To kick off a brand new season of Big Brother Canada, RHAP blogger Matt Liguori brings in fellow live-feed updater Jenny Autumn to rank the new players and determine how they’ll do.
Big Brother Canada 9 Preseason Player Rankings
I genuinely could not be more excited for a new season of Big Brother Canada. For 100 reasons, last year was a huge bummer. But Big Brother Canada has always been three months of my favorite entertainment. We have an incredible looking cast on our hands, lots of excited fans ready for a good show, and Queen Arisa Cox now working overtime behind the scenes to get this show where we all know it can be.
It’s very exciting to get back into the rankings game here. The past fews time I’ve done this have all gone ~relatively~ well. In BBCAN6, all of Paras, Kaela, Derek, and Will (the entire final 4) were ranked in my top 5. In BBCAN7, I had Dane around the upper-middle of the pack, but the Anthony call (at #3, when most wrote him off from day 1) is the more-memorable ranking. Last year, I had Brooke and Sheldon in my top 5 and we all know they basically won, soooo we’ll see how well (or terribly) things go this time!
Joining me for these preseason rankings is my good friend Jenny Autumn! Make sure you’re following Jenny (@jennyautumn) and I (@mattliguori) on twitter for all of our BBCAN9 tweets and sporadic podcast appearances!
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Give me a second to think about Kiefer, I just need to mullet over. (….) So anyways, I think Kiefer has a tough hill to climb to win this season. He’s a married father of three and as I look around the cast I wonder who in the house he’ll bond with over life experience or any other similarities? Sure, there’s another parent in the house, but I’m not all that much higher on Tera. Kiefer could sneak by if his social game is good, but I don’t feel great about it.
Here’s the thing about Tera… I think there’s absolutely a world where she does well. She’s not quite the typical mom stereotype, but there’s also a lot to her personality that could rub people the wrong way. She makes a lot of “bull” references, which makes me think that besides being determined, she could also be incredibly stubborn and headstrong. I could see Tera struggling if things don’t go her way. That said, she is very energetic and bubbly, and if she can handle not having the reins at all times, she could do quite well. But can this “tiny bull” hold back from using the horns? I’m not so sure.
Tina seems like a delight. I feel like everyone will warm up to her quickly and she’ll have them all laughing. Truly, nothing stands out to me as to why Tina would be an early target, but she could easily be an early nominee. BBCAN end game comes down to comp abilities and I struggle to not favor the younger kids in those. Tina could have Karen upside of being brought late into the game, but her resume will have to be more impressive than I’m anticipating it will end up being.
I can’t figure out how I feel about this guy. On one hand, I do love that he is a totally different archetype than we’re used to on Big Brother. On the other hand, I worry that he leans too much into this edgy/outsider persona which can be disastrous in a game that’s about creating social bonds and fitting in. Josh calls himself an “extroverted introvert” but has also never lived with anyone but his parents. I’m concerned, but still fascinated by him and interested to see what his story will be. If he’s overwhelmed and overstimulated early on, he could self-implode and be first boot fodder.
I’m so torn on Josh. His video probably scares anyone away from making him a winner pick but I think there’s potential here. As someone who spent lots of time around film students, I feel like there’s something within him that will always be focused on a game plan. The “only-child, always has lived alone” thing is concerning because it was important enough to him where he brought it up. But I can’t even tell if he’s excited to play. Is he going to be motivated to do 3 months of intense gameplay and get himself into a winning position?
Normally age-wise Tina would stick out like a sore thumb, but they did a pretty good job with age diversity this time (for the most part). While she might not have a ton in common with a lot of these people, Tina has Newfie Upside, which means she is going to be beloved by fellow houseguests and viewers alike. My concerns about Tina are mostly just that she’s a likable social character and may lack in the other areas needed for greater success in the game. I could see Tina being a candidate for captain, especially if she rallies the East Coast voting contingent. Her being given power early game could do wonders, but it sounds like she will struggle with the backstabbing part of the game, which concerns me. Alas, we stan.
There’s a world where Tera could be a serious threat. She’s fit, she’s got mom-power, she seems intelligent, she seems to know the game, she’s got a good sense of humor. Because of her age (I know, I know) and her being one of only two parents in the house, she won’t naturally blend in with everyone else. I feel good about her if she can lay low for the first three weeks, I just feel it’s more likely she ends up overplaying.
