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First episode date
17 August 2006

Seven Network

Reality television


Presented by
Ian Dickson

Number of episodes

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Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu

Original release
17 August – 2 November 2006

Preceded by
Season 1 (on the Nine Network)

Followed by
Season 3 (on the Ten Network)

Imogen Bailey, Gabrielle Richens, Fiona Horne, Ian Dickson, Justin Melvey

Australian Survivor, Survivor, Survivor South Africa, Survivor Philippines, Survivor Live

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Australian Celebrity Survivor (also known as Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu) is the second season of Australian Survivor, based on the popular reality game show Survivor. The series was filmed in May and June 2006 and aired weekly between August and November 2006 on the Seven Network. It was set on the Vanuatuan island of Éfaté. Hosted by television personality and former record company executive Ian "Dicko" Dickson, the program featured 12 Australian celebrity castaways competing for 25 days. The grand prize was A$100,000 for the winner's chosen charity. After 25 days on the island, surf lifesaving champion Guy Leech was named the "Sole Celebrity Survivor" in a 3–2 jury vote over actor Justin Melvey. Guy donated his A$100,000 charity prize to Ride Aid Inc while the charities of the other players each received a donation of A$5,000.


Celebrity Survivor was aired on the Seven Network in 2006, the same year the network aired other celebrity-oriented reality programs including It Takes Two and Dancing with the Stars. Although better received than the Nine Network's 2002 season, Seven's Celebrity Survivor series was still only a modest success in the ratings and was not renewed by the Seven Network. A third Australian Survivor was not produced until 10 years later when Network Ten picked up the rights for a third season which aired in 2016.


In 2006, Nine Network held the rights to screen the American edition of Survivor and the licence to produce a local a local edition of Survivor, which resulted in Nine's 2002 edition of Australian Survivor. However, the Seven Network found a loophole in their contract and obtained the rights to produce Australian Celebrity Survivor, as Castaway Television views the Celebrity Survivor format as a different format from the regular format) Castaway Television, who produced Nine's series, was again involved in the production of this second Australian season of Survivor.

Filming and development

The show was filmed on the island of Éfaté in Vanuatu, which was used for the 9th season of the American series (Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire) and the 6th season of the French series (Koh-Lanta: Vanuatu). Production of the series took place over twenty-five days, from late May to early June 2006, with promotional advertising beginning in July. The executive producer of Celebrity Survivor was David Mason, who also produces other shows on the Seven Network, such as Medical Emergency and The Mole.


Before the series began, Dickson and a few of the Celebrity Survivor contestants appeared on the Seven Network's breakfast news show, Sunrise, to promote the series. This paralleled what occurs in the American version, when the show is promoted on The Early Show, CBS' own breakfast news program, and what happened during the Nine Network's Australian Survivor venture, when the series was featured on the early morning show, Today and A Current Affair. Contestants, Amber Petty and Nicolle Dickson, also appeared in television commercials for Olay Total Effects, which were broadcast during the series.


On Day 1, nine of the twelve players were divided based on gender into two tribes. The five women composed the Moso tribe and the four men made up the Kakula tribe. Later on Day 1, a player of the opposite gender joined each tribe, and for winning the first immunity challenge, Kakula received a former soldier and survival expert as their sixth tribe member. On Day 6, the ten remaining players were redistributed into two mixed-gender tribes of five.

On Day 12, the seven remaining players merged into the Tanna tribe. These players made up the two finalists and the five members of the jury, who ultimately decided who will be the "Sole Celebrity Survivor".

Season summary

In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.

Voting history



Celebrity Survivor Wikipedia

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