Australia is clearly obsessed with reality dramas right now so the timing is perfect. Big Brother is officially making a comeback in 2020 and applications are now open.
The OG Big Brother Australia first aired in 2001 and enjoyed eight seasons on Channel Ten with Gretel Killeen as its host, and one season of poor ratings with Kylie and Jackie O as co-hosts. After a four year hiatus, the show was picked up by Channel Nine for three seasons, and Sonia Kruger took on the hosting duties.
This time around, Channel Seven have opted to be the ones to bring Big Brother back to our TV screens, and they’ve axed their leading current affairs show Sunday Night to make space for it.
As for who the host will be, sources tell TV Blackbox that Gretel Killeen has not ruled out returning to the show, if the price is right.
Talking recently to Kylie and Jackie O about rumours of a Big Brother reboot, Gretel said, “I think the essence of Big Brother is brilliant because when we first started that show it was about just watching humans interact without interference, just seeing what humans do. It wasn’t ‘Who’s going to win?’ It was ‘Let’s just see what relationships form and how people pass their time and converse’.
“I think watching ourselves is something we could actually learn from now. I think this is a time of analysis and introspection and redefining our values, so I think it would be a hoot,” she added.
Although she does have concerns about the type of people the show will attract in this era of social media influencers.
“Reality TV can attract a different kind of person now who wants to be famous, so perhaps that level of purity, maybe the time has passed. But maybe that’s a matter of casting.”
2003’s Big Brother Australia winner Reggie agrees, telling news.com.au, “I think a lot of people these days go onto the shows to become famous. I hope that when they cast the people they put realistic people in there and not these fake, plastic people.”
Former Big Brother winner, Ben Norris, says the same. “Big Brother really only works when you put real Australians in that format,” he told Hot91’s Dave, Sam & Ash. “Instagram models have got a home, they’re on Love Island now. If Big Brother is going to work you need to find real Australians and put them in there for three months. No intruders, just leave them alone.”
Another unknown at this point in time is where the Big Brother house will be as the original house, which was on the Gold Coast beside Dreamworld, was demolished after an arson attack in June this year.