TV guide: Who will outlast, outwit, outplay?

2011-05-20 08:27

Back-stabbing, ­back-biting, broken ­alliances, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster in a theme park, this year’s ­Survivor SA: Maldives got the mix just right between the challenges, contestants and the plot.

And with two very ­different individuals – Hykie Berg and Letshego Moshoeu – chasing the R1?million prize, there is nothing obvious about the winner. Former Survivor SA ­contestant ­ProVerb agrees: “I really ­believe this is going to be an interesting race to the finish line. I think Hykie is a lot more manipulative, but ­Letshego stands a better chance of winning because she played the game well and was ­careful not to make enemies along the way.”

Contestants such as Tejan Pillay and Roxy Burger – part of the jury – ensured that they played the game strategically and physically, making for jaw-dropping ­television moments.

Tejan’s seedy underhanded dealings became too much for “The Preacher and his wife”, as MXO referred to Hykie and drama queen ­extraordinaire ­Bonnie Henna. Tejan’s plotting and scheming got him ­booted, but South Africa’s own Johnny Fairplay gives kudos to the final two.

Meanwhile, Roxy played a “deer caught in the ­headlights” kind of game. Her fake innocence soon wore thin with others after handing gal pal ­Vanessa “it’s all about me, me, me!” Haywood the ­hidden immunity idol when it ­mattered most. This tipped the game against the celeb’s favour, making her a target.

Says Roxy: “From Letshego, I learnt that it’s sometimes a good thing to keep your emotions to yourself in the game and to avoid becoming too emotionally attached to people. From Hykie, I learnt communication and that it is possible to be loyal to at least one person.”

As to what will influence Roxy’s decision when ­casting her vote on Thursday for a winner, she admits that ­strategy, loyalty and passion will make all the difference.

In the meantime, fellow ­juror Malusi Mambo, who arguably rode on the coat-tails of his fellow contestants, will be basing his vote on something else: “It is mainly how they answer my questions.”

As an avid fan of this ­season’s game, I’m hoping the ­jury votes for the person who played the game in its entirety, and that is Hykie. Hopefully – unlike last ­season, where a colourless stripper won over a real ­plotter – the jury will concur.

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