SAS Australia’s Ant Middleton to host Channel Seven’s Million Dollar Island


SAS Australia’s Ant Middleton to host Channel Seven’s new reality TV blockbuster Million Dollar Island

SAS Australia‘s Ant Middleton has joined what is shaping up to be one of the hottest new TV shows for 2023.

The ex-marine will host Channel Seven’s new reality series Million Dollar Island, which has been generating major buzz in the industry for months. 

Created by the team behind Wife Swap and Big Brother, Million Dollar Island sees 100 contestants compete for $1million in a survival game set on a remote island.

SAS Australia's Ant Middleton (pictured) will host Channel Seven's new reality series Million Dollar Island, which has been generating major buzz in the industry for months

SAS Australia’s Ant Middleton (pictured) will host Channel Seven’s new reality series Million Dollar Island, which has been generating major buzz in the industry for months

Ant, 41, told fans the concept will be must-see television.

‘Think The Hunger Games meets Lost… but not quite as brutal,’ the burly former British soldier said in a statement. 

Describing what was in store for future contestants, Ant said: ‘This is a high stakes challenge for regular, everyday Aussies. Literally anyone can apply. You don’t have to be the fittest or the strongest person to win big.’

Million Dollar Island sees 100 contestants compete for $1million in a survival game set on a remote island

Million Dollar Island sees 100 contestants compete for $1million in a survival game set on a remote island

Emotional intelligence and self-belief were key factors for competitors in the game ahead, he said.

‘I can’t wait to see what the Aussie contestants have got, how well they know themselves and how far they’ll go to change their lives.’

Contestants must learn to survive on the uninhabited island while they compete for 100 wristbands ultimately worth $1million.

Each contestant starts the game with a wristband worth $10,000. More wristbands are won and lost in duels and challenges. 

Ant has described Million Dollar Island as a cross between Hunger Games and Lost

Ant has described Million Dollar Island as a cross between Hunger Games and Lost

Friendships and alliances are crucial to winning because when a competitor leaves the island they have to give up their wristbands to a contestant who stays behind.

Angus Ross, Seven’s Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming said that Middleton was the perfect choice to host the hot franchise which already has British and American versions under way. 

‘[Ant] is smart, tough and a brilliant strategist, qualities that will be invaluable as he immerses himself in the game play in what promises to be the most engaging and fascinating new series Australia has seen in a long time.’

The co-creator of Million Dollar Island is Stephen Lambert (pictured), who also created Undercover Boss, Gogglebox and Wife Swap

The co-creator of Million Dollar Island is Stephen Lambert (pictured), who also created Undercover Boss, Gogglebox and Wife Swap

Seven West CEO James Warburton said he believes the show is the ‘biggest new global format’ right now, and casting for the Australian version is now underway.

Seven won the rights to Million Dollar Island after a fierce bidding war. 

The creators behind Million Dollar Island are Stephen Lambert and John de Mol, a hit factory of reality television.

Dutchman De Mol, 66, is worth a staggering US$1.8billion, a personal fortune he accumulated by devising the formats for global hits like The Voice and Big Brother

Lambert, 62, his English partner on the new series, started off as a news producer before taking on the role as creative director at the BBC.

He made his millions by masterminding reality TV smashes such as Undercover Boss, Gogglebox and Wife Swap.

The first chance audiences will get to see Million Dollar Island will be in March when it debuts on Dutch network SBS6, but insiders say it could be the next Big Brother.

As of 2021, Big Brother has spawned 62 versions across the globe.

John De Mol (pictured), the co-creator of Million Dollar Island, is the talent behind global TV hits The Voice and Big Brother

John De Mol (pictured), the co-creator of Million Dollar Island, is the talent behind global TV hits The Voice and Big Brother

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