Big Brother Australia 2006

Big Brother Australia 2006

Big Brother endgame
seriesname = Big Brother Australia

imagebg = #000
series = Season 6 (2006)
previous = Big Brother Australia 2005
next = Big Brother Australia 2007
hm1 = Jamie Brooksby
hm1-enter = Day 0
hm1-exit = Day 100
hm1-stat = winner
hm2 = Camilla Severi
hm2-enter = Day 0
hm2-exit = Day 100
hm2-stat = runner
hm3 = David Graham
hm3-enter = Day 0
hm3-exit = Day 99
hm3-stat = evic
hm4 = James "Max" Panebianco
hm4-enter = Day 80
hm4-exit = Day 99
hm4-stat = evic
hm5 = Chris Everden
hm5-enter = Day 80
hm5-exit = Day 95
hm5-stat = evic
hm6 = Krystal Forscutt
hm6-enter = Day 0
hm6-exit = Day 92
hm6-stat = evic
hm7 = Claire Madden
hm7-enter = Day 0
hm7-exit = Day 92
hm7-stat = evic
hm8 = Darren Bowley
hm8-enter = Day 60
hm8-exit = Day 85
hm8-stat = evic
hm9 = Perry Apostolou
hm9-enter = Day 60
hm9-exit = Day 78
hm9-stat = evic
hm10 = Gaelan Walker
hm10-enter = Day 0
hm10-exit = Day 71
hm10-stat = evic
hm11 = Michael "Ashley" Cox
hm11-enter = Day 0
hm11-exit = Day 70
hm11-stat = eject
hm12 = Michael "John" Bric
hm12-enter = Day 0
hm12-exit = Day 70
hm12-stat = eject
hm13 = Rob Rigley
hm13-enter = Day 24
hm13-exit = Day 64
hm13-stat = evic
hm14 = Lauren Clayton
hm14-enter = Day 60
hm14-exit = Day 64
hm14-stat = five
hm15 = Katie Hastings
hm15-enter = Day 0
hm15-exit = Day 57
hm15-stat = evic
hm16 = Danielle Foote
hm16-enter = Day 24
hm16-exit = Day 50
hm16-stat = evic
hm17 = Dino Delić
hm17-enter = Day 0
hm17-exit = Day 43
hm17-stat = evic
hm18 = Jade Stack
hm18-enter = Day 24
hm18-exit = Day 43
hm18-stat = evic
hm19 = Michael McCoy
hm19-enter = Day 0
hm19-exit = Day 36
hm19-stat = evic
hm20 = Anna Lind-Hansen
hm20-enter = Day 0
hm20-exit = Day 29
hm20-stat = evic
hm21 = Karen Forscutt
hm21-enter = Day 0
hm21-exit = Day 22
hm21-stat = evic
hm22 = Elise Chen
hm22-enter = Day 0
hm22-exit = Day 15
hm22-stat = evic
hm23 = Tilli Clapham
hm23-enter = Day 0
hm23-exit = Day 15
hm23-stat = evic

legendwinner = Winner
legendrunner = Runner-up
legendevic = Evicted
legend5 = Evicted after secret housemate vote
legendeject = Removed and Disqualified

Big Brother Australia 2006 was the sixth series of Big Brother Australia, and was aired on Network Ten in Australia. The series began on April 22 2006 and finished on July 31 2006; a duration of 101 days. In the auditions, which had been held in November and December 2005, producers asked for contestants who were "really good-looking so everyone will watch Uncut". "Launch" was aired on the evening of April 23, 2006 (a 24 hour delay). Fifteen housemates initially entered the house on Day 0, with the addition of three "Intruder" housemates entering the Big Brother House in Week 4, another three Intruders in Week 9, and two replacement housemates entering in Week 12.

On Day 100, Jamie was declared the winner of "Big Brother 2006", with Camilla the runner-up. [(August 1, 2006). [ Jamie tells Katie 'I love you'] . The Sydney Morning Herald. URL accessed 01-08-06.] At the time it was the closest winning margin in any Australian series of the show, later beaten by Series 7 in 2007. [(August 1, 2006). [,21985,19980247-2902,00.html Jamie takes home the money] . The Herald Sun. URL accessed 01-08-06.]


Ratings for Big Brother 2006 were up slightly on the previous year. The "Daily Show" increased its average audience to 1.13 million viewers, up from 1.11 million in 2005. [(August 1, 2006). [ Turkey slappers 'loveable to me'] . The Sydney Morning Herald. URL accessed 01-08-06.] The live Sunday evening "Eviction" shows averaged an audience of around 1.3 million for the 2006 series. [(August 1, 2006). [ Jamie tells Katie 'I love you'] . The Sydney Morning Herald. URL accessed 01-08-06.] The 2006 "Finale" attracted 1.9 million viewers with the viewing audience peaking at 2.2 million at 9:39 p.m. [(August 1, 2006). [ Turkey slappers 'loveable to me'] . The Sydney Morning Herald. URL accessed 01-08-06.]

Changes and additions

"Big Brother 2006" featured several innovations to the formula.

Voting format

In previous series of Big Brother Australia, viewers could only vote to "evict" the nominated housemates they wanted to leave the house. "Big Brother 2006" added the "save" vote. Any viewer may cast as many "evict" or "save" votes as they choose. Prior to eviction each housemates' save votes were merged with their evict votes; the housemate with the highest number of evict votes - or lowest number of "save" votes - remaining after the merge is evicted.

The House

As with some previous seasons of "Big Brother" Australia, a new house with an original layout was constructed for this series. A new feature was the addition of a "Punishment Room" to which rule-breaking housemates would be consigned by Big Brother. Housemates in the "Punishment Room" were required to perform tedious, difficult, embarrassing, or mildly painful tasks and jobs, such as sorting white rice from brown rice, sanding a wooden cube into a sphere, or dancing around a sombrero for hours.

