With soccer fever sweeping the continent, DStv has scored its own blockbuster goal…revealing that M-Net’s BIG BROTHER AFRICA will launch just days after the newest World Cup Champions are crowned, and with the golden prize of USD 200 000, about P1.4m once again up for grabs, a breathtaking new game will be well and truly on! BIG BROTHER AFRICA will begin on July 18, and wil be screened live 24/7 for 91 days on DStv Channel 198 for DStv Premium and Compact subscribers.
So says M-Net Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi, “What a great moment this is, to bring back a show that our audience loves for an incredible 5th time. We wanted season 4 to be special but it exceeded our hopes. With the volume of interaction the show received from fans, it was clear that season 5 was definitely on the cards. So we’ve been developing what we believe will be thrilling new format changes.”
And breaking with tradition, M-Net has announced it won’t be calling for entries for the new show. The company has revealed that having run the series 4 times previously, they’re now head-hunting contestants from a database of previous entries submitted for the show.
“We want to invest more broadly in season 5 and having already been introduced to a world of interesting characters from previous searches, there’s limited value in spending extensively in another search for contestants. We’ll still be looking for entertaining persons with a sense of humour, a love of adventure and the ability to enjoy the very exciting Big Brother experience. In the past we’ve spent widely to find contestants in 14 countries. This year, we’re using these funds to develop a gutsy new series, recreating the house in a very different way and focusing on putting new technology into place.”
One technological change already in place is that this year DStv channel 198 will feature two television feeds so audiences can choose to move from one BIG BROTHER feed to another. At any one time there will be two streams of video and audio coming out of the house and audiences can simply pick the one that they wish to watch.
BIG BROTHER AFRICA season five will be produced by Endemol and filmed on location in Johannesburg. This year, the house will feature 53 cameras and 100 microphones ensuring that, as always, Big Brother is always watching!
And as Alabi says, “You don’t want to miss any of the action this season because at the heart of it all is a change beyond revolution, a secret so explosive…it is set to be the most dramatic Big Brother Africa ever seen!”