29 August 2009

Zimbabwe: Big Brother Back, Shower Hour Axed

THE popular but controversial television reality show Big Brother Africa returns on Sunday under the title The Revolution.

But the show where cameras literally eavesdrop on contestants' lives for over 91 days during their confinement to one house will be without the popular Shower Hour.

This is the show that made celebrities out of Munyaradzi Chidzonga, Bertha Zakeyo and Tapuwa Mhere who represented Zimbabwe in the past.

It is also a show that left some seething with anger following Chidzonga's antics in the house after he had sex with housemate Tawana from Botswana.

Mhere had the conservative Zimbabweans lashing out at her for undressing during the shower hour while Zakeyo's Christian values were questioned because of her foul language.

The new housemates, who are yet to be unveiled, will not have to worry about the whole of Africa watching while they bath.

That segment will be edited out of the programme in a move that must have been influenced by complaints from viewers who demanded a programme that can be enjoyed by a family.

In Big Brother Africa 3, Shower Hour was not screened regularly on DStv channel 198.

Endemol, the producers of the reality show simply said of the current show: "Big Brother Africa will not include Shower Hour."

There are 14 participating countries namely Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Multichoice Africa which provides subscription services to the multi-channel digital pay-TV product DStv said: "The countries participating in Big Brother Africa: The Revolution were selected using two main criteria -- their large DStv subscriber base and the general response from audiences in these countries to previous editions of Big Brother Africa."

It is exciting that old rules concerning "conspiracy in the house" have been scrapped and housemates can now form alliances and discuss their game strategy openly.

"Even the voting in the new season is set to undergo a complete transformation.

"This year audiences will be asked to vote for the housemates they want to see remain in the series rather than the housemates they want to see leave the series.

"So it's all about being positive and keeping the great players in the game," a statement from Endemol said.

With 40 cameras and 100 microphones in the house, almost twice as many as on seasons one, two and three, the show promises to be interesting this season.

The show will run for 91 days.

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