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    Tuesday, May 28, 2013


    28 housemates, 91 days and USD300 000 - Big Brother Africa is back!
    The eighth season of the continent's biggest reality show blasted off
    on Sunday night (26 May at 19:00 CAT on DStv Channel 197 & 198) with
    one thing in mind - The Chase!

    Produced by Endemol SA and headline sponsored by Airtel, Sunday
    night's blazing live show saw 28 housemates from 14 countries pair up
    to share two houses. But the heat is on as they'll have their first
    nomination sessions less than 24 hours after meeting each other for
    the first time. Two housemates WILL leave the show next Sunday!

    Managing Director, Airtel Tanzania, Sunil Colaso commented: "Airtel is
    proud to be associated with Big Brother - Season 8. We identify with
    the diverse audiences watching this remarkable programme in over 50
    African countries and the unique opportunity to create awareness of
    some of our ground breaking services to the audience. The reality show
    is also a perfect match with Airtel's goal of not only offering
    entertainment but also connecting millions of people through music."

    The show kicked off with South African supergroup Mafikizolo
    performing 'Khona', backed by magnificent dancers from the Mzansi
    Ballet Theatre.  Presenter IK rolled up in style on a motorcycle and
    promised viewers an exciting three months of television, which will
    see the housemates playing the game with their eyes firmly on the
    USD300 000 prize.

    After a touching tribute to Nigerian star Goldie, who passed away
    earlier this year, comedians Tumi Morake (South Africa) and Churchill
    (Kenya) got the chance to explore the two houses which will host the
    housemates this year - called Diamond and Ruby. Two houses, of course,
    mean two 24/7 channels, with viewers able to follow the action in
    either house via DStv Channel 197 or 198.

    Boity Thulo was on hand to show viewers how they can interact with Big
    Brother: The Chase this year. Last year, Big Brother StarGame
    captivated the market with 2.3 million website visitors, 140 million
    page views, over 1 million Facebook likes and 2.3 million TV messages.
    is tailored to whichever device you view it on, to deliver the best
    possible user experience. Signing up as a VIP Member will deliver a
    host of exclusive content that you won't want to miss out on. Viewers
    will also be able to use the website or their mobile devices to vote
    to keep their favourite housemate in The Chase.

    It was time to meet the housemates, with IK explaining that the ladies
    would be given the choice of their male counterparts. After being
    called on stage, they would select a male housemate to join them in
    the house, based on a picture of their smile, alone. Each of the men
    would be wearing an element with a particular colour to denote which
    house the duo would then head into - red for Ruby or yellow for

    Zimbabwe's Pokello was the first housemate to be introduced to Africa.
    Asked to select a pic from IK's tablet, she chose LK4 from Uganda.
    Ghana's Selly was up next and selected a pic of Bassey from Sierra
    Leone. Dellish (Namibia) was the third lady to take the stage,
    selecting South Africa's Angelo, based on the image of his smile on
    IK's tablet. Malawi's Fatima was up next, selecting Tanzania's Nando
    to join her.

    Kenyan Huddah's photo selection drew Ethiopia's Bimp to the stage,
    before Motamma from Botswana chose Angola's Neyll. Beverly (Nigeria)
    picked Sulu from Zambia, followed by Zambia's Cleo who chose
    Botswana's Oneal. Namibian Maria was the next housemate to join IK on
    stage, joined shortly afterwards by Nigeria's Melvin. IK introduced
    Natasha from Malawi next, with Angola's Biguesas, her choice.

    Tanzanian Feza was the next housemate to join IK on stage, choosing
    Ghana's Elikem to join her. Betty from Ethiopia followed, with Bolt
    from Sierra Leone joining her shortly after. Annabel from Kenya was
    next up, with her photo selection giving IK the chance to introduce
    Uganda's Denzel to the continent. South Africa's Koketso was the final
    housemate IK summoned to the stage to make her choice, bringing
    Zimbabwe's Hakeem up to join her.

    IK then revealed a few changes to the game this year, with the news
    that Big Brother was on the hunt for housemates who would be making
    romantic gestures, with a special prize up for grabs for the housemate
    who brought the most romance into the house. The Head of House also
    gains new powers. Along with the ability to 'save & replace' nominees,
    the HoH will also have the power to switch housemates between houses
    each Friday during the Airtel Showdown arena games. There's also a new
    '3 Strike Rule' for housemates. Those who commit serious infringements
    of rules which don't lead to immediate disqualification, will pick up
    'strikes'. Three strikes will see them disqualified from the game, and
    leaving the house.

    South African comedian Tumi Morake will also be hosting a special show
    on AfricaMagic after each Sunday's show called Big Brother Hot Room,
    starting 2 June at 21:00 CAT. She'll put a satirical spin on the week
    that was, take comic pot shots at the most talked-about events of the
    week and re-enact parody scenes with housemates.

    Kenyan singer, songwriter and rapper STL delivered an unforgettable
    performance of 'Stella Stella Stella' in her distinctive style during
    the show, which was closed out by performances from D'Prince, who
    dazzled the continent with 'Goody Bag' and Don Jazzy & Wande Coal, who
    took the roof off the studio with 'The Kick'.

    Commenting on the launch The Chase, M-Net Africa MD Biola Alabi says,
    " AfricaMagic is excited that Africa's biggest reality show is now
    underway. Audiences can expect the addition of interesting and
    engaging new elements to the show. Big Brother has displayed
    remarkable growth over the years and we hope that this year will be no
    different. The launch of Hot Room will certainly bring fun, laughter
    and witty commentary in an amusing and comical way. Shock, drama,
    emotions and surprises have always been synonymous with the show but
    audience must keep watching because anything is possible over the next
    91 days. There will also be great prizes up for grabs weekly so keep
    watching the show and AfricaMagic channels for details!"

    As the housemates congregated in their respective lounges to get their
    first message from IK, Boity reminded viewers of the ways to stay up
    to date with Big Brother Africa: The Chase. Viewers can press 'OK' on
    DStv Channels 197 or 198 to read up on the latest news, send messages
    to TV by tweeting and using #bigbroafrica or #bbathechase, using
    Facebook to log into the 'message to TV' application on their computer
    or phone or send a text message via the shortcode for their country.

    The winner of Big Brother: The Chase will be named after 91 days of
    head-to-head competition - and the power to award to USD 300 000 prize
    rests completely in the hands of the viewers.
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