After the Reward challenge, Stephen confronted Sonette about the idol, unaware that his own alliance already had it. He attempted to rope in Zavion, who showed hesitance to commit, which angered Philip. However, they each recognized his strength was useful in the pre-merge game. Sonette expressed frustration at Mark and the rest of Utara for their first defeat, because she believed her strength in puzzles could have won the tribe the reward challenge. A conversation with Marian reduced Stephen’s trust in her. As tribe captains, they drafted the two initial tribes, competed in all the team challenges pre-merge, involved themselves in tribal life, and attended Tribal Council. At Tribal Council, Stephen was indeed blindsided in another unanimous vote. The twist Nico alluded to earlier was revealed to be another immunity challenge and elimination vote. Solly and his allies agreed to target Shane next, no matter what, and to not scramble at the last minute. Shane, Zavion, and Graham took the offer, and Sivu won the challenge. Sivu felt split between his original alliance, which he didn't trust, and Buhle's outsider alliance, while Sonette and Stephen individually revealed Killarney's politicking to Zan. For the first time in nearly two decades as a professional golfer, Charl Schwartzel didn’t spend December back home in Vereeniging, South Africa. Utara appointed Solly to be their striker. Altaaf admitted that he was done dealing with the rest of his tribe, saying he would likely quit if he survived Tribal Council. Zavion aligned with Buhle, while Shane and Marian tried to strongarm Solly into staying Utara strong against the original Selatan members, but Solly wanted to stick with Selatan instead. He tried to appeal to Corné for the idol, but the leader was apprehensive about playing it so early in the game. The conversation turned several tribe members against Shane and Marian, the latter of which hypocritically ranted about someone else having an idol and messing her game up. There was no immunity challenge due to the double Tribal Council. The Reward Challenge resulted in a draw, therefore both tribes shared the reward. Sonette and Stephen distracted Gena while Shane took the idol from her bag and directed David to find a replacement stone. Stephen planned to flush an idol if Buhle had it, so that Zan would leave anyway; he informed Vel of his intentions. After the castaways left the challenge site, Nico and the captains discussed the game’s upcoming conclusion and the remaining players. Zavion affirmed his desire to reach the end alongside Graham and David, with Sivu as his first target for being a jury threat. Shane eventually decided to just tell Sonette that she was to be voted out next, which she understood. After treemail instructed the tribes to pack all their belongings, the castaways felt that the merge was arriving. Shane hoped that sending Stephen home before the merge would be enough of an olive branch to Buhle to reunite the Utara tribe with David as their number for a majority. Selatan gave Corné the idol for him to decide when it shall be used and kept out of the hands of the tribe. When the two tribes merged, the captains were removed from the camp life to compete in Salvation duels. Sivu sought to eliminate Zavion and Graham next. Returning from Tribal Council, Zavion lashed out at the rest of the tribe for voting out his closest ally, Ashleigh. Over at Utara, Killarney headed the construction of the tribe's shelter as a means to put herself in a good light, while the men of Utara struggled to make fire. Survivor South Africa: Island of Secrets - The 1st Person Voted Out. Marian lambasted Buhle, Solly, and Vel for not thinking long term after those three confronted her and Shane about the stolen idol. This was the second season to be filmed in the Johor state of Malaysia, following Survivor South Africa: Malaysia, and the third to be hosted by Nico Panagio. No transfers were made, and the Captains each stuck with their respective original tribes. Zavion decided to straight-up tell Sivu that he was the target, out of the respect he had for Sivu and his game, but this only confirmed to Sivu that he would need to play his idol. Mark won the duel 3-2. Upon arriving at camp, an emotional Gena worried about her standing within her new tribe as one of only two original Selatan members (the other being David) on the new Utara. Shane felt that Graham was the biggest threat out of the Selatan members. Mark and the rest of the tribe expressed their disappointment with Zan and proceeded to vote him out unanimously. At Tribal Council, Mark used the Salvation Cup for Moyra due to her noble gesture with the clue. At Tribal Council, Buhle blindsided Sivu and Graham by convincing David to vote Sivu with her, forcing the tiebreaker between the two former tribemates. The season was filmed in the islands amidst the South China Sea. Sonette talked about a lack of trust in the tribe and that she considered her vote to be an initiation to the majority alliance, while Buhle revealed that she had lost trust with Sonette, to Sonette's utter shock. Zavion told Altaaf his belief that David betrayed Gena, and Graham believed that one of Gena’s tribemates stole it from her bag. After the reward came an immediate immunity challenge. The champions also competed for a separate prize of R 500,000 Rand, as decided by a vote from the South African viewing audience. She felt that Shane needed it more than her, so she played it for him before