In Australia’s mind, Perth larrikin Luke Toki has already won Australia Survivor: Champions v Contenders.
The lovable Baldivis mining technician has made it to the top four in the reality show, in his second stint on the program, and has once again become a firm fan favourite.
With only two episodes to go, Toki is up against some stiff competition from fellow WA contestant Harry Hills, Pia Miranda and Baden Gilbert.
But Toki, known as the “people’s champion”, has plenty of high-profile personalities gunning for him, including the likes of Kasey Chambers and comedians the Umbilical Brothers.
“It’s at the point right now where it’s very hard to walk into the shops — you get noticed quite often,” Toki told AAA Weekend. “Everyone that comes up to me is like ‘my mum is so jealous that I’m getting a photo with you’ … it’s amazing to hear all the comments. It’s cool.”
The 32-year-old father of three pulled at the heartstrings of Australia after revealing he had to leave his six-week-old daughter Madeline, who was born with cystic fibrosis, along with his wife Mary and two sons Lennox, 7, and Nate, 5, to compete for the $500,000 prize money.
But his family plight only spurred him on, launching a charm offensive on his fellow contestants to help him win allies.
“I thought I would be voted out the first week and somehow I didn’t,” he said.
“(But) I would never play for second place.”
Toki is clearly out to win this year, but admitted at this stage he was happy for any of them to win.
“It’s such a roll of the dice right now. You’ve got top four; everyone deserves to win,” he said.
“I would be happy if any three of them won other than myself, but the king of the jungle needs to get paid, so I’m going for myself first!”