In the lead-up to the 2013 Federal election, The Tunnel’s team of guest bloggers will be providing their personal insights into the contest.
Today, our TV critic, Benderdick Cumperbund, reviews the latest happenings in the Big Brother house.
We’re halfway through this season of Big Brother. The contestants have only two weeks left in the house. Only one of them will emerge triumphant.
This season of Big Brother was promoted heavily around ‘the twist.’ This year the house was split into two – the upper and lower house – and the contestants had to try and win both houses. But that’s what usually happens so it wasn’t much of a ‘twist.’
The producers were definitely hoping to spice up the show after viewers turned off in droves last time around. Contestants like Western Sydney’s Fiona Scott were obviously chosen purely for their sex appeal.
Other choices seemed like a good idea at the time but have turned out to be a bit of a fizzer. The Sunshine Coast’s Peter Slipper and Northern New South Wales’ Craig Thomson were supposed to bring the sex and sleaze angle but have so far failed to do anything.
Talking about a good idea at the time, bringing back 2007’s winner, Kevin from Queensland, seemed a masterstroke. He helped the show pick up early ratings but, as the season’s gone on, it seems audiences have seen it all before and are turning off.
Unfortunately some of the more interesting housemates have already been evicted. The much-loved Kevin Baker has gone and, with him, the best jokes. Meanwhile Geoff Lake, Ken Robertson, Leslie Cannold and Des Hardman were gone before anyone even knew who they were.
This year’s Big Brother is looking tired and predictable. The contestants are less inspiring than ever and seem to have no shame, saying or doing anything to win.
As people continue to lose interest, watch out for the producers tinkering with the format, changing the timeslot and trying increasingly tacky stunts to woo viewers.
With two weeks to go, who will win?