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Big Brother Australia 8 is the eighth version of Big Brother Australia. After 85 days, Terri Munro was crowned the winner over runners-up Rory Ammon and Ben McCallum.

Background

Auditions

Auditions opened in late 2007. People wishing to audition were required to post a video audition of themselves on the official Big Brother website. Voting closed on January, 7 2008. The three people with the highest number of votes would be guaranteed a place in the House with the top 50 others to go through a second selection process.

The season featured a new audition process similar to the format used in the earlier seasons, where people wishing to audition sent in a tape rather than attending cattle call audition sessions. For the first time in Big Brother Australia history, the public could vote which housemates they wanted to see in the House before the start of the season.

Promotions

Promotional advertisements for the new series premiered on April 6, 2008 featuring a short video of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard criticizing the show in 2006, stating that Channel Ten should "get this stupid show off the air", followed by the tagline "I Don't Think So" from the eponymous Kelis track.[1]

Broadcasts

Starting this season, new hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O replaced Gretel Killeen, who had hosted since the show's launch in 2001. The nomination and eviction processes were changed for this season and those elements were both covered in the same weekly episode of the program. In previous seasons nominations and evictions were conducted separately and each had a weekly special dedicated to them. A new panel discussion program titled Big Brother's Big Mouth was hosted by Tony Squires and Rebecca Wilson. This show was similar in format to the UK Big Brother panel show of the same name. It screened Monday nights, initially at 9:30 pm before being moved later due to low ratings. Big Brother: UpLate did not air this season due to Ten's late night programming schedule being used for Indian Premier League cricket telecasts in May and June. In comparison to 2007's broadcast, this season saw 11 hours less free-to-air telecasts a week, solely due to the absence of Mike Goldman's Big Brother: UpLate. Television broadcast episodes featured a slightly updated logo and graphics, and much shorter theme music intros to each show. The free internet streaming was also changed. The time allotted to free streaming was cut to three five-minute blocks per day. The full-membership subscriptions cost around A$33.00.

Nomination and eviction voting format

In the previous series of Big Brother, housemates nominated two other housemates for eviction and viewers then voted to actually evict. In this season the nominations were based on viewer votes collected through the week. The public were only able to vote for which housemate to save from eviction. The three housemates with the fewest save votes were nominated for eviction on Sunday. The housemates then voted to evict one of these three. Housemates gave two points to one person they want evicted, and one point to another of the three. The winner of Friday Night Live had the power to remove one nominated housemate from the nomination lineup, after which the housemate(s) in fourth place moved into the nomination lineup. In awarding eviction points, the winner could award four points to one person, and two points to another. After five weeks, the nomination and eviction process reverted to the traditional format of all previous seasons: the housemates nominate, and viewers vote for the housemate to be evicted. Unlike the preceding few seasons, there was no save vote for nominated housemates; viewers could only vote to evict. At the start of the season, Big Brother announced to the housemates that "snap evictions" will be executed at various points during the season. Terri was evicted on the first night in what was described as a "snap eviction", but she was soon returned to the house. Two of the three viewer-voted housemates, Barney and Michael, were quickly removed in what was described by the show's makers as a "snap eviction". In the final week, housemates were asked to vote to evict two housemates in a surprise "snap eviction". Alice and Travis were "evicted" and moved to another section of the compound. Later, it was revealed to Alice and Travis, and then the other housemates, that this eviction was fake and Alice and Travis returned to the main House.

The House

The House was rebuilt with a new layout as has occurred with most seasons of Big Brother Australia. The bedroom contained just one big bed for all housemates to share. The garden featured a Volkswagen Type 2 in which one housemate had to sleep. There was also a vending machine in the garden. The housemates could buy various items such as snacks, and sunglasses. Coins for the vending machine were distributed to housemates as a reward for sustaining good behavior.

