All-boy Big Brother showdown

2009-12-06 09:02

TONIGHT belongs to Kevin and ­Eddie. As the curtain comes down on

the fourth edition of Big Brother Africa?– The Revolution, bets are on as to who

will walk away with the $200?000 (almost R1.5?million) prize.

The five finalists are the two ­Nigerians, Kevin and Nkenna,

­Malawaian Mzamo, Emma, from ­Angola, and Edward, from ­Namibia. But all eyes

are on Kevin and ­Edward.

Kevin has emerged as a favourite among the evicted housemates and

is also a crowd pleaser.

On the other hand Eddy has earned himself support for playing the

game well and for his pranks on other contestants.

The show is set to go off-air with enough fanfare to rival Friday’s

Fifa World Cup draw razzmatazz. Well, almost.

The headline act is US hip-hop star Bow Wow, famous for hits such

as Puppy Love and Let’s Get Down. He is billed to perform three songs on the BBA


There will also be a reunion of the 20 evicted contestants from the

14 countries represented this season.

The remaining finalists will be evicted from the house in 15-minute

intervals until the winner is crowned as the last person to leave the house

after 91 days.

Sibusiso Ndebele, BBA commissioning editor, said the number of

viewers and the interaction ­between the viewers and the show had increased a

thousandfold from the previous series, making it the ­biggest BBA show to


“We have received massive attention from audiences,” he said.

Despite this, word on the street from local viewers is that BBA –

The Revolution was a yawn. The jarring format of separate houses for different

sexes, the unusually high number of contestants and the pairing of contestants

rubbed local audiences up the wrong way.

Aviwe Zake, a Pretoria student, said: “It lacked scandal, sensation

and all the drama previous Big Brother shows had.”

“Big Brother lost the plot and ­forgot that sex sells, so removing

shower hour was not the wisest thing to do. Shower hour was what had me glued to

my screen and ­without it there was no point,” said Katlego Kodisang, a theatre

artist from Joburg.

Some of the celebrity guests who were roped in to entertain

included socialite Khanyi Mbau, Face of ­Africa winner Kate Mensah, rising US

hip-hop star Keri Hilson, TV ­presenter Nonhle Thema and Nigerian musician


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