Next on Survivor South Africa: Champions

The game is heating up and the backstabbing is becoming intense. I’ve enjoyed watching this season of Survivor South Africa. While players like Marian and Shane PISS me off to no end, they’re doing exactly what they have to to win that million Rand prize. David is just annoying and most of the others are okay. I really enjoy Zavian and Graham, but in the last couple of episodes, I feel like Graham is getting too caught up in Shane’s game and that might cost him big time. Let’s see what happens I guess. So what’s happening at 17:30 tonight? Check this little teaser out below: Continue reading “Next on Survivor South Africa: Champions”

Survivor SA: Champions – Meet the castaways


If someone had to ask me what my favourite reality show is, it would have to be Survivor. I’ve loved this show since inception and I follow it as much as possible. The American one is fantastic and the South African version is equally as entertaining and with that in mind, we’ve got just over two weeks to go until the new season hits our screens. It’s called Survivor SA: Champions. It will see sporting icons Mark Fish and Corne Krige leading two tribes through the trials and tribulations the game that is Survivor. Here are the contestants you’ll be seeing a lot more of come the 19th of January at 17:30.

The Brawn

Physical strength and well-toned muscles can come in handy at Survivor challenges, but these Goliaths take it to the next level. If they all end up in the same tribe, it will be a walk-over at the challenges. If not, there might be epic testosterone-fuelled battles.

Sports Manager

Solly is a street-smart, athletic sportsman who grew up in Hillbrow, studied at RAU and is now the Sports Manager of a country club in small-town Kathu in the Northern Cape. One of his best-loved playgrounds is the gym. He also managed gym franchises in Johannesburg, and while his imposing rugby body poses a physical threat to men, he loves the company of strong women.

Vehicle salesman

This sexy Umtata-born bad boy is not your typical jock, but his tattoo-covered gym-honed body is hard to ignore. Zan is a car sales executive who’s always been obsessed with swimming and the big blue ocean. He represented Eastern Province at the SA Games in swimming in 2005 and is a scuba dive master who also loves fishing. Add to that the ability to speak fluent Xhosa and a chef qualification and the hunky castaway becomes even more intriguing…

Wedding Planner

Zavion hits the stereotypical image of an out-and-proud gay wedding planner for six. He has been the SA Student Decathlon Champion for the past four years and trained for the Sharks Rugby Academy under-21 side. But in contrast to ladies’ man Solly and bad boy Zan, Zavion is a go-getter former Kearsney College Head Boy and a people-pleaser with an artistic side. As you would expect from a wedding planner everything must be perfect, maybe too perfect. Continue reading “Survivor SA: Champions – Meet the castaways”

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 –

Survivor South Africa: Maldives. Meet the contestants

Survivor South Africa: Maldives kicks off on Thursday night on M-Net. It will once again be hosted by Nico Panagio, who I rate as a presenter. He’s strong, understands the game and executes the role of Survivor host brilliantly. Now I’ve seen the promos on some of the contestants and they look like an interesting bunch. Here’s a closer look at the Celebs and the Plebs. Check it out.

Name: Roxy Burger
Age: 24
Occupation: TV Presenter/ Business owner
Claim to fame: Roxy was one of the faces of KTV for many years.
Can she win? Don’t underestimate Roxy, thinking that she is still the pretty sweet girl from KTV. She has grown up to be an ambitious young lady, with defined goals – and one of these is to make it all the way to the top.

Name: Tshepo Maseko
Age: 36
Occupation: Actor
Claim to fame: Tshepo is best known for his role as Parsons in the multiple award-winning daily soap, Isidingo.
Can he win? This fun-loving, jovial man is easily underestimated. Behind the charm and big smile is a determined – and very competitive – personality.

Name: Vanessa Haywood
Age: 33
Occupation: Actress, TV Presenter, Businesswoman
Claim to fame: This former Miss South Africa finalist and international model played leading lady Tania in the Oscar nominated international hit District 9.
Can she win? Vanessa is a well-balanced, likeable, sporty, outdoors woman with an extremely competitive nature.

Name: Bonnie Henna
Age: 31
Occupation: Actress
Claim to fame: Bonnie played in international films such as Clint Eastwood Oscar-winning film Invictus, Drum and Catch a Fire. She also starred
on television in series like Hillside, Soul City and Home Affairs and was discovered by an agent at a bus stop at the age of 13.
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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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Me In A Minute with presenter Sade Giliberti

Being involved with the second season of So You Think You Can Danceis great. Actually, it’s as cool as the first season. It’s always fantastic being part of such an awesome and popular show

The most stressful part of being a presenter has been changing my image, because what some fans don’t know is that I’m a tomboy.

The behind-the-scenes guys and girls are really fun, plus they know how to work hard when they need to. It’s not only about the contestants who come on the show thinking they can dance – our crew always busts some moves during the audition process.

Survivor: South Africa was an awesome reality show to be a part of. It was a good vehicle to show and remind SA who the real Sade is. The Sade they watched growing up, the down to earth, short-haired, boisterous gal.

It’s been a crazy journey for me, sometimes it’s even hard to believe that I have been in the “limelight” from such a young age. I have been a part of many wonderful projects over the years, but I think my biggest highlight (besides SYTYCD and Survivor) is managing to remain on a daily youth show for 10 years. Being a kid growing up on TV, it’s hard to sometimes have those typical “teen” moments because of the role model job we had to portray to so many kids out there.

If there’s one person I could bitch slap it would be Lady Gaga. Yeah, yeah, I know everyone likes her and she’s a great entertainer, but where will she be in another year? And as for those black heels she keeps wearing. She always takes a tumble. Then again, so do I.

My gap year was the greatest thing I ever did for myself, professionally and personally. However, it has left me with the travel bug. There’s so much of the world I would still like to see and I am itching to travel again.

I enjoy photography and I would like to be way better at it than I already think I am. If I could have another skill, I would like to have the ability to be insanely artistic, like a graphic designer or some kind of artist. I also want to write a book one day.

The last good movie I watched was The Runaways, about Joan Jet, starring Kristen Stewart. I liked that it just told the story. No in-between love story or curve-ball plot. Plus the performances were good from K Stew and Dakota Fanning.

I do all my chores, and I don’t mind doing them. Although I hate ironing. What a mission.

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 @