Channel 4 have confirmed that they have acquired the rights to air the Australian version of Celebrity Big Brother, titled “Big Brother VIP”. The show however will stick with the Celebrity Big Brother Australia name for UK audiences.
Over 11 episodes, this celebrity series will see 12 celebrities live together in Big Brother’s first ever ‘luxury hotel’ – but of course, there’ll be a Big Brother twist waiting for them, as well as the chance to win a $100,000 prize for charity.
The celebrities who are taking part in the series are;
Olympic gold medallist, media personality and former political candidate, Caitlyn Jenner; Married at First Sight Australia contestant Jessika Power; half-brother to the Duchess of Sussex, Thomas Markle Jr.; Australian Survivor’s Luke Toki; model and actress Ellie Gonsalves; models Josh Carroll and Imogen Anthony; former Australian Football League playerDayne Beams; actor Bernard Curry; BB Aus 2021 contestant Daniel Hayes; former National Rugby League player Matt Cooper and author and former political aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Hosted by Sonia Kruger, we’ll see the celebrities challenged by the almighty Big Brother as they spend every waking moment together, compete in house tasks, nomination challenges and shocking evictions.
Whilst it is good news that a UK broadcaster is once again showing interest in the shows format, avid Big Brother fans are worried that it could have a detrimental effect on a possible UK revival of the show.
Since the Australian version moved to the Seven network, the show is now pre recorded months in advance with no live element to the show itself.
The show is also subject to strong producer manipulation, staged events and footage being shown out of sequence and not filmed on the days that are advertised.
The fate of the housemates also now rests in the hands of the housemates, with and eviction each night.
The public only vote for the winner of the series, and as the housemates had moved out of the house months before the final, Seven had to film 3 alternative endings to match the final public vote.
Banijay format Celebrity Big Brother Australia is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for the Seven Network.