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Australian Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu
Winner Guy Leech
Presented by Ian "Dicko" Dickson
No. of episodes 13
No. of days 25
No. of castaways 12
Production
Location(s) Éfaté Island, Vanuatu
Filming dates May
– June 2006
Release
Original release 17 August 2006 –
2 November 2006
Chronology
Preceded by Australian Survivor:
Whaler's Way

(on the Nine Network)
Followed by Season 3
(on the Ten Network)

Australian Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu (also known as Australian Celebrity Survivor or simply Celebrity Survivor) is the second season of Australian Survivor. Based on the popular reality game show show Survivor, Celebrity Survivor screened on the Seven Network in 2006. The new series joined the many celebrity-oriented reality programs already in their lineup, such as It Takes Two and Dancing with the Stars. It was hosted by Ian "Dicko" Dickson. Guy Leech, the eventual "Sole Celebrity Survivor" of the show, donated A$100,000 to the charity of his choice, Ride Aid Inc, with the other contestants' charities receiving A$5000 each.

Although better received than the Nine Network's 2002 season, Celebrity Survivor was still only a modest success in the ratings and was not renewed by the Seven Network. A third Australian Survivor (whether civilian or celebrity edition) did not materialise until 10 years later when Network Ten picked up the rights for a third season to air in 2016.

Production[edit]

While the Nine Network currently hold the rights to screen the U.S. version of Survivor, after the failure of their 2002 local Survivor project Australian Survivor, the Seven Network found a loophole in their contract and obtained the rights to produce Celebrity Survivor (as Castaway Television views it as a different format from the regular civilian format).[1][2] Castaway Television, which produced Australian Survivor, was again involved in the production of this second Australian version Survivor. The show was filmed on Éfaté Island in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. The series was filmed over twenty-five days, or three weeks, from late May to early June 2006, with promotional advertising beginning in July. From promos and footage shown on the Seven Network, it appeared that Celebrity Survivor borrowed many elements from the U.S. version's ninth season, Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire. The one-hour show was rated PG (parental guidance recommended) and aired at 8:30pm on Thursday nights on the Seven Network. The executive producer of Celebrity Survivor is David Mason, who also produces other shows on the Seven Network, such as Medical Emergency and The Mole.

Promotion[edit]

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, as well as A Current Affair. Contestants, Amber Petty and Nicolle Dickson, also appeared in television commercials for Olay Total Effects, which were broadcast during the series.

Contestants[edit]

There were twelve contestants overall, divided into two tribes, Moso and Kakula . After five contestants were eliminated, the tribes were combined, or merged, to form one tribe, Tanna . Five contestants made up the jury, who ultimately decided who would win the game.

Contestant Original Tribe Switched Tribes Merged Tribe Finish Total Votes
Kym Johnson
Professional Dancer
Moso
1st Voted Out
Day 3
6
Benjamin Wynn
Ex-S.A.S. Soldier
Kakula
2nd Voted Out
Day 5
5
Fiona Horne
Singer
Moso
Moso
3rd Voted Out
Day 7
3
Amber Petty
Entertainment Reporter
Moso
Moso
4th Voted Out
Day 9
3
Wayne Gardner
Motorcycle Racer
Kakula
Kakula
5th Voted Out
Day 11
3
Guy Leech
Returned to game - Day 20
Kakula
Kakula
Tanna
6th Voted Out
Day 13
5
Elton Flatley
Rugby Union Footballer
Kakula
Moso
7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 15
4
Justin Melvey
Returned to game - Day 20
Moso
Moso
8th Voted Out
Day 17
4
Gabrielle Richens
Model/TV Presenter
Kakula
Kakula
9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 19
4
David Oldfield
Politician
Kakula
Moso
10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 21
7
Nicolle Dickson
Actress
Moso
Kakula
11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 23
6
Imogen Bailey
Actress/Model
Moso
Kakula
12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 24
4
Justin Melvey
Actor
Moso
Moso
Runner-Up
Day 25
6
Guy Leech
Surf Lifesaving Champion
Kakula
Kakula
Sole Survivor
Day 25
6
The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway has received during Tribal Councils where the castaway is eligible to be voted out of the game. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.

Season Summary[edit]

