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List of Big Brother (Australian TV series) season 8 housemates
The following is a list of housemates who were contestants on 2008's Australian Big Brother:
Alice Redwood (born 1 June 1982 ) is a veterinary surgeon from Bendigo, Victoria and has a private school background. In week 3, former Head of Household Rebecca was evicted and chose Alice to replace her as HOH. In the following week, Alice became HOH again after winning the fourth Friday Night Live. Alice was up for eviction seven times, five consecutively – the most out of any housemate that year. Alice was saved four times out of the seven times she has faced eviction. In week 4, Alice saved herself with the power she held from being HOH. Alice was then saved the following week by Travis, the HOH that week. In week 6, Dixie held a Hand Grenade that enabled her to save one Housemate from getting evicted. She chose Alice. Finally, she was saved by Ed in week 10. On Day 84 she was evicted in a double eviction. However, there is some speculation whether Alice came fifth or fourth place as she was evicted in the Double Eviction on Sunday 20 July 2008 before fellow housemate Travis. Travis actually got more evict votes than Alice.
Craig "Barney" Barnett was a 33-year-old Surf Life Saver, model and ex-national level swimmer from Western Australia. He is one of three people who received the most votes from the Australian public in an online video audition. He entered the house on Day 7 as the third most voted person online, but was evicted by Terri on Day 10 during a snap eviction. Barney was also a contestant on the Channel 9 gameshow 1 Versus 100, where he won $108,500. In 2008, Barney was a top 50 national finalist in Cleo Bachelor of the Year. He was also crowned Mr Australia in the 2006 Manhunt Australia national final and went on to finish third runner up in the Manhunt International 2007 World Final. He is a friend of former Big Brother contestant Bodie.
Ben McCallum was a 19-year-old law student from Western Australia. In an attempt to irritate Big Brother, throwing a ball at the wall of the Big Brother house, Ben accidentally broke a part of a water tank and lost 4,000 litres of water. He then had to bathe himself using a bucket and sponge until further notice. He was then banished to the kombi van in the backyard, which lasted for a week.
Bianca Benigno was an 18-year-old university student from Queensland. She is described as "bitch, brains and boobs", (due to her large breasts). She claims to be intellectual and likes to read books. She says the most important thing in her life is passion. She is well remembered for her short temper and elitist attitude. On Day 29, Bianca was given the fourth Hand Grenade from David after his eviction on the previous day. Because of this, she was made the night watchman of the Big Brother House. But as the HOH, Brigitte reversed Bianca's Hand Grenade, a prize that was given to the Housemates through the vending machine, in week 9.
One day in the Kombi, Renee talked to Bianca about her boobs and how she should have a breast reduction if it concerned her so much. Bianca thought it was a personal issue and argued with Renee, which almost turned into a physical fight. Later, Big Brother gave them both a strike, resulting in Bianca receiving her 2nd strike. Rima's task was to tell the Housemates that there was a mole when there was not. When Bianca found out, she reacted strongly and angrily, and swore and threw Terri's washing. Bianca did not win a Friday Night Live, but was runner up twice.
Brigitte Stavaruk (born 31 March 1989) is a 19-year-old waitress from Canberra. Her interests include photography, shopping, dressing up and having fun. She claims to be unable to sleep without her stuffed unicorn , Princess Sparkles. Bridgette won her first Friday Night Live in week 8. After Saxon's eviction, he was able to throw the second Hand Grenade (the first being Terri's Hand Grenade) to the Housemate of his choice. With this Hand Grenade, the person of his choice would have all of their possessions be taken away.
Saxon chose Brigitte to receive it. Similarly, Renee was able to throw a Hand Grenade of her own after she was evicted in week 6. Brigitte started crying and had somewhat of a meltdown when she received the news that all her possessions would be taken away. With her Hand Grenade, Renee chose one person to not receive a message from home while the rest of the Housemates would. She chose Brigitte. However, during her 21st birthday party, Brigitte was able to watch a video message from home on a big screen TV and got Princess Sparkles back as a birthday present from Big Brother. Towards the end of the series, Brigitte became involved with housemate Cherry. This caused a minor controversy as Brigitte had previously made several references to having a boyfriend Eric Tatarelli, during the show. Eric, however, told the Daily Telegraph that it was a "casual relationship".
