How It Works
A housemate exchange occurs when two countries decide to swap housemates. The selected housemates are blindfolded out of the house and blocked from the outside world during transportation. Once they enter the opposing house, they continue to live their lives as a guest to the house. Once their time is done, they return to their original house, the way they came.
Types of Exchanges
A normal exchange occurs when two housemates, who are still in the active playing of the game, are swapped for a short time.
Evicted Housemate Exchange
A evicted exchange occurs when two housemates, who have been evicted during their current season that is still airing, are swapped for a short time.
A kidnapping exchange occurs when another country's season arrives at a different house and steals a housemate and brings them back to their country for a short amount of time.
List of Exchanges
|Key:||Evicted Exchange||Kidnapping Exchange||Other Kind of Exchange|
Note:If there is no background color, it is a normal exchange.
Fake Housemate Exchange
In some cases, a devious Big Brother deceives the houseguests of sending in a fake housemate supposedly from a foreign Big Brother franchise. In reality, most of these fake exchanges are just part of a situational challenge or task.
- Fake Big Brother India - Pinoy Big Brother Exchange: Although a real housemate exchange was done in Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up, a fake housemate exchange was also done by Big Brother weeks after as part of their weekly task. With the housemates thinking it was their second "Housemate Exchange", Marielle Sorino was sent out of the house for a "fake" Big Brother swap with Big Brother India (actually titled as Bigg Boss). She was even made to enter a supposed "Big Brother India" house with Big Brother India housemates. As part of the fake exchange, a fake Big Brother India housemate named Harish entered the house, with a secret task to be rude, insensitive and arrogant to the housemates in order to test their patience. In reality, Marielle just entered the unoccupied House B next door that was refurbished as the Indian house and the fake Big Brother India housemates were actually Indians residing in the Philippines.
- Fake Teen Big Brother Brazil: On Week 13 during the Teen Chapter of Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7, for their immunity task, two fake teen housemates from Big Brother Brazil named Maria and Stefani, entered the house and stayed for a week with a secret task of making the teen housemates believe that they are competing with the another Teen Big Brother from Brazil for safety. For their challenge, the female teen housemates and the fake female teen housemates from Brazil must compete for a pageant and they were trained for a week by a real beauty queen. In addition, the fake Big Brother Brazil housemates must make the house believe that if they lost, the two of them will be evicted. In reality, there is no Teen Edition in Big Brother Brazil and the two fake housemates were actually Brazilian models residing in the Philippines.