Big Brother Brasil is the Brazilian version of the popular reality franchise Big Brother.
How it Works
Big Brother is a reality television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously watched by television cameras. Each series lasts for around three months, and there are usually 12-20 participants. The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.
The Brazilian Series
The Brazilian version of Big Brother follows elements from both the original Big Brother version and the North American version. The series combines public interaction gameplay seen on many international versions while adding most of American version's gameplay alongside it. Among the elements that the series shares with its American counterpart include the Líder (Head of Household), Paredão (Nomination Block) and Anjo (Power of Veto).
Prova do Líder
Prova do Líder (eng. Leader Competition) is the Brazilian version of the Head of Household. Every week, the housemates compete in the Prova do Lider wherein the winner of the challenge would be named as the Líder and would gain a power to select one housemate to become a nominee.
Just like the HoH, the Lider will be given various perks throughout the week. These perks include special access to the Lider's own private suite, receiving photos or gifts from home, and having a maid service.
For the Brazilian's nomination process, the Líder gains the responsibility to choose one nominee. However, alongside his choice, the rest of the house must select other nominees that would complete the Paredão (nomination block), usually one or more nominees. On every nomination night, the housemates go to the Diary Room individually to cast their nomination vote, and the housemates with the two highest votes will join the Lider's nominee on facing the public vote.
Power of Immunity
Since Big Brother Brazil 3, a weekly immunity challenge called Prova do Anjo takes place in the house, wherein the winner gains a power to bestow immunity to either a fellow housemate or themselves. The immunity recepient will be saved from nominations. If ever the POI winner gives an immunity to another housemate of his choice instead of himself/herself, the POI winner remains eligible for being nominated by the Lider and the House.
Since Big Brother Brazil 8, Big Fone or Big Phone twist has appeared in many of the succeeding seasons and became a recurring element of the series. A special telephone is placed at the garden area of the house and will ring randomly throughout the season. The housemates must take the call, and the housemate who would take the call will receive a special message from Big Brother, either a punishment or a reward. The message will take effect within the week only.
Aside from the main gameplay of the series, other twists have also appeared in the show, affecting certain aspects of the format such as the casting, gameplay, and social dynamics in the house.
Since the Big Brother Brazil 5, a special currency called Estaleca (Z$) has been introduced in the house and has been in use in seasons onwards. During the first four seasons, the housemates compete in food competitions. However, upon the introduction of the Estaleca on the fifth season, the housemates have been competing for shopping budget and the winner of the Estaleca challenge will have the responsibility to control the house's shopping budget and choose which groceries the house should buy for the upcoming week. In some unforeseen cases, the value of the estaleca currency may inflate or deflate.
Every week after the final set of nominees have been named, voting lines will open for the public to vote to evict one of the nominees. The nominee with the highest eviction vote percentage will be evicted out of the house. This eviction process continues until the final eviction night.
In the series, only the final three (final two in early seasons) will be eligible to continue in the finale night wherein the viewers have the power to elect the winner of the season via Vote to Win process. The housemate who gained the highest amount of public votes will be declared the winner and will be welcomed by a cheering crowd along with his/her runner-ups.
Big Brother House
Main Article: Big Brother House/Brazil
- Big Brother Brazil is the first non-english speaking franchise and the first franchise outside the North American region to adopt elements from the North American version of Big Brother. However, the franchise do not strictly follow the North American format as the Brazilian series combines it with gameplay from the original Big Brother format, most especially the viewer voting aspect of the original format which has been removed in the North American version since Big Brother 2 (US).
- Prior to the addition of celebrity housemates in Big Brother Brazil 20, the series had cast civilian contestants only.
- This occurence is the exact opposite in Bigg Boss (franchise) where it typically cast celebrities until the inclusion of civilian housemates in its 10th season.
- Big Brother Brazil is the third franchise to feature a season with a mixed set of cast.
- There have been 10 men and 10 women who have won Big Brother Brazil.
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