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Big Brother Nominations, Everyone is Up

The Power of Propaganda


For the first time in the 2012 series of Big Brother everyone was up for nomination, no boys or girls only, it’s a free for all. Plus Estelle was to be given a super voting power, we knew not what.

But before we get into the Nom Noms let’s have a look at the daily update.

The daily update was an exercise in propaganda, concentrated mainly on Big Brother’s latest trick of introducing a fictional second house. For anyone not familiar with the process of propaganda, it is what countries like North Vietnam and pre World War II Germany use/used to unify their people living under awful circumstances, by telling them there is a bigger threat out there. It’s what some politicians in Australia use to make us worry about the threat of the ‘terrifying boat people, who are coming to steal our jobs and way of life’ so that we ignore the real issues and bigger problems facing us. It’s also what big businesses use to tell us things could be much worse, so we should stick with them rather than trying to make things better or different by introducing things like the Carbon Tax or Super Profits Tax.

Previous incarnations of Big Brother who knew the power of
propaganda

Sonia Kruger used the phrase “A house once fractured and divided comes together when facing an external threat.”

Most of us do not realize that we all face this everyday, because to some extent we are also all in a house being fed information to make us act in the way that the people with the power want us to.

Yesterday I doubted the ability for Big Brother to pull this off, because Layla and maybe some of the others had tumbled the con right away. But I was of course underestimating the power of Big Brother. If the people are in doubt keep giving them more ‘evidence’. Big Brother made an official announcement to the house mates and told them there really was a second house and they would be in competition against each other, with the losing house to be closed. Interestingly Michael asked right away if he can base nominations on their ability to win competitions. Showing that he was still concentrating on the competition in this house.

Big Brother confirms a second house

Big Brother confirms there is a second house

Big Brother showed them some film of the other house, which featured a fat bloke, an old bloke and some hot chicks, to give the guys in the real house some confidence and play on the insecurities of the girls.

Estelle’s immediate reaction was to say “So it’s the intellectuals versus whatever they are” trying to establish some self belief that we are better. Even Benjamin, who has been complaining all week that Ray was too competitive, piped up with “The other people are crap, we are going to beat them”.

OK onto the nominations. Of course propaganda had played a big part in influencing them last week when Big Brother put Ray apart by feeding him luxuries while everyone else struggled on staples. Have you ever tried eating staples? I find them hard to chew and very difficult to get out of the stapler.

Ray had not helped his own case by upsetting Sarah and her allies and he nailed the nominations in a chat with Big Brother. He also thought he was a good person to keep in the house because he can hold his breath the longest and believed this would be an advantage in the competition with the other house.

So who nominated who, well here’s that chart again.

Nominator Nominee 1 Points Nominee 2 Points
         
Stacey Ray 3 Bradley 2
Angie Ray 4 Estelle 1
Layla Bradley 4 Ray 1
George Sarah 3 Bradley 2
Bradley Sarah 4 Michael 1
Benjamin Bradley 4 Estelle 1
Zoe Ray 3 Estelle 2
Josh Estelle 4 Layla 1
Michael Bradley 1 Ray 4
Estelle Sarah 4 Angie 1
Sarah Michael 3 Angie 2
Ray Angie 4 Sarah 1



So voting was much more polarized this week. The dance floor dust up had a huge influence, with Ray and Sarah picking up most of the votes. Strangely Sarah, who was in the middle of it, did not let it influence her voting and continued to be strategic, picking Michael and Angie who are possibly the most popular of the boys and girls respectively.

Estelle never really used her power, which was to see the nominations table before she voted and she was allowed to vote based on that. She could use her power for good or evil. She voted for Sarah and Angie, who were getting up her nose anyway.

Several of the house mates never picked up any nominations at all, including Benjamin who was up for eviction last week. Josh and Ray both used the threat of the competition with the second house to influence their votes. Bradley’s inappropriate sense of humour and laziness around the house assured him of a second week in the hot seat for eviction.

So who do you think will go out of Ray, Sarah and Bradley?

My bet is Ray. I think people on the outside find him a little too full of himself, as much as those on the inside. Bradley is still entertaining and we don’t have to do his dishes or clean up after him and Sarah may have upset people in the house, but has not really done enough to bother anyone watching too much.

