Multichoice Botswana will hold auditions for the eighth instalment of Big Brother Africa at the Cresta President Hotel in Gaborone on March 15,16th from 0900 hours.
The new housemates will be revealed in less than three months to kick-start a brand new season of AfricaMagic’s multi-national reality show.
Tshepo Maphanyane, Multichoice Botswana Public Relations Manager said following an overwhelming entry response from the 14 participating countries, AfricaMagic is happy to announce the audition phase has arrived and that everyone stands a chance of being a housemate on one of the most successful television series on the continent.
Answering a question from this publication on whether they have considered the possibility of introducing an alternative show like they did back in 2004 with the music talent search competition ‘Project Fame’ to avoid the risk of monotony brought about by showering their audience with the same show year in year out, Maphanyane said the show is back by popular demand after reaching the landmark one million likes on Facebook and having over 285 000 followers on twitter.
“If anyone, for whatever reason, does not want to continue watching Big Brother there are other countless programmes available on DSTV… Big Brother is not just about the housemates, it also presents endless opportunities for all other stake holders like service providers, musicians and the audience themselves,” she said.
Maphanyane added that, having recently reached 1 million likes on Facebook and currently sitting with over 285 000 Twitter followers, these interactive platforms are amongst the many ways that audiences will be kept updated on all the latest news on the eighth season of Big Brother Africa, leading up to the 26th of May when new housemates will be revealed to audiences in 47 countries across Africa.
Maphanyane says for those who were unable to enter online or submit the entry at their nearest Multichoice office, there is still an opportunity to enter through the open auditions on the same dates, venue and time.
The open auditions allow individuals that were unable to enter before entries closed one last chance to impress the selection team. All those interested will be required to do is fill an entry form, which is currently available at their nearest MultiChoice office, before making their way to the audition venue where a production team member will assist them.
Entries are only open to persons over the age of 21, who are citizens of one of the participating countries and who either have a valid passport or will be able to obtain one by the end of March.
Maphanyane says the auditions are open to non-citizens whose countries are participants in the show provided they audition to represent their own country, not Botswana.
Producers are looking for persons who are fluent in English, entertaining, open-minded, adventurous, bold and passionate about the Big Brother experience. Importantly the selection team is looking for qualities of tolerance, determination and enthusiasm.
This year’s prize money will be US $300 000.