Related housemates secret

One of the twists of "Big Brother 2006", promoted in advertising hyperbole as "Australia's World First", was that housemates Karen and Krystal are mother and daughter. This was not revealed to the other housemates, who were challenged to uncover the secret relationship in the house. The other housemates failed to uncover their secret, and as a reward for success in keeping their secret Karen and Krystal were exempt from being nominated by other housemates in the first round. Karen was later evicted from the House on Day 22.

In "Big Brother 2005" a different related-housemates secret task was conducted. Twin brothers Greg and David Mathew were, one at a time, put in the House, and were told to swap places at given times without being noticed by other housemates. They were given the mission to keep this a secret for the opportunity to be entered into the game as individual housemates each with the chance of winning "Big Brother 2005".

Big Brother Uncut

2006 saw the renaming of "Big Brother Uncut" to "". Network Ten discontinued "Adults Only" early due to pressure from politicians, with the final episode broadcast on June 19 2006. [(June 23, 2006). [,20797,19563555-5003402,00.html Ten shuts Big Brother - Adults Only] . The Courier Mail. URL accessed 4-7-06.] [(July 3, 2006). [ Big Brother in bigger bother] . The Age. URL accessed 4-7-06.] The content that was to be used on unscreened episodes was made available on a new "Big Brother Premium" (paying members) section of the Big Brother website called Adults Only.


:"Main article": "List of Big Brother Australia housemates (2006 series)"

Fifteen "Big Brother 2006 housemates" entered at the beginning of the season. A total of eight additional housemates entering during the series. The first batch of intruders where: Danielle Foote, Jade Stack, Rob Rigley. The second batch of intruders were Perry Apostolu, Darren Bowley and Lauren Clayton. After two housemates were removed after the controversial “turkey slapping incident” [(July 3, 2006). [ Police rule out BB probe] . The Age. URL accessed 4-7-06.] replacement housemates Max and Chris were added.

The winner was announced in July to be Jamie Brooksby, with Camilla Severi (alias “Camilla Halliwell"). It was the closest public voting in the entire Australian "Big Brother" series. All the season's housemates appeared in the series "Finale" with the exception of disqualified housemates John and Ashley who were not invited to participate.

Nominations Table

The first Housemate in each box was Nominated for Two Points, and the second Housemate was Nominated for One Point. The three or more Housemates with the most Nomination Points face the public vote to save/evict, and when the save votes are subtracted from the evict votes the Housemate with the most evict votes is Evicted. Each Week the Housemates compete in Friday Night Live (FNL) - the winner of which wins a special privilege during Nominations. After the Nominations have been announced the winner has the chance to remove three Nomination points from the Housemate of their choice and potentially change the Nomination line-up.

Nomination Notes

fnb|1 This Week Housemates Nominated in a special round of "most annoying" Nominations. The two Housemates with the most Nomination Points would be given a fake Eviction and moved into the Revenge Room, where they would be able to watch their fellow Housemates, see who Nominated them, and enact their revenge without their fellow Housemates knowing. Anna and Camilla received the most Nomination Points and were moved into the Revenge Room, where they remained for forty-eight hours.
fnb|2 Anna and Camilla were in the Revenge Room during this Week's Nominations and could not Nominate, nor be Nominated. Because Michael failed his Insider task to expose the relationship between Karen and Krystal he automatically faced the Public Vote. This Week Karen and Krystal Nominated as a single entity, represented by Karen.
fnb|3 Michael was immune from Nominations after he passed his Insider Mission. Karen and Krystal Nominated as one entity represented by Krystal.
fnb|4 Michael was set an Insider Mission to be Nominated by at least eight Housemates - and as nine Housemates Nominated him he passed and was Immune from Nomination this Week.
fnb|5 Michael's Insider position was relinquished, and taken over by Jade, therefore Michael's eligibility for Nomination no longer rested upon Insider Missions. New Housemates Danielle, Jade and Rob were Exempt from the Nomination process in their first Week in the House. Michael and Katie were each awarded an extra point by Big Brother for giving poor Nomination reasons.
fnb|6 After Nominations, which saw Camilla, Dino, Jade and Krystal Nominated, for Danielle to save Krystal using the three point twist - reducing the line-up to Camilla, Dino and Jade. After Nominations Big Brother Nominated five other Housemates considered to be operating "under the radar" - deliberately staying quiet and avoiding controversy so as not to be Nominated. The five Nominated were Ashley, Claire, Gaelan, John and Krystal, and the Public were allowed to vote for two more to be added to the Nomination line-up. The Public chose Krystal (31%) and John (30%) to be added to the Nomination line-up. Therefore Camilla, Dino, Jade, John and Krystal would face the Public Vote this Week, which would be a Double Eviction.
fnb|7 Big Brother awarded Ashley and Katie one extra point each for not giving valid Nomination reasons.
fnb|8 Shortly before Rob's Eviction Housemates had to choose which of the three new Intruders (Darren, Lauren and Perry) would leave. Housemates named one Intruder they would like to Evict (top of Nomination Box) and one they would like to save (bottom of Nomination Box). When the Intruder's save votes were deducted from their evict votes Lauren had the highest score (with one Eviction Point) and was Evicted shortly before Rob. None of the Intruders could Nominate in the Intruder Vote.
fnb|9 New Housemates Darren and Perry were Exempt from the Nomination process. Big Brother added one point to John, after he failed to give adequate reasons for Nominating. Jamie was banned from Nominating for previously discussing Nominations.
fnb|10 Big Brother awarded one point to both Claire and Perry for giving inadequate Nomination reasons.

