png Chelsea Hackett
22, Gold Coast, QLD
MMA Fighter
Brawn Brawn Brawn Evacuated
Day 31
2
AUS8 baden t.png Baden Cooke
42, Melbourne, VIC
Ex-Pro Cyclist
Brains Brains Brawn 13th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 31
1
AUS8 gerald t.png Gerald Youles
26, Kilcoy, QLD
Champion Wood Chopper
Brawn Brawn Brains 14th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 33
5
AUS8 laura t.png Laura Wells
36, Sydney, NSW
Environmental Advocate
Brains Brains Brains 15th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 35
21
AUS8 emmett t.png Emmett Pugh
31, Perth, WA
Health Coach
Brawn Brawn Brains 16th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 37
8
AUS8 andrew t.png Andrew Ucles
33, Alice Springs, NT
Survival Expert
Brains Brains Brawn 17th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 39
5
AUS8 dani t.png Dani Beale
34, Sydney, NSW
Corrections Officer
Brawn Brawn Brawn 18th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 43
13
AUS8 wai t.png Wai Chim
38, Sydney, NSW
Author
Brains Brains Brawn 19th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 44
3
AUS8 cara t.png Cara Atchison
47, Sydney, NSW
Real Estate Agent
Brains Brawn Brains 20th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 45
18
AUS8 flick t.png Flick Palmateer
28, Margaret River, WA
Big Wave Surfer
Brawn Brawn Brawn 21st Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 47
12
AUS8 george t.png George Mladenov
31, Sydney, NSW
Public Servant
Brains Brains Brains Runner-Up 13
AUS8 hayley t.png Hayley Leake
31, Sydney, NSW
Pain Researcher
Brains Brains Brawn Sole Survivor 11

Season Summary

Episode Air Date Challenges Eliminated
(Vote)
Finish Ratings
Reward Immunity
1 July 18, 2021 Brawn Brawn Phil
(5-1)
1st Voted Out
Day 2
2 July 19, 2021 Brawn Brains Janelle
(7-4-1)
2nd Voted Out
Day 5
3 July 20, 2021 Brawn Brains Gavin
(6-0)1
3rd Voted Out
Day 7
4 July 25, 2021 Brawn Brains Benny
(5-5);
(6-2)2
4th Voted Out
Day 9
5 July 26, 2021 Brawn Brawn Mitch
(6-4-0)1
5th Voted Out
Day 12
6 July 27, 2021 Brawn Brawn No
Elimination4
[Joey]3
7 August 1, 2021 Brains Brawn Joey
(5-3-1)
6th Voted Out
Day 16
8 August 2, 2021 None Brawn Daini
(3-2-1-0)1
7th Voted Out
Day 18
9 August 3, 2021 Andrew6 Shannon
(6-2-1;
Consensus)5
8th Voted Out
Day 19
Wai6
Emmett6
Rachel6
10 August 8, 2021 Brains Brawn Georgia
(5-3)
9th Voted Out
Day 21
11 August 9, 2021 None Brawn Rachel
(3-2-2)
10th Voted Out
Day 23
12 August 10, 2021 Brains Brains Simon
(6-3-1)
11th Voted Out
Day 25
13 August 15, 2021 None7 Emmett Kez
(4-1-0)1
12th Voted Out
Day 27
14 August 16, 2021 None Emmett Baden
(1-0-0)8
Sent to Redemption Rock
Day 29
Andrew
Dani
15 August 17, 2021 None Emmett Hayley
(9-1)
Sent to Redemption Rock
Day 30
Chelsea
(No Vote)
Evacuated
Day 31
Baden
(No Vote)
13th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 31
16 August 22, 2021 Dani,
Flick,
Gerald,
Laura,
Wai
Andrew Gerald
(5-4-0)1
14th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 33
17 August 23, 2021 None Andrew9 Laura
(1-0)1
15th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 35
Hayley9
Emmett9
Flick9
George9
18 August 24, 2021 Dani
[Andrew,
Emmett,
Flick]
Hayley Emmett
(4-3-1)
16th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 37
19 August 29, 2021 Dani,
Flick,
Wai
[Cara]10
Hayley Andrew
(4-2-1)
17th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 39
20 August 30, 2021 None Dani No
Elimination11
21 August 31, 2021 Dani
[Flick,
Hayley]
Wai Dani
(2-2-2);
(3-0-0)2
18th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 43
22 September 5, 2021 None Hayley Wai
(2-1-0)1
19th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 44
23 September 6, 2021 None Flick Cara
(2-1-1)
20th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 45
24 September 12, 2021 None Hayley Flick
(1-0)
21st Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 47
Jury Vote George
(7-2)
Runner-Up
Hayley
(7-2)
Sole Survivor
Notes:

^1 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against the user.
^2 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a revote would commence.
^3 The Brawn tribe was told to invite a castaway from the Brains tribe on their reward. They chose Joey.
^4 In a surprise twist, instead of voting out players, the Brains tribe unknowingly voted for one person to be
swapped to Brawn. Cara was "voted out" and swapped to Brawn.

^5 Both Brains and Brawn attended Tribal Council on Day 19. After a person had been voted out by their
respective tribes, the four Immune players had to unanimously decide who to eliminate Laura was saved,
eliminating Shannon.

^6 Combined Reward/Immunity challenge.
^7 Each player was given the right to pick their merge feast meal upon completion of the challenge; there was no designated winner.
^8 At the Immunity Challenge, it was revealed that the three winners would also be the only contestants who would have an opportunity to vote at Tribal. At Tribal, it was revealed that only one winner would vote and that the winners would have to participate in a fire-making duel to determine who would vote.
^9 There were 5 individual immunities up for grabs. The bottom four of the challenge were the only ones able to receive a vote at Tribal Council.
^10 Being singled out due to the odd number of players, Cara was chosen to sit out of the challenge, but if she guessed the winning team correctly, she would join them at their reward. Cara guessed the winning team correctly, winning herself reward as well.
^11 On Days 39 & 41, the voted out castaway could return to the game if they found a Save Scroll in a selection of 4 urns. Flick found the save scroll, meaning she remained in the game.

