Big Brother (Australian TV series)
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by John de Mol
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||12|
|Related shows||Celebrity Big Brother|
Big Brother Australia (also known simply as Big Brother) is an Australian reality game show based on the international Big Brother format. Following the premise of other versions of the format, the show features a group of contestants, known as "Housemates" who live together in a specially constructed house that is isolated from the outside world. The housemates are continuously monitored during their stay in the house by live television cameras as well as personal audio microphones. Throughout the course of the competition, housemates are evicted from the house - voted-out of the competition. The last remaining Housemate wins the competition and is awarded a cash prize.
Big Brother was produced from 2001 and ran for eight seasons on Network Ten before the network cancelled it in July 2008 after experiencing audience erosion and controversy. Big Brother returned in 2012 on the Nine Network. Nine's iteration of the series lasted 3 seasons and was not beyond 2015. Seven Network is set to reboot the series for 2020. All eleven previous seasons were produced by Endemol Australia and Endemol Southern Star. The twelfth season will be produced by Endemol Shine Australia.
The Ten and Nine iterations of the series used a compound located at theme park Dreamworld, on the Gold Coast, Queensland, as the Big Brother House. It has since been abandoned and vandalised. In June 2019, the house was set ablaze and burnt down entirely. The entire compound was demolished by Dreamworld in August 2019. A new location for the Big Brother House will be used for Seven's iteration of the series.
- 1 History
- 2 Series details and viewership
- 3 Format
- 4 Location
- 5 Theme music
- 6 International broadcast
- 7 Companion shows
- 8 Reception
- 9 Other media
- 10 Notable contestants
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 Bibliography
- 14 External links
Network Ten iteration (2001–08)
The first Australian series began to broadcast on 23 April 2001. It was hosted by Gretel Killeen from 2001 to 2007. In late 2007 it was announced that Gretel Killeen would not host the show for its 2008 return as part of a revamp of the formula.
In 2008 Big Brother returned for its eighth season with hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O. Ten's chief programmer David Mott admitted the series had recently experienced "audience erosion" inherent with the show's long run. Mott defended the new hosts saying that the ratings for eviction shows held up.
Mike Goldman provided narration and voice-overs for all eight seasons.
Big Brother Australia was axed by Network Ten on 14 July 2008 with the broadcaster confirming that the 2008 season would be the last to air on the channel. A decrease in ratings for the daily shows was cited as the reason for Network Ten opting not to renew its contract for another season.
After the show was axed in 2008, there were many rumours about a possible revival by Nine, Seven, Ten, or SBS. SBS Programmer Shawn White denied the show would be revived on their channel despite rumours with Nine CEO David Gyngell notably 'interested' in the idea soon after the cancellation, only to turn it down days later. The Seven Network expressed interest since bidding for the show after the seventh-season finale; however, denied any and all revival occurring a week after the 2008 finale on morning program Sunrise.
Most notably, Network Ten expressed some interest in the format when on 3 June 2011, News Limited posted an article suggesting the network may be interested in putting it on its digital channel, Eleven. In the article, Chief Programming Officer David Mott stated that "...Ten have considered ways to bring the show back on a number of occasions'; however, was worried that audiences had 'moved on'. Made mention was the US version where the show has had 12 successful seasons, and a thirteenth on the way." Mott said; "It's a summer show for CBS, it doesn't play in the heart of the ratings season but it's done a pretty good job for them."
Nine Network iteration (2012–14)
On 9 September 2011, it was reported and later confirmed that the Nine Network had signed a deal with Southern Star Group to bring the Australian version of Big Brother back. On 22 February 2012 it was confirmed that Dreamworld will be used again as the location for the 2012 series.
The first episode of the revived series premiered on 13 August 2012 with its daily show airing five nights a week at a family-friendly timeslot of 7pm.
After a successful season in 2012, Nine confirmed that the series would be renewed for Season 10 in 2013 during their Nine Network 2013 promotion & during the 2013 finale, host Sonia Kruger confirmed the series renewal for Season 11 in 2014 formally opening auditions.
