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Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders is the third season of the 'Network Ten' incarnation of the competitive reality TV show Australian Survivor.[3]

Production

Twists/Changes

  • Champions v Contenders: The contestants are divided into two tribes based on their occupations and degree of success in life:
    • The Champions tribe is made up of public figures from fields such as (but not limited to) sports and entertainment.
    • The Contenders​​​​​ tribe is made up of everyday Australian contestants.
  • Imported Castaway: Former American contestant Russell Hantz competes as a member of the Champions tribe.
  • Shorter Game: This season lasts for 50 days, 5 days shorter than the previous two seasons.
  • Meager Supplies: Tribe were not given any sort of food rations or a source of water at their campsites and were only given a pot and machete.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: A Hidden Immunity Idol for each tribe is hidden at the tribes campsite. Also, for the first time, idols are hidden at Tribal Council.
  • Exile Beach: Similar to the American version's Redemption Island, Exile Beach is introduced on Day 18 where the castaway voted out at the Tribal Council and the following one on Day 20 will have to compete to re-enter the game.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 25, a tribe switch occurred.
  • Save or Send: On Day 28, the winning tribe would eavesdrop at the losing tribe's Tribal Council, where they would get a chance to vote either send home or save the castaway voted out at that Tribal Council. If the winning tribe chose to save them, they would join that tribe instead.
  • Vote Steal: At the auction, a vote steal was put into play. This allows a castaway to steal another castaway's vote before the votes are cast. Should a tie occur, the advantage user is able to steal their victim's vote at a revote, but only if the victim is eligible to vote on the revote.
  • Moral Dilemma: On Day 33, the Koro Savu tribe had to send one member to make a decision between getting a large bag of vegetables or a smaller bag of vegetables which came with an advantage at the next Immunity Challenge for that member. Another dilemma occurred on Day 47, where the two castaways that checked Tree Mail would get to decide whether to both steal a meal or both split it with the remainder of the tribe. If one person chooses split and the other chooses steal, the stealer will take the entire meal for themselves.
  • Dead Man Walking: At the Tribal Council on Day 40, rather than voting someone out, the person who received the most votes would become a Dead Man Walking. This person cannot vote for the next two Tribal Councils, but remains eligible to win Immunity Challenges, use Hidden Immunity Idols, and be voted out. In addition, they will reside at Exile Beach until the Final 5.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
AS5 matt t Matt Dyson
35, Brisbane, QLD
Contenders 1st Voted Out
Day 2
7
AS5 russell t Russell Hantz
45, Houston, TX, USA
Imported Contestant
Champions 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
13
AS5 damien t Damien Thomlinson
36, Sydney, NSW
Champions 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
10
AS5 stevek t Steve Khouw
58, Sydney, NSW
Contenders 4th Voted Out
Day 11
11
AS5 jenna t Jenna Austin
28, Perth, WA
Contenders 5th Voted Out
Day 13
9
AS5 moana t Moana Hope
30, Melbourne, VIC
Champions 6th Voted Out
Day 16
7
AS5 anita t Anita Berkett
50, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Contenders 8th Voted Out
Day 20
2
AS5 zach t Zach Kozyrski
39, Perth, WA
Contenders 9th Voted Out
Day 22
8
AS5 paige t Paige Kerin
24, Adelaide, SA
Contenders 10th Voted Out
Day 24
11
AS5 jackie t Jackie Glazier
44, Melbourne, VIC
Champions Champions 11th Voted Out
Day 26
11
AS5 tegan t Tegan Gasior
32, Derby, WA
Contenders Champions 7th Voted Out
Day 18
12
12th Voted Out
Day 28
AS5 heath t Heath Davies
33, Brisbane, QLD
Contenders Contenders 13th Voted Out
Day 30
12
AS5 lydia t Lydia Lassila
36, Melbourne, VIC
Champions Contenders Koro Savu 14th Voted Out
Day 32
9
AS5 robbie t Robbie Skibicki
26, Adelaide, SA
Contenders Contenders 15th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 33
11
AS5 samuel t Samuel Hinton
26, Brisbane, QLD
Champions Champions 16th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 35
8
AS5 mat t Mat Rogers
42, Gold Coast, QLD
Champions Champions 17th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 37
6
AS5 benji t Benji Wilson
26, Melbourne, VIC
Contenders Contenders 18th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 39
13
AS5 stevew t Steve Willis
41, Sydney, NSW
Champions Champions 19th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 42
5
AS5 fenella t Fenella McGowan
33, Melbourne, VIC
Contenders Contenders 20th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 44
8
AS5 monika t Monika Radulovic
27, Sydney, NSW
Champions Contenders 21st Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 46
3
AS5 shonee t Shonee Fairfax
26, Tewantin, QLD
Contenders Champions 22nd Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 47
6
AS5 brian t Brian Lake
36, Caroline Springs, VIC
Champions Champions 23rd Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 49
9
AS5 sharn t Sharn Coombes
41, Melbourne, VIC
Champions Contenders Runner-Up 11
AS5 shane t Shane Gould
61, Bicheno, TAS
Champions Champions Sole Survivor 10

Season Summary

This season began with two tribes of twelve: Champions and Contenders. The physically stronger Champions dominated most challenges despite losing three Immunity Challenges pre-swap.

