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SO­NIA Kruger can’t give away too many Big Brother se­crets. ‘‘I have a bit of knowl­edge, but I don’t know ev­ery­thing ei­ther. I like it that way,’’ laughs Kruger, who re­turns to host a sec­ond se­ries of the re­al­ity TV hit. ‘‘ Big Brother likes to give me a bit of in­for­ma­tion – just what he thinks I can cope with. At the mo­ment, it’s mostly about launch night ( BB’s de­but show films at Dream­world on Sun­day and airs Mon­day). I have no clue af­ter that.’’

Kruger in­tro­duces 12 new house­mates at the de­but, filmed at Dream­world on Sun­day – it airs on Mon­day. All are in lock­down. Kruger has not met them.

‘‘I haven’t seen pho­tos. I like the sur­prise of it all . . . and their re­ac­tions, price­less.’’

Kruger lists what she does know about con­tes­tants, gleaned from TV pro­mos and the Big Brother web­site.

Matt, from the Sun­shine Coast, is a sol­dier who has seen ac­tive duty; Ta­han, from Dar­win, boasts she wears the same eye­lashes as Kim Kar­dashian; Sharon, a mother of three, says her fam­ily could use the $250,000 prize.

‘‘I know there’s a ra­dio an­nouncer in the house. I think that’s kind of funny be­cause most peo­ple come out of the house and get ra­dio jobs – this is do­ing things the op­po­site way. An­other is a so­cial me­dia strate­gist.

‘‘I know the up­per age limit of con­tes­tants is get­ting up there into the 40s, which I think is cool. I’m in­ter­ested to see how that goes. In the past, older house­mates have al­ways done rather well for them­selves.

‘‘Two come from Queens­land. As well as Matt from the Sun­shine Coast, there’s some­one from Bris­bane.’’ Kruger de­scribes the post-makeover house as ‘‘re­sort style’’. ‘‘Last year, we had past, present, fu­ture as the theme – re­mem­ber that retro kitchen. I went a cou­ple of weeks ago and what I re­mem­ber is a lot of tim­ber deck­ing. It re­minded me of Far North Queens­land – some Bali in­flu­ences maybe, but it’s Aus­tralian, con­tem­po­rary. I sup­pose the ar­chi­tect is go­ing to kill me. He’ll have a proper phrase for that and I’ve just gone and made some­thing up.’’

Fri­day Night Games, so pop­u­lar when Big Brother aired on Chan­nel 10, be­comes Satur­day Show­down. Shel­ley Craft hosts, joined by warm-up man Mike Gold­man and 2012 house­mate favourite Michael Bev­eridge.

Kruger says games re­sults will be in­trin­sic to what hap­pens on nom­i­na­tion and evic­tion nights.

‘‘It will make them ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive,’’ she says.

Kruger goes into her sec­ond sea­son as host of Big Brother feel­ing more re­laxed.

‘‘This time last year, I’d have mo­ments where I’d think, ‘I need to dis­ap­pear off the face of the Earth, go into hid­ing, any­thing’, to get out of it,’’ she laughs.

‘‘Gre­tel Killeen had been such a good Big Brother host.The good news was peo­ple em­braced it, right from the launch.’’

A launch, au­di­ences may re­call, that had barely started film­ing when sparks in the light­ing ended in a shower of flam­ing pa­per. As fires go, it was small and eas­ily con­tained, the au­di­ence kept at ease by Kruger’s quips.

‘‘It was lit­er­ally a bap­tism by fire,’’ Kruger says. ‘‘Hope­fully, we won’t have to deal with any­thing quite like that again.’’

Big Brother: Mon­days to Fri­days, 7pm; Nine; 7.30pm, NBN.

Satur­day Show­down: Satur­days from Au­gust 3, 6.30pm, Nine, NBN.

Live shows: Go to dream­ to book.

Big Brother host So­nia Kruger

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