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Australian Gladiators 2024: Everything you need to know about the reboot

Meet the muscly new Gladiators that will be taking centre stage.
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Iconic ’90s reality tv classic Australian Gladiators is getting a new lease on life, almost 30 years after it first premiered.

The stunt-filled, high-energy series was a fan-favourite across the globe, with the Australian version pulling in an impressive two million viewers per episode. 

WATCH NOW: Gladiators 2024 Official Trailer. Article continues after video. 

Who is the host of Gladiators Australia?

Meet your David vs. Goliath: AKA Liz Ellis and Beau Ryan.

Iconic sporting heroes themselves, with Liz being the most capped Australian international netball player and Beau making 127 appearances for the Wests Tigers and Cronulla Sharks, this is the perfect duo to host the rebooted series. 

When Liz was asked how this compares to being crowned the 2023 Queen of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, she said: “I am super pumped to be hosting Gladiators with Beau who is in the gym as we speak trying to match it with our Gladiators.”

Talking about Beau, he couldn’t wait to get in the ring with Liz. 

“I am beyond excited to be hosting Gladiators alongside the great Liz Ellis,” he revealed. “Liz is a national treasure, and we are going to have a lot of fun. I grew up watching and loving Gladiators and can’t wait to get into it. It’s going to be spectacular.”

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Australian Gladiators 2024 hosts Beau Ryan and Liz Ellis (Credit: Supplied)

Who are the Gladiators 2023?

Not only will Channel 10 be bringing back the iconic trials in Australian Gladiators in 2024, but they’ll also be surprising fans with a series of “brand-new events” that will have the Gladiators and Contenders “tested like never before!”

According to Channel 10, the cast list of competing Gladiators includes NRL star Sandor Early, powerlifting champion Jaymii Morris, pro athlete Harriet Roberts, F45 Trainer Blessings Chilufya, fitness guru Damien Rider and Hollywood stuntwoman Chanique Greyling. 

CrossFit champions Alethea Boon, Khan Porter, and Katelin van Zyl also round out the cast alongside bodybuilder and former Ninja Warrior Australia star Kwame Duah. 

When will the Australian Gladiators reboot premiere? 

Channel Ten has confirmed that the renowned sports entertainment show will premiere on Monday, January 15th at 7:30pm. 

Originally the series was scheduled to air a week prior on Sunday, January 7th before being pushed back to Monday, January 8th. 

The premiere date has now been pushed back by Channel 10 twice, which insider sources have suggested is a deliberate attempt to give the show a wider audience. 

Where can I watch Australian Gladiators? 

The new season of Australian Gladiators will air on Channel 10 and stream on both 10Play and Paramount+. 

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Get a load of this muscle! Meet your gladiators for 2024. (Credit: Channel 10)

What is Australian Gladiators?

Even though the Australian Gladiators was originally based on the American Gladiators in 1989, we have the British Gladiators version in the 1990s to thank for the events, format, and even music from the original series. 

Australia was first introduced to Gladiators in real life on 29 April 1995. All three seasons were filmed at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and saw a series of Challengers compete in a series of increasingly difficult tests, designed to highlight their physical prowess against the Gladiators.

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These Gladiators were the elite of the elite, with the strength and the stamina to put on a show for the live audience – and fans tuning in from around the nation. 

With superhero-esque names such as Vulcan, Storm, and Hammer, fans idolised them and wanted to be them. 

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Strong, fit and fast – these Gladiators kept audiences glued to their screens! (Credit: Seven)

What happened to Australian Gladiators?

Sadly, the original series came to an end on October 12 1996 – though, there was a brief revival that followed 20 years later, in 2008.

This time it was based on the US version of Gladiators, which was also revived at the same time.

Instead of being filmed in Brisbane, the revival was based in The Dome, Sydney. It was hosted by Tom Williams and Zoe Naylor, with referees including Bill Harrigan and John Forsythe.

The Sydney Altitudes Cheerleaders cheered the Contenders on every episode, with Chief Brabon (THE celebrity transformation coach) preparing the Gladiators and Contenders for their extremely physical roles.

The revival unfortunately didn’t continue… until now.

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