BIG BROTHER’S SONIA KRUGER
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 dreamworld.com.au to book.
Big Brother host Sonia Kruger