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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.

Rules

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.

History

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.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Africa
"The Gods Are Angry"
Tribal Reward S3 clarence t.pngS3 ethan t.pngS3 kelly t.png
S3 kimj t.pngS3 lex t.pngS3 tom t.png
Boran
Gabon
"Want to See the Elephant Dung?"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S17 ace t.pngS17 bob t.pngS17 charlie t.png
S17 corinne t.pngS17 jacquie t.pngS17 kelly t.png
S17 marcus t.pngS17 paloma t.pngS17 sugar t.png
Kota
Survivor 41
"Ready to Play Like a Lion"
Team Reward/Immunity S41 danny t.pngS41 deshawn t.png
S41 evvie t.pngS41 ricard t.pngS41 sydney t.png
Danny, Deshawn, Evvie, Ricard, & Sydney
Survivor 42
"You Can't Hide on Survivor"
Team Reward/Immunity S42 hai t.pngS42 jonathan t.png
S42 lydia t.pngS42 maryanne t.pngS42 tori t.png
Hai, Jonathan, Lydia, Maryanne, & Tori

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Trivia

  • 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.[1]
  • Africa is the only season where nobody was exiled after the challenge.

References

Recurring Challenges
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