Big Brother Australia 2008

Big Brother endgame
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seriesname = Big Brother Australia
series = Season 8 (2008)
previous = Big Brother Australia 2007

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hm4 = Alice
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hm6 = Cherry
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hm8 = Bianca
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hm10 = Nobbi
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hm11= Rhianna
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hm12 = Renee
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hm12-exit = Day 42
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hm13 = Dixie
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hm14= David
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hm15 = Nathan
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hm16 = Rebecca
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hm17 = Saxon
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hm18 = Barney
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hm19 = Michael
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hm20 = Rima
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legendnom = Nominated
legendevic = Evicted
legendwalk = Walked due to injury

"Big Brother Australia 2008" is the eighth and final season of the Australian reality television series, "Big Brother Australia". Episodes were broadcast on Network Ten and Ten HD in Australia. The first episode aired on April 28, 2008. Since then, there has been a total 20 housemates competing in the series. Half way through the series, the prize money was revealed to be $250,000, the amount originally given in the earlier season of the series.

This season introduced Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O as the new hosts and featured the return of an adult-themed weekly installment.cite web |url=,23739,22717796-7642,00.html |title=New host Kyle Sandiland's bid to bring back Big Brother Uncut |accessdate=2007-11-28 |date=2007-11-06 |publisher=Courier Mail ] 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 prior to the commencement of the season. The tagline in pre-season publicity was "I don't think so" [cite web |url= |title=Big Brother returns with new changes |accessdate=2008-04-27 |date=2008-04-24 |publisher=ninemsn ] , based on the song by Kelis.

The series lasted 85 days—a shorter run than preceding seasons—with the finale taking place on 21 July 2008.

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. [cite web |url= |title=Channel Ten evicts Big Brother |author=Michael Idato |accessdate=2008-07-14 |date=2008-07-14 |publisher=The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Although the season was the lowest performer in ratings, fans on "" gave the season an overall rating of 4.77/10, the best score for a season on the site for at least 2 years.



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.


Promotional advertisements for the new series premiered on April 6, 2008 featuring a short video of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard criticising 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. [ [ First promos air] , "Behind Big Brother Australia", Retrieved 13 April 2008]


The series began Monday 28 April 2008 at 7:00 pm. The opening episode had the lowest-ever ratings of any launch of "Big Brother Australia". The episode mostly outrated its competitors in most timeslots—except its second half hour when it lost out to "". The audience for the launch peaked at 1.91 million. [cite web
url =
title = Big Brother posts worst ratings start ever
accessdate = 2008-05-02
author = AAP
date = 2008-04-29
publisher = The Age

The series lasted a total of 84 days. The 2008 finale aired on Monday 21 July 2008 at 7:00 pm on Network Ten. It was the first "Big Brother Australia" finale to feature three finalists and the first hosted by Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O. [ [ Finale Details | - We're Watching ] ]

Changes from prior seasons


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, such as the nominations, which previously had a weekly special dedicated to them which aired every Monday evening.

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.

"" did not air this season due to Ten's late night programming schedule being used for Indian Premier League cricket telecasts in May/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 AU$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. Initially, this season, the public vote for which housemate to "save" from eviction. The three housemates with the least amount of save votes were nominated for eviction on Sunday. The housemates then voted to evict one of these three. Housemates then gave two points to one person they want evicted, and one point to another of the three. The winner of Friday Night Games 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; viewers could only vote to "evict".

At the start of the season, Big Brother announced that "snap evictions" will be executed at various points during the season. Terri was evicted on the first night in a snap eviction, but was soon returned to the house. Two of the three viewer-voted housemates, Barney and Michael, were 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 different things like food, sunglasses but also personal things. For that, they could get a maximum of 20 coins, depending on their behaviour.

House Guests

The first House Guest was Corey Worthington, a 17-year-old notorious for throwing an out-of-control party earlier in the year that was widely reported in the media. [cite web |url= |title=Corey Worthington enters Big Brother house |accessdate=2008-07-09 |date=2008-05-05 |publisher="Sydney Morning Herald" ] He stayed for 10 days, and was under the guidance of housemate Terri. The second visitor was Carson Kressley, who gave the housemates a makeover to promote his new show, "How to Look Good Naked". He stayed for only several hours. [cite web |url= |title=Big Brother's New Sister |accessdate=2008-07-09 |author=Christian Taylor |date=2008-05-12 |publisher="samesame" ] [cite web |url= |title=Carson Kressley to camp in Big Brother |accessdate=2008-07-09 |author=Tim Brunero |date=2008-05-10 |publisher="LIVENEWS" ] The third House Guest was Rima. Rima was originally a housemate, but after breaking her leg on the first "Friday Night Live" games, she left. 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, making her stay 4 days long. [cite web |url= |title=No Mole?! |accessdate=2008-07-09 |date="Day 66" |publisher="Big Brother" ] [cite web |url= |title=Rima Is Back! |accessdate=2008-07-09 |date="Day 63" |publisher="Big Brother" ]