Keep watching to see what happens next and remember Big Brother was not originally a light entertainment TV show, but a book warning of the threat of ultimate power.

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Big Brother second Eviction

The First Big Brother Boy Gets Evicted


This week it was the boys turn for one of them to go. Benjamin, Bradley and Ryan were up for eviction.

On the boards there was little to separate them, they all have their fan clubs. Benjamin is appreciated for his camp comedy and naughty boy routines, maybe his dancing too. Bradley, I can only assume people like his quirkiness and associate with him being a bit of an outsider and a geek. Ryan, well he doesn’t really seem to have much, apart from his looks and maybe his romance with Estelle, that perhaps some people would like to see continue. Still, many a teen idol has built a career on less.

Big Brother Boys Up For Eviction

Big Brother Boys Up For Eviction

The show had a reasonable daily update. There had been a party for Estelle’s birthday over the weekend and the fur had flown. Sarah seemed to have clashed with Ray, Bradley and the birthday girl herself. The blow up with Ray was over a hip hop dance competition, where Ray ripped off Sarah’s hat pushed her and got in her face. Obviously I was not on the receiving end, but this did seem like a bit of an over reaction from Sarah from where I sat.

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Bradley booed her reaction and she snapped back and he gave her the finger. There was an immediate house split, Sarah some of the girls and Benjamin on one side, the boys Estelle and Angie on the other. Sarah’s crew sympathised with her and the boys told Ray she over reacted. He tried to apologise to her but she wanted nothing to do with him until the morning.

Sarah, Bradley, Ray Sumit Meeting

Sarah, Bradley, Ray Sumit Meeting

There was a summit meeting between Sarah, Ray and Bradley the next day. Apologies were made, the cracks were papered over and normal service was resumed. But I fully expect this to be reflected in tonight’s nominations for eviction.

I don’t believe that we were shown the initial dust up between Estelle and Sarah, if we were I must have missed it. But the next day Estelle wanted to discuss it and Sarah once again wanted to put it off. They did discuss it after some pressure from Estelle and Sarah seems to be mainly concerned with Estelle talking over her and others and not acknowledging what they say. The conversation seemed to come to a close with neither side being satisfied with the result.

Estelle Self Centred

Estelle Self Centred Much

So the nominations should be interesting this week. Sarah will be spoilt for choice about who she will nominate, but I am guessing Ray and Estelle and she has put enough noses out of joint to pick up a few nom noms herself.

There was a big build up to the eviction. Sonia Kruger appeared in front of the house and told them that the one who had received the most votes to save them was Bradley. This was what I expected and it pleased me. So B-Rad stays in da house. But then they cut to an ad break to leave us all in suspenders a little longer.

On return we and the housemates were told that it was the closest vote ever. But the loser was … Ryan. There were the normal consoling hugs and hand shakes but no one, not even Estelle, looked too concerned.

I believe that the first two evictions have given us the right results, with the least entertaining or engaging house mates being evicted.

Ryan was briefly interviewed by Sonia. They have really cut this section down from the old Channel 10 version of the show, where there was a couch, prizes and all sorts of video collages and analysis. Now it’s just wheel them in, a few quick words and video clips and shuffle them off. I think I prefer this, especially with someone as empty as Ryan. Who needs in depth analysis? There doesn’t seem to be all that much depth to go to.

Ryan interviewed by Sonia Kruger

Ryan was briefly interviewed by Sonia Kruger

The major surprise for Ryan was in the clips where everyone was talking about him. Michael said Ryan was really thick. We saw Ryan’s shocked expression in the small window in the bottom of the screen, but they immediately cut away from that. I wonder what he really said. After having a minute or two to think about it, the best he could come up with was “well he is a genius” when asked by Sonia what he thought about it.

Big Brother has decided to spring one of the most contrived surprises of all time on the house mates. We were let in on it, but I have a strong feeling that it is going to fall flat. In a cut back to the house Sonia Kruger pretended to finish and then said something about “well that’s it for house one, over in house two …” Of course we all know there is no house two, but they have actually shot clips from the second house with actors playing housemates, that I am guessing will also be accidentally revealed to the real competitors.

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We were shown the reaction of the housemates and there was of course surprise and some belief that they had seen something they were not supposed to. But Layla was right on it, saying it was a set up because she heard the live audience laughing.

