I Will Survive (TV series)

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I Will Survive
Genre Talent show
Presented by Hugh Sheridan
Judges Jason Donovan
Stephan Elliott
Opening theme "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
Composer(s) Gloria Gaynor
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 14
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) FremantleMedia Australia
Broadcast
Original channel Network Ten
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 21 August 2012 – 23 October 2012

I Will Survive is an Australian talent show-themed television series that premiered on Network Ten on 21 August 2012.[1] The premise of the show is to search for a new, unknown talent to perform in the Broadway production of the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.[2] Due to the Broadway theatre production closing in June 2012, the prize has been amended to another performance on Broadway, along with a $250,000 cash prize.[3] The title of the show is derived from the title of a song in the production, "I Will Survive", originally sung by Gloria Gaynor.[4] I Will Survive is hosted by actor and singer Hugh Sheridan[5] and features judges Jason Donovan, who played Tick in the West End theatre production of the show, and Stephan Elliott, the director of the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.[6][7]

Format[edit]

I Will Survive searches for a "triple threat" performer, proficient in the disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing, to portray a drag queen as based on the hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The show starts with open auditions, with the most talented performers joining the famous Priscilla bus, retracing the steps of the movie, from Sydney to Alice Springs, performing at outback locations on the way.[8]

Top 12 contestants[edit]

Name Age Occupation Portrayed as Status
Michael Snell 28 Dance Instructor Wants to be Leading Man Winner
Tom Sharah 24 Cabaret Performer The Star 2nd Place
Nathan Foley 32 Former Hi-5 member Reinventing himself 3rd Place
Rohan Seinor 42 Mine Worker Light hearted/Funny 4th Place
Stephen Mahy 29 Performer Win at all costs 5th Place
Brendan Hanson 39 Performing Arts Teacher Loving father 6th Place
Matt McFarlane 28 Former Australian rules football Player Musical Theatre Type 7th Place
Adrian Espulso 23 Mechanic The Underdog 8th Place
Davin Griffiths-Jones 25 Former Child Star The Bitchy Villain 9th Place
Jamie Jewell 43 Costume Designer Drama Queen 10th Place
Frank Kerr 22 Weekend Radio Announcer Nice Guy 11th Place
Sean Perez 23 Luna Park Entertainer Cry Baby 12th Place

Challenges[edit]

Contestants 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Michael SAFE SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE Bottom 2 WINNER
Tom SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Nathan SAFE SAFE SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE SAFE OUT
Rohan SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE SAFE SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE Bottom 2 OUT
Stephen SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE Bottom 3 OUT
Brendan SAFE SAFE SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE SAFE OUT
Matt Bottom 3 SAFE SAFE SAFE Bottom 3 OUT
Adrian SAFE SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE OUT
Davin SAFE Bottom 3 SAFE OUT
Jamie SAFE SAFE OUT
Frank Bottom 3 OUT
Sean OUT

Ratings[edit]

Episode Original airdate Timeslot Viewers
Episode 1 21 August 2012 Tuesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 506,000[9]
Episode 2 22 August 2012 Wednesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 427,000[10]
Episode 3 28 August 2012 Tuesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 364,000[11]
Episode 4 29 August 2012 Wednesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 360,000[12]
Episode 5 4 September 2012 Tuesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 391,000[13]
Episode 6 5 September 2012 Wednesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 338,000[14]
Episode 7 11 September 2012 Tuesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 336,000[15]
Episode 8 12 September 2012 Wednesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 281,000[16]
Episode 9 18 September 2012 Tuesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 358,000[17]
Episode 10 25 September 2012 Tuesday 7:30 pm8:30 pm 277,000[18]
Episode 11 2 October 2012
Episode 12 9 October 2012
Episode 13 16 October 2012
Episode 14 23 October 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/07/airdate-i-will-survive.html
  2. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/03/ten-talent-search-for-i-will-survive.html
  3. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/05/ten-to-amend-i-will-survive-prize-as-priscilla-announces-broadway-closure.html
  4. ^ http://aussietheatre.com.au/news/i-will-survive-channel-ten-announces-impressive-prizes-for-reality-talent-show/
  5. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/05/hugh-sheridan-to-host-i-will-survive-for-ten.html
  6. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/05/jason-donovan-confirmed-as-i-will-survive-judge.html
  7. ^ http://www.priscillathemusical.com/blog/cast-blog/jason-donovan/comment-page-1/
  8. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/03/ten-talent-search-for-i-will-survive.html
  9. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/08/soft-start-for-i-will-survive.html
  10. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/08/seven-sings-strong-with-x-factor.html
  11. ^ http://www.throng.com.au/2012/08/free-to-air-tv-ratings-tuesday-august-28-2012/
  12. ^ http://www.throng.com.au/2012/08/free-to-air-tv-ratings-wednesday-august-29-2012/
  13. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/09/seven-doubles-ten-as-x-factor-rules.html
  14. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/09/double-dallas-is-a-switch-off.html
  15. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/09/x-factor-hits-season-high-i-will-survive-beaten-by-sbs.html
  16. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/09/i-will-survive-now-beaten-by-sbs-and-7two.html
  17. ^ http://www.throng.com.au/2012/09/free-to-air-tv-ratings-tuesday-september-18-2012/
  18. ^ http://www.throng.com.au/2012/09/free-to-air-tv-ratings-tuesday-september-25-2012/