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Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders is the fourth season of the Network Ten incarnation of the competitive reality TV show Australian Survivor.

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.
  • Returning Player: Former Australian Survivor contestant Luke Toki competes as a member of the Champions tribe.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: A Hidden Immunity Idol for each tribe is hidden at the tribes' campsite.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 15, a tribe switch occurred.
  • Kidnapping: On Day 20, the winner of the Immunity Challenge would get the opportunity to vote to kidnap one member of the losing tribe.
  • Exile Beach: On Day 38 and 40 the person voted out will not be sent home but will be sent to Exile Beach to face each other to earn their spot back into the game.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Post Kidnap Merged Tribe
AS6 anastasia t Anastasia Woolmer
42, Brisbane, QLD
Memory Champion
Champions 1st Voted Out
Day 2
9
AS6 laura t Laura Choong
31, Sydney, NSW
Digital Marketing Manager
Contenders 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
8
AS6 susie t Susie Maroney
44, Cronulla, NSW
Marathon Swimmer
Champions 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
6
AS6 nova t Nova Peris
48, Darwin, NT
Former Politician/Olympian
Champions 4th Voted Out
Day 10
6
AS6 steven t Steven Bradbury
45, Camden, NSW
Olympic Gold Medalist
Champions 5th Voted Out
Day 12
10
AS6 et t ET Ettingshausen
53, Sutherland, NSW
NRL Legend
Champions 6th Voted Out
Day 14
5
AS6 sam t Sam Schoers
30, Perth, WA
VIP Gaming Manager
Contenders Champions 7th Voted Out
Day 16
5
AS6 sarah t Sarah Ayles
45, Adelaide, SA
Cleaner
Contenders Champions 8th Voted Out
Day 18
6
AS6 hannah t Hannah Pentreath
27, Bendigo, VIC
Police Officer
Contenders Champions Champions 9th Voted Out
Day 22
6
AS6 casey t Casey Hawkins
31, Adelaide, SA
Educator
Contenders Contenders Contenders 10th Voted Out
Day 24
4
AS6 matt t Matt Farrelly
29, Sydney, NSW
Highschool Teacher/Pro Wrestler
Contenders Contenders Contenders 11th Voted Out
Day 26
6
AS6 ross t Ross Clarke-Jones
53, Bells Beach, VIC
Big Wave Surfer
Champions Contenders Contenders Evacuated
Day 28
0
AS6 andy t Andy Meldrum
47, Noosa, QLD
Marketing Executive
Contenders Champions Champions Soli Bula 12th Voted Out
Day 30
13
AS6 shaun t Shaun Hampson
31, Moonee Ponds, VIC
Retired AFL Player
Contenders Contenders Champions 13th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 32
11
AS6 david t David Genat
39, New York City, NY
International Model
Champions Champions Champions 14th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 34
13
AS6 john t John Eastoe
28, Kalgoorlie, WA
Gold Miner
Contenders Champions Champions 15th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 36
8
AS6 daisy t Daisy Richardson
24, Brisbane, QLD
Travel Agent
Contenders Champions Champions 16th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 38
10
AS6 simon t Simon Black
39, Brisbane, QLD
AFL Superstar
Champions Contenders Contenders 17th Voted Out
Day 40
13
18th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 42
AS6 janine t Janine Allis
53, Melbourne, VIC
CEO Powerhouse
Champions Contenders Contenders 19th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 44
9
AS6 abbey t Abbey Holmes
28, Melbourne, VIC
AFL Premiership Winner
Champions Contenders Contenders 20th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 46
12
AS6 luke t Luke Toki
33, Perth, WA
Australian Survivor (2017)
Champions Champions Champions 21st Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 48
7
AS6 harry t Harry Hills
30, Perth, WA
Ice Cream Maker
Contenders Contenders Contenders 22nd Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 49
15
AS6 baden t Baden Gilbert
23, Adelaide, SA
Student
Contenders Champions Champions Runner-Up 9
AS6 pia t Pia Miranda
45, Melbourne, VIC
Leading Actor
Champions Contenders Contenders Sole Survivor 8

Season Summary

This season began with two tribes of twelve: Champions and Contenders. Unlike the previous Champions vs. Contenders themed season, the Champions tribe started off the game losing five of the first six Immunity Challenges. After the Tribe Switch, and despite David and returning player Luke finding themselves in the minority on their new tribe, they managed to find cracks in the Contender majority causing their members to turn on each other. On the new Contenders tribe, Harry caused the Champions majority some trouble by playing consecutive Hidden Immunity Idols. A major rivalry broke out between David and Shaun after Shaun discovered that the Hidden Immunity Idol David gave to him as part of a tribe idol exchange was a fake, with the rivalry coming to a head after the new Champions tribe chose to kidnap Shaun on Day 20. Just before the merge, Ross was medically evacuated from the game after he broke his ankle during an Immunity Challenge.