Do you think the housemates will be convinced by this elaborate con?

So tonight sees the third round of nominations and so far it seems that all house mates are eligible to be nominated this time. But Ryan has awarded Estelle some sort of voting benefit, but we have not yet been told what it is.

Who do you expect to be up for eviction? My guesses are Ray, Sarah, Estelle and possibly Bradley again, but Benjamin could make another appearance too. Let us know who you think will be up there and why in the comments below.

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Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat – House Mates in University Land


Fresh Meat is a British comedy/drama about a bunch of new University students sharing a house in Manchester. The first series is currently airing on Channel 11 and it is probably my favourite show at the moment.

The show is part The Inbetweeners, part The Young Ones and a bit like Big Brother, only with real actors and a proper script.

Joe Thomas from The Inbetweeners is one of the stars of Fresh Meat and he basically plays the same character as he did in the earlier show, except now he has graduated from school to University. All of the characters try very hard and fail, at being cool and trying to impress each other, all except Howard that is, who is just weird.

So a quick pen picture of our heroes.

Kingsley from Fresh Meat

Kingsley is played by Joe Thomas from The Inbetweeners and as I said is basically the same character. Kingsley started the series as a virgin, but somehow managed to get deflowered twice within about an hour, by two different girls. He has a mad crush on his house mate Josie, but tries his hardest not to let her know and be really cool about it. But he is extremely irritated by the fact that she has a boyfriend and hooked up with another house mate JP on their first night in the house.

Josie from Fresh Meat

Josie is played by the beautiful Kimberley Nixon. She is kind of the ex head girl type and thinks everyone should do everything by the rules, or at least her idea of the rules. She mistakenly hooked up with JP on her first night in the house, believing he was a bit of strange that she would never see again. Only to find out in the morning that he was going to live in the house too. She did this mainly to appear cool in front of the other girls and because she had seen Kingsley leave the pub with another girl, who turned out to be a Christian missionary trying to recruit him.

JP Fresh Meat

JP is “the posh one” and thus an outsider. His family is very wealthy and he bribed his way into the best room in the house and pacified everyone else by offering to pay for the deluxe package on satellite TV. He is trying to be cool and one of the crowd, but he will rapidly dump them if he runs into any of his ex public school types. JP is played by well known British stand up comedian Jack Whitehall.

Vod Fresh Meat

Vod is an odd one. On initial viewing I thought she was going to be a lesbian, but she likes men and inappropriate hooks ups. Vod claims to have a lot of life experience. She is very big on booze and drugs and is leading impressionable housemate Oregon in her counterculture ways. Zawe Ashton plays Vod

Oregon Fresh Meat

Oregon is the secret posh one. Played by Charlotte Ritchie, she hid from the rest of the house mates that she had a car, a horse at home and her family are also wealthy. In fact her real name is actually Melissa. Oregon is having an illicit affair with one of her tutors. She was trying to keep this from the rest of the clan but Vod found out and tried to talk her out of it. Oregon also makes lots of claims of street cred that are far from reality.

Howard Fresh Meat

Howard seems to have been in the house for years before the others turned up. No one knows how long. Howard is a Geology student with a deep Scottish accent and is a real outsider, claiming not to be interested in most of the other guy’s idea of fun but joins in anyway. Greg McHugh plays Howard

There are lots of laughs in the show, but there are also some more poignant moments. In one episode both JP’s father and Oregon’s horse died, after Vod had just been released form hospital for a drug overdose and JP went on an acid trip. So no one can say the shows are not action packed. If you have enjoyed shows like The Inbetweeners and Skins I am sure that you will enjoy this.

As is the norm with Australian TV the airing of the show has been shuffled around. It currently airs late on Sunday nights on Channel 11 after a mid week start. If you can catch it, I would advise that you do not miss it.

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Big Brother More Nom Noms

Big Brother Boys Get Nominated for Eviction


The second round of Big Brother nominations aired last night on Channel 9. This time the tables were turned. Last week only girls could be nominated, this week it was only the boys.

Things turned out pretty much as I thought with Benjamin being nominated for his water throwing incident with Bradley and his general bitching. Ryan got nominated mainly for his lack of conversation and contribution.

