How to compete successfully in Big Brother

2013-06-11 09:11
Who would've thought that being cooped up in a house with complete strangers for 91 days would be so dramatic - yet fun?

And to add the cherry on top of it all, surveillance in the form of Big Brother, thousands of cameras and the entire African continent is constantly watching.

Well, it's quite obvious that The Chase is on at the Big Brother house, and it will be nothing short of intense drama, if news of Zimbabwean socialite and housemate Pokello Nare's sex clip is anything to go by.

Entertainment tongues starting wagging intensely when news of this sex clip dropped, which got me thinking of things one needs to compete successfully in Big Brother.

Since Big Brother is strictly entertainment, housemates need an extra pizazz and flavour to ensure that they walk away with all the fame and fortune, which by the way, stands at $300 000, and for that amount of money, said pizazz and an X-factor can magically appear at a blink of an eye. So I think I've found the 3 things that one needs to compete successfully in Big Brother.

Love and lust

Now what would Big Brother be without a dramatic lustful story filled with backstabbing and betrayal that leaves the audience and the housemates themselves gasping in anguish and amazement? People love relationships, both the ups and downs of them, and if there’s a dramatic twist to the relationship, personal and show ratings seem to fly out the roof.

And Biggie (Big Brother) seems to be infatuated with love and lust as well, coming up with tasks like the Crush Wall and the latest one, 'Balance the Lab', a challenge that required housemates to kiss each other with a heart in-between their lips.If you think that was sizzling, I'm pretty sure that the love triangle that's forming between SA's Koketso, Uganda's LK4 and Nigeria's Beverly is going to explode and become quite intense pretty soon all because LK4 feels committed to Koketso but has feelings Beverly. Tsk tsk!


Drama is an absolute must for all housemates, even the evicted ones. Tanzania's Nando has so far been the most dramatic housemate as this past week when he cried out in anguish that he's in dire need for sex.

Talk about TMI and the need to voice out your sexual frustrations. And how about the rant that evicted housemate Huddah Monroe embarked on during her first press conference in Nairobi after the eviction, where she stated firmly that she doesn't care about her haters and how disappointed she feels that Africa didn't give her a chance to show her true self in the competition.

And to add insult to injury, nude pictures of her shower hour sessions have gone out into the virtual world call the internet. So much drama already and this is only the beginning!

The support of the public

In order for a housemate to stay in the Big Brother house, the public needs to vote to them there, and the housemate with the least number of votes gets booted out of the house.

So that means that housemates need to win the hearts of viewers all across Africa, which is a tough job if you ask me. Winning the hearts of the audience is quite tricky, because if you as a housemate are obnoxious and malicious, the public might vote you out simply because they hate you, and if you're too sweet and vulnerable, wolves might devour you, leaving you susceptible to eviction.

And viewers don't want to see a cry-baby-doormat on their TV screens because it gets annoying, so the only way to deal with crybabies is to vote them out of the game. So I'd say that the best strategy would be going with the flow of the show and being unpretentious.

Well, Big Brother: The Chase will keep us glued to our TV screens this season, and I’m finding it hard to predict who will walk away with the coveted $300 000. As I proceed to sit back on my couch, watch all the madness while comfortably tweeting away.

* Big Brother: The Chase airs for 24 hours across DStv channels 197 and 198.

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