If you saw the first-season finale of Big Brother Canada, you never will forget it.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of reality-competition TV or not. Drama is drama. And the best kind of drama is the kind that is completely unpredictable.
The second season of Big Brother Canada, which debuts Wednesday, March 5 on Slice and Global (subsequent episodes will be on Slice exclusively), has a tough act to follow.
It was back on May 2, 2013 that Jillian MacLaughlin was crowned the controversial winner in the first season of Big Brother Canada. But the controversy had nothing to do with Jillian herself.
The final vote was between Jillian and Gary Levy. But one of the people on the jury – previously evicted house-guest Topaz Brady, who was a total Gary loyalist and one of Jillian’s enemies – accidentally voted for Jillian instead of Gary. So Jillian won the vote 4-3.
They actually had to go to a replay, like determining whether the puck crossed the goal line in a hockey game, or whether a receiver kept his feet in bounds in a football game. One of the camera shots clearly showed how Topaz had cast her vote. It wasn’t any sort of malfunction. She just messed up, and she was distraught about it, having cost her friend Gary $80,000 (first prize was $100,000, second prize was $20,000).
It turns out Gary got an additional consolation prize, though.
New for season two is the Big Brother Canada Side Show, which is a weekly post-eviction wrap-up led by series host Arisa Cox and featuring Gary and another memorable season-one house-guest, Peter Brown. With Big Brother Canada airing three times a week (Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday), every Thursday on the Side Show you’ll see Arisa, Gary, Peter and some surprise guests analyzing what has just happened in the house.
No one can predict if season two of Big Brother Canada will be as controversial as season one. But it all begins with the personalities – some great and some grating – and we get to see those starting on March 5.