Mike Goldman has witnessed Sara-Marie Fedele's bum dance in the flesh, he was ringside when Bree Amer was accidentally eliminated and, yep, he met Perth's Simon "Hotdogs" Deering.
The Big Brother narrator has worked on every season of the hit reality show since it began on Ten in Australia in 2001. But it is season nine, which found a new home on Nine after a four-year hiatus, that he says takes the cake.
"It's been by far the best series, we've had so much fun working on it this year," he said over the phone just days before tonight's grand finale.
Producers promised housemates with a secret and more brains than brawn. While the jury is still out on whether the latter was delivered, Goldman believes more intellectual housemates have made for a better show.
"Every single night we've had stuff that's made you laugh out loud and we've had people in the house who can actually string two sentences together," he said. "It's made it intellectual in so many ways as well as funny because you see these people from all different walks of life getting to know each other and getting to know themselves and figuring out how they act in certain situations."
The final three, Melbourne law student Estelle Landy, Gold Coast beautician Layla Subritzky and Melbourne accounts manager Benjamin Norris are in many ways indicative of the trend towards housemates with more substance.
While British-raised beauty Subritzky isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, Norris and Landy aren't exactly your typical housemates, with both coming from interesting backgrounds and offering more to intellectual discussions in the house than most.
But at this point, it's anyone's game.
After long-time favourite Michael Beveridge and country girl Zoe Westgarth, were booted from the house on Monday night the voting tally for the final three was almost a dead heat with two housemates on 33 per cent and one in the lead on 34 per cent. According to Sportsbet, Norris is now the favourite to win on $1.80, closely followed by Landy on $2.30 and Subritzky on $4.50. Not even Goldman - who turns 40 today - can choose who deserves to win the $250,000 cash prize and a car.
"I have a different favourite every week," he said. "I'm always a fan of the ones who make us laugh and will get up in the morning and go 'Well, what am I going to do today', rather than the ones who sleep in and don't say anything and are boring and don't do anything."
The highlight for Goldman was when he entered the house as part of the unwelcome guests task because it gave him even more of an insight into the housemates.
"When I was in there I could actually feel that Ben was really upset because it was the day after nominations. He was storming around the house not talking to anyone," said the TV personality who is currently working on a film called Shooting Goldman, a psychological thriller about a reality TV host.
"The bedroom stank. It stank like a rats nest. It just reeked. People living together for such a long time, they get used to each other's smell I guess."
While another season is yet to be confirmed by Nine, Big Brother has performed steadily in the ratings this year after debuting to 1.71 million viewers on August 13.
Goldman - whose family is originally from Perth - attributes much of the success to new host Sonia Kruger.
"Love her. She is the most professional, easygoing, fun girl that I have ever met, I adore her," he said.The Big Brother finale airs today at 7pm on Nine/WIN.
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