In the first live Big Brother: The Chase eviction show on Sunday night, DStv audiences saw Kenya’s Huddah and Uganda’s Denzel head home, just 7 days into the 8th season of Africa’s biggest reality show, headline sponsored by Airtel.
After Monday’s nominations, Selly, Natasha, Denzel, Betty and Huddah were up for eviction this week. The auditor from SizweNtsalubaGobodo delivered two sets of verified voting results to IK, which brought first Denzel and then Huddah out of the houses and the show.
Their eviction follows the Heads of House each revealing who they had ‘saved & replaced’ during nominations earlier in the week. Feza announced to her housemates that she had saved Elikem and put Betty up for eviction in his place. The Ruby Head of House, Beverly, then revealed her ‘save & replace’ decision, telling her housemates that she’d saved Bassey and put Natasha up for eviction in his place.
The evicted housemates got a chance to deliver an ‘Arrow’ into the house they’d just departed. The Arrow is an instruction given to one housemate in the house, which must be followed, at risk of punishment from Big Brother. Denzel chose Arrow 4 – “when going outside, the housemate must walk on ‘all fours’ (ie their hands and feet) effective immediately and running until Friday” and chose Nando as the recipient. Huddah chose Arrow 1, which would see her selected housemate having to make everyone’s bed on Monday and Tuesday. She sent it to Dillish, who immediately leapt up and started jumping around the lounge.
Ruby house evictee, Denzel told IK that he was “different” and that he’d tried to make every day in the house count. A tearful Huddah emerged on stage after her eviction and thanked Africa for voting for her. She also told IK that she may have appeared reserved, but was simply finding her way into the game.
Entertainment for the evening included two performances by Uganda’s Radio & Weasel rocking the stage with ‘Can’t Let You Go’ and then ‘Magnetic’.
New Media guru Boity Thulo also joined IK on stage and revealed Big Brother: The Chase’s sizzling online stats for this week, including 14 million page impressions on the official website, www.bigbrotherafrica.com , 721 000 video views and 400 000 messages sent to TV.
There are a host of new features on Big Brother: The Chase this year, and IK explained them to viewers this week, starting with the Airtel Arena Showdown Head of House Swap. Every Friday, the two houses will compete against each other in the showdown at the Arena. The winning team’s Head of House will be required to swap 2 housemates from their own house with 2 housemates from the losing house.
In addition, IK also revealed The ‘Romantic Gesture’ competition – which sees the housemates unwittingly competing for the most romantic gesture, as voted by viewers. The winning gesture, based on votes at the end of the show, will see that housemate win an amazing prize. This week’s two gestures saw (A) Hakeem asking Cleo out on a date, and the other, (B) the Ruby boys serenading the girls. Viewers can vote via Twitter (with #BigBroAfrica or #BBATheChase) or on the Facebook app by choosing ‘A’ or ‘B’. Voting started immediately after the live show and closes at 09:00 CAT next Sunday.
Another exciting new feature that housemates and viewers can look forward to is the ‘Crush Wall’ screen. Each housemate gets to select 2 housemates from the other house that they would like to meet, with the selections happening in the Diary Room on the ‘Crush Wall’ screen. The housemate who receives the most Crush votes in each house will get a special reward from Big Brother and get to choose who enjoys the reward with them, making the selection from the people who crushed on them. The selections will start this week and the rewards will be delivered in the ‘Rendezvous Room’, which none of the housemates or viewers have seen yet.
Great prizes were are up for grabs to viewers, just for voting to keep their favourite housemate in The Chase and this week’s winners were: Uhuru Tablet – Boitshepo Mashiloane (South Africa); HD PVR – Douglas Disaso (Uganda) and DStv Walka – Jane Boateng (Ghana).
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.