Canadian actress Pamela Anderson entered the House as a Guest on Day 73, then returned the following day for a special task. [cite web |url=,21985,23992778-2902,00.html |title=Pamela Anderson invades Big Brother house |accessdate=2008-07-09 |author=Darren Devlyn and Joanne Nathan |date=2008-07-09 |publisher="The Herald Sun" ] She did not stay in the house overnight. When asked how much she was paid to do the show, she said, "Huge, a lot. Much more than I am worth. 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. [cite web |url= |title=Pam to stay clothed on Big Brother |accessdate=2008-07-12 |author=Drew Cratchley |date=2008-07-09 |publisher="AAP"] Anderson's appearance generated the highest ratings of the entire season to that time. [cite web |url= |title=Ten confirms axe to fall on Big Brother |accessdate=2008-07-15 |author=AAP |date=2008-07-15 |publisher="The Age" ]


It was initially confirmed that there would be 17 housemates this season. 14 housemates entered the House on the opening night, with an additional three entering in the first week. [ [ 18 housemates to enter] , "Behind Big Brother Australia"]

"Friday Night Live" themes and winners

Voting and nomination table

For the first half of the series, the public voted for who to save from nomination. The bottom three Housemates with the lowest saves were up for eviction. The Housemates then voted for whom to evict, with the first vote receiving 2 points and the second, 1 point. The Housemate with the most points was then evicted. This year introduced a Head of Household, who has the power to save someone in the bottom three from eviction. The person with the 4th lowest saves is then up for eviction. The Head of Household also votes with double eviction points.

In the second half of the series, the voting format reverted to that of previous years. Housemates vote to nominate other Housemates for eviction and the public then vote for who to evict from those nominated. In this second eviction procedure ,the Head of Household no longer has double voting points. The Head of Household still, however, has the power to remove one nominated Housemate from the original nomination lineup.

* fnb|1Big Brother revealed to the Housemates that someone will be evicted the next day. Housemates had to decide who would leave the House on Day 1.
* fnb|2 Terri returned to the House along with Corey as House Guests. Big Brother set Terri a mission to be Corey's guardian during his time in the House. If successful, she would be re-instated as a Housemate. However, she failed this mission.
* fnb|3On Day 9, Big Brother announced another snap eviction. Corey was initially offered the task of deciding which two of the three housemates voted in by the Australian public would be evicted. Corey declined this task. It was then offered to Terri and she accepted the task after failing her original task given to her by Big Brother. After the eviction, Terri was re-instated as a Housemate.
* fnb|4On Day 12, during "FNL", Big Brother announced the winner of "FNL" would also become Head of Household, who would get to vote with double eviction points, and get a dinner for two in the Strategy Room, where they are allowed to talk about nominations and eviction.
* fnb|5Although Nathan won "FNL", since he was exempt and couldn't vote, Big Brother gave the eviction duties of Head of Household to the runner-up, Travis.
* fnb|6As Rebecca was evicted, she had to give her rights as HOH to another housemates. During her goodbye message, she gave the rights as HOH to Alice.
* fnb|7This week was a double eviction; the two Housemates with the highest points were evicted.
* fnb|8Intruders Cherry, Rhianna and Terrence entered the House on Day 35.
* fnb|9On Day 36, Brigitte (six points), Alice (six points) and Bianca (four points) were nominated for eviction. However, evicted Housemate Dixie used a Housemate Hand Grenade and saved Alice from eviction. Both Renee and Terri were then nominated in place of Alice. Both Terri and Renee had three nomination points total.
* fnb|10On Day 77, Alice and Travis were evicted. Later, this eviction was revealed as fake.
* fnb|11This year, the public voted for who to evict, not win. The winner was the person with the least votes to evict.

Housemate Hand Grenades

This season, housemates evicted by the usual process are given the power to decide which housemate receives the penalty—or sometimes the benefit—which has been devised by Big Brother for that eviction. These are dubbed the 'Housemate Hand Grenade' by the makers of the show. Sometimes, the ruling is permanent. Rulings later removed are marked by (R).


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