New continental reality show launched

Barely a month after announcing that it would be running a Survivor South Africa series, the channel announced a plan that it would also be creating Survivor Africa. The first pan-African series of the show will feature 12 contestants drawn from across the continent competing for a grand prize of US$100 000, which only one person can win. To get their hands on that cash, each of the 12 participants will have to endure 21 days in isolation on a desert island, where a series of intense challenges and emotional eliminations will combine to decide the show’s ultimate winner. As with the South African version of the show, Survivor Africa will be filmed on location in Panama, home to most other Survivor productions from around the world. Using an existing crew to ensure the highest international production values, Survivor Africa is scheduled to be filmed in July. The call for entries for Survivor Africa has been made, with a deadline of Friday May 5, and any interested person is able to enter, provided he or she is over 21, can speak English and holds a valid African passport. The entrants must have been born in sub-Saharan Africa and must be resident in a sub-Saharan African country. The only sub-Saharan country restricted from entry is South Africa, because South Africans can apply to participate in Survivor South Africa. Once all the entries have been received, the six countries with the strongest entrants will be named as audition centres and prospective candidates will be screened at these audition centres before the final 12 contestants are named. These 12 contestants will then head off for Panama for filming of Survivor Africa, which will be broadcast on M-Net later in the year. Potential candidates need to be over 21 years of age and must speak English. Candidates must have been born in a sub-Saharan country, must be currently resident in a sub-Saharan country and must have a valid passport from a sub-Saharan African country which is valid until May 2007. In addition, candidates must be fit, healthy and able to swim. The paper applications will be assessed in April, followed by auditions in six selected countries in May. Successful candidates will be short-listed and subjected to medical, psychological and background checks. A list of final candidates will be compiled and will be interviewed by M-Net and series producers. At this stage the 12 successful candidates will be chosen. Applicants will be notified telephonically should they be required to participate in any of these processes. Unfortunately due to the high volume of mail we are anticipating, we will not be able to answer any questions about the receipt of your application. Please do not contact us to check whether your application has been received. The producers will notify contestants exactly what they will be permitted to take to Panama and onto the show, if and when they are selected. However, please note that baggage will be restricted to one suitcase containing appropriate clothing for a desert island and no electrical appliances. The third pan-African reality show commissioned by M-Net, Survivor Africa follows in the footsteps Big Brother Africa and Project Fame, two other highly successful reality TV initiatives.

April 2006
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