140 athletes will tackle the world’s toughest obstacle course in the 2020 series of Australian Ninja Warrior on Nine.
This year the Australian Ninja Warrior prizemoney has risen to $400,000 for the competitor who can make it through the new Power Tower and then conquer Mt Midoriyama to claim the title of the Australian Ninja Warrior.
For the first time in history, it will be Ninja versus Ninja as each night the two fastest Ninjas compete on the Power Tower, an obstacle four storeys high, with the victorious Ninja gaining an edge leading into the finals.
Hosts Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham and Freddie Flintoff, joined for the first time by Shane Crawford, will take viewers through every triumph and fall on the wild Ninja Warrior ride.
Nine’s head of content production and development, Adrian Swift, said: “Australia has embraced Ninja as one of the most popular programs of the past decade. But nothing can compare to the exhilaration of seeing these athletes live, sitting right in the Ninja course.
“We invite Melburnians to come on down and check out our massive new course in its brand-new home at the Showgrounds.”
Last year golfer Charlie Robbins was crowned the first winner of Australian Ninja Warrior after failing on the Floating Doors in the fastest time of stage three of Mt Midoriyama. With crowd favourite Ashlin Herbet falling short on the Salmon Ladder in stage 2.
The other competitors to make it to the Floating Doors but in a slower time were:
• Daniel Mason
• Bryson Klein
• Josh O’Sullivan
Fan favourites from previous seasons will join a fresh lineup of competitors in Melbourne on the toughest course ever assembled for Australian Ninja Warrior.
And in an eye-popping sequel, this year’s series will be capped off by a two-part special team event –Australian Ninja Warrior: State of Origin.