WTF Jenny, you have Queen Victoria at 11?! I know, but hear me out: I love Victoria’s personality and think she is going to be a fun, rootable queen. I just was left with a lot of questions about her game knowledge and how she plans to navigate strategically. I love that she wants a female bestie and would live for her being a part of a dominant woman-powered alliance. She makes a lot of reference to being strategic in her bio, so I’m hoping to see this jump out once we get her on our screens. Despite where I have her, I do see great potential for Victoria to quickly jump up these rankings, it’s just yet to be seen…
The personality of the season has arrived! We’ll be entertained, we’ll get great feeds, but I don’t expect we’ll see Breydon in the final 2. He isn’t going to hold back if he’s got an opinion and if he says the wrong thing around the wrong person even once, I think he’ll find himself with a target on his back. I doubt he’ll go out early, but if I close my eyes and picture a final 5/6 from this cast, I struggle to see Breydon there.
I think Kyle’s ranking suffers here a bit mostly because I’m still bitter that we didn’t get Other Kyle Moore. That said, he’s an unsurprising casting choice, albeit a little bland for my tastes. I can see him and Beth connecting over their Alberta roots, and he’s a prime candidate for a bro alliance and a showmance – both of which will probably only help his game. I appreciate that he’s a bit self-deprecating, but he comes off very “recruit” to me, so I’m not so sure he will be able to keep up strategically.
Rohan seems prepared to embrace the villain role, which is great for TV but tragic for his winner chances. Which BBCAN winner has been the villain? (No, the Pax Bros were just dumb.) Rohan knows he’s smart and wants to use his intelligence to control the game but there’s just no shot they’ll let him play the game he thinks he’ll be able to play. I can see this being a BBCAN7 Mark situation, where I rank him too low because he’s so unlikely to win, but there’s a chance he goes far enough to leave me worried it could happen.
Hoping my BFF Kirsten doesn’t hate me for not having him higher, because I actually am enamoured with Breydon. His video is full of Jenny-pandering gems: talking about his Taurus traits, strutting with an Aritzia shopping bag, and saying he needs to pay back “Daddy Trudeau”. This guy clearly has star quality, and I think people will really love him. That said, I have no idea how much game knowledge he has, which pushes him down in my rankings a bit. He is clearly intelligent and it sounds like he’ll conceal how smart he is. If he knows what he’s getting himself into strategically, I could see Breydon being an undercover threat. Either way, I know he will be incredibly TV and I can’t wait to root for him.
Not telling everyone that she’s a cop will be key; it’s been a successful strategy for past reality TV cops. Latoya will be a huge threat in comps and as long as her social game is as good as her physical game could be, she’ll be set up nicely. But all of that said, if there are other game-savvy players lingering, they’ll recognize her threat level and try to stop her at some point. She’s got the age/maturity to keep her level-headed and hopefully the personality to allow her to let loose with the younger houseguests.
Beth, 27, Tomahawk! When I first saw her, I was a little bored, but she has some quirky energy that makes me feel better about this casting choice. I get the sense she’s a fan of the game and her social work background should make her good with all these personalities. I worry that she might be leaning too hard into trying to be funny/quirky, which can be wearing on some people, but I’m hopeful she can tone it down now that she’s past the OTT casting stuff. All in all, this girl seems smart, sweet, and social and you can’t deny that these are winning traits.
I’m not as high on Julie’s chances as many seem to be. She seems awesome and from the brief glimpses I’ve seen of her YouTube channel, she’s incredibly strong and inspiring. We’ve seen many reality TV contestants become influencers, but how many already-successful influencers become reality TV contestants? Influencers make a close connection with their audiences because they have full control over what they share and how they share it, but Big Brother isn’t a show or a game where any one person usually has that much control over things. With that said, she does have a built-in fan base, could end up being a captain, and could at the very least get decent footing for a few weeks.
I am so impressed by Latoya that putting her this low in my rankings seems wrong. Her experience in policing and corrections mixed with her creative entrepreneurial spirit gives her so many angles of experience and I am really fascinated with this casting choice. I’m glad that she is going to hide her profession and lean into her fashion designer side – it’s always helpful when your fake career isn’t actually fake. I think Latoya has a stoic energy to her which makes sense with her profession, but I hope we get to see more of her fun and goofy energy, given that she mentions loving weird and unique personalities. I hope that her incredible physique doesn’t make her a target, and instead a valued piece of an alliance.
A very fun, very big personality. Victoria will either win everyone over and have a social game to die for, or turn people off right out of the gate and end up on the block week 1. I’ll be crushed if it’s the latter, because she has some major potential. I’m not sure I see Victoria as our winner, but she has high Cassandra upside as a ton of fun, great feeds, and a big gamer.
