Townsville Bulletin - - PLAY - SEANNA CRONIN

Sur­vivor is any­thing but a get­away for those who choose to play the game.

And this year’s cast­aways are one bold bunch, says host Jonathan LaPaglia. Af­ter watch­ing the in­au­gu­ral sea­son of the re­al­ity show, filmed in Samoa last year, 2017’ s con­tes­tants think they know what’s in store for them. “They def­i­nitely think they’re more savvy,” LaPaglia says. “The fun thing about this group is they’re not afraid to make any moves. There are lots of crazy moves go­ing on through­out the en­tire sea­son. Most of them are great moves, but some are just moves for the sake of moves.

“That’s what I want in the play­ers – that they’re will­ing to make moves and try things, and they cer­tainly did that in spades this year. They’re all swing­ing for the fences and the re­sult is fun and en­ter­tain­ing TV.” But don’t ex­pect any­one to copy last year’s win­ner, Kristie Ben­nett’s strat­egy. The for­mer ac­count ex­ec­u­tive hid her in­tel­li­gence and true mo­tives from all of her com­peti­tors un­til the fi­nal tribal coun­cil, frus­trat­ing her camp­mates and view­ers alike as she con­stantly flip- flopped on al­liances.

“Ev­ery­one is play­ing their own game this year and so they should,” LaPaglia says. “It worked for Kristie last year be­cause of the bunch she was play­ing with and the cir­cum­stances. There’s no one way of do­ing it. Any­one can play it and win it.” Chan­nel 10 has made some ma­jor changes this year, re­spond­ing to fans’ calls for a live fi­nale and re­union spe­cial.

While the bulk of this year’s series has al­ready been filmed, the fi­nale is likely to be broad­cast from Syd­ney months af­ter the cast­aways have re­turned to the com­forts of home.

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