EXCLUSIVE | Big Brother first review

It’s been a long time coming but on Monday night Channel 7 will launch the all new BIG BROTHER… but does it live up to the hype?

Sophie Budack is in the new series of BIG BROTHER on Channel 7

When Benjamin Norris won Big Brother in 2012, little did he know the important role he would play in the 2020 version. As a lover of the show, Ben has been front-and-centre delivering most of the headline-making news everyone has been talking about.

And now, to the envy of every fan, Ben has seen the first episode of the new season.

TV Blackbox asked Ben if the new series feels like Big Brother? Ben seems to think fans will like it;

“It’s all the best elements of Big Brother Series 1 to 11. It feels like a legacy series, whilst updating the format for a new audience.”

Unlike previous seasons, the audience has met most of the housemates and Ben says that only adds to the connection he felt with each personality;

“It captures the humour, tension and the emotional connection with it’s audience, in a much faster pace than we have ever seen. I felt like I had been watching the show for a few weeks based on my emotional attachment to the housemates

“The casting and dynamics within the house are electric. I already have my favourites and those big personalities you love to hate are already playing up their rolls.”

Benjamin Norris winning BIG BROTHER in 2012

Channel 7 and production company Endemol Shine Australia have drastically reworked the format and Ben says their gamble has paid off;

“It’s totally addictive. Episode 1 has many laugh out loud moments throughout the show and you really bond with the whole house. The pull-through to episode 2 is also really clever.”

But there is one controversial element that might upset many people – the lack of the original theme;

“Would I have liked a retro take on the theme music – maybe, but it’s still 5 stars without it”

The Ben, Rob & Robbo Show will be airing a videocast called Eye on Big Brother with former winner Reggie Sorensen at 9.30pm after every episode (a podcast version will be available shortly after) and the evicted housemates will appear on our daily show at 1pm AEST the day after their eviction episode airs.

To watch go to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube,

Robert McKnight
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph. Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on Sunrise, The Morning Show plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7 News and 9 News. Currently Rob is the host and producer of the TV Blackbox, McKnight Tonight and Monsters Who Murder podcasts plus host & Executive Producer of the video streaming show The Ben, Rob & Robbo show
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