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I have no idea why...Before she was a mummy blogger: A look back at Constance Hall's controversial stint in the Big Brother house in 2005... before she was evicted after just TEN days
By Lauren Grounsell For Daily Mail Australia
- Constance Hall is a viral blogger known for her outspoken opinions
- She wrote about 'parent sex' and encouraged women to bare their bodies
- In 2005, at 21 years old, she appeared on Big Brother and was first evicted
- She lied about being single and left the house after just ten days
- In a blog post about the experience she said she has no regrets
Published: 16:09 EST, 26 January 2016 | Updated: 19:28 EST, 26 January 2016
She is known, and loved, for her outspoken views on everything from sex and relationships to babies and motherhood.
But being a 'loud mouth swearing binge drinking realist' did not always work for viral mummy blogger Constance Hall.
The social media star was the first contestant evicted from the Big Brother house in 2005 after she lied about her relationship status during the audition process.
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Familiar face? Viral mummy blogger Constance Hall appeared on Big Brother in 2005 and was the first to be evicted from the house
Following her heart: The viral mummy blogger was outed from the house after she lied about her relationship status
The 32-year-old blogger reflected on her 15 minutes of fame in a recent post.
'While I thought being a loud mouth swearing binge drinking realist was exactly what every Big Brother voter wanted I was sadly mistaken,' she wrote.
'My time was brought to an end in a record breaking 10 days and interestingly while I thought I totally killed it in the house the shows publicists advice was limited to “don’t worry, they’ll all forget who you are soon, just lay low” [sic].
'Well people did forget and I went back to washing hair as an apprentice hairdresser with bad hair for a living.'
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'I was sadly mistaken': Mrs Hall recently reflected on her time in the house in a blog post and said she was mistaken about what viewers wanted in a reality show contestant
Outoing personality: 'While I thought being a loud mouth swearing binge drinking realist was exactly what every big brother voter wanted I was sadly mistaken,' she said
It's time to go: She spoke with the show's host Gretel Killeen (left) after her eviction
Mrs Hall, of Perth, has amassed more than 309,900 followers on Facebook where she shares her outspoken views on motherhood and relationships.
Her post on what constitutes 'parent sex' quickly went viral, and she followed it up with a viral hashtag #LikeAQueen that encouraged other mothers to share raw photos of themselves on social media.
But her brush with reality television fame was marred by the fact that a then 21-year-old Mrs Hall, along with two other house-mates, were accused by Big Brother of lying about their relationship statuses.
Mrs Hall had said she was single but in fact had a boyfriend outside the house.
The deceit saw her and her two partners in crime nominated by Big Brother, which appeared on Channel 10, for a double eviction, and the public voted the outspoken star leave the house.
Going viral: Mrs Hall has garnered a strong social media following where she shares honest posts about sex and parenthood
Honesty: 'I think without me the house might just become a little bit too nice and everyone might become a little bit too boring,' she said
Mrs Hall was given one minute to plead her case to Big Brother and explain why she should stay in the house.
'The reason that I lied was 'cause I really wanted to come in the house but at the same time I have fallen in love with somebody and I couldn't help that,' she said.
'Just because I've got a boyfriend ... all it means is I'm not going to be having sex do you know what I mean, it doesn't mean I'm not going to be as confronting and funny and make the show worth watching for you.
'I think without me the house might just become a little bit too nice and everyone might become a little bit too boring.'
Shock exit: Her eviction from the house after ten days came as a shock and she was asked to leave without changing her clothes or taking any of her things
Moving on: After her brief stint on the show she went back to being an apprentice hair dresser and broke up with her boyfriend
After she was booted from the house Mrs Hall went back to her job as an apprentice hairdresser.
She also broke up with her boyfriend.
In her blog post on January 6 Mrs Hall said she did not regret her time in the house, and reflected on her 'mullet' hair style.
No regrets: She recently blogged about her experience in the house and said she did not regret it
Sense of humour: 'If you can’t laugh at your own expense then your [sic] not aloud to laugh at anyone else’s,' she said
'Now the only people I really care about you you guys, the lovely ones who have take the time to read my s***, so I didn’t want you to feel lied to, vulnerable, dirty or betrayed if you saw via someone else,' she wrote.
'So yes the hair was voluntary, yes I was the first housemate evicted on Big Brother 2005.
'No I never regretted it, many a laugh has been had since at my expense, if you can’t laugh at your own expense then your [sic] not aloud to laugh at anyone else’s and frankly that just not a world I want to live in.'
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Where are they now? Merlin Luck from Big Brother
ON SUNDAY, June 13 in 2004, Merlin Luck made Australia’s jaw drop.
The Big Brother contestant had just been evicted after 43 days in the house and as he walked onto the eviction stage, he threw the show’s producers a curveball they never saw coming.
Merlin put a strip of black tape over his mouth and held up a sign that said ‘Free the refugees’.
He sat silently on the couch holding his sign up for the cameras as host Gretel Killeen attempted to establish if he was going to participate in the interview at all.
But when it became clear that Merlin was not going to talk, he was whisked off the stage and Gretel crossed to the house to interview the remaining Big Brothercontestants instead.
It’s arguably the most famous moment in the history of Big Brother Australia and now, more than 10 years later, we thought we’d track down Merlin to find out what life’s been like since:
The 2004 Big Brother contestants: (back row L-R) Terri, Elle, Ashalea, Paul, Kane, Igor, Ryan, Merlin, Trevor. (front L-R) Wesley, Krystal, host Gretel Killeen, Bree, Aphrodite and Catherine.Source:News Limited
Q: Did you apply for Big Brother purely to make the statement you did?
A: Absolutely. It was during the rise of reality television as a genre, so it was really about making a statement that putting 14 people in a mansion and plying them with alcohol isn’t reality. It was about disrupting that mainstream media phenomenon to deliver a message — and to make people question the whole concept of reality TV — and question what’s really important.
Q: Did you actually enjoy your time in the house or was it a punish?
A: A seven week holiday, how bad can it be? It was good fun, but the pace is much slower than people realise. If they have a 30-minute episode each day, then 10 minutes of that is advertising and the host talking. That leaves about 20 minutes of footage, so there’s maybe two to five minutes that each person is on-air from a 24-hour period. The vast majority of that 24 hours is spent lazing around. If anything it got quite boring. It also reinforces the power that the editors have in defining your story arc and your character — by controlling which two to five minutes of your day they show and in what context.
Q: How did you smuggle the tape and sign in?
A: It was sewn into the shirt that I wore when we entered the house. I remember security patting me down — and my heart pounding as I thought I’d be found out. Then I wore that same shirt on eviction night and ripped out the sign and the tape as I walked toward the stage. I’ve been skydiving three times, but the adrenaline rush of that moment is unlike anything I’ll ever experience again in my life.
Gretel Killeen and a Channel 10 staffer tried to convince Merlin to speak on stage.Source:News Limited
Q: How did Gretel Killeen react off camera on the night of the eviction?
A: She was trying to convince me to speak and to discuss the issue on-air. To me the impact of the moment came from it being a silent protest. She’s on the public record on several occasions since, declaring her personal support for the stance that I took — and saying she regrets not being more overtly supportive at the time. It was a difficult situation that I put her in but I respect and am grateful for her for taking that position in the media in the years since the protest.
Q: How did the Big Brother producers respond?
A: It was an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand they got the best ratings of the season and weeks of PR. On the other had they lost control, which is any producer’s worst nightmare. I remember the executive producer being exasperated in the green-room afterwards. He was almost yelling that “you should have told us ... we could have worked with you on this ... we would have supported you”. To me that just reinforced how farcical this idea of reality television is. The whole point was to hijack the show and deliver a message — not to orchestrate a fake protest in cahoots with the producers. They still put me on every talk show in the country though, so clearly they wanted in.
Q: What was the overriding sentiment from the public in the days following?
A: I remember as I got dragged off the stage by two security guards, one of them saying “What you just did is incredible. It’s going to mean a lot to many people. I’m so proud of you” and then the other security guard told him to “shut-up mate”. To me that encapsulates the broader response that I knew was coming. I didn’t do this to be popular — I knew the issue was polarising. I did it because I believed in questioning our vapid preoccupation with reality TV — and wanted to disrupt that with a message on an issue I believe is important. At the time there were over 1000 asylum seeker children being held by Australia in detention centres — many of them for years at a time.
Merlin Luck at a World Refugee Day Rally.Source:News Limited
Following the protest I spent 12 months campaigning on the issue full time — speaking at protests and schools and universities. Doing media interviews and meeting with politicians. I visited several detention centres and met many of the families being held in detention — or recently released. When you meet a kid like four-year-old Reza who’d spent three years of his life in detention and you speak to his mum, that’s heartbreaking. When the United Nations declares that as a nation you’re in breach of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1951 Refugee Convention, there’s just no excuse. Even now there’s still around 50 children being held in detention which is unacceptable.
Q: What are you up to now?
A: I have a beautiful wife and we have a four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter together. I work for the largest enterprise cloud technology company in the world, leading a team of specialist account execs. It’s an inspiring company in terms of our technology and innovation, our corporate culture and our focus on philanthropy. Fair to say I’m well on the way to being a middle-aged corporate dad — in the best possible way. Very grateful for the life I have.
Q: Do you still speak to any of your Big Brother housemates?
A: We kept loosely in touch for a few years and I caught up for the odd beer with some or exchanged text messages. I bumped into Fitzy at a bar recently which was fun. Great to see his success in the years since. It was nice to reflect on what was an exciting moment in our lives — but more importantly how far we’d both come with our families and our careers.
Merlin Luck with his wife in 2016.Source:Supplied
Scary... Literally two hours ago I was in a pub with a work colleague and they were saying that new a bb winner and it was this guy!Where are they now? Big Brother winner Jamie Brooksby
September 8, 201610:11am
IN 2006 James Brooksby won the sixth season of Big Brother and walked away with $426,000 in prize money.
A decade later he’s opened up to news.com.au about being banned from talking about the “turkey slapping” incident, as well as what he did with the prize money and what he’s up to now.
Q: What made you want to go on Big Brother?
A: “I actually never even intended to. I had never even seen the show before. On the day of the auditions, I had a call from a girl I liked. She was heading down to the auditions in Claremont, Perth, which was the suburb I lived in growing up.
“I walked down to see her and when I got there she was miles down the audition line. The security guards stopped me and said, ‘Mate, you can’t skip the line.’
“I went outside and sat on the grass to wait for her and every now and then I went back to the line to check if she had come out yet.
“Each time I went up there I had a laugh with the security guys and one of them told me he thought I’d be good on the show and that I should audition.
“I was the last person in the audition line that day and then I got in.”
Jamie at the Big Brother auditions in Perth.Source:News Limited
Q: You were on the season that featured the turkey slapping incident. Was that a big deal in the house?
A: “No, it wasn’t at the time, not at all. I remember being shocked the next day by the fallout.
John, who was my best friend in the house, was removed along with Ashley.
“I was in the bed next to them when it happened and I just remember everyone laughing.
“It was such a shame because I thought that if John had stayed in the house he would have won.
“After it was all said and done, I was asked not to comment to any media outlets about any of the details of the incident or to share my views on the subject.
“I dutifully complied but I think by not standing up for my friends at that time it affected our friendship going forward.
“All said and done it was a regrettable incident.”
John was one of the housemates involved in the alleged turkey slapping incident.Source:News Limited
Ashley was one of the housemates involved in the alleged turkey slapping incident.Source:News Limited
Q: Describe the night of the finale after the episode finished. Did you party all night?
A: “That was quite the night. After three months of having limited alcohol, I blew the doors off it that evening and for many nights afterwards.
“I mostly remember how amazing it was to see my family. I’d missed them so much.”
Jamie and Katie hooked up in the house. Picture: Adam HaddrickSource:News Corp Australia
Q: In the house you hooked up with Katie Hastings. What happened to your relationship when you got out of the house?
A: “We drifted apart fairly quickly. As part of my contract I immediately started a promotional tour that lasted a couple of months.
“I was doing constant nightclub appearances and it wasn’t the best time to try and manage a relationship. It was too much for both of us.
“I actually ended up going out with the girl from the audition line a few months later.”
Q: What did you do with the prize money and is there any left?
A: “I have it all! I put it straight into property when I moved to Melbourne. Obviously there were some early expenditures but I quickly realised I needed to lock it up somewhere safe.
“I remember I was constantly being asked, ‘What’s the first thing you’re going to buy with the money?’
“When the money appeared in my savings account, the first thing I bought was the new Shannon Noll CD as a bit of a laugh.
“I ended up listening to it constantly and falling in love with it, though.
I met Shannon at the ARIAS in 2006 and I remember telling him, ‘Mate, track 8: Losing It All is your best work,’ to which he replied, ‘Whoa mate, you’re legit, that was my favourite too!’
“I got his number and drunk texted him later that night.
“He never replied.”
The Big Brother finale in 2006.Source:News Limited
Q: What did you get up to after your time in the house?
A: “I moved to Melbourne and started a second degree. I really wanted to be seen as not making an effort to be famous. I wanted to do something professional and there were certainly parts of me that felt embarrassed about my involvement in the show, although I’m comfortable with it now.
“In 2009 I started working in property development sales which brings me to where I am now.”
Q: What are you doing now?
A: “Like, right now? It’s my day off. I’m in my tartan pyjama pants watching Dragons Den on the couch and my dog is crying because he can smell the pork belly I’m cooking.
“Oh and I work for a Melbourne property developer.”
Jamie in Cleo magazine.Source:News Limited
Jamie did some modelling after Big Brother.Source:News Limited
Q: Are you currently single?
Q: Do people still recognise you and if so, what do they say?
A: “They do every so often. I have people mistake me for someone they know or they think they’ve met me before.
“I often get comments like, ‘Mate, did you go to Thornbury high school?’ I often just say yes as it’s too hard to explain sometimes.
“People are always nice these days but there was a bit of venom early on.”
Q: There are ‘revealing’ photos of you on the internet from your time in the house. Does that bother you or are you comfortable with people seeing your body?
A: “It doesn’t really bother me. Some idiot leaked some personal ones which I wasn’t happy about but no one is immune from that these days it seems. I just make a point of never googling my name.”
Jamie is now 33 years old.Source:Supplied