Big Brother fans were shocked on Tuesday night to find out that Channel Seven had a huge twist in store for the latest season of the show.
Ahead of the show's release in June, a promo aired this week revealing each episode will feature both a big challenge and an eviction.
Unsurprisingly, many fans were worried about how this would work and whether it would mean the show would only last 20 days given there's 20 housemates.
Big Brother is changing the rules. Every day he will set a new challenge and every episode will end with an eviction.— Big Brother AU (@bigbrother_au) May 26, 2020
Can you spot a potential challenge beast?#BBAU, this June on @Channel7. pic.twitter.com/3FSxeHx3EZ
However, it's rumoured the show will run three nights a week, meaning it should be a seven-week run. Other reports suggest it will run for five weeks.
It’s not airing every night - it’s rumoured to have 3 episodes a week so it should last around 7 weeks (ish).— BBAU Returns (@BBAUReturns) May 26, 2020
Fans took to Twitter to share their shock at the change.
"EVERY EPISODE?!? Woah," one fan wrote, with another adding, "Eviction every episode [are you] serious? This won't end well with the ratings."
EVERY EPISODE?!?— erkut (@erkut_tunc) May 26, 2020
Eviction every episode r u serious? This won't end well with the ratings— Daniel Chatry (@dantheman266) May 26, 2020
One Facebook a fan wrote, "I hope if it gets renewed next year that they follow the US formate closer and have ~16 housemates and kick one out each week. An eviction each episode seems rushed."
Another said, "A eviction every night. Sounds disappointing."
However, some fans were excited at the idea with one Twitter user writing, "I'm so glad you're back... Also an eviction EVERY episode? We love to see it."
Another said, "Based off of this the games look exciting. My take is that these players will eliminate each other until [they] get to the finals and then we get to decide on the winner. Just a thought."
One excited fan wrote, "Omg this looks INCREDIBLE!!! Get the popcorn I’ll get the sauvvy b hun."
i’m so glad you’re back 😭💖😭💖😭💖😭— Sam (@sambloodylane) May 26, 2020
also an eviction EVERY episode? we love to see it
Based off of this the games look exciting. My take is that these players will eliminate each other until e get to the finals and then we get to decide on the winner. Just a thought 🤔— Moshe Lacina ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@MosheTelles) May 26, 2020
Omg this looks INCREDIBLE!!! Get the popcorn I’ll get the sauvvy b hun ❤️— poofy little twat (@BradleyTyler) May 26, 2020
Big Brother kicks off in the second week of June and has been filmed at a new house in Manly.
The contestants, who began filming three weeks before the coronavirus pandemic was declared, are competing for $250,000 in prize money.
With limited access to the internet or any communications devices, the housemates were believed to have been caught in an information bubble, unaware of the increasingly sombre news spreading across the globe.
However on March 17, Channel 7 confirmed the cast had been updated on the situation.
In a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle, Channel 7’s production company Endemol Shine explained the production was adhering to government guidelines.
“Endemol Shine Australia takes the health and safety of our crew and contestants extremely seriously,” they wrote.
“We are working in line with current guidelines and production on Big Brother is continuing.”
They also confirmed the housemates’ families had been contacted and were being kept up to date on the situation.
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