After a long day at school, work, or some combination of the two, we all want to go home, sit back, and relax so that for a few short hours a day, we can temporarily forget about our daily grind. Everyone relaxes in different ways, as some people choose to read a book or magazine, while others tend to their own unique hobby, or play video games. But the most common thing people do in order to relax, is to watch television. People have been watching TV shows for decades now, and we are at a point where the television landscape is the best it has ever been. There are literally hundreds of different shows to choose from, representing every type of genre imaginable, and some shows have managed to enjoy massive success and a lengthy run.
One such show is Survivor, which may be a part of the reality TV genre, but is by far a lot more entertaining than many reality shows. Survivor is in fact a competition, one which takes a group of individuals and maroons them in an isolated area, where they have to provide themselves with their own food, water and shelter, while competing in challenges for rewards and immunity from eliminations; and whoever emerges as the last survivor, walks away with the $1 million prize. The show has been a huge success ever since it first aired in 2000, and has gone on to win multiple awards over the course of its 33 seasons and 500 episodes. With the show’s 34th season coming in March, it is only fitting that fans of the show get a little bit of a look behind the curtain, so here are 15 surprising facts about Survivor.
15 Players Are Allowed To Be Shy
14 Most Contestants Are Recruited
13 Tribal Council Is Quite Long
12 They Get Driven To Council
11 Most Of It Is Boring
10 The Medical Staff Is Always Nearby
9 The Contestants Are Never Really Alone
8 The Show’s Crew Has It Pretty Good
7 Contestants Cannot Go Wherever They Want
6 Players Stay After Getting Voted Off
5 Players Actually Do Not Shower
4 Challenges Are Not Surprises
3 What Really Happens After Contestants Vote
2 Producers Tell Them What To Wear
1 Contestants Use Body Doubles
Now, depending on your outlook of reality TV, this revelation can either be extremely surprising, or not surprising whatsoever, because during the challenge portion of the show, Survivor does indeed use body doubles. In all fairness, the contestants do in fact perform in and complete the challenges presented by the show, and these body doubles are in fact not hired stuntmen, instead they are just people who were brought unto the show to provide both the producers and cameras with the best challenge footage possible. These body doubles get dressed in the same clothing as the contestants and they are used in some close up shots, but mainly for aerial footage, which is why you do not hear the sound of a helicopter during the aerial shots, because that footage was in fact filmed with the body doubles later on; so the next time you watch Survivor, remember that you might not be watching your favorite contestants during certain parts.
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