Big Brother Canada 5 houseguests include ‘second chance’ returnees
Big Brother Canada has unveiled the houseguests for its fifth season, with eight all-star former players returning for a second chance against brand new faces in a ‘fans vs. favourites’ twist.
For the first time ever on BBCAN, producers are bringing back ‘veteran’ players from former seasons to give them another shot at the game.
Gary Levy (BBCAN1), Neda Kalantar and Ika Wong (BBCAN2), Bruno Ielo, Kevin Martin and Sindy Nguyen (BBCAN3), and Cassandra Shahinfar and Dallas Cormier (BBCAN4) will compete against eight ‘first timers’ hoping they’ll have what it takes to beat the fan favourites.
The female newbies are Andre ‘Dre’ Gwenaelle (masters student from QC), Emily Hawkin (musician and server from ON), Jackie McCurrach (pizza maker from BC) and Karen Singbeil (real estate broker from BC).
Meanwhile, the males are Demetres Giannitsos (oil field technician from AB), Dillon Carman (boxer from ON), Mark Chrysler (bartender from AB) and William Laprise Desbiens (marketing student and blogger from QC).
The new season has a space age time-travel theme, with a promo teasing that the vets are “taking a trip to the future” so they can “rewrite the past” – while the newbs must find their own path to “intergalactic glory”.
This is reflected in the new house, which has its own name, the ‘BBCAN Odyssey’ – similarly to last year’s casino-themed ‘BBCAN Grand’.
It has a sci-fi decor, with teaser images revealing metallic silver walls and bright white lighting. More pictures of the new house are expected next week, just before the premiere.
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This year’s houseguests will be playing for BBCAN’s largest prize fund ever, worth around $160,000: $100,000 cash, a $30,000 gift card from show sponsor The Brick (up from $25,000), and a brand new 2017 Toyota 86 car, worth at least $29,580.
The Side Show spin-off has been cancelled this year, but host Arisa Cox will now hold extended interviews with evicted houseguests in ‘After The Eviction Live’, a live stream every Thursday night on the BBCAN Facebook page.
Maria Hale, of BBCAN broadcaster Global’s parent company Corus, said: “We aim to delight and surprise our viewers and Season 5 is no exception. We are truly as excited as our fans to see the action unfold!”
Big Brother Canada 5 premieres on Wednesday at 9pm ET/PT on Global.