Voting History

Australian Survivor: Brains v Brawn Voting History
Original Tribes First
Switched
Tribes
Second Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Voted out: AUS8 phil t.png
Phil
AUS8 janelle t.png
Janelle
AUS8 gavin t.png
Gavin
Tie AUS8 benny t.png
Benny
AUS8 mitch t.png
Mitch
AUS8 joey t.png
Joey
AUS8 daini t.png
Daini
AUS8 laura t.png
Laura
AUS8 shannon t.png
Shannon
AUS8 shannon t.png
Shannon
AUS8 georgia t.png
Georgia
AUS8 rachel t.png
Rachel
AUS8 simon t.png
Simon
AUS8 kez t.png
Kez
AUS8 baden t.png
Baden
AUS8 hayley t.png
Hayley
AUS8 chelsea t.png
Chelsea
AUS8 gerald t.png
Gerald
AUS8 laura t.png
Laura
AUS8 emmett t.png
Emmett
AUS8 andrew t.png
Andrew
AUS8 flick t.png
Flick
Tie AUS8 dani t.png
Dani
AUS8 wai t.png
Wai
AUS8 cara t.png
Cara
AUS8 flick t.png
Flick
AUS8 george t.png
George
AUS8 hayley t.png
Hayley
Vote: 5-1 7-4-1 6-02 5-53 6-2 6-4-02 5-3-1 3-2-1-02 5-2 6-2-1 Consensus4 5-3 3-2-2 6-3-16 4-1-02 1-0-0 9-1 No Vote 5-4-02 1-02 4-3-1 4-2-1 4-2-08,9 2-2-23 3-0-0 2-1-02 2-1-1 1-010 7-2
Hayley Phil Mitch Joey Shannon Dani Kez None Andrew Gerald Cara Emmett Andrew Flick Flick Dani Flick Cara Flick Jury Vote
George None1 Laura Joey Georgia Laura Georgia Rachel Simon Laura None Hayley Gerald Cara Emmett Andrew Flick Dani Dani Wai Cara None
Flick Janelle Gavin Simon Simon Chelsea Simon Laura None Hayley Dani Cara George George George Cara None George Hayley None Hayley
Cara None1 Laura Laura Laura Georgia Laura Simon Laura None Hayley Dani Laura Emmett Andrew Flick Flick None Wai George George
Wai None1 Laura Joey Shannon Shannon Simon Kez None Hayley Gerald Cara Emmett Andrew Flick Dani Dani Flick Hayley
Dani Shannon Kez Benny Benny Shannon Simon Laura Baden Hayley Emmett Cara Cara George George Cara None Hayley
Andrew Phil Mitch George Shannon Shannon Dani Kez None Hayley Gerald Cara George Flick Hayley
Emmett Shannon Kez Benny Benny Rachel Laura Shannon Georgia Rachel Laura None Hayley Dani Cara George Hayley
Laura Phil Mitch Wai Daini Cara Cara Emmett Dani None Hayley Gerald Cara George
Gerald Janelle Gavin Simon Simon Rachel Laura Georgia Rachel Laura None Hayley Dani Hayley
Baden None1 Laura Joey Flick Dani Kez None Eliminated Hayley
Chelsea Shannon Kez Benny Benny Shannon Simon Laura None Exempt7 Evacuated
Kez Janelle Gavin Simon Benny Georgia Laura Georgia Laura Laura
Simon Shannon Kez Benny None Shannon Flick
Rachel None1 Mitch Joey Daini Cara Shannon Cara Emmett
Georgia None1 Mitch George Daini Exempt5 Cara
Shannon Janelle Gavin Simon Benny Chelsea Voted Out
Daini Janelle Gavin Benny Benny Rachel
Joey Phil Mitch George
Mitch Phil George
Benny Janelle Gavin Simon None
Gavin Janelle Kez
Janelle Emmett
Phil Hayley
Notes:

^1 George played an advantage which allowed him to save himself and an additional five castaways from Tribal Council.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against the user.
^3 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a revote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those involved in the tie.
^4 Both Brains and Brawn attended Tribal Council on Day 19. After a person had been voted out by their respective tribes, the four Immune players had to unanimously decide who to eliminate. Laura was saved, eliminating Shannon.
^5 Georgia missed Tribal Council due to medical intervention by production, but was not yet deemed unable to continue in the game. As she could not attend Tribal Council, she could not vote, nor be voted out.
^6 Cara found an Advantage that allowed her to select two members of the winning tribe to vote at the losing tribe's Tribal Council. She selected herself and George.
^7 Chelsea missed Tribal Council due to medical intervention by production, but was not yet deemed unable to continue in the game. As she could not attend Tribal Council, she could not vote, nor be voted out.
^8 On Days 39 & 40, the voted out castaway could return to the game if they found a Save Scroll in a selection of 4 urns. Flick found the save scroll, meaning she remained in the game.
^9 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played; however, no votes were cast against its user.
^10 Flick and George did not vote as they could only vote for each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Hayley voted.

Trivia

  • This season marks the second time Australian Survivor filmed locally, following the first season in 2002, which was filmed in Port Lincoln, South Australia.
  • This is the first season in Australian Survivor to cast a non-binary contestant.

References


Australian Survivor Seasons
Nine Network Seven Network
2002 Celebrity
Network Ten
20162017Champions v Contenders (2018)Champions v Contenders (2019)All StarsBrains v Brawn
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