The highly anticipated launch of Network Ten’s Australian Survivor will see 24 diverse and determined people marooned on a tropical island with little more than the clothes on their backs – and the drive to be the sole survivor.
The spectacular new family entertainment series will be set on the stunning and rugged South Pacific island of Samoa, where contestants ranging in age from 23 to 62 will be deprived of basic comforts and must build their own shelter, light their own fires, gather their own food and fend for themselves.
A private investigator, an ex-professional cricketer, a criminal lawyer, a firefighter and a magician are among the 24 contestants who will give up all creature comforts in a bid to win Australian Survivor.
Their bodies will be pushed to the extreme, as they compete in epic and physically demanding challenges, while mentally they must navigate their way through cunning and strategic gameplay.
Faced with extreme temperatures and fierce tropical storms, contestants will be stripped to their core – and only one will emerge triumphant.
The ultimate winner will walk away with a life-changing experience, half a million dollars and the coveted title of Australia’s Sole Survivor 2016.
Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “Survivor is the most successful reality TV show in the world and we are very excited to be launching Australian Survivor later this year.
“More than 15,000 Australians applied to be part of this spectacular, dramatic and compelling new series. The 24 people we’ve selected are incredible and represent one of the best casts we have ever assembled for a reality series.
“Australian Survivor will offer amazing locations, a diverse and intriguing cast and all the drama you’d expect when 24 people are left to fend for themselves while competing for half a million dollars – plus ambitious immunity and reward challenges and jaw-dropping tribal councils,” she said.
The series will be hosted by one of Australia’s leading actors, Jonathan LaPaglia. Known for his commitment to personal fitness and outdoor pursuits, Jonathan is a long time, avid fan of Survivor.
Production of Australian Survivor commenced in Samoa last month and will air on Ten later this year.
The Australian Survivor Class of 2016:
Andrew, 29, Brisbane, Queensland, Marketing Executive
Andrew is a marketing professional with 10 years’ experience in the corporate world. He is an avid poker player and will use these skills to get inside the minds of his opponents. While he doesn’t see himself as a physical threat, he will manipulate and deceive to stay in the game.
Barry, 44, Cairns, Queensland, Radio Host and Ex Rugby International
Barry is a confident, articulate, strong, laid-back, funny and successful Aboriginal/South Sea Islander. He has the gift of the gab and currently works at Star FM in Cairns. Barry represents the quintessential Australian larrikin and has a big personality that will no doubt see him loved by all on the island.
Bianca, 36, Melbourne, Victoria, Private Investigator
Bianca has a degree in psychology, a masters in criminology and currently works as a private investigator. Her intriguing line of work has seen her manage sex offenders, murderers and drug traffickers. She is mentally tough and thinks she has the strength to outlast her fellow contestants on Australian Survivor.
Brooke, 23, Melbourne, Victoria, Sales Executive
Brooke is a fun-loving sales executive in Melbourne but is unsure what direction she wants her life to go in. She loves animals, including snakes and spiders, is fit and active and loves hiking. She is confident, stubborn and not afraid to tell people what she really thinks. She will always stand up for herself and the people she cares about.
Conner, 23, Canberra, ACT, Law Student
Conner is a former United Nations Youth Facilitator and currently studying a post-graduate law degree. He is a go-getter with a real thirst for knowledge. He has recently moved to Canberra but grew up in a remote part of central Victoria. Conner still returns home every university holiday to work at the local bacon factory. He is a big fan of Survivor and thinks his political background will give him a fighting chance on the island
Craig, 32, Brisbane, Queensland, Emergency Services Recruitment Officer
Craig works as a recruitment officer for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service. He is fit, strong, engaging and likes to call a spade a spade. After an accident that saw 35 per cent of his body burnt, Craig was told he may never be able to go out in the sun again. He proved the doctors wrong and believes he has the emotional tools to cope with the tough conditions on Australian Survivor.
Des, 59, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Courier Driver
Des is a courier driver and a classic Aussie bloke who loves to have a laugh. He is a loyal man who has been married for 37 years. He calls his wife The Queen and couldn’t be more proud of his three daughters. He served in the army for seven years and knows how to live rough. He is a larger-than-life personality who may surprise everyone with the brains underneath his rugged exterior.
El, 33, Brisbane, Queensland, Army Corporal and Charity Worker
El is a corporal in the Army and the founder of two charity organisations supporting homeless veterans and women in the Defence Force. She has represented the armed forces to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and describes herself as a free spirit who is finely balanced between a dainty girl and a tough, fit warrior.
Evan, 30, Melbourne, Victoria, High School Teacher
Evan loves his job as a high school teacher and thinks it is the most rewarding profession in the world. He is the class clown and self-proclaimed underdog who wants to prove that you don’t need to be the smartest, or the most athletic, to win the game of Survivor. He thinks he has what it takes to win with patience, emotional intelligence and social manipulation.
Flick, 23, Gold Coast, Queensland, Personal Assistant and Bartender
Flick works full-time as a personal assistant for a real estate agent and is training to be an agent herself. An ex-meter maid also works part-time in a hipster bar on the Gold Coast. As the youngest of five kids, Flick was constantly battling for attention with her siblings. She has always been very independent. Flick has a thick skin and can hold her own. She is a cheeky, smart, athletic, high achiever who can’t wait to play the game of Survivor.
