In the often unreal world of reality television, SAS Australia is supposed to be as ‘real’ as it gets.
For eight weeks now, Australians have followed the trails of the 18 celebrity recruits relying solely on their mental and physical toughness to survive the military-style selection course – or so we’re led to believe.
But Daily Mail Australia can reveal that for all its talk about ‘not being a game’, SAS Australia is no different to every other reality show on television.
Unreal: Daily Mail Australia can reveal that for all its talk about ‘not being a game’, SAS Australia is no different to every other reality show on television
Production sources claim the final five recruits were each given fictional ‘cover stories’ for the last episode to study and memorise.
Even though these stories weren’t true, they had to commit to them even under fierce interrogation by the directing staff (DS).
Dan Ewing, John Steffensen, Jana Pittman, Mark Philippoussis and Sam Burgess all delivered their scripted lines, but only Ewing was called out for making it up.
This resulted in him being sent home from the competition.
Ewing was apparently never destined to make the top four, with producers determined to kick him off the show before the finale.
Twisted game: The final five recruits were each given fictional ‘cover stories’ for the finale to study and memorise. Even though these stories weren’t true, they had to commit to them under interrogation – only for Dan Ewing to be called a liar while the others got off scot-free
Ewing and Pittman were the only two recruits who managed to successfully commit the cover story to memory – which is no surprise given Ewing learns lines for a living.
But during his interrogation, Ewing was accused of making up the story he’d been given by producers and chief instructor Ant Middleton tore strips off him.
The former British solider chose once again to paint Ewing as an ‘off-with-the fairies’ actor rather than acknowledging his perfect recall of the cover story.
Unfair: During his interrogation, Ewing was accused of making up the story he’d been given by producers and chief instructor Ant Middleton (pictured) tore strips off him. Middleton chose to paint Ewing as an ‘off-with-the fairies’ actor rather than acknowledging his perfect recall
‘Dan recited the cover story perfectly, yet got ripped a new one. They were trying to suggest he made up this cover story when it was the cover story he’d been given as part of the challenge,’ said a source.
The whole set-up of the challenge apparently won’t be featured in the final edit, so the episode will make it look like Ewing was simply lying.
‘The stitch-up begins when they edit out all reference to the “cover story” the recruits are given and told to study, which of course feeds into what happens next when Dan is sent packing after another run with Middleton,’ the insider added.
This was allegedly another calculated move by producers to keep Ewing from making it to the end of the competition.
Golden child: This was apparently another calculated move by producers to ensure the last man standing would be the recruit who could guarantee solid ratings for the network throughout the entire season
Unlike season one, which saw several recruits pass the selection course, this time there is only one recruit left standing at the end – and it’s no surprise who it is.
‘We knew from day one one when we lined up for the promotional photos who’d be there at the end. This guy is front, row and centre in every group photo and was portrayed in glowing terms throughout the entire season,’ said one recruit.
‘Everyone loves a story of redemption. Especially producers who are more interested in ratings than the integrity of the SAS course and the viewing public.
‘This show is a charade. It’s no different to Married At First Sight.’
SAS Australia continues Monday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven
Pick a winner: Unlike Season One where several recruits passed SAS section, this time there is only one recruit left standing at the end of the show – and it’s no surprise who
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