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Brother is a reality television show. In each series,
which lasts for around three months, a number of people
(normally fewer than fifteen at any one time) live
together full-time in a "Big Brother House",
isolated from the outside world but under the continuous
gaze of television cameras. The housemates try to
win a cash prize by avoiding periodic, usually publicly-voted,
evictions from the house. The "real life soap"
was invented by the Dutchman John de Mol and developed
by his production company, Endemol. It has been a
prime-time hit in almost 70 different countries. The
show's name comes from George Orwell's 1949 novel
Nineteen Eighty-Four, in which Big Brother is the
all-seeing leader of the dystopian Oceania.
first series of Big Brother was broadcast in the Netherlands
in September 1999, and the show was subsequently adapted
to virtually every other part of the world. Though
each country has made its own adaptations and changes
to the format, the general concept has stayed the
same: "housemates" are confined to a specially
designed house where their every action is recorded
by cameras and microphones at all times; and the housemates
are not permitted any contact with the outside world
(although some exceptions have been made; see isolation).
most versions, at regular intervals, normally once
weekly (although in most early series it was every
two weeks), the public is invited to vote to have
one of a number of nominated housemates evicted from
the House. In some cases, two housemates may be evicted
simultaneously (a "double eviction"), or
rarely, no housemates will be removed for that week.
At the end of the game, the last remaining housemate
is declared winner of that particular series, and
receives prizes; often including a large amount of
money, a car, a holiday, and in some editions, a house.
a sociological perspective, this format can be analyzed
to see how people react when brought into contact
to and forced into close confinement with people who
lie outside their "comfort zone", since
they may hold different opinions to other contestants,
express different ideals, or simply be from a different
group of people that a contestant is used to. The
format is ideally suited because the viewer sees how
a person reacts on the outside through the constant
recording of their actions, and also what they feel
on the inside through the Diary Room. The results
can often result in violent or angry confrontations,
which not only proves a theory that people are likely
to react to threats through outbursts of violence
or loud expressions of opinion, but also provides
entertainment to a baying public.
living together under continuous observation, which
is the major attraction of the contest, the program
relies on four basic props: the stripped-bare back
to basics environment in which they live, the evictions
system, the weekly tasks set by Big Brother, and the
"Diary Room", in which the housemates individually
convey their thoughts, feelings, frustrations and
their eviction nominees.
the first of most Big Brother seasons, the House that
the housemates had to live in for the duration of
the competition was very basic. Although essential
amenities such as running water, furniture and a limited
ration of food were provided, luxury items were often
forbidden. This added an element of survival into
the show, thus increasing the potential for tensions
within the house. Now almost every country has a modern
house for the contest, with a jacuzzi, a sauna, a
VIP suite, a loft, and other luxuries.
housemates are required to do any housework as they
see fit, and are set tasks by the producers of the
show, who communicate with the housemates via the
omnipresent authority figure known only to them as
"Big Brother". The tasks set are designed
to test their team-working abilities and community
spirit, and in some countries the housemates' shopping
budget or weekly allowance often depends on the outcome
of any set tasks. The housemates have a weekly allowance
with which they can buy food and other essentials.
regular intervals, the housemates each privately nominate
a number of fellow housemates that they wish to see
evicted from the house. The housemates with the most
nomination points are then named announced, and viewers
are given the opportunity to vote for whom they wish
to see evicted. After the votes are tallied, the "evictee"
leaves the house and is interviewed live by the host
of the show, usually in front of a live studio audience.
series is notable for involving the Internet. Although
the show typically broadcasts daily updates in the
evening, sometimes criticized for its heavy editing,
viewers can also watch a continuous, 24-hour feed
from multiple cameras on the web. These websites were
highly successful, even after some national series
started charging for access to the video stream. In
some countries, the Internet broadcasting was supplemented
by updates via email, WAP and SMS. The House is even
shown live on satellite television, although in some
countries (such as the UK) with a 10-15 minute delay,
to allow libelous or unacceptable content —
such as references to people who are not taking part
in the program and have therefore not consented to
have personal information about them broadcast —
to be removed.