In week 9, Brigitte was able to reverse the Hand Grenade Saxon gave to her as one of the prizes in the vending machine. Brigitte was evicted in a mid-week snap eviction on Day 73, with 29.7% of the public evict votes. Her consistent popularity on the official site's weekly poll made her eviction the most surprising of the series. Currently, Brigitte is in the process of filming her own reality show called The Harbor to air sometime in 2009. The show will follow Brigitte as she goes along her daily life, after Big Brother, modeling for Zoo magazine, looking for a job and living the party lifestyle. Brigitte's show has been picked up by channel 10, and was set to premiere in 2009.
Ed Cherry, known by his last name, Cherry, is a 22-year-old marketing student from Gold Coast, Queensland. The producers have said that he was once a professional surfer and that he represented Queensland in rugby. He entered the House as an intruder on Day 35. Cherry was thrown a Hand Grenade from Rhianna after she was evicted in week 7. He was then in charge of cleaning the dishes and the toilets. In week 9, Cherry had his Grenade reversed by Brigitte, when she bought the power to reverse it in the vending machine.
David Tchappat (born 2 May 1975 ) is a firefighter from New South Wales and is a former member of the Exclusive Brethren. His parents are still members and he has had no contact with them for a considerable period of time. He celebrated his 33rd birthday on the first episode of Friday Night Live, which aired on 2 May 2008. David was evicted on Day 28 in a double eviction (14/39 points). David also 'told all' about his life in the Exclusive Brethren on A Current Affair in June 2008. He also released a book called 'Breakout- How I escaped from the Exclusive Brethren', detailing his many attempts to escape the Brethren.
Dixie Crawford is a 21-year-old mental health worker from Dubbo, New South Wales, who did her higher schooling in Broken Hill. She was the second Housemate to be revealed to be entering the house during Bondi Rescue, six days before launch night. She grew up on the outskirts of an Aboriginal mission. She is currently a student and is working in remote Aboriginal communities as a mental health worker. She describes herself as obnoxious, rude and arrogant and cries whenever she hears "Advance Australia Fair".
On Day 22, Dixie received the third Hand Grenade from Rebecca, who was evicted on the previous day. Dixie was required to do everybody's laundry up until she was evicted from the House. This resulted in a comedic moment where Big Brother called her in for complaining, at which point she used the size of her boobs to help explain why it was so difficult for her. She then proceeded to misinterpret Big Brother telling her that this did not exclude her from manual labour as simply not caring. Bianca was immediately called in after Dixie complained about him to her, and was told that he was misquoted, causing an argument. Dixie was evicted on Day 35 (14/33 points). Since her eviction, she has been appointed as the host of a new breakfast radio show in Broken Hill on Hypefm.
Michael Crafter is a 27-year-old from Victoria. He received the most votes from the Australian public during an online audition. He entered the House on Day 7 during a special edition of the show, but was evicted by Terri on Day 10 during a snap eviction. Michael is the ex-lead singer of Australian metalcore band I Killed the Prom Queen. Due to the "Say Goodbye" Tour, Crafter had to leave within a week to take part in I Killed The Prom Queens tour.
Nathan Strempel is a 27-year-old physiotherapist from South Australia. He is one of three people who received the most votes from the Australian public in an online audition. He entered the House on Sunday, 4 May 2008 during a special edition of the show. During a snap eviction on Day 10, Terri chose Nathan to stay in the house while Michael and Barney, the other two top vote-getters on the online audition, were evicted. Nathan won the second Friday Night Live, but because he was exempt from being nominated at that time, he was not able to become the Head of Household. Nathan was evicted on Day 28 in a double eviction (18/39 points).
