|Presented by||Ian "Dicko" Dickson|
|No. of days||25|
|No. of castaways||12|
|Location||Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original release||17 August – 2 November 2006|
|Filming dates||May – June 2006|
Australian Celebrity Survivor (also known as Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu) is the second season of Australian Survivor, based on the popular reality game show Survivor. The series was filmed in May and June 2006 and aired weekly between August and November 2006 on the Seven Network. It was set on the Vanuatuan island of Éfaté.
Hosted by television personality and former record company executive Ian "Dicko" Dickson, the program featured 12 Australian celebrity castaways competing for 25 days. The grand prize was A$100,000 for the winner's chosen charity. After 25 days on the island, surf lifesaving champion Guy Leech was named the "Sole Celebrity Survivor" in a 3–2 jury vote over actor Justin Melvey. Guy donated his A$100,000 charity prize to Ride Aid Inc  while the charities of the other players each received a donation of A$5,000.
Celebrity Survivor was aired on the Seven Network in 2006, the same year the network aired other celebrity-oriented reality programs including It Takes Two and Dancing with the Stars. Although better received than the Nine Network's 2002 season, Seven's Celebrity Survivor series was still only a modest success in the ratings and was not renewed by the Seven Network. A third Australian Survivor was not produced until 10 years later when Network Ten picked up the rights to the franchise and produced a third season which aired in 2016.
In 2006, Nine Network held the rights to screen the American edition of Survivor and the licence to produce a local edition of Survivor, which resulted in Nine's 2002 edition of Australian Survivor. However, the Seven Network found a loophole in their contract and obtained the rights to produce Australian Celebrity Survivor, as Castaway Television views the Celebrity Survivor format as a different format from the regular format) Castaway Television, who produced Nine's series, was again involved in the production of this second Australian season of Survivor.
Filming and development
The show was filmed on the island of Éfaté in Vanuatu, which was used for the 9th season of the American edition (Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire) and the 6th season of the French edition (Koh-Lanta: Vanuatu). Production of the series took place over twenty-five days, from late May to early June 2006, with promotional advertising beginning in July. The executive producer of Celebrity Survivor was David Mason, who also produces other shows on the Seven Network, such as Medical Emergency and The Mole.
Before the series began, Dickson and a few of the Celebrity Survivor contestants appeared on the Seven Network's breakfast news show, Sunrise, to promote the series. This paralleled what occurs in the American version, when the show is promoted on The Early Show, CBS' own breakfast news program, and what happened during the Nine Network's Australian Survivor venture, when the series was featured on the early morning show, Today and A Current Affair. Contestants, Amber Petty and Nicolle Dickson, also appeared in television commercials for Olay Total Effects, which were broadcast during the series.
On Day 1, nine of the twelve players were divided based on gender into two tribes. The five women composed the Moso tribe and the four men made up the Kakula tribe. Later on Day 1, a player of the opposite gender joined each tribe, and for winning the first immunity challenge, Kakula received a former soldier and survival expert as their sixth tribe member. On Day 6, the ten remaining players were redistributed into two mixed-gender tribes of five.
On Day 12, the seven remaining players merged into the Tanna tribe. These players made up the two finalists and the five members of the jury, who ultimately decided who would be the "Sole Celebrity Survivor".
|Contestant||Charity||Original tribe||Swapped tribe||Merged tribe||Finish|
|1st voted out|
|Benjamin "Ben" Wynn
32, Ex-S.A.S. Soldier
|Kakula||2nd voted out|
|Project Aware||Moso||Moso||3rd voted out|
35, Entertainment Reporter
|Moso||Moso||4th voted out|
46, Motorcycle Racer
Hospital for Children
|Kakula||Kakula||5th voted out|
Returned to game - Day 20
|Ride Aid Inc||Kakula||Kakula||Tanna||6th voted out|
28, Rugby Union Footballer
|Kakula||Moso||7th voted out|
1st jury member
Returned to game - Day 20
|Diabetes Australia||Moso||Moso||8th voted out|
31, Model/TV Presenter
|Kakula||Kakula||9th voted out|
2nd jury member
|Legacy Foundation||Moso||10th voted out|
3rd jury member
|Moso||Kakula||11th voted out|
4th jury member
[permanent dead link]
|Moso||Kakula||12th voted out|
5th jury member
42, Surf Lifesaving Champion
|Ride Aid Inc||Kakula||Kakula||Sole Celebrity Survivor|
|No.||Original air date||Reward||Immunity|
|1||17 August 2006||Kakula||Kakula[a]||Kym|
|2||24 August 2006||Kakula[b]||Moso||Ben|
|3||31 August 2006||Moso||Kakula||Fiona|
|4||7 September 2006||Kakula||Kakula||Amber|
|5||14 September 2006||Moso||Wayne|
|6||21 September 2006||Guy
|7||28 September 2006||David,
|8||5 October 2006||Nicolle
|9||12 October 2006||Nicolle||David[d]||Gabrielle|
|10||19 October 2006||Guy,
3rd jury member
|11||26 October 2006||Guy
4th jury member
|12||2 November 2006||Justin||Imogen|
5th jury member
- In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.
