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BBA entries invited

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Endemol and M-Net are calling for entries for the sixth season of the controversial Big Brother Africa (BBA) reality show.

All those above the age of 21 and are Zimbabwean citizens are invited to collect forms from their nearest MultiChoice offices and fight to be the next Zimbabwean representative for BBA. The closing date for the applications is February 27.

Alternatively, those interested can download the BBA 2011 application form on the Internet via the www.dstv.com website.

BBA is a reality television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously under observation through television cameras 24 hours a day.

Each series lasts for three months and there are usually 14 participants from Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The housemates battle to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house. In most versions, at regular intervals, the housemates are invited to vote to have one of the housemates nominated for eviction at the end of every week.

In some cases two housemates may be evicted simultaneously (a “double eviction”), or rarely, no housemates will be removed for that week.

After the votes are tallied, the “evictee” leaves the house and is interviewed live by the host of the show, usually in front of a studio audience.

At the end of the game, the last remaining housemate is declared the winner of that particular series and receives prizes, often including a large amount of money.

Besides living together under continuous observation, the programme relies on four basic props: The stripped-bare back-to-basics environment in which they live, the evictions, the weekly tasks and competitions set by BBA and the Diary/Confession Room, in which the housemates individually convey their thoughts, feelings and frustrations and reveal their nominees for eviction.

The housemates are required to do housework and are given tasks by the producers of the show, who communicate with the housemates via the omnipresent authority figure known to them only as “Big Brother”.

The tasks are designed to test their teamwork abilities, community spirit, and knowledge of their countries.

The housemates’ shopping budget or weekly allowance often depends on the outcome of any given task. They use the weekly allowance to buy food and other essentials.

Over the years, Zimbabwe has been represented by Tapuwa Mhere (2003), Bertha Zakeyo (2007), Munyaradzi Chidzonga (2008 and 2010), Itai Makumbe and Kristal Culverwell (2009).

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