House guests

There were several celebrity guests appearances featured during this series. Carson Kressley arrived and gave the housemates a makeover to promote his new show, How to Look Good Naked. He stayed for only several hours.[2][3] Former housemate Rima returned briefly late in the season. Rima was originally a housemate, but left after breaking her leg on the first Friday Night Live games. She returned on Day 63 with a special task of telling the housemates that there was a mole among them. She left on Day 66 after a four-day return.[4][5] Pamela Anderson entered as a guest on Day 73, then returned the following day for a special task.[6] She did not stay in the house overnight. When asked how much she was paid to do the show, she said, "Much more than I am worth" and "I don't want to say how much but it is a lot." The day after her first Big Brother appearance, Anderson took part in a campaign against alleged KFC cruelty outside Southport KFC Restaurant, Gold Coast, where she hand-delivered a letter to the manager opposing expressing her concerns.[7] Anderson's appearance generated the highest ratings of the entire season to that time.[8]

Twists

  • Snap Evictions: Throughout the season random evictions will take place without notice unlike seasons prior where evictions would happen weekly.
    • Opening Night Eviction: On the first night before the housemates were permitted to enter the main house, the housemates had to evict one of their own. That evicted housemate would leave immediately
  • Housemate Hand Grenade: After their eviction, the evicted housemate will be given a power or punishment to give to one of the remaining housemates in the game.
  • Head of Household: This year, the Head of Household will be the winner of the Friday Night Live games.
  • Public Nominate, Housemates Evict: For the first five weeks of the season, the public will nominate three housemates and the housemates will then decide themselves who to evict.
  • House Guest: On Day 7, two house guests entered the house. These are not official contestants, however they will have the chance to be housemates if they pass their task.

Housemates

2008AUTerri
 Winner 
 
Terri
2008AURory
 Runner-Up 
 
Rory
2008AUBen
 Third Place 
 
Ben
2008AUTravis
 Evicted 
 
Travis
2008AUAlice
 Evicted 
 
Alice
2008AUCherry
 Evicted 
 
Cherry
2008AUBrigette
 Evicted 
 
Brigitte
2008AUBianca
 Evicted 
 
Bianca
2008AUTerrence
 Evicted 
 
Terrence
2008AUNobi
 Evicted 
 
Nobbi
2008AURhianna
 Evicted 
 
Rhianna
2008AURenee
 Evicted 
 
Renee
2008AUDixie
 Evicted 
 
Dixie
2008AUDavid
 Evicted 
 
David
2008AUNathan
 Evicted 
 
Nathan
2008AURebecca
 Evicted 
 
Rebecca
2008AUSaxon
 Evicted 
 
Saxon
2008AUBarney
 Evicted 
 
Barney
2008AUMichael
 Evicted 
 
Michael
2008AURima
 Walked 
 
Rima

Friday Night Live

Week Theme Winner
1 Out of This World Nobbi
2 Hip-Hop Nathan
3 Celebrities Rebecca
4 Scouts Alice
5 A Day at the Races Renne
6 Superheroes Nobbi
7 Friday the 13th Nobbi
8 Heavy Metal Brigitte
9 Spy Night Cherry
10 I Love New York Cherry
11 Circus Night Ben
12 Playing to Win Rory

