Mole resurfaces
Shura Taft

After an eight-year hiatus, reality sabotage game show The Mole is back. And stepping in as the new host is *Shura Taft *, * *who brings with him a wealth of experience in TV with a background in travel, entertainment, sports and children's shows.

Although he's no stranger to fronting a TV show - he previously hosted a children's game show on Nine as well as Fox Footy's The Supercoach Show - the ambitious presenter regards his latest venture as his "big break".

"There are so many reasons why I'm exceptionally excited, he told _AAA _ yesterday. "One of the biggest things is, apart from the fact I've worked in the industry for seven years, this is essentially my big break - it's prime-time television."

The first series aired in Australia back in 2000 and ran until 2005.

Season six, which will air later this year on Seven, will follow the same concept as the original. It follows contestants who must work together to perform various challenges and earn money that is added to the "winner's pot".

But among them is a saboteur, known as The Mole, whose aim is to make the group fail.

Having been a fan of the show since its beginnings, Taft said he was ecstatic to be a part of the series return.

"I've been a fan of The Mole since day one, which is kind of bizarre because when the first series aired I was in Year 12 and me and a couple of my mates became obsessed with it," he explained. "So it's funny for me to get my first prime-time experience in a show that I love. I couldn't ask for anything more."

Now set to follow in the footsteps of the show's former hosts *Grant Bowler *and *Tom Williams *, who have since gone on to find widespread success, Taft is hopeful that The Mole will help kickstart his TV career.

"We're all so different in many ways," Taft said of his predecessors. "Grant has an acting background and Tom coming from being a chippie and that sort of thing, I think it's great that we've all been able to bring our own flavour to it. I don't want to be either one of those two people, I want to be myself, but we are all part of that brand, which is really strong."

But given the plethora of reality shows that have flooded Australian TV in recent years, does Taft think the return of The Mole will resonate with viewers?

"All the feedback I've had from people is that they loved the show when it was on," he said. "So I think there'll be a generation of fans who remember it and loved it and then there'll be a whole new generation of fans who, hopefully, will follow the show."

VANESSA WILLIAMS

'So it's

funny for me

to get my first prime-time experience in a show that

I love.'

The West Australian

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