In 2018, "Big Brother" returned to Australia as Nine confirmed they would air the first season of Celebrity Big Brother US. Nine created a special logo for the show resembling the eye logo of Nine’s iteration of Big Brother Australia that previously aired on the network. Episodes were "fast-tracked" and available on their streaming service 9Now shortly after their American airing with televised broadcast on 9Go! starting February 11, 2018. Due to low ratings episodes were moved from the 9:30pm timeslot to 11:30pm effective 14 February 2018. No furhter American seasons of Big Brother aired.
Seven Network iteration (2020)
On 3 October 2019, Endemol Shine Australia confirmed that Big Brother Australia would be returning in 2020, initially it was reported that the Seven Network would revive the series however it was later revealed that the Nine Network still had the rights to the show despite not airing it since November 2014, thus meaning Nine had the first decision for any revival of Big Brother. As they had passed the deadline and set out their plans for 2020, Nine's first refusal rights to Big Brother expired later in October 2019.
On 23 October 2019, Seven Network confirmed it will be reviving the series in 2020. Rumors indicate the series will be closer in format to the American & Canadian versions - particularly given the upfronts trailer featured footage from Big Brother US 17, Big Brother Canada 2 and Big Brother Canada 3 as well as the empishies on the phrase "Control, Evict, Win" in the promo.
In this new format, the housemates will compete in competitions for power over the household and vote to evict each other out of the house. The reboot has been compared to Survivor - in which the discussions and politicking regarding the Nomination and Eviction processes are not only allowed (being disallowed in earlier iterations) but central to the format. Seven's Director of Programming Angus Ross confirmed there would be no live shows on 26 October.
Series details and viewership
|Series||Days||Housemates||Winner||Runner-up||Episodes||Originally aired||Average viewers|
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||85||14||Ben Williams||Blair McDonough||N/a||23 April 2001||16 July 2001||Ten||1.40|
|2||86||15||Peter Corbett||Marty Martin||N/a||8 April 2002||1 July 2002||1.50|
|Celebrity||24||12||Dylan Lewis||Jay Laga'aia||20||21 July 2002||12 August 2002||1.10|
|3||86||16||Regina Bird||Chrissie Swan||N/a||27 April 2003||21 July 2003||1.70|
|4||Trevor Butler||Bree Amer||N/a||2 May 2004||26 July 2004||1.50|
|5||100||20||Greg Mathew||Tim Brunero||N/a||8 May 2005||15 August 2005||1.20|
|6||23||Jamie Brooksby||Camilla Halliwell||N/a||22 April 2006||31 July 2006||1.30|
|7||24||Aleisha Cowcher||Zach Douglas||128||22 April 2007||30 July 2007||1.07|
|8||85||20||Terri Munro||Rory Ammon||93||28 April 2008||21 July 2008||0.86|
|9||87||16||Benjamin Norris||Layla Subritzky||88||13 August 2012||7 November 2012||Nine||1.04|
|10||101||20||Tim Dormer||Jade Albany Pietrantonio||78||29 July 2013||6 November 2013||0.89|
|11||80||22||Ryan Ginns||Travis Lunardi||58||8 September 2014||26 November 2014||0.65|
Big Brother Australia is based on the international Big Brother series produced by Endemol in the Netherlands which began in 1999. The show's name comes from George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which revolves around a dystopia in which dictator Big Brother is the all-seeing leader. The series generally constitutes 14 or more contestants who live in an isolated house for several months.
Housemates must remain in the house at all times, with the aim of avoiding eviction from the house to be the last Housemate remaining to win a substantial cash prize at the end of the series. Alternatively, housemates can also be removed from the house if Big Brother feels this is necessary, and can voluntarily leave the show at any time. In order to support the housemates' well-being, all participants have access to psychologists and a doctor, at all times. Housemates are filmed 24 hours per day with edited highlights broadcast during prime time slots every evening.
