As an avid The Voice Australia watcher, I was nothing short of surprised to hear that Big Brother Australia host Sonia Kruger is coming onto The Voice Australia for a co-hosting gig.
Now, can someone please explain to me why The Voice Australia needs a second host? Nothing against Kruges’…the woman does a brilliant job hosting BBAU (though I will put my hand up and say I do miss the Gretel Killeen days) but as for The Voice host Darren McMullen needing a helping hand….he seems to be doing fine with the workload involved with the job.
The news have offered up some mixed reviews from viewers, some even suggesting this hammers in the final nail in BBAU’s coffin for any chance of a return to our screens this year..
Kruges’ joining The Voice AU is just another step in shake-ups for the show with Kylie Minogue and Will.I.Am stepping down from the big red chairs, replaced with Jessie J, the return of Delta Goodrem and the addition of Joel Madden’s twin brother Benji.
The Voice AU returns later this year on Channel 9.
Wasn’t last night’s Big Brother Australia’s eviction of Gemma one of the most awkward and rage ensuring events to be ever be seen on a reality program? The first housemate eviction for 2014 drew anger from viewers on social media after her ousting with the way it was handled compared to schoolyard bullying as Gemma found herself in a situation that is nothing short of humiliating.
After the announcement of the public vote which saw Jake and Gemma receiving the least amount of votes to stay, we were forced to endure watching the housemates, one by one and face to face, choose between the two, of whom they’d like to stay over the other. The resulting effort was utterly painful for viewers and more so for Gemma with only Priya opting to stand behind Gemma – for which we can only assume was a strategy play on her behalf.
While Gemma was clearly always going to be the first to be ousted (her strategy of trying to be polarizing like last years winner Tim played heavily against her), viewers stood behind the towering redhead with support after the way she was ousted.
Brutal eviction-not a surprise, but brutal just the same. Love the crowd's reception of Gemma. Quite classy, as is #BBAU. @BBAU9@BBAUStorm
First off, I must say, what a cracker of a season this has turned out to be! I think the casting crew got the right mix of personalities to really ensure that we are all kept entertained and wanting to watch more, even down to the selection of intruders, each one added to the house – yes i’m including Justynn in this. I think most of the housemates were evicted in the right order (though Mikkayla should have left much earlier) and I must mention that one of my all time favorite moments of the the series was watching Ed walk out the eviction doors last week and watching Jade start running scenes of Ed having orgies with ‘Ed Groupies’ through her head and the subsequent fall-out from Jade learning of Ed nominating her a few weeks back.
Now, we’re in the final week of Big Brother and it comes down to five housemates – Drew, Tim, Boog, Tahan and Jade and tonight will see that cut down to three with a live double eviction tonight!
So what are my tips? Don’t quote me on any of these. I’ve never had luck picking reality winners (see my Australia’s Next Top Model post – see my X Factor Australia post) and I had a very different final five picked out, but that said, tonight, I’m expecting we’ll say goodbye to Jade and Boog.
Who will win? Talk about that spot changing over time from Ben to Tim to now possibly Tahan. Why Tahan? Even I don’t know. I’m working off social media and live crowd reaction and for some reason ‘mean girl’ Tahan seems to be the most favorable. She’s always had a strong following but she’s also one for causing a lot of tension in the house with her “say what I feel” attitude.
Why Tim won’t win: Tim’s “I’m the victim” play is putting people off. Mikkayla first called him out on it and then more recently Boog and while it may fool housemates, Tim may have forgotten that we, the viewers, have actually seen his antics. More recently though, Tim has shown a softer side (showing the remaining housemates his rock collection and explaining his choices) but is it a case of too little too late? Tim has been a great housemate. Will happily say that. He is THAT housemate this year – and going by previous years, THAT housemate never wins.
What about the rest?: As mentioned, I’m expecting Jade and Boog to leave. Jade’s overtly sexual aggression towards Ed has not been pretty to watch and I’m assuming Ed’s eviction before Jade was just for our benefit to watch Jade’s reaction. Boog on the other hand has proved herself a very entertaining housemate but her status as ‘intruder’ will play against her against voters and original housemates. Had Boog come in from the start, I would be pegging her for the win.
Drew: Had Tully not been evicted when she did, I doubt Drew would still be around. I always found it amusing his ability to criticize Ed and Jade for the way they segregated themselves from group activities, yet Drew, when Tully was around, was even worse. But, thankfully, Tully was evicted allowing Drew to free himself and ‘jump on Tim’s coat-tails’. I don’t actually believe that was his intentions, it’s just the way it all played out.
The double live eviction airs tonight on Channel 9 at 7:30pm.
In case you have missed all the news scattered over social media yesterday, it’s been revealed a current housemate has voluntarily walked from the Big Brother house.
The news, which started out as speculation has since been confirmed by Big Brother producers (live feeds were cut) but we will not officially know who walked until tonight’s special event episode. Big Brother has since noted that voting lines are still open leading many to believe those housemates currently nominated were not the one who left.
Of course with any news like this, posts began popping up on twitter about people seeing Drew at a petrol station yesterday afternoon (the accompanying photo looked like a hipster with bad taste in shirts) and also posts about seeing recent intruder Nathan walking around the Dream World compound.
My guess – Nathan has walked to allow both female intruders to stay (one female intruder is scheduled to leave tonight). Having watched the program, Nathan, after two weeks in the house, is still not totally settling in and was rather emotional at the eviction of the Sugar Sisters last Wednesday. I believe he feels the experience isn’t what he had planned and has seen that both Madeline and Boog have both fit in well with current housemates.
Either way, we’ll find out tonight in a special late episode airing at 8:45pm tonight right after Australia’s Got Talent on channel 9.