Koh-Lanta is a French reality television series, France's version of Survivor. The series premiered on August 4, 2001. The show is produced by Adventure Line Productions and broadcast on TF1.

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.

The series airs on Fridays at 9:00 pm, with the exception of two seasons (Les Aventuriers which aired on Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 pm, and Le Retour des Héros which aired on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm). The first seasons aired during the Summer, but since 2009 the series is usually aired during the Fall and Spring.

History

Main article: Survivor (franchise)

Format Variations

16–24 contestants (13–18 contestants in special seasons) must survive on an uninhabited island for 39–43 days (20–32 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

Merge

Main article: Merge

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

Hidden Immunity Idol

Main article: Hidden Immunity Idol

Unlike in the U.S. Survivor, the tribal Immunity Idol is kept in use after the merge and is awarded to winners of individual Immunity Challenges instead of a necklace.

Koh-Lanta uses necklaces, called in French "colliers d'immunité" (Immunity Necklaces), as Hidden Immunity Idols. They were introduced in Raja Ampat and can be earned through a variety of ways, just like in the U.S. franchise.

Ambassadors

Main article: Ambassadors

Immediately before the merge, one person from each tribe becomes an ambassador. They meet privately and are tasked with eliminating a castaway from the game. If the ambassadors can't come to an agreement on who to eliminate, one of them is eliminated via a rock draw.

The role of the ambassadors (in the first seasons, they only had to give an extra vote against someone for the first post-merge Tribal Council instead of directly eliminating them) and the way they are chosen has known several variations throughout the history of the show.

Tied Destinies

Main article: Tied Destinies

In most seasons since Malaisie, 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 becomes tied for the duration of the episode. Both the Reward and Immunity Challenges are competed by pairs, and two people are eliminated at Tribal Council, as the person who receives the most votes also causes their partner's elimination.

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 now only introduced after the merge, and the person voted out gives to a remaining contestant the power to vote twice at the next Tribal Council.

Finale

The format of the finale episode differs greatly from U.S. Survivor. When there are four or five people left in the game, 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 (with the exception of Panama where the loser only had an extra vote against them at Tribal Council).
In the first two seasons, this challenge was the Fallen Comrades challenge. Since the third season, it is an orienteering race where the first three people to find their object are qualified for the final three.

The final three castaways then compete in the Final Immunity Challenge, which has always remained the same since the second season: it is the Perch challenge, with the surface the castaways are standing on being progressively reduced in size (in the first season, the challenge was Hands on a Hard Idol).
The last standing castaway earns their spot in the Final Two and, unlike in U.S. Survivor, must choose their Final Tribal Council opponent immediately after the challenge.

