Tumi Vorster first celebrity to leave Tropika Island of Treasure

Cape Town - It’s been a nail-biting season of Tropika Island of Treasure so far and this week, the first elimination took place. 

After receiving the lowest number of points throughout the first round of challenges, 5FM presenter Tumi Voster and Mark-Anthony Bingham were booted off the island. 

Tumi and Mark-Anthony sat down for a Q&A after being eliminated:

What surprised you most about yourself being on TIOT and the island? 

Tumi: If you told me five years ago that I would be on a reality show, I would've probably not believed you. I learned that I can do whatever I set my mind to doing. I learned to be more open to new and exciting experiences! Everything that happened on that island was a surprise every single day but I was prepared and ready every single day to face all the challenges. I am happy that I got to show my fans or followers a different side of me they've never seen before as I am quite a private person. 

Mark-Anthony: What I learned the most was that I was able to allow a female to lead as I'm always the dominant one, and I learned to listen - not just rush into situations.

Where do you think you could have improved?

Tumi: I am a person who lives life at her own pace and is always focused on what I am doing and don’t look at other people as competition, but I soon realised how competitive everyone became on the island. So perhaps I needed to unleash some competitiveness in me. 

Mark-Anthony: I could have improved by listening to my instincts and taking the lead also by making my voice heard in challenges with my partner as there was a lack of communication between us during challenges.

What was the best thing about being teamed up with your partner? And who did you think your biggest competitor was?

Tumi: Mark was very kind and driven, which were great traits! Biggest competition I would say were: Sbahle, Brendan and Melinda. 

Mark-Anthony: Tumi was so patient and a great team mate! I don't really think there was a threat as each team had strong and weak points, and others just had luck on their side.

What advice do you wish someone told you before the show?

Tumi: I don't think any advice can prepare you for this type of show. I believe you just need to be open minded and be prepared for anything. Most importantly, create unforgettable experiences, learn something new about yourself through the entire experience, and make new friends!

Mark-Anthony: I wish someone had told me to take lots and lots of sunscreen – competing in the challenges was tough but the sun in the Maldives took the cake!

Catch all the action Mondays at 19:30 on SABC 3 (DStv 193).

(Photo: Supplied by Platinum Club)