"It was hard on the contestants, because it was always at the most inconvenient time, which was at night when they were trying to sleep. So, there were a lot of late nights for those guys, and it was pretty intense at times."
"I mean, I get woken up in my hotel room and I'd hear all the noise, and I'd think, 'Those poor guys are out there!'"
Cut off from the outside world
Once you join the cast of Survivor, you can kiss the outside world goodbye. Until you get eliminated of course.
According to a report from news.com.au, season three's Rohan MacLaren said that he and his fellow contestants arrived in Samoa in vans with blacked-out windows and weren't allowed to talk to any of the other competitors until they'd landed on the island.
"It felt like I'd been abducted for the first five minutes, it was just missing the bag over my head," model Rohan said. "Then it got quite serene. It was a nice time to sit and think. I prefer the blacked out van. You really feel like you're in the wild."
Do the contestants really eat rice and beans?
If the weight loss transformations of Survivor contestants are anything to go by, you can bet their food supply is well and truly limited.
Monika Radulovic, who competed on the show in 2018, previously told Now To Love that aside from rewards, their diet consisted of a small portion of rice and kidney beans a day, plus whatever they can forage near camp such as fish, papaya and coconut. And the portion size was the real issue.
"After a while, the beans and rice especially with some toasted coconut on top of it tastes good. We just didn't have enough to satisfy us, we had a cup per meal."
Runner up Sharn Coombes also told TV WEEK, "In terms of appearance I was certainly shocked at my weight loss, I don't think I've ever seen myself that thin ever. I was also amazed at the muscles underneath there! That was kind of cool."
Is the show scripted?
While everything the contestants say is real, like any reality show, there is some editing to spice things up when some drama is needed.
In 2018, Contender Benji Wilson was eliminated as a result of a re-vote where the contestants were only allowed to vote him or Sharn Coombes out.
Viewers were made to thing that he was voted out after he was caught in an awkward lie when he told fellow contestant Brian Lake that Sharn was planning to vote him out, apparently forgetting Brian was wearing the immunity necklace.
"I don't think that moment was my downfall, that was a little bit of TV magic for you," Benji told Mamamia.
"That conversation didn't actually happen that way. I was actually saying that Sharn would come for Brian if he let me go."
What do the contestants actually have to help them?
When you play the game of Survivor, you really are stripped down to basics.
"We had the clothes that we wore and then you could only have five other items. Five other clothing items!" 2018 Champion Steve 'The Commando' Willis previously admitted to NW.
"You couldn't take a pocket knife or a torch or a book or a pillow or any comfort items. You had your clothing items, and a little bag to carry your stuff in, and a water bottle."
"What they do is you have your "first day" clothes. So they set the scene like you've been on a ship or you've been marooned on an island and you've only got the clothes that you're wearing. And you've got only those clothes for three days." Shane revealed.
"On the third day, you get five other items, so you have to choose which five items you want to take. And you have to choose wisely, because they have to last you for up to 60 days in all sorts of conditions."
Former Miss Universe Monika admitted she revelled in the fact that she was out of her comfort zone and didn't have anything.
"We didn't have shampoo, soap, toothbrushes or toothpaste, all I had was the ocean and some sand to exfoliate and that was the extent of my beauty routine and I loved it."
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