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Australian Survivor Is Bringing Back Champions v Contenders For 2019


Channel Ten confirms next year’s theme.

Channel Ten has confirmed that Australian Survivor will be returning in 2019 for another edition of Champions v Contenders. The announcement was made at the network’s upfronts event held on Wednesday at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

Champions v Contenders pits celebrities and sports stars against everyday Aussies in the ultimate battle of survival. This year’s season saw the likes of Olympic gold medalist Shane Gould, rugby star Mat Rogers, and even infamous Survivor US castaway Russell Hantz.

The theme proved popular for Channel Ten, with the 2018 series reaching its highest ratings since the network revived the format in 2016. The season finale was seen by more than 900,000 people; almost 100,000 more than the Season 2 finale in 2017.

Also announced at the event was the launch of 10 All Access, a new streaming and video-on-demand subscription service which will include past seasons of Survivor. Produced in conjunction with CBS, the service will feature CBS All Access original series in addition to a library of current shows, past seasons and classic TV hits from Network 10 and CBS.

Australian Survivor Season 4 is expected to begin filming in Fiji in late April 2019. Jonathan LaPaglia will return as host.


Martin is a 30-year-old writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing, and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and ET Canada, previously Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull.



  • q10

    I guess a smart choice for channel 10, since Aussies love to see recognizable faces. Hopefully they will balance the teams out a bit more next season