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GenreReality competition
Presented byHubert Auriol (2001)
Denis Brogniart (2002–)
Country of originFrance
No. of seasons17 + 4 special editions
Production company(s)Adventure Line Productions
Original networkTF1
Original releaseAugust 4, 2001
Related showsInternational versions
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Koh-Lanta is a French reality game show based on the popular international Survivor format. The series premiered on August 4, 2001. The show is broadcast on TF1 and there have been 17 regular seasons, and 4 special seasons. The host of Koh-Lanta is Denis Brogniart since the second season.

Following the basic premise of other international versions of the format, it features a group of contestants who are marooned in an isolated location, where they must provide food, water, fire, and shelter for themselves. The contestants compete in challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. The contestants are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted out by their fellow contestants, until only one remains and is declared the winner and awarded the grand prize of €100,000.

Since its debut in 2001, Koh-Lanta has been a huge success in France, regularly finishing first in its timeslot.

Format and rules[edit]

The show follows the same general format as the other editions of the show. The players are split between two "tribes", are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meagre supplies for approximately 6 weeks (3 weeks in special seasons). Frequent physical and mental challenges are used to pit the teams against each other for rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for "immunity", forcing the other tribe to attend "Tribal Council", where they must vote off one of their players.

Once about half the players are remaining, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and competitions are on an individual basis; winning immunity prevents that player from being voted out. Most players that are voted out at this stage form the "Tribal Council Jury". Once down to two people, a final Tribal Council is held where the remaining players plead their case to the jury as to why they should win the game. The jury then decides who between the two should be considered the winner and be awarded the grand prize of €100,000, with the runner-up being awarded €10,000.

Differences in format[edit]

Unlike most versions of Survivor, dual winners are possible in some seasons where the jury vote resulted in a tie (as occurred in Koh-Lanta: Bocas del Toro and Koh-Lanta: Palawan). In this case both contestants are considered the winners and each receive €55,000. This differs from most editions of the show as other editions will either never have a jury with an even number of participants or have tie-breaker mechanisms in place (such as Israeli Survivor where the tie will break in favor of the winner of a public vote[1] or in Dutch/Belgian's Expeditie Robinson where a group of former players form a "grand jury" and vote to break the tie).

Another difference in rules between Koh-Lanta and other editions is how the unexpected eliminations are handled. On Koh-Lanta, when a player is eliminated from the game outside of "Tribal Council" (either by being removed for medical reasons, or quitting prior to Raja Ampat) the player replaced by the most recently eliminated player (or when there is no such player is available, a completely new contestant) who will take their place and the game continues as planned. In other editions, an unexpected elimination is handled by adjusting the events of the game to accommodate the absence of a player (often the upcoming Tribal Council will be cancelled but this will not always be the case).