Weekly summary and highlights

Week 1

(up to and including Sunday night)
*Michael McCoy was the first to enter the house, followed by Camilla Severi.
*Soon after entering the House, housemate Michael McCoy was issued with, and accepted, the challenge by Big Brother to act as a secret saboteur in the House, known officially as the Insider. He was to play specific pranks at Big Brother's command, to work against and annoy other housemates, and to attempt to stymie the housemates' attempts to successfully complete assigned compulsory tasks. He had to remain undetected in these strategies and keep his role as the Insider a secret, or be automatically nominated for eviction.
*Michael McCoy failed his first mission within minutes of receiving it, and received his first strike because of it.
*Through his diary room discussions with Big Brother, viewers learned that David is gay but had not disclosed this to his fellow housemates. David came out to them on Wednesday, April 26 2006.
*Gaelan won the first "Big Brother Friday Night Live 2006", and chose runner-up Katie as his partner in the "Rewards Room". The theme was Cavemen.
*A new twist was revealed to the Housemates; a fourth prize would be awarded to the winner of "Friday Night Live". Three sealed boxes would be presented to the winner, marked 1, 2 and 3. The winner would select one box only before being allowed to open the box of their choice. The three boxes would inevitably contain a major prize (an overseas holiday), a medium-sized prize, and a booby prize. The three prizes would follow a theme or be associated with each other in a homonymous manner (e.g. "Cam"bodia, "cam"era, "Cam"embert).
*The three boxes were presented to Gaelan. They contained a trip to Thailand, a Thai banquet for all of the Housemates for the following night, and a large red bow tie. Gaelan chose the box containing the novelty bow tie.
*Krystal revealed to the house that Karen was her mother.
*On Day 8, Big Brother asked housemates to nominate which two they found 'Most Annoying'. The two who had the highest nominations were Anna and Camilla. They were both evicted from the house but unknown to the remaining housemates never left the compound and were sent to the Revenge Room. From there they could view the activities in the house and were given a task to enact revenge on their housemates for nominating them.
*Prize money at the end of Week 1 was $820,000.

Week 2

*Monday, May 1 saw the first official nominations of series 6. Elise, Tilli, Claire and Dino were nominated. Michael was also up for nomination after failing his Insider task.
*On May 2, the two isolated Housemates, Anna and Camilla, were returned to the House in "Revenge Room Return". Both were immune to nomination points received during Week 3's "Nominations".
*Dino wins the second "Friday Night Live" and takes runner-up Claire to the Rewards Room. The theme for the night is the Farmyard. The three boxes contain a trip to Cambodia, a digital camera, and some Camembert cheese. Dino chooses the box containing the Camembert cheese.
*Tilli and Elise were evicted in a double eviction on May 7.
*Prize money at the end of Week 2 was $665,000.

Week 3

*Michael McCoy surviving eviction in week two became a controversial character within the House
*Karen, Krystal and Camilla were nominated.
*Michael McCoy's 'Insider challenge' for the week was to ensure that he was nominated by eight Housemates in the next week's nominations. Success would mean immunity from eviction for the week. He spun a complex and fictitious tale of a son called Reuben and a paternity test supposedly taken shortly before he entered the House that revealed he was not (as he had believed for nearly nine years) Reuben's biological father, in a bid to make other Housemates think he wanted to leave the house.
*Michael McCoy won "Friday Night Live", choosing Ashley to join him in the Rewards Room. The theme for the night was Back To Work (an office theme). The three boxes contained a trip to China, complimentary Chinese laundry services for three Housemates for the week, and a Chinese fortune cookie. Michael McCoy chose the box containing the laundry services.
*Housemates held a mock wedding for Jamie and Katie.
*Michael McCoy's deception began tearing the house apart as Housemates did not know what to believe
*Karen was evicted on May 14.
*Prize money at the end of Week 3 was $610,000.

Week 4

*Michael succeeded in his Insider task to get eight housemates to nominate him and therefore was safe from eviction. Michael used his "Three Point Twist" to save Dino from eviction. Camilla, Ashley, Anna, David and Krystal were up for eviction.
*Michael's 'Insider' role was revealed to the house by Big Brother. Many housemates felt that Michael had betrayed them.
*All three Intruders, Rob, Jade and Danielle, went into the house at different times during the night during Day 24.
*Michael and David nearly shared a kiss in the bathroom. It was later revealed by Michael on Rove Live, and also during "The Gretel Incident" that it was a joke.
*Gaelan won the rockstar-themed "Friday Night Live", his second "Friday Night Live" win. He invited Krystal to the "Rewards Room". They received a special prize: a dinner at Tiger Island (situated inside Dreamworld, but outside the Big Brother House). This prize was hailed as another of "Big Brother Australia"'s "World First"s, due to the notion that these two Housemates left the confines of the House as part of the game, and were returned an hour later.
*Anna was evicted on May 21.
*Jade was voted as the new Insider by the public and was notified that night.
*Prize money at the end of Week 4 was $545,000.

Week 5

* Originally, Michael McCoy, Camilla and David were nominated. Because he won "Friday Night Live", Gaelan used his "Three Point Twist" on David, changing the final eviction line-up to Michael McCoy, Camilla, and John.
* Katie gives Dino the challenge of having to remain within 5 metres of Camilla for half the day in exchange for Katie's bread rations. When Camilla found Dino spending most of the day with her she thought he might have been interested in her.
* Katie celebrated her 20th birthday on May 23. Big Brother threw a surprise birthday party for her in the Rewards Room. The party had a Hawaiian beach theme where all the housemates dressed in Hawaiian costumes. Dino and Intruder Danielle pash at Katie's party. Camilla was upset because she thought Dino was interested in her.
* Jade's first Insider mission was on May 23, where she was only allowed to sing and not speak in her usual manner from sunrise to sunset. She spent the day in silence in an effort to complete her task, only having to resort to singing on a few occasions.
* On May 24, Michael McCoy stole a number of Housemates' toothbrushes and hid them in a sock under a bed in an effort to create conflict and entertainment within the House. The housemates never found the toothbrushes despite Big Brother showing the housemates where they were located. Michael McCoy never admitted he was the culprit. Michael did all of this of his own accord, having been relieved of his Insider role the previous week.
* Intruder Danielle won "Friday Night Live", and chose John to join her in the Rewards Room. The theme for the night was Horror Night. The three boxes contained a trip to South Africa, a motor scooter, and a salad sandwich. Danielle chose the box containing the sandwich.
* Michael McCoy was evicted from the House on May 28. His farewell message implicated another housemate in the theft of the toothbrushes
*Prize money at the end of Week 5 was $500,000.

