Big Brother – Benjamin Norris Wins The Money And His Man
Love or loath Benjamin Norris, the 32 year old who won Big Brother, at least someone who gave the series a lot of the drama and entertainment took home the prize. Both he and Estelle both were the more memorable characters of the season and received a lot of airtime which helped their cultivate a strong fan base.
This was a win for the show and the audience as it did not reward the nice bland, boring contestant who gave little entertainment like Ben and Peter from series one and two.
Finally there was a political statement from Big Brother when Benjamin proposed to his boyfriend on stage and he accepted and he said “Since I met Ben all I’ve ever wanted is for him to be a part of my family. No-one’s going to tell us sitting on the couch at the end of the day pretending that we’re married that we’re not married”.
It would have been interesting to know if Ben had talked about doing this in the house and if Big Brother knew about it and facilitated it.
The political act was a tad ironic because when Peter Overton read out the news neither he or Layla were fairly non – animated when they were shown Julia Gillard’s anti-misogyny speech and news that President Obama had won the election. However Madonna being the highest selling singer ever and the new iPhone release seemed to be much more exciting to them.
In fact it looked like Layla did not even recognise Gillard.
Will his proposal have an impact on the current policy where gay people cannot marry, hopefully, as this could show the majority of one million people that watched the show support their right to do so.
In fact it was legalised the media might be able to focus on different political issues like the fact that single parents revert back to Newstart when their youngest is eight something that will place children at risk and entrench these mainly women further in poverty.
If reality TV can raise social issues and get Australia debating them that is fantastic, however in three months of Big Brother we saw no political discourse from the house. Maybe the Tory MP that is on the UK I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is correct to go on the show as that is where the eyeballs are. However in this case I am not sure the format of that show will allow for much intellectual conversation or for her to retain much dignity.
There were over 400,000 votes cast with Estelle being first to be eliminated from the house, followed by Layla. Benjamin and Layla were extremely excited about being the last two standing and at one point I thought Layla was going to topple in the pool with her high heels on. Layla is stunning and has dressed herself throughout the series to showcase her fabulous curves, but tonight I thought her dress did not highlight this. It was all feathers and boobs. She showed extreme humility when given her $10,000 cash prize and the keys to her car. Sam looked pleased to see her.
It will be interesting to read interviews with Estelle how she felt being in the house. Benjamin after seeing footage told Sonia that Estelle was good at playing the victim. Don’t think they will be friends once they are out of the house and it will be interesting to see who he does remain in contact with as his montage at the beginning after he had won showed all the negative things he had said about people.
Props have to be given to producers and NINE the finale was fabulously staged and entertaining with the opening act of the housemates doing a routine to Oats a la Layla and Gangnam Style set up a lot of energy for the rest of the show. Also the other routine to Tonight’s Going To Be A Good Night was great that it was also a hat tip to all the behind the scenes crew on the set.
Also bringing his mother into the Big Brother garden was touching and emotional for Ben and the viewer.
However would the other housemates be jealous the Bradley got a starring role in both and also was seen on the ads for the Big Bang Theory. Is Bradley going to be the star from this years series? He does have a high level of likeability.
It was a series with its ups and down and should be back on our screens in 2013.