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Big Brother Australia
 
 
Season 4 (2004)
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Big Brother 2004, also known as Big Brother 4, was the fourth series of Big Brother Australia, and was aired on Network Ten, starting on Sunday 2 May 2004,[1] with the housemates entering the day before, and ended on Monday 26 July 2004, lasting 86 days. The season was billed as "back to basics, but with one small secret". In a return to the basic format of Big Brother 1 and Big Brother 2 that had been eschewed in favour of twists and surprises in Big Brother 3, all housemates were let into the house together and former surprise elements such as swimming pools and gym equipment were all exposed from the beginning.

Two Intruders entered the house later in the game, and Miriam, the transsexual star of the show There's Something About Miriam, entered as a houseguest near the end.[2] The prize money was raised from $250,000 to $1,000,000, but this was kept hidden from housemates until later in the series. Evicted housemates also received larger prizes than any season before, with every evictee receiving a top of the range Mitsubishi Lancer VR-X. The two Intruders were some of the least liked in all the four series, with Violeta being chosen for eviction by every single housemate, and then Monica, who already had a boyfriend outside, immediately started falling for Ryan, and she and Bree developed rivalry towards each other. When Monica was finally up for eviction, she was evicted with a large percentage of the votes. The final contestants in 2004 were Bree Amer and Trevor Butler. Trevor won, and then proposed to his girlfriend on stage. Mid-season, The housemates were able to see the unofficial premiere of The Day After Tomorrow.

Opening sequence[edit]

The same as the 2003 opening sequence with some minor sound changes. The background colour is more gradient than last years. A scene of a green backyard appears between the diary room and kitchen scenes. The diary room chair is orange instead of red. Also the evicted housemate in the titles was changed to blue. Lastly the 84 days was changed to the series 86 days. The theme also was slightly remixed with the introduction of a guitar component.

Housemates[edit]

Main article: List of Big Brother Australia housemates (2004 series)

Nominations Table[edit]

The first Housemate in each box was Nominated for Two Points, and the second Housemate was Nominated for One Point.

Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Nominations
points
received
Intruders Nominations Day 83 Day 85 Day 86 (Finale)
Trevor Igor
Terri
Igor
Paul
Paul
Ashalea
Paul
Ashalea
Merlin
Paul
Terri
Ashalea
Wesley
Ashalea
Violeta Paul
Ashalea
No
Nominations
Paul
Catherine
Paul
Bree
No
Nominations
Winner
(Day 86)
10
Bree Terri
Igor
Terri
Igor
Terri
Kane
Terri
Paul
Terri
Paul
Wesley
Ryan
Kane
Paul
Violeta Paul
Wesley
No
Nominations
Paul
Ryan
Paul
Ryan
No
Nominations
Runner-Up
(Day 86)
24
Paul Aphrodite
Igor
Elle
Merlin
Merlin
Krystal
Elle
Trevor
Merlin
Catherine
Ashalea
Catherine
Trevor
Bree
Violeta Trevor
Bree
No
Nominations
Trevor
Ryan
Ryan
Trevor
No
Nominations
Evicted
(Day 85)
37
Ryan Igor
Aphrodite
Igor
Terri
Krystal
Terri
Terri
Ashalea
Catherine
Terri
Bree
Terri
Ashalea
Bree
Violeta Ashalea
Paul
No
Nominations
Catherine
Bree
Bree
Paul
Evicted
(Day 83)
17
Catherine Ashalea
Igor
Igor
Terri
Paul
Ashalea
Paul
Terri
Merlin
Trevor
Terri
Ryan
Kane
Ryan
Violeta Paul
Ashalea
No
Nominations
Ryan
Bree
Evicted
(Day 78)
15
Ashalea Igor
Paul
Elle
Merlin
Elle
Trevor
Elle
Kane
Merlin
Kane
Wesley
Kane
Wesley
Ryan
Violeta Ryan
Catherine
No
Nominations
Evicted
(Day 71)
40
Mónica Not in
house
Nominated Ashalea
Bree
No
Nominations
Evicted
(Day 71)
N/A
Wesley Aphrodite
Krystal
Ashalea
Krystal
Ashalea
Bree
Elle
Ashalea
Bree
Catherine
Bree
Catherine
Ashalea
Catherine
Violeta Ryan
Catherine
Evicted
(Day 68)
9
Violeta Not in
house
Nominated Ashalea
Bree
Evicted
(Day 59)
N/A
Kane Elle
Catherine
Krystal
Elle
Krystal
Terri
Elle
Terri
Ashalea
Catherine
Ashalea
Terri
Bree
Ashalea
Evicted
(Day 57)
11
Terri Igor
Catherine
Igor
Bree
Merlin
Krystal
Bree
Ryan
Bree
Ashalea
Ashalea
Kane
Evicted
(Day 50)
37
Merlin Igor
Terri
Igor
Terri
Paul
Terri
Paul
Terri
Paul
Terri
Evicted
(Day 43)
15
Elle Igor
Kane
Igor
Terri
Ashalea
Krystal
Ashalea
Ryan
Evicted
(Day 36)
19
Krystal Igor
Aphrodite
Igor
Terri
Terri
Merlin
Evicted
(Day 29)
13
Igor Krystal
Ashalea
Elle
Kane
Evicted
(Day 22)
32
Aphrodite Terri
Paul
Evicted
(Day 15)
6
Nomination note none [1] [2] [3] none
Against
public vote
Aphrodite,
Igor,
Terri
Elle,
Igor,
Terri
Ashalea,
Krystal,
Paul,
Terri
Elle,
Paul,
Terri
Bree,
Catherine,
Merlin,
Paul,
Terri
Ashalea,
Bree,
Terri,
Welsey
Ashalea,
Bree,
Kane,
Wesley
Monica,
Violeta
Ashalea,
Bree,
Catherine,
Paul,
Ryan,
Trevor,
Wesley
Ashalea,
Bree,
Catherine,
Monica,
Paul,
Ryan,
Trevor
Catherine,
Paul,
Ryan
Bree,
Paul,
Ryan
Bree,
Paul,
Trevor
Bree,
Trevor
Evicted Aphrodite
45%
to evict
Igor
47%
to evict
Krystal
41%
to evict
Elle
36%
to evict
Merlin
46%
to evict
Terri
41%
to evict
Kane
36%
to evict
Violeta
7 of 7 votes
to evict
Wesley
20%
to evict
Mónica
43%
(out of 7)
to evict
Catherine
41%
to evict
Ryan
37%
to evict
Paul
Most votes
to evict
Bree
Most votes
to evict
Ashalea
24%
(out of 6)
to evict
Saved Igor
35%
Terri
20%
Terri
35%
Elle
18%
Paul
32%
Terri
21%
Ashalea
6%
Terri
34%
Paul
30%
???
19%
???
18%
???
13%
???
4%
???
24%
???
21%
???
14%
???
28%
???
19%
???
17%
Mónica
0 votes
Bree
19%
???
17%
???
17%
???
15%
???
8%
???
4%
???
22%
???
21%
???
16%
???
4%
???
3%
???
33%
???
26%
???
35%
???
28%
Bree
Trevor
Trevor
Fewest votes
to evict

