Chrissie shares TV secrets

KERRYN FRASER

WHEN Chrissie Swan entered the Big Brother house as part of the third series of Network Ten's hit reality show, she thought she would return to normal life once her stint in the spotlight was over.But, as many former housemates have found, the popularity of the program meant opportunities she had never before dreamed of came knocking.For Chrissie, these opportunities included a sought-after gig co-hosting Hot 91.1FM's breakfast program, and a move from Victoria to Queensland.And tonight the former Melbourne copywriter will be one of thousands of Australians to tune in to the premiere of the latest series of Big Brother.While Chrissie will know better than most what the housemates might be feeling going into the house, this year's twists and turns will be just as much a surprise for her as they will be for the rest of us.I only know as much as an ordinary person would, she said this week.They don't let us know any of the secrets, that's for sure.Chrissie, who was runner up to $250,000 Big Brother winner Regina Bird, said she went into the house hoping for no more than a Queensland holiday and to meet some new people.She said the aftermath of Big Brother was something she never would have predicted. Obviously I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity to have a whole other career in my life, she said.I thought I was sorted because I was 29 when I went in there.Chrissie said she auditioned to go into the house as part of a joke with a friend. I don't think I'm particularly a *standard housemate', I don't think I fit the housemate mould, so I thought it would be hysterical if I actually got in, she said.Obviously the Big Brother people thought so too.Chrissie said she was not an exhibitionist or after attention, fame of fortune things she said people tended to assume housemates were.Whether they are or not, I don't know, but that's certainly not what I was after, she said.Chrissie said there was no way any one housemate could ensure they secured this season's $1 million prize.My advice would be to just be yourself and enjoy yourself when your time's up your time's up, she said.And also don't go in the house expecting it to change your life, just enjoy it for what it is for however long you're in there.As for life after Big Brother, Chrissie is an example of how to make the most of it.It took a while to adjust to everything, a new job, a new city, no family, no friends, so it was a pretty big move, but I'm over that now, she said.People say it takes about a year and that's probably about right.While the Big Brother producers have remained tight-lipped about their plans for the new housemates, it has been revealed a new Friday night games show, hosted by Big Brother Up Late host Mike Goldman and former housemate Ryan Fryzie Fitzgerald, will shake up the house.There will be an impostor in the house and romance may also be on the cards with many of the housemates rumoured to be sexy and single.The Sunshine Club is giving readers a chance to win a trip to a Big Brother eviction show on the Gold Coast next month. Keep reading Sunshine Coast Sunday.