Challenge winners and eliminations by episode
Episode Challenge Winner(s)[3] Eliminated Finish
No. Original air date Reward Immunity
1
17 August, 2006
Kakula
Kakula
Kym
1st Voted Out
Day 3
2
24 August, 2006
Kakula
Moso
Ben
2nd Voted Out
Day 5
3
31 August, 2006
Moso
Kakula
Fiona
3rd Voted Out
Day 7
4
7 September, 2006
Kakula
Kakula
Amber
4th Voted Out
Day 9
5
14 September, 2006
Moso
Moso
Wayne
5th Voted Out
Day 11
6
21 September, 2006
Guy
[Elton,
Gabrielle]
David
Guy
6th Voted Out
Day 13
7
28 September, 2006
David,
Gabrielle,
Imogen
David
Elton
7th Voted Out
Day 15
8
5 October, 2006
Nicolle
[Imogen]
Imogen
[Nicolle][1]
Justin
8th Voted Out
Day 17
9
12 October, 2006
Nicolle
David
Gabrielle
9th Voted Out
Day 19
10
19 October, 2006
Guy & Justin
Returned
Imogen
David
10th Voted Out
Day 21
11
26 October, 2006
Guy
[Imogen,
Justin]
Guy
Nicolle[2]
11th Voted Out
Day 23
12
2 November, 2006
None
Justin
Imogen
12th Voted Out
Day 24
Jury vote
Justin
Runner-Up
Day 25
Guy
Sole Survivor
Day 25

^1 Imogen won immunity, but gave it Nicolle at tribal council.
^2 After the Tribal Council ended in deadlock, Justin and Nicole faced a Jury tiebreaker vote. The Jury voted out Nicole.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
14 1 "Episode 1" 17 August, 2006

Nine of the twelve Celebrity cast members begun the season 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 give 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.

Reward challenge: Each tribe member must swim out into the ocean and each retrieve a floating trunk by untying a knot underwater. When all tribe members have retrieved their trunks, tribes can then open all five trunks and collect fifteen pieces of a tradition Vanuatuan sculpture. First tribe to vertically assemble all pieces on a pole, will win reward. Reward was a large fresh Salmon and fishing supplies.

At Kakula, 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.

Immunity challenge: Each tribe member must enter a pig pen with thirty pigs inside and catch a pig with their tribe color on it. First tribe to collect five pigs will win the first immunity. There was also a reward component added to this challenge, Benjamin was introduced, and will join the team who wins reward, Benjamin had just returned from Iraq serving in the S.A.S, and is a jungle survival expert.

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.

No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
15 2 "Episode 2" 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.

Reward challenge: Both tribes must fill a glass bottle with coconut juice to a marked line. One at a time each member must crack a coconut, empty the juice into a coconut shell and make their way through an obstacle course to the glass bottle at the end. Kakula won a luxury camping bed and an array of tropical fruits, opting to give half of their fruit to Moso.

Moso 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.

Immunity challenge: Searching through a field of twenty four covered baskets, Celebrities must find an item and their matching label written in typical Vanuatu language, first tribe to acquire five pairs will win immunity.

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 unanimous vote.

No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
16 3 "Episode 3" 31 August, 2006

Waking up on day six, Fiona discovered fruit flies through the tribes 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.

Reward challenge: Tribes must place an item on the end of a board, and jump on the opposite end to catapult the item into a basket above them. The first tribe to successfully place all five items in their basket will win reward. The items that the celebrities are aiming to put in the basket are the items they will win, consisting of rice, herbs, spices, potatoes, tinned beef and tomatoes. An additional item was also up for grabs, an outdoor kitchen, with cooking utensils.

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 the would use them for information and then get rid of them.

Immunity challenge: Four tribe members will be locked in a cage and be "prisoners" with one tribe member being a "rescuer". The rescuers must run through a marked path in the jungle to receive their tribe flags, then run back to the prison and free the first prisoner, to enter the prison the rescuer must dig underneath the bamboo wall, then once they have freed the first prisoner they must then continue on to free the next prisoner from their cage where there are bamboo sticks and rope. They must make a pole long enough to reach a key which will unlock the door to their next prison cage and ultimately unlock the final two prisoners and win their tribe immunity.

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 who to vote with, however in the end she decided to betray her original Moso alliance and voted with the former Kakula, voting Fiona out of the game.

No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
17 4 "Episode 4" 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.

Reward challenge: One tribe member will have their hands tied and be attached to a rope via a metal hoop, the rest of the tribe must assist this tribe member over a series of obstacles. At the last obstacle, the selected tribe member will retrieve a key, go back through the obstacle course to the beginning and unlock themselves. First tribe to unlock their tribe member wins reward in the form of oil, saucepans, lemons and two roast chickens.

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.

Immunity challenge: Each tribe has a platform over the ocean with eight rings at one end. They must transfer all eight rings to the other side of their platform. One at a time, a tribe member will cross the plank with a ring, while the rest of their tribe members will be in the middle, which they have to go around without falling off. First tribe to take all eight rings to the other side wins immunity.

Before heading to tribal council, the Moso tribe was in disorganization, 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.

No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
18 5 "Episode 5" 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.

Reward challenge: One tribe member must fill a bucket with water, run to a mat and throw the bucket to a second tribe member. That tribe member must then throw only the water to a third tribe member holding an empty bucket who must then climb a ladder and pour that water into a larger bucket. Once the final bucket has enough water, it will begin to drop, raising the winning tribe flag. The reward for this challenge is steak with three sauces (béarnaise, peppercorn and mushroom), and waterproof ponchos for each tribe member.
Immunity challenge: This challenge occurs in three stages. In stage one each tribe will have three members chained together with bags of weight on their back, they must continue to run in a loop to avoid being caught by the other tribe from behind but attempt to reach them from behind first. In the second round only two tribe members will compete and in the third round only one tribe member. First tribe to win two of three rounds will win immunity.