Week 6

*Big Brother played the video of Michael Mccoy stealing the toothbushes before nomination.
* Originally in general nominations, Jade, Dino, Camilla and Krystal were nominated. Because Danielle won the Friday Night Games, Danielle used her "Three Point Twist" on Krystal, removed Krystal from the list of nominees.
* "Under the Radar" nominations took place on Day 38 (May 29). This allowed the public to nominate a housemate on the basis of whether they have been using the "under the radar" strategy. Big Brother chose Krystal, John, Gaelan, Clare, Ashley as the "Under the Radar" candidates and viewer votes resulted in Krystal and John being added to nominations.
* During the Nominations show, evicted housemate Michael McCoy and host Gretel Killeen have a heated interview about whether "Big Brother" used editing techniques to misconstrue an incident where Michael appeared to express a desire to kiss David. Killeen strongly defended the series, insisting that misleading editing techniques are not used. McCoy claims the kissing incident was a joke but that by cutting the shot too soon, it appeared in the footage as broadcast to be serious. Killeen clearly appeared uneasy and ambivalent about defending the actions of the "Big Brother" programFact|date=February 2008 when later in the "Nominations" show, she apologised to Michael McCoy and the 'full' footage is shown. This includes only a few seconds extra of footage, albeit from a different angle, in which it appears the move by David and Michael to kiss each other may have been a joke.
* Katie was the winner of "Friday Night Live", and choose Jamie to join her in the rewards room. The theme was Caribbean. The prizes in the three boxes were a dreadlock, a motor scooter, and a $1000 JeansWest gift voucher. Katie selected the box with the motor scooter. (She was the first housemate to pick the best prize in this series)
* Jade succeeded in her Insider task which gave her a one week immunity from nominations in the next week if she survived eviction on June 3.
* Jade and Dino were evicted on Day 43, June 4.
*Prize money at the end of Week 6 was $470,000.

Week 7

* Rob, Danielle and Camilla were nominated for eviction. Katie used her 3-point twist from winning "Friday Night Live" to remove points from Camilla - even though she nominated her herself - and this did not affect the nominations.
* Danielle's 19th birthday was on Day 47 (June 8, 2006). A Horror-themed birthday party, themed by the housemates' current task, took place. During the party Danielle incurred a $5000 fine and was sent to the Punishment Room to clean dirty dentures after speaking without her microphone.
* David won a World Cup themed "Friday Night Live" and takes Camilla to the Rewards Room. The "Three Boxes" contained a Vietnam trekking holiday, an Xbox 360, and a photo of the ex-housemates. David picked the box containing the holiday.
* Danielle was evicted on Day 50, June 11.
* Prize money at the end of Week 7 was $390,000.

Week 8

*Ashley, David, Jamie, and Katie were nominated for eviction. David used his "Three Point Twist" on Ashley, changing the eviction line-up to David, Jamie and Katie. This was the first week Camilla had not been nominated where she was eligible to be nominated.
*Jamie, Katie and John each received a strike for discussing nominations.
*John won "Pommy Night", a British-themed "Friday Night Live" and took Claire into the Rewards Room with him. The three boxes contained a digital camera, a mug, and a trip to Africa. He picked Box 3, and won a digital camera.
*Claire celebrated her 23rd birthday on June 17, and had an animal-themed birthday party where the housemates had to dress up in animal costumes.
*Katie was evicted on Day 57, June 18.
*Prize money at the end of Week 8 was $375,000.

Week 9

* Camilla, Jamie, and Rob were nominated for eviction. John used his "Three Point Twist" on Jamie, but it did not change the final lineup of nominations.
* John was given a strike and banned from "Friday Night Live" for discussing nominations and alluding to whom he removed points from as part of the "Three Point Twist". Jamie was given a warning for the same discussion.
* Three more Intruders (Perry, Darren and Lauren) entered the house on June 21's (Day 60) "Intruders - Incoming" show.
* Two federal government backbenchers complained about "Big Brother - Adults Only", despite the show been extremely toned down this year. [(June 21, 2006). [ Big Brother in hot water again] . Sydney Morning Herald. URL accessed 6-21-06.]
* Network Ten crumbles to the pressure of these conservative MPs and pulls "Adults Only" from air early, announcing on June 23, 2006 that the program had "completed its season run". [(June 23, 2006). [,20797,19563555-5003402,00.html Ten shuts Big Brother - Adults Only] . The Courier Mail. URL accessed 4-7-06.]
* Day 62's "Friday Night Live" was themed "Bugs Night". and all of the games were bug related. Claire won the Friday Night Games, defeating Gaelan in the final round. After inviting Rob to join her in the "Rewards Room", she won a trip to China from the three boxes.
* Krystal was injured during Day 62's Friday Night Games, and had to leave the Friday Night Live arena. She was treated by a doctor in the "Spare Room", receiving nine stitches under her chin. She was also unable to compete in the following week's FNL.
* Lauren was evicted on Day 64 in a Housemates' vote where they had to decide which of the new Intruders they wanted to see go.
* Rob was evicted on Day 64.
* Prize money at the end of Week 9 was $325,000.

