Australian Survivor 2019: How Far Would Jonathan LaPaglia Get On 'Survivor'?
Does host Jonathan LaPaglia think he'd be able to make it all the way to the end to be crowned Sole Survivor?
As it turns out, no.
Asked how far he thought he'd get, the host of 'Australian Survivor' laughed.
"Probably not very far!" he told 10 daily.
"I don’t think I’d be very good at the social game. I think I would fail pretty early! I don’t know if I could handle living with people on a beach, I think I would start getting sh*tty, that would get me voted out. I can’t hold my tongue."
Noting that he didn't think he'd "do so well without food," he mused: "I think I would get pretty grumpy about that".
With that out of the way, we were able to carry on with our interview, and asked Jonathan what we should expect from the upcoming season of 'Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders'.
He promised a "great season".
"We’ve got a big cast of big personalities, both on the Champions and Contender tribes, and we’ve had consistently good gameplay from beginning to end, so I think all those things considered, it’s going to make for a really fun season," he teased.
JLP was initially "intrigued" by the prospect of hosting 'Australian Survivor' because it was so vastly different from everything he'd done in his career up to that point.
"I’ve always admired the show," he said.
"I think it’s incredibly well done, and I love the complexity of it -- it’s never predictable, it’s never boring, it doesn’t feel manipulated."
With so many wild moments over the course of the show, it's hard to pick just one that's the most memorable, but THAT tribal council from last year is really hard to forget.
"When Benji got Sharn to play the idol for herself, it was so wild, and we had no idea that was gonna happen," he recalled.
"It caught me off guard, I was like ‘what?!’ It was a ballsy move and Sharn was confused by it."
"It was pretty intense, but I loved that tribal. And then Mat still didn’t catch on that there was something going on, and got voted out with an idol in his pocket! It was brilliant!"
A huge fan of 'Survivor', JLP told us he watches "all of them" -- the American series, especially, acts as "an incredible roadmap" for the Aussie franchise.
"They have like 40 seasons, that’s gotta be 700 episodes, and they’ve worked stuff out!" he explained.
"Stuff that works, stuff that doesn’t work, and on a very subtle level, there’s stuff there that you as a viewer probably don’t think about, but I’ll go back and watch that stuff in detail like ‘oh, that’s why they did that!’"
The passion he has for the game shines through when talking about his favourite challenges, which includes the Domino Effect.
"You stack blocks along a beam, but the beam is attached to a trip obstacle to be able to place your blocks, and you line them up so that they’ll fall like dominoes, so they need to be perfectly spaced, and then once you push them, it hits the gong at the end," he explained.
"It’s incredibly difficult to do and what I love about it is that it’s a horse race. One minute one person is in the lead and they’re almost gonna finish it, and then they knock everything over and then someone else is in the lead. They’re the kind of challenges I really love."
Wrapping up our chat, we wanted to know who his pick would be for another American contestant to bring into the mix with our Aussies.
"I know Ozzy, actually, I bet he’d love to do it!" he told us.
"He’s an incredible player, and a great guy, too."
JLP said Ozzy would "be a good fit for the show", unlike America's beloved villain Russell, who was voted out by our Aussies at the very first Champions tribal council.
"I think that was one of the problems with Russell… he’s too big, too aggressive for the Aussies," he mused.
"I think Ozzy would definitely fit into the Aussie fabric. Ozzy, Aussie, Ozzy, Ozzy in the Aussie fabric!"
Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders' premieres Wednesday, 24 July at 7.30pm, only on 10 and WIN Network.
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