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The surprise for me was Bradley getting so many votes. It seems a lot of people in the house are unhappy with his inappropriate jokes and inability to understand where to draw the line. We haven’t really seen much of this in the segments shown on TV. Just the one spat with Stacey and the one that resulted in Benjamin throwing the water at him. In both instances I thought that the objects of the banter were being thin skinned and over reacted. I certainly didn’t think that it would have put anyone else off of him. Just shows how much we do not see, so much gets left on the cutting room floor.

So who nominated who? Well let’s get tabular about this

Nominator Nominee 1 Points Nominee 2 Points
         
Estelle Benjamin 3 Michael 2
Stacey Bradley 3 Ray 2
Zoe Bradley 3 Ryan 2
Sarah Michael 4 Josh 1
Layla Ryan 3 Benjamin 2
Angie Bradley 3 Ray 2
Josh Ryan 3 George 2
Ray Benjamin 4 Bradley 1
George Benjamin 4 Ryan 1
Ryan Bradley 4 Benjamin 1
Michael Ryan 2 Ray 3
Bradley Benjamin 3 Ryan 2
Benjamin Ryan 3 Bradley 2


So all of the nominated boys actually nominated each other. Now there’s a twist. Is it just plain rivalry, tactics or divisions in the house? My money is on the last. We know that Benjamin and Bradley have an issue with each other over the water throwing and Bradley must be a little jealous of Ryan has he stole his crush. Ryan knows that people are extracting the urine from him and Benjamin is the Queen bitch.

Big Brother Sarah Nude Protester

Sarah Nude Protester and Voting Tactician

Michael picked up two nominations and I think both of them were tactical. Estelle because she believed he was safe and she wasn’t putting anyone in danger with those points, but Sarah I think was being really tactical in nominating two of the guys that are possibly most likely to be there at the end, Michael and Josh.

Josh was being pretty tactical himself, using the excuse that Ryan and George cost the boys in the Secrets game by losing a life. I think he may have done this to maintain his own popularity. Watch out for his next nomination and see what reasons he comes up with then.

It was also interesting to see in flashback that George nominated Layla last week, as she was the one he had least connected with. But this week they hooked up and are well and truly connected.

So what do you think? Do you agree that some people are being tactical? Are there divisions or dislikes in the house, apart from the obvious?

Who do you think will be evicted? My money is still on Ryan. I haven’t checked the vox pops on the net, he may have some girly fans that like his looks and will keep him there. But I think Benjamin and Bradley will have more fans for their entertainment value.

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Big Brother 2012 First Eviction

Charne Evicted and Girls Secrets Revealed


A big night last night on Big Brother, not only was it the first eviction of the 2012 series but we also found out the answers to all of the girls secrets.

So let’s deal with them in reverse order. Charne was the first housemate to be evicted. This came as no surprise to me. I was convinced that would be the case from the start. Charne never really got involved very much, except in obsessive cleaning. I did see that she had some support on the Fanpages and that Estelle was quite unpopular, so I did start to have some doubts for a while. But I think it was a good thing both for the entertainment value of the remaining housemates and for Charne herself. It must be really hard living with obsessive compulsive disorder and being so far out of your comfort zone.

Charne First Evicted

Charne First to be Evicted From the Big Brother House 2012

All of those obsessive compulsions must be so much worse when you are living with strangers and you have little or no control over how they do things. I am sure that Charne will be happier living back with her mother and returning to her normal life, where she can restore her own kind order.

OK so now the secrets. The boys had all week to allocate the secrets to the correct girls. But they stepped over the line twice. Both Ryan and George asked different girls directly about their secrets. I assumed that this would mean that the boys were instantly disqualified and would have failed the task. But Big Brother is cleverer than that. He removed one of their lives, one of their chances of a wrong guess. So instead of having 11 opportunities to get 7 right answers they only had 10.

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First one was the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which was probably the easiest of them all, especially if you had been living with Charne.

Next up was the hand model, which the boys also got in one. Stacey obviously has the most beautiful hands in the house.

Next they were asked “who was the high school drop out?” The boys went for Sarah because of her poor spelling on a white board. Wrong! But on the second guess they picked Estelle and they were right.

Big Brother Girls Secrets

An Emo, a drop out, a nudist, a weightlifter and a Princess.

