Australian Survivor’s Janelle Durso admits she had ‘no idea’ the conditions would so ‘brutal’


Australian Survivor’s Janelle Durso admits she had ‘no idea’ the outback would be so ‘brutal’ – and thought the show would be on a tropical beach

She was booted off Australian Survivor: Brains vs Brawn on Monday night’s episode.

And following her departure, Janelle Durso has revealed she had ‘no idea’ how brutal the Aussie outback would be, after assuming the show would take place in a tropical paradise.

‘I was expecting to be on the beach – 100 per cent expecting it to be on the beach,’ the 43-year-old told New Idea, having watched previous seasons filmed in Fiji and Samoa.

Not a clue: Following her departure from Australian Survivor on Monday, Janelle Durso has revealed she had ‘no idea’ how brutal the Aussie outback would be

Instead, the mother of three was plunged into the vast, unforgiving outback of northwest Queensland, which is known for its harsh climate.

While the filming location of Cloncurry holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Australia at 53.1°C, at night temperatures can plummet into single figures – something Janelle learned quickly.

‘It was horrible – it’s just brutal – absolutely brutal,’ she said, recalling her agonising pain from the show’s challenges.

‘I honestly thought there would’ve been a little bit of TV sparkle. I honestly thought they would’ve helped us a little bit or provided us with some umbrellas – just something – and there was just nothing.’ 

Not happy: 'It was horrible - it's just brutal - absolutely brutal,' the mother of three said

Not happy: ‘It was horrible – it’s just brutal – absolutely brutal,’ the mother of three said

She wasn’t the only contestant left shocked by the sudden temperature drop, as Kerryn ‘Kez’ McGee forgot to even pack a jacket before departing for the show.

Kez, from the Brawn tribe, complained she was freezing cold after being left to sleep on the ground 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 jacket? You’re in the outback, in the freezing cold, with a singlet and short-shorts on. Good idea, Kez,”‘ she reflected.

Oops: Viewers were left in disbelief watching Sunday's premiere episode after competitor Kerryn 'Kez' McGee forgot to pack a jacket

Oops: Viewers were left in disbelief watching Sunday’s premiere episode after competitor Kerryn ‘Kez’ McGee forgot to pack a jacket

Janelle was a member of the Brawn tribe this season, and became the second person to depart the show after Phil Ferguson.

She had volunteered to take part in a puzzle challenge, which she subsequently lost – putting her on ‘the chopping block’.

But she still has no regrets, telling the Townsville Bulletin: ‘I’ve loved Survivor for a very long time and it was always a dream to push myself and push my body to the absolute limit.

‘Of course I’m disappointed (to be eliminated on day five). I really wanted to get into those really gruelling, hardcore challenges.’

Gone: 'I’ve loved Survivor for a very long time and it was always a dream to push myself and push my body to the absolute limits,' she said of her departure

Gone: ‘I’ve loved Survivor for a very long time and it was always a dream to push myself and push my body to the absolute limits,’ she said of her departure

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