For producers and engineers, work starts six months earlier - with the setting up of the house, fixing the cameras and developing an appropriate theme.
And it looks like everything is ready now. In fourteen days, the ninth edition of Big Brother Africa will be screening live on our TV sets. And as you are aware, Big Brother productions are always a top secret.
Earlier this year, IK Osakioduwa, who has been the host of the show for last six years, confessed he had no idea of what is lined up for season nine.
"I am a presenter [but] it is always a surprise to me just like housemates," he said.
However, we can exclusively reveal that season nine has been code-named "Big Brother Hotshots". This carefully-chosen theme is expected to bring you more swagg, glamour and twists to the house, where participants will compete for $300,000.
The show will have viewers at the edge of their seats for 91 days as housemates tussle it out to convince Africa that they're the continent's biggest hotshots. Since Big Brother Africa premiered in 2003, this will be the first time housemates are competing without past winners Angola. It's said the country withdrew to organize their local version, which wouldn't necessarily force them to speak English.
Angola has been replaced by Rwanda, whose locals, especially the youth, are excited about making their debut on an African big screen. Big Brother Hotshots will be unveiled when the show premieres on Sunday, September 7. We can't wait for the drama to start!