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 Number of Castaways Filming Location Filming Dates Season Run Sole Survivor(s) Viewership
(millions)
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Les Aventuriers de Koh-Lanta
Korok
Lanta-naï
16 Ko Lanta, Thailand 2001 August 4, 2001 - September 22, 2001 FRS1 gilles t.png
Gilles Nicolet
4.367
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Koh-Lanta: Nicoya
Tambor
Ventanas
16 Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica 2002 June 28, 2002 - September 13, 2002 FRS2 amel t.png
Amel Fatnassi
6.092[6]
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Koh-Lanta: Bocas del Toro
Boro
Machiga
16+21 Bocas del Toro, Panama 2003 June 6, 2003 - August 28, 2003 FRS3 delphine t.png
Delphine Bano
FRS3 isabelle t.png
Isabelle Seguin
5.414
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Koh-Lanta: Panama
Chapera
Mogo
16 Pearl Islands, Panama 2004 July 2, 2004 - August 31, 2004 FRS4 philippe t.png
Philippe Bordier
6.081
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Koh-Lanta: Pacifique
Kanawa
Kumo
16+12 Isle of Pines, New Caledonia 2005 July 1, 2005 - September 6, 2005 FRS5 clemence t.png
Clémence Castel
6.889
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Koh-Lanta: Vanuatu
Mosso
Tana
16 Efate, Vanuatu 2006 July 21, 2006 - September 5, 2006 FRS6 francoisdavid t.png
François-David Cardonnel
6.868
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Koh-Lanta: Palawan
Batang
Guntao
16 El Nido, Palawan, Philippines 2007 June 29, 2007 - September 11, 2007 FRS7 jade t.png
Jade Handi
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Kevin Cuoco
8.127
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Koh-Lanta: Caramoan
Mingao
Tayak
16+12 Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines 2008 July 4, 2008 - September 20, 2008 FRS8 christelle t.png
Christelle Gauzet
6.844
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Koh-Lanta: Le Retour des Héros
Jacaré
Tupan
14 Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil January 13, 2009 - February 13, 2009 FRS9 romuald t.png
Romuald Lafite
8.288
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Koh-Lanta: Palau
Koror
Mawaï
18 Koror, Palau 2009 August 28, 2009 - October 30, 2009 FRS10 christina t.png
Christina Chevry
7.512
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Koh-Lanta: Le Choc des Héros
Malabou
Tiac
14 Poum, New Caledonia March 23, 2010 - May 21, 2010 FRS11 gregoire t.png
Grégoire Gorge
7.007
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Koh-Lanta: Viêtnam
Do
Vang
18 Côn Đảo, Vietnam 2010 September 18, 2010 - December 8, 2010 FRS12 philippe t.png
Philippe Duron
6.801
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Koh-Lanta: Raja Ampat
Mambok
Wasaï
20 Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia 2011 September 9, 2011 - December 16, 2011 FRS13 gerard t.png
Gérard Urdampilleta
7.237
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Koh-Lanta: La Revanche des Héros
Klahan
Nekmao
16 Koh Rong, Cambodia 2012 April 6, 2012 - June 1, 2012 FRS14 bertrand t.png
Bertrand Bolle
6.986
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Koh-Lanta: Malaisie
Mawar
Sungaï
20 Sibu Island, Johor, Malaysia November 2, 2012 - February 1, 2013 FRS15 ugo t.png
Ugo Lartiche
7.098
First Hiatus[7]
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Koh-Lanta: La Nouvelle Édition
Simban
Tengah
13 Sibu Island, Johor, Malaysia 2014 September 12, 2014 - November 21, 2014 FRS16 laurent t.png
Laurent Maistret
6.593
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Koh-Lanta: Johor
Lankawaï
Tinggi
20 April 24, 2015 - July 24, 2015 FRS17 marc t.png
Marc Rambaud
5.625
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Koh-Lanta: Thaïlande
Aopoh
Karwaï
20+12 Ko Yao, Phang Nga, Thailand 2015 February 12, 2016 - May 27, 2016 FRS18 wendy t.png
Wendy Gervois
5.933
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Koh-Lanta: L'Île au Trésor
Naga
Sambor
20 Koh Rong, Cambodia 2016 August 26, 2016 - December 9, 2016 FRS19 benoit t.png
Benoît Assadi
5.641
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Koh-Lanta: Cambodge
Bokor
Sokka
Takéo
21 March 10, 2017 - June 16, 2017 FRS20 frederic t.png
Frédéric Blancher
5.572
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Koh-Lanta: Fidji
Coravu
Makawa
20+12 Yasawa Islands, Fiji 2017 September 1, 2017 - December 15, 2017 FRS21 andre t.png
André Deleplace
5.011
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Koh-Lanta: Le Combat des Héros
Toa
Wakaï
18 March 16, 2018 - May 25, 2018 FRS22 clemence t.png
Clémence Castel
4.852
Second Hiatus[8]
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Koh-Lanta: La Guerre des Chefs
Ikalu
Kama
Tabuo
21 Kadavu Group, Fiji 2018 March 15, 2019 - June 21, 2019 FRS23 maud t.png
Maud Bamps
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Koh-Lanta: L'Île des Héros
Héros
Lawaki
Nacomo
19+12 2019 February 21, 2020 - June 5, 2020 FRS24 naoil t.png
Naoil Tita
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Koh-Lanta: Les 4 Terres
Ceva
Tokalo
Vakara
Vualiku
Sayake
Vuro
24 August 28, 2020 - December 4, 2020 FRS25 alexandra t.png
Alexandra Pornet
Upcoming season TBA TBA Taha'a, Society Islands, French Polynesia 2020 2021 TBA


^1 Two replacement castaways entered the game due to a high number of evacuations that could not be replaced by the previously eliminated castaways.
^2 A replacement castaway entered the game after an early evacuation or quit that occured before the first Tribal Council.

See also

References

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