Jericho Malabonga is the Sole Survivor of Australian Survivor (2017).
Best known for his bond with Luke Toki, and his sparky personality, Jericho never truly had a strong hold of the early game, but instead utilized the moral dilemmas in the early days of the game to gain numbers, giving him a strong set of allies come merge. Initially flying under the radar, Jericho's strong social game saw him overlooked in favor of much more aggressive players. However, his game was completely changed once his key ally Luke was eliminated, forcing him to assume a much more aggressive form of gameplay. Luckily, this allowed him to take control of the game, and make it to the Final Tribal Council. Here, although he was called out for being two-faced, he was applauded for his hold over the late game, allowing him to win over Tara Pitt in a 6-3 vote.
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Occupation: Flight Attendant
From the Philippines to Auckland and now Melbourne, Jericho is used to being the new kid in town. But instead of letting his guard down quickly, on Australian Survivor he will be pretending to be someone else entirely.
"It's been my childhood dream to play the game and to become another person. It is not my normal way of behaving so I can be anyone out there. I will make up a life and say I am three years younger, just for the sake of it," he said.
"I watched last year's series and I liked some of the contenders but they weren't given enough room to strike. They were playing with people who do not get the game so they left early. That won't happen to me."
Jericho is not afraid to show his darker competitive side when it comes to the game.
"I don't want to play safe, I want to play risky. I want to be the Sole Survivor and to experience it all. Just being called up is an enormous bonus to my life, I am so excited. It's already one of the greatest achievements in my life."
After studying anthropology, Jericho followed his dream of becoming a flight attendant. Starting as a cabin cleaner and working his way up the ranks, he now works for a major airline, flying internationally.
A mega-fan of Survivor, Jericho has his game plan mapped out but is also enjoying every moment in the lead up to setting foot on the island.
"There will be people who think they are the alpha male or the strategist of the whole game. My plan is to fuel those egos. I will keep feeding it until they let their guard down, then I will strike," he said.
"I'm just enjoying every moment of this adventure – from intensifying my exercise, the joy of playing the game and to the lead up of simply listening to music, hanging with my family and friends because I know it is going to be very isolated over there. I'm ready though."
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|Jericho's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Asaga Tribe Immune|
|3||Asaga Tribe Immune|
|4||Asaga Tribe Immune|
|5||Asaga Tribe Immune|
|8||Asaga Tribe Immune|
|11||No Tribal Council2|
|13||Asaga Tribe Immune|
| Michelle, Peter;|
| Jury Votes|
| Anneliese, Henry, Jarrad,|
Luke, Michelle, Ziggy
|Sole Survivor, Day 55|
^1 In Episode 1, the vote ended with a 6-6 tie between Joan and Kent, forcing a revote. Jericho voted for Joan on the revote.
^2 In Episode 11, despite losing the Immunity Challenge, Asaga did not have to go to Tribal Council.
^3 In Episode 14, rather than voting out a member of the tribe, Asaga was given the chance for one castaway to mutiny at Tribal Council.
^4 In Episode 25, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Jericho and Michelle, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their vote on the revote, forcing a firemaking tiebreaker. Jericho won the tiebreaker and remained in the game.
- Jericho reunited with friend and ally Luke after the show, and used part of his winnings to fulfill one of Luke's goals to give his kids a trip to Disneyland.
- Jericho and Jarrad Seng are the first Asian-Australian men to be cast on Australian Survivor..
- Of the final 6, Jericho is the only one to have never been a part of the Samatau tribe.
- Jericho is the first castaway in Australian Survivor to vote someone off the jury due to the Juror Removal twist and second overall in the Survivor franchise, following Michele Fitzgerald in Survivor: Kaôh Rōng.
- Jericho went the longest without receiving a elimination vote against him in Australian Survivor (2017)
- Of the final 4, Jericho is the only one to have never swapped tribes.
- Jericho is the first person in Australian Survivor to win a fire making tiebreaker challenge.
- Jericho is the first man to win the Network Ten incarnation of Australian Survivor.
|Australian Survivor (2017) Castaways|