- This Immunity Challenge had an additional reward component in new tribe member; Ben
- Kakula chose to give half of their fruit platter reward to Moso
- At Tribal Council, Imogen chose to give her immunity to Nicolle.
- In a twist, the castaways and their loved ones competed as teams for immunity. David and his wife Lisa won, thus earning immunity for David
- Instead of a reward challenge, the first four castaways voted out of the Tanna tribe (Guy, Elton, Justin and Gabrielle) competed in a challenge to re-enter the game; Guy and Justin won the challenge, while Elton and Gabrielle became the 1st and 2nd jury members.
|No. in series||Episode No.||Title||Timeline||Original air date|
|14||1||"Episode 1"||Days 1-3||17 August 2006|
Nine of the twelve celebrity cast members begun the game by meeting Dicko on a yacht. They were divided into two tribes based on their gender (Kalula for the men and Moso for the women) and were then transported to their designated tribe beaches by local Vanuatuan tribes. Upon arriving at their beach, the Moso tribe was initially surprised that they were given absolutely no camping equipment or tents. Kym especially expressed her shock that they had to build their own shelter, and mentioned that she had never before been camping. Over at the Kakula tribe, Guy, David and Wayne immediately started to make plans to build their shelter before they ran out of daylight.
Shortly after both tribes began setting up camp, both tribes were surprised with an additional tribe member. Justin arrived on a boat and became a part of the all-female Moso tribe, and Gabrielle arrived and joined the male Kakula tribe. Both brought with them, saucepans, flint and machetes.
Kalua won the challenge. At Moso, Imogen was annoyed by Fiona whom she thought had taken on a boisterous leader role, while Fiona talked to Amber in the jungle and told her that she wanted to vote out Imogen first because she was their weakest link in challenges.
Once again, Kalua won the challenge. Before tribal council, Fiona approached Justin and asked him if he was thinking of voting Imogen also to which he agreed. Kym was also struggling with the elements and stated that she didn't want to vote anybody out. Eventually, Kym was voted out in a unanimous vote, also voting for herself.
|15||2||"Episode 2"||Days 4-5||24 August 2006|
Waking up on Day four, the Moso tribe was suffering from being starved and fatigued, especially Imogen who felt dizzy when she left the shelter and vomited. While over at Kakula life was quite the opposite, having a plentiful food source and even making their own toothbrushes thanks to the expertise of Ben, all tribe members were well fed.
Kakula won a luxury camping bed and an array of tropical fruits, opting to give half of their fruit to Moso. Most of the Moso tribe enjoyed their fruit and appreciated the kind gesture from Kakula, while Fiona refused to eat any of the fruit and stated that she was fine living solely off the food they had themselves acquired. She also ranted that they were doing well enough and that they didn't need any handouts.
Later on in the jungle, while hunting for food, Fiona and Nicolle agreed that they would vote for Imogen if they lost the next immunity challenge, while over at Kakula Wayne and Gabrielle spoke about possibly voting off Ben as he was the last person to join their team.
Moso won their first challenge of the season, sending Kakula to Tribal Council. Before heading to their first tribal council, Wayne, Guy, Elton and Gabrielle were hesitant to vote out Ben, because he was their number one source of survival. They considered turning on each other and Wayne later approached Guy and asked him if voting out Gabrielle was a possibility. In the end, Ben was voted out in a 5–1 vote.
|16||3||"Episode 3"||Days 6-7||31 August 2006|
Waking up on day six, Fiona discovered fruit flies through the tribe's fruit bag and said to the rest of the tribe that they should have listened to her, and they wouldn't have fruit flies. Amber, just waking up confronted Fiona and the two had a small disagreement, Fiona continued to rub everyone on the tribe the wrong way throughout the day.
Heading into the reward challenge, Justin and Gabrielle (the last two cast members to arrive on day one) were assigned to designated mats, Gabrielle to Kakula and Justin to Moso. Gabrielle selected a male first, with Justin selecting a female first and alternating until two new tribes formed.