List of Koh-Lanta seasons
No. Season Season premiere Season finale Location Days Initial tribes Winner Runner-up Final vote
1 The Adventurers of Koh-Lanta August 4, 2001 September 22, 2001 Ko Lanta Yai, Thailand 43 Two predetermined tribes of eight. Gilles Nicolet Guénaëlle Biras 4-3
2 Koh-Lanta: Nicoya June 28, 2002 September 13, 2002 Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica 40 Amel Fatnassi Nicolas Leoni 5-2
3 Koh-Lanta: Bocas del Toro June 6, 2003 August 29, 2003 Bocas del Toro, Panama Two tribes of eight, picked by the oldest contestants. Isabelle Seguin & Delphine Bano 3-3
4 Koh-Lanta: Panama July 2, 2004 August 31, 2004 Pearl Islands, Panama Two tribes of eight, divided by gender Philippe Bordier Linda Alario 7-0
5 Koh-Lanta: Pacific July 1, 2005 September 6, 2005 Isle of Pines, New Caledonia Two tribes of eight, based on age. Clémence Castel Francis Bordas 7-0
6 Koh-Lanta: Vanuatu July 21, 2006 September 5, 2006 Efate, Vanuatu François-David Cardonnel Émilie Frahi 5-3
7 Koh-Lanta: Palawan June 29, 2007 September 11, 2007 Palawan, Philippines Two tribes of eight, picked by winners of initial challenge. Jade Handi & Kevin Cuoco 3-3
8 Koh-Lanta: Caramoan July 4, 2008 September 20, 2008 Caramoan, Philippines 39 Christelle Gauzet Frédéric Pistel 6-1
9 Koh-Lanta: Palau August 28, 2009 October 30, 2009 Koror, Palau Two tribes of eight, picked by oldest and youngest players. Two players eliminated in initial challenge. Christina Chevry Patrick Merle 5-2
10 Koh-Lanta: Vietnam September 17, 2010 December 17, 2010 Con Dao, Vietnam 40 Two tribes of nine, divided by gender. Philippe Duron Claude Dartois 6-1
11 Koh-Lanta: Raja Ampat September 9, 2011 December 16, 2011 Raja Ampat, Indonesia 41 Two predetermined tribes of ten. Gérard Urdampilleta Teheiura Teahui 7-2
12 Koh-Lanta: Malaysia November 2, 2012 February 1, 2013 Seribuat, Malaysia 42 Two tribes of eight, picked by winners of initial challenge. Four non-picked players exiled until after the next reward challenge. Ugo Lartiche Brice Martinet 10-1
13 Koh-Lanta 13 Did Not Air Koh Rong, Cambodia Cancelled - Production Halted
14 Koh-Lanta: Johor April 24, 2015 July 24, 2015 Sibu Island, Malaysia 40 Two tribes of ten, picked by finder of hidden message and second player of his choice. Marc Rambaud Chantal Ménard 9-2
15 Koh-Lanta: Thailand February 12, 2016 May 27, 2016 Ko Yao, Thailand Two tribes of nine, picked by the youngest contestants. Two other players exiled until after the first Tribal Council. Wendy Gervois Pascal Salviani 6-5
16 Koh-Lanta: Treasure Island August 26, 2016 December 9, 2016 Koh Rong, Cambodia 42 Two tribes of ten, picked by winner of initial challenge and second player of his choice. Benoît Assadi Jesta Hillmann 10-0
17 Koh-Lanta: Cambodia March 10, 2017 June 16, 2017 40 Three predetermined tribes of six. One additional player added to each tribe on day four. Frédéric Blancher Clémentine Jullien 6-2
18 Koh-Lanta: Fiji September 1, 2017 December 15, 2017 Yasawa Islands, Fiji 41 Two tribes of ten, based on age. André Deleplace Tiffany Gounin 8-1
19 Koh-Lanta 19 Did Not Air Kadavu Group, Fiji Cancelled - Production Halted
20 Koh-Lanta: The War Chiefs 15 March 2019 21 June 2019 39 Three tribes chosen by three leaders who won orientation test Maud Bamps Cindy Poumeyrol 7-6
List of Koh-Lanta special seasons
No. Season Season premiere Season finale Location Days Initial tribes Winner Runner-up Final vote
1 Koh-Lanta: Return of the Heroes January 13, 2009 February 13, 2009 Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil 21 Two tribes of six former players, based on a draw. Two players eliminated in initial challenge. Romuald Lafite Jade Handi 5-2
2 Koh-Lanta: Clash of the Heroes March 26, 2010 May 21, 2010 Poum, New Caledonia 20 Two tribes of six, former players against famous sportspeople. One additional player added to each tribe on day 4. Grégoire Delachaux Freddy Boucher 6-2
3 Koh-Lanta: Revenge of the Heroes April 8, 2012 June 1, 2012 Koh Rong, Cambodia 23 Two predetermined tribes of eight former players. Bertrand Bolle Claude Dartois 9-1
4 Koh-Lanta: The New Edition September 12, 2014 November 21, 2014 Sibu Island, Malaysia Two tribes of six former players. Tribes formed after first Tribal Council by two latecomers. Laurent Maistret Martin Bazin 7-0
5 Koh-Lanta: The Combat of Heroes 16 March 2018 25 May 2018 Yasawa Islands, Fiji 32 Two tribes of nine former players. Clémence Castel Pascal Salviani 5-4

Season 13 cancellation[edit]

Production was stopped and the series cancelled for the 2013 season following the death of a contestant, Gérald Babin, during the first day of filming in Cambodia on 22 March 2013.[2] The program's on-site doctor, Thierry Costa, committed suicide following the controversy. In his suicide note, he stated that his name has been "smeared in the media", leading to his ultimate death.[3] Production later resumed for Koh-Lanta: The New Edition.

