WHO|June 8, 2020
Even in the middle of a pandemic, Sonia Kruger must be one of Australia’s hardest-working showbiz stars. Since the beginning of the year, the bubbly host has been in a world of Big Brother, filming for the anticipated 2020 relaunch of the reality show (starts Mon., Jun. 8 at 7.30pm on Seven). When she hasn’t been on set, she’s been on mum duty at home with her 5-year old daughter Maggie, or filming dance and workout videos for her Strictly You fitness website. Then there’s the new gig as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent, that’s yet to commence filming.
But busy as she sounds, Kruger tells WHO she’s been relishing the extra downtime that’s come with the mandatory lockdown. “I’m back shooting Big Brother Eye Spy, the weekly catch-up show for Seven Plus, but for the most part I’ve been at home and I feel like I’ve very easily slipped into the groove!” the 54-year-old reveals.
Kruger last hosted Big Brother in 2014, and a lot has changed in the famous house since then – from a glitzy new mansion in Sydney’s northern beaches to the fact that housemates now hold the power to vote for evictions, not the viewing public. “It’s such a fun thing to watch play out,” Kruger tells WHO of the added dose of drama. “I know it’s sort of wrong, but if that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right!”
How would you describe the housemates of 2020?
“Compelling” is probably the word I’d use because they are such a diverse cross-section of society and not your usual stereotypical reality contestants. You know when you think of that person? They’re the opposite of that. So I just love the fact that they come from all walks of life and they’re so relatable – you know these people from your neighbourhood; you know them from your school or your work.
Was it a conscious decision by producers to get ‘real’ people in there?
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June 8, 2020