For Ten's and Nine's iterations of the series, a format of the show resembled the original Dutch version of the show - a format adapted by most versions of the Big Brother format. As the format of the show emphasised the social experiment aspects of premies, the competitive aspects are minimised - Housemates were not allowed to discuss Nominations and most seasons did not feature any competitions for power or safety (with the exceptions being the ‘’Friday Night Games’’ and ‘’Showdowns’’). The main elements of the original format are as follows:
- Nominations: Each week, the Housemates would participate in Nominations, a voting process to determine who is eligible for eviction that week. Each Housemate will vote for two other Housemates. Three or more Housemates with the most nominations points become nominated for Eviction and will face Australia's Vote.
- For Seasons 1-7 and the second half of Season 8; each Housemate had 3 Nomination Points to allocate two Housemates - One Housemate for two points, and another with one.
- For the first half of season 8; The Power over Nominations was given to Australia, with Australia voting to save a Housemate via televoting and the 3 lowest vote receivers facing a House Eviction Vote.
- For Seasons 9-11; each Housemate had 5 Nomination Points to allocate to two Housemates - For a 3/2 or 4/1 point allocation.
- Nomination Powers: Some seasons the Housemates were able to win power over the Nomination Process.
- 3 Point Twist:
- Save & Replace:
- Nomination Superpowers:
- Eviction: After the Nominations are finalised, voting for viewers is open, with voting being done via televoting (and in later seasons via social media).
- For Seasons 1-5 & the second half of season 8; Australia voted to evict a Nominee. The Nominee with the most votes is evicted.
- For Seasons 6 & 7; Australia had the option to both save and evict. Both vote tallies would be combined and the nominee with the highest net-evict vote (or lowest net-save vote), is evicted.
- For the first half of season 8; the Housemates voted between the Nominees voted by Australia in a similar style to Nominations (3 Eviction Votes to be allocated in a 2/1 vote allocation). The Housemate with the most votes is evicted.
- For Seasons 9-11; Australia voted to save a Nominee. The nominee with the fewest votes is evicted.
In the end, the final Housemates would face a Final Vote, by Australia to determine the winner of the series.
In 2020, Seven Network revamped the format of the series to resemble the format of the American & Canadian editions of Big Brother. Promoted as Big Brother: Revolution, the new format emphasises the competitive aspect of surviving the eviction process. As such, Housemates are allowed to strategise and politic regarding the eviction process in this format, as they compete to stay in the house. Audience participation (in Eviction Voting) is minimised.
Each week the Housemates compete in several competitions in order to win power and safety inside the house. The main elements of the format are as follows:
- Head of Household: At the start of each week, the Housemates compete in the Head of Household competition. The winner of the competition is named Head of Household, is given a number of luxury privileges (including a Private Bedroom) and has power over the household. No Housemate may be HoH in consecutive weeks.
- Nominations: The Head of Household is given the sole power over the Nominations. At the weekly Nomination Ceremony, the HoH will nominate 2 other Housemates for eviction.
- Power of Veto: After the Nominees are determined, the Veto competition is held for the Power of Veto. Six Housemates are selected to compete - he reigning HoH and the nominees are guaranteed to play with the remaining slots being given to other Housemates selected by random draw. At the weekly Veto Ceremony the winner of the PoV may exercise the power and revoke the nomination of one of the nominees or leave the nominations as they are. Even a HoH holding the PoV may use the power on their own nominations. If the veto holder uses this power, the HoH must immediately nominate another Housemate for eviction. The PoV winner is immune from being named as the replacement nominee.
- Eviction: On eviction night, all Housemates must vote to evict one of the nominees, with the exception of the nominees and the Head of Household. The eviction vote is by Secret ballot, with Housemates casting their votes orally in the Diary Room. In the event of a tied vote, the Head of Household will cast a tie-breaking vote publicly. The nominee with the majority of the votes is evicted from the house.
