The series, which was filmed in Samoa from May to July 2016, hasn’t been without controversy, as there was a call for more diversity after only one out of 24 contestants was someone of colour (Barry, from Cairns, who described himself as a “successful Aboriginal/South Sea Islander”). But that’s not all. The contestants are, generally, pretty hard to like.
— Australian Survivor (@Survivor_AU) July 2, 2016
Aged between 23 (sales executive Brooke) and 62 (air-traffic controller Peter), the contestants do appear to come from all walks of life. They include a marketing executive, a law student, an army corporal/charity worker, and recently eliminated Victorian private investigator Bianca.
— Australian Survivor (@Survivor_AU) August 22, 2016
Plus the first Survivor to bid farewell to the show, courier driver Des.
— Australian Survivor (@Survivor_AU) August 21, 2016
The internet has spoken, and it looks like a lot of viewers at home are having a tough time finding someone worth rooting for to win that $500,000 cash prize. Yikes!
I think I hate them all. #SurvivorAU
— thegirlwithabow (@thegirlwithabow) August 21, 2016
I hate the guy wearing the red suit on #survivorau – so damn much
— Trav Roebuck (@Trav_Roebuck) August 22, 2016
I hate this already I'm sorry #survivorau
— emily (@icedlattegay) August 21, 2016
But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t make for good TV. I mean, who doesn’t love to hate people?
Everyone's so wrapped up in flaunting A personality "type", everyone is giving viewers a reason to hate them. This'll be juicy! #SurvivorAU
— Edy Syquer (@SyqueTIONAL) August 21, 2016
I hate every person on #SurvivorAU already this gonna be great
— Lucy Valentine (@LucyXIV) August 21, 2016
This show is fast becoming a competition for who I hate most, which almost guarantees I will watch obsessively. #SurvivorAU
— Bachie Beast 👩💻 (@BachieBeast) August 21, 2016
Being on the show is no easy feat either. Host Jonathan LaPaglia revealed it was the toughest job he’s ever had, and that he was completely exhausted after filming wrapped up.
“The first day I landed back in Los Angeles I slept for 14 hours straight,” he said during an interview with The Herald Sun — and people, he’s the host, so can you imagine how the contestants feel? Especially after the show made the decision to change up the rules from the U.S. version (one of the longest running and most successful reality TV shows ever).
Now contestants are set to compete over a total of 55 days (the original version was 39 days) with the number of contestants ranging between 16 and 20 people. And if the internet is right about these contestants, well then these extra few days will give us time to warm up to them. Maybe.
You can catch Survivor Australia on TEN on Monday and Sunday at 7.30 p.m. We, for one, won’t be missing it.