Nobuyuki Tanaka, nicknamed "Nobbi" is a 21-year-old commerce student from Victoria of Japanese heritage. He is a high achiever in sports and music. He is also a keen poker player. He also had a cameo in the Australian movie, 'You and Your Stupid Mate'. On Day 1, Terri banished Nobbi from the main House after her eviction, forcing him to stay in the backyard and in the kombi van in the garden until further notice by Big Brother. He subsequently stayed in the kombi and in the backyard through the entirety of his time in the House, despite his numerous requests for the "banishment" to end.
Throughout the series, Nobbi frequently pushed the boundaries of 'acceptable' conduct on a family TV show, and was the first contestant on Big Brother Australia to strip off his swimshorts in the outdoors public shower to wash totally naked in front of other contestants on several occasions. When the much older contestant Terri objected to his behaviour, he protested that she was prejudiced against seeing an Asian guy's penis. He was the first winner of Friday Night Live and won A$20,000, but because he broke the rules by entering the house, Big Brother punished him by giving him Z$20,000 instead, which is equivalent to A$1. Nobbi went on to win two more FNLs in weeks 7 and 8 and became the Head of Household in the same weeks.
Nobbi was the subject of three notable events prior to his eviction. On Day 35, Nobbi asked Travis which Housemate he considered his least favourite. Travis chose Alice as his least favourite. After this incident, Alice and Travis were soon crying, and many viewers saw Nobbi as a manipulator. This event led to the audience booing Nobbi after he won Friday Night Live in week 7. Nobbi was evicted from the House on Day 56 with 59.1% of the votes.
Rebecca Morgan is a 23-year-old waitress and promotional model from Western Australia. She calls herself a "daddy's girl" and is a clean freak with an interest in monkeys. She enjoys keeping fit. Rebecca celebrated her birthday on Day 17, after she won the third Friday Night Live. Rebecca was evicted on Day 21 after receiving 22 out of 42 points. Because she was the Head of Household when she was evicted, she had to choose one person to replace her. Rebecca gave the power to Alice. Since leaving the house she has joined Zoo magazine.
Renee Black (born 1 July 1985) is a 22-year-old abattoir worker from Dubbo, New South Wales. She is a tomboy and enjoys Rugby League. She won Friday Night Live in week 5, which made her the Head of Household for that week. Renee was the bookies favorite to win in beginning, but she was evicted on Day 42 after receiving 37.9% of the votes. A very heated altercation with Bianca during the week she was up for eviction is widely believed to be responsible for the public voting her out. Although she was evicted from the House, she says she still enjoys watching Big Brother. Since leaving the house she participated in a photo shoot for Zoo magazine with other housemate Rebecca.
Rhianna Baxter (born 28 November 1982) is a 25-year-old financial worker from New South Wales. She has a 7-year-old daughter named Mia which she claims she conceived at her year 12 formal, and said that she has never had a long term boyfriend. She has also crashed her car "a million times." Rhianna entered the House on Day 35 as an intruder and quickly became attracted to fellow housemate Rory. She was evicted from the House on Day 49 with 37.7% of the votes from the public.
Rima Hadchiti is a 25-year-old belly dancer from Victoria. She is only one metre tall but she quotes herself as having a big personality. Her video package was released on 3 before it was released on television. It was revealed Rima and Saxon were going to be housemates during a broadcast of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
It was announced that Rima had been forced to leave Big Brother on 3 May 2008 after an accident on an episode of Friday Night Live caused her to break her leg. A statement released by Network Ten on the matter said:
"During the first Friday Night Live games, an accident occurred where Rima fell during one of the challenges and as a result was taken straight to hospital following treatment by the Big Brother medical team. X-rays revealed Rima has broken her leg and is expected to take several weeks to recover."
Rima re-entered the House on Day 63 as a House Guest. She was given a secret mission to tell the housemates that there was a mole among them when in reality, there actually was not. Rima exited the House on Day 66, only spending a total of four days during her second visit.
