Australian survivor Janelle Durso admits she had ‘no idea’ the outback would be so ‘cruel’ – and thought the show would be on a tropical beach
She was booted from Australian Survivor: Brains Vs Brawn on Monday night’s episode.
And after her departure, Janelle Durso revealed that she had “no idea” how brutal the Australian outback would be, after assuming the show would take place in a tropical paradise.
“I expected to be on the beach – 100 percent expected it to be on the beach,” the 43-year-old told New idea, seen previous seasons filmed in Fiji and Samoa.
No idea: Following her departure from Australian Survivor on Monday, Janelle Durso has revealed she had ‘no idea’ how brutal the Australian outback would be
Instead, the mother of three found herself immersed in the vast outback of northwestern Queensland in Cloncurry – known for its harsh climate.
While the city holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Australia at 53.1°C, the temperature can drop to a few digits at night – something Janelle learned quickly.
“It was horrific — it’s just brutal — absolutely brutal,” she said, recalling her agonizing pain from the show’s challenges.
Not happy: “It was horrible – it’s just brutal – absolutely brutal,” she said, recalling her aching pain from the show’s challenges
“I really thought there would have been a bit of TV sparkle. I really thought they would have helped us a little bit or given us some umbrellas – just something – and there was just nothing.’
She wasn’t the only contestant shocked by the sudden drop in temperature, as Kerryn “Kez” McGee even forgot to pack a coat before leaving for the show.
Kez, of the Brawn tribe, complained that she was freezing cold after sleeping on the floor with very little shelter and no fire to keep her warm.
“It’s freezing cold and I’m just thinking, ‘Kez, why didn’t you bring a coat? You are in the outback, in the freezing cold, with a shirt and shorts on. Good idea, Kez,” she reflected.
Oops: Viewers kept watching Sunday’s premiere episode in disbelief after competitor Kerryn ‘Kez’ McGee forgot to pack a jacket
Janelle was a member of the Brawn tribe this season, becoming the second person to leave the show after Phil Ferguson.
She had voluntarily entered a puzzle challenge, which she subsequently lost – leaving her on ‘the chopping block’.
But she still has no regrets, tells the Townsville Bulletin: “I have loved Survivor for a long time and it was always a dream to push myself and push my body to the limit.
“Of course I’m disappointed (get knocked out on day five). I wanted to take on those really grueling, hardcore challenges.”
Gone: ‘I’ve loved Survivor for a long time and it was always a dream to push myself and push my body to its limits,’ she said of her departure