I thought I would be Brooke Shields on Blue La­goon

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num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tion­sa­tions Ten Ten has has ever ever seen for a re­al­ity show,how, with with more more than 22,000 peo­plele ap­ply­ing ap­ply­ing to to go on the show. “CBS, who air Sur­vivor Sur­vivor in the US, have al­soso been been very com­pli­men­tary,ary, al­low­ing us to usee the the of­fi­cial theme mu­sic­sic and and or­gan­is­ing for (Aussieussie host) host) Jonathan LaPagliaa to to meet meet (US host) Jeff Probst,”obst,” Tate Tate says. He adds therere was was no no pres­sure from Cast­awayst­away to to stick stick with a sim­i­lar for­mat­tomat to the US, US, but with Aus­tralianan au­di­ences au­di­ences so fa­mil­iar with thehe US US se­ries, se­ries, they wanted to goo with with a a proven for­mula. LaPaglia re­cently learned just how com­mit­ted and loyal A Aussie fans are to the US Sur­vivor for­mat. “As an ac­tor I wanted to make it com­pletely m my own, or even just tweak it a bit bit” the 48-year-old ac­tor­turned-host says. “There are a hand­ful of catch­phrases Probst says that a are syn­ony­mous with Sur­vivor, like ‘the tribe has spo­ken’ a and ‘I’ll go tally the votes.’ So So I de­cided to say ‘I’ll go count the votes’ in­stead and there was was s so much on­line chat­ter over t thathat one one w word change. So I started to al­ter al­ter­nate it, some­times I’d say ‘count’ ‘count’ an and some­times ‘tally’ but in t thehe end end the the ed­i­tors changed it to ‘count’ re­gard re­gard­less of what I said. “It shows the fans are in­cred­i­bly loyal, to the point of ob­ses­sive, they’re stu­dents of the game.” hile base rat­ings for Aus­tralian Sur­vivor (an av­er­age 780,000 per episode) don’t com­pare to those of main com­peti­tor The Block on Nine, which can sur­pass one mil­lion an episode, Tate says view­ers watch­ing Sur­vivor through catch-up ser­vices and on­line boosted num­bers by up to 21 per cent. “It’s al­most crim­i­nal Aus­tralian Sur­vivor is not get­ting the view­ers it de­serves,” says Steve Molk of de­ciderTV.com. “Ten is giv­ing it a red hot go and pro­duc­ing a show that is beau­ti­fully shot and just as sleek as the US ver­sion. “Part of the rea­son why it’s so good is that

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