Australian Survivor’s cast and crew will travel to the Pacific island of Samoa in the coming weeks to start production on the first edition of the king of reality shows for Network Ten, with the 15,000 contestants who applied to be part of the series, whittled down now to 24.
“The 24 Australian contestants we have selected will be transported to a unique and very different world, where they will have to outwit, outlast and outplay to become the ultimate survivor,” Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said.
According to Ten, Samoa is a beautiful and rugged tropical paradise, considered by many to be the heart of Polynesia. With crystal-blue seas, reef-bordered beaches, vibrant jungles and stunning waterfalls, it is the perfect setting for Australian Survivor.
Ten announced last month that Australian Survivor will be hosted by the star of The Slap and Love Child, Jonathan LaPaglia.
“Jonathan is the perfect host for Australian Survivor and Samoa is the perfect location. It is beautiful, remote, challenging and dramatic. We have wanted to create Australian Survivor for many years. We are delighted to be able to bring this amazing show to viewers,” McGarvey added.
Several international versions of Survivor have been filmed in Samoa, including the 19th season of the American series, which aired in 2009.
Australian Survivor will be produced for Network Ten by Endemol Shine Australia, in association with format creator Castaway Television Productions Ltd.
Australian Survivor will premiere on Ten in 2016.