Australian Ninja Warrior Is Back With Season 2!
Expect the Ninja fever to once again sweep the nation as Australian Ninja Warrior returns for season 2 this Sunday, July 8 on Channel 9 free-to-air. Ever since season 1 hit TV screens, Ninja Warrior has become a movement across the country and has since made household names out of everyday Australians. And how could it not? Australian Ninja Warrior is home to the toughest obstacle course in the world, making it a true test of survival of the fittest and the fastest in the nation.
The ultimate goal remains to be Mt. Midoriyama, which took the US seven seasons to conquer and which remains unconquered in the UK. The question is: will Australia be able to conquer it this season? You’ll have to tune in to find out as 300 ninjas — 50 more than last year — will have to take on about 38 obstacles before they even get a chance to take on Mt. Midoriyama in the grand final.
Ben Fordham, Rebecca Madern, and Freddie Flintoff will return as hosts, who’ll take us through every heart-pounding moment as both new and returning ninjas take their shot at glory this season.
Catch the season 2 premiere on Nine free-to-air at 7:00PM AEST. Want to know more? Check out our guide below!
*It has been announced that Australian Ninja Warrior will be returning for an even more groundbreaking season 3 at its new home in Melbourne.
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Australian Ninja Warrior Season 1 Recap
Last season during stage 1 of the grand finals, we saw nine finishers completing the obstacles within the 3:45 time limit. Andrea Hah also made history as the first woman to ever conquer the dreaded Warped Wall, but unfortunately did not qualify to reach stage two.
Stage two proved to be the ultimate challenge as the remaining ninjas had to face eight obstacles, with the extra challenge of passing the first five in under 65 seconds and proceeding to complete the other three. In the end, all nine competitors failed to even go past the first five obstacles, with only Fred Dorrington and Tom O’Halloran reaching the fourth obstacle, which is the ‘Unstable Bridge.’
Since no one was able to make it all the way to the end — with Mt. Midoriyama as stage three — last year, the jackpot prize has now doubled from $100,000 to whopping $200,000. But more than that, the much-coveted bragging rights for being the first ever Australian Ninja Warrior is still up for grabs!
How Does It Work?
So what do our 300 ninjas have to face this season? Find out with this summary of how this season’s Australian Ninja Warrior will go:
This is where they will all begin. There are six heats consisting of six obstacles, with about two to three obstacles changing for each heat. Only the top 20 fastest from each heat will make it to the semis — making that 120 ninjas in total.
There are four semi-finals consisting of nine obstacles each. This includes the Warped Wall and the Quadruple Steps, which is a tougher version of the Quintuple Steps from the first season. Just like the heats, two obstacles also change in each semi. With this, only the top 8 fastest — 32 ninjas in total — from each semi-final will proceed to the grand final.
This season, the ninjas can expect a bigger and much tougher grand final course. In fact, there’s an extra stage added before they can try their hand to face Mt. Midoriyama — making that a total of four stages, including the final one at Mt. Midoriyama.
- Stage 1: Only those who complete the course in under 3:30 can proceed to stage two.
- Stage 2: Only those who complete the course in under 245 can make it to stage three.
- Stage 3: There’s no time limit here. They just have to complete the final five obstacles before earning the right to proceed to Mt. Midoriyama.
- Stage 4: Mt. Midoriyama: This final part will consist of a 22-metre rope climb with a 30-second countdown. Whoever reaches the top before the clock hits zero will earn the title of the first ever Australian Ninja Warrior and the jackpot prize of $200,000.
Fun Facts This Season On Australian Ninja Warrior
Whether you’ve been a fan of the franchise or just new to the game, you might want to know these interesting facts about this season.
- There are no dress rehearsals for the obstacles. The first time the ninjas try the course is when they step up to the platform. However, they are given proper briefing, demonstration, and even tips beforehand.
- This season’s course is about 25% bigger than that of season one.
- The course is completely changed and made unique to Australia. Mt. Midoriyama is now at the core of the course with the obstacles forming a ring around it.
- There are four new obstacles this year, which definitely makes it tougher for both returning and new ninjas.
- Season 2 of Australian Ninja Warrior is made up of 28% female competitors.
- There are now three distinct stages before climbing Mt. Midoriyama compared to last season’s two.
- Around one-third of this year’s ninjas are consisted of returning competitors from season 1. This includes fan favourites such as Andrea Hah, Lee and Ben Cossey, Luke Williams, Celeste “Aerial Ninja” Dixon, Tom O’Halloran, Brodie and Dylan Dawson, Olivia Vivian, and even the very memorable Jack Wilson, a.k.a. The “Deadly Ninja” just to name a few.
How to Watch Australian Ninja Warrior Season 2
You can watch the latest episodes from Australian Ninja Warrior live and legally free-to-air on Nine as it airs every Sunday.
You can also stream Australian Ninja Warrior on demand using 9Now, channel 9’s video on demand service that’s compatible with iOS and Android devices. 9Now is also available PC or Mac using Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. You can also watch shows on demand on your TV: Samsung TV, both Telstra TV and Apple TV, Chromecast, Fetch TV, LG Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and using your PlayStation 4 console.
All episodes of Australian Ninja Warrior will air on Sundays every week at 7:00pm AEST on Nine beginning this Sunday, July 8. If you can’t watch it on its airing dates, you can catch up by streaming with your devices via the 9Now app.