Fourteen unassuming houseguests walked into the Big Brother Canada house expecting the unexpected but didn’t realize they would be entering a carefully curated version of heaven and hell for the next 70 days – if they last that long. The new season of the beloved reality series returned in dramatic fashion this week, merging heroes and villains-in-training who are all looking to secure their shot at the $100,000 grand prize.
But while 49-year-old Rozina Yaqub’s dreams of winning the game were heaven sent, the Toronto-based religious educator watched her BBCAN experience go up in flames following the season’s first big twist and she became the first houseguest eliminated from the game following a unanimous vote of 11-0.
“I didn’t want to be the first person voted out. I tried my best and if I was not in hell, I would still be in there,” Yaqub said the morning after her eviction.
Rozina entered the house energized with raw awe and excitement on night one, but Big Brother Canada stepped in with bad news when houseguest Andrew Miller was asked to choose seven players to suffer as have-nots in hell for the week. The spunky mom was swiftly selected.
“It was horrible. It mentally destroys you. I wanted to have fun in the game, but this didn’t give me an opportunity to align myself with anybody or do anything to be able to save myself,” she said.
Things got much worse following the inaugural head of household competition, which was secured by 28-year-old Victoria-based househusband Johnny Mulder, who placed Rozina on the block alongside 30-year-old personal trainer Alejandra Martinez after a strenuous physical challenge that had them hanging on for dear life.
“I was the easy target. I think the entire house thought, let’s play it safe the first week before we form our alliances. But that is one of the reasons,” she said of the predictable decision to nominate the oldest in the house.
Even though Rozina had a good idea she would be the first booted from BBCAN6 following an unfortunate Power of Veto loss, she tried her best to enjoy everything the experience had to offer up until eviction night.
“I tried to remember that I came here to have fun. This is just a game and it’s not the end of the world, so I thought, let me enjoy the last few hours and if it has to happen, it has to happen,” she said.
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“I am blessed. I am grateful that I had that one week in the house and I got to experience the challenges, the personalities, the emotional ups and downs and being on slop. It was a life lesson that I learned.”
Despite exiting the house so early, Rozina hopes Canada remembers her for her guts and is inspired by her decision to go after personal goals, no matter how outrageous.
“Being 49-years-old and competing with these kids, I at least showed that I was brave enough to do something out of my comfort zone. I wanted to do something outside the box and outside of looking after my kids and cooking. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something for myself.”
Big Brother Canada airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on Global.