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Big Brother Canada 8 is the eighth season of Big Brother Canada.

Initially advertised as the longest and most "supersized" season of Big Brother Canada, it was themed around superheroes and villains before turning into the franchise's most unique season. Following Nico Vera's walk during the first week, this season only featured one eviction, and the franchise's first two ejections from the show.

It was then followed by a complete shut down of the show due to the 2019-2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, resulting in it being the shortest season in BBCAN history.[1] Due to the early ending, there was no official winner, although Brooke Warnock and Sheldon Jean were the last two to leave the house, in an order predetermined by production. Due to no winner, the prize money was given to a COVID-19 relief charity, as opposed to being split among the remaining twelve houseguests.

Background

BBCAN8 Twitter Announcement

The Official Twitter Tease for Season 8.[2]

After a record viewership, Arisa Cox would go on to announce the new season on a video on the Big Brother Canada Twitter account.[3] The message initially scared fans of another cancellation with a message that was portrayed in a similar way that it was announced the show had gone on hiatus after season 5.

On January 20, 2020, the official Big Brother Canada Twitter account, tweeted out a wide picture with a small logo inside stating that this season would be "Super Sized". The tweet stated, "Something big is coming..." followed by "...March 4 👏", officially revealing the start date for season 8.[2][4]

Airing Schedule

On January 20, 2020, Corus Entertainment announced the airing schedule for the season:

Toronto, Canada – Canada’s most iconic social TV experiment is upping the ante as Global announces a supersized eighth season of Big Brother Canada kicking off with an epic two-night premiere Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the dramatic fallout on Sunday, March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. With series host Arisa Cox and a new cast of unsuspecting houseguests, the series returns three nights a week with all-new episodes Wednesdays (7 p.m. ET/PT), Thursdays (8 p.m. ET/PT), and Sundays (8 p.m. ET/PT), in addition to free live feeds from inside the house at BigBrotherCanada.ca. Last season, Big Brother Canada averaged 1.2 million viewers (Ind. 2+) per episode, making it the highest-rated season to date. So just how supersized is this season? Fans will find out during the season premiere on March 4![5][6]

Cast Reveal

Super Arisa

Arisa Cox's superhero portrait

Global announced the cast around 3 PM EST on February 26, 2020, revealing the comic book theme, even showcasing drawings of the 16 new houseguests and host Arisa Cox in comic book style.[7][8]

Comic Book Cast Reveal Photos

The House

'Big Brother Canada' Season 8 House Tour With Arisa Cox EXCLUSIVE

'Big Brother Canada' Season 8 House Tour With Arisa Cox EXCLUSIVE

On February 15, 2020, the Diary Room chair was leaked on Instagram by Ideal Sofa Canada, who quickly took it down after being informed that they posted it too early. [9][10]

The house has a Superhero/Comic Book theme and was officially revealed in full on February 24, 2020. [11]

House Photos

ET Canada Season Preview

Big Brother Canada’s Supersized Season 8 Preview with ET Canada

Big Brother Canada’s Supersized Season 8 Preview with ET Canada

Just like in previous seasons, ET Canada continued it's yearly tradition of previewing the season. For season 8, the preview would take place on Sunday, March 1st at 8 p.m. ET/PT, unusual to the normal weekday slot. However, since it is outside of the normal weekday slot, ET Canada would end up replacing the shorter version of the preview with an hour-long special named Big Brother Canada’s Supersized Season 8 Preview with ET Canada. During the special, ET Canada will feature "sit-down interviews with this season’s cast, an exclusive tour of the new BBCAN house with host Arisa Cox, retrospectives on past seasons, and the biggest look-ahead with the official reveal of the show’s Season 8 theme."[5][6]

Grand Prize

Similar to seasons past, the winning prize for the season is $100,000 as well as additional prizes provided by sponsors. Summer Fresh will once again contribute "$10,000 worth of groceries". The houseguests will also receive an "unforgettable dream vacation for two anywhere in the world from Expedia".[12]

This will be the first time in the show's history that a furniture brand will not be offering a home makeover as part of the grand prize. Previously, The Brick offered the prize in the first six seasons while parent company Leon’s replaced them for season 7.

