So here’s what happened in “Big Brotherland” in 2014, or at least in the English speaking nations.
Derrick Levassur won this year’s US version of the show, and did so in a dominating manner perhaps not seen before. He won a 7-2 vote over runner-up Cody Calafiore, who could have evicted Derrick in the round of three, but chose not to, making what many believe was a $450,000 error. The show was longest in US BB history going 97 days, and provided plenty of controversy thanks to fifth place finisher Frankie Grande, brother of singer Ariana Grande.
Derrick was not the only American to win a Big Brother this year. Across the pond on the second Celebrity Big Brother of the year (they hold one in January/February and one in August/September after the regular UK season ends), actor Gary Busey won the fan vote over pro boxer Audley Harrison. This made Busey the first American to win a season of the show anywhere other than the United States. British comic Jim Davidson won the year’s first Celeb competition, which will be returning when 2015 begins.
In the regular UK season, Bolton’s Helen Wood, best known for being part of a sexual threesome that included UK soccer legend Wayne Rooney, won out over rival Ashleigh Coyle to win the final vote. Wood was warned for transgressions throughout the season, including the use of abusive language referring to the 18 year old Coyle, but was never ejected. As part of this year’s “Power Trip” theme, fellow housemate Pauline Bennett gave Wood a pass to the final night in the season’s first few days, so Wood never had to face a public vote for eviction.
Canada’s season, played from March to May this year, was won by Jon Pardy, winning the US style jury vote over Montreal’s Sabrina Abbate. Pardy made a controversial move in the final three in evicting his pal Neda Kalantar of Vancouver, but the move proved crucial in winning the final vote. A third Canadian season is in the works for 2015, and will get a network upgrade by airing on Global TV instead of Slice, the show’s home of the first two seasons.
Finally over in Australia, a season known for going over 100 days just went 80 this year, won by fitness trainer Ryan Burke, who won 36% of a three-way final vote. He just squeaked by Travis Lunardi who had 33% of the vote, and Skye Wheatley, who had a 31% share of the ending tally.
What will 2015 bring? Stay tuned!