The tribes merged at 13 with the Contenders in a vast 4-9 minority. Despite that, the Champions immediately turned on their own by blindsiding Lydia for being too big of a physical threat. Two of her allies Robbie and Sam soon followed, before Benji managed to orchestrate the blindside of Mat by both turning Brian and Monika against him and by convincing Sharn to not play her idol on Mat at Tribal Council. Benji's scheming and lying would eventually catch up with him, however, as Brian and Monika turned on him immediately afterwards and sent him to the jury despite Shonee playing her Vote Steal.

At the final seven, two firm voting blocs were in place: the remnants of the old Champions alliance (Shane, Sharn and Steve W.) vs the two pairs of Brian & Monika and Shonee & Fenella. Brian's alliance initially had the upper hand by voting out Steve W., but poor strategic play on Brian's part combined with Sharn finding a second idol saw Fenella eliminated next. Angered by this, Shonee flipped to the old Champions alliance and blindsided Monika in retaliation. After Brian won immunity at final four, the three women were forced to turn on each other, and Shonee found herself voted out after trying to orchestrate a failed 2-1-1 to avoid a firemaking challenge. This left an all-Champions final three of Brian, Shane and Sharn, with the latter winning the Final Immunity Challenge. Despite Brian's arguments to have 'one last showdown', Sharn ultimately took her ally Shane with her to the final two.

At Final Tribal Council, Sharn argued that she played a loyal and honest game, and survived despite being a big target towards the end of the game. Shane explained her under-the-radar strategy and the use of her social connections to her advantage. Sharn's argument, however, was derailed when Brian brought up her role in the Mat blindside as a sign of disloyalty. Shane was also able to demonstrate that she made genuine connections with the Contender women. Ultimately, Shane won the title of Sole Survivor in a close 5-4 vote.

Episode Guide

Episode Air Date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Ratings
Reward Immunity
1 August 1, 2018 Champions1 Champions Matt 7-5 1st Voted Out
Day 2
716,000[4]
Contenders1
2 August 2, 2018 Champions Contenders Russell 4-4-2-2;
9-12
2nd Voted Out
Day 5
615,000[5]
3 August 6, 2018 Champions Contenders Damien 8-2-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
592,000[6]
4 August 7, 2018 Champions Champions Steve K. 6-4-1 4th Voted Out
Day 11
610,000[7]
5 August 8, 2018 Champions Champions Jenna 9-1 5th Voted Out
Day 13
620,000[8]
6 August 9, 2018 Champions Contenders Moana 7-04 6th Voted Out
Day 16
664,000[9]
[Paige]3
7 August 13, 2018 None Champions Tegan5 7-1-1 7th Voted Out
Day 18
651,000[10]
8 August 14, 2018 Champions Champions Anita5 1-04 8th Voted Out
Day 20
634,000[11]
9 August 20, 2018 None Champions Zach 7-1 9th Voted Out
Day 22
666,000[12]
10 August 21, 2018 Contenders Champions Paige 6-1 10th Voted Out
Day 24
661,000[13]
11 August 27, 2018 None Contenders Jackie 4-2-1-1 11th Voted Out
Day 26
674,000[14]
12 August 28, 2018 Contenders Contenders Tegan6 3-2-2 12th Voted Out
Day 28
667,000[15]
13 September 3, 2018 None Champions Heath 5-2 13th Voted Out
Day 30
640,000[16]
14 September 4, 2018 Survivor Auction Sharn Lydia 9-3 14th Voted Out
Day 32
668,000[17]
15 September 10, 2018 None Sharn Robbie 9-1-1 15th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 33
654,000[18]
16 September 11, 2018 Mat
[Fenella,
Sharn]
Mat Samuel 8-2 16th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 35
664,000[19]
17 September 17, 2018 None Benji Mat 5-47 17th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 37
732,000[20]
18 September 18, 2018 Brian, Monika,
Shane, Sharn
Brian Benji 4-4;
5-12
18th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 39
654,000[21]
19 September 24, 2018 None Shonee No
Elimination8
627,000[22]
20 September 25, 2018 Brian,
Shane,
Sharn
Brian Steve W. 2-2-2;
3-12
19th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 42
696,000[23]
21 October 1, 2018 None Brian Fenella 2-1-04 20th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 44
645,000[24]
22 October 2, 2018 Brian
[Monika]
Sharn Monika 3-27 21st Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 46
732,000[25]
23 October 8, 2018 None Brian Shonee 2-1-1 22nd Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 47
24 October 9, 2018 None Sharn Brian 1-0 23rd Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 49
Jury Vote Sharn 5-4 Runner-Up
Shane Sole Survivor
Reunion
Notes:

^1 This reward challenge saw an individual of each tribe battle for a reward item. The winner of each battle kept the reward for their tribe.
^2 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Australian Survivor rules, a revote would commence.
^3 As part of the reward, the Champions were told to pick a Contender to join them. They selected Paige.
^4 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played successfully, negating the votes against its user.
^5 Instead of being permanently being eliminated from the game, these two castaways would compete in a duel to determine who would
be eliminated, with the other reentering the game. Tegan won the duel, reentering the game and eliminating Anita.

