I went absolutely feral filming Survivor – but I loved it, says Joel Dommett as he reveals makeover for new BBC reboot

JOEL DOMMETT states he was delighted to flip “absolutely feral” to host the BBC’s new severe obstacle display, Survivor.

The Masked Singer presenter remaining his flashy fits at home to movie the epic reboot on a deserted Caribbean island — and jokes that he tapped into his major aspect by channelling his grouchy, expecting wife.

Joel Dommett is the host of the BBC's Survivor reboot


Joel Dommett is the host of the BBC’s Survivor rebootCredit history: BBC
Joel left his flashy suits at home to film the reboot


Joel left his flashy suits at home to film the rebootCredit history: ITV

Joel, who welcomed son Wilde with product Hannah Cooper in September, explained: “It’s my purely natural thing to be foolish but I was quite knowledgeable from the commence that I desired to get absent from my Masked Singer persona.

“For Masked Singer you’ve received the shiny suit, stood subsequent to an Octopus, which is so various from Survivor and it’s a large departure for me.

“I actually enjoy that.

“But then all over again it is pretty tricky to be humorous when individuals are punching every other in the encounter.

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“I grew my beard out till about midway via, then I realised I was starting off to glimpse seriously ugly, so I believed, ‘I require to trim this back’.

“I discuss for a lot of the crew in this article, we grew to become completely feral.

“Every now and all over again another person new, like my agent, would appear to visit and you really do not realise how unclean you are till somebody clear arrives . . . we definitely appreciated it.”

Survivor launches on Saturday and episode two follows on Sunday.

The collection sees 18 contestants marooned in a remote spot in the Dominican Republic with confined provides.

They have to hunt for their personal food and establish shelters whilst competing to win rewards and immunity from remaining voted out of the contest by fellow castaways.

The sole survivor wins £100,000.

The display previously aired for two collection on ITV in 2001 and 2002.

A smash strike throughout the globe, Survivor has amassed a mammoth 44 seasons in The us and 11 in Australia.

Joel, 38, felt the fat of duty as the new host of the United kingdom outing.

He stated: “I wished to be myself, but I also preferred to make positive that men and women who currently adore Survivor will like what I do with it.

“In a unusual way I felt far more comfy remaining this person than being in a pink flowery suit stood upcoming to a enormous singing boot on The Masked Singer.

“My organic disposition is to be friendly to folks but you’ve obtained to different you a tiny little bit.

“It was really hard for me to not go in and give the contestants a hug and be like, ‘It’s gonna be OK’.”

How did Joel, who identified fame as a stand-up comic, tap into his significant facet?

Grimacing, he jokes: “I had a expecting wife at home!

“None of what you are going to see over the collection is phony or bogus, it’s not a play.

“When they are hungry they are unbelievably hungry. When they’re worn out, they’re unbelievably worn out.

“When they damage, they seriously harm.”

Survivor guarantees to exam its contestants to their actual physical and psychological limits.

The initial episode sees the castaways, which includes a particular coach, champion roller-skater and a a single-legged surf coach, divided into two “tribes”.

As the series progresses gamers are voted out of their tribes just one by just one until eventually the two sides merge and the activity results in being a head-to-head battle.

Crucially, it is the ousted castaways who vote for the winner — and this social component could be the finalists’ downfall.

Joel mentioned: “My favourites are the endurance problems, which get larger as the sequence goes on.

“But what the contestants place by themselves via is insane. No meals, no slumber.

“I cannot even maintain my coffee cup if I’ve had less than eight several hours.

“I would delight in the actual physical issues extra than the mind game titles, I’d drop apart on individuals.

“You’re trying to get rid of men and women with out p***ing them off.

“You’re hoping to play 3 unique video games at the identical time, that is why viewers get obsessed with it.”

Psychological gameplay experienced been lacking from actuality Television for some many years, with a focus on dating displays and expertise contests.

But that transformed very last December with the arrival of BBC breakout hit The Traitors, wherever contestants conspire versus each other.

