The show's global roots can be traced back to Sweden in 1997 — and 25 years later, Survivor is an internationally beloved series that sees some of our brightest and fittest folk battle it out in testing conditions.
What is Australian Survivor: Heroes Versus Villains?
This year's version of Australian Survivor will see a new version of the popular 'versus' format. Previously, we've seen Champions V Contenders, Brains V Brawn and this year's Blood V Water take the stage. Now, Heroes V Villains will be taking Survivor fans for a spin. Back in 2010, American Survivor put this competition format to the test (where Sandra Diaz-Twine, one of the villains, took the crown).
For Aussies, there will be two tribes of twelve contestants divided into two groups, marked by people's 'heroic' or 'villainous' traits. This season will also see a mix of returning players and new favourites.
Who Is In The Cast?
David Zaharakis — Former AFL Player
Benjamin Law — Author
Felicity 'Flick' Palmateer — Season 6 Finalist
Gerry Geltch — Tourism Pilot
Matt Sharp — Lifeguard
Nina Twine — Season 7
Paige Donald — Jillaroo
Rogue Rubin — Animal Activist
Update: Rogue Rubin was eliminated on February 5.
Sam Webb — Season 1
Sharni Vinson — Actor
Update: Sharni Vinson was eliminated on February 13.
Shaun Hampson — Season 4
George Mladenov — Runner-Up of Australian Survivor: Brains Vs Brawn
Anjali Rao — News Anchor
Update: Anjali Rao was eliminated on January 30.
Fraser Lack — Real Estate Agent
Update: Fraser Lack was eliminated on February 12.
Jackie Glazier — Season 3
Michael Warren — Journalist
Update: Michael Warren was eliminated on January 31.
Mimi Tang — Luxury Car Brand Manager
Update: Mimi Tang was eliminated on February 1.
Sarah Marschke — Miss World Australia
Update: Sarah Marschke was eliminated on February 7.
Stevie Khouw— Season 3
Simon Mee — Season 6
Who Is The Host?
Jonathan LaPaglia will be returning to his seat as Australian Survivor's host. For his eighth consecutive season, the Australian actor and television personality will help contestants navigate their way through desolate and challenging times.
"Play time is over. Back in the office busy making the next season of #SurvivorAU …..and it’s shaping up to be a ripper!" he recently said on Instagram.
When Is It Airing?
Australian Survivor: Heroes Versus Villains premieres on Monday, January 30 at 7:30pm on Channel 10 and 10 Play. It's one of Channel 10's huge slate of reality shows, including Masterchef Australia: Secrets & Surprises, MasterChef Australia: Dessert Masters, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, The Bachelor and The Challenge Australia.
“Well-executed, familiar brands continue to succeed, but audiences are ready to embrace new shows, and we have a brilliant line up of fresh content to complement fan favourites," Daniel Monaghan, Senior Vice President Content and Programming, Paramount Australia and New Zealand said.
We'll keep updating this piece as new details drop — superfans, get pumped! Your new dose of Australian Survivor is here.