They’ve been a fan-favourite from the very start of the season but this week, #TeamPineapple (Ntando Duma and Siphosethu Colo) found themselves being the fourth team eliminated from this season of Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao. They leave #TeamCoolRed (Nadia Jaftha and Trevor Lagerway) and #TeamMangoPeach (Siphesihle Vazi and Darren Solomon) to battle it out in the grand finale for that shared R1 million grand prize.
The Final Long-Life Ceremony
It was another exciting episode of Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao which picked up at the final Long-Life Ceremony where Team Mango Peach stunned the other teams by giving Team Cool Red their extra point alongside alliance members Team Pineapple. As expected, Team Cool Red opted to give their extra point to Team Pineapple.
In a bid to get the final Long-Life charm, which gives a team a 30-second advantage should they make it into the finale, Team Mango Peach and Team Cool Red, as the two teams with the most points on the leaderboard, competed in a challenge which needed one team member to fling ping pong balls into the air using a towel while the other had to catch the balls using a bowl. In the two-minute period, both Team Cool Red and Team Mango Peach caught seven balls. To even out the playing field, the game was played again. This time, however, the time limit was just 30 seconds. Team Cool Red came out victorious catching 7 balls while Team Mango Peach only managed to catch two balls earning Team Cool Red yet another Long-Life charm. Team Cool Red is now the holder of four Long-Life charms.
In Tropika Island of Treasure, twists are almost certain and host Katlego Maboe threw a massive curveball at the remaining teams as he announced that the next challenge would serve as an elimination challenge – and the team at the bottom of the leaderboard would be going home. In Kayak Canons, teams were required to get a water gun from a station and run out to a Stand Up Paddleboard where one team mate would row while the other sits at the back with their water gun. The teams needed to paddle out to a set of three plinths where they would shoot rubber ducks off their respective platforms. Each team had one golden duck which needed to be shot off first. Once all the ducks had been shot off, the teams had to paddle back to shore where they needed to complete a puzzle.
As the teams headed out to shoot their ducks off the plinth, Team Mango Peach struggled to keep their SUP in the demarcated zone and after shooting off a duck while their SUP was in the danger zone scored themselves a 30-second freeze. Team Cool Red shot all their ducks off the platform first and got a massive head-start on the puzzle. Team Mango Peach finished second while Team Pineapple shot all their targets off last.
The puzzle proved to be a challenge for all three teams but Team Cool Red continued their winning streak by solving it first. Much like with the first part of the challenge, Team Mango Peach solved the puzzle second and Team Pineapple completed the puzzle last. Having the lowest amount of points on the leaderboard, Team Pineapple became the fourth team to be eliminated from the series leaving Team Cool Red and Team Mango Peach to battle it out in the grand finale.
Now, Siphosethu Colo opens up about his Tropika Island of Treasure experience:
Your Team Pineapple team mate was Ntando. What was she like as a partner?
I couldn’t have asked for a better team mate! There was an instant chemistry between us during our “speed date” session at the beginning of the show and from there I could see us being a solid team. We each brought different strengths to the competition and we gave it our best until the very end.
What was the toughest thing you experienced during your time on the show?
The challenges! Every single challenge, while so much fun, was tough in varying ways. That said, my favourite challenge had to be the one Ntando and I placed first in – the blind fold challenge. This was team work at its best where I had to trust my partner entirely and follow her every instruction to lead us to a win.
What was the biggest highlight about your time on Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao?
The people – the contestants, celebs, crew and a few islanders I had the pleasure to spend time with. Meeting everyone and sharing in this incredible experience together had to be my number one highlight.
Do you wish you had done anything differently?
I wouldn’t change a single thing. Everything happens for a reason and I played the game to the best of my ability.
What surprised you most about yourself being on Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao?
I found new confidence and strength in myself. Even when the tank was empty I could still tap into a reserve and power through an obstacle.
Curacao is a beautiful island. What was a highlight of your time there?
The flight with KLM to Curaçao was a great start to the journey. When on the island, during our day off we had the opportunity to explore the capital city, Willemstad, and got be tourists for the day. What a beautiful and interesting place!
What else can people expect from you/expect to see from you for the rest of 2020?
There’s a lot in the pipeline at the moment. I can’t reveal too much, but just know that 2020 is a MARVELOUS year. Keep an eye on my social media channels where I’ll share more…
Be sure to purchase your Tropika and tune in to Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao on SABC3 every Tuesday at 19h30 with the repeat every Saturday at 20h00.