Rock n' Roll (also known as Lemme Go Rock n' Roll, Keep Digging, and Rollings Stones) is a tribal teamwork challenge that originated in Survivor: Africa, and was later reused in Gabon, Survivor 41, and Survivor 42.
Tribes must work to navigate a large boulder through a series of checkpoints, whilst accomplishing small tasks along the way (such climbing the boulder to collect keys). The first tribe to get their boulder onto their designated pedestal wins the challenge.
In Africa and Gabon, the challenge made use of the vast, undulating terrain in the African plains to create a long course. In Survivor 41 and 42, the challenge was played in a small field, with several man-made obstacles, a large tower, and a puzzle component instead adding to the difficulty.
The challenge debuted in Africa as a Reward Challenge. The tribes worked to navigate the ball through natural obstacles, with tribes collecting flags along the way. The tribes started out relatively even, but Samburu lost control of their boulder and veered off-course twice, allowing Boran to win their first challenge.
The challenge reappeared in Gabon, where it was used as a combined Reward/Immunity Challenge. In addition to maneuvering the boulder through a series of gates, the tribe had to collect two keys suspended in the air (requiring a tribe member to climb onto the boulder to retrieve them) which was used to unlock a series of chains that blocked the final gate. In a neck-and-neck race, Kota barely edged out Fang to win immunity, sending Fang back to Tribal Council.
In Survivor 41, the challenge appeared as a team Reward/Immunity Challenge. Two teams had to dig up a their boulder partially submerged in sand, then roll it along the course, with one member climbing atop the boulder to retrieve two sets of keys. At the end of the course, teams had to use the ball to help scale a tower, use the keys to unlock a sliding word puzzle at the top, then solve the puzzle. A huge disparity in physical strength between the two randomly-selected teams allowed the blue team of Danny McCray, Deshawn Radden, Evvie Jagoda, Ricard Foyé, and Sydney Segal to easily win reward.
In Survivor 42, the same mechanics employed in Survivor 41 were reused, with the puzzle being changed to a 75-piece jigsaw instead of the sliding word puzzle in 41. Again, the teams were lopsided in challenge strength, allowing the orange team of Hai Giang, Jonathan Young, Lydia Meredith, Maryanne Oketch, and Tori Meehan to win the merge feast and passage into the merge.
"The Gods Are Angry"
"Want to See the Elephant Dung?"
"Ready to Play Like a Lion"
Danny, Deshawn, Evvie, Ricard, & Sydney
"You Can't Hide on Survivor"
Hai, Jonathan, Lydia, Maryanne, & Tori
- This challenge has been used in both seasons filmed on the African continent: Africa and Gabon.
- In Africa, the boulders were made of fiberglass and weighed approximately 600-700 lbs.
- Africa is the only season where nobody was exiled after the challenge.