Survivors left feeling ratty

2011-02-26 19:12

Survivor SA Maldives premiered this week with a meaty start for the celebs when age-old instinct and growling tummies led to rats on the braai.

After two days with only a handful of rice to eat, celeb contestants Isidingo actor Tshepo Maseko and musician Jacques Terre’- Blanche spotted the first four-legged fluffy Ratatouille and all resistance crumbled, except for that of The Coconuts star Philicity Reeken.

Reeken just could not convince herself to eat the tastes-like-chicken protein on offer.

District 9 star Vanessa Haywood walked away to avoid seeing how the captured rat was killed.

Later that night, though, when the second rat was crispy on the braai, Vanessa tucked in.

“Rat really does taste like smoked chicken,” she told You magazine.

The rat barbecue made a tiny blip on Twitter, with tweets ranging from “So who is going out for ‘Rat’ steaks tonight, looks like SA Survivor will be changing menus all over the country” to “OMG ... the ‘celebs’ on Survivor SA just ate a RAT... disgusting”.

Disgusting, perhaps, but certainly not the most disgusting meal anyone has eaten for money.

The king of gore is still the American show Fear Factor – best known for having contestants gulp down vile animal parts and even blending rats and live bugs.

On the menu in The Fear Factor picnic, Episode 620, were such “delicacies” as worm hotdog, a rotten tuna sandwich and maggoty fried chicken.

Insects rarely escape the clutches of contestants and Iraqi camel spiders made their appearance, as did rotten milk.

» Survivor SA Maldives is the fourth season of the local production.

Banished to the Maldives for 27 days, nine celebs and 10 plebs are squaring off to take home the prize of R1 million.

Poor rugby player Lukhanyo Nontshinga did not survive the week and became the first person to be voted off the island.

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