Premier Anna Bligh (herself a one-time Reality TV contestant) will be happy to hear that Big Brother is returning to Dreamworld.
News that staff facilities had begun being reassembled was leaked by Peter Ford via Twitter -his second scoop tweet in as many days.
The Reality series was staged at the Gold Coast site for its entire run on TEN, proving a successful mix of production and live eviction facilities. Its locale also ensured housemates were prone to wearing less and showing off their bods in the Queensland sun.
Bligh has been pushing for the show’s return, last year telling media: “If Big Brother‘s return is a serious prospect, my Government will be doing everything we can to bring the program back home to the Gold Coast.”
The Dreamworld location will rule out other sites tipped to be in contention: Movie World, FOX Studios and Luna Park.
It’s yet to be confirmed if the former House will be reconstructed, given the compound site has been under consideration as part of a Coomera Town Centre development. The $400 million Westfield project, to be built adjacent to the nearby railway station, has seen many delays. On the weekend the Gold Coast Bulletin reported a start date “was still some time away.”
In 2008 Dreamworld made the original Big Brother House available for rent for themed party nights. Including the Big Brother character voice and a security guard to evict guests, it came at a cool $2200 a day.
Big Brother: Secrets, to be hosted by Sonia Kruger, will air on Nine in August following the Olympics.
Auditions have not yet been announced but start getting your “secret” ready if you plan on fronting up.