Does A Queensland Travel Agent Have What It Takes?
Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders. One Week To Go.
With only one week to go, it’s time to start gathering your kindling and putting your rice on the boil, because we are on the official countdown to Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders.
The latest contestant to join the Contender tribe is Queensland Travel Agent, Daisy Richardson.
Daisy may get an uninterrupted view of paradise, but it’s far from the tropical holiday’s she sends her clients on. Shelter? Questionable. Room Service? Unlikely. Spa? Absurd.
Raised in a small town in outback Western Queensland, Daisy was sent to boarding school at a young age. She had to learn to adapt quickly in a world full of strangers which she believes will give her the edge over her competitors.
Daisy said: “I think people who have faced adversity tend to be more resilient and yes, that’s me as a battler and I think the Contenders will all be like that.”
Not one to fly under the radar, Daisy said: “I’m very loud and I’ve never been shy, so I do get myself into trouble for putting my foot in my mouth but I’m good in group situations.”
Is that enough to make Daisy the Sole Survivor?
Premiering on Wednesday, 24 July at 7.30pm, the fourth season of Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders is hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia and is made for Network 10 by Endemol Shine Australia.
AFL Superstar Simon Black is set to tackle his greatest challenge yet: 50 days, no shelter, minimal food, epic physical tests and an island full of mind games.
Joining the Champions tribe for this year’s Australian Survivor, Simon will have to call on all of his physical and mental toughness in order to beat his competitors and become the Sole Survivor.
One of the most decorated players in recent AFL history, the former Brisbane Lions Captain was a three-time premiership player, AFL Rising Star Nominee, Brownlow Medallist, Norm Smith Medallist, three-time All Australian team member and was also awarded Club Best & Fairest three times.
Since his retirement in 2013, Simon held a position as Assistant Coach at his former club and in 2016, Simon founded the Simon Black Australian Rules Academy, a full time sport and educational program which provides pathways for students to pursue university and fitness qualifications while training and playing AFL.
On the Australian Survivor experience ahead of him, Simon said: “The combination of physical and mental challenges seemed like something that would stretch me as a person. The gamesmanship will be a big challenge, but I am very excited to get out there and I am going to do my absolute best.”
Simon now resides in Brisbane with his wife and three children.
Premiering on Wednesday, 24 July at 7.30pm, the fourth season ofAustralian Survivor is hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia and is made for Network 10 by Endemol Shine Australia.
There is no doubt Olympic gold medallist and former senator, Nova Peris OAM, deserves her place on the Champions Tribe, but does she have what it takes to be the Sole Survivor?
Born in 1971, Nova first came to the nation’s attention as part of the Gold Medal winning women’s hockey team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
After taking out the Commonwealth gold two years later, Nova decided to switch sports and competed in the next Olympics as a sprinter where she made the finals.
In 1997, Nova was awarded Young Australian of The Year as well as receiving a medal for the Order of Australia, making her Nova Peris OAM.
With extensive work in the community under her belt, Nova became the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the Commonwealth Parliament for the senate in the Northern Territory.
With so many accomplishments under her belt, one could forgive Nova for wanting to take things easy for a while, but this Champ is ready to take on everything that Survivor throws at you.
On joining the show, Nova said: “I’ve done most things in life and this is so off the grid from the modern world. My mother and grandparents are survivors and wanted to see if I can be one too. It’s the ultimate challenge.”
Believing she’s “relentless,” Nova thinks her mental strength and never give up attitude will also help her along the way. And it doesn’t hurt to have a background in politics to know how to work with people.
“Of course, I think I can win. I have had to get along with people my whole life. My social skills are very good and I’m mentally tough. Nothing much fazes me!”
Mum of four and grandmother to one, Nova is out there to win.
The fourth season of Australian Survivor is hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia and is made for Network 10 by Endemol Shine Australia in the tropical paradise of Savusavu, Fiji.
AFI award-winning actor Pia Miranda has starred in some of the best film, television and stage productions this country has ever created, but now she’s taking on a role unlike no other: Champion Survivor.
Best known for her role as Josie in the classic Australian coming of age movie, Looking For Alibrandi, Pia is throwing away the script and diving into a wild new challenge.
This mum of two may appear like an easy target to her competitors, but Pia is hiding a secret weapon: she’s a Survivor Superfan and knows how this game gets played.
On joining the cast of Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders, Pia said: “I have been watching Survivor since the first season in 2000 and I’ve been sitting on the couch for almost 20 years saying I could win, so I guess now is my chance! I really want to play as a fan and be someone that a fan would enjoy watching.”