derision from many intellectuals and other critics,
the show has been a commercial success around the
world. More generally, the voyeuristic nature of the
show, where contestants volunteer to surrender their
privacy in return for minor celebrity status and a
comparatively small cash prize, has attracted much
scorn. On numerous occasions, participants in the
various series have become sexually involved with
each other, sometimes engaging in intercourse in front
of Big Brother's cameras. Each edition handles this
differently, with some editions such as the British
and American editions not broadcasting such material,
and others such as the German version doing so; the
Internet stream also captures such moments. This had
led to some controversy with some jurisdictions such
as Greece attempting to have the show removed from
international versions of the show remain quite similar
to each other in that their main format remains true
to the original fly on the wall, observational style,
with the emphasis being on human relationships. This
is carried out to the extent of where contestants
are forbidden from discussing nominations or voting
strategy altogether. The U.S. version, however, has
since 2001 taken on a significantly different format
from the others, with a far stronger emphasis on strategy,
competition and voting.
Isolation of housemates
housemates are, for the most part, completely isolated
within the house. They are allowed no access to television,
radio or the Internet, and are not allowed any form
of communications with the outside world, or other
media. In some shows, even books and writing material
are not permitted, with the exception of religious
materials such as the Bible. Part of the reason for
this is the nature of the social experiment, which
aims to discover how people act in isolation from
"normal" outside influences, and also to
prevent introverts from hiding in a book or movie
to escape the other contestants. A second reason is
to ensure fairness within the game. A great deal of
content is available to the public either on TV or
the Internet, allowing viewers to understand much
more than the players, so providing players with media
access could allow them to gain an unfair advantage
in the game.
are not completely isolated. They have regular scheduled
interaction with the show's host, and throughout each
day the program's producer, via the "Big Brother"
voice, instructs the contestants in various matters,
and sometimes issues tasks and commands them to take
certain actions. Private chats with a psychologist
are allowed at any time, often by means of a telephone
in the Diary Room.
Variations in the format
* There are six special pan-regional versions of Big
Brother. All these follow the normal Big Brother rules
with the exception that contestants come from different
countries in the region where it airs:
o Africa: Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi,
Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda,
Zambia and Zimbabwe.
o Balkans: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia
o Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait,
Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria and Tunisia.
o Pacific: Chile, Ecuador and Peru.
o Scandinavia: Norway and Sweden.
o United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales, Nothern
Ireland and Ireland
* In the third UK series, Big Brother set live tasks
for the housemate on a Saturday night in order to
win treats. This format was discontinued in the fifth
series due to poor ratings. This format has been used
in Australia in the form of Friday Night Live.
* The fifth UK edition introduced the "Evil"
touch, whereby the character of Big Brother became
almost a villain. Big Brother was establishing punishments
and was proposing hard tasks and secret tricks. This
was also seen in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada,
Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Pacific,
Scandinavia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Philippines,
* The sixth UK series introduced secret missions where
housemate would be able to win luxuries if they completed
a secret task set by Big Brother.
* In the seventh UK series, Big Brother became "twisted".
Every week, housemates mental states were put to the
test as Big Brother tried to break them. As a result
of this many housemates broke down and one even threaten
to commit suicide.
* The eighth UK Series saw an all-female house however
3 days later 1 male housemate entered
* The UK series alway opens with a twist which have
included First Night Nominations (BB4), Transexual
enters & Suit Case Nominations (BB5), Unlucky
Housemate 13 (BB6), Big Brother Hood & Person
suffering From Tourette (BB7), All Female House &
Twins enter (BB8), Jackie Stallone is Announced to
be Entering (CBB3), Non Celebrity Enters (CBB4) and
Jade Goody and Family are Announced to be Entering
(CBB5). Many countries have followed opening night
twists such as Australia and the United States.
