Ten reveals final lineup for Australian Survivor ahead of premiere

Set to premiere on July 24, Australian Survivor’s complete lineup has been announced by Ten, with AFLW player Abbey Holmes, memory champion Anastasia Woolmer, and model David Genat joining the Champions team.

Holmes, Woolmer and Genat follow announcements revealing actor Pia Miranda, and former contestant Luke Tovi are also on the team.

The 2019 Survivor cast (Click to enlarge)

Ten has also announced the lineup for its Contenders tribe, including a marketing executive, police officer and an ice-cream maker.

Holmes is one of the biggest stars in women’s AFL. She was the first woman to kick 100 goals in a season and recently made the move from the Adelaide Crows to join Richmond Football Club and work as a broadcaster.

Genat started his modelling career in 2002 and has since appeared on the cover of titles including Vogue and Vanity Fair, as well as being the face of Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Mont Blanc.

Woolmer is a two-time Australian Memory Champion who left home at 15 to join the Australian Ballet School. Before she became a memory trainer, Woolmer received a finance degree and worked as a fixed-income broker.

Also added to the Australian Survivor lineup is retired AFL player Shaun Hampson who joins the Contenders side. Hampson played almost 100 games over a 12-year AFL career with Carlton and Richmond and now lives with fiancée Megan Gale and their two children. Speaking to Ten Daily about his role on the contenders side rather than the champions team, Hampson said it was likely due to a ‘lack of success’.

“When you look at somebody like Simon Black on the show, he played 300 games. He won three premierships, a Brownlow medal, he’s highly decorated and he’s got every reason – almost more than anybody – to be called a champion of the game,” he told Ten.

“I had 12 awesome years, but I played 98 games. I spent a lot of my time in rehab, injured. I didn’t win any premierships, I just missed out on the 2017 one with Richmond, which I was in emergency for.”

Premiering on Wednesday at 7:30pm, Australian Survivor’s first episode will go up against Young Sheldon on Nine, and Britain’s Got Talent on Seven. The following week The Bachelor will premiere in the 7:30pm slot on Wednesday.

2019 will be the fourth season of the latest version of Australian Survivor, hosted by Jonathan La Paglia and made for Ten by Endemol Shine. Last year the show, which also followed the Champions vs Contenders format, aired its final episode to 877,000 metro viewers, however it was beaten by Nine’s The Block, which pulled 929,000 the same night and is set to return in August.

Marketing executive Andy Meldrum, who wants to win as the ‘biggest villain Survivor has ever seen’, student Baden Gilbert, educator Casey Hawkins, police officer Hannah Pentreath, who plans to lie her way to the end by pretending to be a hairdresser, ice-cream maker Harry Hills, digital marketing executive Laura Choong, and VIP gaming manager Sam Schoers are the other newly announced contenders. They join Hampson, John Eastoe, a gold miner from WA, Matty Farrelly, a high school teacher and pro wrestler, and Sarah Ayles who survived the Sri Lankan Boxing Day tsunami.

The newly announced champions join Boost CEO Janine Allis, Olympian and politician Nova Peris, Olympian Steven Bradbury, marathon swimmer Susie Maroney, NRL legend Andrew Ettingshausen, AFL player Simon Black, and big wave surfer Ross Clarke-Jones.


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