In the house
SONIA Kruger would never last as one of the contestants in the Big Brother house.
‘‘ I’d be one of those boring housemates who irritates others by cleaning too much,’’ the woman chosen to host Channel 9’ s gamble to revive the format says.
But fate meant Kruger was always going to host Big Brother. She knocked back the gig more than a decade ago.
Big Brother aired for eight seasons on Channel 10 until it was axed in 2008.
‘‘ There was that weird situation about 10 years ago when Ten called me and said: ‘ You’d be great for this. It’s live and there aren’t many women in Australia who can do live television so we would love to have you’,’’ Kruger says.
‘‘ I chickened out at the final hour and didn’t go to the screen test.
‘‘ I hadn’t been at Seven for long, and I just didn’t feel right about it.
‘‘ I’m sort of glad because then Dancing With the Stars came along with Seven, and I loved it.
‘‘ So when BB came around a second time it was almost fate.
‘‘ It was like, ‘ I don’t think I can say no to this. There is some bizarre reason this has come up again’.’’
So Kruger ( pictured shuffling in the BB promo) defected from Seven late last year and joined Nine co- hosting Mornings with David Campbell, after Nine dropped longtime host Kerri- Anne Kennerley.
But it was the Big Brother gig that sealed the deal for Kruger. Such is her faith in the show’s format.
‘‘ It was the biggest factor. It tipped the scale,’’ she says.
It’s been eight months between Kruger securing the role of BB’s first lady and actually starting her hosting duties, presiding over eviction nominations and the evictions themselves. She says she has needed it ( the rest). ‘‘ When I was doing Dancing it was 12 solid weeks of live television a year, but you’d be a bit rusty going in,’’ she says.
‘‘ But because we’ve been doing Mornings and I’ve been doing two hours live every day, I feel like I’m match fit.’’
As is normal practice for the show Big Brother is keeping even Kruger guessing. Details of what is planned are scant.
What we do know is there are 14 housemates, they’ll be normal people, not wannabes, there’s a new house and the aim is a far more family friendly format.
Kruger says the show needed to evolve. Don’t expect incidents like the infamous ‘‘ turkey slap’’ of the past.
‘‘ Although I love a bit of double entendre, I am a family- oriented presenter. I don’t want to do late night television,’’ she says.
Kruger hasn’t met ‘‘ Big Brother’’ yet, so is left, like everyone else, to dream of what he is like.
‘‘ I keep asking and I get very sketchy details,’’ she says. ‘‘ He’s a strange entity. I love the fact he’s always a little bit testy. I think I’ll enjoy trying to push his buttons.
‘‘ What does he look like? He’s got a very deep voice, so . . . maybe he looks like Seal,’’ she laughs.
‘‘ Maybe it IS Seal.’’