‘Big Brother Canada 4’ pre-game exclusive: Tim Dormer from ‘Big Brother Australia’ vies to enter house
While we’re mildly familiar with “Big Brother Australia,” we’ll be the first to admit that it is not a version of the show we watch regularly. Therefore, it took a little bit of research to learn about Tim Dormer when we learned he would be a cast member on “Big Brother Canada 4.” He won the tenth season of the show Down Under, and there he used his ability to stir things up and be a big personality in order to get some voters on his side. He’s a super-energetic guy, and it’s easy to see why he would do well in that game.
With that said, can he succeed in the American game? That was something we were eager to uncover in our pre-game interview with him. For those who missed it, Tim is one of four international contestants vying to enter the game this season. Two of them will enter, and the choice for Canadian voters is between Tim and “Big Brother 5” / “All-Stars” contestant Jase Wirey. (Vote here!)
For those who didn’t see you previously on Big Brother, how would you describe your experience?
Okay, so I’m a bit of a troublemaker. I like to get up to mischief, and I’m like the annoying younger brother. I’m like little brother! But I think I have a good heart and I’m very honest and real. That’s what Australian audiences liked about me; I was very genuine and authentic. While I cause a little bit of trouble you’re always going to know what I’m thinking; I’m a bit of a wild card. I’m not very predictable. I wear my heart on my sleeve, but I do mix it up when it comes to strategy. Some people call me a really sort of manipulative puppet-master gameplayer, but I think that’s because they never knew what I was going to do strategy-wise. I always kind of kept them guessing. That is how I like to play! Never let the enemy know what you’re going to do next.
What’s something about you that would surprise people?
Hm … That I’m actually a really nice guy. That I like to hang out with my grandmother. She’s 95 years old and I like to have tea and scones with her every fortnight, so I can’t be that bad! I’m a bad boy, but my grandma loves me. (Laughs.)
Do you have a specific strategy entering the house?
The ‘Big Brother Canada’ format, the game is so different than what I’m used to in Australia. The public actually votes for who they want to evict out of the house, and who they want to win the show. ‘Big Brother Canada’ is all about the other houseguests voting for you, and it’s going to be a totally different strategy for me. I’m going to have to play the social game, I’m going to have to make alliances, and of course after winning a series before the Canadian houseguests will probably think I’m a threat. I have to make them believe I’m not a threat and get them when they don’t expect it.
What makes you think that you’ll be able to make it all the way to the end and win?
Look, I wouldn’t want to be doing this if I didn’t want to win again. I definitely do. I think I’m just gonna win them over with some Aussie charm and make them think I’m not a threat. I’m gonna stay true to myself, but I think I can play a bit sneaky and stay true to myself … though I am sneaky! (Laughs.)
What do you think your biggest weakness could be?
That’s a good question! I can’t tell you that! (Laughs.) That’s like Superman advertising his Kryptonite. I’m used to people not liking me. In a competition I always like it when people think that they have to beat me; I’m not used to people wanting to people be on my team. I’m not used to teamwork, and I’m not a very good team player.
My weakness might be working with an alliance. I’m like a lone wolf; I’m like a one-man show! I don’t need people to help me with my strategy, so maybe my weakness is gonna be the fact that I need to have an alliance to work together. I’ve never had that play out.
Other than winning the money, what’s the one thing you’re hoping to get out of this experience?
I’d like to make some Canadian friends! Hopefully whatever happens, if I get in there, I’ll have some friends and if I come and visit again, I can stay at their house! Hopefully I’m not expelled by the nation and I’m not stopped at the airport, like ‘you can’t come in.’
In closing, what do you want to say to Canada? Why should they be excited to see you this season?
I think Canada should vote for me to get me into the house because I’ll keep it interesting and I’m the wild-card. I’m the crazy guy from Down Under. I don’t know what people in Canada think of Australia or what their views of Australia are, but it’s a pretty wild nation. We’ve got some of the most dangerous animals down there, but they don’t come more wild than me.
If you want an interesting season of ‘Big Brother Canada,’ then put me in that house.
Overall impression – Tim is fantastic. We really wish that the show wasn’t making you choose and was just putting all four international players in instead, since there’s something so fascinating about a guy like Tim doing this game and seeing what he can learn about himself in a different environment. He’s going to have a tough time since we figure many people in Canada already know Jase and could vote for him, but Tim has so much charisma and is a really interesting, funny guy. He was a really great interview to do.