Tribal shocker for Aguila

2006-09-18 07:10
<B>Bye, bye Jude. (M-Net)</B>

Bye, bye Jude. (M-Net)

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Cape Town - Last week Aguila ditched Sam at a fiery Survivor vote-off; this week their emotions swerved from sadness to shock in a surprise tribal council twist.

Hostage negotiator Jude Wilken, 39, from Kempton Park became the third person to leave Survivor South Africa: Panama when she asked to lay down her torch for health reasons.

In a break with traditional tribal council rules, host Mark Bayly then allowed the Aguilans to say their last goodbyes to one of the most popular tribe members.

Of course the surviving members were relieved to have stayed in game. Little did they know that their parting tears did not mark the end of their tribal council session. Following Jude's departure, Bayly made a shocking announcement: since Jude had asked to go before any votes had been cast, the other players were not off the hook yet. In accordance with Survivor rules, they still had to vote.

Shift in loyalties

The ballots of the unsuspecting Aguilans, who came to tribal council prepared to let Jude go, revealed a shift in tribe loyalties. Brigitte, earmarked last week to follow in her friend Sam's footsteps, received one only vote, while the remaining votes all went to a stunned Nico.

As Survivor rules stipulate that only one torch can be extinguished at each tribal council, host Mark Bayly explained that Nico would start Aguila's next tribal council with one vote against him.

Jude attributed her exit to low blood pressure and a diet lacking magnesium and iron. When she realised that her condition would only decline and drag the team down in future challenges, a tearful Jude tried to persuade her team to vote her off. At first this request was met with fierce resistance, especially from Mzi, who was convinced that her energy levels would increase again.

Aguila won a knife and mosquito net in this week's reward challenge in which three members from each tribe had to outlast each other in a race to claim stakes on the beach.

In the immunity challenge dubbed "The Swing", the tribes had to move a member hanging from ropes to and fro to collect and reposition human skulls. Aguila lost by just one "skeleton head".

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