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.

No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
19 6 "Episode 6" 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 were cooking breakfast, David looked up and realized a group of canoes arriving, confirming a merge. The remaining Moso tribe were instantly shocked when they realized that Gabrielle had flipped, and voted out Wayne.

Reward challenge: On Dicko's signal, each tribe member must swim out into the ocean where there is a buoy with five conches on the ocean floor. They must retrieve a conch, the last two people without a conch are out of the challenge, the remaining five must repeat the same section of the challenge, however there will only be three conches to retrieve. The third round is the same, except castaways must retrieve one of three treasure chests and bring it back to shore. The first person back to shore with their treasure chest will win reward. The reward was a visit to a traditional village where the winner would feast on home cooked food. Guy won and was allowed to take two people to join him on reward, he chose Gabrielle and Elton.

On the newly merged Tanna tribe, while Gabrielle, Elton and Guy were enjoying 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.

Immunity challenge: Each tribe member has their own empty ladder. One at a time they must select two separate rungs from their pile and give one each to two different tribe members. The first tribe member who has all six rungs in their ladder, can climb to the top and retrieve immunity.

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. Wiith 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.

No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
20 7 "Episode 7" 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.

Reward challenge: This challenge is called "The Vanuatu Volcano". The remaining six Tanna tribe members will be split into two teams of three. Each team starts with one pole with five life rings stacked in the shape of a volcano. They have two other empty poles as well. The object is to transfer their "Volcano" from the starting pole to either of the other two, however they cannot stack a large life ring on top of a smaller one. The winning team gets an overnight stay at a private overnight villa with a full banquet, massages, shower and laundry.

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 four majority would flip on each other, otherwise it would be one of them being voted out next.

Immunity challenge: Puzzle challenge. Each person must memorize a dynamic puzzle and it's colors, then recreate it. They will have fifteen seconds to view the puzzle. If they are wrong they're out of the challenge, correct and they will move on for another round. Each round the puzzle will stay the same, however the color configuration will change. Last person standing will win 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. In the end Nicolle stuck strong and never approached anyone else about the possibility of voting for Gabrielle, instead voting Elton out with a majority of votes.

No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
21 8 "Episode 8" 5 October, 2006
Reward challenge:
Immunity challenge:
No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
22 9 "Episode 9" 12 October, 2006
Reward challenge:
Immunity challenge:
No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
23 10 "Episode 10" 19 October, 2006
Battle to return:
Immunity challenge:
No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
24 11 "Episode 11" 26 October, 2006
Reward challenge:
Immunity challenge:
No. in
series
Episode
#
Title Original air date
25 12 "Episode 12" 2 November, 2006
Final Immunity challenge:

Elimination Notes[edit]

  • Justin: After unsuccessfully trying to bribe others to affect their voting strategies, everyone turned on Justin and voted him out. (4-1)
  • Gabrielle: When David won immunity, the women had to turn on each other. David decided to help Imogen and Nicolle vote out Gabrielle, as he realized that there were too few people left and too many days, so he wanted to get on their good side. (3-1)
  • David: Guy and Justin convinced Imogen and Nicolle to help vote out David. David was bitter about being voted out, but focused his anger at Imogen and Nicolle for betraying him. (4-1)
  • Nicolle: The two alliances clashed at tribal council, with Justin and Nicolle receiving two votes each. When they went to tribal countback, they were still deadlocked with six votes each. The jury then voted, all three jury members voting for Nicolle. (2-2, Jury: 3-0)
  • Imogen: Justin decided that he wanted to bring his original alliance partner Guy to the final two, and thus voted out Imogen. (1-0)
  • Justin: Although praised for being a good player, Justin was criticized for his "bribery scandal" and lost out by one vote. He was voted for by Nicolle and Imogen. (2-3)
  • Guy: Guy was viewed as a great physical and mental player. He was voted for by Elton, Gabrielle, and David. (3-2)

Voting history[edit]

  1. ^ The Tribal Council vote resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a Tribal Council countback was called.
  2. ^ As the Coutback ended in deadlock (with both Justin and Nicole receiving 4 previous votes), the Jury (Elton, Gabrielle and David) voted in order to break the deadlock.
  3. ^ a b Guy and Imogen were not eligible to vote as the only eligible players they could vote for were each other.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celebs to survive on 7". Herald Sun. 2006-05-29. Retrieved 2006-08-31. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.castawaytelevision.com/celebrity_survivor_format/
  3. ^ Bindley, David (March 20, 2010). "Survivor: The Complete Challenge Guide (1st ed.)" (PDF). Retrieved December 16, 2010. 

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