Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.
Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant. Nigel Wright

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

MAGICIAN Matt Tarrant couldn't conjure up an escape from elimination from Australian Survivor.

The 29-year-old was eliminated tonight after the show's power couple Lee and El were able to keep swing voter Kristie on their side.

"Kristie was told she wasn't allowed to speak to myself or Flick," he told APN.

"I felt that was a little bit much. We were being painted as being these nasty people because we wanted to make a move and change the way the game was going, in our interest of course but in Kristie's as well."

Matt said he was pleased to make it to the final five, out of 24 contestants, and proud of his integrity throughout the game.

Matt Tarrant completes a puzzle during a challenge in a scene from Australia Survivor.
Matt Tarrant completes a puzzle during a challenge in a scene from Australia Survivor. Nigel Wright

"People probably expected I'd be a bit sneakier than what I was," he said.

"I pretty much was the only person who did actually stick to my word the whole game.

"There were definitely times when I thought I was in a stronger position than I was… but sticking to my word helped me get back in the alliance."

Now as part of the show's jury of eliminated castaways, he will have a say in who wins the show's $500,000 grand prize on Tuesday night.

"I'm after someone who's played the game to what I believe is a strong game of Survivor," he said.

"What I want is someone who respects the game because I'm a big fan of the show."

He tips Flick to be eliminated next.

Kristie, Matt and Flick enjoy the fruits of a reward challenge win in a scene from Australian Survivor.
Kristie, Matt and Flick enjoy the fruits of a reward challenge win in a scene from Australian Survivor. Nigel Wright

"When I left I said to Flick and Kristie that if they didn't make a move at that point, then it would be pretty simple" he said.

"It would be me, then Flick and then the final three immunity challenge. If Lee or El won that challenge then Kristy would go home. If she would somehow win her first immunity challenge, then she would pick one of them to go to the final."

Despite Matt's prediction, Kristie is still the favourite amongst punters and is tipped to win according to online bookmaker SportsBet.

Channel 10 announced today it will produce another season of Australian Survivor next year, and Matt had some advice for anyone thinking about applying.

"It's a lot tougher than what it looks," he said.

"Make sure you're ready because it will make a big impact on your life."

The final two episodes of Australian Survivor air tomororw and Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.


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