At the mid-point of the game, evicted Housemates become members of the Jury. When only two players remain, a Final Vote is held where the remaining players plead their case to the Jury as to why they should win the game. The jurors then cast their votes for which finalist should win the game be awarded the and the grand prize.
While in the house, the Housemates are under the watchful eye of "Big Brother" - the embodiment of the Show's Producers, who will act as an authoritative voice of God to the Housemates. Housemates are at all times under the control of Big Brother, a rule enforcing authority figure who monitors the behaviour of the housemates, set tasks and punishments and provides the mechanism for contestants to make external requests.
Unlike previous versions of Big Brother, housemates would refer to Big Brother as if it was one person. Over the course of the series, Big Brother became increasingly sassy and developed a dry wit in his interactions with the Housemates. He would also offer to counsel his housemates in need of His wisdom.
The winner of Big Brother Australia receives a cash prize for being the last remaining housemate.
- In Big Brother 1 - Big Brother 3 and in Big Brother 8 - Big Brother 10, the cash prize stood at a guaranteed A$250,000. Some of these seasons only mentioned the grand prize part-way through the series. 
- Big Brother 11, also intneded to have a A$250,000 prize, but some tasks and challenges during the season resulted in the prize decresing to A$200,000.
- In Big Brother 4, the prize money was a guaranteed A$1,000,000.
- In Big Brother 5 and Big Brother 6 continued to offer the A$1,000,000, but introducduced a fine system. The winner of Big Brother 5 received $836,000, while the winner of Big Brother 6 received $426,000.
- Big Brother 7 was advertised as having no prize money available to the winner of that series. When the series began, it was revealed the grand prize would be based on the Household's completion of weekly tasks. The money earned for the grand prize was $450,000.
- In the only season of Celebrity Big Brother Australia, the winner was awarded $100,000 to the charity of their choice.
Big Brother 5 introduced a fines system in which the $1,000,000 cash prize was decreased by $5,000 each time housemates violated a rule of Big Brother. The house used for the 6th season featured a Punishment Room, where housemates would sometimes be sent to be punished in addition to the $5,000 fine. In Big Brother 7, some changes were made. These monetary fines were subtracted from the household budget rather than from the prize money, while the Punishment Room remained.
In Big Brother 9 there was a small, rectangular-shaped room, linked to the lounge. This room was the Naughty Corner. This room was similar to the Punishment Room of the sixth and seventh series. The eighth and ninth series' featured no fines system at all. Instead, Big Brother used the original striking system more frequently that meant when a housemate received three strikes they were evicted.
A fundamental and strongly-enforced rule of Big Brother Australia is that nominations, and the use of the Twist, are not to be discussed at all. Specifically, all housemates are forbidden from disclosing to other housemates who they have previously nominated, who they plan to nominate in the future, or who their Twist has been used on; and they must not engage in conjecture about who may attract nomination votes and why. These discussions are banned and are deemed collusion by Big Brother, as they may give housemates a competitive advantage. Breaking this rule incurs fines, punishment, or loss of the right to nominate in the following round.
During the Big Brother 2007, the winner of Friday Night Live competition and their chosen companion were permitted to privately discuss who they planned to nominate in the Rewards Room.
Halfway through Big Brother 2008, a purpose-built Nominations Room was introduced. This was where housemates were allowed to discuss who they wanted to nominate.
In Big Brother 2012, the housemates nominated differently. They were allowed to nominate using a total of five points, but could only use these points on two of their fellow housemates.
In the 11th season the rules were slightly altered due to the pairs twist in play. Housemates would nominate, be nominated as a pair, however they would not be evicted as a pair. The pair with the lowest save vote from the public vote would have a house vote where housemates stand behind the person they wish to stay. Also housemates could talk about nominations to their partner. This rule was only in play for the first week.
