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Pinoy Big Brother 8, officially called as Pinoy Big Brother: Otso is a five-part series and is the eighth edition and 14th overall season of the Philippine series, Pinoy Big Brother.

According to Director Laurenti Dyogi, the series will have another drastically new theme and gameplay as it will revolve around the eight and infinity concept all throughout, due to the large amount of approximately 55,373 auditionees who tried their luck to become a housemate.

The season's tagline is "Ang Otso, Magpapakatotoo Hanggang Dulo! (Eng. The eight will get real until the End!)" which hints for the season's major twist.

Background

Developments

On the final night of Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7, the hosts Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzales and Robi Domingo hinted for a new upcoming season during the closing spiel of the show by saying It has been the longest and biggest season of Pinoy Big Brother, so far!.

Pinoy Big Brother's official Facebook page also posted a photo[1] of the crew with the Season 7 housemates during the PBB Thanksgiving Party with a caption; On behalf of the people behind PBB, Thank you for all of your support. See you next season!.

In September 2017, an alleged Season 8 casting auditions had spread on Facebook stating that there will be auditions on October 15th 2017, The ABS-CBN and Pinoy Big Brother management quickly denied such auditions and and condemned such fake accounts.[2]

On March 28, 2018, Pinoy Big Brother hinted for a "BIG" announcement coming through their Twitter account. [3]

PBB: Road to Season 8

On August 31, 2018, As part of the promotional teaser for this season, Pinoy Big Brother announced the PBB: Balikbahay (Back to the House) on Youtube. It will be a series of videos featuring memorable moments and highlights from the past 13 seasons from the very first season up to the 13th edition.

Teaser and Logo Reveal

Pinoy Big Brother OTSO Teaser Coming Soon on ABS-CBN!

Pinoy Big Brother OTSO Teaser Coming Soon on ABS-CBN!

The very first teaser of PBB8

On October 20, 2018, the first ever teaser for the season was finally released. The teaser contained highlights from the past series and winning moments of all the Big Winners. It also featured Big Brother's voice at the end by saying "Did you miss my voice?". The teaser also featured a montage of the series' past season logos until the new one was revealed.

The season's official logo was revealed in the teaser. The new logo features a flat, simple and minimalist design. Unlike last season, the logo shifted back to a graphical eye while retaining the house element in the logo. The font changed subtly and the word "otso" which means "eight" in Filipino language was highlighted.

The eye features elements of the Philippine flag as well as the national colors.

The Hosts

Pinoy Big Brother OTSO Meet your Hosts November 10 on ABS-CBN!

Pinoy Big Brother OTSO Meet your Hosts November 10 on ABS-CBN!

The new hosts of Pinoy Big Brother 8

As revealed on the second teaser trailer that premiered on October 28, 2018, Toni Gonzaga reprises her role as the show's main presenter for this season together with co-host, Robi Domingo. Bianca Gonzalez withdrew from her hosting duties this year due to pregnancy. Mariel Rodriguez chose not to reprise her role due to busy schedule regarding her baby and hosting It's Showtime.

As a result of Mariel Rodriguez and Bianca Gonzalez's absence, three new alumni joined in as co-hosts this season. Alex Gonzaga joins her sister in hosting the season, after her supposed first PBB hosting stint which turned out to be a set-up for her surprise entry as house guest in 2014. Big Winners Kim Chiu and Melisa Cantiveros who also co-hosted the docu-reality series "Star Hunt: Grand Audition Show" were also added to the set of hosts this year who were nicknamed as "Big Brother's Assistants" as said in the teaser trailer.

As of November 9th, Alex, Kim and Melisa will be hosting the afternoon companion show PBB Gold.

House Blessing and Alumni Homecoming

On November 8th, 2018, two days prior to the live premiere, the annual house blessing was done together with the show's production staff, ABS-CBN's unit heads, other guests as well as some alumni from Season 1 to Lucky 7. An Alumni Homecoming took place in the newly-renovated Big Brother house and gathered together.

