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 12-20 participants. The Brazilian and American versions have many similar things, such as the Head of Household and the Leader, Block and Paredão, Pandora's Box and Big Phone, but in the brazilian version the Leader does not make both nominations, only one, and the other is decided by the home. Every week, on live Thursdays, there is a "Prova do Líder", in english the Leader Competition, the winner becomes the "Líder", and gains some power, such as an exclusive room with luxury items, which he can enjoy for a week and game powers. Since Big Brother Brasil 3, on Fridays or Saturday afternoons, the "Prova do Anjo" takes place. The Anjo, in english "Angel", has the power to grant an immunity to a participant, often someone of his choice except for himself, often just himself. Since Big Brother Brasil 8, Big Fone was implemented, which is similar to Pandora's Box, a twist in which a phone is placed outside the house, and sometimes it rings, the first one to arrive and put the phone on heard, will hear a sound message, which will announce a twist to that person, sometimes he only can reveal to the house at Sunday live or he will lose the power. At Sunday's live there is the "Formação do Paredão", in english Wall Formation, in which the Leader has the power to (openly) nominate one of the houseguests to the Wall, right after the Angel reveals who he will "give his blessing" and immunize, the other houseguest except for the Leader must, in the Confessional's Room, vote for someone else to face the nominee of the Leader on the Wall. The two nominees (if there is a twist more than two people go to the Wall) are available to the viewers to choose the eliminated by phone and internet, being able to vote as many times as they wish, with the result being announced live on Tuesdays and the person with most porcentage of the public's vote are evicted of the house.
The idea for the show is said to come during a brainstorm session at the production house of John de Mol Produkties (an independent part of Endemol) on 4 September 1997. The first Big Brother broadcast was in the Netherlands in 1999 on the Veronica TV channel. It was picked up by Germany, Portugal, USA, UK, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy the following year and became a world-wide sensation. Since then it has been a prime-time hit in almost 70 countries. The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1948 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
- There have been 10 men and 10 women who have won Big Brother Brazil.
|Big Brother Franchises|
|Africa||Africa · Angola · Nigeria · South Africa|
|Americas||Argentina · Brazil · Canada (Quebec) · Colombia · Ecuador · Mexico · Pacific · Panama · Peru · United States (Spanish)|
|Asia-Pacific||Arab States · Australia · China · India · Indonesia · Israel · Philippines · Russia · Thailand · Vietnam · Turkey|
|Europe||Albania · Balkans · Belgium · Bulgaria · Croatia · Czech Republic · Denmark · Finland · France (Loft) · Germany · Greece · Hungary (Való Világ) · Italy · Lithuania · Netherlands · Norway · Poland · Portugal (Secret) · Romania · Scandinavia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · United Kingdom · Ukraine|