Every series of Big Brother Australia usually includes "Intruders". Intruders are new housemates added to the house by the show's producers as an ongoing housemate after the series has started. Intruders will be eligible to win the series but will often face a special "Intruder Eviction" shortly after their entrance to the house (either by House Vote, Australia's vote or some combination of both).
First house (2001–2014)
The first Big Brother House was located at Coordinates: near Dreamworld, a theme park in Coomera, a northern suburb of the city of the Gold Coast, Queensland. The house was used for ten's and Nine's iteration of Big Brother. Footage from the house is monitored and edited in Dreamworld Studios. There is also an auditorium where the live audience shows, such as the eviction and finale episodes, were staged. The auditorium was an existing facility at Dreamworld used for live stage shows prior to the first series of Big Brother. It was leased to Endemol Southern Star for the duration of the series each year.
Only slight modifications were made to the interior of the house for the second series and the special Celebrity Big Brother Australia series that were screened in 2002. Subsequent to those series, the interior of the house has been rebuilt or extensively remodelled for each new series. Two separate houses were built for Big Brother 2003, and they were merged twenty-three days into the series when previously hidden connecting rooms were revealed. The fifth series introduced a Friday Night Live games arena. An animal enclosure was added to the side of the compound for the sixth series. It was retained for the seventh series.
During production on the series, visitors could access the Big Brother auditorium and view live footage from the house. This feature was, however, discontinued at the start of the ninth series.
Second house (2020)
As the original house had burned down, the Seven Network iteration of the series is set to use a new location for a new Big Brother House. Speculation indicating that a possible location for the new house is Sydney Harbour's Cockatoo Island, in Sydney, New South Wales. The speculation came about after images of the island featured prominently in promotional material for the new series.
The theme music was adapted from the original theme used in the original Big Brother, which aired in the Netherlands. The theme for Big Brother Australia was written by Siew Ooi and 001 Productions in Melbourne. The track is an extended version of the main title theme used in the first two seasons of Big Brother Australia, and tracks heard throughout the seasons that followed are shorter, remixed versions of this track. The original track can sometimes be heard in the background when eviction votes, or the nomination tally in the Nominations show, are shown on screen, or when eviction phone numbers are during a show. In 2008, the theme music was retooled into an electric amplified remix, in counterpart of the format changes that were made that year. Four years later in the 2012 revival of the program, the original theme song returned with a futuristic remix.
The title theme was initially released as a single. The track was an extended mix of the main title theme used in the first two seasons, and was released with an acoustic "Diary Room" mix and more trance influenced "Eviction" mix. It barely scraped in the top 50, but was re-released a few months later where it reached #12 on the ARIA charts in 2001 with a B-Side of The Sirens' hit "Don't You Think That It's Strange", which was also co-written by Big Brother 2001 housemates; the Diary Room mix; and an extended version of the Big Brother Uncut theme.
Between 2001 and 2003, as well during 2005, Big Brother Australia aired on TV2 in New Zealand. The show aired on Prime in 2004. Between 2001 and 2004, the show aired on a one-day delay from the Australian broadcast. As such New Zealand viewers had the ability to cast eviction votes to determine the weekly evictee, however this did not continue in 2005 as the show aired on a three-week delay long after voting in Australia had concluded.
Criticism and controversy
The series received some criticism from commentators and audiences for its sexual content. The series was occasionally referred to as "Big Brothel" in the press, in reference to the sexual content of the Uncut episode. Criticism was also voiced in the Australian Government, with one politician referring to it as "toxic television". Complaints about Uncut led to it being rebranded Big Brother: Adults Only for the 2006 season. Adults Only was cancelled early in the season due to continuing controversy.