^6 On Day 28, after Tegan had been vote out, but before her torch was snuffed, the Contenders were able to decide whether to save
or send Tegan. At a 5-2 vote, they decided to eliminate her.

^7 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played, but failed to negate any votes.
^8 Instead of voting someone out, the person with the most votes will become a Dead Man Walking, preventing them from voting at the
next two Tribal Councils. In a 4-3 vote, Steve W. became Dead Man Walking.

Voting History

Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 24
Eliminated: AS5 matt t
Matt
Tie AS5 russell t
Russell
AS5 damien t
Damien
AS5 stevek t
Steve K.
AS5 jenna t
Jenna
AS5 moana t
Moana
AS5 tegan t
Tegan
AS5 anita t
Anita
AS5 zach t
Zach
AS5 paige t
Paige
AS5 jackie t
Jackie
AS5 tegan t
Tegan
AS5 heath t
Heath
AS5 lydia t
Lydia
AS5 robbie t
Robbie
AS5 samuel t
Samuel
AS5 mat t
Mat
Tie AS5 benji t
Benji
Tie AS5 stevew t
Steve W.
AS5 fenella t
Fenella
AS5 monika t
Monika
AS5 shonee t
Shonee
AS5 brian t
Brian
AS5 sharn t
Sharn
AS5 shane t
Shane
Vote: 7-5 4-4-2-21 9-1 8-2-1 6-4-1 9-1 7-02 7-1-1 1-02 7-1 6-1 4-2-1-1 3-2-2 5-2 9-3 9-1-1 8-2 5-43 4-41 5-1 2-2-21 3-1-0 2-1-02 3-23 2-1-1 1-04 5-4
Shane Russell Russell Damien Moana Jackie Tegan Lydia Benji Samuel Brian Benji Benji Fenella Fenella Fenella Monika Shonee None Jury Vote
Sharn Russell Russell Damien Moana Heath Lydia Robbie Samuel Brian None4 Fenella None Fenella Monika Shonee Brian
Brian Jackie Russell Damien Moana Tegan Shonee Lydia Robbie Samuel Mat Benji Benji Steve W. Steve W. Sharn Shane Sharn None Shane
Shonee Matt Steve K. Jenna Tegan Heath Zach Paige Brian Brian Lydia Robbie Samuel Mat Sharn Sharn Sharn Steve W. Sharn Monika Shane Shane
Sharn
Monika Shane Russell Damien Moana Heath Lydia Robbie Samuel Mat Benji Benji Steve W. Steve W. Shane Shane Shane
Fenella Matt Steve K. Jenna Tegan Heath Zach Paige Robbie Lydia Robbie Benji Mat Sharn Benji Sharn None Sharn Shane
Steve W. Jackie Russell Jackie Moana Jackie Tegan Lydia Robbie Samuel Brian Benji Benji None5 Sharn
Benji Steve K. Paige Jenna Tegan Heath Zach Paige Heath Fenella Robbie Samuel Mat Sharn None Sharn
Mat Jackie Russell Shane Shane Jackie Tegan Lydia Robbie Samuel Brian Shane
Samuel Russell Russell Damien Moana Jackie Shonee Lydia Robbie Benji Sharn
Robbie Steve K. Paige Jenna Tegan Heath Zach Paige Heath Fenella Mat Sharn
Lydia Damien Russell Damien Shane Heath Fenella
Heath Matt Steve K. Jenna Anita Anita Zach Paige Robbie
Tegan Steve K. Steve K. Jenna Zach Zach Paige Brian Brian
Jackie Shane None Damien Moana Shonee
Paige Matt Shonee Jenna Tegan Heath Zach Benji
Zach Matt Paige Jenna Tegan Heath Tegan
Anita Matt Steve K. Jenna Tegan Heath Eliminated
Moana Russell Russell Damien Shane
Jenna Steve K. Steve K. Paige
Steve K. Matt Paige
Damien Jackie Jackie Jackie
Russell Damien None
Matt Steve K.
Notes:

^1 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Australian Survivor rules, a revote would commence.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played successfully, negating the votes against its user.
^3 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played, but did not negate any votes.
^4 Shonee used the vote stealing advantage, allowing her to cast a second vote by denying another player the right to vote for that Tribal Council. She chose to steal Sharn's vote. Because Sharn was unable to vote in the revote, Shonee could not steal her vote during the revote and could only vote once.
^5 At the conclusion of the Day 40 Tribal Council, Steve W. became a Dead Man Walking, preventing him from voting at the next two Tribal Councils.
^6 Brian and Shane did not vote as they could only vote for each other. By virtue of winning the Final Immunity Challenge, only Sharn voted.

Reception

Trivia

References

  1. https://twitter.com/Survivor_AU/status/1019850829719891969
  2. https://www.instagram.com/p/BlOtiMun1va/?hl=en
  3. https://twitter.com/channelten/status/928537037543636993
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