MELBOURNE doctor Tessa O'Halloran is out of Australian Survivor, not being able to save herself from tribal council one more time.
O'Halloran, who became an early fan favourite in the series after fighting her way back from being on the bottom of the original Samatau tribe, was voted out last night after receiving three votes.
In the end, popular Perth contestant Luke Toki overheard her from his man-made spy shack in the jungle, hearing her talk about getting rid of his original Asaga tribe, and that was enough for him to turn.
It could be a lost opportunity for the rest of the tribe, as it was a chance to get out dominant physical player Lockie Gilbert, who is a threat to win every single immunity challenge.
O'Halloran said she was surprised to go, and the fact that the rest of the tribe kept Gilbert in.
"I was totally blindsided," she said.
"I knew my name was out there, and I knew that people were starting to worry about me but I thought Lockie was such a huge threat.
"You look at him in every single immunity challenge, he was on top.
"I didn't think anybody would want to carry on further in the game with Lockie.
"Why not get rid of him now when you have the numbers?"
Since returning from Samoa, O'Halloran has moved to London to work as a doctor.
She fought hard all the way through on Australian Survivor, and she admitted she didn't expect to be scrambling so early on in the series.
"It was devastating to find myself on the bottom so early," she said.
"I went into the game thinking that I'm not a threat, I should be just able to put my head down and be quiet for the first tow and three weeks of the game but I found myself thrust down to the bottom.
"I had been trying so hard to keep myself out of trouble, but I just kept myself out of conversation that I should have been in."
Despite nearly making it to the end, O'Halloran has no regrets.
She enjoyed her time on the show immensely.
"I loved every single second out there.
"Every time I bounced back off from the bottom, I just thought it was hilarious.
"It was so fun."
Channel 10 will this week announced the finale and reunion of Australian Survivor - which will be filmed in front of an audience - will air on Tuesday October 10.
Until then, Australian Survivor airs, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights at 7.30pm.
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