Survivor NZ: The King is gone

Sala says his heart was too big.
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Sala says his heart was too big.

 SPOILERS FOLLOW. Survivor New Zealand, episode 12:

The King is gone. He says his heart was too big.

 Matai'a 'Sala' Salatielu Tiatia has been ousted in a merciless takeover of the Survivor thrown, orchestrated by Auckland mother Barbara Raos.

His eviction from the tribe came as a pure blindsiding, that even Raos' closest ally wasn't comfortable with.

Barb strikes from behind. All hail the queen.
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Barb strikes from behind. All hail the queen.

Tiatia had grown close connections with members from both tribes. That upbeat personality heralded his demise, as competitors grew weary of his powerful position in the game.

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When it came time to vote, Raos told allies she had "been looking forward to this day". But even Nathan Davis, who she had spent all 23 days with, didn't hold back his concerns, saying: "I haven't. I've hated the last few hours."

Matai'a Salatielu Tiatia is kicked off.
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Matai'a Salatielu Tiatia is kicked off.

Davis did little to change Raos' plan, and she was victorious. She had gathered support from Thomas Campbell and Jak Thomas, who also faced the chopping block, as well as Shannon Quinn. Davis​ opted to throw his vote away at Tribal Council, voting instead for Quinn. With backing from the other four, they were still able to take down Tiatia.

Tiatia had earlier told the cameras he wasn't worried about Tribal Council, saying "I trust my alliance, I feel like I'm going to be safe tonight".

Jak Thomas had spent the day pretending to fear for his place in the game, acting sad. At one point he considered punching a tree to appear extra sad.

These two have zero chance now.
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These two have zero chance now.

Tiatia maintained his cheery vibe as he left the tribe, announcing with only a hint of sarcasm: "shot whanau, catch up soon". King Sala was gone and so to was his alliance's chances.

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OTHER JUNGLE HAPPENINGS:

- Mike sat on "Redemption Island" staring at Georgia Bergerson's name. It made him sad that she was already gone.

- The contestants did yoga on the beach and Tiatia talked about how much he loves his family.

- Thomas stripped.

- Thomas put on a loin cloth and danced. "From my experience, I have found that doing a dance in its most purest form would help us catch more fish." He also wore the immunity necklace and socks with jandals. TVNZ blurred his below hip region.

- Host Matt Chisholm didn't know how to respond when confronted by Thomas. When it came time to hand back the necklace, Thomas said: "You probably don't want to know where it's been, man." Chisholm just nodded.

 - Stuff

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