Celebrity Circus (Australian TV series)

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Celebrity Circus
Celebrity circus logo.jpg
Genre Reality Television
Presented by Charles Tingwell
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5
Location(s) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Running time 70 minutes
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original release 1 May – 29 May 2005

Celebrity Circus was an Australian reality television series which aired in May 2005 on the Nine Network. The show took celebrities and, with the help of Silvers Circus, trained them into circus acts. In the final show the celebrities performed in front of a live crowd and showcased what they had learned. It was shown over five one-hour episodes and was hosted by Bud Tingwell.[1] The various skills in the show were high-wire, flying trapeze, knife throwing, fire juggling and clowning.Some of the performers were also trained in two events called the Human Cannon and the Wheel of Death.[2]

The participants were: actors Cameron Daddo and Kimberley Davies; former Home and Away star Dieter Brummer; Celebrity Big Brother winner Dylan Lewis; Australia's Funniest Home Video Show host Toni Pearen; Vadim Dale (from Outback Jack) and his fiance, Natalie Franzman; Olympic beach volleyball gold medallist Kerri Pottharst; and Ricki-Lee Coulter from Australian Idol.[1] The first episode, which aired on 1 May, was placed in the top ten of the ratings for that week.[3]

The series appeared in the Portugal on TVI in 2006 as Circo das Celebridades. On 11 June 2008 an American version began airing on NBC.

International versions[edit]

     Currently airing franchise
     Franchise no longer in production
Region/Country Local name Network Main presenter Date premiered
 Argentina El Circo De Las Estrellas Telefe Susana Giménez 26 March 2007
 Belarus Звездный цирк
Zvezdnyi tsirk
HTV 2007
 Brazil Circo do Faustão Rede Globo Fausto Silva 8 July 2007
 Chile Circo de Estrellas TVN Rafael Araneda 25 March 2010
 India Comedy Circus Sony TV Shruti Seth 16 June 2007
 Italy Reality Circus Canale 5 Barbara D'Urso 17 September 2006
 Mexico Los 5 Magníficos Televisa Marco Antonio Regil 15 April 2007
 Portugal Circo das Celebridades TVI Júlia Pinheiro 19 March 2006
 Poland Gwiezdny Cyrk Polsat Zygmunt Chajzer and Agnieszka Popielewicz 6 March 2008
 Russia Цирк со звёздами
Tsirk so zvezdami
1TV Ivan Urgant and Sasha Volkovskaya 2007
 Spain Circus: Más dificil todavía Cuatro Josep Lobató 15 September 2008
 Turkey Ünlüler Sirki Star TV Süheyl Uygur 2007
 United Kingdom Cirque de Celebrité Sky One Ruby Wax (2006), Jenni Falconer (2007) 15 October 2006
 United States Celebrity Circus NBC Joey Fatone 11 June 2008


  1. ^ a b "Celebrity Circus (Australia)". TV.com. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Idato, Michael (23 March 2005). "Celebrity Knives Out". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nine tops ratings again". The Age. Fairfax Media. Australian Associated Press (AAP). 16 May 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2012.