Reality stars set to unite for 'gruelling' new competition show

After weeks of speculation, the cast of Channel Ten’s brand new reality show The Challenge Australia has finally been revealed.

The show, which is yet to announce a premiere date, is hosted by Australian performer Brihony Dawson and just wrapped filming in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Challenge Australia's Jack Vidgen, Brooke Blurton and Brittany Hockley.
Channel Ten have finally announced the cast of their brand new reality show The Challenge Australia. Photos: Instagram

Who’s in the cast?

22 of Australia’s most famous reality TV stars are set to compete in what has been described as “the most unpredictable and demanding game of their lives”.

Leading the cast are Bachelor star and popular radio host Brittany Hockley, MAFS bride Cyrell Paule, and Australia’s Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen.

Former Bachelorette Brooke Blurton has also signed on, as well as MAFS groom Ryan Gallagher and The Bachelorette’s Ciarran Stott.


Also from The Bachelor franchise are Konrad Bien-Stephen, Jessica Brody, Megan Marx and Kiki Morris, while Grant Crapp and Audrey Kanongara join from Love Island Australia.

Big Brother winner Marley Biyendolo and MasterChef’s Conor Curran also made the cut, in addition to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’s David Subritzky and Emily Seebohm.

Representing Australian Survivor is Brooke Jowett and Johnny Eastoe, who round out the cast alongside Ninja Warrior star Troy Cullen, pro boxers Sugar Neekz Johnson and Billy Dib, and influencer Suzan Mutesi.

It’s currently unknown whether this is the show’s entire cast, as US seasons typically feature over 30 contestants and So Dramatic! previously reported that fellow reality TV stars Tim Dormer, Tully Smyth, Darvid Garayeli, Renee Barrett and Mary Viturino are also a part of the show.

The Challenge Australia cast.
22 of Australia’s most famous reality TV stars will compete in ‘the most unpredictable and demanding game of their lives’. Photo: Channel Ten

What are the connections?

While the series has been described as a cross between Survivor, Big Brother and Ninja Warrior, it appears there might be similarities to Bachelor In Paradise with so many connections amongst the cast.

Abbie Chatfield’s ex-boyfriend Konrad Bien-Stephen came fourth on Brooke’s season of The Bachelorette last year, while Brooke appeared on the sixth season of The Bachelor in 2018 alongside Brittany Hockley.

Megan Marx and Kiki Morris starred on season four of The Bachelor in 2016, and Ciarran Stott dated both Kiki and Jessica Brody on Bachelor In Paradise season three.

Meanwhile, David Subritzky and Emily Seebohm starred on I’m A Celebrity together earlier this year, and Emily competed against Jack Vidgen on a recent celebrity version of Ninja Warrior.

Brooke Jowett and Johnny Eastoe also appeared together on Australian Survivor: All Stars in 2020 where Brooke helped in voting Johnny out.

Bachelor in Paradise's Kiki Morris, Ciarran Stott and Jessica Brody.
Ciarran Stott will appear on the show alongside his two Bachelor In Paradise exes Kiki Morris and Jessica Brody. Photos: Channel Ten

How does the show work?

According to the show’s press statement, challengers will be randomly paired together by an algorithm “to compete in gruelling physical contests, test strategies, survive eliminations, cutthroat alliances and steamy hook-ups to win daily challenges and eliminate their opponents”.

At the end of the season, the final male and female contestants will be declared Challenge champions and each takes home $100,000.

They will also go on to represent Australia in the first ever The Challenge: Global Championship in the hopes of becoming the inaugural Challenge World Champion.

“With old rivalries, new alliances, messy exes, and fractured friendships to navigate, who has what it takes to go down in reality television history, as Australia’s first Challenge Champion?” the statement continues.

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