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Koh-Lanta is a French reality television series, France's version of Survivor. The series premiered on August 4, 2001. The show is broadcast on TF1, and there have been 18 "regular" seasons along with 5 "special" seasons (4 all-returnees and 1 returnees vs. famous sportspeople).

The current host of Koh-Lanta is Denis Brogniart. Since its debut in 2001, Koh-Lanta has been a huge success in France, regularly finishing first in its timeslot.

History

Main article: Survivor (franchise)

Format Variations

16-24 contestants (13-16 contestants in special seasons) must survive on an uninhabited island for 39–43 days (20–23 days in special seasons). They have to find food to accompany the meagre ration of rice supplied to them at the beginning of the adventure. They should build a shelter to protect themselves from external conditions (weather, insects...) and keep alight the fire they were able to start or which they won in the first round.

Each contestant has a backpack with some clothes. Any product related to hygiene or food is prohibited, except due to illness.

Unlike most versions of Survivor, there have been two seasons where the final vote resulted in a tie. As a consequence, both finalists were declared winners.

The name of the show, Koh-Lanta, is the name of the island where the first season was filmed.

The franchise uses some mechanics similar to American franchise and introduces new twists.

Tribe Switch and Tribe Dissolve

:Main Article: Tribe Switch and Tribe Dissolve.

Merge

Main article: Merge

The candidates of the tribes join together and form a single tribe, the adventure becomes individual. 

Hidden Immunity Idol

Main article: Hidden Immunity Idol

Unlike Survivor (U.S.) however, once the merge has been reached, the winner of Individual Immunity Challenges wins the Tribal Immunity Idol and not a necklace.

Since Raja Ampat, Hidden Immunity Necklaces are hidden on the Island. They function just like the Hidden Immunity Idol and can be earned through a variety of ways - just like in the US franchise.

Koh-Lanta uses necklaces, called in French "colliers d'immunité" (Immunity Necklaces), as Hidden Immunity Idols (while the Immunity Idol symbolizes both tribal and individual immunity). They were introduced in Raja Ampat.

Ambassadors

Main article: Ambassadors 

Before the merge, one people to each tribe becomes ambassador. It has the particularity to eliminate a person from the game during a discussion, if the two ambassadors do not manage to decide, one of them will be eliminated during a draw.

Tied Destinies

Main article: Tied Destinies

At some point after the merge (Final 8, Final 10 or Final 12), a rock draw is held to divide the contestants in the appropriate number of pairs and their fate in the game are tied, for better and for worse. If someone plays a Immunity Idol, his partner is also protected, and challenges are competed by pairs (Reward and Immunity are therefore won as a pair). The person voted out at Tribal Council causes their partner's demise. In this way, two members of the merge tribe are eliminated together from the game.

Final Four Elimination

When there are four people left in the game (five in Le Choc des Héros, La Revanche des Héros, MalaisieL'Île au Trésor, La Guerre des Chefs and L'Île des Héros) a special challenge takes place to determine the final three, with the person finishing last (the two last when there are five people) being directly eliminated from the game (except for Panama where the loser had an extra vote against him at Tribal Council).
In the first two seasons, this challenge was the Fallen Comrades challenge. Since the third season, it is an orienteering challenge.


Final Three Elimination

Unlike Survivor, Koh-Lanta doesn't have its final decided between three contestants, but only two. The final challenge, in place since season two, is known as the "Poles". The three contestants have to stand on a pole for as long as they can. As time passes, the surface they're standing on is progressively reduced. The last contestant standing gets his place in the final two, and has to choose between the remaining contestants which one will come to the final two.

Replacement

In Koh-Lanta, if a castaway is medically evacuated, the last person voted off returns into the game. In the first seasons, it was also the case when a castaway voluntarily left, but since Raja Ampat, quitters are no longer replaced, unless somebody quits before the first Tribal Council.
If a person is removed and cannot be replaced by a previously eliminated player, a new castaway may enter the game.

