Brother, what a mys­tery!

The house will be abuzz with whis­pers and host So­nia Kruger can’t wait, writes

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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

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