Jillian wins first Big Brother Canada after vote blunder
Jillian McLaughlin has narrowly won the first season of Big Brother Canada after a controversial final which saw jury member Topaz Brady botch her vote.
The night begun with the conclusion of the three-part final Head of Household competition, which saw Emmett Blois and Gary Levy go head to head after they took the two previous parts.
They were asked a series of true or false questions regarding how the evicted houseguests planned to play the game before entering the house. After tieing on most of the rounds, Gary finally triumphed when Emmett gave an incorrect answer.
Gary then had to choose the final evictee – and, reasoning that he had a better chance at beating notorious ‘liar’ Jillian, he opted to send Emmett packing.
After getting the chance to quiz the final two, the jury members – AJ, Alec, Topaz, Peter, Andrew, Talla and Emmett – cast their votes for who they wanted to win the show.
Presenter Arisa Cox later revealed the results, with Emmett and Talla backing Jillian, and AJ and Alec favouring Gary.
But the most unexpected twist of the season came when she announced that Topaz, a close friend and supporter of Gary, had in fact voted for Jillian to win.
The 27-year-old – who is thought to have been under the impression that she was voting to evict – immediately stormed on stage to protest, but Arisa insisted that there was nothing she could do and that the rules had been explained clearly.
Producers swiftly cut to a commercial break – and on return, with Topaz back in her seat in the jury stand, they replayed footage of her entering her ballot. Arisa proceeded to reveal the rest of the results, with Peter supporting Gary, and Andrew going for Jillian.
Therefore, by four to three, Jillian was crowned the winner, scooping the prize of $100,000 cash, a Chevrolet Trax, and a $25,000 gift card for Canadian home store The Brick.
Meanwhile, Gary – who would have won had it not been for Topaz’s blunder – receives a runner-up prize of $20,000.
It is the first time that finale voting has been disputed in the history of the Big Brother USA format.