By elimination they got Sarah as the nude protestor. I would have picked this, as despite her modesty Sarah is almost fanatical about animal rights and of course PETA did that famous campaign “I would rather be naked than wear fur”.

This left us with three questions and two lives left. So who was the Emo? The boys guessed Layla, but it wasn’t her. On their second guess they picked Zoe and it was her. I suppose the clue here was that she is not quite as bright and bubbly as some of the other girls, but I had picked her as the weightlifter.

Bradley was chosen to answer the last question. So who was a member of a royal family? He went for Angie, but no, it was Princess Layla. Unbelievably Angie was the champion weightlifter and not so long ago by the sound of things.

So the boys have failed and are all up for eviction this week. So who do you think will go?

I am guessing that Ryan will get some nominations. There has been lots of gossip about him and many think he has no conversation. Benjamin definitely deserves to be nominated for his water throwing and rant at Bradley. If you can’t take a joke you should not have signed up. And who is he to say what is funny and what’s not?

No one would have been offended by Bradley’s joke that he had more affinity with the first housemates in the house than those who came later, unless you are really thin skinned. I believe it was more about Bradley becoming one of the boys and Benjamin wanting him to remain an outsider. But Benjamin seems to have lots of fans on the outside, with his camp comedy and naughty boy routine. So it is hard to see him going just yet.

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It is also hard to see the other boys getting nominated, I mean they will have to be, but Michael, George, Josh, Ray and Bradley seem to be universally popular with the other housemates.

My guess would be Ryan, Benjamin and Ray nominated, with Ryan to be evicted and I think that would be best for the entertainment value in the house. Do you agree or what is your tip? Let us know in th comments below.

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Big Brother Nom Noms

Big Brother Australia 2012 first Nominations


The Big Brother nominations show aired on Channel 9 last night. Thanks to Stacey and her penchant for slang and shortening words, I guess, we have a new name for nominations, Nom Noms. I think it is going to stick throughout this series.

There has been a slight change in the nomination structure; good to see they were working on something new in the four year lay off period. Now each house mate has 5 points to distribute between two nominations, so that one nomination is stronger than the other, by a point or by three.

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The other change was that the nominations were done in front of an audience of those who were up for nomination; in this case all of the girls. The nominations took place in a clear but soundproof box, with the nominator having their back to the people they were nominating. But this still put plenty of pressure on the nominators. This leads me to believe that the policy of either all the boys being up for nomination, or all of the girls, may continue throughout the series, or maybe they will split the house into two groups for some tasks and the winners will avoid nomination.

Once again the show included very little footage of what had actually gone on over the last few days. Is it just me, or is this series shaping up to be mainly about the tasks and situations that Big Brother has set up?

We saw only seconds of Bradley’s party and never found out how the hook up between male model Ryan and skater girl Estelle came about. We saw the back massage and Ryan kissing her neck, then the two of them snuggling in bed. But we had already seen all of that in the coming attractions on Sunday.

Big Brother 2012 Estelle and Ryan

Skater Girl Estelle and Male Model Ryan Hook Up

The policy of not letting Bradley know about the hook up was very short lived, as he seemed to already know about it and was not as devastated as many thought he would be.

The following night Ryan’s entry into the bedroom and the spectator sport of what bed he would settle into, was commentated on by Angie, while she snuggled up with Josh and Bradley was once again a fifth wheel.

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To the Nom Noms themselves; well as I expected, Charne came out top of the pile with 22 nomination points. But not for the reason I suspected, that she was sitting back and not getting involved, but mainly because she has become the kitchen Nazi, not that we have seen any of that.

The other girls up for nomination are Estelle and Layla, but way behind Charne on 14 and 12 points respectively. All of the girls picked up some nomination points. Zoe and Sarah were bottom of the table with 4 and 3 points, Angie and Stacey picked up 7 and 8.

Big Brother First Nominations

Charne   22
Estelle   14
Layla   12
Stacey   8
Angie   7
Zoe   4
Sarah   3
     

There was not a great deal to be gleaned from the nominations, except maybe that Ryan gave Stacey half of the points that she scored and Estelle another two. I suspect we could be seeing something of a divide here, as Ryan, commerce and law degree or not, does not seem to be very quick witted. Whereas Michael and Stacey are the house jokers and I think Michael may come in for their nominations when he is eligible.

