Get ready, Canada. The fifth season of Big Brother Canada hits your television screens this week, and this time around there will be more than a few familiar faces. For the first major twist this year, eight new houseguests will be joined by eight returning fan-favourites, including Season 1’s Gary “Glitter” Levy, Season 2’s Neda Kalantar and Season 4’s Cassandra Shahinfar.
The TV Junkies had a chance to ask the houseguests a few questions on why they’re taking part in the show this season and their choice strategies, including their take on showmances, before they entered the house. Click through the gallery below to get the inside scoop on each new and returning houseguest.
Gary "Glitter" Levy
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Residence: Ajax, Ontario
How will you do things differently this time around? I think this time around I’m going to focus more on strategy and not so much on social game because, socially, that stuff comes natural to me. I want to focus more on being in a strong alliance, being more physical and more of a visible gamer.
Which do you consider a strong strategy and why: playing a good social game or winning competitions? I think the most important thing is having a good social game because, at the end of the day, I’m going to have to inform people when they leave the house that they have to vote for who they WANT to win. I have to make sure that message is implanted into these people’s brains halfway through the game so they know what to do when I do make it to the final two, and they vote for me to win the $100,000 prize. I do not want a Topaz moment.
Showmances: are they an asset or a liability? I think they’re an asset, and I’m totally open to a showmance this season. I hope Big Brother Canada puts somebody in there that could be compatible with me because I think it would really benefit my game if we were winning back-to-back, kind of the Jillian [MacLaughlin] and Emmett [Blois] type of thing, because I watched it unfold and how well it worked for their game. I would really enjoy having that in my corner, and it’s something I’ve never done with this experience. I’m single, I’m open for love, I’m open to taking the showmance and making it a romance for outside the house. I think it’s a very beneficial thing for your game. If you can get into one, do it!
Why should Canada root for you to win Big Brother Canada? They see that I have a big heart, they know I’m fun, I’m entertaining, and I’m a good person. I didn’t win the last time, and I worked really hard to win. I know it wasn’t my goal to win the prize, as much as it was to give a face to people who I felt were not represented on television, and I think this time around I really want Canada to know I’m in it for the long haul, I’m in it for the win. I’m gonna do what it takes to play the game as best as I can, and if Canada is rooting for me that would be much appreciated, because I’m going to try my best to not let them down.
Which houseguest will you be rooting for? Sound off in the comments below.
Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET on Global.