arrogantly calling her game phenomenal and feeling safe. Utara won the final round, making the final score 2-2-1. Theme: Honoring South African sports legends Location: Somewhere in the South China Sea Year: 2014 “27 Days, 20 People, 1 Survivor!” Major Twists/Format Changes. Survivor South Africa: Champions is the fifth season of the South African reality competition show Survivor South Africa. She decided to convince David that he should fight for a spot with Sivu in a firemaking tiebreaker instead of letting Sivu go straight to Final Tribal Council on Day 27. After their second Reward Challenge loss, Utara fell into an argument between Mark and Sivu about Mark's leadership in deciding who in the tribe does what in the challenge. Graham Jenneker (287) Zavion Kotze (129) Altaaf Sheik (98) David De Wet (61) Nico Panagio (48) Corné Krige (42) Altaaf was stunned that some of his alliance members turned on Moyra, while Shane celebrated staying in the game. Gray Jonathon. Corné and Mark respectively joined Selatan and Utara to assist in camp life and challenges, but without the power to vote at Tribal Council. After the first immunity challenge, Utara celebrated their victory with Mark highlighting Solly's efforts in the challenge. After the votes were cast, Sivu played his idol to negate three votes against him. It premiered on March 14, 2013. Corné decided to use Salvation on Solly, considering he could be blindsided as opposed to knowing he would get voted out. After voting off their biggest provider in Zan, Utara’s morale was down; meanwhile, Selatan’s mood was better, as the tribe bonded over a yoga session. Refine All Photos By. At Tribal Council, Philip attempted to throw Moyra under the bus about his sharing sugarcane with her on Day 2, but Zavion voiced his distaste for Philip due to that, leading to an argument. The vote resulted in a tie. Marian privately gloated about stealing an idol. Over at Selatan, the Rugrats alliance with Shona decided that David needed to leave the game or else he would continue to drag the tribe down in challenges. However, as Sivu walked away from the beach to gather his thoughts, he delivered tree mail stating that the tribes would have an immunity challenge the same day. He privately considered turning against Altaaf before Shane. Though David was still a common target, Graham pitched to David and Moyra that they vote out Philip. Shane came to the conclusion that he would need to play an idol on himself. Marian then threw Stephen under the bus to Sonette, who took the idol for herself and sought to eliminate Stephen by herself. Contenders - Benji Finds The Idol. Zavion won reward, and Nico offered for him to share the pizza with the rest of the tribe, but only two of them could bring their loved ones along. Throughout the season, South Africa was encouraged to vote between Corné and Mark for who was the better captain, with Corné winning a separate grand prize alongside his Selatan protegé, Graham. He was especially disgusted with David, and plotted to sabotage his personal belongings just to get back at him. His main focus was to prove his own worth around camp in comparison to David, the tribe's outcast. Selatan was surprised to see David survived the last Tribal Council, and hoped to use Utara’s dissension to their advantage when the tribes would merge.  On Day 18, the two tribes merged into one tribe Juara, named after the Malay language word of Champions. Graham began rallying votes to blindside Solly, but grew paranoid over the possibility that he was going to get blindsided himself. Format; Seasons; See also; References; External links; As in all versions of the show, it features group of strangers who are marooned in an isolated location, where they must provide food, water, fire and shelter for themselves. Tribal Council arrived at the end of Day 3, with the counter alliance gathering enough traction to uproot Zavion's group and voting off Ashleigh, to the utmost surprise of Corné and Zavion. Graham sought to eliminate Sivu first, while Sivu tried to bring Buhle, Solly, and Vel back into his alliance. ... Australian Survivor, Champions vs Contenders II: Episode 21 & 22 Recap. However at a tense Tribal Council, Zan retaliated from his pants being taken by stealing the tribe's flint and handing it over to Buhle to keep in case they voted her out. Moyra ultimately got blindsided and became the third member of the jury. At Utara, Stephen asked Sonette if she had an idol, to which she said no. During this period, Shona claimed the idol from David's hiding spot for herself. After the votes were cast, Shane asked for the Salvation Cup to be used on him, but Mark used it for Buhle, because he respected her honesty and integrity. Gray Jonathon. David adamantly insisted he was on board with the old Selatan members, but Graham was skeptical. The castaways convened at a table that had a red flag with the word “Juara” on it, signaling the new merged tribe. 18 episodes produced for Endemol Shine Africa. Buhle and Sonette from Utara felt betrayed by Mark's choice of sending them to the reward challenge, vowing to forge a duo between the two of them, especially after winning the fire starting kit for the tribe. After stating that she would vote for her alliance partner Sivu at FTC, Marian shocked the cast and audience with her vote for Graham, stating that Graham overcame the brutal jury questioning that he received and earned her respect. 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