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David Genat is the Sole Survivor of Australian Survivor: All Stars. He previously competed on Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders (2019).

A key player in 2019, David successfully dismantled Steven Bradbury's Sporty Seven alliance and took control over the original Champions tribe, even infamously managing to gain a Hidden Immunity Idol by exchanging a fake one with Shaun Hampson's real idol. Despite a severe numbers disadvantage following the tribe switch, David and ally Luke Toki turned the former Contenders against each other. Entering the merge, however, David was seen as increasingly overconfident, prompting his alliance to dispose of him in tenth place, where he left with an idol in his possession.

David still made some flashy moves in All Stars but also focused more on building stronger relationships. Though motivated by revenge at times, David's relentless approach to the game allowed him to form a strong alliance of seven that would form the majority for much of the game following the tribe switch. David became the first Australian Survivor player to possess two idols at once, which along with some timely immunity wins allowed him to make a late game push to reach Final Tribal Council. Upon doing so, his gameplay was viewed as superior to that of Sharn Coombes and he became the Sole Survivor by a 8-1 vote.


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International Model, 39

One of the world's top male models, David has been a long-term Survivor fan but it was his friend and Season 2 player, Sarah Tilleke, who helped convince him to give it a go.

Going in with strategies in place, David is planning to play hard saying; "I want four strong players to line up with a goat each and then take them to the slaughter. BYO goat."

He's even willing to get up to some tricks saying; "I might try to make a fake Idol, pretend I'm not a fan of the show if I think it will get me further."

Starting his career in modelling following a $50 bet back in 2002, David saw an ad for a modelling TV series and decided to apply and ended up winning.

Since then he's appeared in magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair, photographed by the world's most famous photographers and has also been the face of Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Mont Blanc.

Living in New York, David has three kids and a fourth in the form of his motorbike. A mad fan who once rode across the whole USA, he loves adventure and also studies jiu jitsu and muay Thai boxing.[1]

39, Supermodel — Season 4

The devious but much-loved Golden God returns for what he refers to as, "Revenge. Pure and simple." Perth bred and New York based Supermodel, David is back on the beach and ready to take his game play to a new level even without his best mate Luke by his side. "I would love to see Luke on that first day, but he's already done it twice. I'm going to need a new spy network to keep an eye out for me this time around," he said.

He admits he was not happy walking out of Tribal Council last season with an Idol in his pocket so is going to be more wary this time around, especially when playing with All Stars. But in classic David style, he can't help but joke about how he played last time saying; "I was the main hero of the season. I played honestly and with valour."

Although not looking forward to eating more rice and living with no shelter, he is looking forward to what winning the game might mean to his family. "Winning would be amazing, it would help my family enormously. I'd put it toward my kid's educations and hopefully a holiday so I can get back to Australia more often." David is the father of three and lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Pearl and daughter Rei.

Australian Survivor

Champions v Contenders

Beginning the season on the Champions tribe, David was excluded from the Sporty Seven alliance, but forged a strong duo with Luke Toki. Together along with remaining outsiders Pia Miranda and Janine Allis, they identified Abbey Holmes and Ross Clarke-Jones as the players they needed to flip to their side. While Luke appealed to Ross's mischievous, fun-loving nature, David used his modeling background to flirt and bond with Abbey. Along with Abbey's perception that Susie Maroney performed worse in challenges than Janine, both Abbey and Ross flipped to David's side and a new majority alliance to be established, causing the remnants of the Sport Seven to be picked off.

Upon learning that his allies Luke and Janine had found Hidden Immunity Idols, David wanted one for his own, even going as far as to ask Janine for her idol note to make a fake Champions idol which he planned to swap with Shaun Hampson in exchange for a real one. As David grew increasingly power hungry, several of his own alliance members considered targeting him. However, no plans came to fruition before the Tribe Switch on Day 15.