Jennah-Louise, 27, Gold Coast Queensland, Law Graduate
Jennah-Louise is a law/politics graduate who recently left her corporate job at a big accounting firm to pursue her dreams. JL devotes a lot of her time volunteering with women’s groups in remote Kenyan communities. She has been a canyoning guide and enjoys rock climbing, abseiling and skydiving. She is highly competitive and takes pride in her mental and physical toughness.
Kate, 28, Perth, Western Australia, Financial Analyst
Kate is physically and emotionally tough, resilient, inspiring, likeable and straight-talking. At 19, she was involved in a boating accident that resulted in more than 10 hours of emergency surgery. Her parents were told her chances of survival were one in a million. In the face of adversity, Kate pushed through with determination and is now fitter than ever, competing in triathlons and training six days a week.
Kat, 26, Perth, Western Australia, Partnerships and Brand Manager
Kat comes from a middle class family and has worked hard to be successful in her career. She recently quit her job as partnerships and brand manager for the WA Cricket Association to appear on the show and has developed a thick skin that has enabled her to thrive in a male-dominated environment. She is smart, confident, brash and will not tolerate laziness or chauvinism.
Kristie, 24, Sydney, NSW, Senior Account Executive
Kristie is candid, confident, charismatic and kooky. She describes herself as independent, effervescent, tactful, curious and stubborn. Kristie is well travelled and physically fit. She is in it to win it and will not let anyone get in her way.
Kylie, 38, Melbourne, Victoria, Firefighter
As a firefighter, Kylie faces danger on a daily basis and is always up for a challenge. A normal day sees her wake at 5am to teach a women’s fitness class then, from 8am to 6pm, she is the lead firefighter in a Melbourne metropolitan fire station. After work, Kylie returns home to play super mum to her three young daughters. A thrillseeker at heart, Kylie has been skydiving, bungy jumping, sand boarding, rock climbing, abseiling and hiked the Kokoda Trail
Lee, 40, Brisbane, Queensland, Aerial Photographer and Ex Pro Cricketer
Lee was a professional cricketer who played in the IPL, Sheffield Shield and KFC Big Bash League. In 2004, agonising back stress fractures and degenerative disc problems forced him into early retirement from cricket. After years of rehabilitation, Lee made a comeback in 2008 and was heralded in the Courier Mail’s Top 20 Courageous Athletes. He now owns a drone company that specialises in aerial photography and filming. Lee is a devoted single dad who loves his two sons more than anything on earth.
Matt, 29, Adelaide, South Australia, Magician and Mentalist
Matt spent eight years working in corporate banking before deciding he needed a life change and pursued his passion for magic. He started performing three years ago and is now booking out shows around the country. Matt is also a professional mentalist and can read body language and use clever wording to influence people’s decisions. He believes these skills will help him navigate the game of Survivor.
Nick, 28, Adelaide, South Australia, High School Teacher
Nick is a high school English teacher in Adelaide. He is an astute Survivor fan who has studied the game for many years. He has watched every episode of every series of the US version of Survivor multiple times. Nick is hoping his smaller frame will throw off his competitors so he can beat them with his brains.
Peter, 62, Canberra, ACT, Air Traffic Controller
Peter is a unique, quirky Australian with a tonne of life experience and a passion for aviation. He has had various occupations over the years, from potato picking and casino inspector to being a postie and an aircraft accident investigator and pilot. Most of his career focussed on Civilian and Military aviation and describes his Air Traffic Control Job as complicated as 3D chess. Peter’s hobbies include mountaineering, scuba diving, running and kayaking. He may be the oldest contestant on the show, but Peter is confident he has what it takes for the physical and mental challenges of Australian Survivor.
Phoebe, 27, Sydney, NSW, Criminal Lawyer
Phoebe is a qualified lawyer who has worked on criminal cartel enforcement. She does not take anything at face value and has learnt to manipulate people when required. Phoebe can interrogate people, think on her feet, work under pressure and is a natural mediator who rarely loses an argument. She is excited to bring this set of skills to the game of Survivor.
Rohan, 28, Melbourne, Victoria, Model
Rohan is a charismatic, charming and successful model who completely breaks the stereotype. Rohan put his modelling career on hold for three years to be the Australian representative of the Rwanda Development Board. He was on the Dean’s List at university, has degrees in commerce and science, and is passionate about the environment, sustainability and helping others, especially in developing areas where he travels frequently.
Sam, 28, Sydney NSW, Charity Co-Founder and CEO
Sam is the CEO of the mental health and suicide prevention organisation LIVIN, which he co- founded in 2013 after one of his close friends took his own life. Sam is super fit, lives a very healthy and active lifestyle and is always setting himself challenges. One of the people he helped through his charity encouraged him to apply for Australian Survivor.
Sue, 59, Perth, Western Australia, Personal Trainer and Retired Customs Officer
Sue worked as a customs officer for 29 years and did everything from air passenger profiling to jumping out of helicopters into the sea. She moved around the country and had to perform many physically arduous tasks and she loved every minute of it. Sue is married to her second husband and between them they have 17 grandchildren. Sue is mentally tough, she fears tight spaces and hates people who interrupt.
Tegan, 33, Sydney, NSW, Personal Trainer and Model
Tegan has been a catalogue model for more than 15 years, but relies more on her personal training business for income. She has been a PT for eight years and has trained the likes of David Beckham, Natalie Imbruglia, Lara Stone and Hugh Grant. Tegan grew up in Perth until she was 18, when she moved to the Gold Coast and later Sydney. She recently returned to Australia after living in London for four years.