The tribes merged at 12 with the numbers even between the original Champions and Contenders at 6-6. Despite the original Contenders wanting to stay tribe strong, a combination of them being too fractured to come together and the original Champions being stronger strategically resulted in their numbers shrinking even more, despite David being blindsided in the meantime. Eventually, the Champions alliance started showing signs of cracks, with Abbey and Luke sending Simon to Exile Beach before blindsiding Janine, leaving her closest ally Pia in the minority. Despite this, Pia managed to convince Luke to blindside Abbey instead, and he executed this via an advantage where he sent Baden back to camp without voting and caused mass confusion at Tribal Council. Luke, however, was voted out next after losing immunity due to his threat level being too high to ignore. After a hard-fought Final Immunity Challenge, Baden won and chose to take Pia to the Final Two with him over Harry.

At Final Tribal Council, Baden argued that despite playing a quiet game, he put himself as a flow of information between the various alliances and used that role to his advantage. Pia explained her strategy of quietly steering the direction of the votes without being seen as the leader, and playing a social-based game. After a strong pitch, the jury unanimously voted for Pia to win the title of Sole Survivor.

Episode Air Date Challenges Eliminated
(vote)
Finish Ratings
Reward Immunity
1 July 24, 2019 Champions Contenders Anastasia
(9-3)
1st Voted Out
Day 2
807,000[1]
2 July 25, 2019 Champions Champions Laura
(8-4)
2nd Voted Out
Day 5
712,000[2]
3 July 28, 2019 Contenders Contenders Susie
(6-5)
3rd Voted Out
Day 7
562,000[3]
4 July 29, 2019 Champions Contenders Nova
(6-2-2)
4th Voted Out
Day 10
655,000[4]
[John]1
5 July 30, 2019 Champions Contenders Steven
(8-1)
5th Voted Out
Day 12
641,000[5]
6 August 4, 2019 Champions Contenders ET
(5-3)
6th Voted Out
Day 14
630,000[6]
[Baden,
Shaun]
1
7 August 5, 2019 None Contenders Sam
(5-2-2)
7th Voted Out
Day 16
713,000[7]
8 August 6, 2019 Contenders Contenders Sarah
(6-2)
8th Voted Out
Day 18
723,000[8]
9 August 11, 2019 Champions Champions No
Elimination2
693,000[9]
10 August 12, 2019 None Contenders Hannah
(2-2-1-0;
4-2)3,4,5
9th Voted Out
Day 22
711,000[10]
11 August 13, 2019 Champions Champions Casey
(4-0)3
10th Voted Out
Day 24
739,000[11]
12 August 18, 2019 Champions Champions Matt
(2-2-0;
4-1)3,4,5
11th Voted Out
Day 26
650,000[12]
[Harry]1
13 August 19, 2019 None Champions Ross
(No vote)
Evacuated
Day 28
14 August 20, 2019 Daisy Shaun Andy
(11-0)3
12th Voted Out
Day 30
15 August 25, 2019 Abbey
[David,
John]
David Shaun
(7-2-2)
13th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 32
16 August 26, 2019 None Luke David
(8-2)
14th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 34
17 August 27, 2019 Abbey,
Janine
[Harry,
Simon]
Simon John
(4-4-1;
4-3)4,5
15th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 36
18 September 1, 2019 Janine,
Simon
[Daisy,
Pia]
Janine Daisy
(6-2)6
16th Voted Out
Day 38
19 September 2, 2019 None Pia Simon
(4-2-1)6
17th Voted Out
Day 40
20 September 3, 2019 None Luke Simon
(6-1)
18th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 42
21 September 9, 2019 None Luke Janine
(4-2)
19th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 44
22 September 10, 2019 None Luke Abbey
(2-1-1)
20th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 46
23 September 16, 2019 None Harry Luke
(3-1)
21st Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 48
24 September 17, 2019 None Baden Harry
(1-0)
22nd Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 49
Jury Vote Baden
(9-0)
Runner-Up
Pia
(9-0)
Sole Survivor
Notes:

^1 As part of the reward, the winning tribe were told to pick a member(s) of the losing tribe to join them.
^2 After winning the Immunity Challenge, the Champions were allowed to eavesdrop on the Contenders' Tribal
Council. Instead of the Contenders voting someone out, the Champions vote to decide which member of the
Contenders they wanted to kidnap. Shaun received the most votes, and became a member of the Champions.

