Tourism Australia has announced the 18 finalists for its Best Jobs in the World competition. Three contestants for each of the six ‘dream’ jobs will now battle it out in the final stages of the competition next month.
The United States has more finalists than any other participating country, topping the leader board with five. Two of the five Americans are competing for the role of Chief Funster, while the other three are in the running for the Wildlife Caretaker, Taste Master and Outback Adventurer roles.
Two finalists have come from England and one from Ireland. France also has two contestants still in the running while Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland and Taiwan all have one entrant seeking the ultimate Australia holiday.
"After six weeks, 620,000 applications by 330,000 individuals from 196 countries, 46,000 video entries and thousands of supporting references from some of the most famous celebrities in the world we are down to the final 18,"said Andrew McEvoy, managing director of Tourism Australia. "It's show time. The candidates now face their very own Australian working holiday - a week of tests and challenges which will ultimately decide who ends up winning these six dream jobs."
The 18 finalists will now be flown to Australia, via Virgin Australia, to take part in the final series of challenges relating to their dream role. The final six winners will be announced on the 21st June, when the world will be introduced to Australia’s newest Wildlife Caretaker, Chief Funster, Park Ranger, Taste Master, Outback Adventurer and Lifestyle Photographer.
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