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Hunted Australia: Bumbling 'fugitive' disguises himself as a nonna


Viewers mock extreme reality show Hunted Australia as a bumbling ‘fugitive’ disguises himself as a NONNA in an op-shop dress while trying to avoid capture

Channel 10’s thrilling new reality show Hunted Australia delivered some absurd television on Sunday.

‘Fugitives’ Stathi and Matt went to extreme lengths to avoid capture by wearing ridiculous garments, which they hoped would allow them to ‘fly under the radar’ but ended up having the opposite effect. 

Matt clumsily tried to disguise his dark hair and beard with a blonde wig, sunglasses and surgical face mask.

Channel 10's thrilling new reality show Hunted Australia delivered some absurd television on Sunday as two 'fugitives' donned ridiculous disguises in an attempt to avoid capture

Channel 10’s thrilling new reality show Hunted Australia delivered some absurd television on Sunday as two ‘fugitives’ donned ridiculous disguises in an attempt to avoid capture

Meanwhile, Stathi dressed up as an Italian grandmother, or ‘nonna’, in a floral frock from an op-shop, and covered his head with black netting. 

They called on their friend Katherine to organise a Kombi van for them as transport. 

To avoid detection, they had Katherine stand by a payphone while Stathi instructed her to meet them under a nearby bridge as he circled her with his head down and told her not to look at him.

Matt clumsily tried to disguise his dark hair and beard with a blonde wig, sunglasses and surgical face mask

Matt clumsily tried to disguise his dark hair and beard with a blonde wig, sunglasses and surgical face mask 

Viewers live-tweeted the bizarre series of events, with one writing: ‘We didn’t see Stathi but we did see a mythical gypsy woman place a curse on a couple by a payphone.’

Another wrote: ‘Katherine, when was the last time you saw Stathi? Katherine: It was yesterday at a phone box and he was dressed as a nonna.’

‘Never seen a nonna circle a pay phone before,’ someone else commented.

Stathi (pictured) dressed up as an Italian grandmother, or 'nonna', in a floral frock from an op-shop, and covered his head with black netting

Stathi (pictured) dressed up as an Italian grandmother, or ‘nonna’, in a floral frock from an op-shop, and covered his head with black netting 

Another viewer tweeted: ‘If the hunters were watching, the dress may have fooled them… but two people in their late twenties using a payphone is a dead giveaway something’s not right.’ 

Channel 10 presenter Kate Langbroek also tweeted about the episode, joking that she couldn’t tell it was Stathi in his nonna disguise.

‘This is glorious insanity. Nothing memorable,’ she wrote, adding several crying-with-laughter emojis.   

 

 

 

Viewers live-tweeted the bizarre events, with one writing: 'We didn't see Stathi but we did see a mythical gypsy woman place a curse on a couple by a payphone'

Viewers live-tweeted the bizarre events, with one writing: ‘We didn’t see Stathi but we did see a mythical gypsy woman place a curse on a couple by a payphone’ 

Hunted is a thrilling series which follows 18 contestants who must go on the run and avoid being captured for 21 days.

A prize of $100,000 awaits the winners, but they must first evade an elite team of ‘hunters’ comprising former intelligence agents and police officers.

Travelling in pairs, the fugitives have only limited resources to escape detection in the field.

Hunted is a thrilling series which follows 18 contestants who must go on the run and avoid being captured for 21 days

Hunted is a thrilling series which follows 18 contestants who must go on the run and avoid being captured for 21 days

A prize of $100,000 awaits the winners, but they must first evade an elite team of 'hunters' comprising former intelligence agents and police officers.

A prize of $100,000 awaits the winners, but they must first evade an elite team of ‘hunters’ comprising former intelligence agents and police officers. 

The hunters in the Australian version consist of ex-AFP and ADF personnel, as well as cyber analysts and veterans of British intelligence. 

Most contestants were captured in the first week after lingering too long with relatives and friends.

The show has been a ratings hit since its premiere last Sunday.

Travelling in pairs, the fugitives have limited resources to escape detection in the field. Most contestants were captured in the first week after lingering too long with relatives and friends

Travelling in pairs, the fugitives have limited resources to escape detection in the field. Most contestants were captured in the first week after lingering too long with relatives and friends

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