Sonia Kruger to host Big Brother?

Rumours are firming that Sonia Kruger is close to securing the hosting job on Nine’s Big Brother for 2012.

TV Tonight hears that the quick-witted Dancing with the Stars co-host is favoured by Nine to take the presenting role which catapulted Gretel Killeen to fame a decade ago on TEN.

Such a move would see Kruger exit her long-standing role on Seven’s variety series. She has appeared on the show for eleven seasons, alongside hosts Daryl Somers and Daniel MacPherson.

During that time she has attracted acclaim with viewers and critics alike for her ability to work off-script, qualities that are all required in the role of Big Brother host.

Since it emerged that Nine was reviving the Southern Star reality series there has been plenty of interest from online forums, with furious speculation about who will land the hosting role.

Media reports that Hamish and Andy might host were later denied by the comedy duo. Nostalgic fans have also called for Gretel Killeen to be reinstated.

Kruger is understood to be contracted to Dancing with the Stars on a series by series basis.

A Seven spokesperson would not confirm details of their 2012 plans, telling TV Tonight, “We’ll be looking at Dancing with the Stars early in the new year.”

Aside from Underbelly: Razor, Reality shows have been one of Nine’s sweet spots in 2011. With The Block currently in production, The Voice nearing cast completion, and Celebrity Apprentice expected to be renewed a Big Brother series helmed by Sonia Kruger could be quite a Reality slapdown.


  1. big brother australia was the best from 2001-2007
    in 2008 kyle and jackie o came in and hosted big brother…Thiss led to the axing of the show.
    Big Brother needs Gretel Killeen

  2. I hope Big brother australia in 2012 and on channel 9 would be a new hit. I mean let alone be the new big brother as of starting point round 1. so make it out that big brothr australia is new again and would look quite the same as to what it was in 2001 when big brother was new back then and no one new what was about to happen.

    There for big brother the return on the all new located channel channel 9 would be a suprise… just like how no one new much about big brother show or what are or about to happen day by day in 2001 of big brother series 1. Well it will be like that. It will be sort of different role… it could be like evictions on a friday rather then the traditional sunday. then they would have the big brother competition game for the money on a sunday while they might evict one secondary viceperson to a different secret room on a tuesday….. All mix and match… without the everyone nows how big brother works..

    as we recall evictions was on a sunday and fridays was big brother games… but this time it will be different.. it will have a much close role as to what it was with big brother series 1. Know the problem here is…. will big brother be a (number) or will it be 2012 1 series ? then 2013 2 series ? If big brother show the return in 2012 for all new start on channel 9 without a number series it is most likely this is going to be a one off season show unfortunally.

  3. Get over it people. She’s the host- that’s that. When did Australia become a bunch of online whingers?
    I, for one, believe that she will do a good job as BB Host. She doesn’t have to be perfect- It might help the show if she isn’t- but its good enough for me to tune in.
    On another note, Nine are really doing everything they can to win 2012. I hope they do- I really miss their “Still the One” promos.

  4. ive always found her quite tacky, fake and rather lame, not quite right for this role at all, i Love big brother so ill be watching, i just hope shes not the reason i lose interest, bad choice on behalf of nine if its true

    and id like to see these press releases confirming it that you all seem to be talking about, proof or silence 🙂

  5. Well thats a big risk that you are taking Sonya. Maybe she feels she needs a change. Fifi would be a good replacement I reckon. She does radio from melbourne so she wouldnt have to fly down plus she and Dan would work great together. Well Sonya there is your gig gone for the races as well.

    So if they promised Sonya a show then im guessing they arent going to cut off Ellen or the View. Watch out Kerri Anne.

  6. @ Gary.
    Yeah that’s fine.. I can understand where you are coming from and both your “negativity” and david’s anguish towards these other news sites.

    But I can confirm that the official Big Brother 2012 FB group/page that is run by and for ch 9 themselves has also confirmed all the leading reports today.

  7. Nooooo …… Big Brother without Gretel Killeen = no viewers.

    Big Brother Is Gretel Killeen, until tv execs realise this, the show will never be a huge success again.

    PS: Sonia is far too fake and cheesy to be likable and believable as a Big Bro host.

  8. Gary…

    I work in television and I can guarantee you, we received the media release today and at first thought it was rumor and then it was confirmed to us that yes, Sonia, is the host of Big Brother 2012.

  9. Sonia maybe witty etc, but can she actually manage hosting solo? It became apparent how difficult hosting Big Brother is once Kyle & ‘the kiss of death for any tv show” Jackie O took over from Gretel. Gretel was fabulous and I’d much prefer her to return than a new host.

  10. Well after 10 years with Seven it looks like Sonia is now some kind of golden girl for Nine. They’re saying she’s also getting a day time tv role as well. Mornings… with Sonia perhaps?

  11. @Robbie

    Yeah they stole the piece from David here at TV Tonight and made it look like she has a done deal. News Limited do it all the time. Sorry i don’t mean to sound negative here but until i hear it from Nine i won’t believe anything that is said. David said its just a rumour and i will trust it is a rumour at this stage. If its true then so be it but the 3 words i see “rumour has it” is just that at the moment.

  12. First please dont let the clowns Hamish and Andy for a (reality tv show) they do not belong there. They do stupid stunts or are they now wanna be the american version of the incident stunts? course they both did so to thier show and i think its rediculours for letting channel 9 show this… Also lets not hope with Jacki O and the other floosie who took over the big brother australia during 2007/2008 and there for the while big brother was failing to its feets.

    Yet along Kretel kalleen was the only one to do the original allways big brother show. She was the best. She new how to take control of the show. She was your headmaster during commercial breaks.. She was educational to you and what is good and what is bad. No other host have been as good as Kretell kalleen. Know im glad big brother show is comming back ones again (lets hope its not just a one off season) because channel 9 did so with tempts of trying with hey hey its saturday which didnt last long with the new come back.

    This new big brother show with the host: Sonia Kruge.r Wont be too bad i dont think.. So long she doesnt have that annoying voice and so long she isnt as floosie as jacki 0 and the other and the both clowns.. But she seems an O.K and i believe she will role play quite close as been your similar to kretal kalleen to your tv sets.n Im sure she will be good. I dont no her much… but i hope she is not one of these annoying voice typical blondies.. But im sure she is a mother who knows exactly how to make the show correctly.. No fooling about.. No rediculours jokes such as Jacki O and the other floosie who where like stoned on tv sets..

  13. @justin – couldn’t agree more!

    Sonia Kruger is one of the most untalented “talents” on Australian TV. Her “quick wit” is usually vacuous drivel that is more often than not painfully unfunny. And as for “thinking fast on her feet” on live TV – does anyone remember her parade of gaffes on DWTS eg: the Wendel Sailor tanning joke, the “Dancing with the SARS” joke – oh how witty 😐

    I knew Channel 9 would find a way to screw up the return of BB…

  14. Tasmanian de√il

    Side note:

    “Such a move would see Kruger exit her long-standing role on Seven’s variety series.”

    Is Dancing With The Stars considered a variety series? I fail to see where the variety is…

  15. Moanique in Brisbane

    I love Sonia, but I think it’s a bad move, because I don’t think Big Brother will succeed this time around. Hope she doesn’t burn her bridges, because there isn’t anything else at Nine for her if this doesn’t work.

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