Survivor South Africa returns

Survivor is the show that kick started the reality TV buzz (in my head that is). It was a global phenomenon, a unique TV experience that put the contestants to the test. As viewers we got to see backstabbing at its best, strategies and alliances coming to life. We got to see these contestants survive the elements, battling their way through it, all in the hopes of scooping that massive prize money.

Our local version did really well… So much so M-Net has decided it is time to do another season. That will happen next year, woohoo!!! I want to enter. Would you enter? Have a look at this for more information:

Worldwide first for Survivor:
Two sporting champions at the helm of new Survivor SA

Survivor South Africa is back – with a twist that is rewriting international Survivor history. In a worldwide first, two sporting legends have been tasked to lead the tribes that will face hunger pains, the elements of nature, nasty creepy crawlies, and the game’s trademark plotting and scheming – all in the quest to become the next Ultimate Survivor.

Soccer superstar Mark Fish and former Springbok rugby captain Corné Krige are the two national heroes that will go head to head in M-Net’s brand new Survivor South Africa: Champions.

Unlike their tribe members, who will all be unknown South African citizens, they won’t run the risk of being voted off at the show’s dreaded tribal councils. Yet, every second on the island will be just as important to them.

While the other Survivors are giving all they have to survive the island’s hardships and win the jury’s vote for a cash prize of R1 million, Mark and Corné will be playing their own game, with their eyes set on a separate R500 000, for themselves.

But to get the R500 000 into their bank account, they will first have to impress the most difficult jury of them all – the voting public. While the show is screened on M-Net, these critical Survivor fans will scrutinize Corné and Mark’s every move, maneuver, decision and tactic to determine which of the two proved to be the best tribal captain.

“This addition to the popular reality show format is bound to create many hours of excitable water cooler conversation,” says Pierre Cloete, M-Net Director: General Entertainment Channels. “Mark and Corné are both highly competitive and physically strong, but have very different personalities. It will be fascinating to see how these tribe captains strategise to get their team ahead and how they deal with the multiple challenges on the island.”

“And, this is just the first of many surprises awaiting Survivor South African fans this season,” adds Sivan Pillay, Managing Director of Endemol South Africa, the production company that has produced all seasons of Survivor South Africa to date. “Pitting two champions with the gravitas of Mark and Corné against each other opens up plenty opportunities for curveballs and additional pressure on the contestants. You will have to be extra tough to survive this one!”

South African citizens who want to join either Corné or Mark’s tribes, need to keep an eye on M-Net, the M-Net website and the press from the beginning of July to find out more. As in the past, contestants will have to be older than 18, with a valid passport and the determination to remain standing in the harshest of circumstances.

But what do the two already-chosen Survivor champions think of their role on the show? And who would they like to have in their tribe?

“I feel for Corné’s tribe,” quips the witty Mark, who has captained soccer teams in the UK and Italy. “To be lead by a rugby player? Say no more!”
On a more serious note, the man with the never-say-die attitude wants to be surrounded by individuals who will “showcase their individual qualities that will help the team to progress.”

Sturdy, experienced Stormers and Springbok leader Corné will base his strategy on compassion and hard work. “I would like tribe members who are tough when the tough gets going and have a fighting spirit.”

Survivor South Africa: Champions will be filmed at a secret location towards the end of 2013 and Nico Panagio will appear again as the series host.

For more information, contact Ingrid Engelbrecht –

It’s Survivor season again

While we eagerly await the new season of South African Survivor next year, there’s an international season for us in the mean time. Starting on the 20th of December on SABC 3, the 17th installment of the Emmy winning show kicks off. This time the 18 hopefuls will be marooned in Gabon, battling not only each other but also all the elements too. Here are their profiles:

Eagle Rock, Mo.
Wedding Videographer

Randy Bailey wants to be personally responsible for crushing the hopes and dreams of all other contestants with delusions of winning SURVIVOR. He considers himself a ruthless bully who enjoys picking on those that were not blessed with his strength or intellect.
Randy describes himself as angry, blunt, mean and sarcastic (yet charming), and admits he’s a train wreck. Bailey declares he has no living relatives besides an older brother, from whom he hasn’t heard from in years. He says he has never met a person who didn’t eventually disappoint him. The only person he has ever loved was his recently deceased black Labrador mix, Johnson, with whom he lived for 13 years. His biggest pet peeves are cell phones and overly religious people, and he says he doesn’t allow either in his home or car. Bailey’s hobbies include scuba diving, marathon running and triathlons, including competing twice in the Hawaiian Ironman. Despite having competed in over 100 triathlons, he claims that he has not been off the couch in years. Instead, he now enjoys his nightly hot tub with a scotch on the rocks. He is also a private pilot, enjoys watching football and occasionally plays golf.
Bailey’s primary motivation for being on the show is to be hungry, tired, dirty and smelly. He also says he needs a long vacation where he will not be hassled with the mundane issues of his boring life. He’s a SURVIVOR purist and guarantees he will win if the game is not poisoned with too many twists.
Bailey is currently single and lives on a lake in rural southwest Missouri. Randy recently moved from Plano, Texas where he lived for 20 years and still claims to be a Texan at heart. He plans on returning there after he wins the million. He has an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, but chooses to work as a wedding videographer where he can set his own schedule.

