An insight into Big Brother show

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It is only four days since reality show Big Brother Amplified kicked off and fans are bracing themselves for the usual excitement, disappointment and the unexpected.

Zimbabwe is represented by Vimbai Mutinhiri and Wendall Parson who share the house with 24 other participants from across Africa.

To most Zimbabweans, the show became popular last year when Munya Chidzonga came out second, narrowly losing to Nigeria’s Uti Nwachukwu.

But some local viewers and those that follow the show on the Internet might not know much about the reality show.

Big Brother is an international television format that features a number of contestants living in an isolated house while trying to avoid being evicted and ultimately winning a large cash prize following a set number of days in confinement.

The housemates are isolated from the outside world but are continuously watched by a series of television cameras.

They have no access to television, radio or the Internet and are not allowed routine communication with the outside world.

Contestants have regularly scheduled interactions with the show’s host (mostly on eviction nights).

Throughout each day the programme’s producer, via the Big Brother voice, issues directives and commands to contestants. Some versions of the show allow private counselling sessions with a psychologist.

These are allowed at any time, often conducted by a telephone from the Diary Room (chat room).

This year housemates will be chasing a cash prize of $200 000. People who enter the show enter for various reasons with winning the cash prize being the main reason for many.

Some though enter the house for fame while some do it for fun.

Big Brother showcases housemates from 14 countries: Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Big Brother Amplified is produced for MNet by Endemol and will this year be filmed on location in a brand-new house in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The series will once again be hosted by charismatic IK Osakioduwa from Nigeria.

The fabulous host has been at the heart of the action since he joined the show two seasons ago.

Over the years, Zimbabwe has been represented by Tapuwa Mhere, Bertha Zakeyo, Krystal Culverwell and Itai Makumbe.