Tuesday night’s show has no nominations or task completions. So maybe we will see more of how the house mates are interacting with each other, it’s about time we did.

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Big Brother Secrets Revealed

Big Brother Girls Find Out Who’s

The Millionaire


Sundays Big Brother was all about the secrets, the boy’s secrets were revealed and the girl’s secrets were released. There was no daily update as such; we just got some snippets of a party that took place for Bradley’s birthday where it seems his love interest, Estelle, made out with, in fact ended up in bed with Ryan. The other girls told Estelle not to mention it to Bradley, quite how he didn’t see it we are yet to find out. The fact that it was Ryan she paired up with became even more newsworthy when the secrets were revealed.

So let’s jump straight in with the answers to the secrets, I think we should, as the show spread out the answers over an hour. So here they are:-


One has the IQ of a genius.

Michael

One is scared of birds after an Emu attack.

Bradley

One has been fired from every job he’s ever had.

Benjamin

One hasn’t had a girlfriend since he was 11.

Ryan

One was a juvenile offender.

Ray

One has dated more than 100 women.

Josh

One is a multimillionaire

George


So how many did you get right?

Michael and SoniaKruger

Michael the Genius

I think most people had worked out that Michael had the genius IQ. He pretty much gave it away with his knowledge on the subject in a garden conversation.

Bradley having the fear of birds was no surprise really, but he had lied to the girls, telling them he had no fears and this is the one that cost them most. They had several guesses before eventually getting it right.

I would have guessed that Benjamin had been fired from every job he has had, he seems to have that ‘don’t care’ attitude. Which I am pretty sure will see him depart from the house fairly early.

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A big surprise was that Ryan had not had a girlfriend since he was 11. The male model with all the looks has not had a girlfriend since pre-puberty! Then he goes and hooks up with Estelle at the first house party, when both Bradley and Josh were keen on her. When the secret was explained to Big Brother there was something of a twist, apparently he has dated lots of women, but none of them has been classified as a girlfriend.

Ray was the juvenile offender. This was also a bit of a surprise. Ray was a thief in his younger days, after falling in with a bad crowd. But he feels that being caught saved him from pursuing a life of crime. He got his head down, studied and became a vet. I suppose a lot can change in a decade or so.

The fact that Josh has dated more than 100 women was no surprise to me. He’s the lead singer in a rock band and I have seen women around musicians and it would be hard not to rack up some high numbers in that position.

George the Millionaire

George the Millionaire. But is he happy? YES!

George turned out to be the multi-millionaire. He’s not only a mining electrician but property developer too. This one was fairly easy for the viewers, as Sonia Kruger had narrowed it down to George or Ryan for us, unfortunately George was my second guess. But when it was down to a choice between George and Benjamin as the millionaire or serial job dumper, the girls picked Benjamin as the millionaire. He had told them that he lived in the most expensive part of Melbourne and had other wealthy accoutrements, but if that is true, he must have a rich sugar daddy.

So the girls were lost. They had blown the task and now one of them will be evicted next weekend.

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Zoe looked the most shocked and devastated by the result. Maybe she thinks she will be the one evicted. But my money is on Charne. I don’t really think that we have seen enough of any of the house mates to make a decision about them yet, but Charne seems to have made the least impression on any one, hardly Va-Va-Voom do you think? Sitting back and putting in her 10 cents every now and then is not the way to shine in a house full of big personalities. But of course this all depends on the nominations. People inside the house may see things completely different to what has been revealed to us. Who do you think will go first?

The final part of Sundays show was the turnover. The girl’s secrets were revealed to the boys and “the parlour” was turned into “the man cave”. The boys loved the décor and now have to guess which secret belongs to which girl. The girls secrets are:-

I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
I was a champion weightlifter
I am a high school dropout
I was a nude protester
I used to be an emo
I was a hand model
I am a member of a Royal Family

My initial guesses are that Charne has OCD, only because the boys mentioned that in the man cave.

Zoe may be the champion weightlifter, because she is a big girl, but weight lifting is done in various weight classes, so it could be any of them really.

To be a member of a Royal Family you would have to have a heritage outside of Australia, as we only have a borrowed Royal Family. So I am going to guess Layla, because she is English and we do not know the family background of any of the others.

