'Survivor SA': Scorned jury favours Gigi over Ashley Hayden

2010-04-22 00:00

ASHLEY Hayden’s strategy to form alliances and break them when she felt the time was ripe failed spectacularly when her former tribe-mates cast their votes for her rival, club owner and former exotic dancer GiGi.

Wearing a golden dress and killer heels, GiGi enjoyed a truly golden glow as she walked away from Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina with R500 000 for herself and another R500 000 for her chosen charity, Hospice Houghton.

GiGi said her plan all along was to stay on the island as long as possible. “I run my own business, give orders and talk all the time. But on the island, I had to fly under the radar. I played the character game. And I was lucky. [Ashley] could have taken [hip-hop artist] Pro­Verb to the final. But at the end, we were two women together … I think that sends a strong message that women are much stronger than they and other people think they are.”


A rueful Hayden, who won R200 000 for her charity, The Homestead (Projects for Street Children), admitted she had miscalculated just how angry her strategy had made people.

“No matter who I had taken to the final two, I had angered members of the jury so much, they would always have voted for the other person. I had hoped for a four-four split and hopefully the viewer’s vote, but …”

Hayden won the viewers’ vote and those of contestants ProVerb and Izak Davel, while GiGi received votes from Hanna Grobler, Okkert Brits, Gys de Villiers, Kaseran Pillay and Sade Giliberti.

Asked if she would change her strategy if she could, Hayden said no. “Survivor is a game to be played. You either play or be played.”

M-Net announced during the finale last night that sponsors Pick n Pay and Liqui Fruit will give the contestants’ charities R10 000 and R20 000 respectively.

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