This guy is absolutely awesome. I’m not going to lie, in the first few seconds of his video I thought “oh god, this is going to be annoying”, but he completely won me over. He has an infectious energy that I’m sure is only more potent in person. He says he would backstab his alliance, but I’m unsure if Kiefer has the killer instinct in practice. I think people are really going to gravitate to him and he’ll be able to hide behind obvious threats. Normally I would worry about someone like Kiefer becoming an outcast early, but I think he’s another strong contender for a captain spot, which could be massive for his game.
Nothing stands out about Kyle when it comes to being successful in Big Brother (which is probably why he was an alternate). He’s got to find his people early or his game could look like BBCAN5 Mark or BBCAN8 Michael. He wants to dominate comps which would be great if he specifically said “starting at the the jury phase” but alas. He only gets this high up my rankings because of the veto necklace and HoH robe in his video making me feel like he’s a big enough fan he bought things from the CBS store.
Tychon has big triple-threat energy. I love how positive and compassionate he seems – traits that serve you well in a Big Brother house that can be draining and difficult at times. He’s in his late 20s which I feel like is the sweet spot for success in these games and puts him right in the middle of this cast’s age range. I have a hard time imagining anyone not liking Tychon. The only question mark with him is how well he knows the game and whether he’ll get bested by others who are going in with more strategic prowess.
Beth is another big personality and I think she’ll have no problem making friends. Who is coming after Beth in the first month of the game? Since she’s so naturally likable, she’ll be able to make connections for those first few weeks that will come in handy later on. My biggest fear is any BBCAN5 Jackie potential, to be a perfectly nice person but not have a huge impact on the game. Or something like Sam and Chelsea experienced in BBCAN7 where she’s seen as a big threat. But if she can be the Brooke to someone’s Sheldon, she’ll be set up great.
I. Love. This. Girl. I really felt a more mature energy and can see her being able to socially connect with all types. She says she genuinely loves the show and understands the key strategy of laying under the radar early game, which I can definitely see being easy for her with this cast. I am slightly concerned about her getting into a flirtmance/showmance and being the one in the duo that gets targeted first, but otherwise, I’m seeing a lot of potential in a long game run for Austin.
Sweet, likable, very pretty. I see no reason why anybody will come after Austin early. High showmance potential. Definitely will be scooped up by the big alliance. She’ll hold her own in comps. She’ll become everyone’s friend. At age 23, Austin is on the younger side of the cast, but not by much and I don’t think that’ll affect her at all.
Jed has all the makings of a successful BBCAN player, and I get the impression he knows how the game works. I love that he plans to dumb himself down and purposely struggle in early mental comps. There were a few things in his bio that worried me about him getting along with every kind of personality he’ll encounter in the house. That said, I love that he points to his conversational skills as being his biggest strength. If Jedson can get himself into a nice alliance and lean mostly into his physical and social game until it’s time to turn up the mental heat, I could see this guy taking it all.
Jedson is very charming. As a model, someone who loves the camera, Jedson seems like he’ll be likable enough to not quickly find himself on a nomination seat. He also seems open to a showmance and I can see one in his future. We know how successful most BBCAN showmances can be. His multiple HoH reigns will frustrate us greatly, but they’ll also probably be effective.
The Bay Street Daddy™? himself! I know, I know. This could really go either way, but I am absolutely fascinated by Rohan and I truly think that he’s playing up the villainy in his cast video and knows how to tone down his intensity. This guy oozes charisma and as long as he doesn’t show how intelligent and calculating he is and plays up more of his fun-loving side, he could go far. This could also be a crash and burn situation, but I’m putting my chips in. Either way, it’s going to be a fun ride.
Tychon has to be locked in as my winner pick. Being a mama’s boy and having grown up around women seems to have left him with a huge heart. The level of social game he has will keep everyone wanting to have him around. I don’t know how well he knows the game, but he certainly seems smart enough to figure it all out. He has everything I’m looking for in a winner and I’ll be very disappointed if things go poorly.
There’s lots to be impressed by with Julie. I love that she’s applied numerous times and doesn’t appear to be recruited for her influencer status. She’s clearly an incredibly strong and accomplished woman and seems to have a great spirit to her. Julie is almost undoubtedly going to get one of the captain spots and I hope that this cements her into a power position early game and that this immediate visibility doesn’t end up making her a juicy target. She expects to be an underdog, but I can see Julie inhabiting the throne early on.