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Big Brother: VIP axed after one season following low ratings – amid plans to bring back regular series

Big Brother VIP is no more (Picture: Instagram)

Big Brother VIP has been cancelled after just one season amid poor ratings ahead of its UK airing.

This year’s star-studded line-up on the Australian series included US reality star Caitlyn Jenner, Thomas Markle Jr, and Married At First Sight Australia’s Jessika Power, cooped up inside the Big Brother ‘luxury hotel’ which was specially constructed at Sydney Olympic Park.

However, while the series is set to air on UK screens this month, the notable names weren’t enough to entice more viewers on the Channel Seven show, and it was announced the series won’t be proceeding into a second season.

Instead, according to TV Tonight bosses confirmed the return of the regular Big Brother, which will premiere later in the year with a mix of new contestants as well as returning favourites from previous seasons.

Speaking about the upcoming changes to the show’s format, Seven’s Head of Scheduling Brook Hall said: ‘It won’t be as formulaic as “here comes the challenge, the eviction segment”

‘There’ll be nomination nights, task nights, it will be broken up…. we want to make sure there’s some fun in there.’

The cast of 2021 (Picture: Channel 7)

The spin-off VIP series made its debut in November 2021, but its first episode only brought in a reported 377,000 viewers.

Only 311,000 viewers tuned in to see Australian survivor Luke Toki win ​​$100,000 (£55,000) cash prize for his chosen charity in the finale, with model Ellie Gonsalves coming second.

Actor Bernard Curry, Big Brother Australia star Danny Hayes, AFL player Dayne Beams and fashion designer Imogen Anthony were part of the 2021 line-up, alongside model Josh Carroll, NRL star Matt Cooper and political aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.

Caitlyn was rumoured to be paid $500,000 (£369,387) to guest star in the series, while former Donald Trump staffer and star of The Apprentice franchise Omarosa reportedly took home $450,000 (£332,006.)

In the first episode, former Olympian Caitlyn stunned the rest of her housemates over the astonishing details of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s luxurious wedding.

She explained that despite a private party never having been held at the palace before, Kanye rented out the historic site after ‘pulling the strings’, saying that it was ‘spectacular’.

Last month Channel 4 confirmed that the Down Under edition will launch on its sister channel in February with over 11 episodes, which prompted Rylan Clark to make a plea for the beloved British reality television staple to make a comeback.

Big Brother first aired in the UK in 2000 on Channel 4 and continued for 11 series on the network until 2010, when it was picked up by Channel 5.

However, in 2018, it was confirmed that the 19th series of Big Brother would be its last, with Celebrity Big Brother also ending.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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