New SA ‘Survivor’ set on Samoa

Nico Panagio, presenter of Survivor South-Africa: Island of Secrets.

AFTER the massive success of last season’s Survivor South Africa: Philippines –  it drew a large viewership and was nominated for Safta awards for best local version of an international format and Best Presenter – speculation has been rife about where M-Net’s next edition, Island of Secrets, will play out.

The fans who guessed Fiji, following some hints from M-Net, were wrong – but not too far off the mark!

The seventh season of the reality show, Survivor South Africa: Island of Secrets, is indeed set in the South Pacific, but on the island of Samoa.

Survivor South Africa host Nico Panagio made the announcement on a video-reel shot on location, which was shared on social media and on the M-Net website.

Says Lani Lombard, M-Net’s head of publicity: “Nico has mentioned that filming has started, but for now all further details remain top secret. What we can tell viewers, is that they must be prepared for twists and turns unlike anything they’ve seen on the show before. It’s called Island of Secrets, after all.

“This group of ‘survivors’ consist of strong personalities from diverse backgrounds and age groups. Of course, they know the ins and outs of the show. This makes every series more competitive than what came before. They will have to play even harder and more strategically than castaways from previous seasons if they wish to go all the way. ”

The new show is scheduled to start on M-Net (DStv channel 101) on May 16, following The Bachelor South Africa, which started last week.

With the recent Safta nominations, M-Net made a clean sweep with My Kitchen Rules South Africa Season 2, Dancing With The Stars and Survivor SA: Philippines receiving nominations.

The MultiChoice Group, which M-Net 101 forms part of, also received a record number of nominations, outperforming all other content platforms in South Africa for the second year in a row.

Nomination highlights include 1Magic’s telenovela The River, with 17 nominations, and Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya, with nine. Programmes on Afrikaans channel kykNET received a whopping 60 nominations.

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