Maryline Hemelsdael is a contestant from Koh-Lanta: Palawan.


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Agricultrice de son état, Maryline est une femme de 36 ans complètement centrée sur le bonheur des siens. Les valeurs familiales sont au centre de ses préoccupations. Elle aime les personnages généreux comme l'Abbé Pierre.


Maryline was selected by Jade Handi to be a member of the Batang tribe. She never really stood out in challenges, but she was never in danger of elimination until deeper into the game. When Ali Jaffar quit the game on Day 5, Pascale Bodin returned to the game in his place. Pascale failed to integrate herself into the well-unified Batang tribe and, when they lost the second Immunity Challenge, she was voted out unanimously. The following cycle, when the Batang tribe lost the third Immunity Challenge, they unanimously eliminated Marie-Laure Dagniaux for her laziness around camp.

When the Batang tribe won the fourth Reward Challenge on Day 11, they were rewarded with the right to permanently kidnap one of the members of the Guntao tribe as part of a tribe switch. The Batang tribe chose Érick Africaa, who up until then was the leader of the Guntao tribe. Like Pascale before him, Érick initially had difficulty integrating himself into the Batang tribe, however, his strength in challenges and his charismatic demeanour soon boosted his rapport with his new tribemates and more of them felt that he deserved to stay. The Batang tribe lost the fourth Immunity Challenge and, at the corresponding Tribal Council, Maryline joined the majority in voting out Mélanie Guyon for her mediocre challenge performances over the past few cycles. Going forward, the Batang tribe did not lose any more Immunity Challenges and its six members made the merge.

Before the tribes merged, the Batang tribe assigned Patrick Brasier De Thuy as their Ambassador and, before going to meet the Guntao tribe's Ambassador Laurent Boudes, Patrick asked his tribemates who they would want to be the Ambassadors' vote. All of the tribe agreed upon Grégoire Gorge as their first pick because of his challenge prowess and poor sportsmanship during tribal challenges, with the exception of Érick due to his amity with Grégoire. At the Ambassadors' Meeting, when Laurent turned down Patrick's suggestion about Grégoire being the Ambassadors' vote, Patrick suggested Érick, who turned out to be the Batang tribe's second pick. Laurent was initially reluctant about this, but he was swayed when Patrick told him that Érick was "neither a Batang nor a Guntao" and that Laurent was Érick's first pick for the Ambassadors' vote. The evening after the tribes merged, when Érick learned why Laurent agreed upon his name, he told Laurent that Patrick was not telling the truth and that Kevin Cuoco was his first pick. In response to Patrick's duplicity, the original Guntao tribe members planned to vote him out at the merged tribe's first Tribal Council for his duplicity and tried to convince Maryline and Simon Quintilla to vote in a different direction than Érick. However, after Érick lost the first individual Immunity Challenge, Maryline and Simon remained loyal to the original Batang tribe members and sorrowfully contributed to eliminating Érick in a 6-5 vote.

The next day, Filomène Mendonca criticized Maryline and Simon for voting against Érick and claimed that they weren't honest about it. However, even her own allies, along with the original Batang tribe members, criticized this as being unfair. Over the next few cycles, Maryline contributed to the pagonging of the original Guntao tribe members.

At the Final Six, Patrick won the corresponding individual Immunity Challenge. Two days before the corresponding Tribal Council, the tribe received a letter which revealed that their letters from home were on a neighbouring island. They built a small raft and the they sent Laurent and Simon to retrieve the letters. Upon arriving on this island, Laurent and Simon discovered that it was bountiful in bananas and spent the night there before finding the letters the next morning. After reading their letters, they returned to camp without their tribemates' letters. This was because the pair proposed to their tribe that they all enlarge the raft and permanently move to the island where the letters are. At Tribal Council, Laurent, the last of the original Guntao tribe members, was voted out unanimously. At the Final Five, when the tribe received Tree Mail revealing that they would be using a bow and arrow in the next Reward Challenge, Patrick, who had the most experience of the tribe with this kind of weapon, helped Kevin and Jade practice. However, he didn't help Maryline much because, according to him, she didn't ask. During the first round of the challenge, Maryline randomly and unexpectedly hit the bullseye, which granted her the right to eliminate someone else from the challenge because she shot the closest arrow to the bullseye. She chose to eliminate Patrick, which ironically placed him last in that challenge. After the challenge, which Kevin won, Patrick displayed resentment and poor sportsmanship towards Maryline and called her out on her subpar challenge record. Eventually, Patrick approached Maryline to apologize for his behaviour and the two reconciled, but this did not stop Maryline and Simon from voting against him at Tribal Council anyway. Meanwhile, Patrick and Kevin voted against Maryline because they felt that she was the least deserving of the five remaining contestants to continue. Jade, who was in the middle, initially voted against Kevin, which led to the first revote ever in Koh-Lanta taking place. Being forced to pick a side in the revote, Jade sorrowfully voted against Patrick as she knew that he would be her biggest threat.

Having made it to the finale, Maryline was eliminated at the Final Three after Jade won the Perch challenge and took Kevin to the Final Two instead of her.

Voting History

Maryline's Voting History
Episode Maryline's
Voted Against
1 Batang Tribe Immune
2 Pascale -
3 Marie-Laure -
4 Mélanie -
5 Batang Tribe Immune
6 Batang Tribe Immune
7 Érick -
8 Filomène -
9 Grégoire -
10 Grégoire Laurent
11 Laurent -
12 Patrick;
Kevin, Patrick;
Kevin, Patrick1
13 Ineligible Jade
Voted Out, Day 39
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In episode 12, the vote ended with a 2-2-1 tie between Maryline and Patrick, forcing a revote. On the revote, Maryline did not receive enough votes to be eliminated.

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