^3 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against the user.
^4 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played, however, no votes were cast against its user.
^5 A tie occurred. Per Australian Survivor rules, a second vote 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.

^6 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.

Voting History

Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders (2019) Voting History
Original Tribes Switched Tribes Post-Kidnap Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Eliminated: AS6 anastasia t
Anastasia
AS6 laura t
Laura
AS6 susie t
Susie
AS6 nova t
Nova
AS6 steven t
Steven
AS6 et t
ET
AS6 sam t
Sam
AS6 sarah t
Sarah
Tie AS6 hannah t
Hannah
AS6 casey t
Casey
Tie AS6 matt t
Matt
AS6 ross t
Ross
AS6 andy t
Andy
AS6 shaun t
Shaun
AS6 david t
David
Tie AS6 john t
John
AS6 daisy t
Daisy
AS6 simon t
Simon
AS6 simon t
Simon
AS6 janine t
Janine
AS6 abbey t
Abbey
AS6 luke t
Luke
AS6 harry t
Harry
AS6 baden t
Baden
AS6 pia t
Pia
Vote: 9-3 8-4 6-5 6-2-2 8-1 5-3 5-2-2 6-2 2-2-1-01,2,3 4-2 4-01 2-2-01,2,3 4-1 No Vote4 11-01 7-2-2 8-2 4-4-12,3 4-3 6-2 4-2-1 6-1 4-2 2-1-15 3-1 1-06 9-0
Pia Anastasia Susie Nova Steven Simon Casey Harry None Andy Shaun David John John Harry Baden Simon Baden Abbey Luke None Jury Vote
Baden Laura Sam Sarah Hannah Hannah Andy Daisy David Abbey Abbey Daisy Simon Simon Janine None Luke Harry
Harry Baden Casey Pia Pia Andy Luke David Abbey Abbey Daisy Simon Simon Janine Pia Luke None Pia
Luke Pia Susie Nova Steven ET Sam Sarah Shaun Shaun Andy Shaun Harry Harry John Daisy Simon Simon Janine Abbey Baden Pia
Abbey Anastasia Susie Nova Steven ET Casey Harry Matt Andy Shaun David John None Daisy Simon Simon Janine Harry Pia
Janine Pia Susie Nova Steven ET Casey Matt Matt Andy Shaun David John John Daisy Baden Simon Baden Pia
Simon Anastasia Janine Steven Steven ET Harry Matt Matt Andy Daisy David John John Daisy Abbey Harry Pia
Daisy Baden Sam Sarah David Hannah Andy Shaun David Abbey Abbey Harry Eliminated Pia
John Laura Sam Sarah Hannah Hannah Andy Shaun David Abbey None Pia
David Anastasia Susie Nova Steven Simon Sam Sarah Shaun Shaun Andy Shaun Harry Pia
Shaun Laura David None Andy Luke Pia
Andy Baden Luke Sarah Daisy Hannah Daisy
Ross Anastasia Susie Nova Steven ET Harry Harry Matt Evacuated
Matt Laura Harry Pia None
Casey Laura Harry
Hannah Laura Luke Andy David None
Sarah Laura David Andy
Sam Laura David
ET Anastasia Janine Steven Steven Simon
Steven Anastasia Janine Abbey Pia
Nova Anastasia Janine Abbey
Susie Anastasia Janine
Laura Baden
Anastasia Pia
Notes:

^1 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against the user.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played, however, no votes were cast against its user.
^3 A tie occurred. Per Australian Survivor rules, a second vote 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 Ross was medically evacuated from the game. No vote occurred for his removal.
^5 Luke used a Send Away power on Baden, forcing the latter to return to camp without voting.
^6 Harry and Pia could not vote as they could only vote for were each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, Only Baden voted.

Reception

Trivia

  • The winner and runner-up of this season both received the second-highest number of votes in their respective first Tribal Councils.
  • This is the first season in the Australian series to have a unanimous winner.

References

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