The winner of the BBC’s controversial reality show Survivor – which has been beaten in the ratings by Antiques Roadshow repeats – has been unveiled and talked all about their big money win
Matthew Haywood has been crowned the winner of Survivor – and says winning the show is the best moment of his life.
The 21-year-old waiter is now £100,000 richer after scooping the top prize on the BBC’s revived adventure game show – which was hosted by comedian Joel Dommett, 38. Matthew, from Cumbria, was the youngest contestant on the reality contest and managed to fight his way through various trials to win the show.
The final trial saw him and fellow contestants Hannah Baptiste, 30, Pegleg Bennett, 54, Christopher Haul, 36, and 45-year-old Leilani Sen left on an island where they had to outwit and outlast each other in a final daring challenge where they could win immunity. During the challenge, titled Hand On The Idol, the contestants had to stand on a wooden peg while holding an idol in one hand and a ring in the other. While Christopher won this initial challenge, and Hannah was eliminated in a cast vote, it was Matthew who won the entire show the following day.
Speaking about his win following the game, Matthew said: “I outwitted, outplayed and outlasted 17 other players by playing the social game perfectly. I anticipated before the show that I would be underestimated because I was the youngest player, so me being aware of that definitely helped me in the game.”
Discussing the moment that Joel announced he was the winner, Matthew added: “When Joel announced me as the winner, that was the best moment of my entire life. I was really emotional thinking about how proud my family and friends were going to be. I felt like all my hard work had paid off, it was a dream come true. I just wanted to give Joel a massive hug. I will always remember that moment it was amazing.”
And speaking about the moment he got home, he said: “My mam, dad and brother picked me up from the train station, I just ran across the platform to see them it was such an emotional moment.
“When we got home we ordered a takeaway and we just talked for hours and hours about everything it was so nice to catch up. After the experience of Survivor it made me appreciate everything in my life so much more. I went away with some friends as well and I felt like I hadn’t seen them in forever.”
While the contestants were put through their paces during the challenges, it seems those tuning in from home were tested to the limits of the patience as the show was not well received by TV fans – with many complaining on social media that it was “boring”. The show struggled to pull in three million viewers each week – which is significantly less than the average eight million that watch Strictly Come Dancing before hand.
What was worse, is that Survivor was beaten in the ratings by repeat showings of the Antiques Roadshow. And TV fans and critics have been left angered by the reported £30 million that the BBC are said to have splashed reviving the show which first aired, and failed to find a strong audience, back in 2001.
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