* The fifth UK edition introduced "Fake evictions"
where 1 or 2 housemates are "Evicted" however
unbeknown to the housemates they have in fact not
been evicted. the housemate/s usually are put into
a secret house where numerous twist happen. in the
eighth UK Series one housemate was evicted, interview
then sent straight back into the house however the
housemates in the house got to see all of the interview
* In France and Canada, the format has been developed
using couples. Twelve single people stay in the same
house until only the winning couple are left.
* Big Brother USA currently uses a different set of
rules that began with the second season (the first
season used the traditional format). Nominations are
done by one houseguest, the Head of Household (HoH)
and the houseguests vote for which nominee to evict,
not the viewers. The third season introduced the Power
of Veto, where a houseguest can save a nominee causing
the Head of Household to name a replacement nominee.
It's been adapted in Brazil and Africa and since then
some countries modified their nominations rules.
* The eighth American season, introduced "America's
Player", a houseguest that is given assignments,
unknown to the other houseguests, through votes from
the viewing public. Included in the public voting
is which nominated houseguest America's Player should
vote off and campaign to get evicted.
* The third Dutch edition introduced the notion of
"The Battle", in which the house is separated
into a luxurious half and a poor half, with two teams
of housemates constantly fighting for time in the
luxurious half. Separated houses have also been used
in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway,
Poland, Scandinavia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and
the UK. Australia, Italy and Mexico added punishment
zones to their houses.
* In 2004, the fifth German edition was the first
version to run for 365 days consecutively. In this
season, the contestants were separated into three
teams (rich, regular, survivor) and equivalent living
areas. The ultimate winner got a prize of 1,000,000
* Also in Germany a new version of the show started:
Big Brother - Das Dorf (Big Brother - The Village).
It was the sixth season and started the same day season
5 ended. This was the first version supposed to run
for years (without a predetermined end). It was set
in a small artificial village including a church tower,
a marketplace, 3 houses, 3 working areas (farm, car
garage, dressmaking and later a small hotel, where
celebrities from the real world could move into),
a matcharena, a pub and a fitness room. The season
ended after 363 days in February 2006 because of low
ratings. In season seven RTL II switched back to a
* The Voice Graph system in BB Argentina, BB Australia
& BB Germany.
* The fourth Greek season introduced a new element:
the mother. In Big Mother nine housemates take part
in the game with their mothers, with whom they must
coexist during the contest. The "mamas"
were not able to win the prize but they would stay
with their children until their eviction. However,
this proved to be a failure with the shows audience
and the show switched back to the traditional Big
Brother format in mid-season.
* Introduced in the fifth season of the American series,
several countries have included twins, and in some
cases triplets, in their shows. Usually, the siblings
enter the show as one Housemate, and after making
it to a certain point in the game, they split up as
individuals. Series that have used Housemates who
are twins or triplets are:
o USA, 2004, Adria Montgomery-Klein and Natalie Montgomery-Carroll,
7th (Natalie) and 8th (Adria) Evicted, Used Name:
o Australia, 2005, David and Greg Matthew, 14th Evicted
(David) and Winner (Greg, although the prize money
was split), Used Name: "Logan" (Middle name
of both Twins).
o Bulgaria, 2006, Lyubov, Nadejda, and Vyara Stancheva,
7th (Nadejda) and 9th (Vyara) Evicted, Winner (Lyubov),
Used Name: "Vyara".
o UK, 2007, Amanda and Sam Marchant, 2nd Place (Both
were treated separately until Day 68 when they became
o France, 2007, Marjorie, Cyrielle and Johanna Bluteau,
Winner (Marjorie, as she was the only one eligible
for the grand prize).
o Spain, 2007, Conchi and Pamela De Los Santos, 2nd
Place, Used Name: "Rosa".
o Poland, 2007, Aneta and Martyna Bielecka, 4th Evicted
(They were discovered as twins), Used Name: "Martyna".