But tuning into past seasons isn’t the only preparation Pia has been doing to make sure she’s Survivor-ready. As part of her daily training, Pia has been swimming, doing yoga, practicing puzzles and making fire.
Alibrandi no more. Pia has come to play.
Premiering on Wednesday, 24 July at 7.30pm, the fourth season ofAustralian Survivor: Champions V Contenders is hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia and is made for Network 10 by Endemol Shine Australia.
And “dangerous” Meryl becomes Manumalo’s first member of the jury
After more than twenty days of twists and turns, blatant lies, numerous alliances, sneaky moves and shocking Tribal Councils, host Nico Panagio surprised the remaining thirteen castaways in M-Net Survivor SA: Island of Secrets with brand new buffs! Never before have there been so many South African Survivors in a merged tribe, but it was indeed time to start their much-awaited individual game in Tribe Manumalo.
As to be expected, the scramble for power started straightaway. Nicole and Geoff, who destroyed Rob’s bromance with Nathan, and moody Danté were the obvious choices to be ousted first after merge. But after some smart strategic moves from various players, 31-year-old Pilates instructor Meryl became the 9th person to be voted offSurvivor SA: Island of Secrets and this season’s first jury member.
It was a close shave for Geoff, however. Meryl only received one more vote than last week’s scheming puppet master.
When Nico read the votes, it was clear that Rob, who pretended to be a “follower” at Tribal Council and Danté drew their lines in the sand. Initially, Rob’s plan was to take out Geoff, but then he realised that Meryl was campaigning 24/7. If he gave Meryl too much rope, she would hang all of them, he believed.
For Danté it was plain and simple. He had to finish his unfinished business with Geoff.
Until her name was read, Meryl still thought Nicole was the person ruling her “gaggle of followers” and those not gunning for Geoff. She wasn’t sure who the others would be voting for, but didn’t think she was the “dangerous” individual people were referring to at Tribal Council.
How the episode played out:
Welcome to Merge Manumalo!
At the Togitogiga Waterfalls – one of Samoa’s many breathtaking natural features, the castaways were invited to a spectacular Merge feast provided by Steers, featuring King Steer burgers, their famous hand-cut chips, flame-grilled chicken and ribs and to wash it all down: ridiculously thick ice-cold milkshakes. Jacques couldn’t believe it, and Mmaba was close to tears. In addition to that, each castaway received a care package with some supplies back at their new camp.
The First Individual Immunity Challenge:
The Individual Immunity challenge tested the castaways’ balance and endurance as they sought to keep their footing on narrow balance beams, whilst holding on to a crossbar that is attached to a bucket. If their hands drop, the bucket falls and the water spills out, eliminating them from the challenge. One by one they fell, and after a fierce battle in two hours and thirty-five minutes, Geoff was down and out and Steffi won Immunity and chose herself to go to the Island of Secrets.
How Manumalo voted:
While Steffi decided to forfeit her vote by going to the Island of Secrets, Jacques still had an extra vote. The way the castaways voted this week, may just be indications of where the old alliances stand. Geoff, Mike, Rob, Mmaba, Nicole, Durāo and Seipei wrote Meryl’s name and the votes against Geoff came from Cobus, Danté, Meryl , Laetitia and Jacques.
Why fans will never forget Meryl:
Meryl will always be remembered for being the lady at Aquaman Danté’s side. They shared a special alliance that stayed true to the end. Her triumph in episode five was phenomenal. After winning the Reward Challenge, Meryl spotted a clue in the roof of the smoothie bar hut and retrieved it with the help of Danté, and later she secured Ta’alo’s win after solving the sliding puzzle for Immunity and retrieved the hidden Immunity Idol, which she nervously hid in her panty, then her bra and finally her shoe. Feeling the heat, she decided to tell the Tribe about the Idol but prematurely played it in episode 8.
Media Release: All-star Panellists Sign Up For The Masked Singer Australia
With a mystery this big, we knew we had to call in the big guns.
Global megastar Lindsay Lohan, music hit maker Dannii Minogue, pop culture guru Jackie O and Aussie funny man Dave Hughes have all ripped up their busy diaries in order to play the country’s biggest game of guess who, The Masked Singer Australia.
As 12 celebrities take the stage hidden beneath bizarre disguises (like The Prawn and The Unicorn) this musical crack unit of detectives will take a handful of clues and the sound of each celebrity’s voice to try and unearth just who is behind the mask.
