Survivor Shane goes from sneaky to plain stupid

2014-04-22 08:18
Master manipulator Shane Hattingh, 43, was sunk by his arrogance in this week’s edition of Survivor South Africa: Champions.

In his own words, he became part of the show’s "elite club of stupidity" when tribe Juara sent him home.
He completely misread his power and position in the tribe and left the game feeling like a fool, knowing that he could have saved himself with either of the two Immunity Idols in his possession!

Throughout the season, Shane played a seemingly unstoppable game. He found Idols without clues, lied, cheated, smooth-talked the others into his devious plans, broke up the powerful Rugrats alliance by messing with Graham’s mind, and orchestrated many of the epic blindsides. But the unscrupulous, love-to-hate villain was outwitted when Graham realised that they had to get rid of him before he could engineer any more moves.
Graham knew that only an epic deception could remove the game’s most threatening player. Therefore it was vitally important to make Shane and Sivu, the only person privy to the fact that Shane had found the second Idol, believe that Zavion would be the next to go.
At tribal council, Zavion even went as far as to ask captain Mark Fish, the winner of this week’s Salvation Cup challenge, to bestow the power of salvation on him, which means that the first vote against Zavion was nullified.
Shane fell hook, line and sinker for the act, not thinking for a moment that he was in danger himself. While the jury – and viewers at home – were waiting in anticipation for him to pull out an Immunity Idol, he let the moment pass.
But even earlier in the day, at the Immunity Challenge, it was clear that Shane was oblivious about what was really going on around him.
The Immunity Challenge was a test of endurance and strategy. The contestants had to hang onto a wall of pegs, which were removed one-by-one and the last player to fall would win the Individual Immunity Necklace. The temptation for them to step down? A huge tub of ice-cream to help tame the searing heat. Shane stepped off the wall first, helping himself to multiple cones as he watched the rest of the contestants sweat it out. He was followed by Zavion, Graham and Buhle, who was disqualified for holding on to the top of the wall instead of the pegs. That left David, Altaaf and Sivu clinging on. David jumped down first, and when Altaaf’s hands slipped off the pegs, Sivu dropped nonchalantly to the beach and collected the Individual Immunity Necklace.

The Captains duelled for the Salvation Cup in a classic log roll. Mark stormed into a 2-0 lead, but Corne figured the challenge out and came back to 2-2, before Mark toppled him again to claim the Salvation Cup for the third time.
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