* The seventh season of Big Brother Australia focused
upon environmental issues, the house fitted with rainwater
tanks and a majority of the furniture being built
entirely from recycled materials.
two seasons in different countries are taking place
simultaneously, housemates are sometimes temporarily
exchanged between them.
editions of Big Brother
Big Brother VIP / Celebrity Big Brother
Big Brother format has been adapted in some countries
in that the housemates are locally known celebrities.
These shows are called Celebrity Big Brother or Big
Brother VIP, depending on where the series is. In
some countries, the prize money normally awarded to
the winning housemate is donated to a charity, and
all celebrities are paid to appear in the show as
long as they do not voluntarily leave before their
eviction or the end of the series. The rest of the
format rules are almost the same as the ones from
the original version, although in many occasions they
are not so strict due to the exceptional character
of the program. The series has been a prime-time hit
in many countries and was aired for the first time
in 2000, in the Netherlands.
* A second variant appeared in the Netherlands in
2006: Hotel Big Brother. A group of celebrity hoteliers
and a Big Boss run a hotel, collecting money for charity
without nominations, evictions or winner.
* A third variant will appear in the UK in early 2008:
Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, replacing the 2008
edition of Celebrity Big Brother. Instead of the celebrities
playing the role of housemates, the celebrities will
in fact become Big Brother himself. The celebrities
will create tasks, hold nominations, etc. with the
help of Big Brother. The housemates of the show will
be "Britain's most exceptional and extraordinary"
18-21 year olds. The prize for the winner of the series
will be £50,000.
Big Brother format has been extensively modified in
some countries, most often to the point where the
housemates are either teenagers or housemates from
previous seasons. The winners of these seasons are
often eligible to win the prize for themselves, unlike
most of the celebrity edition versions.
* Big Brother: Ty wybierasz (Big Brother: You Decide
- Poland, season 1: 13 days; season 2: 7 days). A
group of people -10 in season 1 and 6 in season 2-
living together and competing for a pair of spots
in the next regular season. It was made before the
first two main Big Brother seasons. Without nominations
* Big Brother, Tilbake I Huset (Big Brother, Back
In The House - Norway, 9 days). The BB1 Norway housemates
living together again. They also welcome 4 new housemates,
who are competing for a spot in the next regular season.
Without nominations or evictions.
* Big Brother Stjärnveckan (Big Brother, Week
Of Stars - Sweden, 6 days); Big Brother, Reality All
Star (Denmark, 32 days). Season with contestants from
several reality shows, including Big Brother.
* Big Brother Panto (United Kingdom, 11 days). Housemate
from previous series spent time in the Big Brother
House in order to perform a pantomime at the end of
* Teen Big Brother (United Kingdom, 10 days; Philippines,
42 days). Teenage housemates competing in a BB house.
* Big Brother, All Star (Belgium, 21 days; United
States, 72 days). Big Brother where all the housemates
come from previous seasons of the contest.
* Veliki Brat: Generalna Proba (Big Brother Try Out
- Serbia, 7 days). Twelve Serbian contestants competing
for a spot in the next Big Brother Balkans season.
Without nominations or evictions.
* Big Brother: The Housemates Strike Back (Bulgaria).
Big Brother brought together Housemates from all Big
Brother and VIP Brother seasons in Bulgaria and gave
them their last task - to destroy the House. The new
Housemates will be living in a new one.
there are a series of pre-seasons with the only objective
of testing the house. A group of celebrities or journalists
living together in the house during a few days. No
competition nor winner. It has been made in Argentina,
Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, Pacific,
Philippines, Spain and many other countries. In some
cases, it is not emitted (broadcast) eg UK.
have been a few incidents from different countries
involving Big Brother contestants, the show, and the
way the program is run in general.
Big Brother 6, two housemates, Ashley (real name Michael
Cox) and John (Michael Bric), were removed from the
house for allegedly sexually assaulting a female housemate,
Camilla Severi, in a season of the series that had
already attracted significant controversy. Following
the incident the live feed was temporarily replaced
by an old UpLate update of the housemates completing
their football task, continuously looped, and the
forums on the Big Brother website were removed. Queensland
Police were shown the relevant footage but opted not
to conduct a criminal investigation. Camilla finished
runner-up for the series. Subsequent to this incident
former housemate Rita Lazzarotto reported that she
had been subjected to a similar incident during her
time in the Big Brother house in the 2005 series.
