Sam 'too loud to last'

2006-09-11 06:49
<b>Off the island.</b>

Off the island.

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Cape Town - Make people like you. Just don't try too hard.

That's what 29 year-old sculptor Sam Allerton taught viewers of Sunday night's episode of Survivor South Africa when he was the second contestant to be voted out.

Sam seemed to blow his chances of winning when he lost his temper with Mzi over making a fire at camp. Reflecting on the incident, Mzi calmly told the cameras "You need to choose your battles."

He understands the game - fly below the radar, make friends quietly. On the other hand, I doubt Sam learned anything from his six days on the island.

After the flare-up, Sam knew he was in with a chance of being voted off, and immediately set about doing his best to form alliances, trying to convince the others that Vanessa (who was quick to pounce on him during the feisty incident) should be voted off.

But his case was lost after his very obvious alliance with Brigitte where they paraded around alone together, and his continuous overconfident manner which caused disruption in the tribe.

Mark Bayly's proficient facilitation of the discussion at Tribal Council allowed a lot to be said by the tribe, but Sam cooked his goose by blabbering a desperate but lost cause. Poor guy - he was just too loud to last.

Sunday night's immunity challenge was titled "Drag the Cannon", which saw one member from each side tied to a cannon, which they and their tribe would have to drag over a tricky course.

Good ol' Zayn from Durban was tied to the cannon, and he ran like a man possessed while the team had the presence of mind to round the last corner in such a way that Zayn was in front and could pull the cannon while the others pushed from behind, which gave the tribe the momentum to cross the line first and claim their first victory of the series.

Zayn obviously learned from his mistake in the Reverse Sumo reward competition, as he was out-muscled by Sanele from team Aguila, who helped his team win reward. Hopefully we'll start to see some brain games after two weeks of brawn sport.

This week, fans can catch Don (who was voted off last week) and Sam at parties in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. The parties are organised by DJ Syndicate, and hosted by radio personalities Ian F and Sasha Martinengo.

The venues are:

  • Johannesburg - Thursday, September 14 - Monsoon Lagoon, Emperor's Palace.
  • Durban - Friday, September 15: 80's.
  • Cape Town - Saturday, September 16 - Vacca Matta.
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