A decade ago, KTW made history as the only Canadian community newspaper to devote a weekly column to the reality television show Big Brother. With Kamloops resident John Luke Kieper now taking part in the eighth season of Big Brother Canada, this newspaper will revisit that storied history and offer weekly recaps in Friday’s Arts section, at least until the local boy is evicted.
Despite his apparent best efforts to put a target on his own back on Night One, the first Kamloops resident ever to compete in Big Brother Canada will live to fight another week.
That’s because John Luke Kieper, a KamloopsBCNow reporter who talks like a surfer, was not one of the bottom four houseguests in a preseason online poll of viewers asked to pick their favourites. (One of the bottom four will be evicted on Thursday night’s episode.)
Conventional Big Brother wisdom says lay low early on, and John Luke implied he would do as much in his interview played at the start of Wednesday’s premiere episode. He said he would use his reporter’s intuition to gain a sense of what’s going on in the house, keeping him one step ahead of houseguests.
Then he walked onto the Toronto soundstage and into the BBCan8 house wearing a flamingo-print suit that would make Don Cherry jealous.
According to the edit of Wednesday’s show, though, John Luke’s suit was the loudest thing about him on opening night, apart from an awkward suggestion the 16 houseguests “take it to the hot tub.”
Here’s hoping John Luke’s game becomes more subtle from here on.