Prime Minister John Howard asked for Big Brother to
be canceled, saying, "Here's a great opportunity
for Network Ten to do a bit of self-regulation and
get this stupid program off the air"; Leader
of the Opposition Kim Beazley and Senator Steve Fielding
supported this view. Queensland Premier Peter Beattie
argued that the show employed many Australians in
production and that, because of the already diminished
size of the Australian television industry, the show
Brother 3 began on January 14, 2003, and caused controversy.
Among the participants was Miss Brazil 2002, Joseane.
Rules of the Miss Brazil contest forbid participation
of married women, and when Joseane participated, she
stated she was single. With her exposure in BBB, some
magazines discovered she was married even before winning
the beauty contest. Once the marriage was proven,
Joseane was stripped of her crown, and Thaisa Tomsem
was crowned Miss Brazil 2002. Also, participant Dilson,
not knowing Joseane was married, tried to start a
romantic relationship with her during the show. Due
to her refusals, he felt unmotivated and left the
show voluntarily. Participant Harry replaced him at
February 26, and became the first participant not
to enter the show on its first day.
PBB Season 2, it remarks as one of the most controversial
series on Philippine TV that involved the housemates.
On Day 113, Gee-Ann heard the results of the informal
survey conducted days before. Hearing Bruce and Wendy
scornful remarks against her, Gee-Ann Abrahan revealed
to Big Brother about her uneasiness and grievances
against Wendy. To let her recover from her trauma
she had experienced, Big Brother put her in the secret
room with Mickey who did accompany her. But instead
of calming down, Gee-Ann continued to tell Mickey
about Wendy's remarks against her, even telling him
that Wendy is "manipulating" the other housemates.
Later, when Big Brother asked the housemates on who
they think isn't fit to join the Final Four, most
of the housemates answered Bruce and Wendy. This set
off a chain of events that would change the relationship
between the housemates: Wendy's sudden unwillingness
to talk, Gee-Ann's further breakdown, and the rift
between the three remaining females. On Day 115, the
rift between Gee-Ann, Beatriz, and Wendy had already
reached a crescendo to the point that everyone is
not in speaking terms. Big Brother decided to intervene,
telling the housemates that the "fake nomination"
was just a test of friendship and they failed on that
account. He also chided Gee-Ann about being as equally
"unfair" as Wendy (Wendy was evicted, then
returned; Gee-Ann received some "special treatment")
and about belittling her achievements and Bruce for
his full focus on Wendy. Although the men convinced
the females to make up, Bea and Gee-Ann settled their
differences with Wendy and the three ultimately reconciled.
This was not however a full reconciliation as Wendy
still had reservations.
Big Brother 1 housemate Marco kicked fellow housemate
Sónia in the stomach - this led to his ejection
from the Big Brother house for aggressive behavior.
the second season on the evening of December 28th,
three Evicted Housemates, Stevan Zecevic, Zorica Lazic,
and Elmir Kuduzovic died in a car accident near city
of Obrenovac, when the car they were in crushed down
into river Vukodraz. The producers of the show made
the decision to end the show abruptly with seven remaining
Housemates in the house. The housmates were informed
of their death. There was no winner, with the choice
being made to split the money between all the Housemates.
Big Brother 4 there was a bomb scare. At 7:58 on Day
43, Big Brother asked all housemates to go to the
boys bedroom until further notice because of a security
alert inside the studios. The staff had left 20 minutes
earlier, except for senior members of the production
team who watched the housemates from behind the mirrors.