Week 10

* David, Gaelan and Krystal were nominated for eviction. Claire used her "Three Point Twist" on David, changing the final eviction line-up to David, Gaelan, Krystal and Camilla.
* Jamie celebrated his 23rd birthday on Day 67 with a Mexican-theme party.
* David won a Chinese-themed "Friday Night Live" and took Perry into the rewards room. The "Three Boxes" contained a trip to Thailand, an Xbox 360, and a pair of chopsticks. David chose the Thailand holiday, winning him a second holiday.
* On Day 70 (July 1 2006), Ashley allegedly slapped his genitals in Camilla's face while John held her down, at approximately 04:30. Later that day, Ashley and John were removed from the house under escort for breach of rules. As a result, the "Big Brother" forum on the official website was taken offline until further notice after fans flooded the forum with posts discussing the incident. This was the first time the forum had been taken offline since the "Belindagate" incident of "Big Brother 2003". "Behind Big Brother Australia" reported that the reason was for sexual harassment towards Camilla. [cite web|url=|title=Ash, John sexually assault Camilla and are escorted from the house|date=2006-07-01] While the housemates were made aware of this, the live feeds were cut, and in their place was an old "UpLate" "Update" of the housemates doing their Football task on a continuous loop. It was the first time in an Australian "Big Brother" series that a housemate was removed from the show by the show's producer, although Warwick Capper had been ejected from "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2002 by that show's producer after flashing his penis at a female housemate during an argument.
* On Day 70, the Rogue Traders entered the house and performed four songs for the housemates in the backyard.
* On Day 71, Gaelan was evicted from the house. [(July 4, 2006). [ Gaelan gets the boot] . The Age. URL accessed 4-7-06.]
* Prize money at the end of Week 10 stood at $275,000. [(July 4, 2006). [ Gaelan gets the boot] . The Age. URL accessed 4-7-06.]

Week 11

* Darren, David, Krystal and Perry were nominated for eviction. David used his "Three Point Twist" on Darren, which successfully removed Darren from the eviction line-up.
* Ashley and John gave a televised interview with Gretel Killeen regarding the incident that got them removed. [NineMSN (2006). [ Ash, John speak out over BB ousting] . Monday July 3, 2006.]
* Regular episodes of "Big Brother" attracted higher than normal ratings in the wake of the controversy over the removal of John and Ashley from the house. [(July 4, 2006). [ Brother footage is under scrutiny] . The Border Mail. URL accessed 4-7-06.]
* Housemates are told to stay indoors after helicopters from rival networks fly dangerously low over the Big Brother compound. The helicopters were news crews filming the house after the incident from the weekend.
* On Day 74, an argument between David and Krystal, Camilla and Perry escalates and David threatens to leave the house following a dispute with Perry. David stormed into the Diary Room throwing his hat and removing his microphone, ordering Big Brother to let him out. [(July 9, 2006). [,5936,19726964%255E902,00.html Big Bro stars in meltdown] . The Sunday Mail. URL accessed 13-7-06.] David remained in the Diary Room for ninety minutes discussing the issue with the "Big Brother" psychologist, before returning to the house. [(July 9, 2006). [,10221,19726883-5000140,00.html BB housemates 'stressed'] . URL accessed 13-7-06.]
* On Day 76, Darren won an American-themed "Friday Night Live", and chose Krystal to accompany him to the rewards room. The three boxes contained a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a Swiss army gadget and a trip through South-America, including Bolivia and Chile. Darren chose box three, revealed to contain the Swiss army gadget.
* Shortly after Perry's eviction on Sunday, July 9, 2006, Gretel Killeen announced during the eviction show that, unbeknown to the current housemates, two new male housemates would be entering the house as replacements for Ashley and John.
* Prize money at the end of Week 11 stood at $265,000.

Week 12

* Darren, David and Camilla were nominated for eviction. Darren used his "Three Point Twist" on himself. This reduction in his nomination points tally brought him into the third-place tied position with Krystal, adding Krystal to the eviction line-up.
* Day 80 (July 11) saw the induction of two new housemates entering the compound. They are 20-year-old Max and 22-year-old Chris, both from New South Wales. Unlike "Intruder" housemates, Chris and Max can nominate and be nominated immediately. Max entered during the special one-hour show "The New Housemates", where he posed as Darren in a pirate costume, quickly being identified. Chris, was held in the "revenge room", and entered the House live on Rove.
* Krystal's 20th Birthday was on Day 81 (July 12 2006). She had a Hollywood-themed party.
* On Day 82, Camilla received a $5,000 fine for referring to Big Brother by another name. This fine brought the remaining prize money total to $250,000, the prize offered in the first three seasons of Big Brother Australia.
* On Day 83 (July 14 2006), Jamie wins Friday Night Live, taking Camilla to the rewards room with him.
* Darren was evicted on Day 85, with 73% of the merged vote, the highest eviction percentage this series.
* Prize money at the end of Week 12 stood at $235,000.

Week 13

* David, Chris and Camilla were nominated for eviction. As winner of "Friday Night Live", Jamie used his "Three Point Twist" to save Camilla. This reduction in Camilla's nomination points caused the final nominees to be David, Chris, Max, Krystal and Claire, leaving only Jamie and Camilla free from possible eviction.
* On Day 90 (July 21), Jamie won the Christmas in July-themed "Friday Night Live", taking Chris with him to the rewards room. This was Jamie's second consecutive win. Jamie is presented with six mystery prizes boxes to choose from, rather than the usual three. The box he chose won him a scooter.
* In a "Double Eviction" on Day 92, Claire and Krystal were evicted. [(July 24, 2006). [ Girls out in shock evictions] . The Age. URL accessed 24-7-06.]
* At the end of Week 13, total prize money stood at $215,000. [(July 24, 2006). [ Girls out in shock evictions] . The Age. URL accessed 24-7-06.]