I am guessing that Estelle used to be an Emo, as she is now a skater girrrrl and maybe she has a habit of following trends.

That leaves the high school drop out, the hand model and nude protestor to be shared between Angie, Stacey and Sarah. Anyone’s guess really.

I wouldn’t lay money on any of my tips, do you think you have nailed any of them? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

I think that this is going to be harder for the boys because the girls know what is going on and are going to be more guarded about their secrets.

We’ll be back with more when something interesting happens.

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Big Brother is Back

The Return of Big Brother and a new

Batch of Housemates


Big Brother returned to Australian TV screens this week after a four year lay off. He came back on a new station with a new host, but little else seems to have changed.

Big Brother has moved from Channel 10 to Channel 9 and Gretel Colleen and Vyle Sandilands have been replaced by the much more acceptable Sonia Kruger. Sonia is warmer and friendlier than Gretel Colleen and does not seem to be putting on a face anywhere near as much. Sonia is of course much easier on the eyes and looked great dancing in the promo ads. Let’s hope that we see more of that in the coming weeks.

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That apart, the show still is housed at Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast in Queensland and all of the voice overs seem to be the same as they were on Channel 10.

This year’s housemates have not made any major impressions yet, but here is a quick run down of what we know about them so far.

Michael – Is a ranga and copywriter from Queensland. He was the first in the house and was left there alone for quite some time, while the girls were ushered into “the parlour”. He was eventually joined by the second guy Bradley. Michael seems like a non-confrontational guy with a good, quick sense of humour and quite likeable, although very untidy looking.

Bradley – Is the youngest of the housemates at just 18, with a birthday due soon. If you looked up the word geek in the dictionary it will have a picture of Bradley. He has a stutter and has never had a girlfriend. But he is not as socially awkward as you would imagine. He seems to have developed a crush on Estelle, who is 4 or 5 years older than him and way out of his league.

Estelle – Is a very attractive law student. She dresses like a skater dude; in fact she is a skater dude and sometime rapper, quite an interesting mix. My guess is she is trying to find her true self, but she will not find her in the house. Estelle and Josh have already been seen cosying up together. I believe this goes further than Estelle just trying to shake Bradley off of her tail, there seems to be some mutual attraction/affection there.

Josh – Is the lead singer in a rock band. He seems to be quietly analysing everything in the house and finding his own place there, which could be alongside Estelle. He’s popular, but nothing has really stuck out about him so far.

Angie – Is a blue eyed, blonde stunner from Queensland. She is just 21 but appears quite mature for her age. She is dispensing advice to other house mates including Bradley and Estelle. Surprisingly none of the guys have hit on her so far. Maybe she is not giving off the right vibes.

Stacey – Is 24 and from New South Wales. She is quite a jokester, but she may be able to dish it but not take it back, based on her one clash with Bradley. There may be a little something, something going on between her and Michael. If her natural hair colour is red they could raise a tribe of ranga kids.

Layla – Is a 24 year old beautician who lives in Queensland but hails from Manchester in England. She looks great until she opens her mouth, then has that awful Manchester accent. She has not been in Australia for very long, so she is getting lessons in ‘stralian from the house mates.

Zoe - Is a country girl from NSW. She is a student and has never had a boyfriend, but has already professed her interest in George. I’m pretty sure that George will set his sites on one of the more glamorous lasses.

Charne – Is 31 and another professional singer and musician. But she is keeping a very low profile in the house. She may be one of those personalities who only comes to life on the stage. But she will need to do that quickly, because at the moment she is my favourite to be the first evicted.

Sarah – Is 30 and a car sales woman from NSW. She has lots of quiet self confidence and has taken on the mother role with Bradley. She is a glamour, but I imagine she will keep the guys at arms length, as she has a long term boyfriend outside of the house.

The rest of the boys / guys / men were not admitted on the first night and were gradually introduced over the next two days.

George – Is 25 and a mining electrician from WA. He says he always gets a kiss whenever he goes out. He is already popular with some of the ladies and seems like an affable guy. No one has a problem with him yet and I do not really expect them to.

Ryan – Like Estelle, is quite a bunch of things, a retail assistant, a male model and has a commerce and law degree. Everyone mentions that he is very good looking; we are yet to find out if he has a personality to back up the looks.