Moso won reward. With Imogen and Nicolle, and David and Elton in the minority on their new tribes, alliances and scenarios immediately began to form in the new tribes, with tribal lines holding strong. When arriving at their new camp, Imogen heard Guy and Wayne saying that they would use them for information and then get rid of them.
Kakula won the challenge. At Moso, Elton and David targeted Fiona for her weakness and annoyance, and Fiona and Justin targeted David for making them lose the immunity challenge. Amber was a swing vote and unsure of how to vote. At Tribal Council, she decided to betray her original Moso alliance and voted with the former Kakula, voting Fiona out of the game.
|17||4||"Episode 4"||Days 8-9||7 September 2006|
On day eight at Kakula camp Wayne and Guy began to become suspicious of Gabrielle becoming closer with Imogen and Nicolle, fearing that they would form an all girls alliance and they would be the next two to go.
Kakula won reward. At Kakula, talked continued regarding Gabrielle's loyalty to Guy and Wayne. Nicolle and Imogen were hopeful that Gabrielle would flip and vote with them, while Wayne became more confident that she wouldn't, assuming that they would physically struggle in the future challenges without any brawn.
Kakula won the challenge, sending Moso to another Tribal Council. Before heading to tribal council, the Moso tribe was in disorganisation, Amber was worried and sure that she would be next voted out for flipping on her alliance the previous tribal council, although Justin promised his loyalty to her but was paranoid that she would vote with Elton and David resulting in him being blindsided. Elton and David remained strong and Justin decided to vote with them, voting out Amber in a unanimous vote.
|18||5||"Episode 5"||Days 10-11||14 September 2006|
Torrential rain awoke a sleeping Kakula tribe on night 9 and they were forced to wake and fix their shelter to avoid being wet. The next day Gabrielle stated that she felt sorry for the Moso tribe because they didn't have a very strong shelter to which Wayne told her that if she felt so sorry for them, she could go over and join them. Guy showed concern as Gabrielle was a swing vote and her run-ins with Wayne could cause her to flip and vote with Nicolle and Imogen.
At Kakula tribe before tribal, Imogen and Nicolle approached Gabrielle and attempted to cement an all girls alliance with Gabrielle with Wayne as their target, while Wayne and Guy were confident that Gabrielle would stick with them and vote out Imogen. Gabrielle was torn between joining her original alliance or siding with the women. In the end, she betrayed Guy and Wayne, helping Imogen and Nicolle take out Wayne.
|19||6||"Episode 6"||Days 12-13||21 September 2006|
Kakula awoke to tree mail on day twelve informing them that they had ten minutes to take everything they could fit onto a canoe and to head to the Moso camp. While Moso was cooking breakfast, David looked up and realised a group of canoes arriving, confirming a merge. The remaining Moso tribe were instantly shocked when they realised that Gabrielle had flipped, and voted out Wayne.
On the newly merged Tanna tribe, while Gabrielle, Elton and Guy were enjoying the reward, David went for a walk with Imogen and proposed to her that he and Elton who were tightly aligned join her and Nicolle and make a strong alliance of four.
Talk immediately began surrounding who would be ousted at the first merge tribal council. Nicolle, Gabrielle and Justin discussed voting out Guy because he was the biggest physical threat left. With David winning immunity, Guy and Elton knew that it would be either of them being voted out. In the end, Guy was voted out with a vote of 5-2.
|20||7||"Episode 7"||Days 14-15||28 September 2006|
Talk started to arise around the Tanna camp about Gabrielle's lack of work ethic. While all of the other members of the tribe regularly worked around camp and maintaining the fire, Gabrielle just sat around which caused Nicolle to mention that she would talk to Gabrielle about the issue.
The team of David. Imogen and Gabrielle won immunity. When David. Imogen and Gabrielle returned from their reward the next morning, David was not impressed to discover that in his absence Justin had stepped up and cooked David's signature "Island Porridge" and also broken one of his pots. Elton and David also discussed their hopes that the majority of four would turn on each other, otherwise, it would be one of them being voted out next.
David won his second individual immunity. Before tribal, Elton was confident that he would be voted out at tribal, due to him being the most obvious physical threat. David approached Nicolle and proposed that they could vote out Gabrielle for being lazy around camp. Nicolle suggested that Imogen would vote with her, as would Elton. However, she was not sure which way she would vote. Nicolle stuck strong and never approached anyone else about the possibility of voting for Gabrielle, instead of voting Elton out with a majority of votes.
|21||8||"Episode 8"||Days 16-17||5 October 2006|
Upon returning from Tribal Council, David was nervous for being the sole outsider of the former Moso plus Gabrielle alliance. Ahead of the Reward Challenge, Nicolle and Justin made a deal to take each other on the reward should they win.
