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Review – Big Brother Australia

August 13, 2012

Big Brother Australia – Nine – 7:00pm Weeknights – AUS

The question that has been hanging over Channel 9’s relaunch of Big Brother Australia is whether or not it can live up to the original series. Luckily for Channel 9 it has been a long time since there was a ‘good’ season of Big Brother and Australia seems ready for it all to be relaunched anew. This is where I make the confession that, yes, I was a Big Brother addict, and yes, I was one of those Big Brother addicts who got over my addiction the season after Trevor won the grand prize (or rather more accurately I got over my addiction the season after I moved out of home and didn’t have as much time to kill in front of the television), and yes, I was one of those Big Brother addicts who embarrassingly auditioned for the show like an idiot, and yes, I understand that admitting that pretty much undermines any valid point I will ever attempt to make about television ever again.

There’s just something so enthralling about this simple premise – watching strangers locked in a house together – that if the mix of housemates is right it doesn’t need anything else to keep me interested. Channel 9’s reboot hedges its bets though and while it seems to have gathered up a collection of intriguing and watchable participants it also has the ‘secrets’ hook which threatens to overcomplicate a show that doesn’t need to be overcomplicated. Every person who steps into the house has a secret – somebody is a multi-millionaire, somebody is a genius, etc – and this week the girls are tasked with finding out the guys’ secrets. It’s a neat ice-breaker that encourages the housemates to get to know each other, but it’s not like these people are at a dinner party, they’ve all actively agreed to go on national television so I think they’ll be okay striking up conversations with strangers.

Sonia Kruger steps into the shoes of Gretel Killeen and proves what was already obvious, that Killeen’s warmth and fun as a host came from being able to possess what us humans call ‘personality’. The only thing working in Kruger’s favour is that we got to watch Sarah Murdoch be even worse at this job last night on Everybody Dance Now. Sarah Murdoch makes Sonia Kruger look like Gretel Killeen and so you can see why Channel 9 thought she might make a good host. Kruger has weeks to ease into the role of ‘human’ but Big Brother has never really been about the host, it’s always been about the contestants and this first batch suggest that this season could be a winner.

Michael with his hair and constant mugging could become tiring but he was a goofy, infectious and funny first entrant. There is a nice mix of contestants who could be fun (watching Bradley struggle to figure out how not to be the most awkward person alive will be the transformation of the season) and who will definitely be irritating (Sarah is a car salesperson after all). The show has quite purposefully steered away from a cast of nothing but vapid nobodies but has remembered that it wouldn’t be Big Brother without one or two (hi Layla!). The decision to slowly introduce more housemates through the week is also a clever one and I can already feel my time getting sucked away from me as I once again fall into the Big Brother trap.

There’s no way to know whether Channel 9 have recaptured the magic of those early seasons but there is a lot of potential in this batch and I’m far more optimistic having seen this episode than I was right up until the moment it began. The proof will be in the pudding but it has to be remembered that there were at least four good seasons of Big Brother before things went downhill and it collapsed under its own weight. If Channel 9 can keep its ‘back to basics’ mantra going and stop Sonia Kruger from looking directly into the camera and scaring the children, Big Brother Australia may very well be back in fine form. But then again what the hell do I know; I once auditioned for this damned show.

Good, Alright, Bad Or Ugly?
Alright

17 Comments leave one →
  1. marie permalink
    August 13, 2012 8:37 pm

    Wat Crap and rubbish BB9 WAS,Kruger is SO FAKE WITH HER HAIR OVA DUN MAKE UP LINED WRINKLED BOTOXD FACE!GRETEL WAS ALWAYS BETA,REAL AND FUN.HOUSEMATES R RUDE AND BORING.HOW DARE BOAT PPL MENTIONED INTO A SHOW 4 RATINGS.IF ZOE WAS FROM A WAR TORN COUNTRY BET SHE WOULD DO SAME TRY 2 COME HERE.GIVE UP A 7 YR RELATIONSHP 4 BB IS MICHAEL KIDDING?TO BE IN MEDIA?GO STUDY U MORON2 BE IN THE MEDIA,WHICH WILL ONLY JUDGE AND MAKE U FAKE IN THE END.THE WOMEN R PLAIN AT LEAST R EDUCATED ,LAW STUDENT HAS A BRAIN ON HER REST R MEDIA WANA BE’S.SURELY THIS BB will and should be Axed,utter boring Qld Rubbish!