Casting

ABS-CBN StarHunt: The Grand Auditions

StarHunt The Kapamilya Grand Auditions

StarHunt The Kapamilya Grand Auditions

First Promotional Ad of Star Hunt Auditions

On March 29, 2018, ABS-CBN officially announced that the network would bring a new process for casting auditions. The producers revealed that they would be launching general casting audition event for all of the network's talent and reality competition series, describing it as a "one stop shop" type of casting process. [4]

The Star Hunt Grand Auditions would be choosing contestants for several upcoming seasons of various ABS-CBN shows. The shows included for the casting auditions were ABS-CBN's reality shows such as Pinoy Big Brother 8; singing reality shows such as The Voice of the Philippines, Tawag ng Tanghalan, I Can See Your Voice; talent shows such as Pilipinas Got Talent, , Little Big Shots; Dance shows such as Dance Kids, the new Philippine version of World of Dance; as well as life stories for the country's longest running drama anthology show Maalaala Mo Kaya. ABS-CBN's Entertainment Production Director, Laurenti Dyogi, confirmed that they will be the ones who will put the accepted auditionees to which show they would most likely belong depending on their talents and personalities. [5]

Casting Auditions will be held in various provinces in the Philippines as well as in some countries with sizeable Filipino community overseas. The Casting Auditions for Star Hunt are separated into three categories; Kids, Teens and Adults. [6]

For the online registration, the auditionees could visit the official website https://starhunt.abs-cbn.com/

Audition Schedule for TEENS (13 - 17 years old)
Audition Date Province City Venue
April 20, 2018 Metropolitan Manila Quezon City Araneta Coliseum
May 11, 2018 Bulacan San Jose del Monte Starmall - San Jose del Monte
Cavite Bacoor Vista Mall - Daang Hari
May 18, 2018 Pampanga San Fernando Vista Mall - Pampanga
May 20, 2018 Lazio, Italy Rome Teatro Italia - Via Bari
May 25, 2018 South Cotabato General Santos City Veranza Mall & KCC Mall
June 9, 2018 Laguna Santa Rosa Vista Mall - Santa Rosa
June 16, 2018 Camarines Sur Naga City LCC Mall - Naga
June 30, 2018 Quezon Lucena City Pacific Mall - Lucena
July 7, 2018 Zamboanga del Sur Zamboanga City KCC Mall de Zamboanga
July 14, 2018 Cebu Mandaue City Pacific Mall - Cebu
July 21, 2018 Albay Legazpi City Pacific Mall - Legazpi
August 11, 2018 Bohol Tagbilaran City Island City Mall
August 18, 2018 Leyte Tacloban City Robinsons North - Tacloban
Audition Schedule for CIVILIAN ADULTS (18 - above)
Audition Date Province City Venue
April 21, 2018 Metropolitan Manila Quezon City Araneta Coliseum
May 12, 2018 Bulacan San Jose del Monte Starmall - San Jose del Monte
Cavite Bacoor Vista Mall - Daang Hari
May 19, 2018 Pampanga San Fernando Vista Mall - Pampanga
May 20, 2018 Lazio, Italy Rome Teatro Italia - Via Bari
May 26, 2018 South Cotabato General Santos City Veranza Mall & KCC Mall
June 10, 2018 Laguna Santa Rosa Vista Mall - Santa Rosa
June 17, 2018 Camarines Sur Naga City LCC Mall - Naga
July 1, 2018 Quezon Lucena City Pacific Mall - Lucena
July 8, 2018 Zamboanga del Sur Zamboanga City KCC Mall de Zamboanga
July 15, 2018 Cebu Mandaue City Pacific Mall - Cebu
July 22, 2018 Albay Legazpi City Pacific Mall - Legazpi
August 12, 2018 Bohol Tagbilaran City Island City Mall
August 19, 2018 Leyte Tacloban City Robinsons North - Tacloban


Star Hunt: Grand Audition Show

On August 20, 2018, the StarHunt: Grand Audition Show premiered on ABS-CBN. The show follows a reality-documentary series format, wherein every weekday from Mondays to Fridays, each episode features inspiring life stories of several auditionees of any age group and their journey throughout the four stages of auditions. The show would also reveal which certain auditionee would appear on which ABS-CBN show they would be chosen to appear.

