The Challenge Australia is set to debut tonight, and so far, it looks like Ninja Warrior meets Love Island.
There’s been plenty of talk that maybe Australians are over the simple dating show. Plenty of shows have failed to find big audiences in the last year.
Seven’s Farmer Wants A Wife didn’t find a huge audience this year, Nine’s Your Mum, My Dad so far hasn’t found a giant audience and 10’s own Love Boat set sail on choppy waters. Sure, Married At First Sight is still a television force, but what is the next MAFS?
To be clear, The Challenge isn’t a straight-up dating show, but if you force a bunch of reality stars to live in a house together, well, lines tend to be blurred.
So, despite the fact the mix of reality stars completing tasks and feuding and falling in love with each other, which does sound like a guaranteed recipe for success. It’s hard to tell if what 10 has cooked up will translate.
The premise is simple yet complicated. Thanks to an algorithm, contestants will randomly pair challengers to compete in gruelling physical contests, test strategies, survive eliminations and more, to win daily challenges and eliminate their opponents.
However, there’s one certain thing. The Challenge which has recruited reality television royalties like Ciaran Scott, Brittany Hockley and Abbie Chatfield’s ex Konrad Bien-Stephen has been gathering plenty of tabloid traction. There’s an in-famous rumour that Bien-Stephen split from Chatfield during the filming of the show because he fell into another romantic entanglement.
So, while there’s nothing for sure in this current television landscape, there’s a reason to be optimistic about The Challenge.
Here’s the thing, if a show is being written about repeatedly and salaciously, it means one thing the stories are getting traffic, so that sets up The Challenge to become a hit or, at the very least, shows there is interest.
10’s recruited Brihony Dawson to host, and there’s no one more excited about the show than them.
So, what drew them to the wild world of reality television, well, “I was asked to do it, and it was a huge opportunity. It’s a great show,” they explained.
So, does the tabloid fire reveal that the show is a complete hot mess in the best way possible? Well, when there’s smoke…
Dawson said: “There’s good reason for all that Daily Mail stuff and its fantasised headlines! Do they always get it right? No. Is there juicy and spicy stuff on this show, abso-f#cking-lutely!”
Dawson explained, “I think there’s something in there for everyone. Your reality fans are going to lap up everything. It’s got spicy, and surreal, and it’s got shagging in the spa.
“But then are some really nice moments, people come a long away, and because they are challenged in ways, people haven’t been and before, you get to see a whole new side of them.”
Plus, on a personal level, Dawson found themselves entirely wrapped up in the show in a way they didn’t expect. “There were a few times when we were on set, and I wanted to jump in!”
Now it’s up to audiences to accept the challenge. Will they jump on this new show?
The show debuts tonight on 10 and 10 Play at 7.30pm.