Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains reveals first two players for 2023

Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains

Hayley Leake joins as a hero, while George Mladenov joins as a villain

The first hero and villain for the new season of Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains, returning in 2023 on 10, have been announced.

The first player joining Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains as a hero is the sole survivor of season six, Hayley Leake, while the King of Bankstown, George Mladenov will join as a villain. 

More heroes and villains will be revealed on The Challenge Australia.

In the new season, host Jonathan LaPaglia returns, bringing viewers back to where it all began in Samoa,”where the beautiful beaches will see heroes and villains battle it out in gruelling challenges to come out on top.”

Earlier this year, fans of the show saw players will compete in pairs of family members – from identical twins, married couples, in-laws, siblings, and cousins – in Australian Survivor: Blood v Water.

Blood v Water was filmed in North Queensland’s Charters Towers, 134 km south-east of Townsville, for season seven. 

Produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Network 10 and supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy, this latest series is expected to deliver $12.6 million for the state’s economy and employ 170 Queenslanders.

Earlier this year, the show’s executive producer, Tim Ali told Mediaweek: “We’re really trying to bring all the best themes to the Australian show.”

“What really excites me about Blood v Water is that everyone can relate to this gameplay and that initiates so many conversations for the audience at home. No matter who you’re watching it with. You’re constantly putting yourself in the contestant’s shoes and asking, oh, what would you do?”

When asked about what makes the show so relatable, Ali credited Endemol Shine Australia for doing a great job with the casting for this series.

“We’ve got brothers, cousins, sisters, in-laws, mother-daughter, father-daughter, and a married couple. No matter where you’re watching around Australia, there’s no doubt it’s just going to spark so much conversation throughout households.

“Even the production team as it played out in front of our eyes, we were looking at each other and saying what would you do? Who would you play with?”

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