Wendall Parson, Zimbabwe’s last man standing in the Big Brother Amplified (BBA) house will this week compete against six other housemates, Luclay (South Africa), Vina (Nigeria), Karen (Nigeria), Hanni (Ethiopia), Sharon O (Uganda) and Lomwe (Malawi) in the reality show’s final.
Two winners will walk away with $200 000 each.
The two strong contenders though are Nigeria’s Karen and South Africa’s Luclay, who proved to be a strong contender after securing five country votes this week as compared to Wendall and other housemates who had at least two country votes each.
Viewers’ voting patterns vary from time to time as Vimbai, who was evicted on Sunday, had initially managed to escape eviction three times and at one time managed to receive the most country votes.
Throughout the show, Wendall has kept out of any controversy and maintained his cool character that saw him surviving eviction on the two occasions he had been nominated.
Nigeria has over the years had an advantage of being one of Africa’s largest DStv subscribers which probably has seen them producing the most BBA voters as compared to other countries.
This has been an advantage for them when there are ties because last year, Uti Nwachukwu (Nigeria) and Munya Chidzonga (Zimbabwe) received seven country votes each.
When the tie breaking method was used, Uti won the competition through more individual votes.
While some housemates have been saved to stay in the game by country votes, have been saved by not being nominated and others have been fortunate to be saved by the Heads of house.
After a long, stressful week of speculation and stress, Millicent (Kenya), Kim (Zambia) and Vimbai were given their marching orders on Sunday, missing out on a chance to be in the Amplified Finals.
They were all booted out of the game in a dramatic fashion during the emotionally-charged live eviction show.
Vimbai held back her tears and put on a brave face when the BBA host IK announced that she had been evicted from the Big Brother House. She shared one final hug with Wendall before he whispered something inaudible in her ear.
She could not help but breakdown and cry on stage when she watched her highlights from the house which made it official that she would not be returning to the house.
However, Wendall survived by a whisker as there was a four-way tie with Millicent, Hanni and Lomwe. All receiving two country votes each to remain in the house.
The tie-breaking mechanism was used and on a percentage basis, Wendall, Hanni and Lomwe were returned to the House while Millicent was evicted.
Voting has begun already and people can vote via SMS by sending the word vote followed by the housemate’s name to Econet number 33334 or Net One number 15626. One can vote 100 times by SMS per telephone number.
To vote via the website, one can register on DStv Connect using the www.mnetafrica.com/bigbrother website. Voting on the website is free and one is allowed to vote once per hour during the voting period.