SAS Australia's Ant Middleton reveals 'mission' to break every celebrity

While the highly-anticipated second season of SAS Australia is set to premiere next week on Channel Seven, fans have already seen a number of this year’s participants being brought to tears in the show’s trailers.

Well, it turns out it was Chief Instructor Ant Middleton’s ‘mission’ to try and break every single celebrity competing on the military-training series.

SAS Sam Burgess crying and Ant Middleton.
Ant Middleton says it was his ‘mission’ to get every celebrity to break down. Photos: Channel Seven

Speaking on Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa, the 40-year-old explained that he was determined to get every participant to crack - a task that he successfully completed.

After being asked if there was anyone besides Sam Burgess that managed to break down and open up during the harsh interrogation process, Ant replied: “All of them”.

“I'm not even exaggerating, I’m not joking. Manu, Sam, Heath, Jessica, Jana, all of them,” he said.

“That’s that tipping point, that sensitivity point where when they are broken emotionally, this is where our expertise comes in, in order to make sure that they don't tip over to that negative side.”


“It’s our responsibility to bring them back and build them back up in a positive way where they can not only understand themselves, but they realise who they are.

“This course was relentless, I was on a mission on this course, and all of them break down at some stage.”

SAS instructors Mark 'Billy' Billingham, Ant Middleton, Matthew 'Ollie' Ollerton and Jason 'Foxy' Fox.
SAS Australia elite squad - Mark 'Billy' Billingham, Ant Middleton, Matthew 'Ollie' Ollerton and Jason 'Foxy' Fox. Photo: Supplied

A new trailer for the series shows 27-year-old Jett Kenny becoming the latest celebrity to break down in tears during the competition.

The teaser features the Ironman appearing very distressed while Ant says he looks like a “f**king viking” in relation to his long beard and braided hair.

The son of Olympic swimming legend Lisa Curry and former Ironman Grant Kenny is shown getting tear-gassed, boxing a fellow recruit, submerging in icy water and abseiling down a cliff face.

Channel Seven have announced that this year’s 18 contestants will face “the most gruelling course ever seen in the UK or Australia”.

Ant’s radio comments come shortly after he revealed why he's so tough on the show's participants.

The Chief Instructor, who served in the military from 1998 to 2012, told TV WEEK that he believes it’s his job to make the military-training series as realistic as possible for the celebrities.

“I have sworn to uphold the highest standards in order to give the recruits the most authentic experience,” he said.

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