The show is hosted by four Pinoy Big Brother alumni; Teen Edition 1 winner, Kim Chiu; Teen Edition Plus runner-up, Robi Domingo; Double Up winner, Melisa Cantiveros; and All In's Alex Gonzaga.


Two Night Kick-Off Premiere

PBB OTSO Pinoy Big Brother OTSO opens with a grand production number

PBB OTSO Pinoy Big Brother OTSO opens with a grand production number

Toni Gonzaga and Alex Gonzaga open the show with an opening number, together with Big Brother's former housemates!

The season launch was divided into two-parts to accommodate the season's twist. The male housemates were introduced in the first evening while the female housemates were to be introduced on the second night of the launch.

The Live Kick-Off took place infront of the Pinoy Big Brother House was attended by several former Pinoy Big Brother housemates who were now officially called as the Pinoy Big Brotherhood.

Big Brother's Alumni or the "Pinoy Big Brotherhood" had a bigger participation this season for the first time. They were tasked to certain roles for the premiere. Some alumni were tasked to give the viewers a house tour, some were tasked to host the Online Exclusive aired every commercial break in online livestream. All of the present alumni also participated in the Kick Off's opening production number. The show's presenters, the Gonzaga sisters Toni Gonzaga and Alex Gonzaga sang a new song for the season, entitled "Otso Na! (lit. It's finally Eight!) signifying the start of a new series.

Eight Big Winners also attended the live launch who played an important role as the Big Winner Council in the Housemate Selection twist.

The Big Winner Council
 Nene
Season 1
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 Keanna
Celebrity 1
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 Ruben
Celebrity 2
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 Ejay
Teen 2
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 Myrtle
Teen 4
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 Daniel
All In
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 Jimboy
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 Maymay
Lucky 7
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The House

For more general information of the Pinoy Big Brother House, check out Big Brother House/Philippines.

On September 7, 2018, a sneak peak of the house renovation for this season was revealed by Director Laurenti Dyogi on his youtube vlog, Vlog#19. In the vlog entry, he revealed that for this season, the floor plan layout of the house will have a massive transformation from the past seasons and only the pool area remained noticeable.

It would be the first time since Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up that the series would have a total reconstruction of the house's interior layout.

Big Brother House - Modern Tropical

The house for this season has a modern tropical interior vibe and design with earthy tones such as greens and browns dominating the colors in the house, especially in the living room and dining room. Native Tropical Filipino elements and aesthetics such as weave patterns and wood textures were also incorporated in the design.

PBB OTSO Take a look inside Kuya’s new house for PBB OTSO

PBB OTSO Take a look inside Kuya’s new house for PBB OTSO

Big Brother's former housemates take a tour inside the new Big Brother House!

The floor plan was noticeably different and for the first time, the bedrooms were now facing and have direct access to the Pool Area. The living, dining and kitchen area now has an open plan layout. A long hallway that leads to the Confession Room, Eviction Room and Storage Room was also present. The Storage Room now becomes the first room to be entered if one entered via Facade's foyer. The Garden and the Activity Area are still distinguishably intact.

One important noticeable difference of this house to a usual Big Brother house is that, for this house, they got rid of the one-way mirrors that usually surrounds the house. This time, they used a new way of capturing the house where they would rely solely on CCTV cameras to capture the house.

The house was designed by interior designers' Aisa Sta. Maria and Jen Soliman of J-Designs.

Camp StarHunt - TBA

A twist about second house called "Camp StarHunt" was revealed at the end of the second live premiere episode where those who failed to gain an official housemate status would stay while fighting their way to get into the Big Brother House and be an official housemate.