Sponsors

On February 25, 2020, Corus Entertainment announced the new and returning sponsors to the show.[12] The following will have sponsors in the game:

  • Wendy's Logo
    Returning for a third consecutive year with the show, Wendy’s® heats up the house with a new special power. The coveted and satisfying “Drive Thru” pantry is also back with fan-favourite items including fresh never frozen 100% Canadian beef hamburgers, Spicy Chicken Sandwiches, Frostys®, salads, and more. Additional integrations allow fans to join the action on social media for tons of giveaways, surprises, and more!
    Expedia Logo
    OLG
    SkipTheDishes Logo 2020
    Kraft Dinner Logo
    Summer fresh
    First Choice Hair Logo
    Skechers 2020 Logo
  • New this season, Expedia joins the Big Brother Canada family as a grand prize contributor with a dream vacation for two. In addition to participating in a custom challenge, houseguests can enjoy hanging out in a new room – a departure lounge fit for take-off.
  • Additional returning sponsors include OLG, putting houseguests’ skills to the test during a first-of-its-kind lottery-themed challenge takeover week.
  • Then thanks to SkipTheDishes, over the course of the season Big Brother Canada viewers will have the chance to vote on treating an otherwise unlucky have-not with a special delivery.
  • And new sponsor KD also stocks the #BBCAN house, in addition to serving up a custom cheesy challenge.
  • Fueling the houseguests again this season, pantry favourite Summer Fresh returns, awarding the Season 8 winner with $10,000 worth of groceries while the entire house enjoys scrumptious dips, snacks, and salads all season long.
  • Looking and feeling your best is an essential part of the houseguest journey! Coming to houseguests’ aid with their DESIGNLINE haircare and styling products is new sponsor First Choice Haircutters.
  • Returning sponsor Skechers® outfitting the weekly HOH winner with the hottest footwear styles for the entire season

Twists

Can8 Save Your Superhero
  • "Save Your Superhero": Starting the day the cast was revealed, the public voted to grant houseguests safety from the first eviction. The houseguests with the fewest amount of votes will be in immediate danger.[13]
    • Hit The Road Competition: During the premiere, it was revealed that the four houseguests who received the lowest amount of votes would be in danger, with the other twelve automatically safe. There was no HoH or PoV this week, instead the bottom four would compete in two Hit The Road competitions. The winner of the first competition would be safe, leaving three to compete in the next one. The winner of the second competition was also safe, with the remaining two automatically being nominated for eviction, where the regular voting scenario will take place.
  • Five Player Power of Veto: Returning from Big Brother Canada 7, the Head of Household will not be eligible to participate in the Power of Veto competition. Only the two nominees and three houseguests chosen by random draw will participate. The Head of Household will then be eligible to play once there are only five houseguests left in the house.
  • Wendy's Power Up Necklace: In Week 4, HoH Sheldon Jean was given the Wendy's Power Up Necklace, a sponsored twist hidden in the HoH Room. He was given the option between two powers: Chop a Vote, where he could cancel one houseguest's vote at the eviction, or Spice up the Veto Competition, where he could grant himself the ability to play in that week's PoV Competition, even as HoH. The power would remain a secret until the time to announce his choice, either at the PoV Competition or the eviction. He was given 24 hours to decide, and chose to Chop a Vote, but due to the season's cancellation the eviction never happened.

Houseguests

BBCAN8 Small Angie
 Left Early 
 
Angie
BBCAN8 Small Brooke
 Left Early 
 
Brooke
BBCAN8 Small Carol
 Left Early 
 
Carol
BBCAN8 Small Chris
 Left Early 
 
Chris
BBCAN8 Small Hira
 Left Early 
 
Hira
BBCAN8 Small John Luke
 Left Early 
 
John Luke
BBCAN8 Small Madeline
 Left Early 
 
Madeline
BBCAN8 Small Minh-Ly
 Left Early 
 
Minh-Ly
BBCAN8 Small Rianne
 Left Early 
 
Rianne
BBCAN8 Small Sheldon
 Left Early 
 
Sheldon
BBCAN8 Small Susanne
 Left Early 
 
Susanne
BBCAN8 Small Vanessa
 Left Early 
 
Vanessa
BBCAN8 Small Kyle
 Ejected 
 
Kyle
BBCAN8 Small Jamar
 Ejected 
 
Jamar
BBCAN8 Small Micheal
 Evicted 
 
Micheal
BBCAN8 Small Nico
 Walked 
 
Nico

Shortlist

Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Head of Household Chris Sheldon Sheldon
Shortlist Brooke Madeline Carol
Hira John Luke Minh-Ly
Micheal Rianne Rianne
None Minh-Ly None
Key: HOH Vetoed Initial Nominee Nominees Replacement Nominee