Black Vote

Before leaving, the person voted off at Tribal Council is asked to cast a last vote against somebody from their tribe. This vote is called the Black Vote and is counted at the next Tribal Council attended by the targeted person. In case of a revote, the Black Vote does not count anymore. This twist, like the Immunity Necklaces, was introduced in Raja Ampat. The Black Vote mechanic was changed in Cambodge: it is only introduced after the Merge and the person that gets voted out gives the power to a remaining contestant to vote twice at the next Tribal Council.

Controversies

2013

Production was halted and canceled for the 2013 season following the death of a contestant, Gérald Babin, victim of several heart attacks during Day 1 of filming in Cambodia on March 22, 2013.[1][2] The program's on-site doctor, Thierry Costa, committed suicide following the controversy. In his suicide note, he stated that his name has been "smeared in the media", leading to his ultimate death.[3]

2018

During filming of the 2018 regular season, allegations of sexual assault occurring to a castaway by another castaway, prompting shooting to be suspended.[4]

The rumors are saying that Candide Renard, the girl of Hervé Renard, a french Football manager was harrassed. Between the 4th and 5th filming day, the girl in question was sleeping away from the camp. When the man started to harrass her, she called the production and she was transfered in a hospital. The man was transfered in a hotel. At the moment, the man is denying the facts.

However, a version of another contestant contradict Candide's facts. The other contestant is saying that another contestant called the production for medical reasons. At that point, Candide went away from the camp and the man harrassed her at that point.[5]

Seasons

Season Tribes Filming Location Filming Dates Season Run Sole Survivor(s) Runner-Up Final Vote Viewership
(millions)
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Les Aventuriers de Koh-Lanta
Korok
Lanta-naï
Ko Lanta, Thailand 2001 August 4, 2001 - September 22, 2001 FRS1 gilles t
Gilles Nicolet
FRS1 guenaelle t
Guénaëlle Biras
4-3 4.367
Kohlanta2-4logo
Koh-Lanta: Nicoya
Tambor
Ventanas
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica 2002 June 28, 2002 - September 13, 2002 FRS2 amel t
Amel Fatnassi
FRS2 nicolas t
Nicolas Roy
5-2 6.092[6]
Kohlanta2-4logo
Koh-Lanta: Bocas del Toro
Boro
Machiga
Bocas del Toro, Panama 2003 June 6, 2003 - August 28, 2003 FRS3 delphine t
Delphine Bano
FRS3 isabelle t
Isabelle Seguin
None 3-3 5.414
Kohlanta2-4logo
Koh-Lanta: Panama
Chapera
Mogo
Pearl Islands, Panama 2004 July 2, 2004 - August 31, 2004 FRS4 philippe t
Philippe Bordier
FRS4 linda t
Linda Alario
7-0 6.081
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Koh-Lanta: Pacifique
Kanawa
Kumo
Isle of Pines, New Caledonia 2005 July 1, 2005 - September 6, 2005 FRS5 clemence t
Clémence Castel
FRS5 francis t
Francis Bordas
7-0 6.889
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Koh-Lanta: Vanuatu
Mosso
Tana
Efate, Vanuatu 2006 July 21, 2006 - September 5, 2006 FRS6 francoisdavid t
François-David Cardonnel
FRS6 emilie t
Émilie Frahi
5-3 6.868
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Koh-Lanta: Palawan
Batang
Guntao
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines 2007 June 29, 2007 - September 11, 2007 FRS7 jade t
Jade Handi
FRS7 kevin t
Kevin Cuoco
None 3-3 8.127
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Koh-Lanta: Caramoan
Mingao
Tayak
Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines 2008 July 4, 2008 - September 20, 2008 FRS8 christelle t
Christelle Gauzet
FRS8 frederic t
Frédéric Pistel
6-1 6.844
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Koh-Lanta: Le Retour des Héros
Jacaré
Tupan
Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil January 13, 2009 - February 13, 2009 FRS9 romuald t
Romuald Lafite
FRS9 jade t
Jade Handi
5-2 8.288
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Koh-Lanta: Palau
Koror
Mawaï
Koror, Palau 2009 August 28, 2009 - October 30, 2009 FRS10 christina t
Christina Chevry
FRS10 patrick t
Patrick Merle
5-2 7.512
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Koh-Lanta: Le Choc des Héros
Malabou
Tiac
Poum, New Caledonia March 23, 2010 - May 21, 2010 FRS11 gregoire t
Grégoire Gorge
FRS11 freddy t
Freddy Boucher
6-2 7.007
Kohlanta12logo
Koh-Lanta: Viêtnam
Do
Vang
Côn Đảo, Vietnam 2010 September 18, 2010 - December 8, 2010 FRS12 philippe t
Philippe Duron
FRS12 claude t
Claude Dartois
6-1 6.801
Kohlanta13logo
Koh-Lanta: Raja Ampat
Mambok
Wasaï
Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia 2011 September 9, 2011 - December 16, 2011 FRS13 gerard t
Gérard Urdampilleta
FRS13 teheiura t
Teheiura Teahui
7-2 7.237
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Koh-Lanta: La Revanche des Héros
Klahan
Nekmao
Koh Rong, Cambodia 2012 April 6, 2012 - June 1, 2012 FRS14 bertrand t
Bertrand Bolle
FRS14 claude t
Claude Dartois
9-1 6.986
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Koh-Lanta: Malaisie
Mawar
Sungaï
Seribuat, Pahang, Malaysia November 2, 2012 - February 1, 2013 FRS15 ugo t
Ugo Lartiche
FRS15 brice t
Brice Martinet
10-1 7.098
First Hiatus