Joel said: 'I grew my beard out until about halfway through, then I realised I was starting to look really ugly'


Joel said: ‘I grew my beard out till about midway via, then I realised I was beginning to glance definitely ugly’Credit: Instagram
Joel and wife Hannah welcomed son Wilde in September


Joel and spouse Hannah welcomed son Wilde in SeptemberCredit rating: 2023 Joe Maher

Joel claimed: “Reality has finished a full circle in the final 20 years, when Major Brother and Survivor were being past on our screens.

“We have absent via this awesome journey where by it’s absent heavily into soiled territory.

“The Traitors very last yr has lubed everybody up all set for Survivor.

“There experienced been additional concentrate on celebrities until finally we did not have many shows still left with your normal, day-to-day men and women from unique walks of life.

“Now I truly feel like we’re back at that position the place we have various individuals on display screen — various physique forms and genders, all brilliantly represented.”

ITV has been praised for the numerous solid on its reboot of Significant Brother, which launched two weeks ago after a five-calendar year hiatus.

It will be competing with Survivor in that key-time actuality arena.

Joel mentioned: “I imagine they are on pretty different channels and I really feel like it is thrilling for actuality to have both equally at the identical time.

“It is definitely fascinating to have Survivor back but in lots of means you just have to wait around for points to go comprehensive circle all over again.

“You have to wait around for it to come to be nostalgic, you just cannot convey factors back again much too shortly.”

Gameplay and alliances

The elephant in the home is, of training course, that the 1st two sequence of Survivor unsuccessful to capture the creativity of audiences her in the early Noughties in spite of the great successes in Australia and the US.

So why does Joel think it failed to spark listed here initial time spherical?

He informed Radio Occasions: “Compared to Significant Brother it felt much too ‘unBritish’ at that issue in time — it is pretty substantially about gameplay and alliances. It was the other way round in The usa.

“Even even though it feels like we’re late on the scene in the British isles, Survivor was mainly the initially truth display, and now we’re effectively-versed in gameplay.

“No offence to any other demonstrates, but we want anything a bit additional exciting than men and women just sitting around acquiring a beer.”

It seems like viewers can anticipate loads of drama.

The camps, principally designed out of scavenged material, ended up strike by a intense storm and contestants experienced a variety of injuries throughout the tricky worries.

Joel additional: “It is mad in these tropical destinations — it’s like lovely sunshine and then quickly it is the most epic rain you’ve at any time seen in your life, like thunder and lightning.

“We don’t want any accidents to materialize,but you’re placing them in a actually perilous position in a really extreme scenario, so accidents are heading to take place.

“In the most up-to-date Australian edition, there’s this man or woman who breaks their collarbone and they have to go home.

“It’s definitely mad, remarkable.

“Luckily, we didn’t have anything that big, but yeah, it is risky.”

Joel will be tuning in to Survivor with his wife from the consolation of their household.

The pair, who have hit podcast Hardly ever Have I Ever, have been struggling with their personal worries of late just after becoming 1st-time parents.

Joel stated: “I was so concerned Hannah would give birth though we have been away filming so I’m joyful that did not transpire.

“Now we have a new infant in our lives, together with my other toddler, Survivor!

“Nothing can get ready you for remaining a parent . . .  It’s so difficult, is not it?

“I have been looking through all of the publications and listening to all of the podcasts. I hope I’m heading to be a superior dad.”

He additional: “Hannah has actually turn into a superfan of Survivor — she’s binge-watched the complete collection.

“I’ve constantly cherished the show so to make any very first sequence of any present is tricky, even if it is made in Elstree Studios, in London!

“So to make it in the middle of nowhere, throughout the other aspect of the earth, was an insane task, and I think that is why I’m so happy of it.

“Survivor staying superior is these kinds of a aid!”

  • Survivor launches on BBC A person and iPlayer on Saturday at 8.25pm.
The series sees 18 contestants marooned in a remote location in the Dominican Republic with limited supplies


The series sees 18 contestants marooned in a distant locale in the Dominican Republic with minimal suppliesCredit score: PA
Joel filmed the series in the Dominican Republic


Joel filmed the sequence in the Dominican RepublicCredit rating: Instagram
Joel and Hannah host a podcast called Never Have I Ever


Joel and Hannah host a podcast named Under no circumstances Have I At any timeCredit: Instagram

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