Sib­ling ri­valry

Sonia Kruger steals the Big Brother lime­light

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

EV­ERY year, Big Brother puts a gag or­der on his live host, Sonia Kruger.

She can’t talk much about the house, his plans for the new crop of house­mates on the re­al­ity show, the sur­prises in store for the new sea­son. He calls the shots and keeps the se­crets.

This year, Kruger turned the ta­bles. With the an­nounce­ment a fort­night ago that she is ex­pect­ing a baby, a glow­ing Kruger, 49, turned the ta­bles on her boss and be­came the one springing the sur­prises.

With a sin­gle tweet on a Satur­day af­ter­noon, a de­lighted Kruger re­vealed she was ex­pect­ing a baby girl. And sur­prised a lot of peo­ple – in­clud­ing Big Brother – in the process.

Kruger’s tweet, ac­com­pa­nied by a pic­ture of her de­signer heels be­side a pair of kit­ten-print baby socks read: “Hey ev­ery­one. Here’s a fun fact … I’m hav­ing a baby! #over­joyed #new house­mate”, con­firm­ing it had been “a long road” for her and her TV pro­ducer part­ner Craig McPher­son.

Kruger is adamant Big Brother found out about the same time as the bulk of Aus­tralia about her news via that tweet.

“I’m re­ally good at keep­ing se­crets – he should know that,” she laughs.

“How did he re­act? I think he was a bit dis­turbed.

“He feels he now has to can­cel the high­wire act he had planned. I said, ‘It can’t go at the end be­cause I’ll be about 30 weeks by then, and I won’t be look­ing so good in a leo­tard that’s for sure.”

Of steal­ing the lime­light ahead of the launch of the 11th sea­son of Big Brother in Aus­tralia, and her third as host since the fran­chise was re­vived by Chan­nel Nine, Kruger is sure Big Brother doesn’t mind.

“I think he’ll in­dulge it, spend his time knit­ting booties, and bide his time un­til Septem­ber 8 (to­mor­row, when the show launches),” she says.

“He’ll give me time to en­joy it, then say, ‘That’s enough now’, and it will all be about him again.”

Kruger con­fesses it’s been a whirl­wind cou­ple of months hold­ing her preg­nancy se­cret close, fear­ful, after sev­eral years of try­ing to con­ceive, she would suf­fer the dev­as­ta­tion of mis­car­ry­ing again.

She’ll again split her time be­tween Big Brother on the Gold Coast and Syd­ney for Morn­ings, but is mind­ful of tak­ing care of her­self.

“The Morn­ings ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer has said if you feel like it’s get­ting too much and you need to have a cou­ple of days off and stay on the Gold Coast you can do that,” Kruger says.

Amid the re­cep­tion to her baby news, Kruger took a week to “get my BB head back on”.

But the thrill of live tele­vi­sion and new di­rec­tions in the show mean it won’t take long to get back into the swing of life un­der Big Brother.

On night one, the new house­mates will have to make a snap decision that will af­fect the rest of their time in the house.

“What we are do­ing on that launch night hasn’t been done in 63 ter­ri­to­ries around the world where BB runs.

“The house­mates will have to make an in­stant decision about some­one. And that decision, un­for­tu­nately for the house­mates, will have far­reach­ing con­se­quences.

“The bits Alex (Mavroidakis, BB ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) tells me – be­cause we have a sim­i­lar wicked sense of hu­mour – are hi­lar­i­ous.

“Some­times I think, ‘Can we do that to th­ese poor peo­ple?’

“But they sign up to be in the house. They know any­thing can hap­pen. It can be psy­cho­log­i­cally or phys­i­cally test­ing, but it’s noth­ing that’s go­ing to do them long-term dam­age.”

BIG BROTHER

MON­DAY, 8.40PM, NINE

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