Nominations/Voting History

Vote to Evict Nominate to Evict Fake Vote to Evict
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Day 11 Day 15 Day 74 Day 78 Day 85 Finale
Terri Nobbi Barney
Michael
Exempt Ben
Rebecca
Nathan
David
Bianca
Dixie
Rep
Renee
Nobbi
Nobbi
Bianca
Rep
Terrence
Bianca
Rory
Bianca
Rep
Bianca
Rory
Rory
Cherry
No
Nominations
Travis Travis No
Nominations
Winner
Rory Terri Ineligible
Rep
David
Saxon
Rebecca
Ben
Rep
Nathan
David
Dixie
Bianca
Brigitte
Terri
Alice
Brigitte
Saved
Brigitte
Cherry
Travis
Brigitte
Alice
Brigitte
Brigitte
Cherry
No
Nominations
Alice Travis No
Nominations
Runner-Up
Ben Terri Ineligible
David
Saxon
Rebecca
Rory
David
Nathan
Dixie
Bianca
Alice
Brigitte
Alice
Cherry
Alice
Cherry
Brigitte
Alice
Travis
Alice
Alice
Cherry
No
Nominations
Alice Travis No
Nominations
Third Place
Travis Rory Ineligible
David
Rory
Saved
Rory
Ben
David
Nathan
Dixie
Nobbi
Brigitte
Renee
Nobbi
Ben
Terri
Terrence
Terrence
Rory
Rep
Bianca
Rory
Terri
Rory
No
Nominations
Terri Terri No
Nominations
Alice Ben Ineligible
Saxon
Rory
Rebecca
Rory
Saved
Nathan
David
Saved
Bianca
Nobbi
Saved
Bianca
Travis
Nobbi
Ben
Ben
Rory
Bianca
Ben
Saved
Bianca
Rory
Rep
Rory
Ben
No
Nominations
Ben Secret
Room
No
Nominations
Cherry Not In House Exempt Rep
Terrence
Rhianna
Rory
Nobbi
Rory
Ben
Rory
Bianca
Saved
Ben
Rory
No
Nominations
Brigitte Rima Ineligible
Saxon
Rory
Ben
Rory
Nathan
Rory
Bianca
Dixie
Ben
Nobbi
Nobbi
Cherry
Rep
Nobbi
Rory
Saved
Terrence
Rory
Rory
Ben
Rep
Rory
Terri
Bianca Nobbi Ineligible
Saxon
David
Rebecca
Ben
David
Nathan
Dixie
Nobbi
Alice
Terri
Terrence
Terri
Terrence
Terri
Rep
Terrence
Terri
Terri
Alice
Terrence Not In House Exempt Cherry
Rhianna
Cherry
Brigitte
Brigitte
Alice
Nobbi Terri Ineligible
David
Rory
Rebecca
Ben
Nathan
David
Rep
Dixie
Bianca
Alice
Terri
Saved
Rhianna
Alice
Rep
Alice
Cherry
Rhianna Not In House Exempt Rep
Terrence
Brigitte
Renee David Ineligible
Saxon
David
Rebecca
Ben
Rory
David
Nobbi
Bianca
Rep
Bianca
Brigitte
Dixie Brigitte Ineligible
Saxon
David
Rebecca
Ben
Nathan
Rory
Dixie
Bianca
David Ben Ineligible
Saxon
Rory
Ben
Rebecca
Rory
Nathan
Nathan Not In
House
Exempt Rebecca
Ben
David
Rory
Rebecca Ben Ineligible
Saved
Saxon
Rory
Rep
Rebecca
Ben
Saxon Terri Ineligible
David
Rory
Barney Not In
House
Michael Not In
House
Rima Brigitte Guest  
 
Corey Not In
House
Guest  
 
Immune Nominated Rep: Replacement Nominee Saved: Saved Nominee HOH Dethroned HOH Guest Left Walked Evicted

Housemate Hand Grenades

Day Evicted
Housemate(s)
Description Housemate(s)
Selected
Reversed?
Day 2
Terri
The selected housemate will be banished from the house and will have to live in the Volkswagen van in the backyard for the rest of their time in the house. They will only be allowed in the house when instructed by Big Brother.
Nobbi
No!
Day 15
Saxon
The selected housemate will lose all of their personal belongings until further notice.
Brigitte
Yes!
Day 60
Day 22
Rebecca
The selected housemate will have to all the laundry for all the housemates when instructed or requested until further notice.
Dixie
No!
Day 29
Nathan
The selected housemate will have to be the first housemate awake. This housemate will have to make Big Brother breakfast and take it to the diary room.
Travis
No!
David
The selected housemate will have to be the final housemate to go to bed. The housemate will have to bring a cookie and a glass of milk to the diary room and occasionally read a bedtime story to Big Brother.
Bianca
Yes!
Day 60
Day 36
Big Brother
The housemates will no longer vote to evict. Australia will now vote to evict and the housemates will nominate to evict. BBAU8 Day 36 Housemates
All Housemates
Day 43
Dixie1
The selected housemate will be given the chance to save one housemate from eviction.
Alice
Renee
The selected housemate will not receive their letter from home.
Brigitte
Day 50
Rhianna
The selected housemate will have to be the housekeeper. They will be required to keep the kitchen clean, wash after every meal, and clean both toilets.
Cherry
Yes!
Day 60
Day 57
Nobbi
The selected housemate will be banished from the house and will have to live in the Volkswagen van in the backyard until further notice. They will only be allowed in the house when instructed by Big Brother.
Terrence
No!
Terri
Yes!
Day 64
Day 64
Terrence
The selected housemate will have their hand grenade removed.
Terri
The house will remove one item. The selected item was the hair straighter. Australia 8 Terrence HG
All Housemates
Day 68
Rima
There is no mole in the house, and that it was a task by Big Brother. Australia 8 Rima HG
All Housemates
Day 71
Bianca
The selected housemate will be the house chef until further notice. They will be required to do all the cooking.
Ben
Yes!
Day 72
Day 74
Brigitte
The selected housemate will have to live on staples until further notice.
Rory
Yes!
Day
Day 78
Cherry
Presented the announcement that Big Brother would be conducting a housemate-voted eviction that evening. Australia 8 Cherry HG 1
All Housemates
Alice
Presented the announcement that Big Brother would be conducting another housemate-voted eviction that evening. Australia 8 Alice HG
All Housemates
2008AUAlice2008AUTravis
Alice & Travis
Presented the announcement that they were fake evicted and were returning to the house. Australia 8 Travis HG
All Housemates

