Ghana unfortunately lost the prize money to Tanzania’s Idris who emerged from the DStv Big Brother Hotshots house at the end of Sunday night’s thrilling 2-hour live extravaganza with USD 300 000 in the bank! He picked up an avalanche of viewer votes from the continent after 63 days of fun, drama and intrigue to become the hottest of the Hotshots in the 9th season of the continent’s most epic reality show.
Idris saw off the challenge of 25 other housemates through 9 weeks of extravaganzas, weekly tasks, ‘freeze’ challenges and even an epic prank in true Big Brother style. After he’d picked himself up off the floor after the announcement, Idris told IK he was feeling exhausted after the “long ride”. “Big love to everyone in Africa, I have so much love out there, I’m going to give back every single day,” said the man from Arusha.
The show kicked off with a show-stopping performance from 17 evicted housemates, who got the chance to remind the continent of their Hotshots credentials. The glamorous finale was a star-studded affair, also featuring performances by the One Campaign Artists, Nigerian star M.I. and South Africa’s Unathi Msengana. Even the Top 8 housemates got in on the action, with a performance of their own to sum up their time in the house!
IK took viewers back through all 63 days of Big Brother Hotshots, with reminders of the Hotshots’ stellar performances during the extravaganza tasks, the tender moments – and the explosive ones – they all shared, and all the fun they had learning about each other’s cultures, countries and personalities.
Evictions were never far from everyone’s minds, though, and when the SizweNtsalubaGobodo auditor delivered a bulging envelope to IK on stage, he got down to business. Over the course of the show, he evicted Butterphly, M’am Bea, JJ, Sipe, Nhlanhla and Macky2 from the house in pairs, leaving Idris and Tayo to count their lucky stars as the rest of the Hotshots looked on enviously from the stage.
As the time for the winner announcement drew near, Big Brother summoned the duo to the Diary Room for a final few words of encouragement before sending them out of the house to join IK on stage, through a curtain of fireworks.
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, M-Net’s Regional Director for West Africa was delighted with the way Big Brother Hotshots played out. “The behind-the-scenes team overcame some astounding obstacles to get this season of Big Brother Africa on-air – and they delivered a show that was bigger, better, more dramatic and more entertaining than ever before,” she said. “Congratulations to Idris on being named the winner of Big Brother Hotshots – and thank you to the rest of the housemates for providing the entire continent with 63 days of phenomenal entertainment”.
Sivan Pillay, Managing Director of Endemol South Africa said: “We are very proud to have produced another great season of Big Brother Africa. Despite the devastating setback of the fire, it has been a monumental achievement to entertain the continent with our broadcast partner Multichoice”.
We do wish M’am Bea all the best.
For more information about Big Brother Hotshots, visit www.bigbrotherafrica.com or stay in touch on social media – follow @bigbroafrica on Twitter, @bigbro_africa on Instagram and on Facebook at facebook.com/bigbrotherafrica.
2015 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards
NOMINEES TO BE ANNOUNCED
The third edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) kicks into another gear as nominees are announced on Wednesday, 10 December 2014. DStv and GOtv audiences should tune in to catch the announcement which airs on all AfricaMagic channels at 6:30PM GMT. Public voting will open immediately after the announcement and close on the 28 February 2015.
The Nominee Announcement, which will be hosted by popular television personalities, Nick Mutuma of Mashariki Mix and Sika Osei of 53 Extra, is once again brought to viewers by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice Africa and the headline sponsor, Amstel Malta.
Regional Director, M-Net (West) Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said: “We are pleased to invite our viewers to tune in as we announce the nominees for the 2015 AMVCAs. We have received over 2 000 entries and this undoubtedly reflects the importance of the awards in the African film and television industry. We are all excited to know those who made the cut!”
Since the maiden edition in 2013, the AMVCAs have celebrated the contributions of African filmmakers, actors and technicians to the success of the continent’s film and television industry. With the third edition, which is scheduled to hold on the 7th of March, 2015, viewers can expect to see even more awards in new categories ranging from acting, directing to scriptwriting and cinematography. Other categories will include editing, make-up, sound and lighting, amongst others.
To find out more about the AMVCAs and all the nominees for the 2015 edition, remember to tune in on Wednesday at 6:30 GMT. For more information, logon to www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com
MultiChoice Ghana Launches DStv Now App 11th December 2014
Starting 11th December 2014, all DStv subscribers can download the DStv Now app for their various android and iOS platforms to enjoy the full DStv services. MultiChoice will be introducing DStv Now, a new App across Africa that allows subscribers to watch all their favorite Catch Up titles plus selected live TV channels on one device.