Voting History

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Day 20 Finale
Angie Nominations
Void
Micheal Nominations
Void
Nominations
Void
Season
Cancelled
Brooke Nominations
Void
Nominations
Void
Nominations
Void
Carol Nominations
Void
Micheal Nominations
Void
Chris Nominations
Void
Nominations
Void
Nominations
Void
Hira Nominations
Void
Vetoed
Micheal
Nominations
Void
Nominations
Void
John Luke Nominations
Void
Brooke Nominations
Void
Nominations
Void
Madeline Nominations
Void
Brooke Vetoed
Nominations
Void
Minh-Ly Nominations
Void
Micheal Rep
Rianne Nominations
Void
Brooke Nominations
Void
Sheldon Nominations
Void
Micheal
Susanne Micheal Nominations
Void
Nominations
Void
Vanessa Nominations
Void
Micheal Nominations
Void
Nominations
Void
Kyle Nominations
Void
Micheal  
 
Jamar Nominations
Void
Micheal  
 
Micheal Nominations
Void
Rep
 
 
Nico  
 
Key: Immune HOH POV Nominated Rep: Replacement Nominee Hit The Road Evicted Jury Walked Ejected

Competition History

Big Brother Canada 8 Competition & Task History
Week Day Name Competition Description Winner
Week 1 1 "TBA"
"TBA"
Key: HOH Veto Have/Have-Not or Luxury Task

Have/Have-Nots History

Week BBCAN8 Small Angie BBCAN8 Small Brooke BBCAN8 Small Carol BBCAN8 Small Chris BBCAN8 Small Hira BBCAN8 Small John Luke BBCAN8 Small Madeline BBCAN8 Small Minh-Ly BBCAN8 Small Rianne BBCAN8 Small Sheldon BBCAN8 Small Susanne BBCAN8 Small Vanessa BBCAN8 Small Kyle BBCAN8 Small Jamar BBCAN8 Small Micheal BBCAN8 Small Nico
1
2 + S
3 * * + * *
4 S +

S - In Weeks 2 & 4, Vanessa & John Luke were voted by the viewers to "Skip the Slop" and to not be a Have-Not for the rest of week.

* - During Week 3, production decided to end Have-Nots early after informing the houseguests of the 2019-2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, determining that lack of food and sleep was not in their best interest after hearing such stressful news.

Game History

# HOH Initial
Nominations
Veto
Holder
Used? Final
Nominations
Evicted Vote Finish
Week
1 BBCAN8 Small Nico
Nico
BBCAN8 Small Susanne
Susanne
BBCAN8 Small Nico
Nico
Walked
Day 5
2 BBCAN8 Small Chris
Chris
BBCAN8 Small Brooke
Brooke
BBCAN8 Small Hira
Hira
BBCAN8 Small Hira
Hira
Yes! BBCAN8 Small Brooke
Brooke
BBCAN8 Small Micheal
Micheal
BBCAN8 Small Micheal
Micheal
9-3 1st Evicted
Day 13
3 BBCAN8 Small Sheldon
Sheldon
BBCAN8 Small Madeline
Madeline
BBCAN8 Small Rianne
Rianne
BBCAN8 Small Madeline
Madeline
Yes! BBCAN8 Small Minh-Ly
Minh-Ly
BBCAN8 Small Rianne
Rianne
BBCAN8 Small Jamar
Jamar
Ejected
Day 18
BBCAN8 Small Kyle
Kyle
Ejected
Day 19
4 BBCAN8 Small Sheldon
Sheldon
BBCAN8 Small Carol
Carol
BBCAN8 Small Minh-Ly
Minh-Ly
BBCAN8 Small Hira
Hira
No! BBCAN8 Small Carol
Carol
BBCAN8 Small Minh-Ly
Minh-Ly
Eviction & Season Cancelled
BBCAN8 Small AngieBBCAN8 Small BrookeBBCAN8 Small CarolBBCAN8 Small ChrisBBCAN8 Small HiraBBCAN8 Small John Luke
BBCAN8 Small MadelineBBCAN8 Small Minh-LyBBCAN8 Small RianneBBCAN8 Small SheldonBBCAN8 Small SusanneBBCAN8 Small Vanessa
Angie, Brooke, Carol, Chris, Hira,
John Luke, Madeline, Minh-Ly, Rianne,
Sheldon, Susanne & Vanessa
Left
Day 25

