The fifteen contestants taking part in the first ever season of Big Brother Canada have been revealed ahead of its premiere next week.
Over 10,000 Canadians applied to take part in the show, which will air on cable channel Slice and is based on the gameplay-oriented US format, involving the houseguests voting to evict each other with no public involvement.
“We were so overwhelmed by the number of outstanding applicants that narrowing it down was no easy task,” said Barbara Williams, SVP of content for Slice’s parent company Shaw Media.
The houseguests are (from left-right):
- Anuj ‘AJ’ Burman, 32, director of business development from Scarborough, ON
- Danielle Alexander, 20, student and aspiring actress from Calgary, AB
- Liza Skinner, 29, tanning salon owner from Toronto, ON
- Alec Beall, 26, social psychological research/doctoral student from Vancouver, BC
- Talla Rejaei, 26, support worker and social work student from Edmonton, AB
- Emmett Blois, 24, dairy farmer from Gore, Hants County, NS
- Kat Yee, 27, bartender from Toronto, ON
- Aneal Joshua Ramkissoon, 21, communications major from Richmond Hill, ON
- Jillian MacLaughlin, 27, teacher from New Glasgow, NS
- Gary Levy, 21, a bartender, artist, and fashion assistant from Toronto, ON
- Andrew Monaghan, 38, insurance sales trainer from Halifax, NS
- Suzette Amaya, 36, a support worker, radio producer and motivational speaker from East Vancouver, BC
- Peter Brown, 26, web content curator from Surrey, BC
- Thomas Plant, 24, bartender and firefighter from Edmonton, AB
- Emerald ‘Topaz’ Brady, 27, part-time dental hygienist and student from Scarborough, ON
They are playing for a prize fund worth at least CAD$143,495 (£92,000 in GBP), consisting of $100,000 cash, a $25,000 gift card for Canadian home furniture and appliance store The Brick, and a brand new Chevrolet Trax, worth at least $18,495.
“Each of the 15 selected houseguests are bringing something special to the show whether that be through a strong personality, wacky sense of humour or competitive nature,” commented executive producer John Brunton. “With this many big personalities living together under one roof, all with their eyes on the prize, things are bound to get a little crazy!”
Previously it was confirmed that a live feed from the house will be available for free online, allowing viewers to watch the action 24 hours a day.
Big Brother Canada – hosted by Arisa Cox, a TV entertainment reporter and former contestant of reality TV show U8TV: The Lofters – begins next Wednesday at 9.00pm ET/PT on Slice.
Watch a commercial for Big Brother Canada below: