The coronavirus hit the Big Brother Australia house on Sunday night’s episode after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19, setting up one dramatic eviction in the process.
Sunday’s episode kicked off with the housemates noticing the cameras from the garden had disappeared and the cameras inside the house were not following them around as they normally do. The group knew something was up but weren’t sure just yet what it was.
Host Sonia Kruger was outside the house and explained the situation to the television audience watching.
“A Big Brother crew member has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19,” she says. “A decision has been made to pause the game.”
Big Brother then called the housemates to the diary room and informed them of the situation on the outside world, telling them the coronavirus has hit much of Europe and locked down of the largest states in the U.S.
“The Big Brother House will be placed in lockdown and the game will be suspended.” Big Brother told the housemates.
Due to the seriousness of the situation, Big Brother allowed the housemates to make a phone call home to check in on their loved ones. After three days of speculation, Big Brother confirmed the crew member tested negative and the game would resume.
With just nine housemates remaining and nine days left in the game, Big Brother wanted to give the housemates an advantage. A scavenger hunt for a token saw Sarah earn the power to remove one person from eviction, leaving two nominees.
For the nominations challenge, the housemates played a game of musical chairs. Chad would be the last man sitting and won his first challenge of the season. As a result, he nominated Sarah, Casey, and Xavier for the chop. However, Sarah used her power to save herself, leaving two nominees.
The housemates strategized as Kieran told Big Brother he realises he and Marissa are the swing votes for both alliances in the house while Chad worked on getting Xavier out of the house and breaking up the alpha alliance.
Sonia returned for the eviction and in a surprising move, Xavier was evicted 6-0.
“If you wanted to vote out the more strategical player, it was definitely me,” Xavier said following his eviction. “Dan and Mat got me real good. If I was in their position, I’d probably make the same move, unfortunately.”
Big Brother continues Monday at 7.30 pm on Channel 7 in Australia.