Week 14

*Jamie, Max and Chris were up for eviction. As winner of "Friday Night Live" Jamie used his "Three Point Twist" to remove nomination points from himself. This successfully removed Jamie from the line up, and resulted in David and Camilla joining the line up of housemates up for eviction.
*A surprise eviction was held on Wednesday, July 26 (day 95) in which Chris was evicted with 69% of the merged vote.
*After Chris's eviction Big Brother announced to the remaining four housemates that they are all nominated for eviction.
*During the Surprise Eviction show host Gretel Killeen announced that the next eviction will be on Sunday night, and it will be a double eviction.
*Network Ten advertised "The Prize Fight", a special "Friday Night Live", to take place on Day 97, in which the remaining housemates would have the chance to reclaim some of their lost prize money. Housemates were put to the test through a range of obstacles, varying in difficulty and value. Because of their efforts, the final four managed to secure an additional $311,000. This brought the prize money to $511,000.
*At the conclusion of "The Prize Fight", Big Brother announced that the final housemate standing would win the prize money, less all fines they had accumulated during their time in the house. This means that out of $511,000 in prize money, Camilla could have won $406,000; David could have won $446,000; Jamie could have won $426,000, and did; and Max could have won $496,000.
*On Day 98, one housemate was invited into the "Diary Room". Camilla entered, and received a celebratory reception as she was informed she was the 1500th visitor to the Big Brother diary room. She was then told that she, and three friends in the house, would later that day dine with Big Brother. While the housemates had their meal with Big Brother, they were oblivious to the fact that one of each had a loved one in the house, leaving a gift for them. Max's mother cooked his favourite meal and left it simmering on the stove, David's mother left his saddle and boots for him in the bedroom, Camilla's friend left her some clothes and personal possessions, and Jamie's mother left him a clean pair of fisherman pants, a new headband and a much-needed belt.
*Max, and soon after, David, were evicted on Day 99 in "Final Sunday Eviction". David was the first housemate to be evicted despite his save votes outnumbering his evict votes; in this nomination Max was the only housemate to have a greater number of evict votes than save votes.
*Disqualified housemates John and Ashley were excluded from participating in the 2006 "Finale"; all other former "Big Brother 2006" housemates appeared in the show. [(July 29, 2006). [,22049,19939236-5001026,00.html Final insult] . The Daily Telegraph URL accessed 01-08-06.]
*While inside the house, Jamie was announced winner of "Big Brother 2006", while Camilla was runner-up. [(August 1, 2006). [ Turkey-slapped then robbed] . The Sydney Morning Herald. URL accessed 01-08-06.] [(August 1, 2006). [ Big Brother contestant saw a winner in the mirror] . The Age. URL accessed 01-08-06.]


The "Big Brother 2006" House had the following areas and facilities:
* Kitchen
* Lounge
* Dining Room
* Bedroom (split by a dividing wall)
* Bathroom
* Sauna
* Yard
* Pool
* Gym
* Spa
* Rewards Room
* Animal enclosure
* Shop
* Friday Night Live Arena
* Air lock, Diary Room, and Eviction exit
* Punishment Room
* Spare room, which has been used as the "Revenge Room" and the "Exit Room"


The Prize Fund at the beginning of "Big Brother 2006" was $1,000,000 AUD, but following on from "Big Brother 2005", housemates were fined $5000 a time for committing various offences. Housemates were not allowed the one-week grace period that "Big Brother 2005" housemates experienced, and fines were awarded within minutes of all the housemates entering the House. Following the first week, the "Punishment Room" was revealed, where housemates were often sent after receiving their $5,000 fine from Big Brother.

The fine tallies of the lowest and highest were from Rob Ridgby who received $0 in fines and Camilla Severi who clocked up $105,000.

Special shows

The Insider AKA Michael McCoy

The Insider was a live show, broadcast on Day 2, where the result of the Insider public vote was revealed. Viewers had to vote for whether David, Camilla, or Michael should be appointed the Insider. The "Daily Show" was broadcast as part of "The Insider". Hosted by Gretel Killeen.Michael McCoy was selected as the insider Michael McCoy (born June 16, 1980) is a political science student from Sydney, New South Wales. He is of Anglo-Celtic and Filipino descent. Michael was the first housemate to enter the Big Brother House this year.

On Day 2, he was given the task of the Insider by Big Brother, having been chosen by the viewing public. If he succeeded in his tasks, he would be immune from being nominated, but if he failed he would automatically be put up for eviction.

He failed his first mission within minutes of being assigned the task, which was to secretly spill water on a bed that was occupied by two housemates. Michael opted to spill water on Gaelan's bed, which at the time was only used by Gaelan himself. Because of that, and because he also didn't empty the whole bottle, he was awarded his first strike. Soon after, he was given other missions, one of which was to be nominated by at least eight of his fellow housemates in the next round of nominations. To complete this mission he fabricated a story about a custody issue concerning his young son Reuben, claiming he wanted to leave the house to concentrate on this issue. After Big Brother revealed to the other housemates that Michael was the Insider, and that the Reuben story was pure fiction, Michael faced a strong backlash from several housemates angry at being duped in this way, especially from Anna who had little contact with her father. It was revealed on Michael's eviction night that Reuben is actually the name of one of Michael's real life friends.

Despite no longer being the Insider, Michael continued to cause conflict in Week 5, hiding cutlery as well as hiding the housemates' toothbrushes from them, never revealing their locations even after he had been evicted, attempting to create doubts as to whether or not there is another insider inside the house besides Michael. He was the 5th housemate to be evicted from the house on Day 36, with 20% of the merged vote.

The day after he was evicted, Michael appeared on the Nominations show and had a heated discussion with Gretel Killeen about the producers' editing regarding a scene where Michael and housemate David appeared to be kissing. The outfall resulted in media attention and the interview with Gretel was later labelled "The Gretel Incident" by fans due to Gretel's extremely hostile interviewing tactics during the scene.

The day after this incident Michael appeared on Rove Live and when host Rove McManus insulted Michael, the former housemate returned fire by bluntly telling Rove he wasn't as funny as the show's co-host Peter Helliar. When asked about "The Gretel Incident", Michael suggested that Friday Night Live and Big Brother UpLate host Mike Goldman, or Friday Night Live co-host and former housemate Ryan Fitzgerald, would be better hosts of Big Brother than Gretel Killeen.

