tribes switch three “best” members; Silas voted out of his new tribe.

tribes switch three “best” members; Silas voted out of his new tribe.
Jeff Probst revealed the long-awaited surprise on Survivor Africa, and it did not involve splitting the two tribes into three, as was rumored. Instead, each tribe unknowingly selected their three “best” members who immediately became members of the opposite tribe. Frank and Teresa escaped certain doom as they left Samburu along with Silas for Boran, while Boran’s Kelly, Tom and Lex became the newest members of Samburu. The new, stronger Boran won the reward challenge but later lost immunity, and unanimously voted off Silas at Tribal Council.
+ also: Survivor Africa aired on time because CBS–along with NBC and FOX–decided not to air President Bush’s latest Thursday night address.Africa

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.