Actor Pia Miranda has won the title of Sole Survivor in 10’s Australian Survivor: Contenders vs Champions season.
She defeated 23 year old student Baden Gilbert from Adelaide for the win after 30 year old ice-cream maker Harry Hills was eliminated following an excruciating 6.40hr challenge.
Miranda, dubbed the “Smiling Assassin,” described her gameplay as strategic, and was persuasive enough to win the title in a 9-0 victory.
“This was the most amazing experience of my life, and I’ve come away from this a better person. Playing Survivor was a lifelong dream. I always said I was going to be the first person voted out, or I would win,” she said.
Miranda, whose credits include Wentworth, The Time of our Lives, Mustangs FC and Looking for Alibrandi, was cast in the 10 series after confessing to TV Tonight last December she had a secret desire to compete.
“I know actors aren’t meant to like reality but I’m a massive Survivor fan. I never miss a season…… I’m not sure I could go that long without a bowl of pasta and a set of tweezers. Also if I didn’t make the jury I would be DEVASTATED! I’d never get over it,” she said.
This week she confirmed, “No joke. The next day they sent a clip of the article to my agent.”
This season has been the most successful yet, including topping key demos, and led to fans mounting GoFundMe pages for 4th placed Luke Toki, now at over $400,000.
10 has also confirmed an Australian Survivor: All Stars for early 2020 with 24 returning players.
Network 10 Chief Content Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “Over the past four sensational seasons of Australian Survivor, we have watched almost 100 fantastic contestants play the game. Now with the next All Stars season, we have the exciting opportunity to invite some of our most memorable players back for another chance to take home the title of Sole Survivor.
“Australian viewers have embraced the game play, the physical challenges, and the passionate characters that makes Survivor so unique and compelling. We can’t wait to return in 2020 with more twists and turns from the All Stars cast.”
Endemol Shine Australia CEO, Carl Fennessy, said: “We are immensely proud that Australian Survivor has resonated with viewers and really hit its stride. We look forward to bringing together a phenomenal All Star cast to play this incredible game.