Ray – Is 25 another Queenslander and a vet. He seemed quite up himself when he first came into the house and introduced himself to some people as Ray-Ray. He has my gaydar twitching and I suspect he could be a closet queen.

Benjamin – There is nothing in the closet about Benjamin. He is an out there, in your face, camp queen. He can be outspoken and bitchy. He has already told Michael that he thinks he is a Bogan. He could rub several people up the wrong way, so he has an early exit chance. But he may be kept around to stir the pot, to use a big brother expression.

The girls were given a task on the first night. Each of the guys has a secret; their job is to match the secret to the right man. If they get it right none of them will be up for eviction the first week. If they do not get it right, one of them will be the first to go.

The secrets are:-

One has the IQ of a genius.
One is scared of birds after an Emu attack.
One has been fired from every job he’s ever had.
One hasn’t had a girlfriend since he was 11.
One was a juvenile offender.
One has dated more than 100 women.
One is a multimillionaire

Now Sonia Kruger gave the viewers a heavy clue when she said that the multimillionaire was one of the two guys who went into the house on the second day, which was George and Ryan. My guess is that it is Ryan, as George is a mining electrician and although they are very well paid, it would be hard to make multi millions out of it by the time you are 25. Ryan may well have established some sort of Internet business, using his law and commerce skills, while in college.

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I am guessing the one with the genius IQ is Michael, as he seemed to know a lot about IQ’s and geniuses can often be untidy and eccentric.

I have no idea yet who has the fear of birds, who has been fired from every job or who is a juvenile offender.

But I suspect the guy who has dated over 100 women is either George or Josh. George because he stated he never goes out without getting a kiss and Josh because he is the singer in a rock band and if he is any good, women will cue up for him.

I believe Benjamin will be the one who has not had a girlfriend since he was 11.

So that’s my 10 cents worth, who do you think that each of the secrets belong to?

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2 Broke Girls



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Channel Nine appear to have brought the curtain down on the current series of 2 Broke Girls. Tonight’s episode has given way to the EJ Whitten Legends Game, fat old AFL players trying to prove they can still do it, while playing for some laughs too. But I can not see another new episode of 2 Broke Girls in the schedules, although there are three more episodes in the 2012 American season that have not yet aired here. Repeats are playing on the Go! Channel

If you have not caught up with 2 Broke Girls, the background story is that former heiress Caroline Channing played by Beth Behrs is broke and down on her luck after her father is sent to jail for embezzling his investors money. She finds a job as a waitress in a downmarket greasy spoon diner, where she is befriended and taken in by another waitress Max Black, played by Kat Dennings, who has always been broke.

Max and Caroline 2 Broke Girls

Max and Caroline 2 Broke Girls

Max teaches Caroline how to live on a very low income, while Caroline helps Max start a business selling cup cakes, that up until now she has baked for the diner.

The show was recently moved to a later time spot, as some of the humour is very adult in its nature. The two girls are both appealing characters, although they do have a tendency to laugh at their own jokes. The diner has an interesting crew of staff. The cashier, Earl, a sassy and wise old African American, the owner, Han Lee, a tiny, horney, Korean guy and the chef, Oleg, an even hornier and inappropriate Russian.

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Recently added to the cast was none other than Stifflers Mom from the American Pie film series, Jennifer Coolidge, who plays the girls Polish upstairs neighbour, Sophie. The broke girls initially thought that she was a brothel Madame, but it turned out she runs a cleaning company with lots of female staff.

Beth Behrs is new to me, although she has appeared in a few series including Castle, NCIS Los Angeles and interestingly a film called American Pie Presents: The Book of Love which includes only Eugene Levy from the original film and seems to have gone straight to video. She is very attractive and convincing as a former heiress / Paris Hilton type. In fact Max asked her if she knew Paris in one of the early episodes and she said ‘God No, she’s ancient’

Kat Dennings has had more TV and film roles, including Sex and the City, Without a Trace, CSI and CSI New York, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Big Mommas House 2 and a recurring role on ER. She plays the sassy, street smart Max very well, but is the one most guilty of laughing at her own jokes.

So when the missing episodes show up again on Channel 9, look out for them. I wouldn’t describe 2 Broke Girls as a great comedy series, but it is an easy way to spend half an hour in pleasant company.


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