Hamish McLachlan, Edwina Bartholomew and Wendell Sailor host Australian Spartan.
Hamish McLachlan, Edwina Bartholomew and Wendell Sailor host Australian Spartan. Channel 7

Edwina confirms big rumour about Australian Spartan

EDWINA Bartholomew has confirmed one of the big rumours about Australian Spartan.

The Channel Seven show was filmed in Brisbane last December and after production wrapped rumours began circulating that the course had to be changed because it was too tough.

Bartholomew set the record straight about it in a chat with news.com.au to promote this Sunday's second episode.

"I think certainly they made it harder than they ever imagined and a lot of the initial contestants didn't do as well as we'd hoped," the Channel Seven star said.

"They had one night of trials and then made a few tweaks."

It's understood the obstacle that was proving to be tougher than anticipated was "The Tyre Swing".

It's the second obstacle on the course and challenges each team of three to take it in turns to pull and ride a 90kg tyre from one platform to another, without touching the pool of water below.

Contestants attempt the Tyre Swing on Australian Spartan. Picture: Channel 7
Contestants attempt the Tyre Swing on Australian Spartan. Picture: Channel 7

News.com.au understands that after the first night of trials, the distance between the two platforms was shortened to make it easier for the contestants to successfully land their jumps off the tyre.

Even though the obstacle was tweaked, it still proved to be the downfall for a number of contestants on the first episode which aired on Channel Seven last Sunday. Several teams bombed out on the challenge, including the first two teams featured in the episode.

Bartholomew also revealed that the course was so demanding that some contestants were injured during filming, only some of which will be shown on TV.

"There were a few injuries," the host said. "It's a pretty tough course so certainly a few people didn't quite make it and ended up with a few cuts and scrapes. You do see a little bit of that in the show."

And even though Bartholomew didn't have to tackle the course, she too had a gruelling experience while filming Australian Spartan.

"We started at about 3 in the afternoon and ended up finishing about 4 in the morning," she told news.com.au.

Some teams passed the Tyre Swing obstacle with flying colours. Picture: Channel 7
Some teams passed the Tyre Swing obstacle with flying colours. Picture: Channel 7

"Some nights we were racing the sun to make sure we got all the shots in time. It was a hectic schedule. We did an episode a day for five episodes so it was intense, but I loved it."

Speaking of love, news.com.au also asked Bartholomew about the rumours that some of the contestants took a shine to one another behind the scenes.

"There was a lot of testosterone and oestrogen going around so I'm sure there were a few numbers being passed around," she said.

"There might be a few budding romances between athletes and whatnot but I'm not sure if I can confirm that."

Unlike Channel Nine's Ninja Warrior, Australian Spartan will crown a winner in the last episode even if that team doesn't complete the entire course.

"There's a definite winner at the end of the season [the prize is $150,000] and that winner will have got the furthest in the fastest time," Bartholomew said.

 

Australian Spartan continues on Channel Seven on Sunday at 7pm.


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