[7]

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Koh-Lanta: La Nouvelle Édition
Simban
Tengah
Pulau Sibu, Johor, Malaysia 2014 September 12, 2014 - November 21, 2014 FRS16 laurent t
Laurent Maistret
FRS16 martin t
Martin Bazin
7-0 6.593
Kohlanta17logo
Koh-Lanta: Johor
Lankawaï
Tinggi
Pulau Sibu, Johor, Malaysia April 24, 2015 - July 24, 2015 FRS17 marc t
Marc Rambaud
FRS17 chantal t
Chantal Ménard
9-2 5.625
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Koh-Lanta: Thaïlande
Aopoh
Karwaï
Ko Yao, Phang Nga, Thailand 2015 February 12, 2016 - May 27, 2016 FRS18 wendy t
Wendy Gervois
FRS18 pascal t
Pascal Salviani
6-5 5.933
Kohlanta19logo
Koh-Lanta: L'Île au Trésor
Naga
Sambor
Koh Rong, Cambodia 2016 August 26, 2016 - December 9, 2016 FRS19 benoit t
Benoît Assadi
FRS19 jesta t
Jesta Hillmann
10-0 5.641
Kohlanta20logo
Koh-Lanta: Cambodge
Bokor
Sokka
Takéo
Koh Rong, Cambodia March 10, 2017 - June 16, 2017 FRS20 frederic t
Frédéric Blancher
FRS20 clementine t
Clémentine Jullien
6-2 5.572
Kohlanta21logo
Koh-Lanta: Fidji
Coravu
Makawa
Yasawa Islands, Fiji 2017 September 1, 2017 - December 15, 2017 FRS21 andre t
André Deleplace
FRS21 tiffany t
Tiffany Gounin
8-1 5.011
Kohlanta22logo
Koh-Lanta: Le Combat des Héros
Toa
Wakaï
Yasawa Islands, Fiji March 16, 2018 - May 25, 2018 FRS22 clemence t
Clémence Castel
FRS22 pascal t
Pascal Salviani
5-4 4.852
Second Hiatus

[8]

Kohlanta23logo
Koh-Lanta: La Guerre des Chefs
Ikalu
Kama
Tabuo
Kadavu Group, Fiji 2018 March 15, 2019 - June 21, 2019 FRS23 maud t
Maud Bamps
FRS23 cindy t
Cindy Poumeyrol
7-6
Kohlanta24logo
Koh-Lanta: L'Île des Héros
Héros
Lawaki
Nacomo
Kadavu Group, Fiji 2019 February 21, 2020 - June 5, 2020 FRS24 naoil t
Naoil Tita
FRS24 ines t
Inès Loucif
7-2
Koh-Lanta Les 4 Terres
Koh-Lanta: Les 4 Terres
Ceva
Tokalo
Vakara
Vualiku
Kadavu Group, Fiji August 28, 2020 - TBA TBA TBA

See also

References

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