Big Brother host Sonia Kruger.
Big Brother host Sonia Kruger. Effi Cohen - Channel 9

Oh Brother, it's revived

FOUR years after Channel 10 retired long-running reality series Big Brother, Nine is resurrecting the social experiment.

Mornings co-host Sonia Kruger makes her debut as the new BB host in front of a studio audience of 1500, and an expected viewing audience of more than a million, at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast on Monday night.

"That will be such a buzz walking out there into that crowd," Kruger said.

"I don't know if I'll be able to swallow. I might have an extreme case of dry mouth (laughs)."

Just like previous BB host Gretel Killeen, Kruger plans to learn about the housemates alongside the viewing public.

"I think it's a good thing, the host not knowing too much going into it," she said.

"I'm not much of an actress for a start, and it's good to be authentic. I want to be surprised along with everyone else."

Airing in the family-friendly timeslot of 7pm, the Big Brother reincarnation is being billed as a reality show that will feature and appeal to everyday Australians.

"Kids will enjoy it and everyone up to my parents' age will want to watch," she said.

"For a show to be successful now you have to cater for all of those demographics.

"I think you can do that. It doesn't have to be boring. It can still be very entertaining and interesting."

A few glimpses of the newly constructed BB house have been released, but the majority of the house will be unveiled along with the cast of housemates on Monday's launch show.

"The most impressive thing that I've seen is the pool area," Kruger said.

Instead of voting to evict housemates, viewers will be voting to keep their favourites.

"I think it's a good strategy," Kruger said.

"Often times the people who are a bit opinionated or outspoken become targets for eviction and you lose the really interesting people early in the piece.

"This way you're more likely to see the interesting people stay."

Big Brother Extra will air on Channel 9 week days at 9.30pm starting soon.

But Kruger said the late-night timeslot didn't mean the extras show would be x-rated.

"The key difference is it will be clever and interesting rather than smutty," she said.

"If it's in a little later (time) slot then we can put things to air like conversations, for example, about the first time you kissed somebody that wouldn't sit well in the 7pm timeslot when kids are watching.

"We're very clear about how we will like that to go."

Live shows start from Tuesday and evictions will take place on Sundays from August 26.


Big Brother - Nine/WIN - Monday at 7pm (7.30pm NSW)