‘Big Brother’ gets seven celebs and a facelift

2012-05-05 00:00

BIG Brother Africa will begin tomorrow night with one more twist — the addition of seven celebrity housemates in the Big Brother house, including 34-year-old South African model, socialite and businesswoman Babalwa “Barbz” Mneno.

The celebs joining the housemates and Mneno are stylish entertainer, stand-up comedian and television professional DKB (26) from Ghana; tough, talented rap icon Prezzo (32) from Kenya; award-winning songstress Lady May (25) from Namibia; pop music sensation Goldie (28) from Nigeria; successful R&B diva Mampi (25) from Zambia; and the hugely popular, soulful musician Roki (27) from Zimbabwe.

The announcement on Thursday was the latest in a number of new attractions to the reality show, which this year carries the name Stargame. The producers announced earlier this year that this year’s contestants would be competing as couples.

The house has also been redesigned and boasts a combination of retro fusion and glamour inspired by the diners of 1950s Hollywood.

There are colourful pastels and bold, bright shapes accented with the iconic black and white check patterns, bringing back memories of jukeboxes, bunk beds and soda fountains. Other rooms are sleek and sophisticated, echoing a classy and exclusive dance club where opulence and luxury are the keys to a good time.

With a $300 000 cash prize on the table for the winner, the 91-day super-series is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet. And fans will be able to watch what everyone gets up to 24 hours a day on DStv channel 198.

M-Net Africa managing director Biola Alabi said they were delighted with the response they had been getting to the series ahead of tomorrow’s 8 pm launch.

“The guessing around who the housemates will be, people trying to work out what Biggie is planning, the rumours and the speculation — it all adds to the excitement. It’s great for the show to get this type of support from the Big Brother community who really do engage with it, even before it starts on air. I want to thank them and promise that we’re working hard to deliver a great series,” Alabi added.

In addition to the 24-hour feed on DStv channel 198, Mzansi Magic viewers can watch Big Brother at 10 pm on DStv channel 107. Channel 198 will also be available on the Drifta and Walka devices. — Arts Editor.

• arts@witness.co.za

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