As many of you know by now, it was not the heavily favored Neda Kalantar who won the second season of Big Brother Canada, but her mini-alliance partner of Jonathan Pardy who took down the $100,000 plus a few prizes for outlasting the other houseguests over 71 days of a classicly competitive season that outmatched most recent US seasons. Jon, a former junior league hockey defensemen, became the second winner from the province of Newfoundland to win a Canadian season, joining season one victor Jillian MacLaughlin.
After Heather Decksheimer’s dismissal on Day 67 to finish in fourth place, the stage was set for the final HOH competition, a three part contest much like the US version where winners of parts one and two qualify to make that all encompassing final phase. In what proved to be the seminal moment of the season, it was Pardy who outlasted Kalantar to take the final HOH crown a third time in just 28 days. Pardy was then faced with the same dilemma that awaited Neda if she had won: does he evicted Montreal contestant Sabrina Abbate and go head-to-head with Kalantar in the final two, thus facing a much tougher road to victory, or does he evict his friend, the popular houseguest from Edmonton and ensure a much safer road to victory?
Pardy chose wisely, albeit controversially, by evicting Neda, stunning Canadian viewers and those in attendance (among them several former BB US and Canadian players) for the finale in Toronto. Kalantar took it as well as she could, suggesting to the other jurors that Pardy was worthy of victory against the unheralded Abbate, despite her own bitter disappointment.
The usual amount of suspense and build up as the final vote neared couldn’t hide the decisiveness of the outcome. Pardy breezed to a 6-1 triumph, picking up five of the six jurors plus “Canada’s” vote to gain the big payday. Abbate picked up $20,000 for her runner-up finish to take back to her reality, with many believing Abbate was as much of an unworthy finalist as Ginamarie Zimmerman was in the most recent US season.
With a second season of Canada’s much more exciting version of Big Brother in the can, the bar is set a little higher for whatever CBS is cooking up for their sixteenth season of the US version of the show. While I sometimes bash Canada’s version for being a little too gimmick driven, there is no doubt that the show up north captured the imagination of longtime US fans I see online. Hopefully this year, the Eye Network gives us a good product with good houseguests, and not the worry of the show making TMZ every night.
God speed to those of you who take the time to follow me, and oh by the way, this website now has a Twitter handle worthy of your time. Unless developments warrant, the next post on this site will likely be on June 8th, 17 days shy of the premiere of BB16, and will continue with Sunday updates until the series concludes sometimes in September. Until then, time for a break.