Survivor SA: Maldives finalists – The interview

2011-05-25 12:35
It's down to the wire. Actor Hykie Berg and biokineticist Letshego Moshoeu are at the finish line after 27 days on an island in the Maldives. Who will take the R 1 million?

Hykie and Letshego recently visited the Cape Union Mart store in Cape Town and raced each other in a number of challenges. They spent time in a cold chamber, a rain chamber, climbing a rock wall and then they had to pitch a tent. It was neck and neck before Hykie pulled the final string on his completed tent.

See the photos from the event here.

While Hykie may have impressed at that event, has he done enough to convince the jury to vote for him despite rocking the boat on the island?

We sat down with the finalists to see how they're feeling going into the final.

CHANNEL24: What's the one thing you wish you could have had with you on the island?
HYKIE: It's not a thing, it's my brother. He came to visit me on the show. First of all it would have been amazing for him, but we would have had so much fun together. All the basic stuff like toothbrushes... you don't NEED that stuff. People are your greatest resource.

LETSHEGO: The most essential thing to make the 27 days better... would have been something comfortable to sleep on. For me as a small person, when I started losing weight, it started becoming painful to sleep at night. Especially on my side, on my hips, with nothing cushioning them. I dropped down to 45kg. There's nothing to keep you warm at night.

I don't know how I survived but I did.

CHANNEL24: What is the value of being on Survivor?
HYKIE: It brings you closer to your black dogs. Your demons. Are you going to stick to what your mother, your parents, your dominee raised you on, or are you going to beg for money?

Do you have to be an adventure junkie to survive Survivor
LETSHEGO: I did Fear Factor back in 2006. Out of 20 contestants I was the fourth last person on the show. I stayed on for quite a long time. It was an awesome experience.

I'm an adventurous person. I'm always looking for a challenge. Shortly after that [Fear Factor] they had auditions for Survivor season 1 and I actually sent in my application and got shortlisted, but unfortunately I had just been in an Endemol production, so they couldn't put me on the show. So when auditions came up for the fourth one, I said it's my turn now.

CHANNEL24: Who's a DEFINITE that will vote for you on the jury?
HYKIE: Bonnie.

CHANNEL24: What do you think your chances of winning are?
LETSHEGO: I don't know what mindset the jury were in when they went in to vote. There are two ways of looking at it. A lot of people butted heads with Hykie. And they could or could not vote for him. Either he rocked the boat too much or they may see him as someone who took risks and played the game. Whereas me, I didn't butt heads with anybody, I played a clever game. I played it on the down low. I played behind the scenes and I surprised everyone at the end. So you could say I fooled everybody. And that was my plan.

CHANNEL24: What will you do with the money if you win?
HYKIE: I'll go to Israel to finish writing my book, I'll sort out certain people that need to be sorted out,  and I will not buy a brand new car.

LETSHEGO: If I win, first of all I'll spoil my mom. It's a big year for her, she's just acquired her PhD and she's turning 50 in September. And then... I need to move out of home!

Survivor SA: Maldives finale airs live on M-Net (DStv channel 101) on Thursday May 26 at 19:30. 

We chat to Hykie and Letshego about life on the island, values and what they'll do with the money.
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