After the 2005 series, complaints prompted the Australian Communications and Media Authority to launch an investigation into Big Brother: Uncut. The main complaint was that Network Ten had breached the industry code of practice by broadcasting footage that went past the maximum MA15+ rating for Australian commercial television. The ACMA found Network Ten had breached the code on two occasions: the airing of housemate Michael massaging Gianna with his penis exposed, and the song about sexual fetishes. The ACMA did not impose any direct punishment on Network Ten, however outlined requirements for the 2006 series of Uncut. Included in those requirements is a commitment by Network Ten to compile episode footage early enough for censors to evaluate it. Two censors were taken on by the network specifically for Big Brother, and crew were trained on the restrictions of the MA15+ television rating. As a result of criticism, the show was renamed Big Brother: Adults Only for the 2006 season.
2006 alleged sexual assault controversy
On 1 July 2006 two housemates, Michael Cox (using the alias Ashley for the show) and Michael Bric (using the alias John), were removed from the house for allegedly sexually assaulting, "Turkey slapping" female housemate, Camilla Halliwell, in a season of the series that had already attracted significant controversy. Following the incident the live feed was temporarily replaced by an old UpLate update of the housemates completing their football task, continuously looped, and the forums on the Big Brother website were removed. Queensland Police were shown the relevant footage, but opted not to conduct a criminal investigation. Subsequent to this incident former housemate Rita Lazzarotto reported that she had been subjected to a similar incident during her time in the Big Brother house in the 2005 series.
Then Australian Prime Minister John Howard asked for Big Brother to be cancelled, saying, "Here's a great opportunity for Channel 10 to do a bit of self-regulation and get this stupid program off the air"; Leader of the Opposition Kim Beazley and Senator Steve Fielding supported this view. Queensland Premier Peter Beattie argued that the show employed many Australians in production and that, because of the already diminished size of the Australian television industry, the show should continue.
The show's producers aim to get "real people" in the house. This has been done by personality testing, engaging with people around the country and appearances. While there are housemates who are "unique" and reflect many diverse people in Australia, there has been a high number of individuals each season who come from a modelling background which has alienated them from the public audience.
Awards and nominations
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On 8 July 2003, a DVD entitled Big Brother: Unseen/Uncut/Unreel by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, featuring risqué moments from the series was released and became marginally successful. It was rated M which means that the DVD requires a mature perspective, however there is no legal restriction on access. The DVD is broken down into three sections. Unseen showed Launch and Eviction episodes, while Uncut features clips from Big Brother Uncut; speaks of how television censorship laws of different countries that have Big Brother seasons differ to Australia's; footage of the audition process; and a package where Peter Abbott, the voice of Big Brother for the first three seasons, was "Big Brother'd" for a day, where a camera followed him from the time he woke up to when he went to sleep. Unreel section has information on the first three seasons' housemates, including Big Brother 2003's housemates' introduction packages shown at In They Go; an image gallery with information on what the 24 original housemates of the first two seasons were doing at the time of the DVD's release; and an interactive tour of Big Brother 2003's Houses before and after they were merged.
- Rachel Corbett is currently heard across the Triple M and Southern Cross Austereo Local Works Radio Networks co-hosting Merrick and The Highway Patrol with Merrick Watts and Julian Schiller. She had previously co-hosted the All New Paul Murray show with Rachel Corbett across the Triple M Networks in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane until Paul Murray signed on with Sydney AM talkback station 2UE, to do his own show.
- Christina Davis is a stand-up comedian, actress and voiceover artist.
- Sara-Marie Fedele enjoyed significant celebrity status after the series, releasing a CD single, pyjamas, a book, and endorsed Nicorette Patches in television advertisements. She was a celebrity contestant in Celebrity Big Brother Australia in 2002 and Dancing with the Stars in 2005.
- Blair McDonough had an ongoing acting role with daily serial Neighbours from 2001 to April 2006, then worked as a television presenter, and acted in Winners and Losers.
- Gordon Sloan from Big Brother Australia 2001 died in Beijing on 13 September 2007, supposedly of a drug overdose.
- Pete Timbs is a journalist for TV Week magazine, co-hosts The Know on the subscription channel MAX and is part of the breakfast radio show on Triple M 4MMM in Brisbane. He also appeared on the chat show The Catch-Up as the gossip columnist.
