- “Survivor” gamers on TikTok stated that rivals spend a couple of week collectively earlier than filming.
- They don’t seem to be allowed to speak to one another however it may be onerous to keep away from nonverbal communication.
- “Survivor” season-41 gamers spent a few weeks with one another, which can influence the sport.
For gamers, “Survivor” begins sooner than you would possibly suppose.
Though it looks like a lot of the rivals on the CBS sequence meet for the primary time when the cameras begin rolling, some former gamers have stated that is not the case.
In accordance with former gamers, rivals fly to the season’s location on the identical airplane
The sequence follows a group of castaways competing on a distant island however the journey to get to the filming location additionally entails some participant interplay.
In a TikTok answering a query on behind-the-scenes facts about “Survivor,” three-time participant Oscar “Ozzy” Lusth stated rivals fly to the filming location collectively however aren’t allowed to speak to one another.
Though there are often producers and different crew members seated between the longer term rivals to restrict contact, he stated “so much nonverbal communication happens.”
“The game starts when you arrive at the airport,” Lusth stated. “As weird as that sounds, you pick up a lot of social cues from how people move through crowded spaces together.”
They then spend time collectively earlier than beginning the sport
Lusth stated that gamers then spend 5 days to every week with one another whereas doing press and acclimating forward of the sport.
“Survivor: Island of the Idols” participant Lauren-Ashley Beck, who has been sharing game secrets on TikTok, additionally confirmed this in a video detailing the lead-up to her season and stated “it takes about a week for the game to start.”
She defined that gamers spend the week speaking to host Jeff Probst and govt producer Matt Van Wagenen about their recreation technique. Additionally they take physical-fitness and swim checks and meet with a therapist to ensure they’re “mentally able to play the greatest game and craziest game ever played.”
Though players are often around each other throughout that point, they’re nonetheless not allowed to speak. Beck stated she was even informed to tone down her “animation” as a result of it might give clues about her character to different gamers.
“One of the producers came up to me and was like, ‘Lauren, you’re too animated, and people are going to know your personality right off the bat,” she recalled. “… Basically, he told me to tone it down. He’s like, ‘Your facial expressions are a lot.'”
Opponents spent much more time collectively forward of season 41 due to COVID-19 protocols
Probst beforehand told Entertainment Weekly it took a very long time to plan how they might movie this upcoming season, “Survivor: Fiji,” throughout a pandemic. The method concerned establishing COVID-19 protocols and quarantining crew members and gamers for at the least 14 days.
“We worked with the Fiji government to create what was essentially a large bubble that consisted of several islands — including tribe camps, challenge locations, Tribal Council, and base camp,” Probst stated. “This extended bubble would be our home for the next many months.”
In the identical TikTok, Lusth stated the truth that these season-41 gamers spent a few weeks collectively may impact gameplay.
“I think a lot of friendships may have formed nonverbally before the game even started, and it’ll be interesting to see how that shakes out as the game progresses,” he stated.
“Survivor: Fiji,” airs on CBS on September 22.
Representatives for “Survivor” did not instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.
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