^1 Dixie's house grenade was revealed to the public on house Day 36. However, it was not revealed to the housemates until Day 43.

Prize Money History

Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Day 71 Day 74 Day 78 Day 85 Day 86 Final Result
Terri $25,000 $25,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $100,000 $100,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $250,000
Rory $25,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $100,000 $50,000 $50,000 $150,000 $200,000 $0
Ben $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000
Travis $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $50,000 $50,000 $0 $50,000 $100,000
Alice $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $50,000 $50,000 $0 $50,000
Cherry $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000
Brigitte $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000
Bianca $25,000 $25,000 $25,000
Terrence $25,000 $25,000
Nobbi $25,000

Game History

Week 1

All fourteen housemates entered the house on Day 0 and were immediately tasked with evicting one of their own housemates the next morning at sunrise.

2008AUTerri
 Evicted
4 Votes
Terri
2008AUBen
 Nominated
3 Votes
Ben
2008AUBrigette
 Nominated
2 Votes
Brigitte
2008AUNobi
 Nominated
2 Votes
Nobbi
2008AUDavid
 Nominated
1 Votes
David
2008AURima
 Nominated
1 Votes
Rima
2008AUAlice
 Nominated
1 Votes
Alice

After all housemates voted, Terri was evicted by a vote of 4-3-2-2-1-1-1 and exited via the cloud door. Terri was then told later that she would reenter the next live show with a mission to gain her housemate status back.

Following her eviction, Terri was given the first Housemate Hand Grenade. She gave it to Nobbi which prevented him from entering the house until further notice other than notified by Big Brother. He had to live in the Kombi van in the backyard.

On Friday Night Games, Nobbi came out victorious and was award $20,000. However, since he violated his Housemate Hand Grenade rule of entering the house, Big Brother converted his prize into Zimbabwean dollars, which at the time was 20,000 to 1. He was awarded $1.

2008AURima
 Walked 
 
Rima

During the first round of the games, Rima fell awkwardly and broke her right leg, he was forced to walk from the house.

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Trivia

Ratings

Big Brother Australia 8 Ratings
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13
Sunday Daily Show 0.98 0.87 0.77 0.80 0.84 0.78 0.73 0.69 1.01 0.92 1.03 1.04
Eviction 1.12 1.00 0.96 1.02 0.98 0.89 0.84 0.80 1.38 1.03 1.09 1.11
Monday Daily Show 1.53 0.88 0.76 0.71 0.73 0.76 0.70 0.66 0.61 0.90 0.83 0.89 1.50
Big Mouth 0.68 0.51 0.44 0.40 0.41 0.37 0.33 0.29 0.36 0.33 0.39
Tuesday Daily Show 0.91 0.79 0.79 0.73 0.69 0.74 0.66 0.62 0.59 0.68 0.70 0.71
Wednesday Daily Show 0.83 0.85 0.80 0.77 0.75 0.71 0.67 0.63 0.62 0.70 0.70 0.69
Thursday Daily Show 0.80 0.90 0.88 0.88 0.83 0.80 0.74 0.70 0.68 0.77 0.80 0.87
Friday Daily Show 0.94 0.94 0.97 0.94 0.90 0.90 0.84 0.79 0.74 0.80 0.83 0.91
FNL 1.12 1.01 1.01 0.99 0.96 0.98 0.89 0.85 0.78 0.91 0.93 1.15
Key: Increase from Last Week Decrease from Last Week No Change from Last Week