A few days after the death of Gérald Babin, and a few days before that of the doctor, the website arretsurimages.net publishes the anonymous testimony of a member of the production contesting the official circumstances of the death of the candidate broadcast by TF1 and Adventure Line Productions (ALP) in their press release. This testimony puts into question the director of the show, which would have delayed the intervention of the doctor, and a delay of several hours that would have elapsed between the initial discomfort and evacuation by helicopter.[4] In response, ALP announces filing a libel suit against arretsurimages.net.[5] While the Cambodian authorities put an end to their investigation considering that it was a natural death,[6] the prosecutor's office of Créteil opens on March 27, 2013 a preliminary investigation for manslaughter, in order to look for the causes and the circumstances of the death from Gérald Babin.[7] This preliminary investigation led on 25 July 2013 to the opening of a judicial investigation for manslaughter.[8]

According to Le Huffington Post, quoting an internal source at TF1, the candidate had undergone medical tests before filming and no problem was detected,[9] while according to Le Parisien, the candidate suffered from a pathology before the accident.[10] According to Closer, the production paid several million euros in compensation to the family of Gerald Babin so that it does not sue civil litigation.[11]

Despite these dramas, the show does not stop. In July 2013, TF1 and Adventure Line Productions announce, despite the ongoing judicial investigations, the organization of a new season with former candidates for 2014.[12] This season is shot in May for broadcast as of September 12 2014,[13] signing the return of the show after almost two years of absence. Therefore, the medical checks during the castings and during the game have been significantly strengthened.

In the same year, TF1 announced the opening of the castings for a new "regular" season of the game.[14] This edition was shot during the autumn of 2014; it is broadcast from April 2015.[15] This season is considered the 14th of the show, the 13th always designating the discontinued edition and not broadcast. No candidate this season canceled was selected for the casting of the following seasons.[16]

The death of Babin marked the second death of a contestant on any edition of Survivor worldwide. The first (and so far only other) death occurred on the 4th season of Bulgarian Survivor (titled Survivor BG: Philippines) when contestant Noncho Vodenicharov died, however unlike Koh-Lanta the production of the series continued.

Season 19 cancellation[edit]

On 11 May 2018, TF1 and the production company ALP announced the cancellation of the season following an alleged sexual assault.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY5tTnMTSl0&list=PL60F000967668E076&index=175
  2. ^ "French 'Survivor' Season Canceled After Death of Contestant". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  3. ^ "French 'Survivor' Doctor Thierry Costa's Suicide Linked To Contestant Gérald Babin's Death". huffingtonpost.com. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Mort à Koh-Lanta : un témoignage accuse la production et le médecin - Par La rédaction | Arrêt sur images". www.arretsurimages.net. 2013-03-28.
  5. ^ "Koh Lanta: la production porte plainte pour diffamation contre Arrêt sur images". LExpress.fr (in French). 2013-03-28.
  6. ^ "Koh-Lanta : Les autorités cambodgiennes ont mis fin à l'enquête". Le Huffington Post (in French). 2013-03-26.
  7. ^ "Koh-Lanta : enquête préliminaire ouverte pour homicide involontaire". Franceinfo (in French). 2013-03-28.
  8. ^ ""Koh-Lanta" : ouverture d'une information judiciaire pour homicide involontaire" (in French). 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  9. ^ "Un candidat de Koh-Lanta est mort sur le tournage de l'émission". Le Huffington Post (in French). 2013-03-22.
  10. ^ "Téléréalité : malgré les drames, l'aventure continue". leparisien.fr (in French). 2015-04-24.
  11. ^ Closermag.fr (2014-03-14). "Info Closer - Mort dans "Koh-Lanta" : la production a versé plusieurs millions ... - Closer". www.closermag.fr (in French).
  12. ^ "Koh-Lanta : TF1 prépare un retour en 2014 avec d'anciens candidats". Téléobs. 2013-07-31.
  13. ^ "Koh-Lanta revient sur TF1 dès le 12 septembre". 2014-08-26.
  14. ^ "Koh-Lanta : TF1 lance le casting de la saison 14". tvmag.lefigaro.fr. 2014-05-12.
  15. ^ F.P (2014-09-05). "Koh-Lanta : une saison avec des anonymes diffusée dès le premier semestre 2015". www.programme-tv.net (in French).
  16. ^ ""Koh-Lanta" : Les candidats de l'édition de Gérald Babin en colère contre TF1 et ALP". ozap.com (in French).
  17. ^ "Koh-Lanta : l'annulation liée à une accusation d'"agression sexuelle"". Retrieved 11 May 2018.

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