‘Watching habits have become more sophisticated’: Sonia Kruger defends drastic changes in Big Brother format after fan blowback to twist shock
Seven launches its updated Big Brother series on Monday June 8.
And host Sonia Kruger defends all the drastic changes the network has made to the much-loved format.
To talk with Who magazine on Thursday she said the show needed “contemporary treatment” from what fans remembered to be 20 years ago.
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‘Viewing habits have become more sophisticated’: Sonia Kruger (pictured) has defended the drastic changes to the Big Brother format on Seven after the shock that saw the fan kick back
Big Brother Australia was launched on Channel 10 in 2001. It took eight years to re-appear on Channel Nine after a brief hiatus in 2012. It ran its last season in 2014.
“Twenty years ago we saw a roommate making a sandwich in the kitchen, which we loved. But times have changed and our viewing habits have been refined, “she explained.
Sonia added, “We[the public] every episode want a result, we want a really strong hook for the next night, and this series has all that in spades. ‘
Sonia referred to the recently announced shock twist that every episode of the season will feature both an eviction and a challenge.
“Times have changed,” said Sonia as fans were once entertained by roommates who performed lesser tasks, but audiences now want shocks, twists and snags on reality TV. In the photo: housemates from Big Brother 2020
When the network unveiled the changes on Tuesday, fans were shocked and dubious about how that would work and it was still entertaining to watch.
After the promo was shared with the Big Brother Twitter page, a fan replied, ‘Eviction every episode, do you mean that? The viewing figures will not end well. ‘
“Does that mean the show only lasts twenty days with twenty roommates?” asked a second Big Brother fan on Twitter.
“Stupid. Short as a series, ‘a third vented.
However, some people were happy that the show wouldn’t be ‘100 days’ and welcomed the change as they suspected filming was cut due to COVID-19.
New Rules: Each episode of Big Brother 2020 will have both an eviction and a challenge. Pictured: housemates are challenging
TB winner: filming packed with two more finalists in April. The finale is the only live episode with a public vote, which will be held once all pre-recorded episodes have been broadcast
Big Brother’s upcoming season was pre-recorded earlier this year in a custom home in Manly, Sydney. There will be no public votes or evictions.
Sonia added that this made housemates’ alliances and friendships more important than ever for the ‘redesigned, contemporary Big Brother’.
Filming packed with two more finalists in April. The finale is the only live episode with a public vote, which will be held once all pre-recorded episodes have been broadcast.
So far, only a handful of roommates have been officially announced, including a former AFL star, mummy blogger, international model and ’80s icon.
Big Brother premieres at Seven from 7:30 PM on Monday, June 8
Coming soon! Big Brother premieres at Seven from 7:30 PM on Monday, June 8