Munyaradzi Chidzonga, Zimbabwe’s representative in Africa’s most popular television reality show Big Brother, survived eviction on Sunday night after Lerato unexpectedly got the boot.
Munya’s survival came as a shock to many who had anticipated his eviction as most online poll results pointed to his departure.
A poll on the official Big Brother All Stars website at around 3pm on Sunday reflected that 64,5% of the voters wanted Lerato to remain in the house while the remaining 35,5% wanted Munya to survive eviction.
“We had all lost hope, everyone here at home was convinced that Munya was leaving the house for the barn. We all screamed when it was announced that Lerato had been evicted,” said Kuda Chiri, a Big Brother fan.
Munya’s survival, according to a snap survey by this paper, has been welcomed by many locals, some of whom have subscribed to DStv for the next three months so that they can watch the show which is on 24 hours a day seven days a week for the remaining 69 days.
Munya had been nominated for eviction by 10 of the 14 housemates while Lerato got on the spot courtesy of Tatiana (who was head of the house) who saved herself from eviction by putting Lerato in her place.
“It’s all good!” she said, raising her glass of wine when she was told that she had been evicted from the house.
Sammi and Hannington were evicted the previous Sunday but instead of being sent home, Big Brother sent them to the barn where they will stay (now with Lerato) until a time at which viewers will be asked to vote for the housemate(s) they want to be brought back into the house.
Other fans felt Munya was not supposed to survive eviction saying that, hypothetically, Lerato was a better housemate.
“It’s not fair that Munya survived because he has lost the plot of the game. To him, it’s no longer about the money, it has become more about Tatiana,” said one fan yesterday.
The ultimate prize is a whopping $200 000 that will be won by one housemate when the show ends in precisely 69 days.