IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa.
After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint.
The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik, introduced audiences to this year’s edition with a stunning cabaret performance of the official Big Brother theme song. It was splendid, well curated and off course something audiences never expected.
During the launch show for the first time ever, all 26 housemates were given one-minute slots to showcase their talents live on stage. It was something new and exciting.
Each and everyone in the audience had an opportunity to score each performance with any mark between 1 and 100, which also made the whole night worth the while for everyone present.
As a way of connecting audiences with the housemates through the talent show, Big Brother further explained that it was a way to come up with the housemate who scored highest, making them Head of House who would be the ONLY housemate not up for eviction this coming Sunday.
With a wonderful saxophone performance Tanzania’s Laveda got the top score beating the top 6 who included Kenya’s Sabina, Ghana’s M’am Bea, Nigeria’s Lillian, Rwanda’s Arthur and Zimbabwe’s own, JJ. Her win thus meant that she would be the only one not in danger of going home after this coming Sunday’s eviction.
As usual at BBA launches, award-winning musicians from Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa also took the stage with their various musical talents.
Nigeria’s multiple award-winning superstars Davido who is already well known across Africa for a number of hits like DamiDuro, Aye and Skelewu did what he knew best leaving the crowd screaming for more.
Other performers included Tanzania’s Bongo Flavor recording artiste, Diamond, who also performed before at one of Big Brother Stargame’s previous eviction shows, South African hip hop musician Cassper Nyovest known for his smashing hit Doc Shebeleza and the Nigerian-born Emmy Gee featuring AB Crazy and DJ Dimplez.
Audiences were welcomed with a red carpert entrance and the show was full of life. As usual BBA Hotshots was aired live from 7pm on Africa Magic, Africa Magic Entertainment, Africa Magic World as well as on DStv channel 197 and 198.
However, as the show goes on Zimbabwean audiences eagerly await how far the country’s representatives this year Butterphly and JJ will reach. This is the period which will see audiences glued to their screens for this 63 day journey.
Furthermore, ZiJudgement Yard’s finest, DJ Flevah, will also be playing in the Big Brother house on Friday October 31 .