'I Was In Two Minds': Luke's Thoughts On Pia After She Wrote His Name Down At Tribal
Luke Toki has become the 21st person voted off 'Australian Survivor' after Baden, Harry and Pia deemed him too much of a threat to be part of the final three.
Luke's prospects in reaching the position of Sole Survivor crumbled after his record-matching run of winning four immunity necklaces in a row came to a devastating end.
With Dirty Harry wearing the necklace, it was clear that he'd be using his newfound power to vote out his biggest threat and convinced Baden to do the same.
Luke's only glimmer of hope was in appealing to his longtime ally Pia to return the favour after he'd saved her at tribal council just the night before when he orchestrated Abbey's blindside.
The King of the Jungle attempted to convince Pia to join him in voting out Baden to trigger a fire-making tiebreaker -- Luke's last desperate chance of staying in the game.
But after much deliberation, many tears and apologies, Pia changed the course of Luke's life and wrote his name down on her piece of parchment.
"I was in two minds," Luke said of his feelings towards Pia after the vote.
"I was exactly the same as her, I was trying not to put too much pressure on her thinking that she maybe might make the right decision.
"But I think that she said, the way I was talking in tribal, I was speaking quite well that she was… it was just the tipping point to say, well I can’t sit next to this guy who can talk this well."
Luke's final words at tribal were heartfelt, eloquent and humble as spoke about his losing the immunity challenge, and the sacrifices he'd made in leaving his newborn daughter, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, to compete in 'Survivor'.
He gently begged Pia to let him fight for fire, promising to take her to the final two with him.
"She could have then not written my name down on the parchment and I’m telling you if I went to fire, I would have blown Baden out of the water," Luke told 10 daily.
"That’s one thing I was good at. I was good at fishing and I was good at fire. I tried to play it down a little bit but I could start fire from the tip of my fingers," he explained.
Luke said if that if "If the 'Survivor' gods were looking out for me, I would have made the fire and rolled on to the end".
The 'Survivor' gods had a different plan that day but Luke said he doesn't hold a grudge against Pia for her strategic move.
"No, not at all," he told 10 daily.
"I’m in Pia’s corner. You’ve got to separate the game from the emotions and we’ll have to wait and see if this pays dividends for her."