The Big Brother gallery was unmanned after police
advised staff to leave the house. At 8:43, Police
advised the house be evacuated. But since the gallery
was unmanned, Big Brother had no method of communicating
with the house, so staff had to enter. Senior members
of the production team lead the housemates out via
the camera runs, and they were taken to a secure area
on the perimeter of the studio complex with 2 chaperones
and 4 security guards. At 12:49am, the housemates
were allowed to return after police gave the all clear.
The eviction took place the following day.
Big Brother 5, on what is commonly referred to as
'Fight Night', volatile ex-housemates Emma Greenwood
and Michelle Bass returned to the Big Brother house
after a fake eviction. Some of the housemates were
extremely displeased, and after a series of arguments,
Greenwood and Bass along with Jason Cowan, Marco Sabba,
eventual winner Nadia Almada, Vanessa Nimmo and Victor
Ebuwa became involved in an aggressive brawl. Viewers
of live streaming called the police to inform them
of the violent activity and, for the first time in
the show's history, on-set security guards were called
into the house to break up the arguments.
Brother 6, Throughout this series there was much discussion
of housemates influencing other housemates nomination.
Makosi claimed that Derek had told her to turn off
her microphone to discuss nominations and that Derek
wrote two S's on her toes. Later on in the series
Craig and Derek accused Vanessa of writing initials
on their feet, however this was never proven. Big
Brother 6 was also heavily criticised for the amount
of nudity shown on the show; after a midnight "romp"
in the pool housemate Makosi Musambasi claimed to
have conceived Anthony Hutton's child and asked for
a pregnancy test. In addition housemate Kinga Karolczak
masturbated herself with a wine bottle in the garden.
Celebrity Big Brother 4, housemate Pete Burns claimed
that his coat was made from gorilla skin; after viewers
called in to Ofcom, police removed the coat for testing.
Ownership of products made from gorilla is illegal
in the UK without a license. Tests found the coat
was in fact made of Colobus monkeys, another endangered
species. As a result the case was passed to the Crown
Prosecution Service who determined that the pelts
used to make the coat were imported before 1975 (when
it became illegal to import Colobus fur) and as such
did not press charges. This greatly upset animal rights
Brother 7 came under criticism when critics claimed
that Big Brother had deliberately put unstable people
into the house. Housemate Shahbaz Chauhdry referred
to himself as a "Paki poof" in his audition
video, upsetting the British Asian community. He also
threatened to commit suicide as well as stealing all
the food out of the kitchen. He decided to walk on
day 4 and admitted that he was mentally unstable.
7 days into the show, housemate Dawn Blake received
a message in the house from her family, via Big Brother,
saying "your sister is ill". This turned
out to be a code message that Dawn had organised with
her family before entering the Big Brother House,
that the family promised they would send to her in
the house if any newspapers, magazines or other media
had made disparaging comments or judgements about
Dawn in the outside world, so that Dawn could then
leave. Dawn let her housemates know about this to
some extent when she was heard whispering to them
"I have a code". The producers of the show
eventually caught on, and although Dawn said she was
leaving anyway, when she was called to the Diary Room
the following day Big Brother told her that she had
broken a major rule by being in contact with the outside
world, and that she was being ejected from the house.
When the housemates were made aware of Dawn's rule-breaking
and ejection from the house, they surmised that any
person who goes into the Big Brother house is going
to have both good and bad comments made about them
by the media and public, and that Dawn was naïve
to enter the house in the first place if this was
not her expectation. Channel 4 received 500 complaints
from viewers about this matter, and Media watchdog
Ofcom confirmed that it had received over 1,000 complaints
and referred viewers to ICSTIS. Soon after the four
ex-housemates entered the House Next Door, ICSTIS
released a statement confirming that it was dealing
with over 2,500 complaints and launched an official
investigation. On October 5, 2006, they ruled that
Channel 4 had breached its code and imposed £50,000
Celebrity Big Brother 5, a worldwide debate was created
by housemates Jade Goody (who had appeared on the
non-celebrity version of the show four years previously),
singer Jo O'Meara and model Danielle Lloyd. The row
was sparked when alleged racist comments were made
about Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, who was also
a housemate in the show. A record number of 45,000
complaints were recorded for the unfair behaviour,
bullying and racism in the UK Big Brother House, with
protests across India. The then Chancellor of the
Exchequer (Now Prime Minister) Gordon Brown, visiting
India at the time, found himself answering questions
on Big Brother throughout his trip, and a wider debate
on racism in the UK was raised by the media. The 3
housmates involved were not removed from the house,
and faced eviction in the normal way, although during
Jade's eviction, no crowd was present. For all 3,
the normally lighthearted eviction interview was serious
in tone, and began by showing clips of international
news bulletins and newspaper front pages. Shilpa emerged
as the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2007. Following
the incident, Channel 4 was heavily criticized by
Ofcom for not acting quickly enough, and was forced
to apologize on air three times. See also Celebrity
Big Brother racism controversy.
