Going global! Stars of Big Brother Australia set to fame in New Zealand after COVID-19 outbreak

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Going global! Stars of Big Brother Australia set for fame in New Zealand as reboot is set to air in the country after COVID-19 causes production of local reality shows to be postponed

The return of Big Brother Australia has been one of the most hotly anticipated premieres of 2020.

And now the stars of the revamped series are on the verge of finding international fame as the show is set to air in New Zealand.

Stuff NZ reports that the program will replace this year’s season of The Block NZ, which was postponed after production was halted in March amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Going global! Stars of Big Brother Australia, including Talia Rycroft (pictured), are set for fame in New Zealand after it was announced the series will air in the country to fill gaps left by local reality shows that were halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic 

Big Brother will premiere in New Zealand on Sunday, June 28 at 7pm on Three, then continue to be shown on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7.30pm.

The series will air three weeks behind episodes currently shown on Channel Seven in Australia – making it a nightmare for fans to avoid online spoilers.

The new season, hosted by Sonia Kruger, is almost unrecognisable from the iconic original show, which ran for 15 hit seasons in the early 2000s.

Spoiler alert! The new season, hosted by Sonia Kruger, is almost unrecognisable from the iconic original show, which ran for 15 hit seasons in the early 2000s.

Spoiler alert! The new season, hosted by Sonia Kruger, is almost unrecognisable from the iconic original show, which ran for 15 hit seasons in the early 2000s. 

The current reincarnation sees up to 20 contestants compete against each other in Survivor-style challenges, to have control of the game and nominate people to be ousted from the house.

There will only be one public vote – to decide the overall winner.

While finding international fame might sound like a dream come true for a reality star, Married At First Sight’s Michael Goonan is finding it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be after his controversial series began airing in the US.

'It's reliving a horrible experience': Michael Goonan (left, with Stacey Hampton) is struggling to move on with his life now that his season of Married At First Sight is being aired in the US

‘It’s reliving a horrible experience’: Michael Goonan (left, with Stacey Hampton) is struggling to move on with his life now that his season of Married At First Sight is being aired in the US

The 29-year-old businessman told Fifi, Fev & Byron last Friday that he was being trolled online by American viewers, bringing back bad memories.

‘I’m getting Yankee insults now… it’s reliving a horrible experience,’ said Micheal, who has been trying to put his tumultuous relationship with ex-‘wife’ Stacey Hampton behind him and move on with co-star KC Osborne.

When asked how his relationship with the dance instructor was going, Michael said things were ‘good’ but that MAFS airing in America had forced them to address issues from their past.

 ‘It’s weird because America has to prop the whole thing back up, so you’re reliving events from your life that you want to move on from, which is a bit of a difficult one,’ he said, adding that the cast had ‘no choice’ when it came to the show’s international distribution.

Under strain? When asked how his relationship with KC Osborne (pictured) was going, Michael said that MAFS airing in America had forced them to address issues from their past

Under strain? When asked how his relationship with KC Osborne (pictured) was going, Michael said that MAFS airing in America had forced them to address issues from their past 

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