Week 1

BBCAN8 Small Minh-Ly
 Safety Part 1 
 
Minh-Ly
BBCAN8 Small Chris
 Safety Part 2 
 
Chris
BBCAN8 Small Susanne
 Nominee 
 
Susanne
BBCAN8 Small Nico
 Nominee
Walked
 
 
Nico

Week 2

BBCAN8 Small Chris
 HOH 
 
Chris
BBCAN8 Small Hira
 Pre-Veto Nominee
POV
 
 
Hira
BBCAN8 Small Brooke
 Nominee
3 Votes
 
 
Brooke
BBCAN8 Small Micheal
 Post-POV Nominee
Evicted
7 Votes
 
 
Micheal

Week 3

BBCAN8 Small Sheldon
 HOH 
 
Sheldon
BBCAN8 Small Madeline
 Pre-Veto Nominee
POV
 
 
Madeline
BBCAN8 Small Minh-Ly
 Post-POV Nominee 
 
Minh-Ly
BBCAN8 Small Rianne
 Nominee 
 
Rianne
BBCAN8 Small Jamar
 Ejected 
 
Jamar
BBCAN8 Small Kyle
 Ejected 
 
Kyle

Week 4

BBCAN8 Small Sheldon
 HOH 
 
Sheldon
BBCAN8 Small Hira
 POV 
 
Hira
BBCAN8 Small Carol
 Nominee 
 
Carol
BBCAN8 Small Minh-Ly
 Nominee 
 
Minh-Ly

Finale

BBCAN8 Small Angie
 Left Early 
 
Angie
BBCAN8 Small Brooke
 Left Early 
 
Brooke
BBCAN8 Small Carol
 Left Early 
 
Carol
BBCAN8 Small Chris
 Left Early 
 
Chris
BBCAN8 Small Hira
 Left Early 
 
Hira
BBCAN8 Small John Luke
 Left Early 
 
John Luke
BBCAN8 Small Madeline
 Left Early 
 
Madeline
BBCAN8 Small Minh-Ly
 Left Early 
 
Minh-Ly
BBCAN8 Small Rianne
 Left Early 
 
Rianne
BBCAN8 Small Sheldon
 Left Early 
 
Sheldon
BBCAN8 Small Susanne
 Left Early 
 
Susanne
BBCAN8 Small Vanessa
 Left Early 
 
Vanessa

Controversies

Trivia

  • As the Big Brother Canada franchise aired its eighth season, the franchise passes Loft Story Quebec for the most Big Brother seasons in one country.
  • This is the first Big Brother Canada season to feature an ejection, and the first North American Big Brother season to feature two in one season.
    • This is also the first North American Big Brother to feature both an ejection and a walk in the same season.
  • This is the fifth season to be officially cancelled mid-production following Big Brother: The Boss, Veliki Brat 2, Secret Story France 9, and Bigg Boss Malayalam 2.
  • At 25 days, it beats out Celebrity Big Brother 1 (US) for the shortest North American Big Brother season ever, by 1 day.
  • Although it has no effect on official placements, this is the order the Final 12 houseguests left the house:
    • Carol, Rianne, Maddie, John Luke, Angie, Hira, Chris, Susanne, Vanessa, Minh-Ly, Brooke and Sheldon.
    • Some houseguests were called to leave in groups or pairs (Rianne, Maddie & John Luke, Chris & Susanne and Brooke & Sheldon). Although John Luke's name was called last, he left first out of the three. Also, Brooke and Sheldon's names weren't called, production simply said "Hey guys, it's time for you to go".