Nomination Notes[edit]

^1 The two Intruders faced the Housemate Vote, in which the Housemates would decide which one of them should go home. The Housemates unanimously chose to Evict Violeta.
^2 All Housemates were Nominated by Big Brother after failing to give reasonable Nomination reasons. Had this not happened, Ashalea, Ryan, and Paul would have faced the public vote. Monica, as a new Housemate, was exempt from this process.
^3 For the second week running all Housemates were automatically Nominated by Big Brother - this was due to the fact that at the last Eviction there was a voting error and Bree had been incorrectly Evicted. Bree later returned to the House, and the correct Evictee, Wesley, was Evicted on Day 68, four days too late. This left no time for Nominations, so all Housemates were put up for the Public Vote. For fun, Big Brother asked each housemate who they wanted to save from eviction.

Special shows[edit]

The Secret Revealed[edit]

The Fight[edit]

Meeting Mirriam[edit]

The Secret's Out[edit]

The Intruders[edit]

Intruder Eviction[edit]

The Recount[edit]

The Countdown Begins[edit]

Controversy and incidents[edit]

Housemate Merlin Luck staged a protest at his live eviction show. Upon entering the arena, he revealed a makeshift banner which read "Free Th Refugees". The letter E had fallen off and it was intended to read "Free The Refugees" in reference to Australian Government policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers. Merlin placed gaffer tape over his mouth and refused to speak during the live show. The following night, when he returned to appear as a guest on the Nomination show, he apologised to Killeen for putting her on the spot and making her job difficult by refusing to speak during the eviction show. On this show Merlin spoke about his actions in the highest rating show of the timeslot for that night.[2]

The producers were criticized for making a deal with housemate Ryan Fitzgerald who was permitted to wear a t-shirt that was branded with "MLS" (acronym for Massive Loser Squad). The t-shirts were being sold while the show was running and Ryan's friends admitted that a proportion of the profits was going towards votes to keep him in the house, thus giving him what was perceived to be an unfair advantage. However the producer pointed-out that many housemates had companies or local communities rally support for them, which was little different, and that there was nothing stopping any other housemate's supporters doing a similar thing to Ryan's friends.

Housemate Bree Amer was incorrectly evicted instead of Wesley due to a vote counting error. The error was discovered after the Sunday night eviction show. Bree had already met up with friends and family. She was returned to the house the following night (Monday).[3] Wesley was evicted in a special show on the following Thursday.

Reception[edit]

Australian TV ratings[edit]

MONDAY - FRIDAY DAILY SHOW

WEEK Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth TOTAL WEEKLY
RANK
01 356,000 343,000 256,000 137,000 152,000 1,243,000 46
02 299,000 281,000 222,000 115,000 145,000 1,062,000 58
03 312,000 268,000 199,000 110,000 148,000 1,037,000 70
04 , 000 , 000 , 000 , 000 , 000 , 000
05 311,000 296,000 208,000 121,000 146,000 1,082,000 65
06 325,000 278,000 195,000 116,000 148,000 1,063,000 66
07 341,000 294,000 221,000 132,000 131,000 1,119,000 49
08 289,000 272,000 233,000 126,000 133,000 1,052,000 65
09 302,000 287,000 242,000 135,000 133,000 1,100,000 57
10 309,000 322,000 234,000 141,000 132,000 1,138,000 45
11 328,000 302,000 231,000 143,000 121,000 1,124,000 53
12 357,000 307,000 249,000 1,000,000 124,000 2,191,000' 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dale, David (17 May 2004). "Reality TV feels the pain". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Buttner, Claire (14 June 2004). Merlin's silent protest. The Sydney Morning Herald
  3. ^ "Bree to re-enter Big Brother", theage.com.au, Published 5 July 2004, URL accessed 18 July 2007.