- Jess Hardy was a contestant on the second season of The Mole prior to her famous Big Brother appearance. Hardy was eliminated in the first episode of The Mole.
- Nathan Morris is now a radio host in Perth on Nova 93.7's breakfast show "Nathan, Nat & Shaun"; was a regular guest on Big Mouth in 2008.
- Brodie Young, an intruder in Big Brother 2002, hosted Quizmania.
- Regina Bird taped a pilot for her own show for Network Ten which never made it to air. Was a frequent guest on Big Brother UpLate, and a contestant on Nine Network's celebrity skating competition series Skating on Thin Ice in 2005.
- Chrissie Swan is currently doing breakfast radio for Melbourne radio station Mix 101.1 FM. She was previously a talk show host on The Circle and replaced Ian dinkson as host of Can of Worms, among other television appearances. She has been nominated for a Gold Logie.
- Bree Amer was a regular co-host of Big Brother Friday Night Live and Friday Night Games.
- Wesley Dening hosted children's television show, Totally Wild
- Ryan Fitzgerald was a regular co-host of Big Brother Friday Night Live and Friday Night Games. He is also a radio host on the breakfast show on Nova 96.9 in Sydney, and appears frequently on Network Ten's Before The Game and The Project (he is a former AFL Footballer having played for the Sydney Swans and Adelaide Crows). Fitzgerald hosted Fox8's The Recruit.
- Tim Brunero returned to journalism after the 2005 season finale and since 2012 has been employed by the ABC, currently a regular radio presenter on 783 ABC Alice Springs, fill-in presenter for nationwide ABC Local Radio program, Overnights and regular interviewer for ABC News 24's One Plus One program. He used to write a weekly column on The Chaser and was a regular guest on Big Mouth in 2008.
- Simon Deering hosted The Uplate Game Show in 2005-2006.
- Greg and David Mathew, the Logan twins from Big Brother 2005, filmed a trek to the North Pole and had selected segments aired on Big Brother UpLate in May 2006.
- Danielle Foote released a single, a cover of the song Underneath the Radar in 2006.
- Krystal Forscutt had a one-year contract in 2006 with Zoo Weekly to feature in a weekly column. In 2007 Forscutt was a contestant on It Takes Two. She also appeared as a character in the video game Need for Speed: ProStreet.
- Rob Rigley was a regular co-host of The Uplate Game Show with Simon Deering
- Camilla Severi was one of the three hosts of Labby, Camilla and Stav on Brisbane's B105 but now works on Brisbane's Nova FM.
- Jamie McDonald went from "Australia's favourite nerd" hosting a low-rating video games TV show to hosting breakfast radio with the Southern Cross/Austereo network.
- Craig Barnett, AKA Barney, was 'MR Australia 2007' in the Manhunt International 2007 World Final. He was also a winner of Network Nine's 1 vs. 100 the same year, and in 2008 was a finalist in Cleo Bachelor of the Year.
- Michael Crafter, previously a member of metalcore band I Killed The Prom Queen.
- Nathan Strempel currently is a presenter on Adelaide's Life FM and on Australia Live TV Xtreme Sports Hour.
- Joseph Wagland is well known in Canberra as its leading Restaurant Guru.
- Michael Beveridge now co-hosts SAFM's morning show in Adelaide.
- Layla Subritzky appeared on the third season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia in 2013.
- Heidi Anderson originally co-hosted the "Heidi, Heath & Normy" morning show on NXFM in Newcastle but now co-hosts 92.9's morning show in Perth.
- Ben Zabel is introducing his own line of Peter Alexander Pyjamas.
- Tim Dormer entered the Big Brother Canada 4 house after a wildcard vote.
- Sam Bramham competed for Australia at Swimming in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
- Penny Higgs was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
- Priya Mailk entered the ninth season of Bigg Boss in 2015, the Indian version of Big Brother.
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