The highly-anticipated sixth season of Survivor South Africa premiered on M-Net last night and this season, set in the Philippines in bigger and better than ever. The first episode introduced us to the 18 new castaways who will be competing in this season and also included a shock elimination which saw potential front-runner Seamus Holmes sent home in a shocking blindside.

Seamus came into the game with a whole lot of confidence and hoped to be the greatest villain the show has ever seen. Being an unapologetic villain, strategist and super fan of the Survivor worldwide franchise, Seamus planned to tell lies and orchestrate blindsides aplenty. Little did he know how his fellow Survivors would turn his craving for chaos into his own demise.

When his tribe, Luzon, lost the immunity challenge – and the reward of fire – to tribe Mindanao, everything was going Seamus’s way. Friendly “misfit” and down-to-earth guy-next-door Ace was the tribe’s obvious target after he and adventure camp manager Tom didn’t live up to their expectations during the fire-making challenge. In a genius move at the time, Seamus then started to plot against Tom, whom he quickly identified as a master of playing the social side of the game.

It seemed as if everyone was buying into the plan to blindside Tom. In the meantime, however, Tom’s friend Chané, who believed that it was not Tom’s time to go yet, persuaded her bestie Annalize that they had what it took to give Seamus a little bit of his own medicine – blindsiding HIM! To pull this off they had to tell Tom about Seamus’s strategy and in an unforeseen chain of events, Tom decided to confront the puppet master. That left the tribe divided with a group forming around Tom and others sticking to Seamus’ alliance. The tables were now turned as the man at the top of the pack of cards – the swing vote whose decision at tribal council would seal either Tom or Seamus’ fate – was now none other than the tribe’s initial target, Ace.

Meanwhile, life was just as eventful at tribe Mindanao. One castaway killed a snake, another told all kinds of untruths and the search for a hidden immunity idol began immediately.

“The turn of events in this week’s Survivor SA just shows once again that everything is unpredictable on the island and that anything can happen at any time in this game,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “These castaways all desperately want to win the game they love and will go to great lenghts to become the Sole Survivor. It’s going to be an explosive series.”

Catch the next exciting episode of Survivor South Africa: Philippines every Thursday at 19h00 on M-Net.

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