Big Brother begins with 10 housemates
Contestants from Big Brother 2012. Picture: Paul Broben.

Big Brother made a triumphant return to Australian screens last night with preliminary overnight OzTAM figures placing the show at No. 2 nationally with 1.618 million viewers and No. 4 in Perth with 177,000.

It was pipped to the top spot by Nine stable-mate Underbelly: Badness starring Jonathan LaPaglia, which attracted an estimated 1.78 million nationally and 178,000 in Perth.

The top two spots in Perth were claimed by Seven News and Today Tonight with 208,000 and 197,000 viewers respectively.

Long-running soapie Home and Away held its own against stiff competition drawing 1.025 million viewers nationally to finish seventh last night in a week where there is a major car crash.

Ten's new Everybody Dance Now hosted by Sarah Murdoch took a plunge on its second night on air, attracting an average of just 304,000 viewers nationally, less than watched shows such as Q&A, The Bold and the Beautiful, Deal or No Deal and Hot Seat.

Big Brother host Sonia Kruger is expected to introduce another four male housemates tonight, with one tipped to be from WA. One is also a millionaire.

Viewers were introduced to 10 housemates last night, seven females and three males.

Kruger said all housemates had a secret; all were genuine and some were genuinely mind blowing.

One has great wealth, one secretly has great intelligence and one is related to royalty.

Big Brother then told the female housemates the secrets of all seven male housemates.

The secrets are: one has the IQ of a genius, one has a fear of birds as a result of being attacked by an emu, one has been fired from every job he's had, one hasn't had a girlfriend since he was 11, one was a juvenile offender, one has dated more than 100 women and one is a multi-millionaire.

Female housemates have a week to correctly match the secrets with the male housemates to avoid being put up for eviction. They can only talk about the secrets in the pink parlour room and if they get caught out, they face being put up for eviction.

The housemates introduced so far are:

* Bradley, 18, NSW, small town supermarket checkout operator and self-confessed geek.

* Josh, 28, SA, lead singer of a rock band

* Michael, 26, Qld, long-haired good humoured copywriter.

* Angie, 21, Qld, travel industry sales rep who is used to sharing a house with three guys.

* Layla, 24, Qld, unemployed beautician who arrived from Manchester in February and is part Maori but considers herself an adopted Australian.

* Estelle, 23, Victoria, humanitarian and skater who is studying law, doesn’t like racists.

* Sarah, 30, NSW, car sales woman, has a boyfriend.

* Charne, 31, Qld, professional singer, loves vintage glamour, not so keen on Big Brother’s sleeping arrangements.

* Stacey, 24, NSW, advertising account executive who abbreviates her words.

* Zoe, 23, NSW, “big loud” student who lives on a hobby farm, has never had a boyfriend and doesn’t agree with boat people.

The West Australian

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