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Karen Singbeil
BBCAN5 Large Karen
Runner-Up
Nickname Carebear
Hometown Victoria, BC
Occupation Real Estate Broker

Season Big Brother Canada 5
Place 2nd
Votes Against 1
Votes To Win 0
Loyalties Dillon Carman
Demetres Giannitsos
Gary Levy
Ika Wong
HOH Wins 1 (Week 1)
Times Nominated 3 (Weeks 7, 10 & Day 69)
Veto Wins 0
Days 69
Twitter Karensreal

Karen Singbeil is the runner-up of Big Brother Canada 5.

Known for her acid tongue and short temper, Karen made a name for herself in the house despite her age by winning the first HOH competition and nominating two big physical threats. Following this big move, Karen laid low and let her relationships with The Six to keep her safe. As the game progressed, Karen played the middle and the fact that she was not seen as a threat kept her from being targeted by her fellow houseguests. When her frenemy Kevin Martin won the final HOH, he took Karen with him to the final two as he thought he would be able to beat her. He was correct and the jury awarded him the win over Karen in a 9-0 vote, thus making Karen the first Canadian player and second overall housguest to receive zero jury votes to win. Despite her weak gameplay throughout the season, Karen was a favorite among fans for her feisty personality and frequent life advice she would give her younger houseguests.

Biography

Karen Singbeil Biography

Retrieved from Global
Age: 53
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Occupation: Real Estate Broker

Describe yourself in three words:
Smart, loyal and funny

Do you have a strategy to win Big Brother Canada?
I’m going to try and form as many relationships and build as much trust as I can, before I stab them in the back. I need lots of alliances that don’t know about each other. I’m hopefully going to play them all. You know that the old people are always the targets – the young people think we have no value. I want to set up some foundational relationships of trust and strategize with them and help them, so that they will help me. I know I’ll be a target going in.

If you could take one thing inside the house, what would it be and why?
My husband Bruce. He’s the calm before my storm. Truly. He brings me back off the cliff. It’s going to be hard. I’ll be talking to him a lot.

What part of the Big Brother Canada experience do you think will be hardest for you?
Being away from my family. They’re my rock, my foundation and my sanity. I’m sure my kids will think it’s super cool that I’m doing this now.

What perk within the competition means the most to you: a letter from home, a luxury party, a season’s slop pass, or a vote from Canada?
A vote from Canada. I already know my family is supporting me. If I also had the support of the country, well that makes me teary eyed just thinking about it.

Who is your Big Brother Canada idol and why?
Cass from last season. And Gary Levy, (BBCAN1) – I love Gary! He should have won. He played hard.

If you could travel into the future or the past which would you choose and why?
I would go twenty years in the future and see what my family was up to. My kids will have kids then, I’ll have grandkids. It would be awesome

What do people from Victoria, BC have that gives them an edge to win Big Brother Canada?
I think I have the best of both worlds. I moved up here from the states and have lived in Canada a long time. I am adaptable, amicable and flexible if I need to be. But I also believe in go hard, go big or go home.

Player History - Big Brother Canada 5

Competition History

Week 1 HOH/Immunity Win
POV Loss
Week 2 HOH Previous HOH
Have/Have-Not Sat Out As Have
POV Advantage Loss
POV Loss
Luxury Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Sat Out As Have
POV Not Picked
Week 4 POV Not Picked
Have/Have-Not Have
HOH Loss
Luxury Win
Week 5 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
Luxury Win
POV Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
HOH Advantage Win
Black Hole POV Loss
Week 7 HOH Part 1 Win
HOH Part 2 Loss
HOH Part 3 Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Luxury Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
Luxury Win
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Loss
HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Loss
HOH Part 3 Unable To Play

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have
Week 8 Have-Not
Week 9 Have/Have-Not Phase Over
Week 10

Nominations/Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 HOH
2 Dallas Cormier Yes
3 Cassandra Shahinfar Yes
Week Nominated Nominated By Final Position
4 Jackie McCurach
Kevin Martin
Position Voted for With Majority?
Ineligible
5 Emily Hawkin Yes
Neda Kalantar Yes
6 Sindy Nguyen Yes
7 Nominations Void
Post-BHPOV Nominee
8 Jackie McCurach Yes
Dillon Carman (To Save) Yes
9 Dillon Carman Yes
10 Nominated
Nominated
Finale Runner-Up

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 1
BBCAN5 Small Mark
 Evicted
Mark
OR

Post Big Brother

Trivia

  • Karen is the first houseguest to survive being a replacement nominee in Big Brother Canada 5.
  • Karen is the oldest houseguest across the North American versions of Big Brother to make Final 2
  • Karen is the first Big Brother Canada houseguest to win the first HOH and make it to the jury stage of the competition.
  • Karen is the second houseguest to receive zero jury votes to win following Big Brother 10 (US) runner up Memphis Garrett.
Big Brother Canada 5 House Guests
BBCAN5 Small Kevin
BBCAN5 Small Karen
Karen
BBCAN5 Small Demetres
BBCAN5 Small Ika
BBCAN5 Small Dillon
BBCAN5 Small Dre
BBCAN5 Small William
BBCAN5 Small Jackie
BBCAN5 Small Bruno
BBCAN5 Small Sindy
BBCAN5 Small Neda
BBCAN5 Small Emily
BBCAN5 Small Gary
BBCAN5 Small Cassandra
BBCAN5 Small Dallas
BBCAN5 Small Mark
Winner
Runner-Up
Evicted
Jury

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