Santa Barbara, Calif.
Medical Sales
Jacque Berg always plays to win and will settle for nothing less than number one. She’s trained her whole life to play a game like SURVIVOR. Competing in several sports such as gymnastics, water polo, crew, track and swimming, she’s proven herself a leader. Berg thrives off pressure and has gone as far as competing against sales executives with 10 years experience to land her dream job as a medical device sales representative. Berg, one of the youngest people in her industry, is also a writer and charity organizer. Constantly on the go, Jacque admits she doesn’t like to sit still and is full of life. Her hobbies include running, swimming, surfing and boating. She describes herself as enthusiastic, adventurous, sweet and extremely positive. Her biggest pet peeve is people who talk about their big dreams but do nothing about it. She believes we all have control over our own destiny. Berg confesses that she performs her best when in extreme situations and can’t wait to overcome the physical and mental challenges SURVIVOR will offer. Berg grew up in Minnesota and is currently single and lives in Santa Barbara, California. She has a B.S. in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her birth date is September 10, 1982.

Portland, Ore.
Maintenance Man

Ami Cusack was born and raised in Golden, Colorado, to Richard, a top gun pilot and explosives engineer, Danny Brown deems himself a true SURVIVOR, having overcome a difficult childhood including homelessness, and a mother who constantly moved both him and his brother to temporary housing. However, despite his hardships, Brown was resilient and optimistic. As a child, Brown learned to swim and fish in the Colorado River and developed a lifelong love of the outdoors. He said he would quit his job to live outside if he could. His hobbies include producing music, fishing and traveling. He enjoys playing basketball and lifting weights whenever he gets the chance. He describes himself as adventurous, outgoing and silly, and he doesn’t like dishonest people. Brown currently works as a maintenance supervisor for the apartment complex where he lives and claims that making it through the week there is a challenge in itself. His job consists of cleaning, painting, plumbing, electrical repairs and customer service for the tenants. He believes that his determination, hard work and social skills can get him to the end. Brown lives in Portland, Oregon with his girlfriend, Shannan. He shares his home with his dog Chica, a cat named Scout and five snakes. His birth date is July 13, 1982.
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Survivor Maldives… keen?

M-Net announced earlier that the next edition of Survivor South Africa will take place on an exotic island in the Maldives. Due to the success of the celebrity edition earlier this year, the channel has decided it will commission a new season. M-Net’s Channel Head, Pierre Cloete, says “While our celebrities were plotting and playing in Mozambique, M-Net was inundated with requests from viewers who wanted to be the next Ultimate Survivor. Now, with the approval and assistance of the government of the Maldives, our castaways will embark on the experience of a lifetime.” Nico Panagio will again host the show (good move- he’s fantastic) and the ultimate Survivor will walk away with a whopping R1Million bucks. Not bad huh?

So you want to be part of this season? Well here’s what you will need:
– Be in good mental and physical shape
– A strong swimmer
– Older than 21
– Possess a valid passport

I have all four… hmmmm…

To find out how to enter, watch M-Net at 17:30 on Sunday and you can log onto the website for more @

Me In A Minute: Idols co-host Proverb

I love the back stories of Idol contestants. Where they come from, how far they’ve travelled to participate, or how long they’ve dreamed of this opportunity. Beyond the talent – or lack thereof – is the human factor and the genuine desire to do well.

The Survivor experience has left a long impression on me. I’d even say it has changed my life for the better.

I haven’t left the music business and I intend to draw inspiration from the Idols experience – perhaps more from being a part of the whole thing.

Liezel (van der Westhuizen) is incredibly smart and intuitive. Her sense of humour astounds me and I’m grateful to have her as my co-host. I’m also glad to be learning from someone who is more experieced and can show me the ropes.

Twitter and other social media are very powerful platforms for exchanging and interacting with peers and friends. Twitter is also good for networking and creating business. It has its dangers, naturally, and the security measures could certainly be stepped up.

I’m not materialistic, nor do I really attach any major value to any physical object. Especially since Survivor, I’ve learnt that one can do without any of the luxuries we depend on so much. For me, if I can have my family with me, I don’t need anything else.

The one question Google cannot answer for me is why is there so much hatred in the world?

I think Jennifer Hudson is an incredible actress and I have no doubts she will do well in the role as Winnie Madikizela- Mandela in the upcoming biopic. I also think we have equally talented actresses locally who would have done just as good a job. I am, however, of the opinion that they prefer to cast internationally because the likelihood is that the film would receive more support because of a big name.

The only person I would cast to play me in a movie is myself, actually, just to accurately show the complexities and the intricate person that is me.

Survivor host Nico on The Von Vodcast

Audiences are used to seeing him on the glitzy magazine show, Top Billing, but now he’s roughing it out. Nico Panagio is the new host of Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina . I caught up with him between filming of the reality show at the Indigo Bay Hotel in Mozambique recently to find out more about the show, the experience and what we can look forward to. Check out The Von Vodcast above for more.