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.

Big Phone

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.

Live Final

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 Seasons
Season Hosts Premiere Date Finale Date Days Housemates Winner Runner(s)-Up
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Big Brother Brazil 1
Pedro Bial
Marisa Orth
January 29, 2002 April 2, 2002 64 12
Kléber de Paula
Vanessa Pascale
André Gabeh
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Big Brother Brazil 2
Pedro Bial May 14, 2002 July 23, 2002 71
Rodrigo Leonel
Manuela Saadeh
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Big Brother Brazil 3
January 14, 2003 April 1, 2003 78 15
Dhomini Ferreira
Elane Silva
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Big Brother Brazil 4
January 13, 2004 April 6, 2004 85 14
Cida dos Santos
Thiago Lira
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Big Brother Brazil 5
January 10, 2005 March 29, 2005 79 15
Jean Wyllys
Grazielli Massafera
Sammy Ueda
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Big Brother Brazil 6
January 10, 2006 March 28, 2006 78 14
Mara Viana
Mariana Felício
Rafael Valente
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Big Brother Brazil 7
January 9, 2007 April 3, 2007 85 16
Diego Gasques
Carollini Honório
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Big Brother Brazil 8
January 8, 2008 March 25, 2008 78 14
Rafinha Ribeiro
Gyselle Soares
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Big Brother Brazil 9
January 13, 2009 April 7, 2009 85 18
Maximiliano Porto
Priscila Pires
Francine Piaia
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Big Brother Brazil 10
January 12, 2010 March 30, 2010 78 17
Marcelo Dourado
Fernanda Cardoso
Cadu Parga
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Big Brother Brazil 11
January 11, 2011 March 29, 2011 19
Maria Melillo
Wesley Schunk
Daniel Rolim
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Big Brother Brazil 12
January 10, 2012 March 29, 2012 80 16
Fael Cordeiro
Fabiana Teixeira
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Big Brother Brazil 13
January 8, 2013 March 26, 2013 78 17
Fernanda Keulla
Nasser Rodrigues
Andressa Ganacin
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Big Brother Brazil 14
January 14, 2014 April 1, 2014 20
Vanessa Mesquita
Angela Munhoz
Clara Aguilar
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Big Brother Brazil 15
January 20, 2015 April 9, 2015 15
Cézar Lima
Amanda Djehdian
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Big Brother Brazil 16
January 19, 2016 April 5, 2016 14
Munik Barbosa
Maria Cláudia Gomes
Big Brother Brazil 17
Tiago Leifert January 24, 2017 April 13, 2017 81 17
Emilly Araújo
Vivian Amorim
Ieda Wobeto
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Big Brother Brazil 18
January 22, 2018 April 19, 2018 88 19
Gleici Damasceno
Kaysar Dadour
Ana Clara & Aryton Lima
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Big Brother Brazil 19
January 15, 2019 April 12, 2019 17
Paula von Sperling
Alan Possamai
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Big Brother Brazil 20
January 21, 2020 April 27, 2020 98 20
Thelma Assis
Rafa Kalimann
Manu Gavassi
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Big Brother Brazil 21
January 25, 2021 May 4, 2021 100 To Be Determined


  • 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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