First look inside Big Brother house
Australia, meet your new Big Brother.
With the highly anticipated return of the iconic reality show just weeks away, a new teaser released exclusively to news.com.au gives fans a decent look into where the new housemates will battle it out for the winning spot.
Released this morning, the teaser also features Big Brother's voice for the very first time, promising the show has "searched for a new breed of housemate."
Today's teaser shows that many of the elements you'd expect from a Big Brother house are present: An outdoor pool, a lounge and dining table large enough to fit all the contestants and a massive kitchen.
But we also get glimpses of some unusual game and puzzle elements to the house:
Aside from the new digs, there'll a slight twist to the format this year.
While fans will be pleased to see some familiar elements of the hit show, a statement from Channel 7 outlines that for the first time in Australian Big Brother history, housemates will nominate and then evict each other from the Big Brother house, with the winner decided by fans in a live finale.
In previous seasons, which have been live, viewers have voted contestants out by texting in.
Given this season is prerecorded, however, the power is in the housemates' hands - sure to make for plenty of drama as the weeks unfold.
Last month, what's been dubbed the "biggest stuff-up in Big Brother history!" in relation to one of the first evictions hit headlines.
TV Blackbox editor Rob McKnight revealed the error went down in the control room during filming in a warehouse in Sydney.
"The biggest stuff-up in Big Brother history has happened where they haven't recorded an eviction," Mr McKnight told news.com.au.
"This is unprecedented because usually evictions are live but Endemol Shine have made the decision to prerecord the entire series. That gives them more time to edit each episode, but when it came time to film one of the first evictions, no one hit record on the digital recorder.
"That has meant the evicted housemate, who is someone we all know, had to go back into the house and act surprised when they filmed the eviction again."
In response to the claims, an Endemol Shine Australia spokesperson told news.com.au: "Claims that all footage was not recorded during an eviction are not true. Some human operated cameras failed to record for a few hours on one day. However, all 56 'hot head cameras' in the house were totally unaffected and continued to record throughout filming and eviction. All other claims in the story regarding casting and intruders are simply not true."
In February, Channel 7 confirmed Sonia Kruger will host the reboot.
The former Today Extra host appeared on Sunrise last month revealing what happened when the housemates were told about the coronavirus pandemic.
"Our executive producer went into the house and spoke to them through the diary room," she said.
Kruger said the housemates were "shocked, as most people would be learning the news about a worldwide pandemic".
Bizarrely, Kruger said the housemates "were really quite concerned to hear about the football codes, NRL and AFL, potentially not going ahead".
But we won't get to see the moment play out on screens, given the coronavirus outbreak discussion was not filmed by producers.
"We felt it was probably better to do it this way," Kruger said.
Big Brother 2020 will premiere in June on Channel 7.