    • Mon permalink
      August 13, 2012 8:42 pm

      I agree Rubbish and SOO Boring !Sonia acts 20and looks 50!TOO fake !surgery made her eyes and nose look terrible.she can’t host,she a young Wana be!Housemates r bland and original BB CHANNEL 10,COUPLE OF THE SEASONS,WERE MUCH BETTER THAN THIS RUBBISH!

      • pdjones permalink*
        August 13, 2012 9:21 pm

        You know, the most convincing way to be pretend to be two people is to wait until the first comment has been published before you reply to it.

      • Mike permalink
        August 19, 2012 2:43 am

        I can’t tell if both of you are seriously working for Channel 10 or have lost the Caps Lock key. If you want to make constructive criticism all the best, however, please at least construct your sentences before you spout mindless drivel that could be written by a 7 year old.

        I myself, don’t actually like the premise of this show, however, I guess after reading this review I’ll give it a shot and see how it fares.

  2. Marie permalink
    August 13, 2012 8:47 pm

    BORRING RUBBISH!take it off!Stick to Docos on Sbs And Ch2.

    • G Kirkpatrick permalink
      August 25, 2012 6:55 am

      Yes it is just smutty tv and the constant laughter of the audience is so annoying, Big Brother sounds like he is trying to intimidate everyone. I like reality TV but this is all about laughing at people in an unnatural environment. Why do they all have to sleep in the same room……let’s teach young adults how to respect each other!!!!

  3. max permalink
    August 14, 2012 1:27 am

    I can’t stand this show. It epitomizes everything that’s wrong and rubbish about commercial TV now.

  4. August 19, 2012 10:27 am

    It is shows like this that have made me give up on Australian commercial television entirely. Television series such as Breaking Bad, Dexter and Game of Thrones do extremely well but our TV stations are more interested in cheap television. It’s a negative feedback loop because they will then get less viewers and therefore have less money which means they will need to continue to make cheap television.

    Give Australians what they really want, good television drama(any genre) with good scripts.

  5. August 23, 2012 1:04 pm

    Want better viewing! Feed them more, give them alcohol, stop treating them like kids with crap childish games, rules and naughty corners, bring back Friday night live, finally next time throw in more glamour girls and shit stirrers. Love big brother the idea, just stop making it boring and frustrating with your restrictions and fun sucking policies. Bring back the big bother all the stiff heads banned.

  6. Michael permalink
    August 27, 2012 12:31 am

    It’s sad, I’ve got free to air and paid tv channels, but most of the time I am watching online streaming on the internet. That’s how boring Australian TV is, Big Brother doesn’t help. Why are we rewarding people sitting on their arses doing nothing. I do like the occasional Documentaries from SBS and ABC though.

  7. April Swift permalink
    August 27, 2012 11:58 am

    I took 1 look at the host listened to her and then i viewed the show for 5 minutes checking out the bogans, i puked. Send these idiots to iraq and let them swim in the desert.

    crappy copy of channel 10 which bb was already boring. i used to watch a few years of this shit lol i was a boring loser.

  8. H Batcave permalink
    August 30, 2012 5:01 am

    I love this show!

  9. Mae Young permalink
    September 7, 2012 5:45 am

    I’ve stuck to it, hoping it will get better, but unfortunately it’s a lot of nothing. Will stick
    to Fifty Shades of Grey.

  10. September 24, 2012 10:30 am

    The host sucks so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can do a better job then her. Replace her and you’ve got a decent show.

  11. October 4, 2012 9:51 am

    was so looking forward to another Big Brother, but the more I watch, the more
    disappointed I’m becoming. Nothing happens, apart from a smiling contest. Either
    put up or shut up, I say.

  12. sam permalink
    October 30, 2012 10:00 am

    Stupid show wasting TV time.

  13. benson permalink
    November 14, 2012 12:48 pm

    you hearing this channel nine……. and i hope any other tv station out there thinking of producing such poor quality rubbish

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