A ‘Big Brother’ to beat all others

2009-06-08 00:00

THE biggest Big Brother Africa ever – that’s how M-Net is describing the 2009 version of the reality TV programme, which will be screened from September.

Prize money has been doubled to $ 200 000 and open castings will take place in 18 cities across Africa, in what the broadcaster is describing as the widest Big Brother Africa search ever. Add in 40 “all-seeing, all-knowing” cameras, and 100 microphones, and the new season has almost twice as much sight and sound capability as seasons one, two or three.

In addition, the old rules banning conspiracy in the house have been lifted and contestants will be free to forge alliances, discuss strategy openly and play the game in an entirely different way. Even the voting is set to undergo a complete transformation. This year, audiences will be asked to vote for the housemates they want to see remain in the series rather than the housemates they want to see leave the house.

“After three seasons, it was time for a fresh spin, time for bright ideas,” said M-Net Africa director Biola Adekanbi. “This series is for the fans, to say thank you for supporting Big Brother since it began. So we’re giving them the best gift we can — a show to beat all the others.

Housemates will be coming from Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe — and, for the first time, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

To enter, all you need to do is head to a casting venue and get in line to see the selection team. Castings are held on a first come/first served basis and to qualify for entry, you must be over the age of 21, be fluent in English, have a valid passport and be a citizen of any of the 14 participating countries.

For more information on where to enter log on to www.mnetafrica.com.

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