Fourteen houseguests moved into the Big Brother Canada house on premiere night. Amongst them was 27-year-old Hamza Hatoum of Thunder Bay. In addition to having to beat out his fellow houseguests, Hamza will have to deal with a “first in curse" that has spanned all 26 seasons of the Canadian and American versions of the show if he hopes to win. Hamza was the first Big Brother Canada 6 houseguest to walk through the doors on premiere night. The first one to enter the house has never ended up winning the season.
It wasn’t all bad news for Hamza on night one. A twist forced fellow houseguest Andrew Miller to send seven houseguests to “heaven” and seven houseguests to “hell” for the week. Those in heaven, including Hamza, were exempt from being nominated and evicted in the show's opening week. Those in hell were the only ones eligible to win the Head of Household (HoH) competition, and the only ones eligible for nomination and eviction. In addition to that, they were forced to eat nothing but slop, and had to live without their belongings. Being sent to heaven guaranteed that Hamza would outlast Big Brother Canada 4 houseguest Paige Distranski of Thunder Bay who was evicted first on her season.
Johnny Mulder won the first HoH competition, giving him the ability to nominate two houseguests for eviction. He nominated 49 year old Rozina Yaqub next to 30 year old Ali Martinez. Hamza was one of three houseguests randomly chosen to compete in the Power of Veto (PoV) competition. The winner would have the option to save one of the nominees if they chose to do so. Johnny was victorious once again. He decided to leave his nominations the same.
While the house consensus was that Rozina needed to go, Hamza was one of the most vocal in opposition to that. Hamza didn’t understand why the houseguests would want to evict the oldest person first. He argued that she would be loyal, she is not a threat in competitions, and she is a great cook. In the diary room, Hamza said he is going to try to dictate every single vote this season. He ultimately ended up voting with the house. Rozina was evicted by a unanimous vote of 11-0.
After the eviction vote, two “gate crashers” entered the house. These houseguests, one male and female, were voted into the game by Canada. 15 houseguests remain in the battle for a grand prize which includes $100,000 cash, a European vacation, and $30,000 from The Brick.
Big Brother Canada airs on Mondays at 9 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Global.