Koh-Lanta

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Koh-Lanta
Genre Reality competition
Presented by Hubert Auriol (2001)
Denis Brogniart (2002–)
Country of origin France
No. of seasons 14 + 4 special editions
Production company(s) Adventure Line Productions
Release
Original network TF1
Original release August 4, 2001
Chronology
Related shows International versions
External links
Website

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 14 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]

Further information: Survivor (TV series) § Format

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).

Seasons[edit]

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 non-picked 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 10-0
16 Koh-Lanta:
Cambodia
March 10,
2017
June 2,
2017
Cambodia 40 Three tribes of six
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

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.

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.

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