Big Brother 8, the next regular series after the race
row back in January, housemate Emily Parr was removed
from the house hours after using the word "nigger"
towards housemate Charley Uchea. This swift action
was seen as a sign from the producers that they have
learned from the criticism following the Shilpa Shetty
incident. During the series, the fire alarm sounded
resulting in the housemates having to evacuate the
building via the fire exit in the bedroom. After waiting
at the security gate, they were told that everywhere
had been checked and that it was safe to re-enter
Big Brother 2 HouseGuest Justin Sebik was expelled
on Day 10 for breaking Big Brother rules. Justin threatened
his fellow HouseGuest with physical violence and intimidation,
a violation of one of the most serious House rules.
Chen, host of Big Brother, explained that Justin was
given an official warning that such behavior was not
appropriate in the Big Brother house. Justin repeated
the warning, proving that he understood the rule.
His behavior included destruction of house property,
culminated in a final incident when he and Krista
were kissing on the kitchen table and picked up a
metal carpet sweeper and said to her "Would you
get mad if I cracked you over the head with this?"
He swung the carpet sweeper towards Krista but put
it down and kissed her. He walked away from her in
the kitchen and says "Would you get mad if I
killed you?" He picked up a large knife, returned
to Krista and while they kissed he placed the knife
against her throat. He briefly took the knife away
from her throat but with Krista's encouragement returned
the knife to her throat and they begun kissing again.
As the kiss ends he puts the knife down.
a confrontation with the show psychologist, it was
decided that Justin would be expelled from the Big
Brother house. Krista Stegall later sued CBS over
Big Brother 4 HouseGuest Scott Weintraub was expelled
on Day 8 after having a violent outburst in the house
relating to the season twist, X-Factor. Scott tossed
furniture around the House, delivered an expletive-laden
rant, and refused to go to the Diary Room when called.
He later apologized to his fellow HouseGuests who
were uncomfortable with his actions in the house.
Once Scott went to the Diary Room he was removed from
the house and expelled.
Big Brother 6 HouseGuest Eric and Michael get into
a confrontation about Michael talking badly about
Eric's family. Earlier in the evening, Rachel who
was eavesdropping on Janelle and Michael in the Gold
Room overheard Michael make a poor joke about Eric's
grandparents to Janelle. Rachel told Eric that she
heard them badmouthing his family. Later that night
Eric and Ivette are outside discussing the incident
when Michael goes outside. Eric provokes Michael who
retorts, calling Eric "a midget with a small
penis." Eric loses all control going after Michael.
The other HouseGuests blocked Eric's attack at Michael.
Big Brother intervenes telling Eric to leave the backyard
and telling Michael to go to the storage room. Shortly
after, Ivette attacks Kaysar and his beliefs, Big
Brother intervenes again giving warnings to all HouseGuests.
Eric apologizes to his fellow HouseGuests, saying
he would never hurt anyone.
Big Brother 8 HouseGuest Richard "Evel Dick"
came under some controversy for his loud abusive behavior
towards women HouseGuests especially Jen. This culminated
in an event in which Dick poured iced tea on Jen's
head while she was engaged in an argument with HouseGuests
Nick and Dick's daughter Daniele. This led some fans
and the National Organization for Women to call for
his expulsion from the house. He went on to be the
winner of Big Brother 8.