David and Luke remained on the Champions following the swap, but were in a 7-2 minority against the original Contenders. David quickly approached Sam Schoers about an alliance, but when she declined, he decided to target her. An opportunity arose when Andy Meldrum revealed to the Contenders majority that Shaun had an idol, which upset Daisy Richardson, Shaun's closest ally. As a result, Daisy and several other Cotenders joined forces with David to blindside Sam, who was aligned with Andy. When the Champions had an opportunity to steal a player from the Contenders on Day 20, the tribe near unanimously voted for Shaun. Shaun's presence in the Champions tribe shifted Daisy's loyalty back to him, leaving David and Luke on the outs once more. Furthermore, the original Champions women alerted Shaun that the idol David gave him was fake. Shaun and David targeted each other at the next Tribal Council, with both David and Luke playing their idols, and thanks to Shaun's contingency plan, Hannah Pentreath went home instead on the revote.

At the Day 23 Reward Challenge, David let the former Champions on the Contenders know that he would be voted out next and that he used up his idol, so they threw the next challenge to keep him safe. Following that successful challenge throw, the Champions won the remainder of the challenges prior to the merge. During that time, David found another idol while on reward, and there were a number of disingenuous attempts between David and Shaun to mend fences as they both remained firmly set on targeting each other at the next opportunity.

On Day 29, the Contenders and Champions merged into Soli Bula with 6 players each. Shaun won immunity, so David focused on targeting Andy. This proved to be successful as neither tribe trusted Andy due to his various antics earlier in the game. This crucially gave David the numbers to finally take out Shaun the following vote. Unbeknownst to David and Luke, however, Pia, Abbey, and Janine had plotted to blindside David for weeks due to how much power he had in the game, and now with a firm Champions majority, they felt the timing was right as David was not expecting to be targeted with Shaun out of the game. Luke won immunity, so David tried to rally the numbers to split the votes between Daisy and Harry Hills, but instead the rest of the tribe (aside from Luke) blindsided David with an idol in his pocket by an 8-2 vote on Day 34, making him the second juror.

At Final Tribal Council, David initially called out both Pia and Baden for being "goats", but Pia managed to convince David that she played an impressive game. Pia also explained her role in David's blindside, which helped David realize that Pia was worthy of his jury vote.

Voting History

David's Voting History
Episode David's
Voted Against
1 Anastasia -
2 Champions Tribe Immune
3 Susie -
4 Nova -
5 Steven -
6 Simon -
7 Sam Sam, Sarah
8 Sarah -
9 Champions Tribe Immune
10 Shaun;
Daisy, Hannah, Shaun;
11 Champions Tribe Immune
12 Champions Tribe Immune
13 Champions Tribe Immune
14 Andy -
15 Shaun Individual Immunity
16 Harry Abbey, Baden, Daisy, Harry,
Janine, John, Pia, Simon
Voted Out, Day 34
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Episode 10", David used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 3 votes against him. Also, the vote ended with a 2-2-0 tie between Hannah and Shaun, forcing a revote. David did not change his vote on the revote.

All Stars

David was labeled the leader of the majority Vakama alliance which consisted of AK Knight, Brooke Jowett, Locky Gilbert, Phoebe Timmins, Daisy Richardson, and Flick Egginton. However, David was not content with that. After a successful first vote where he blindsided former winner Jericho Malabonga, David and Mat made an agreement to protect each other and pick off their allies. David gave Mat an opportunity to vote out Daisy, as David aimed to vote out every player who voted him out in the previous season. Additionally, upon discovering Brooke found a Hidden Immunity Idol, David wanted to flush her idol in the same move as Daisy's blindside on Day 7. The plan worked as David feigned surprise, seemingly allowing him to escape blame.

