Jun­gle king still creepin

Cockburn Gazette - - TELEVISION - Tanya Mac­Naughton

TO make tribal merge once on Aus­tralian Sur­vivor is an ac­com­plish­ment but to do it twice only shows Luke Toki is liv­ing up to his self-pro­claimed ti­tle as ‘King of the Jun­gle’.

“It was cool and amaz­ing,” Toki, of Bal­divis, said. “With re­turn­ing, there was a big fear that I’d get elim­i­nated early but I some­how man­aged to dodge some pretty sticky sit­u­a­tions and make it where I’m at.”

Toki came sev­enth in the 2017 Aus­tralian Sur­vivor filmed in Samoa and was in­vited back for this sea­son’s Aus­tralian Sur­vivor: Cham­pi­ons V Con­tenders as the ‘Peo­ple’s Cham­pion’.

“I def­i­nitely un­der­stood the rules of the game and how you could ma­nip­u­late and an­a­lyse peo­ple a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently,” he said.

“I found what made them tick to use things against them later on, know­ing they’d get up­set at cer­tain things.

“I knew I could change my game a lit­tle bit to po­ten­tially help me win. I like to think I learn from my mis­takes rather than make more mis­takes.

“I thought I’d come in with a lit­tle bit of a dif­fer­ent game plan and so far so good.”

As if leav­ing his wife Mary and two young sons Len­nox (7) and Nate (5) was not dif­fi­cult enough in 2017, this time there was also his six-week-old daugh­ter Madeline too, who had just been di­ag­nosed with cys­tic fi­bro­sis.

Toki said he was more emo­tion­ally in­vested to win­ning this time, given his sit­u­a­tion.

“How of­ten do you have a one in 24 chance to win $500,000 in 50 days?” he said.

“I couldn’t save $500,000 in 10 years and know­ing I came sev­enth last time, what’s to say I couldn’t win it this time?”

Toki said his only prepa­ra­tion and train­ing be­fore fly­ing to Fiji for film­ing was chang­ing nap­pies and tak­ing his boys to school.

“I didn’t pre­pare too much phys­i­cally this time be­cause I was al­ready run off my feet be­fore go­ing out there,” he said.

“But it’s pay­ing off. There are some big char­ac­ters and peo­ple left who have made some big moves al­ready pre­merge. I thought pre-merge was good and now we’re rolling into merge and are we go­ing to be able to keep that same mo­men­tum? I think we will.”

Aus­tralian Sur­vivor: Cham­pi­ons V Con­tenders con­tin­ues on Ten, Sun­day, Mon­day and Tues­day nights at 7.30pm.

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