It’s been less than a month since Hayley Leake was announced as the winner of Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawn, but details about next year’s season have already started to emerge.
The 2022 season of the reality show is highly rumoured to be a ‘Blood V Water’ theme, which will be a first for Australian Survivor after being used twice before in the US version of the franchise.
The format will see contestants competing against their loved ones to win $500,000, and will reportedly star a number of famous faces.
According to TV Blackbox, filming for the upcoming series kicked off earlier this week in Charter Towers in rural Queensland with reality stars, influencers and former game players among the cast.
Mark Wales and Samantha Gash
Season nine of Australian Survivor is said to feature the return of Mark and Samantha, who met on season four of the show in 2017. The pair fell in love during filming, were married in 2019 and now have a child, so it makes sense that producers wanted the power couple to compete on the show for a second time.
TV Blackbox has also confirmed that MasterChef star Khanh Ong will be joining the upcoming season. It’s not known who he has chosen to compete alongside, but it’s speculated that he was paid $40k for his appearance on the show.
Influencer Jay Bruno is another star reportedly heading to the outback for next year’s season. The personal trainer starred on season two of Channel Seven’s Instant Hotel and is currently rumoured to be dating ex-Bachelorette and Home and Away actress Sam Frost.
Sophie Cachia, a lifestyle blogger and influencer with over 260k Instagram followers, is also allegedly joining the 2022 cast. The 31-year-old is said to be competing against her sister in the new season.
Perhaps the biggest name reported so far for the next season of Australian Survivor is two-time Survivor US champion Sandra Diaz-Twine. The 47-year-old has competed on four seasons of the reality series - as well as Island of the Idols where she served as a mentor to the contestants - and was the first person to win the show twice.
If the rumours are true, Sandra would be the second contestant from the US franchise to compete in Australia after three-time player Russell Hantz, who came 23rd on Champions vs. Contenders in 2018.
Season nine of Australian Survivor is set to premiere February 2022 on Channel 10.
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