Lindsay Lohan started her career at the age of three as a child model and has since gone on to prove herself a triple threat within the entertainment industry. This lady knows good talent when she sees it.
On joining The Masked Singer Australia panel, Lindsay said: “The show has already been a huge success and I can only imagine it will get bigger. Each week will be so exciting to watch who performs and try and guess who’s behind the masks. I feel honoured to sit on the panel and be a part of such an amazing show.”
Making her mark as a global pop sensation over three decades, in recent years Dannii Minogue has stepped out of the studio and onto television screens, cementing herself as one of the industry’s sharpest talent spotters.
On why she thinks The Masked Singer Australia will stand out from other talent competitions, Dannii said: “The Masked Singer is an incredible show that already has fans around the world. I love the music, drama of the costumes, the fun of guessing the performers, and most of all the tension when the performer is revealed.
It is the first singing show that is voted on performance alone, till the very end. There is so much secrecy about the performers, that I think this show will be a hot ticket – my friends are already trying to get an audience seat!”
One of the most powerful voices in Australian media, Jackie O has the entertainment world on speed dial, and she’s not afraid to call. Years at the top of her game has made her a hit maker, now Jackie O is ready to unearth Australia’s hidden talent.
On why she’s decided to take her place on the guessing panel, Jackie said: “I was really excited by the concept, it’s so unique and like nothing we’ve seen on Australian TV before. I love that everyone can play along at home trying to guess which celebrities are under the mask. I’m also excited for my daughter to see it, she will love it.”
While he may not have the sweetest singing voice, Dave Hughes will certainly bring the laughs to an already bonkers entertainment series. Despite not having the musical nous of his fellow panellists, Dave believes he has his finger on the pulse of those playing along at home.
On his place on such and outstanding panel, Dave said: “Never has the phrase ‘thorn between the roses’ been more apt. I will attempt to give the common man’s view while sitting amongst these goddesses.”
Hosted by compare extraordinaire, Osher Günsberg, TheMasked Singer Australia is produced by Warner Bros. Australia.
Our panellist’s astonishing list of over-achievements:
With years of experience in the entertainment industry, Lindsay began her career as a model and child star, making her mark in family hits such as The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. Lindsay literally grew up in front of the camera, coming into her own in the lead role of Cady in cult teen comedy, Mean Girls.
Lindsay continues to be a hugely successful international business woman, opening multiple Beach Clubs and most recently starring in her own MTV series Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club.
Dannii Minogue is truly one of Australia’s favourite entertainers with a career that has straddled music and television for nearly 40 years.
Singing and dancing her way into Aussie hearts as part of the young cast on Young Talent Time, Dannii has had her own global singing success twice over and cemented herself as a great nurturer of talent in her roles on Australia’s Got Talent,The X Factor UK and The X FactorAustralia.
Media powerhouse Jackie O started working Australian radio in 1993 and has since gone on to become one of the most powerful women in Australian media. As part of a Sydney radio duo with Kyle Sandilands, Jackie O brings the entertainment world to life daily, speaking with the world’s biggest stars often getting the scoop on pop culture’s biggest moments.
No stranger to television, Jackie O has been at the helm of some of the country’s biggest reality programs including a hosting role on Popstars, Australian Princess and the 2008 series of Big Brother Australia broadcast on Network 10.
One of Australia’s busiest entertainers, Dave Hughes keeps the plates of comedy, radio and television all spinning at the same time.
Part of the powerhouse drive radio duo, Hughesy and Kate, Dave keeps the country on their toes delivering his laconic humour with deadpan delivery each weekday. On TV, Dave calls on some of Australia’s funniest minds to help him solve the country’s biggest issues in Hughesy, We Have A Problem broadcast on Network 10.
Pack away the Reef Oil, because this is no beach holiday.
Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders is back, pitting everyday Aussies against the giants of Australian society in the world’s toughest game.
Made up of Olympic heroes, world record holders and athletic legends, the Champions are a team of terminators who bring the eye of the tiger to everything they do. Out to prove they are Champions beyond their own field, these legends will stop at nothing to be the Sole Survivor.
After being dominated by the Champions last season, the Contenders are hungry to prove Aussie underdogs have what it takes. With a team that includes a cleaner, a teacher and a miner, can one of these scrappy Survivors make it to the end?
First of the Champions to pick up their buffs and head to the isolated beaches of Fiji are:
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.
Making their way to the first challenge for the Contenders are:
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
The fourth season of Australian Survivor is hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia and is made for Network 10 by Endemol Shine Australia in the tropical paradise of Savusavu, Fiji.