As has become custom over the history of the show, Michael appeared along with all the other 2006 housemates on the Rove Live episode of the week of the final. In his usual style he said what everyone wanted to say but were too afraid to. As soon as he was asked to speak, he immediately questioned why John and Ashley were not present, and attempted to get the host to bring them on.

Surprise Eviction

Surprise Eviction was a live show that was broadcast on the first Sunday (Day 8) following "Launch", where the housemates each had to vote for two of the housemates that they wanted to see evicted. Kept hidden from them was the fact that the two housemates with the most votes, Anna and Camilla, were not evicted; but were sent to the "Revenge Room" to secretly cause havoc on the house. Hosted by Gretel Killeen.

Revenge Room Return

Revenge Room Return was a special live show aired on Day 10, two days after Anna and Camilla were evicted to the Revenge Room in "Special Eviction". The one hour episode incorporated the Daily Show. It ended with Anna and Camilla re-entering the house as John's special birthday gift. Hosted by Gretel Killeen.

Intruders Go In

Intruders Go In was a live special held on Day 24 (May 16 2006), when housemates Rob, Danielle and Jade were revealed and entered the House as Intruders throughout the night. Footage of Michael being revealed as the Insider to the housemates was also shown, including the reaction of the housemates. Rob entered first towards the end of the special. Jade entered the house shortly before "Rove Live", and Danielle entered during "UpLate". [(May 17, 2006). [ Intruders have landed!] . Big Brother Australia. URL accessed 6-26-06.]

Truth, Lies, Eviction

Truth, Lies, Eviction was a live show used on Day 36. Big Brother felt that some housemates were lying or holding back on things about themselves, therefore flying "Under the Radar". On Day 35, each housemate went into the diary room and was asked some questions. A lie-risk detector, said to be 90% accurate, was used to determine from the frequency of their voice whether or not they were lying. They weren't informed that a lie detector was used, or what the information would be used for until during "Truth, Lies, Eviction" was broadcast. The show also featured Michael's eviction, and the Daily Show was broadcast as part of "Truth, Lies, Eviction".

Under the Radar

Under the Radar was a show that aired during Day 38. Based on the results of Day 36's "Truth, Lies, Eviction" show, Big Brother selected five housemates that he felt weren't contributing to the house, who were intentionally acting in a reserved manner to avoid conflict and thereby avoid being nominated, or flying "Under the Radar". These housemates were up for a 24-hour public vote to decide which of them would be added to the list of housemates up for eviction that week. The public vote started on Day 37's "Nominations" show. The housemates Big Brother felt were "flying under the radar" were Ashley, Claire, Gaelan, John, and Krystal. Based on viewer votes John and Krystal were added to the list of housemates up for eviction. On "Eviction" night, neither of them were evicted.

Intruders - Incoming

Intruders - Incoming was a live show that was broadcast on Day 60 (June 21 2006). In the show, new Intruders Darren, and Perry entered the house. Lauren entered the House later, in "UpLate". The Daily Show was broadcast as part of "Intruders - Incoming". The show was hosted by Gretel Killeen.

Housemates on Trial

Housemates on Trial was a live show that aired on Day 67 (June 28, 2006). This special replaced a previously advertised special where housemates were to be hypnotised by hypnotist, Peter Powers, [(June 26, 2006). [ Housemates on Trial] . Big Brother Australia. URL accessed 6-28-06.] because not enough housemates consented to being hypnotised for enough footage to be produced for a special. In this special, Housemates were asked a series of questions previously submitted by viewers and were run through a Layered Voice Analysis device to determine how honest the housemates were with their answers. This device did not require housemates to give yes or no answers. This special ran in a similar format to the previous special "Truth, Lies, Eviction", except without an Eviction. The show was hosted by Gretel Killeen.

The New Housemates

The New Housemates was a live show aired on Day 80 (July 11 2006), where new housemates Max and Chris, both from New South Wales, entered the house to replace Ashley and John. Unlike Intruders, Chris and Max could nominate and be nominated immediately (the next opportunity to nominate would be six days later). Max entered during the special one-hour show, where he posed as Darren in a pirate costume, quickly being identified. Chris entered live during "Rove". The "Daily Show" was broadcast as part of "The New Housemates".

The Prize Fight

The Prize Fight was a special "Friday Night Live" that was broadcast on Day 97 (July 29 2006). This was the last "Friday Night Live" of "Big Brother 2006". The housemates were told by Big Brother that there would be no "Rewards Room", "Three Boxes", or "Three Point Twist" to compete for; and no chores to allocate; but would instead be given the opportunity to win any amount up to $500,000 AUD to add to the prize fund of $200,000, depending on what percentage of the games they successfully completed. Ryan Fitzgerald, co-host of "Friday Night Live", was involved in one of the games, as an "Ex-Professional Football Player". At the end of the games, the housemates were told that they added $311,000 to the prize fund, giving them the opportunity to win $511,000, minus the fines the winning housemate had incurred during their stay in the "Big Brother" House.
*While in the house, Max received $15,000 of fines. If Max won "Big Brother 2006", he would have received $496,000.
*While in the house, David received $65,000 of fines. If David won "Big Brother 2006", he would have received $446,000.
*While in the house, Jamie received $85,000 of fines; and he received $426,000 as winner of "Big Brother 2006".
*While in the house, Camilla received $105,000 of fines; more than any other housemate. If Camilla had won "Big Brother 2006", she would have received $406,000.

