Swedish Big Brother candidate Daniel Glasman left his country last week after spending 50 days on the program. When he entered the house, Covid-19 was still considered by many to be a Chinese problem, but with a disturbing number of infections in Italy. Seven weeks later, he left his television isolation to find a transformed world.
“I digest everything,” he said. “It is so difficult because I would be in the middle of the anti-isolation process, and I have to face the fact that the world changed during my absence. I can’t turn my back on the world for 50 days and expect the world to keep it together, apparently. I had a very deep experience, but so did the world. “
The 38-year-old communications consultant and nightclub worker said that the limited information that he and his fellow competitors had led them to underestimate the gravity of the situation: “When we entered into isolation , we had no idea of the extent or spread of coronavirus and zero confirmed cases in Sweden. We were making jokes about the situation around Corona but it was in good faith – imagine if it all turned into a zombie movie when we leave the house. “
As the severity of the pandemic increased, the media coverage of ignorant competitors locked in regional variations of Big Brother increased, making comparisons with Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set series, where a zombie invasion affects everyone, at except the competitors of the series.
As a result, Swedish producers decided to follow the example of their German equivalents and provide limited information on the epidemic to program participants, although Glasman said it was always difficult to fully understand what was going on. .
“I was there for a total of 50 days, with very little information from the outside world. It’s very difficult for me to separate the different days and weeks from each other when inside. A few weeks ago, they started to inform us… they wanted to let us know that all of our loved ones, family and friends were safe. They wanted to calm us down. “
The show’s live stream was briefly cut to allow candidates to ask producers questions about what was going on in the world outside of the TV studio: “There was a fact-focused discussion: a lot of restaurants close, we stop huge gatherings of people, sport is stopped, air travel is limited. Lots of fleas. We were probably the healthiest people on the planet when we were in the house. “
However, the questions were limited. “With all due respect to my fellow colleagues from Big Brother, this is not exactly a house full of rocket specialists.
He said the process was well managed by the production team, who warned him, “The world you want to go out to is not the world it was before”.
Although Big Brother is no longer being produced in the United Kingdom, it continues to be popular worldwide, including in many countries severely affected by the coronavirus. The Canadian series ended prematurely due to the lockdown, with the proceeds going to charities against coronaviruses.
Shocked candidates were rounded up and said the show was over and they were sent home. “Part of this Big Brother game is cut off from the real world, and it’s scary because you don’t know what’s going on there,” said contestant Hira Deol when the producers told her what was going on. .
Meanwhile, the Brazilian contest continues, although some fans are running online campaigns to vote against the medical workers who are at the show, in the hope that they can help fight Covid-19.
The German and Swedish series of the show are still ongoing, reflecting the relatively light social distancing measures in these countries. As a result, Glasman has not been forced to return to complete isolation since he resumed his normal life in Stockholm.
“We all socialize as far as common sense goes, but I went to my favorite restaurants, I ate outside and I drank drinks with friends here and there, and then I was isolated the rest time. , ” he said. “Either we are right or the only ones who are wrong. “