THE super fans loved the way Perth photographer Jarrad Seng played the game of Australian Survivor but that way wasn’t enough to save him on the show.
Seng — who played a clever, subtle game — was voted out of the Channel 10 reality show, in somewhat of a traditional blind side.
He is now the first member of the jury, who will decide who wins the $500,000.
Going into the tribal council, Seng, 29, thought he was safe, but then got doubts after it became apparent there was going to be a hit on his previously strong alliance, and at least a couple of his former Samatau tribe were going to flip.
“At some point in tribal, it becomes pretty apparent that there was going to be a hit against my alliance,” he said.
“But you don’t have long to process it, so in the time that I did, I would have thought it would have been Tessa (O’Halloran) targeted, and not myself.” he said.
“Tess was emerging as a bit of a dark horse, and Lockie (Gilbert) didn’t get along with Tessa either, so that was my guess.”
In the end, three of Seng’s previous allies on the Samatau tribe — Gilbert, Tara Pitt and Michelle Dougan, all flipped and voted with the Asaga tribe to get Seng out.
It was a close tribal council, with popular West Australian Luke Toki just surviving the vote.
Despite getting voted out, Seng described his time on Australian Survivor as an amazing experience.
“Overall it was a great experience,” he said.
“It was so surreal, to be involved as a player on this show that I’ve been watching for years and years.
“It was really great, but it was really brutal as well, and that’s what I loved.
“When I got out people were asking me, what did I most like about it, and I said the hardships.
“Because it shows you can get through anything, with the help of others.
“We were starving, we went through some periods of torrential rain, but we all banded together and pushed through.
“Those are the memories I will remember forever.”
Australian Survivor is now on air on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights at 7.30pm.
Originally published as Survivor blindsided in shock knockout