Ratings

Big Brother Canada 8 Ratings
# Date Viewers
(millions)
Season Avg Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Week)
Source
Week Episode
1 1 Wednesday, March 4, 2020 1.377 12 [14]
2 Thursday, March 5, 2020 1.129 1.253 23
2 3 Sunday, March 8, 2020 1.171 1.226 20
4 Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1.148 1.206 24 [15]
5 Thursday, March 12, 2020 1.075 1.180 27
3 6 Sunday, March 15, 2020 1.333 1.206 19
7 Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1.385 1.231 13 [16]
8 Thursday, March 19, 2020 1.285 1.238 15
4 9 Sunday, March 22, 2020 <1.051 1.217 NR
10 Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1.110 1.206 25 [17]
5 11 Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1.195 1.205 21 [18]

References

References
  1. STAFF (24 March 2020). BIG BROTHER CANADA SPECIAL STATEMENT REGARDING END OF PRODUCTION. Big Brother Canada. Archived from the original on 24 March 2020. Retrieved on 24 March 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Big Brother Canada (BigBrotherCA). “Something big is coming... #BBCAN8". 20 January 2020, 9:00 AM. Tweet.
  3. Big Brother Canada (BigBrotherCA). “A message from @arisacox:". 30 May 2019, 9:50 AM. Tweet.
  4. Big Brother Canada (BigBrotherCA). “...March 4 👏 #BBCAN8". 20 January 2020, 9:28 AM. Tweet.
  5. 5.0 5.1 ALL-NEW SUPERSIZED SEASON OF BIG BROTHER CANADA PREMIERES MARCH 4 ON GLOBAL. Corus Entertainment (20 January 2020). Retrieved on 23 January 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Staff (20 January 2019). NALL-NEW SUPERSIZED SEASON OF BIG BROTHER CANADA PREMIERES MARCH 4. Global TV. Retrieved on 23 January 2020.
  7. Big Brother Canada (BigBrotherCA). “Introducing your #BBCAN8 cast 🔥.". 25 February 2020, 2:55 PM. Tweet.
  8. GLOBAL ANNOUNCES 16 NEW HOUSEGUESTS SUITING UP FOR AN EXTRAORDINARILY SUPERSIZED SEASON OF BIG BROTHER CANADA. Corus Entertainment (26 February 2020). Retrieved on 3 March 2020.
  9. IG: hamazonswine #BBCAN8 📢 (hamazonswine). “Big news! The diary room chair for #BBCAN8 has been leaked...and it doesn’t look like it’s from Leon’s. Either way it’s a DOPE chair.". 15 February 2020, 11:20 AM. Tweet.
  10. IG: hamazonswine #BBCAN8 📢 (hamazonswine). “Ah. Looks like production wasn’t happy with the leak. #BBCAN8". 15 February 2020, 5:02 PM. Tweet.
  11. Big Brother Canada (BigBrotherCA). “Welcome to the #BBCAN8 house. 👁️👁️". 24 February 2020, 1:34 PM. Tweet.
  12. 12.0 12.1 GLOBAL ORIGINAL SERIES BIG BROTHER CANADA ANNOUNCES EIGHT SPONSORS FOR ITS SUPERSIZED EIGHTH SEASON. Corus Entertainment (25 February 2020). Retrieved on 3 March 2020.
  13. Canada Votes. Global. Retrieved on 26 February 2020.
  14. March 2, 2019 - March 8, 2019 (National).pdf. Numeris (19 March 2019). Retrieved on 21 March 2019.
  15. March 9, 2019 - March 15, 2019 (National).pdf. Numeris (24 March 2019). Retrieved on 24 March 2019.
  16. March 16, 2020 - March 22, 2020 (National).pdf. Numeris (31 March 2019). Retrieved on 31 March 2019.
  17. March 23, 2020 - March 29, 2020. Numeris (7 April 2019). Retrieved on 7 April 2019.
  18. March 30, 2020 - April 05, 2020. Numeris (14 April 2019). Retrieved on 14 April 2019.


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