Production Changes

  • Four-Part Season: For the second time, just like in Pinoy Big Brother 7, this season will be a four-part series but with a very different gameplay to the previous series.
  • New Gameplay: As part of the series' theme and concept, this season will have a new way of playing the Big Brother game, with a new format in relation to the season's theme.
  • Alumni Involvement: For the first time, the alumni or former housemates will have larger involvement and larger part to play in throughout this season.
  • 4 Batch Winners, One Ultimate Big Winner: In every batch, there will be a winner and at the end of the series, these 4 batch winners will battle it out to become the season's ultimate Big Winner.
  • New Theme Song: A new special theme song for the season was introduced live on the season premiere launch called "Otso Na! (lit. This is Eight!)".
  • Technical Upgrade: As revealed on Laurenti Dyogi's vlog, the house cameras increased and were now upgraded to HD cameras and additional GoPro cameras. A huge improvement was also made to the production's control room. According to Big Brother's Dutch consultants Anushka and Martijn, the production's upgrade was to enhance a new way of having a hands-on and dramatic storytelling. As a result of this upgrade, camera alleys inside the main house area were removed.
  • Two-Night Premiere: This season will have a two-night premiere event to accomodate the housemate selection twist. On the first night, the male housemates were introduced while the second night were the females.
  • Two Houses: Once again, there will be two houses used for this season to accomodate the season's twist.

Twists

Overview of the Season's Format

This season introduced a new format of gameplay, which is connected to the season's theme. This is the first time that this format will be implemented in the history of Pinoy Big Brother.

To have an overview on how this season will play out, expand this tab to read more:

Overview of the Season's Format

This season will have four chapters called "Batches". The type of housemates for each batch are the following:

  • Batch 1: 8 Teen Housemates
  • Batch 2: 8 Civilian Adult Housemates
  • Batch 3: 8 Teen Housemates
  • Batch 4: 8 Civilian Adult Housemates

In every batch, 16 Star Hunt shortlisters called "Star Dreamers" will be introduced, but there will only be 8 official housemates. These 8 Official Housemates per batch will be determined by a series of Housemate Selection process. Those 8 Star Dreamers who failed to become an official housemate will be sent to a second house called "Camp StarHunt" where they will be staying over the weeks, facing various challenges. Inside the camp, they must prove their worth to become an official housemate. This means that in every batch, there will be 8 Official Housemates living inside the Big Brother House and 8 Star Dreamers living in Camp StarHunt.

Each batch will last for 8 weeks and in every eviction, one official housemate will be evicted from the Big Brother House and he/she will be replaced by one Star Dreamer from Camp StarHunt who will become an official housemate. Because of this, the number of housemates in the Big Brother House will always revert back to eight every week up until the end of every batch.

On the eighth week of each batch, a "Batch Winner" will be determined.

After the four batches determine its Batch Winners, these 4 batch winners will re-enter the house once again and will compete for the "Ultim8 Batch". They will be joined by four fan-favorite housemates, one per each batch, to complete the Ultimate Chapter.

  • Ultim8 Batch: 4 Batch Winners + 4 Fan Favorites

From there, in the final two weeks of the season, the 4 Batch Winners and 4 Fan Favorites will fight their way to the top in order to become the season's Ultim8 Big Winner!

OTSO Twists

  • 8 Housemates, 4 Batches: This season will 4 batches and it will have 8 housemates per each batch that will enter. In every batch, there's a "winner" and those who won in their batches will go against together to become the season's ultimate Big Winner.
  • Potential Housemates/Star Dreamers: On the launch night, 16 Potential Shortlist Housemates officially called as "Star Dreamers" were introduced on the live launch wherein they must undergo through the Housemate Selection twist in order to earn the "official housemate" status. Only 8 of these Star Dreamers would become an official housemate.
  • Live Housemate Selection: The first twist of this series is that, since only 8 housemates will enter the house per each batch, the potential shortlist housemates must undergo through a series of selection process right in front of a live audience in the premiere night. The processes are the following:
    • Selection Challenge: There will be a challenge for each of the two groups of potential housemates. The winner in each group will be official housemates.
    • Big Winners' Choice: 8 Big Winners, also called as "Council of 8" would sit on the jury panel and they must select one shortlist housemate. The shortlist housemate with the most votes from the panel would be an official housemate.
    • Viewer Votes: The viewers will be the ones who will determine who among the remaining unselected shortlisters will be an official housemate. The one with the most votes from the viewers would an the official housemate. This would make the number of housemates in the Big Brother to always revert back to 8, up until the 8th Week of each batch.
  • Camp StarHunt: A second house called Camp StarHunt was introduced on Day 2, where the 8 Star Dreamers who failed to become an official housemate would live, stay and fight for their place to get into the Big Brother House. They must prove their worth on becoming an official housemate.
  • One Out, One In: For 8 weeks, in each eviction night, one housemate from the Big Brother House will be voted out and be evicted. On the otherhand, his/her spot will be taken by a Star Dreamer from Camp StarHunt who will move in to the Big Brother House and become an Official Housemate.
  • Ultim8 Batch: With the completion of the first four batches with its four batch winners, the batch winners will re-enter the house and. Together with one fan favorite housemate chosen by the viewers from each of the four batches, they will fight their way up in order to become the season's Ultim8 Big Winner.

