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PHOTOGRAPH BY NIGEL WRIGHT. 2019AUSTRALIAN SURVIVOR...S4CHANNEL TEN.THIS PICTURE SHOWS...AS SERIES 4....EPISODE 23.

There is no query that Luke Toki is one particular of the most well known Survivor contestants of all time. Soon after producing his debut on Australian Survivor 2017, he became the 1st Aussie contestant to return for a second shot when he appeared on this season of Champions v Contenders. Impressively, he produced it all the way to the final 4 just before an immunity challenge loss meant he was sent packing due to his immense threat level. Not only did the nation fall in appreciate with Luke for his entertaining antics, but also due to his touching family members story. He and wife Mary have two boys who are on the Autism spectrum, and also welcomed infant Madeline, who was born with cystic fibrosis, just six weeks just before filming commenced. Beneath, Luke chats his heartbreaking elimination, the ‘humbling’ response from fans and how his family members are carrying out now.

POPSUGAR Australia: Hey Luke! All of us fans are so sad to see you go. How was it for you to watch the episode back?

Luke Toki: I am not going to lie, I cried on the day when I got voted out, and I got a small bit teary when I watched it back as properly. They captured it precisely how it went down. I suppose I did attempt to beg and plead to keep in the game, and I place it all on Pia’s shoulders, but that is the game! From time to time you get to a dead finish.

PS: How did you even start to procedure the information that you’d come so far and fallen at what was just about the final hurdle?

LT: All I knew was I required to win that immunity. Overlook about the final 4 immunities I’d won just before that, it was that one particular I required. It just slipped by way of my fingers, and just before I even went to tribal I was so emotional since I was like “how the hell am I going to get out of this.” I knew that I was a substantial target, and I’d place all my eggs in one particular basket by voting Abbey out at the earlier tribal since I believed if I won the subsequent immunity then I’d get a shot at the prime 3. It just did not swing my way, and it would have been a dream come correct. . . but what can you do!

PS: As a lot as it would have been wonderful for you to win, it is nonetheless extremely impressive that you produced it to prime 4 as a returning player. Did you ever anticipate to make it so far?

LT: Nah, not at all! I believed I’d be gone in the 1st 4 or 5 votes. I believed they’d target me and there would be practically nothing I could do. It was really fortunate that I discovered that idol which meant I held energy early, but as quickly as I got my claws in the game and definitely got my footing, it wasn’t like I was a returnee any longer. That aura more than me getting a returnee only lasted possibly 5 or six days, and then I became just like any other castaway since of the relationships I constructed. But yeah man, who would have believed, prime 4!

PS: It is a testament to your social game that you had been capable to integrate as properly as you did . . .

LT: Yeah, it is such a social game! I linked up with Dave and in the finish, we just had entertaining with the predicament. The 1st point I did was come across a person who was larger than me, a person who had abs, whilst I had flabs! It felt like there was a lot on the line with me coming back, like what would develop into of me if I got voted out? The stress was genuine, so to trip more than at that final hurdle was just. . . heartbreaking! [Laughs]

PS: Do you regret not voting out a person else rather of Abbey at the earlier vote?

LT: Nicely I knew Abbey would potentially win the final 3 immunity challenge since she was just a freak at that sort of endurance stuff. I produced the executive selection to take her out, considering that would far better my possibilities of going on to win 5 immunities, which would have been a Survivor record. So I went for the glory, rather of considering “properly, possibly if I voted out Pia rather, then Abbey would have been emotional about voting me out and would have let me go to [the fire-making challenge].” It is so difficult to choose the proper move all the time, you just have to go with your instincts, and my instinct was “get rid of Abbey, win the subsequent immunity, then go on and win the game.”

PS: Is voting out Abbey the move you happen to be most proud of although? It was such an revolutionary move and you executed it definitely properly.

LT: It was! I’ve heard a couple of items and the fans appear to feel it was up there in terms of game moves. I do don’t forget when I believed it by way of in my head that my aim was to blindside just about every single individual who was sitting there in that tribal. By carrying out that, it would solidify me as the prime dog in the game. I did not want to sit there at the finish and feel “possibly I could win this.” I wanted to be capable to sit there and be like “you know who won this.” It could have worked out for me if I’d won that final immunity.

PS: You had been really well known in your 1st season, but I really feel like the appreciate for you from fans has just gone to a complete new level this year with the show getting grown in reputation as well. How does it really feel to have received such good feedback? Not to mention all the Go fund Me pages that had been set up to aid you and your family members.

LT: It is really humbling! I cannot thank absolutely everyone personally, but as a complete, I am so thankful for folks to have gotten behind me like there are folks who have donated who could even be struggling themselves. It is all appreciate, I’ve got appreciate for all the folks left in the game as properly, I’ve got no difficult feelings towards Pia, Harry or Baden. To feel that I am walking away with potentially a bit of cash. . . Nicely, it is all going to my wife and children who are the ones that held down the fort whilst I was gone. I know I could sleep on the beach someplace and nonetheless be alright, but that money’s all for them.

PS: I saw you took to Instagram to implore fans to lay off Pia for voting you out since some folks had been sending her hate more than it.

LT: Yeah, you get these hardcore fans who are so invested in me winning, or just who they feel deserves to win. But if you run the tape back, you’d see in the challenges Pia was jumping off the tower of terror twenty instances, or she was jumping on these logs that only taller folks could get across, and she under no circumstances gave up. At one particular stage I was even standing on her back in a challenge, and I was heavy! [Laughs] Then you have also got Harry, who’s been so proactive in playing the game and surviving, which is why they nicknamed him the cockroach. He’s performed a good job at that. Then there is Baden, who is such a good kid with his complete life ahead of him. All 3 of them could use the cash. I am not a hater, and I feel that showed final evening when I got voted out like I wasn’t providing the finger as I left! [Laughs] Game respects game!

PS: How has small Madeline been carrying out given that you completed filming?

LT: She’s great! Considering the fact that I’ve been back she’s been carrying out rather properly. We’ve had to find out how to do rehab on her, and naturally, I’ve learnt how her physique operates. I also just learnt about cystic fibrosis, since I only had six weeks to find out just before I left for the game. She’s normally going to have it, I hear a lot of undesirable stories, but I also hear a lot of great stories. I’ve just interviewed a guy named Nathan Charles for my new podcast (Welcome to the Jungle), he’s an ex Wallaby and he’s managed to get to the point exactly where he’s playing rugby union for Australia whilst getting cystic fibrosis. There is a lot of great stories out there, as a lot as she’s normally going to have a difficult road ahead of her and have her moments of illness. She’s smiley as, she’s cute as, and you can have the worst day and come residence and be cheered up by her, so I am really fortunate to have her.



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