Brother, what a mystery!
The house will be abuzz with whispers and host Sonia Kruger can’t wait, writes
OURTEEN housemates are in lockdown ahead of the launch of Big Brother at Dreamworld at the weekend. The group moves into the house on Sunday with the entrance filmed for the show’s on-air debut on Monday.
The theme of the new series is secrets. Each contestant has one. And the whisper is Big Brother has one too.
Host Sonia Kruger can’t imagine what that might mean but she’s curious.
Kruger was a big fan of Big Brother in its past life on Channel 10. She has also watched the show while working overseas in the UK and the US.
Kruger, co-host of Channel 7’s Dancing with the Stars, moved to Channel 9 this year to host The Morning Show and a revamped Big Brother. It was the chance to work on a revamp of Big Brother that clinched the deal for Kruger.
‘‘The attraction was to start something new and I really love working on these big international franchises,’’ says Kruger, who has just returned from the US where she and her The Morning Show co-host David Campbell have been filming for the show’s return after the Olympics.
‘‘There’s a global recognition factor. I love that I can travel to places like the US and UK and it doesn’t matter who you talk to, they know what you’re working on.’’
Kruger lands in Queensland tomorrow to take her first walk through the Big Brother house, which has been demolished and rebuilt since the show last aired.
Kruger, who grew up near Beenleigh, looks forward to weekly shows that will bring her home for a couple of days each week while the show runs for 100-plus days. ‘‘I have a lot of family up there,’’ she says. ‘‘It will be nice being able to catch up with Mum more often – at least every other week.
‘‘She’s from this massive family – one of 17, the second youngest. ‘‘I have 75 first cousins who live in Queensland and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn every one of them had a place in the audience for that first Big Brother live show. Nor would I be surprised to learn someone in the house was related somehow. Image if that was the secret?’’ She laughs. Kruger looks forward to hosting live shows. Audiences of 1500 people may be bigger than she’s used to, but she’s not too nervous. ‘‘These are massive shows attended by fans who love the show. There should be a real buzz,’’ she says.
Kruger has been pumping the show’s former host Gretel Killeen, a regular guest on The Morning Show, for tips on hosting Big Brother.
‘‘She’s a smart and very funny woman and I’ve asked her for advice,’’ Kruger says. ‘‘I asked the other day whether I should go back and look at some old episodes to see how the shows worked. Her advice was don’t.’’ Weekdays, 7pm, Nine and 7.30pm, NBN.
host Sonia Kruger