Nicolle won the final round against Justin. Nicolle was told to take another castaway and she debated honouring the prior deal or taking her friend. Ultimately she chose to take her friend, Imogen, upsetting Justin for not honouring the earlier deal. Back at camp, David observed the closeness of Gabrielle and Justin after they commonly are together in camp life activities. While searching for food, Justin and Gabrielle grew closer together.
Following their return to camp, Nicolle and Imogen speculated that Gabrielle and Justin would betray their alliance of 4 and that Gabrielle had been asked by Justin to remain in the game to advance Justin in the game.
Justin was the first to be eliminated, followed by David. Nicolle was out next. Imogen won immunity by taking out Gabrielle's last tile.Following the immunity challenge, David was nervous about being voted off as the outsider to the alliance. However, Nicolle and Imogen considered eliminating Justin after speculation that Justin had made a monetary deal to Gabrielle to remain in the game and to play for his benefit.
At Tribal Council, Imogen publicly brought up the speculation of Justin's bribing of Gabrielle and the fact that Justin had been in the dominant position in the alliance of 4. Additionally, she gave immunity to alliance-mate Nicolle to not "hide behind" having immunity while making such allegations. While Justin voted Imogen, the remainder of the tribe (including Justin's strong partner, Gabrielle) turned on Justin to vote him out.
|22||9||"Episode 9"||Days 18-19||12 October 2006|
After returning from Tribal Council without Justin and with the end in sight, Gabrielle felt that she was now in the game to win for herself. The next morning, Imogen and Nicolle talked about getting rid of David to form an all-female Final 3.
At the challenge site, Dicko surprised the Final 4 with their loved-one. (nature of each relationship)
Gabrielle was eliminated first, followed by Imogen. David cut his own rope to give the reward to Nicolle. Upon returning to camp, Nicolle felt indebted David and wanted him to win immunity as she knew that she would have to vote him off. Imogen and Nicolle discussed the matter with
At the immunity challenge, Dicko once again surprised the Final 4 with their loved-one who will assist in the immunity challenge.
David and his wife Lisa won the challenge, giving him immunity. With David immune and Nicolle and Imogen not voting for each other, Gabrielle was resigned to the fact that she would most likely be leaving the island at Tribal that night. However, she considered aligning with David to force a tie and vote-off one of the pairs (which would result in a Countback as Imogen and Nicolle both had more prior votes, a tie would result in one of the pair being voted off). However, David was reluctant to talk strategy with her.
At Tribal Council, David sided with the Nicolle and Imogen to vote off Gabrielle.
|23||10||"Episode 10"||Days 20-21||19 October 2006|
Back at camp, Nicolle and Imogen were thankful for David keeping the pair in the game but were wary of his ulterior motives. David was glad to have formed a strong bond with the pair, as he figured that there would be a twist of some variety, as there were too few castaways remaining in the game and too many days left.
At the challenge site, Dicko surprised the Final 3 with the four members of the Jury and they were told that the jury members would have the chance to return to the game. This confirmed David's twist theory.
Gabrielle was eliminated in the first round and Elton was eliminated in the second. Hence, Justin and Guy returned to the game. Back at camp, everyone was wary of their position in the game. The original three were wary the return of Justin and Guy. Justin for the "Bribery Scandal" a few days earlier and Guy due to his physical performance, which would be a threat in the challenges. The returnees were worried that the original three would stick together to vote off Guy and Justin.
Guy talked to David about the fact that it would be better for him to take Guy and Justin forward as they would not win the Jury vote, as they had been eliminated. Justin, Imogen and Nicolle patched things up and discussed voting off the strategic threat, David. This discussion got back to David as Guy told him about it. Guy then gathered the other men for a meeting to potentially align with each other to eliminated Imogen and Nicolle.
David, Imogen and Guy moved onto the second round with Imogen winning immunity. At camp, Imogen reassured David of the alliance of three with Nicolle and agreed to vote off Guy. Imogen and Justin discussed voting off David. This led to Imogen giving Justin her word to vote off David. However, Imogen and Nicolle were still unsure about which way to vote, leaving them as swing votes. At Tribal Council, the girls ultimately sided with Guy and Justin to vote off David.
|24||11||"Episode 11"||Days 22-23||26 October 2006|
Upon returning from camp, the four remaining castaways discussed the elimination of David. While all were confident in making the correct strategic decision, Nicolle felt bad for not telling David that he would be eliminated.
