Published on May 03, 2013
Big Brother Canada’s final three contestants were, from left, Jillian MacLaughlin (winner), Gary Levy (runner-up), and Emmett Blois. (Photo courtesy of Shaw Media)
Published on May 03, 2013
Gore dairy farmer Emmett Blois came third in the first season of Big Brother Canada.
Emmett Blois reflects on his Big Brother Canada experience
The good-looking, smooth-talking Hants County dairy farmer who won over so many Big Brother Canada fans had to settle for third place in the reality show’s inaugural season.
Emmett Blois, 25, of Gore, was the front-runner to win the grand prize leading up to the May 2 finale. After losing the final Head of Household competition, however, his fate was in the hands of Gary Levy, who opted to take Emmett’s showmance partner to the final two.
“It was a tough one for me,” said Emmett in a phone interview from Toronto May 3.
“From the moment I walked in the door I was taking heat. I was put on the block the first night and if I was going to make it to the end, it was going to take everything I had,” he said, before adding, “I lost the game on a 50-50 question so it ‘s a tough one to swallow. But, you know, I couldn’t be happier for Jill.”
Fellow bluenoser Jillian MacLaughlin, a teacher from New Glasgow, went on to win the game and claim the $100,000 grand prize, plus a $25,000 gift card to The Brick and a new Chevrolet Trax.
Much like the season, the win, itself, was not without controversy. Jillian won 4-3, with evicted houseguest and jury member Topaz Brady (a strong supporter of Gary) claiming she didn’t mean to vote for Jillian. After reviewing the tape, Big Brother Canada let the vote stand as the voting procedure was clearly explained to the jury members.
“I gave myself the best opportunity to win every chance I could,” said Emmett, reflecting on the final three challenges leading up to the big vote.
“I really relied on Jill winning that endurance challenge but it just wasn’t for her and it would’ve been me and Gary in a physical and then me and Jill in the final together. We would have walked out together and that would’ve been it,” said Emmett.
If Jillian and Emmett had made it to the final, they would have been the first showmance couple in Big Brother history to do so.
Emmett won the first of the final three Head of Household competitions, which saw the remaining contestants balance themselves on a board while supporting a bucket of “blood” on top of a pole. The second challenge saw Gary and Jillian race to beat the clock, which involved climbing monkey bars and throwing rings onto pylons in the correct order. Despite falling, Gary won that race and faced off against Emmett for one last battle. The guys answered a series of true and false questions based on how the evicted houseguests predicted they would play the game before entering the Big Brother Canada house. It came down to the last question, which Gary answered correctly. He then evicted Emmett and selected Jill to go before the jury as his partner in the final two.
Dan Gheesling, who won Big Brother 10 (US), was a runner-up for Big Brother 14 (US), and visited the Canadian houseguests on set this year to stir up the house, wrote on his Twitter account that Blois “played a GREAT game. Had some of the best control of the game I've ever seen.”
“I lost the game on a 50-50 question so it ‘s a tough one to swallow. But, you know, I couldn’t be happier for Jill.” Emmett Blois
He later noted that “Big Brother is not always fair. The best players don't always win. In #BBCAN the Final 3 were all ‘deserving’ winners. Congrats to Jill!”
Emmett’s brother Michael convinced him to audition for the television show that sees 15 strangers living together under one roof while they are put through a series of psychological and physical tests. Video cameras roll 24-7.
In an interview with the paper in February, just prior to the show airing on Slice, Michael described Emmett as hard working, funny and good with the ladies.
“He’s a very competitive person... I know he’s in this to go all the way,” he had said.
Emmett said the hardest thing for him to do was be away from family for 71 days.
“It’s tough because you don’t know how you’re being portrayed and you want to know what they think back home and how they’re doing. It’s just tough being secluded like that,” Emmett said.
He said he’s an outdoorsy guy so “being cooped up in a house” was difficult for him.
When asked what he’ll do when he returns home, he drew a long, deep breath.
“I don’t even know. I’m not sure. I don’t even know what awaits me. It’s going to be crazy,” said Emmett. “I hear the weather is really nice back home so I’ll get my motorcycle out and maybe go for a motorcycle ride to clear my head.”
As for the showmance with Jillian, Emmett said they’ll have to see what happens.
“I made a great friend here and we’ll see what happens when we get back to Nova Scotia but we’re going to hang out, for sure.”
Big Brother Canada fans referred to the power couple as Jemmett.
Aside from Michael, Emmett has two other brothers — Beau, who is older, and Willem, who is younger. His parents are Barron and Debbie Blois. They attended the Big Brother Canada finale as did a few other relatives.
Emmett said he has no regrets from his run on the first ever Big Brother Canada.
“As I say, you’ve got to give yourself the best possible chance to win every time and by taking Gary over Talla (Rejaei), I relied on myself on beating him in a physical and I didn’t want Jill to have to worry about beating Talla in endurance. I just gave ourselves the best odds possible and it just didn’t turn out in our favour that time.”
Emmett is due to arrive back in Nova Scotia on Saturday.