Survivor NZ blog: Regrets, planting seeds, and the pendulum of power slowly shifting

Avid Survivor watcher Mellissa Gedye gives the lowdown on tonight's episode.

Previously on Survivor NZ: Sala's elimination sends shock waves through the Casar tribe, Boss Barb runs the game from the comfort of the hammock, and a half-naked Jak gets the boot.

Catch up on Sunday night's episode on the Survivor NZ blog here

All the backstabbing and cut throat manoeuvres have proven too much for Shannon and she feels she can no longer play the way she intended. Source: Survivor NZ

Down and out!

Shaken Shannon gets kicked to the curb! Teacher Tom manages to wield some influence from his position at the bottom of the pack and rally the votes his way against Shannon.

Shannon has not been her strategic self after Mike's cutting words to her at Redemption Island.

All the backstabbing and cutthroat manoeuvres have proven too much for Shannon and she feels she can no longer play the way she intended. Her "conscience has taken over" and this proves fatal.

Casar camp after Jak's departure

The tribe now view "Mafia Mum" Barb as being a power player and this has put a target on her back.

The tribe see Barb as being unable to win because "no one is going to really vote for her come the end of the game" in their eyes.

At the same time everyone is scared of the danger Barb presents since she engineered the downfall of "most positive person on the planet" Sala. No one wants to be next on her successful hit list.

Shannon is gunning for Barb. She thinks Barb is "a little bit of a snake at the moment ... nobody knows when she is going to bite". Shannon is very aware that one of Barb's goals is to get Shannon out before herself.

Immunity, immunity, immunity

Tom walks into the challenge knowing that he has a "crazy target on his back" and he needs to win this to stay alive.

Challenge King Tom wins immunity again! Tom is sitting pretty winning three individual immunity challenges in a row.

With only six survivors left in the game, immunity is absolutely crucial. Host Matt Chisholm says it best - "Tom is safe at tribal council tonight, unlike the rest of you".

The scramble before tribal

After winning a clutch immunity and making it three in a row, Teacher Tom begins to wield some power. The pendulum of influence has swung into Talented Tom's favour.

Tom recognises that it would be an unexpected move for the two to team up, which could work in his favour. Source: Survivor NZ

Tom's game plan is to plant seeds with Avi and Shay. There has been bad blood between Tom and Shay since day one; Tom recognises that it would be an unexpected move for the two to team up, which could work in his favour.

Tom proposes to Avi that they take Shannon out to break up her alliance with Shay. Tom views Shannon as a physically strong player and thinks she would be the perfect first line of defence against Mike on Redemption Island.

In an unexpected twist Shay approaches Tom to form an alliance for the next "couple of votes". Shay gives Tom her word that she is willing to work with him.

Tom plays smart with Shay and elicits damning comments which he can relay back to Avi. Tricky Tom plans to use these to gain Avi’s trust and shatter Avi’s trust in Shady Shay.

Shay lets slip that she wouldn't want to sit next to Avi in the top three and Tom gleefully takes this on board.

Tom takes his fresh information to a shocked Avi who can’t believe he could be so naive again.

Tribal Council

Three names have been bandied around - Barb, Shannon, and Shay. Ultimately, Immune Tom has the final say and Shannon gets the boot.

Shannon’s nervous chatter can’t save her. Shannon is voted out of Casar, joining Mike and Jak in a three-way Redemption Island.

Watch: First glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix turning into Joker for new film

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures Joker movie starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.

He will be appearing alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro in a film directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips.

Phillips released sneak peak footage of Phoenix turning into Joker via an Instagram video today.

The thespian will hope to match the late Heath Ledger's iconic take on the villain in The Dark Knight.

The film is scheduled for release in the US on October 4, 2019.

Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in the upcoming Joker film.


Meet Georgia Fowler, the host of Project Runway New Zealand, on the hunt for 'amazing talent'

Meet the host of Project Runway New Zealand, Georgia Fowler.

She puts her success so far down to hard work, she told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

"There have been a lot of jobs that have been like the "dream" - like the time I got French Vogue, with the biggest photographer you can shoot with, that was incredible.

"Getting the Victoria's Secret show - since I was a little girl I wanted to do that, I tried for years and years and years and trained my butt off for it and finally got it," she told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp."

Fowler was born in England, but has lived in New Zealand almost her whole life apart from when she is away in New York modelling.

She says being a television show host is "amazing".

"It's great just to be home, to be able to host a show like Project Runway is amazing.

"To actually be judging talent trying to find the new next designer is something I am passionate about and hopefully we can find some amazing talent, bring them up and show them to the world."

Project Runway New Zealand starts Monday 1 October at 7:30pm on TV2.

Sam Wallace spoke with Georgia, a Victoria’s Secret model. Source: Seven Sharp


Suge Knight, once one of gangsta rap's biggest moguls, agrees to 28-year sentence after murder charge reduced

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest today in a US courtroom to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago.

The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison.

Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of an altercation in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand. Knight and Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton were involved in a fistfight that ended with Knight clipping the man with his pickup truck and running over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.

Knight's attorneys have said he was acting in self-defence and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Mr Carter and Mr Sloan.

During today's hearing, Knight answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.

The plea deal calls for Knight to serve 22 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter count, and another six years because it is a third strike violation.

Former music mogul and founder of Death Row Records Suge Knight

Knight, 53, was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

He has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.

He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's car just east of the Las Vegas Strip. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.

He had faced life in prison if convicted of murder for killing Mr Carter.

FILE - In this July 7, 2015, file photo,  Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago.
The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison.  (Patrick T. Fallon/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight sits for a hearing in his murder case in Superior Court in Los Angeles in 2015. Source: Associated Press

Ozzy Osbourne confirms two New Zealand shows as part of farewell world tour

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed two final shows in New Zealand in March 2019 as part of his farewell world tour, No More Tours 2.

The former Black Sabbath singer will play shows in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena on March 13 and Auckland’s Spark Arena on March 16.

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest, who are on their first New Zealand tour, will open for Osbourne.

The 69-year-old will celebrate a career which began in 1968 when Black Sabbath was formed alongside long-time collaborators, guitarist Zakk Wylde, Blasko on bass, drummer Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

Ozzy Osbourne.