Australian Survivors: Heroes Vs Villains Is Set to Air in 2023, and This Is What We Know So Far

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We are days away until “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains” kicks off on January 30. After announcing the cast one-by-one throughout November and December, we now know everyone who’ll be participating and we can’t wait.

Even better, we now have our first footage of the new series, after Ten dropped an all-new teaser trailer on December 21.

The trailer features host Jonathan LaPaglia, as well as cast members Hayley Leake and George Mladenov, who both starred in “Australian Survivor: Brains Vs Brawn”. Leake won the series, with Mladenov coming in second.

“In every superhero movie I’ve ever seen, the hero wins!” Hayley says in the trailer.

“What makes someone a villain in this game is killer instinct,” George counters.

“When it comes to Survivor, you can play any way you like,” JLP says. “The question is, who does it better? A hero? Or a villain?”

The trailer is set to the familiar beat of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, as “Heroes Vs Villains” cast members, both new and returning, are given the spotlight.

The “Heroes Vs Villains” theme was first done by the US franchise back in 2010, and to this day, it remains one of the show’s most popular seasons. However, “Australian Survivor” has shaken things up a little — rather than featuring all-returning players, the Australian iteration of the “Heroes Vs Villains” concept will feature half new, and half-returning players.

Here’s everything we know about “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains” so far.

When Does “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains” Start?

Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains” will premiere at 7.30pm on Monday, January 30 2023, and is a part of Channel 10’s huge reality TV lineup, which includes “MasterChef Australia” and “The Bachelors”.

Who Will Host “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains”?

Jonathan LaPaglia will be returning to host “Australian Survivor” in 2023, making this his eighth consecutive season.

“Playtime is over. Back in the office busy making the next season of #SurvivorAU …..and it’s shaping up to be a ripper!” he wrote on Instagram.

Who Will Be on the “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains” Cast?

The entire cast of “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains” has now been confirmed, and you can read the whole cast list here.

Unlike the US season of “Heroes Vs Villains”, which featured all returning players, “Australian Survivor” is doing things a little differently. Rather, the season has half returning players and half new contenders.

Who Are the Returning Players on “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains”?


  • Hayley Leake — Winner of “Australian Survivor: Brains Vs Brawn”
  • Nina Twine — “Australian Survivor: Blood Vs Water”
  • Shaun Hampson — “Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders 2”
  • Flick Palmateer — “Australian Survivor: Brains Vs Brawn”
  • Sam Webb — “Australian Survivor” Season 1


  • George Mladenov — “Australian Survivor: Brains Vs Brawn”
  • Shonee Bowtell — “Australian Survivor: Champions vs Contenders” and “Australian Survivor: All Stars”
  • Jordie Hansen — “Australian Survivor: Blood Vs Water”
  • Simon Mee — “Australian Survivor: Brains Vs Brawn”
  • Stevie Khouw — “Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders”
  • Jackie Glazier — “Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders”

Is There a Trailer for “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains”?

There is! Aside from the one above, Ten also released this teaser earlier in the year.

Where Was “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains” Filmed?

This year, “Australian Survivor” returned to international filming for “Heroes Vs Villains”, and after two years of filming in Queensland due to COVID-related border restrictions, what better way to come full circle than to return to Samoa, where the first season filmed back in 2016.

What this means is that viewers will bid farewell to the red dirt and muddy waters of “Brains Vs Brawn” and “Blood Vs Water”, and a hello to the crystal blue waters and lush greenery of Samoa.

How to Watch “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains”

Once it premieres on January 30, “Australian Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains” will be airing live on 10 and 10 Play on Demand. If you miss an episode, you can always catch up on 10 Play after the episode has aired. In the meantime, previous seasons of “Australian Survivor” are streaming now on 10 Play.

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