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|Created by||Charlie Parsons|
|Country of origin||Turkey|
|No. of seasons||5|
|Original channel||Show TV (2006 - 2012)
Star TV (2013 - present)
|Original airing||March 22, 2005, 2006, April 17, 2010|
|Related shows||Expedition Robinson
Survivor Turkey is the Turkish version of the popular reality Survivor. This version of the show has aired on both Kanal D in 2005, and on Show TV in 2006, 2007, and 2010. From the beginning Survivor was a success in Turkey, however the cost of producing the show proved to be too much for Kanal D and even Show TV couldn't afford to produce the show on a yearly basis. Because of production costs the show was put on hiatus in 2007 and was brought back three years later. The prize for the first seasons of the show was 150,000 euros, for the second and third seasons 250,000 euros, and 500,000 dollars for the fourth season.
Turkish Survivor followed the format of American Survivor, but there were some differences.
In the Turkish version there are some minor changes in each season when it comes to how the game is played, how contestants are eliminated, and how the game is won. One thing that hasn't seemed to change throughout the seasons is that in order to win the game a contestant must earn the most "points", these points are typically earned through votes or winning challenges.
The first season, Survivor Büyük Macera, premiered on March 22, 2005 and aired for thirteen weeks. This season resembled Expedition Robinson more so than Survivor in the way that the tribes were divided up into two groups known as the North and South teams. From early on in the game alliances came into play as the four younger members of the North team, Ebru Demiray, Irmak Arkadaşlar, Kemal Pekser, and Selin Yardımcı quickly formed an alliance. Because of this, and the fact that the South team proved better at the challenges, none of the four elder members of the North team made it to the merge. Following the merge, the surviving member of the North team struggled to find a hole in the South team six and were one by one picked off until only former South team members remained in the game. When it came time for the final four the contestants competed in the infamous "Plank" competition. Uğur Pektaş won this first challenge and eliminated Delim from the game. In the second semi-final competition the other two members of the final three competed against each other for the remaining spot in the final two. They also could earn a point by winning either the viewer vote or the jury vote. Ultimately, it was Uğur Pektaş who won this season over Özgür Şimşek with a higher combined vote count of the jury and public's votes.
Greece vs. Turkey was the third season of the Survivor to air in Greece and the second season to air in Turkey.
This season was aired from September 2006 to December of that same year. This was the first time that either country's branch of the franchise competed with another country and because of this the major twist this season was that the tribes were divided up by country of origin. The first person to be eliminated this season Vassilis Athanassopoulos, wasn't even voted out but was ejected from the game following the first competition. As an added twist this season, the tribe that won immunity would vote out someone from the losing tribe. Early on the Greek tribe struggled to perform at the immunity challenges and because of this the tribe's size quickly dwindled until only four were left (all the others with the exception of Melita Goyait had been voted out). Though the first two immunity challenge after the tribes began to live together were individual, the rest were all tribal. When there were only four members of each tribe left both tribes competed in a duel in which one member of each tribe (Nadia Zagli from the Greeks and Ipek Esin from the Turks) would be eliminated. When only four competitors remained, the two representatives left from each tribe would have to convince the eight members of their original tribe to vote for them to compete in the final challenge as their countries representative. Eventually, it was Derya Durmuşlar who won the final competition and claimed victory for Turkey over Amfikratis Zachariadis from Greece.
In 2011, Derya Durmuşlar was killed in a traffic accident.1
Survivor Aslanlar vs. Kanaryalar was aired from February to May 2007.
The main twist this season was that the tribes were split into two groups, one being Aslanlar (Lions) and the other Kanaryalar (Canaries). An immediate twist this season was the eliminations of Nihal following two early duels. Another twist used during this season was that after a team lost an immunity challenge they were forced to compete in an individual immunity challenge, where the winner would earn immunity and a second vote to cast at tribal council.
As in the previous season, there was no merge; instead the remaining players competed in duel against members of the other team in order to determine who would be eliminated. When it came time for the final six, both tribes' members competed against other members within their own tribe to determine who would be in the final four.
When it came time for the final four, the contestants competed in two competitions. The first of these was won by Ayşıl Özaslan, who won the first spot in the final two. Tnhe second competition was won by Taner Özdeş who won the second spot in the final two. Eventually, it was Taner Özdeş who won this season over fellow Canary Ayşıl Özaslan by a jury vote of 9-0. As two members from the Canary tribe made the final two, only former Canary tribe members were eligible to vote for the winner, with the exception of Aykor.
Survivor Kızlar vs. Erkekler (Survivor: Females vs. Males), was was aired from April 17, 2010 to September 18, 2010. The main twist this season was that the tribes were divided by color. However, there were some altered rules, and several tribal councils were decided by competitive challenges, rather than votes alone.
Another altered rule was that, prior to the merge, at tribal council the tribe that had immunity would award immunity to someone from the losing tribe through a vote. The women's tribe lost player Nilgün Karataş to an injury she suffered in the first episode cycle. Because this was not a voluntary exit, she was replaced with Seda Aktuğlu in the second episode cycle. Following the second tribal council, the women experienced a long series of losses at the immunity challenge that eventually withered the tribe down to only four women at the merge.
At what was supposed to be the first post-merge vote, the contestants were told that their votes did not count that round and that they would compete in a challenge to determine who would be eliminated. Metin Avşar lost the challenge and was eliminated. At the post-merge tribal councils, the person with immunity was not permitted to vote. However, beginning with the thirteenth tribal council, they would decide who would duel the person that received the most votes. When it came time for the final three, the jury members voted to eliminate one of them. Aydın Gülşen proved to be the least popular of the finalists with the jury and was eliminated. The final two then competed in two challenges in order to earn "points". They also could earn a point by winning either the viewer vote or the jury vote. Ultimately, it was Merve Oflaz who won this season, over İhsan Tarkan, by a point score of 3-1.
Survivor Ünlüler vs. Gönüllüler premiered on April 2, 2011, and aired until June 20, 2011. The main twist this season was that one tribe was composed of seven celebrities and the other seven fans of the show. Another twist this season was that when a tribe lost an immunity challenge they would vote to nominate a member of their tribe to face the public vote. At the same time the other tribe would vote for the second nominee. When the tribes merged, this rule change in a way so that the person who was initially voted to be a nominee would pick the second nominee. Ultimately, it was Derya Büyükuncu who won this season over fellow celebrity Nihat Doğan with seventy four percent of the public vote.
Survivor Ünlüler vs Gönüllüler 2 aired in 2012. The tribes this year, the Ünlüler ("Celebrities") and the Gönüllüler ("Fans"), were the same as in the 2011 season, which was named Ünlüler vs Gönüllüler; hence the addition of a 2. The episodes were aired on Saturday nights by Show TV; the season premiere took place on 17 March 2012.
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