Oh Brother! Ryan favourite with viewers
SUNSHINE Coast-raised surfer Ryan Ginns is on track to win Big Brother this week.
The 26-year-old, who grew up at Mooloolaba and now works as a graphic designer in Sydney, will edge out his biggest competitors Travis Lunardi and Skye Wheatley, according to SportsBet.
If the bookies are correct, Ryan would be the first Queensland winner of the reality show, now in its third season on Channel 9 after eight previous seasons on Channel 10.
But there are five people who were always confident the public would fall in love with Ryan, his family.
"We're really proud of him," his father Des Ginns told APN.
"If he got out today nothing he has said or done could bite him later on.
"It looks like he's been having a great time. We've lots of contact from most of the evicted housemates and they say he's just loved in the house."
Ryan wasn't nominated for eviction by his fellow contestants until his 38th day in the Big Brother house and was the last original housemate to be put up for eviction.
He has been tipped to win by six evicted housemates so far, from early evictee Katie Schepis all the way through to the most recent evictee David Hodis.
David told APN of the close bond Ginns shared with his family, revealing a family photo was his most prized possession in the Big Brother house.
"He has this ritual when he's up for eviction," he said.
"The first thing he does (when he's safe) is go to his bag and put a photo of his family next to his bed."
His father Des said there was one ugly side to having his son on the reality show: social media.
"We've had to learn one hard lesson and that is just to totally ignore so much hate on social media," he said.
"For every nice comment there's always disgusting comments, not just about Ryan but every housemate. Being with all the other parents at eviction shows, some of them have got themselves into such a mess. That's the only ugly side."
The good-looking surfer has plenty of young female fans.
"I was mowing the lawn the other day and there were these girls walking their dogs," Des said.
"They were just staring and suddenly the question was asked, did I know Ryan from Big Brother? I said 'Yes he's my son' and they said 'Oh my God does he live here?' and I said 'not any more'.
"They said 'when's he coming home next and can we meet him?' In downtown Mooloolaba he has his groupies."
Ryan's parents and three Sydney-based sisters hope all of Queensland gets behind him this week.
The public vote will determine which three housemates survive tomorrow's triple eviction and who wins Wednesday's grand final and a $200,000 cash prize.
"We have to get every Queenslander known to man to vote and then vote again," Des said.