Survivor New Zealand 2018 contestant, Franky

Name: ‘Franky’ Francesca 

Hometown: Auckland 

Age: 24

Occupation: Journalist 

Franky is out to prove that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. 

Referring to judgemental people as “battlers” Franky said she’s already faced one of her biggest fears, allowing other people to base their opinion of her from the internet when she entered and won the public’s vote as the ZM Wildcard. 

Why did you apply for Survivor?

I wanted to break unwarranted stereotypes about people in my industry - it all looks very glam, and people put you in a box unfairly. I genuinely knew that I was up for the challenge as I am sport crazy, and because of this, I knew I would be a unique addition to the cast!

Thoughts on Alliance or Immunity Idol?

Making alliances with the right people is critical, the hard bit is finding out who you can really trust.

If I find an Immunity Idol, I’m keeping it a secret! Unless I need help finding it. And, I am not going to do a Henry from Australian Survivor and go home with it!

What’s your strategy on the island? 

Be authentic! I am never going to hide or change who I am to make others happy. 

Being one of the Wildcards, I know I will be very different to most contenders, as I am heading into the game with the other castaways already knowing who I am.  The castaways have had the opportunity to be able to research me via social media and form an opinion about me.  But, any genuine decent person will judge someone based on getting to know them in person, rather judging via the internet. 

What makes you the ideal teammate?

I am loyal, and I only give time to people I like and trust. So you won’t see me trying to ‘play the field’ so to speak.

Why do you think you should win Survivor?

I am the epitome of ‘don't judge a book by its cover’. I am representing all the people who have been put in a box and unfairly judged. I am a complete fish out of water in this environment, but I’m still throwing myself out there!