Tis the season for big twists, hearty blindsides and unapologetic backstabs. Big Brother Canada is back. The fan-favourite reality series returns Wednesday, March 7, with a new batch of diverse and carefully-selected houseguests chosen to compete in Season 6, with the final girl and guy elected by Canada via a nationwide vote. Their ages range from 21-49 and include everything from a soccer coach to a house husband.
But while the 14 new recently-announced houseguests may look friendly with their unassuming smiles, there’s not much the new crop won’t do for the $100,000 grand prize, proving this season may turn out to be the most competitive yet.
“I’m not going to just sit around and hang out. I didn’t just come to make friends. I’m actually going to compete and I think Canada, if they are a fan of the show, that’s what they want to see,” said Kaela Grant, the 25-year-old wine ambassador and self-proclaimed superfan from St. John, N.B.
“I’m there to win. I will take advantage of every opportunity that I’m given, whether that’s the power, whether that’s a certain way to approach the game, I’m not about to float around and be boring.”
With a bubbly personality, the brunette beauty is relying on her disarming and welcoming charm to hide the fact that she’s a competitive athletic threat with an incredible well-rounded knowledge of the game. “I’m underestimated every single day when people meet me because they just think I’m so cute and small and innocent, but I do have a little badass side,” she said.
And while players like Kaela will depend on their physical strength to carry them through competitions, other houseguests like 39-year-old Ryan Ballantine have already strategized every aspect of the game before even stepping inside the house.
“I didn’t want to be here, I had to be here. This is a game that was built for me,” said the Calgary-based fire safety technician, who is ready to put his “cold-blooded” strategy to work.
The one thing the ruthless over-thinker won’t be able to account for, however, are twists, which Big Brother Canada has promised in excess this time around – and has already kicked off by giving Canada the power to pick two houseguests.
“Twists are terrible. I know I’m a villain in regards to the Big Brother game. I know there’s room for villainy. But at the end of the day, a twist allows Canada a chance to deny villainy. So, Canada votes really freak me out. Because if they don’t embrace the villain than that can cost me,” Ryan said, before joking, “Canada is my mortal enemy.”
Other players like 23-year-old Erica Hill have signed up for the cutthroat game to prove that it can be played with integrity, which is precisely how she plans to win. “I just want to go out there and be myself and I stand behind my morals in the real world. I don’t want Big Brother to cloud my judgement. It’s more about making myself proud and knowing I represented the best version of myself,” she said.
While the new varied houseguests may have their unique strategies planned now, walking in the house could change everything as the number one rule of Big Brother is to always expect the unexpected. The remaining cast, which includes 36-year-old Toronto business owner Andrew Miller; 25-year-old oil technician William Kenny and Vancouver-based personal trainer Ali Martinez, will meet each other for the first time when the game begins next week.