After weeks of speculation, Anjali Rao’s return to reality TV has been confirmed. Channel 10 has announced that the controversial star of The Real Housewives of Melbourne will   the cast of Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains.

Meanwhile, Law, 40, who rose to fame with his SBS series The Family Law  which was based on his memoir of the same has been an outspoken critic of reality TV. The presenter and screenwriter has criticised dating shows, especially, for their lack of diversity.

Famed author of the Family Law series of books, Benjamin Law, will also be a player in the new season, which will premiere in 2023 reports TV Blackbox. Rao, 48, a former CNN newsreader made headlines during RHOM last year, when she gained a reputation for criticising her cast mates. She later sensationally quit the show.

TV Blackbox has also confirmed that filmmaker and activist Rogue Rubin, AFL star David Zaharakis and former Miss World Australia Sarah Marschke will be survivors in the new season. It comes after Channel 10 announced that former contestants Shonee Bowtell, George Mladenov, Nina Twine, Hayley Leake, Shaun Hampson, and Jordie Hansen will return to Australian Survivor next year.

Fans can expect a twist that differentiates it from the U.S. version of Heroes v Villains: in addition to featuring former players in the tribes, new players have also been thrown into the mix. Earlier this year, host Jonathan LaPaglia said fans can expect big things in 2023. 

Channel 10 has dropped a trailer featuring locations for the new season, which was filmed in Samoa, where the show was last shot in 2016 and 2017. The action-packed adventure reality series is set to air in January next year. ‘Play time is over,’ he wrote on Instagram Stories. ‘Back in the office making the next season of Survivor… and it’s shaping up to be a ripper.’

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