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Liz Cantor is yet to lose a reality TV show! She appeared and won The Mole, in 2005, and international survival show Living Stone in 2016.
Liz first made waves in Australia as a competitive surfer, sponsored by Billabong. Her surfing career took her to Fiji, Tahiti, the Maldives, Hawaii and Europe to compete. She was also the first female Surf Judge to travel internationally on the World Surf League.
While Liz still surfs recreationally she left the tour to follow her passion for story telling; completing a Journalism degree in 2003.
While looking for work in media she applied to a newspaper job which read – ‘If you love adventure and travel apply here’. From that ad she won a spot on the Channel 7 reality television show The Mole. A show which kick-started her career with Channel 7. She competed against 12 other contestants and won, leaving the show with $200,000 in prize money.
After a whirlwind year in 2005 Channel 7 hired Cantor as a presenter on Queensland’s water based outdoor adventure lifestyle program Creek to Coast and shortly after this The Great South East. Also, that year Cantor made her debut as a weather presenter for Channel 7 News, and in 2008 she became the presenter for the national live Gold Lotto draws.
In 2016 she gained the title 2 x Reality TV Show winner! After appearing and winning ultra HD network INSIGHTTV’s first ever adventure reality show Living Stone – Botswana. The show was screened across Europe and saw Liz and husband Ryan represent Australia, surviving starvation and the wilderness of Africa, against other couples from England, New Zealand, America, South Africa and The Middle East.
Liz still fills many roles on Channel Seven today, with over 15 years experience in live television. Liz can be seen weekly on The Gold Lotto and Powerball Draws and on Creek to Coast and Weekender TV.
Australia knows Shane as a much loved contestant on Big Brother 2020, but Shane has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. His love of entertaining has seen him work in Indie films, perform at Dreamworld and theatre restaurants. He’s also gifted his time to present and emcee countless charity events.
Shane found his niche’ when he became a Marriage Celebrant. This day job has taken him all over Australia and the world. Shane has appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise for being Australia’s Funniest celebrant. Koche and Mel then invited him back to be part of Australia folklore by performing the first female same-sex marriage the morning it became legal to do so in Australia. This catapulted him into celebrant stardom.
Being a Celebrant and Emcee has been Shane’s bread and butter for the last few years until he recently made it onto a couple of reality shows, unlike Liz, Shane is yet to win one hahaha. He had a stint on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, then more recently was cast as a Housemate on the new series of Big Brother 2020.
Shane has always worked in the public eye and would not have it any other way.