DStv has always been the best destination for the best channels and entertainment – delivering to subscribers a bouquet of Movies, Series Sport and so much more! Now with the introduction of the new DStv Now App subscribers can stay connected to the world of DStv – giving them access their favorite programs on Catch Up plus the best series, movies, sport highlights and kids entertainment.
Currently on offer to DStv Premium subscribers the App will be available on both IOS and Android tablet and phone.
DStv Now brings you whatever content you want; you can watch the latest in sport, music, news and the freshest series, movies and more. It gives you the convenience of watching great content whenever you want; it’s your PVR in your pocket. Now is available to DStv Premium subscribers with a PVR/Explora. DStv Now can be accessed through 3G, 4G or wifi – Please note data charges apply and subscribers will have to pay this at rates stipulated by their mobile and internet service providers.
LIVE TV on the go!
The Wendy Williams Show Tuesday 09 December 2014 7:00PM GMT | BET (135)
Hosted by the unique, distinctive and entertaining personality that is Wendy Williams, this provocative talk-show features a mix of celebrity interviews and performances with guests from television, film, music and sports.
During popular segments “Ask Wendy” and “Hot Topics”, Williams offers real advice to audience members looking for solutions to problems and her own unpredictable, honest and opinionated take on the juiciest headlines.
Top African Fashion Tuesday 09 December 2014 7:00PM GMT | TRACE Sport Stars (188)
In these times of high fashion, international celebrity and social media, it’s no surprise that the sporting world has joined in the fun! Increasingly there are teams that blend the worlds of fashion and sport, putting their innovative creations out there for the whole world to see, setting an agenda for style and swagger.
There is no continent more flamboyant and daring in its kit design and team apparel than Africa, so this show takes a look at the splashes of colour and strokes of genius that make the most famous African teams stand out from the crowd!
Find out which team is dripping swag Tuesday 9 December at 7:00PM GMT on TRACE Sport Stars
Hey Arnold! Wednesday 10 December 2014 3:25PM GMT | NickTOONS (308)
Arnold is a fourth grader who lives in a boarding home with his grandparents. He can sometimes be carried away on crazy flights of fantacy, but his best friend Gerald keeps him grounded. Together they battle the school bully and get up to all sorts of adventures.
Tune in to NickTOONS on Wednesday 10 December at 3:15PM GMT to watch Hey Arnold!
Broken Angel Wednesday 10 December 2014 4:00PM GMT | Telemundo (507)
Santa wants to file charges against Ines, but the plot thickens as Begoña suggests to her that it may be Francisca that wants her dead.
Beyond Magic with DMC Wednesday 10 December 2014 6:05PM GMT | National Geographic (181)
British magician and card shark to the world’s elite, Drummond Money-Coutts, embarks on an international journey, going from London to Paris with a final destination of Bangkok.
DMC explores the thrilling and high stakes world of card tricks.
Through breath-taking stunts and street demonstrations, Drummond reveals the secrets behind advanced card play, card cheating and the dark art of card magic.
Watch Beyond Magic with DMC on Wednesday 10 December at 6:05PM GMT on National Geographic.
Houdini Thursday 11 December 2014 6:00PM GMT | Lifetime (131)
Before Blaine and Copperfield, there was the man who invented it all: Harry Houdini, perhaps the world’s greatest performer. Adrian Brody will star in this epic two-part mini-drama series about the master escapist.
Houdini is the story of a man who can defy death, but who was the man behind the magic? An immigrant from Eastern Europe, Erich Weiss rose in America to become the top of Vaudeville becoming a world renowned household name – Houdini.
The tale follows Harry Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists, and encounters the greatest names of the era, from US presidents, to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin. This drama chronicles his life through his stunts, his visions, and his mastery of illusion. Houdini will keep you asking, what’s real and what’s illusion?
Oprah’s LifeClass: Colourism Thursday 11 December 2014 6:55PM GMT | TLC Entertainment (172)
It’s an issue that wreaks havoc among African-American, Asian, Indian and Latin American communities: colorism. What is it, and why has it led to discrimination for hundreds of years?
Watch as Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant address the prejudices and misconceptions associated with light and dark skin. Watch Oprah’s LifeClass: Colourism on Thursday 11 December at 6:55PM GMT on TLC.
The Even Steven Movie Friday 12 December 2014 10:14PM GMT | Disney XD (304)
The Stevens think they’ve struck it lucky when they get told they’ve won a magical holiday to a distant tropical island. Little do they know the rather unpleasant island inhabitants are actually actors who are part of a reality TV show, and the Stevens are their unlucky dupes!
Dial into Disney XD on Friday 12 December at 10:14PM GMT to watch as the Stevens dream holiday quickly becomes a nightmare in The Even Steven Movie.