Blue-collar Aussies to take centre stage in American reality show rebirth

Paul Eyers
By Paul Eyers
2 Min Read

Get ready reality TV fans, because the hit series “Tough As Nails” is breaking ground down under.

The American smash series is a resounding success in the US, where it pits blue-collar workers against each other in a sequence of on-site workplace simulated tasks and challenges for cash prizes.

Instead of glamorous mansions, gossip and staged drama, the show dives headfirst into the realities of the working world – pitting everyday heroes against demanding challenges that mirror the rigours of their professions.

The show will now test the skills of hardworking Aussies from essential service industries as they battle it out for cash prizes and bragging rights.

Tradies, firies, defence force personnel, landscapers, mechanics, and farmers will all fight for the coveted tough-as-nails title as they face obstacles that push them to their limits, proving once and for all who genuinely reign supreme in their respective industries.

Producers on hunt for Australia’s top tradies

Sydney-based company Eureka Productions is behind the Australian adaptation, which will mirror the original’s ambition to celebrate hard-working Aussies who see their calluses as a badge of honour.

The production company called on the show’s contestants to prove they belong with the nation’s best.

“We’re on the hunt for diligent Aussies who, through their occupations, personify toughness,” they said.

“We’re particularly interested in essential workers whose roles necessitate using their physical abilities to keep the nation functioning.”

“Essential Workers who use their hands and physical skills to keep our country running,” they said.

The competition will feature men and women, with organisers declaring toughness comes in all shapes and sizes.

The American series, now in its fifth season, airs on CBS and is hosted by Amazing Race star and Emmy Award-winning producer Phil Keoghan.

The Australian version’s host and network are yet to be revealed, with the season scheduled to begin filming in weekly increments this month until February 2024.

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Paul Eyers has worked as a journalist for a range of media publishers including News Corp and Network Ten. He has also worked outside of Australia, including time spent with ABS-CBN in the Philippines. Stepping away from the media, Paul spent five years sharpening his tools in construction - building his skill set and expertise within the trade industry. His diverse experiences and unique journey have equipped him with an insider view of Australia’s construction game to dig deep into the big stories.

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