Rory Ammon (born 31 May 1986 ) was an apprentice bricklayer from Geelong, Victoria. He is loud, struggles with being told to do tasks by others and is anti-religious. One of his goals is to tour Australia “pub by pub”. Rory developed a relationship with fellow housemate Rhianna within the 2 weeks she was in the House. After the mid-week snap eviction, Brigitte, the evictee gave her Hand Grenade to Rory. He can now only eat basic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rory was one of the two finalists for Big Brother 2008, and became the runner-up for the final series. After the show, Rory was banned from all Geelong pubs for three months, due to an incident.
Saxon Pepper was a 22-year-old truck driver and doorman from South Australia. It was revealed Saxon and Rima were going to be Housemates during a broadcast of So You Think You Can Dance. He is covered in tattoos and confesses to having a sheltered life. He also has a strong passion for conspiracy theories, the paranormal and bigotry. Saxon was evicted on Day 14 (16/39 points).
Terrence Hardie was a 51-year-old real estate auctioneer from Perth, Western Australia. He says he's an old fashioned gentleman who doesn't understand the need for bad manners or bad language. He's a strict father who won't let his sons (17, 14 and 12) drink or smoke. Terrence is a great believer in teaching the value of money. He entered the House on Day 35, as an intruder. Terrence was evicted on Day 63 with 41.7% of the votes.
Terri Munro was a 52-year-old shelf filler of 25 years for Coles in Richmond, New South Wales. It was first revealed Terri would be a Housemate during the broadcast of So You Think You Can Dance one week before launch night. She idolizes Pauline Hanson and dislikes immigrants, claiming that they "bring a lot of problems with them and now we are paying the price." She believes that religion is the root of all evil and says that she is outspoken, opinionated and loud.
On the dawn of 29 April, Terri was evicted during a snap eviction after receiving four votes. However, days after, Big Brother invited her back into the diary room and offered her an unknown task. This task was to re-enter the house as a House Guest, with the mission of acting as a guardian to underaged House Guest Corey Worthington. Terri failed this task, but a new task of evicting two Housemates during a snap eviction was given to her after Corey declined the same task. Terri completed this task successfully, and she was then re-instated as a Housemate.
On Day 57, Nobbi, who was evicted the day before, gave Terri and Terrence his Hand Grenade. The two were to stay in the Kombi van until further notice, though they could each go into the house for a limited time to take a shower due to the cold weather. Terrence was evicted a week later, and as his Hand Grenade, he was able to reverse the Hand Grenade that Nobbi gave to Terri, allowing her to live in the House again. On Day 85 Terri was announced the winner of Big Brother 2008 and the final series of Big Brother on Channel 10. She walked away with $250,000 making her the oldest, and third female winner of the programme.
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Travis Keyser is a 21-year-old marketing coordinator from Liverpool, New South Wales. It was first revealed Travis would be a Housemate during a broadcast of The Biggest Loser. He is known to have a high pitched voice, which he states is his biggest asset. He owns a horse named Thunder, which he claims is his best friend. He is a Christian and his Bible is his treasured possession.
On Day 29, the newly evicted Nathan handed the fifth Hand Grenade to Travis. He is required to get up from bed before everyone else and serve Big Brother his breakfast every morning. Travis was the victim of bullying, by some of the other male housemates. On Day 33, Travis was rushed to hospital after Ben sprayed body wash into his eyes as a prank that went wrong. Travis returned to the House on Day 35. On Day 84 he was evicted in a double eviction with Alice. Travis currently resides in Broken Hill, a small town in western NSW. Travis works for a local radio station as a Radio Announcer.
Corey Worthington was a 17-year-old from Narre Warren, Victoria. He gained publicity before entering by throwing a massive party in which over 500 people turned up at. He entered the house on Day 7 along with Terri and was given the task of evicting two of the Gatecrashers (Nathan, Michael and Barney)to become an official housemate, but declined the task. During his short time as a guest,he was involved in an intense argument with Bianca about the ways of his youth. Corey left the House on Day 19. After Big Brother, Corey's party was the plot for the movie Project X
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