A Housemate Exchange is common international twist when one housemate from one country's season is swapped to another country's season for a set amount of time.

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

Normal Exchange

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

List of Big Brother Housemate Exchanges
Country Name Season Country Name Season Length
Mexico Flag.png Eduardo Orozco Big Brother México 1 Spain Flag.png Andrés Barreiro Gran Hermano 3 (Spain) 7 days
Argentina Flag.png Eduardo Carrera Gran Hermano Argentina 3 Spain Flag.png Inma González Gran Hermano 4 (Spain) 7 days
Ecuador Flag.png Álvaro Montalvan Gran Hermano Ecuador 1 Mexico Flag.png Eduardo Enrique Big Brother México 2 7 days
Africa Flag.png Gaetano Kagwa Big Brother Africa 1 UK Flag.png Cameron Stout Big Brother 4 (UK) 4 days
Mexico Flag.png Isabel Madow Big Brother México VIP 2 Spain Flag.png Aída Nízar Gran Hermano 5 (Spain) 7 days
Pacific Region Flag.jpg Gianmarco Retis Gran Hermano del Pacífico 1 Russia Flag.png No Housemate Big Brother Russia 1 Unknown
Scandinavia Flag.png Anton Granlund Big Brother Sweden and Norway 2 Thailand Flag.png Boo Kirt Tirat Big Brother Thailand 2 7 days
Argentina Flag.png Pablo Espósito Gran Hermano Argentina 4 Brazil Flag.png Iris Stefanelli Big Brother Brazil 7 4 days
Philippines Flag.png Bruce Quebral Pinoy Big Brother 2 Slovenia Flag.png Tina Semolič Big Brother Slovenia 1 5 days
Argentina Flag.png Soledad Melli Gran Hermano Argentina 5 Spain Flag.png Eneko Van Horenbeke Gran Hermano 9 (Spain) 7 days
Africa Flag.png Munya Chidzonga Big Brother Africa 3 Finland Flag.png Johan Grahn Big Brother Finland 4 7 days
Italy Flag.png Doroti Polito Grande Fratello 9 Spain Flag.png No Housemate Gran Hermano 10 (Spain) 7 days
Leonia Coccia
Finland Flag.png Kätlin Laas Big Brother Finland 5 Philippines Flag.png Cathy Remperas Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up 6 days
Italy Flag.png Carmela Gualtieri Grande Fratello 10 Spain Flag.png Gerardo Prager Gran Hermano 11 (Spain) 7 days
Massimo Scattarella Saray Pereira
Finland Flag.png Niko Nousiainen Big Brother Finland 6 Slovenia Flag.png Sandra Auer Big Brother Slavnih 1 6 days
Israel Flag.png Jackie Menahem HaAh HaGadol 3 Spain Flag.png Lydia Navarro Gran Hermano 12 (Spain) 7 days
Finland Flag.png Janica Kortman Big Brother Finland 7 Norway Flag.png Siv Anita Austad Big Brother Norge 4 10 days
Denmark Flag.png Annica Englund Big Brother Denmark 4 Sweden Flag.png No Housemate Big Brother Sverige 6 7 days
Brazil Flag.png Laisa Portella Big Brother Brazil 12 Spain Flag.png No Housemate Gran Hermano 12+1 7 days
No Housemate Noemí Merino 5 days
Argentina Flag.png Victoria Irouleguy Gran Hermano Argentina 7 Israel Flag.png Sophie Kravetsky HaAh HaGadol 4 7 days
Mexico Flag.png Danielle Clyde Big Brother México PM 4 Spain Flag.png Daniel Vera Gran Hermano 16 (Spain) 5 days
Brazil Flag.png Antônio Rafaski Big Brother Brazil 17 Spain Flag.png Elettra Lamborghini Gran Hermano VIP 5 (Spain) 7 days
Manoel Rafaski
Brazil Flag.png No Housemate Big Brother Brazil 19 Italy Flag.png Alberto Mezzetti Grande Fratello 15 6 days
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.


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