Big Brother host Sonia Kruger.
Big Brother host Sonia Kruger. Paul Broben

Big Brother speaks out about show's twist

WITH this year's housemates now in lock down, Channel Nine is releasing more details about the new series of Big Brother.

The reality TV show, which sees housemates live in isolation while their every move is recorded by a series of hidden cameras, was revived by Nine last year and is hosted by Sonia Kruger.

The all-seeing Big Brother released a statement yesterday, announcing that a dozen housemates will be introduced on next Monday night's launch show.

He also hinted at the big "twist", which has been featured in the show's new promos, saying it would divide the housemates.

"On night one there will be division in the House as some will be IN and some will be half-way OUT," Big Brother said.

"Twelve seems a lonely number when you're not united, so holy matrimony could be "just the trick".

"As my dear old mother used to say, 'Do unto others'. I wonder if my Housemates will be nice to their other 'halves'?"

Kruger told APN the twist was "multi-layered".

"The twist is a game changer and it will change their day-to-day lives," she said.

"It will change the way they nominate and the way they're evicted."

The first housemate has also been revealed.

The show's producers released a teaser yesterday featuring former soldier Matthew Filippi, from the Sunshine Coast, who served in Afghanistan.

"He is a war hero. We've never had that (on the show) before. It's quite a big deal," Kruger said.

"There's a diverse range of occupations this year. We've got a nurse, a fireman, a social media strategist - it will be interesting to see how that person goes without Instagram or Facebook - and also a radio announcer."

More teaser clips are expected to be released this week, with Kruger promising more diversity.

"The upper end of the age bracket (of the housemates) goes into the 40s," she said.

Details are also emerging of the newly renovated house at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, where the housemates will be quarantined for the next three months.

Big Brother has described the house as "opulent", and Kruger agrees.

"It has a resort-style feel," she said.

"Last year it was very retro. This year it's more contemporary with some nice timber decking. Put it this way, I could quite happily spend three months by that pool."

Kruger also revealed that producers are bringing back weekly challenges similar to Friday Night Games, which will air on Saturday nights.

"This new show will have a massive knock-on effect for the housemates," she said.

"Saturday nights will have those kinds of challenge elements but the outcome will be really important in terms of what happens the following week. In terms of competitiveness, it will make them fight tooth and nail to be winning those challenges."

Big Brother debuts on Channel 9/WIN next Monday at 7pm.

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