Reception

After the telecast of the season's third eviction show, critic Andrew Mercado summarized the 2008 series eviction shows, which he described as in previous seasons being a viewing highlight of the series, as having descended into "just a boring, hateful shemozzle, where Kyle insults everybody around him (housemates are psychos, the crew are work experience and the audience is a 'pack of pigs')."[9] The 2008 season showed a marked downturn in ratings for the program. Both the Daily Show and the eviction shows rated significantly lower than previous seasons. Ratings for the first 2008 eviction were half those achieved by eviction shows during the program's peak. Academic Alan McKee singled-out the departure of previous host Gretel Killeen as having weakened the series. McKee judged that Killeen had successfully provided the show's "moral centre". Of the replacement hosts, McKee said that "Kyle and Jackie O just don't serve the same purpose. Jackie is quite limp and Kyle prides himself on just being wrong—he will always say the wrong, obnoxious thing and hurt people." [10]

By the eviction show on June 1, 2008, the program's ratings were said to have "almost flatlined on Sunday night, dropping below 500,000 in the key demographic along the East Coast." Host Kyle Sandilands called in sick for this program and his co-hosting duties were handled by usual series announcer and narrator Mike Goldman.[11] Sandilands missed his second eviction show the following week, June 8, 2008, after again calling in sick, with a severe chest infection. It was reported that hundreds of fans took to message boards calling for Mike Goldman, his stand-in for the 1 June and 8 June eviction episodes, to become a permanent eviction host. Some speculated Sandilands had already been sacked; others accused him of faking his illness. A spokeswoman for the series said Sandilands was expected to return for the following eviction show.[12] Another commentator, Peter Craven, described the 2008 season as being increasingly gimmicky. The visit by Carson Kressley to make over the housemates was seen as an obvious gimmick; when Kressley made a second appearance in another makeover episode screened several days later, Craven felt that it looked forced.

The visit by hypnotist Peter Powers (Craven erroneously named Derren Brown as the hypnotist visitor) was described as being "riveting", but also as turning Big Brother into more a variety show. The choice of eccentric housemates and an appearance by Corey Worthington was seen as an attempt "to highlight the superficially weird" while the absence of Uplate and Uncut for 2008 was judged by Craven as being a mistake. Craven suggested the worst mistake of the season was replacing Gretel Killeen, whom Craven praised for being "formidable and charismatic" and skilled at her role, with new hosts. Craven judged Kyle Sandilands the more intelligent of the new hosts, but noted he gave no impression of having kept up with the show, as Killeen always did. Craven believed Sandilands to be "sensationally ill-suited to the format, which requires a warm embrace of the Big Brother ethos. By contrast, Jackie O, as the good cop was seen all vapid smiles and gooey attentiveness."[13]

In a news report where the series was described as suffering a "ratings slump" and where the new hosts were said to have been unable to save the show, former host Killeen was quoted as saying she refused to watch the current season and refused to comment on its low ratings. "I haven't watched it because I don't want to be in the situation where I am not telling the truth and I know people will want to know my opinion of it and I think it is much better not to have seen it," Killeen said. "I don't think it's dignified for me to come back and say this should be done like this and this should be changed."[14]

Cancellation

The season rated poorly, leading to the cancellation of the series, announced July 13, 2008. Ten's chief programmer, David Mott, admitted the series had recently experienced "audience erosion" and widespread criticism of the new hosts. Mott reasoned that after so many seasons there were few new surprises in the format, leading to reduced viewing figures. Mott defended the new hosts saying that the ratings for eviction shows held up. The lowest-rating component of the season was the Big Mouth late night weekly panel show. Its audience slipped to the half-a-million mark and it was moved to a later time slot.[15] A new series of Big Brother was announced in 2011.

References

References
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