David lost all of his allies barring Phoebe after the Tribe Switch, although David and Phoebe were not on the same page as to who to target. David felt Nick Iadanza was a strategic threat while Phoebe wanted to work with Nick and instead wished to target Moana Hope. This led to a 4-3-2 vote on Day 18, and although Phoebe was voted out, she stayed in the game by winning a firemaking challenge. However, David would then distrust Phoebe, and instead opted to work with Moana and her allies as they shared the same enemies. Still believe she was aligned with David, Phoebe shared her idol clue with him. David immediately knew which termite mound the clue referred to and found a second idol along with the one he initially found on Mokuta. With two idols and protection from the majority alliance, David started to feel in control. He exercised that control by voting out Phoebe and Nick before the merge.

The Mokuta seven, consisting of David, Sharn Coombes, Lee Carseldine, Moana, Zach Kozyrski, Jacqui Patterson, and Tarzan HerlaarPagonged the remaining Vakama members throughout the post-merge. David insisted on voting out Harry on Day 32 so that should he make it to the end, he would hold the record for most consecutive days played in Australian Survivor. Though David lost Lee (who had to leave due to a family emergency) and Zach after the Exile Beach twist, David managed to regain control on Day 40. By playing one of his idols on Tarzan, it put numerical pressure on Shonee Fairfax, Brooke, and AK to concede and flip on Jacqui. With help from Sharn's desperation to avoid a rock draw, that is what happened. David came the closest to being voted out on Day 42, but Sharn decided to stick with him, revealing in her voting confessional that she planned to go to the end with him.

David's second idol and immunity wins ensured David would get to the end. He sacrificed Tarzan on Day 46 because he needed Sharn and Moana's better individual challenge ability to help defeat Brooke. David managed to defeat Brooke himself the next day and subsequently voted the challenge beast out. With the physical and virtual support of his wife and kids on Day 49, David won the Final Immunity Challenge. Thinking Moana might pose a bigger challenge at Final Tribal Council, David took Sharn to the end.

The jury commended David's gameplay and virtual vise grip on the game, and David was rewarded with 8 jury votes and the title of Sole Survivor.

Voting History

David's Voting History
Episode David's
Voted Against
1 Vakama Tribe Immune
2 Jericho -
3 Moana -1
4 Vakama Tribe Immune
5 Vakama Tribe Immune
6 Vakama Tribe Immune
7 Mokuta Tribe Immune
8 Nick -
9 Mokuta Tribe Immune
10 Mokuta Tribe Immune
11 Phoebe;
12 Mokuta Tribe Immune
13 Nick -
14 Locky -
15 Harry -
16 AK -
17 Zach;
18 Shonee -
19 Jacqui;
Individual Immunity
20 Shonee AK, Brooke, Shonee
21 AK5 -
22 Tarzan Brooke6
23 Brooke Individual Immunity
24 Moana Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
For David
AK, Brooke, Harry, Jacqui,
Locky, Shonee, Tarzan, Zach
Sole Survivor, Day 50

^1 In "Episode 3", Brooke used a Hidden Immunity Idol on David, but did not negate any votes against him.
^2 In "Episode 11", the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Moana and Phoebe, forcing a revote. David did not change his vote on the revote.
^3 In "Episode 17", the vote ended with a 1-1 tie between David and Zach, forcing a revote. On the revote, David did not receive any votes to be sent to Exile Beach.
^4 In "Episode 19", the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Jacqui and Moana, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their vote on the revote, forcing a unanimous consensus tiebreaker. David did not change his vote on the tiebreaker.
^5 In "Episode 21", David's vote was nullified after AK accepted the Trial by Fire.
^6 In "Episode 22", David used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 1 vote against him.


  • In 2021, David appeared on Australian Celebrity Apprentice, where Janine Allis was one of the advisors/judges. He was eliminated in 8th place.[2]


  • David is the first castaway on Australian Survivor to possess two Hidden Immunity Idols at once.
  • David is the only man to win individual immunity on All Stars.
  • David is the first castaway to win Australian Survivor as a returning player.
  • David is the first Australian Survivor winner to win multiple individual immunity challenges.


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