M-Net rules for BBA Season 7 entrants to pair up

Posted: February 22, 2012 in art/entertainment

Producers of the mega-hit reality-TV franchise Big Brother Africa (BBA), M-Net, Tuesday announced that any entrant to the 7th edition of the show must partner with another person to be considered eligible for the house.

The revelation comes as an added surprise following the news earlier that winner of the much-hyped new edition will cart home a whopping cash prize of US$ 300, 000.

According to the producers, entrants must double up in order to compete, which means that anyone who wants to enter season 7 must partner with another person to enter as a pair.

“So whether you enter with your best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, brother, sister, boss, husband, wife, neighbour, hairdresser, whomever…you must just make sure that you enter as a pair. So who will take the journey of a lifetime with you? Remember you may have to spend a long time with them in the house so choose carefully,” M-Net announced.

Meanwhile, in another bold change, Big Brother Africa has welcomed two new countries Liberia and Sierra Leone to the Big Brother house for the first time ever, while this time round, Ethiopia bows out of the game just as Mozambique will take on a new role that will be announced at a later stage.

“That means that this year, if you want to enter Big Brother Africa you can do so if you and your partner are citizens from one of the following participating countries: Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“Both partners must come from the same country, must be 21 years or older, must be fluent in English and must have a valid passport.  Interested persons can collect an entry forms from the nearest MultiChoice office in their country anytime from February 5. Alternatively you can also enter by logging on to http://www.mnetafrica.com/bigbrother and completing an entry form online,” the firm said.

Commenting on the surprise turn of events, M-Net Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi said: “We are thrilled to be offering a huge, new, USD 300 000 prize and to include two new countries who were chosen to participate based on their ongoing interest in the series and their growing DStv audiences.  And while Ethiopia won’t have a housemate this year, we’ll look to include them and other non-housemate countries in other ways if the opportunity arises, as we do every season. We are and have always been proudly committed to making this a truly African show. And as for Mozambique, they will be included with a housemate – but that’s all we are saying at the moment!”

Continuing, Alabi said: “Of course, the really big news this season is that entrants must enter as pairs. In the past we’ve seen a natural and continuous cross-over between individuals and their families, their friends. So this year, we decided to include that as part of the game. It will definitely make a dramatic addition to the series so we urge people to enter and experience what will be a uniquely different Big Brother Africa!”

Produced for M-Net by Endemol South Africa, the new season of Big Brother Africa will be screened to 47 countries across the continent, live 24/7 for 91 days starting Sunday, May 6.

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