Ten reveals lineup for 2019 season of Australian Survivor

After much online speculation, Ten has released some of the lineup for the 2019 season of Australian Survivor.

The new season will bring back 2018’s format of Champions vs Contenders, seeing everyday Australians taking on sporting legends and business leaders.

The new Champions team will include NRL legend Andrew Ettingshausen, who played 328 games for the Cronulla Sharks over 18 years and was awarded the Dally M Centre of Year in 1994 and 1996, and Janine Allis, founder of Boost Juice and panel member on Ten’s Shark Tank.

Ross Clarke-Jones, a big wave surfer known as ‘Mad Dog’, Olympic gold medallist Steven Bradbury, and marathon swimmer Susie Maroney are also taking part.

Last year saw swimmer Shane Gould take home the final prize, making her the oldest contestant to win a Survivor season in any country.

Ten also named some of the contenders who will be taking part in the series. John Eastoe, a gold miner from WA, Matty Farrelly, a high school teacher and pro wrestler, and Sarah Ayles, a cleaner who survived the Sri Lankan Boxing Day tsunami, will form some of the team who take on the champions in Fiji.

Boost founder Janine Allis (Photo – Nigel Wright)

This is the fourth season of the latest version of Australian Survivor, hosted by Jonathan La Paglia and made for Ten by Endemol Shine.

The first Australian version of the show aired in 2002 on Nine and was a contractual obligation for the broadcast of American Survivor. However, it was not renewed due to low ratings and criticism over poor production values.

In 2006, Seven took a run at the franchise, thanks to a loophole in the Nine contract which allowed it to film a celebrity version of the show. It was hosted by Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson and featured politician David Oldfield, model Imogen Bailey and surf lifesaving champion Guy Leech, who won. It was not renewed for a second season.

Ten announced in 2015 at its upfronts it would be bringing the show back for the last quarter of 2016. The final of the first season saw 1.082m metro viewers tune in, beating The Block. Last year’s finale drew 877,000 metro viewers.


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