SPOILER SPOILER Big Brother 2013 Kicks Off Tonight Some News From The Launch
Big Brother kicks off tonight on NINE but the first episode was filmed last night on the Gold Coast. The has been many promos talking about the twist so stop reading now if you don’t want to know any more about the twist or the contestants going into the house. But I must say this year looks like it could be quite interesting indeed.
A sequin from Sonia Kruger’s dress told me:
- Stage looks similar, however no grassed area out the back any more for the audience to stand and watch the show;
- Sonia Kruger was good;
- House is divided in half with a perspex wall where housemates had to choose a key to see which half they went into;
- One half is luxurious, other half is for the poor people, everything is halved, such as half a clock, half a bed etc;
- Diary room is posh in the rich half and a very basic chair in the poor side;
- Sharon, the 41 yr old is the oldest, everyone else appears to be in their twenties though a contestant Ben is 30, who apparently hilarious.
- The model girl (Tahan) seen last week in the commercials is in the poor half and at this stage looks like she is a bit of a cow; (Ed note: this could be due to being in the scummy side of house);
- One guy looks like Shane Warne and there are more than one set of twins in the house;
- On the second night there is another twist, thinks by the clues it is another couple going into the house who do not know each other but have to pretend to be married for some reason.
You have to hope the fake “married” have some chemistry so they can get snogging going on. It would be hilarious if they were separated into two different parts of the house and they hooked up with someone else ala Temptation Island.
This one was particularly funny.
timmydownawell: WHY DO YOU TREAT YOUR VIEWERS LIKE CHILDREN?
Alex: Because some of them are – literally. Big Brother in Australia is a 7pm show – the reason being that as a nation Australians go to bed earlier than in other countries meaning “prime time” television is really 7-9. In Europe and South America it is much later so that is where place their version of BB. The most similar country in BB terms is India – their version of “Big Boss” is PG – just like us.
Big Brother is a show that celebrates people, that champions the folk you pass on the street everyday. Most can’t sing, nor can they dance. A lot have questionable cooking skills. They’re strangers – and we (the audience) judge them at first and slowly they reveal themselves. Sometimes we like what we see. Other times we don’t. They are flawed and layered and complicated but most of all BB requires them to lay their personalities bare in front of the nation. And I don’t care what anyone says – that takes a certain level of bravery. To be yourself. it’s key to the format and key to why children and adults should watch Big Brother. Because in an age of Facebook (and fan forums), BB doesn’t just ask – it demands – authenticity.
Ed’s Note: I have to say I did not find the constant snogging on screen particularly family friendly.
Also he was asked about the live feeds:
Despite popular opinion, live streaming the Big Brother House is no viable – economically and ethically. A lot has changed and not just in Australia. Reduced feeds of the House has been a shift globally. We want you to tune in to Big Brother the TV show, not a fixed camera quad split of a house with people lounging about. The website provides short snippets on the hour between 8am and 11pm and we think this is a good replacement in 2013. To all those who think the contrary, well you can’t please everyone.
Behind Big Brother members must remember – you are the hardcore – the purists – I am like you. I want BB on 24/7 all the time everywhere I go. But the fact is that in 8 years we streamed live in Australia practically nobody watched it!
Streaming also carries enormous risk to the production – we all know what happened in 2006 and most will be aware of the scandal that was “streamed” in the US recently. The British series started with streaming this year and has chopped it for all the above reasons.
Ed Note: Interesting he refers to the US experience as what happened there was online viewers were able to raise the issue CBS were not showing the contestants being racist and gave them a nice edit. Only after an viewer outcry footage was shown.
I will be blogging nightly on the show!
Big Brother starts tonight at 7.00pm on NINE.