10 teases first look at next Australian Survivor

Steven Bradbury, Janine Ellis, Andrew Ettingshausen & Susie Maroney on board as Champions.


10 has confirmed first cast members for its upcoming season of Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders.

Replicating its 2018 theme, the cast includes Olympic gold medallist Steven Bradbury, Shark Tank‘s Janine Ellis, TV host and ex-NRL star Andrew Ettingshausen and marathon swimmer Susie Maroney.

Jonathan LaPaglia returns as host for the Endemol Shine series again filmed in Fiji.

Further names and a premiere date are yet to be confirmed.


Andrew Ettingshausen, 53, NRL Legend
When you think of NRL, Andrew Ettingshausen (ET) is one of the biggest names in the sport’s recent history. Renowned as one of the best NRL players of our time, ET played 328 games for the Cronulla Sharks over 18 years. The longevity of his career and his contribution to the NRL has cemented his status as a legend of the game and was awarded the Daly M Centre of the Year Award in 1994 and 1996. Still living in Sydney’s shire and the father of four girls, ET now spends most of his time out on the water with his own fishing TV series, Escape With ET which airs on Network 10.

Janine Allis, 53, CEO Powerhouse
One of Australia’s leading Entrepreneurs and CEO’s, Janine is the founder of Boost Juice bars, which is now one of the largest juice bars in the world. With over 600 stores in 15 countries, the iconic brand has secured Janine a spot in the list of top Aussie businesses. Her overall company, Retail Zoo, employs over 7000 people working across four businesses. The winner of numerous retail, franchise and business awards including Telstra Business Woman of the Year, she is also well known to Australian TV audiences from Network 10’s, Shark Tank.

Ross Clarke-Jones, 53, Big Wave Surfer
A legendary big wave surfer, Ross is one of the most iconic surfers to catch waves over 80 feet high. Known as Mad Dog, Ross has a need for speed in all things action. Making his name as a big wave surfer at the 1986 Billabong Pro, he then spent 12 years on the ASP World Tour. In 2001, Ross became the first Australian surfer (and first non-Hawaiian) to win the prestigious Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. Then in 2016, he took second place at the elite big wave competition now known as The Eddie, which is the world’s most renowned big wave surfing competition.

Steven Bradbury, 45, Olympic Gold Medallist
Not many people have a phrase named after them in the Australian National Dictionary, but ‘Doing a Bradbury’ has become part of the country’s vernacular. Steven is a former short track speed skater and four-time Olympian. He’s most famous for his Gold Medal win at the 2002 Winter Olympics after his four opponents all collided, leaving him to skate to victory. This win made Steven something of a folk hero and the story of the underdog who never gave up.

Susie Maroney, 44, Marathon Swimmer
The most highly decorated long-distance swimmer in Australian history, Susie knows how to stay strong mentally and how important endurance is to win a game like Survivor. Growing up with asthma, her mother got Susie and her siblings into swimming to build up their lung capacity which lead to a huge career in marathon swimming. Most famous for her 1999 swim from Mexico to Cuba, the world’s longest open water swim, Susie completed the 200 km swim in 38 hours, a feat no one has done since.


John Eastoe, 28, Gold Miner
Looking like he’s fresh off the set of a VB commercial, John is the ultimate Aussie larrakin. An underground gold miner from WA, John is cheeky, tough, determined and a bloke who just wants to have a good time. Hoping these characteristics will help him in the game, John is not a superfan of the show but thinks he’s still got what it takes.

Matty Farrelly, 29, Highschool Teacher/Pro Wrestler
With two very strong sides to his personality, Matt is a humble history teacher by day and by night, a hard talking, arrogant, pro wrestler under the alias of Matty Wahlberg. Strategic, cocky and a self-professed, “21st Century Success Story,” While he might play hard on his pro wrestling persona, there’s a definite soft side to Matt who knows how to look after people and make them feel comfortable thanks to his teaching history.

Sarah Ayles, 45, Cleaner
Sarah is a cleaner from South Australia and already a real-life Survivor. In 2004, Sarah survived the Boxing Day tsunami while in Sri Lanka. Not knowing what was happening until it was too late, she jumped off a balcony and was dragged 800 metres away trying to hold on to anything she could. She eventually was grabbed and pulled onto a roof. Mum of two and married for over 10 years, Sarah has taken the hard times and turned them around hoping to inspire people to live their lives to the fullest.

11 Responses

  1. Disappointed about the theme and casting of a celebrity team because last years champion casting were duds in the watchability factor. I am impressed at the ages though – this season has more over 40 than a regular US season, and it’s good to see.

  2. Are they using “Champions” or well known people for ratings? Is the Australian version of Survivor turning into a “Celebrity” competition/reality TV show? I know there are people from the normal world competing but isn’t that the essence of the game? Average people competing and becoming known for their game play rather then people’s game plays and past promoting their professional (sporting) careers for future work? I

  3. i was a bit disappointed when it was announced that it would be another season of champions vs contenders. but now i think enough time has passed since last season, i’m pumped.

  4. Cannot wait! Little disappointed they’ve replicated the same theme coz there’s so many other new directions they coulda gone in but the production values are absolutely top notch so I know it’ll be a ripper of a season again. I’d heard an inside rumour Josh Thomas’ boyfriend was cast this season…

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