Next morning, the division between the group became clear with Imogen and Nicolle being together and Guy and Justin being another duo. Guy held a tribe meeting to discuss having a "clear fight" for the rest of the game, with the obvious division being in place.
Both of the girls were quick to drop their buckets, leaving Guy and Justin to battle for reward. Justin dropped the pole, giving the reward to Justin. Following the challenge, Guy was told to pick two castaways to join him. He chose Imogen and Justin, leaving Nicolle at camp, alone for the night.
After the reward, the two pairs privately strategized where they should vote at the upcoming Tribal Council, given the countback tiebreaker rule in place. Nicolle and Imogen wanted to place their votes on Guy due to him having more prior votes, while Guy and Justin believed that Nicolle has more votes.
Guy won immunity with four points.
With the two pairs being solid, no one was willing to change their allegiances. At Tribal Council, the vote resulted in a tie vote between Justin and Nicolle. A Tribal Council Countback was called. However, that ended in deadlock with both Justin and Nicolle receiving 4 previous votes. A Jury vote was called to resolve the deadlock. By a unanimous vote, the Jury voted out Nicolle, leaving a shocked Imogen in the Final 3 with Guy and Justin.
|25||12||" Episode 12"||Days 24-25||2 November 2006|
After the previous Tribal Council, Guy and Justin celebrated being in the Final 3, while an emotional Imogen mourned the loss of her alliance-mate and friend, Nicolle.
The following morning, the Final 3 left camp to participate in the Traditional "Rites of Passage". They walked past the torches of the 9 castaways who had left the game. They lighted each torch to honour each castaway as they arrived at each torch. Following this, the Final 3 went to their Final Immunity Challenge.
Just before prior to the conclusion of the first hour, Guy briefly lifted his leg from the raft, eliminating him from the challenge. Imogen dropped at the start of the third hour, giving immunity to Justin.
At camp, Imogen was worried that Justin would take Guy to the Final 2 but tried to convince Justin that Guy would be a Jury threat and would win the Final Vote. At Tribal Council, Justin ultimately chose to vote-off Imogen, as he perceived her to be more of a Jury threat as she was on the Island for the entirety of the game, while both Guy and Justin were not.
On Day 25, Justin and Guy celebrated with the traditional Final 2 Breakfast before heading to the Final Tribal Council.
At the Final Tribal Council, the Jury were given an opportunity to question the Finalist. David began the questioning, asking Guy why he convinced to Nicolle and Imogen that David would betray the pair and how could David vote for Guy given that dishonesty. Guy replied that he was on the chopping block that night and David had to be eliminated but admitted that he was not honest in this instance. Nicolle asked Justin about the "Bribery Scandal" including the monetary reward offered to Nicolle and some other tribemates. He replied that some of his tribemates wanted to be quit, which would weaken his position in the game and told the Jury that he felt embarrassed to offer money in the game and he apologised for the bribery scandal. Gabriell asked Justin about why didn't she be told about the bribery despite their close relationship both inside and outside of the game. He replied that she didn't want him Elton asked Guy about his early exit and how could someone win the game despite being eliminated from the game and "enjoying at the buffet". Guy replied that he was simply playing by the rules of the game and his return was a part of said rules and questioned the fairness of the rule. Imogen asked Justin why he was the best person to win the game. Justin responded that he gave the game his best shot, that he had been eliminated for a shorter period than Guy and that it was an honor and a pleasure to play the game with the member of the Jury.
The Final Two were given an opportunity to given their Final Statements. Guy apologised for anyone he had wronged and being eliminated from the game for 6 days and simply stated that "I am what I am". Justin acknowledged that Survivor a hard game and stated that their friendship was more important than this game and is thankful for the friendships to result from this game.
The Final Vote count was held and it was revealed that Guy was named the "Sole Celebrity Survivor" in a 3–2 vote. He won the votes of Elton, Gabrielle, and David. He was awarded the Immunity Necklace to symbolise being named the "Sole Celebrity Survivor".
- Returned to the game through a twist on Day 20.
- The Tribal Council vote resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a Tribal Council countback was called.
- As the Coutback ended in deadlock (with both Justin and Nicolle receiving 4 previous votes), the Jury (Elton, Gabrielle and David) voted in order to break the deadlock.
- Guy and Imogen were not eligible to vote as the only eligible players they could vote for were each other and hence their votes would essentially cancel each other's out.
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