Surprise Visit

Surprise Visit was the last "Daily Show" of "Big Brother 2006", and was broadcast on Day 99 (July 30 2006). Camilla won a date with Big Brother as she had been the 1500th Housemate to use the "Diary Room", and was able to take three of her closest friends, this being all of the other housemates in the House with her at the time. While they were in the "Diary Room" on their date, David's, Jamie's, and Max's mothers; and Camilla's best friend, had entered the House to cook food and leave items that the housemates would recognise. After their departure, the housemates were allowed back into the House to watch a video message of their loved ones while they were in the House. Hosted by Gretel Killeen.

Final Sunday Eviction

Final Sunday Eviction was the last "Eviction" of "Big Brother 2006", and was broadcast live in front of an audience on Day 99 (July 30 2006) from Dreamworld, and was hosted by Gretel Killeen. It was during this show that Max and David were evicted. On Day 98, the Final Four each had a separate discussion with Gretel in the "Revenge Room", discussing their time in the house and what they may have regretted. During his eviction, David was nearly apparently attacked by a member of the crowd when he was making his walk through the auditorium to the Eviction stage. A security guard tackled the man, who was later revealed to be a friend of David's, to the ground, and David walked around them.


This season of Big Brother Australia proved to be highly controversial. "Big Brother - Adults Only" ended its run early after politicians warned Network Ten that its screening of the show could harm its push for media reforms. [(June 23, 2006). [,20797,19563555-5003402,00.html Ten shuts Big Brother - Adults Only] . The Courier Mail. URL accessed 4-7-06.] [(July 3, 2006). [ Big Brother in bigger bother] . The Age. URL accessed 4-7-06.]

An alleged sexual assault during which John (real name Michael Bric) held down Camilla Severi on her bed while Ashley (Michael Cox) pushed his crotch into her face in the house on July 1, 2006 resulted in the ejection of the pair. The incident sparked calls for the series to be investigated for possible breaches of broadcasting laws, [(July 3, 2006). [ Big Brother in bigger bother] . The Age. URL accessed 4-7-06.] and calls for the cancellation of the series by several commentators and politicians, including Australian Prime Minister John Howard and opposition leader Kim Beazley. [(July 4, 2006). [,20867,19673382-7582,00.html Howard, Laws call for end to Brother] . The Australian. URL accessed 4-7-06.] The incident and in particular the Prime Minister's comments, were reported internationally, running on CNN and the BBC [(5 July 2006). [ No action likely on Big Brother] . The Age. URL accessed 5-7-06.] and in various other international publications. [(July 4, 2006). [ 'Big bother' a global pandemic] . The Age. URL accessed 8-7-06.]

The incident sparked a high level of discussion on internet forums where commentators were split over whether the incident was playful fun or actual assault. In many forums there was overwhelming censure of the "Big Brother" series itself, with many calling for the show to be cancelled. [(5 July 2006). [ Big Brother viewers unperturbed] . The Age. URL accessed 5-7-06.] Subsequent to this controversy the program's ratings showed an increase, [(July 3, 2006). [ Big Brother ratings up] . The Age. URL accessed 4-7-06.] however this proved to be only a temporary boost; the show's regular ratings did not show a significant overall increase and the "Daily Show" continued to rate significantly lower than its competitors on the other commercial networks. [(July 13, 2006). [ Ratings] . The Age. URL accessed 13-7-06.] Network Ten have indicated that they plan to continue producing the series despite the barrage of criticism. [(July 4, 2006). [ Howard leads calls for eviction] . The Age. URL accessed 4-7-06.] In the wake of the controversy, several former housemates came forward with descriptions of audition processes that require potential housemates to parade nude, and the frequent occurrence of sexual acts in the house similar to the one that the two housemates were ejected for. [(July 9, 2006). [,5478,19726864%255E2902,00.html Big Brother's dirty secret] . The Herald Sun. URL accessed 9-7-06.]

Following the removal of the two offenders the show continued as normal, with housemate Gaelan evicted via the usual procedure the following day. In an interview Gaelan claimed that the "Big Brother" producers had not advised housemates on how to deal with sexual tension. [mX (metro eXpress): "Brother Tension on rise", page 1. News Limited, Monday July 3 2006] On the night of July 3, Network Ten broadcast an interview with the ejected housemates John and Ashley speaking to "Big Brother" host Gretel Killeen. The two stated that the incident was only "out of fun", and that they "did not mean to hurt Camilla", as they have "a great deal of respect for her". [Ninemsn (2006). [ Ash, John speak out over BB ousting] . Monday July 3, 2006.]

As a direct result of the incident a report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority was compiled a few days after the incident. The report concluded that loopholes in broadcasting rules should be closed, and internet content regulations tightened. It was found that "Big Brother" itself could not be penalised as the footage was never broadcast by Network Ten but was seen only via web streaming, and the internet falls outside ACMA's authority. Websites running the footage would not be penalised under other regulations governing web broadcasts as they had removed the footage when requested. [(July 5, 2006). [ Coonan flags internet crackdown] . The Age. URL accessed 5-7-06.] Rival network current affairs programs "A Current Affair" on the Nine Network, and the Seven Network's "Today Tonight", both broadcast the footage in full. Neither show faces a reprimand from ACMA as they can argue the footage was used as part of a news story. [(5 July 2006). [ No action likely on Big Brother] . The Age. URL accessed 5-7-06.]

Presenting the ACMA report, Communications Minister Helen Coonan said that legislation to broaden the authority's regulatory powers to cover the internet and mobile phone broadcasts, would be introduced into Parliament as soon as possible. [(July 6, 2006). [ Watchdog to vet internet content] . The Age. URL accessed 6-7-06.]

After the series

Several 2006 housemates were contestants in an Australia's Brainiest special named "Australia's Brainiest BB06 Housemate" produced for Network Ten in the weeks following the end of the season. It was broadcast on August 13 2006. [(August 4 2006). [ Australia's brainiest housemate finalists] . Behind Big Brother Australia. URL accessed 05-08-06.]


External links

* [ Official "Big Brother" website]
* [ "Big Brother 06" at Network Ten]
* [ Krystal @ It Takes Two official website]

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