New Glasgow's Jillian MacLaughlin sits in the Big Brother Canada house with her strongest ally Emmett Blois, also from Nova Scotia. PHOTO COURTESY OF SLICE.
NEW GLASGOW - Big Brother Canada fans from all across the country will be watching a local woman Thursday when the final episode of the season airs, including a room full of her hometown fans at Glasgow Square.
Jillian MacLaughlin, a 27-year-old teacher from New Glasgow, has secured her place as one of the final three contestants in the popular reality show Big Brother Canada.
Big Brother Canada is a show on Slice in which 15 houseguests compete and strategize with other competitors to stay in the house. The final episode airs Thursday - in which the winning contestant will take home a prize of $100,000, a new car and a $25,000 shopping spree.
Jillian’s mother Debbie MacLaughlin said she is thrilled the Town of New Glasgow has organized a mass viewing of the final show at Glasgow Square to support her daughter.
“I am extremely proud of Jillian and Pictou County for its tremendous support,” she stated in a press release. “Jillian is very lucky to be from a town where people rally together for their community in sad times and happy times. Thank you so much New Glasgow and Pictou County.”
New Glasgow's Program and Events Manager Carlton Munroe said excitement has been building in the community as MacLaughlin continued to move forward in the show.
"We thought it would be fun to provide a setting where fans of Jillian and the Big Brother Canada show could come out together and put their support behind Jillian as a collective,” he said. “The Town of New Glasgow also wanted to wish Jillian well, to congratulate her on her great gamesmanship and to demonstrate appreciation to her for all of the attention and profile she has inspired for her home town."
New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan said the community has watched Jillian's progress with great interest and pride.
"On behalf of the Town Council and the people of New Glasgow we wish Jillian much success and thank her for representing her hometown and home province on a national stage,” he said. “You can be sure New Glasgow and Pictou County will be watching Big Brother and Jillian with pride."
MacLaughlin secured her position in the final three by winning her fourth head of household competition, which saves her from being put up for elimination by another houseguest.
The show began with 15 houseguests from all over Canada including MacLaughlin and two other Nova Scotians: 24-year-old Emmett Blois from Gore, Hants County, and 38-year-old Andrew Monaghan from Halifax, who was evicted from the house last week. At this point, Blois is still in the house with MacLaughlin and the two have been involved in a “showmance” alliance as they call it on the show. MacLaughlin has stated on the show that she plans on keeping her alliance with Blois all the way to the final two.
Houseguests are eliminated from the competition when the head of household nominates them for eviction and the majority of houseguests vote for them to leave.
Big Brother Canada airs three times a week on Slice and until Sunday, had live feeds from inside the house on 24 hours a day at bigbrothercanada.ca so fans could see what the houseguests were up to at any time for free.
According to a press release from Shaw Media, one in six Canadians has sampled Big Brother Canada with over 2.7 million watching weekly. It also stated that on the night it airs, Big Brother Canada consistently claims top spot over all entertainment specialty channels.
Shaw Media also states that the multiplatform series draws engagement online at bigbrothercanada.ca, with more than a million hours of video streamed from the live feeds.
The Town of New Glasgow’s mass viewing of the finale at Glasgow Square Theatre in New Glasgow will take place as the show airs Thursday. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. Admission is free and on a first come first served basis. Voluntary donations for Molly’s Rainbow will be collected at the door from those wishing to contribute in celebration of MacLaughlin’s success.
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