Liberia has been dropped from the list of participating countries for this year's edition of the continental reality series Big Brother Africa and will be replaced by Ethiopia, producers of the show Endemol South Africa announced this week.
The replacement comes as AfricaMagic and series producers Endemol SA rotate countries into and out of the show.
"The reason for this is to ensure that a wide range of countries can be included in different editions of the series.
"As a result of the change, participating countries this year are: Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe," the producers said in a statement.
Also missing from the list is Mozambique after one of its housemates Jennifer Mussanhane, a politics graduate, voluntarily left the Big Brother Revolution 2009 and returned for the Big Brother All Stars in 2010.
Entry is open to all those 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.
Printed entry forms will also be available at all MultiChoice Zimbabwe branches from February 1, 2013.
Producers are looking for persons who are fluent in English, entertaining and passionate about the Big Brother experience.
Of particular importance to the selection team are the qualities of tolerance, determination and enthusiasm. If you are open-minded, bold and adventurous, that's even better!
Those who meet the entry requirements and enter between now and Valentine's Day, may well be among the superstars in waiting and may find themselves flirting with fame and fortune!
As with previous editions of Big Brother Africa, the new season will have a twist . . . and according to Biola Alabi, M-Net Africa managing director, who has been at the helm of the production for the past four years, said the big surprise this year was one that audiences are expected to fall in love with.
"As always, we won't say much about the new season but I can confirm that we've added a new element that I think will get the hearts of viewers racing. The fact that the fans truly adore the show is all the motivation we need to keep it fresh and fun!"
Endemol managing director Sivan Pillay said: "Our long-term association with M-Net is very much a partnership, a marriage of sorts.
"We understand what they desire for their audiences, and they trust us enough to let us develop innovative twists and surprises.
"So the process is quite harmonious and very exciting, as all good relationships should be. I am hopeful that this year we are creating a red-hot show that will include familiar trademarks like nominations and evictions alongside a very special new development."