Housemates

According to the Pre-Kick Off Livestream that aired on various social media sites of the series, the season will be a four-part series wherein there will be four batches with only 8 housemates per each group, and having a winner per each batch. Those 4 winners per batch will be the ones who will battle out for the ultimate Big Winner title.

There will be two sets of teens and adult housemates this season, the first part of the series will have the 1st set of Teens, followed by the 1st set of Civilian Adults, followed by the 2nd set of Teens and lastly the 2nd set of Civilian Adults.

Part 1: 1st Batch of Teen Housemates

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Part 2: 1st Batch of Adult Housemates

Part 3: 2nd Batch of Teen Housemates

Part 4: 2nd Batch of Adult Housemates

Housemate Selection History

Batch 1: Teen Housemates

Batch 1: Male Teen Housemate Selection
via Selection Challenge via Big Winner Council via Viewer Votes The Result
Seth Win Official Housemate
Ali Loss Not Selected Not Selected Off to Camp StarHunt
Achilles Loss Not Selected Not Selected Off to Camp StarHunt
Rhys Loss Not Selected Not Selected Off to Camp StarHunt
Aljon Win Official Housemate
Art Loss Selected Official Housemate
Gabby Loss Not Selected Not Selected Off to Camp StarHunt
Josh Loss Not Selected Selected Official Housemate
Batch 1: Female Teen Housemate Selection
via Selection Challenge via Big Winner Council via Viewer Votes The Result
Jillian Win Official Housemate
Sansan Loss Not Selected Not Selected Off to Camp StarHunt
Missy Loss Not Selected Not Selected Off to Camp StarHunt
Angelie Loss Selected Official Housemate
Criza Loss Not Selected Not Selected Off to Camp StarHunt
Kaori Win Official Housemate
Krist Loss Not Selected Not Selected Off to Camp StarHunt
Karina Loss Not Selected Selected Official Housemate

Tasks

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Stay History

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Nominations History

Part 1 - Teens

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Seth
Aljon
Art
Josh
Jillian
Kaori
Angelie
Karina

Part 2 - Adults

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Part 3 - Teens

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Part 4 - Adults

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Game History

Part 1 - Teens

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Part 2 - Adults

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Part 3 - Teens

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Part 4 - Adults

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Trivia

  • Although officially called as the eighth season. This series is the third consecutive season to feature a combined edition of Teens and Civilians.
  • This is the first season of Pinoy Big Brother to have housemates chosen from a general casting process of ABS-CBN.
  • The season is the first season to include a Filipino word in its title and logo.
    • The word "Otso" (pronounced as "ocho" like in Spanish) is a Filipino word for "eight".
  • This season is the first ever season to have a house without any one-way mirror nor camera runs in the history of Pinoy Big Brother, and perhaps worldwide. It solely relied on HD CCTV and Go Pro Cameras to capture the whole house.
    • This season's house is the first house in Pinoy Big Brother history to be equipped with all HD cameras.
  • The official social media hashtag for the season is #PBBOtso.
  • This is the season with the least complete number of housemates living inside one house, with only 8 housemates.
    • Pinoy Big Brother 7's Celebrity Edition also had 8 housemates but one are pair housemates making them overall nine people living in the house.
  • This season is one of the seasons to be aired at an earlier timeslot on weekends, as the Weekend edition airs at 7:30 PM, while earlier seasons had their earlier editions air later than 9:00 PM.

References

References

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Pinoy Seasons
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Combined 5 · 6 · 7
Celebrity 1 · 2
Teen 1 · 2 · 3 · 4