HouseGuest, Amber, who has admitted to a previous
addiction to meth, garnered national attention after
making what were considered anti-Semitic statements.
Hollywood news conglomeration Defamer criticized Amber's
sentiments. Notably, aggregate TMZ reported about
Amber's remarks, especially those about being able
to recognize a Jew by the size of their nose or their
Near-copies of Big Brother
are a number of different formats around the globe
that use rules similar to Big Brother:
Farm, created by the Swedish producer house Strix.
This is the fourth biggest 'people-living-together'
reality show on Earth, only exceeded by Star Academy
/ Operación Triunfo (France/Spain, 2001, Endemol)
broadcast in 52 countries; Survivor (Sweden, 1997,
Strix), shown in 65 countries and Big Brother itself.
* Countries: Algeria, Bahrein, Belgium, Chile, Colombia,
Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary,
Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon,
Lithuania, Libya, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman,
Palestine, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia,
Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE,
UK and Yemen.
Bar, another format from Strix.
* Countries: Argentina, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary,
Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay
format's in cooperation with Strix.
a format from the Spanish producer house GloboMedia,
developed by its subsidiary in America, Promofilm.
It's a mixture among Big Brother and Star Academy
and has had a huge success in different Latin countries,
as Chile, Brazil (formerly known as Casa dos Artistas),
Venezuela, Colombia or Mexico. It also had its own
version in Spain and in the U.S., for the Spanish-speaking
market, airing on Telemundo.
are also some local formats that in one or other way
are similar to Endemol's Big Brother:
* Albania, Kafazi i Arte; Syri Magjik
* Austria, Taxi Orange
* Bolivia, Uno Busca
* Bosnia and Herzegovina, 60 Sati
* Brazil, Casa dos Artistas
* Canada, Occupation Double
* Chile, La Casa
* Czech Republic VyVolení
* France, Les Colocataires; Nice People
* Germany, Girls Camp; Der Container Exklusiv
* Hungary, Való Világ
* Indonesia, Penghuni Terakhir
* Iraq, Bait Beut
* Ireland, Cabin Fever
* Israel, Project Y; The Yacht
* Korea, Twenty Eyes
* Latvia, Fabrika; Barbarossa
* Netherlands, De Bus; 7 Plagen; De Gouden
* Norway, Singel 24-7
* Peru, La Casa De Gisela; Gran Hermano De Chollywood
* Poland, Dwa Swiaty, Amazonki, Gladiatorzy, Lysi
* Puerto Rico, 360 Estudio
* Russia, 12 Negrityat; Dom; Golod; Za Steklom
* Serbia, Cirkus funtastic voajer
* Slovakia, VyVolení;
* Spain, El Bus; Hotel Glamour; La Casa De Tu Vida;Unan1mous,
* Turkey, Biri Bizi Gözetliyor and Otel
* UK, Back To Reality, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out
of Here!, Unanimous, Fame Academy, Shattered
* U.S., Unan1mous
* Ukraine, Dom
following the initial debut of Big Brother and other
major reality shows such as Survivor and The Amazing
Race, a multitude of Online Reality Games based on
Big Brother surfaced on the web in which fans of the
show competed against each other. One person would
"host" the game, coming up with challenges,
twists, etc., and the players cast for the show would
communicate via AIM or some other messaging service
and would compete in Veto and Head of Household challenges
to earn power, much like on the real show. Player(s)
would also be evicted each week just like on the show,
until there was just a final 2 players remaining.
Then a jury of those players voted off immediately
before the Final 2 would vote on the winner of the
game to whom the title of Big Brother champion would
be awarded. These games were extremely popular in
the early days of Big Brother, and though their popularity
slowly declined over the years, they are still widely
played today along with Online Reality Games based
off of other reality shows. (Credit:
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