Big Brother: The Boss

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Big Brother: The Boss
Season 1 (2004)
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Big Brother: The Boss (Big Brother: الرئيس) (also known as Big Brother Arabia) was a 2004 Arabic-language television show, based on the worldwide hit Big Brother, in which contestants live in a specially built house while competing for a prize. The show was aired on MBC 2 with a big prize $100 000, not won because of the cancellation.

The show was filmed in the Amwaj Islands in Bahrain. It was hoped that the show would follow the success of such popular programs as Star Academy, and the recent dating show "Al Hawa Sawa," but failed to do so, and instead the show gained major controversy in the countries it aired in.

Many were offended by the fact that it featured six men and six women living together in one area (Gender segregation and Islam), despite staying in separate parts of the house, and the only way of communicating with each other was in open areas such as the kitchen and garden.

The show began on airing 21 February, and was discontinued 11 Days later on 2 March to avoid more controversy in the Arab World, specifically, the Arabian Peninsula. During the first (and only) nominations Asjan, Bashara, Najwa and Shaza were nominated. However, an eviction never took place.

Housemates[edit]

Abdul[edit]

Abdul Hakim is a 25-year-old from Saudi Arabia.

Abdullah[edit]

Abdullah Bishara is a 24-year-old from Somalia.

Ala'a[edit]

Ala'a Omar is a 30-year-old from Oman. She is best known for being the only female Housemate to wear the traditional Hijab. She was unpopular with several housemates (namely Abdullah, Amal, Asjan, Bashara, Faris and Najwa) who labelled her "boring", but, when it came to nominations, only Bashara nominated her.

Amal[edit]

Amal Saleh is a 20-year-old beautician from Egypt.

Asjan[edit]

Asjan Hadad is 26 years old and also from Egypt. She was one of the four Housemates up for Eviction in the first round of Nominations. She, along with Najwa, was the most popular housemate in the outside world.

Bashara[edit]

Bashara is a 29-year-old boutique owner from Lebanon. He was also one of the four Housemates Nominated for Eviction.

Faris[edit]

Faris Ashour is a 22-year-old Karate teacher from Kuwait.

Kauthar[edit]

Kauthar Altareeki is 32 years old and from Tunisia. She was the only housemate to receive no nominations during the first and only round of nominations.

Mazen[edit]

Mazen Jasim is a 22-year-old musician from Iraq.

Michael[edit]

Michael Banna is a 26-year-old from Jordan.

Najwa[edit]

Najwa Hamoud is 31 years old and from Syria. She was up for Eviction as well in the only round of Nominations. She was the most popular housemate in the outside world.

Shaza[edit]

Shaza Sabt is a 29-year-old actress from Bahrain. She, along with Asjan, Bashara, and Najwa was Nominated for Eviction in the first round of Nominations. She was the least popular housemate in the outside world.

Nominations table[edit]

Week 1 Week 2 Nominations
Received
Abdul Shaza,
Mazen
Ejected
(Day 11)
2
Abdullah Najwa,
Asjan
Ejected
(Day 11)
2
Ala'a Bashara,
Michael
Ejected
(Day 11)
1
Amal Shaza,
Najwa
Ejected
(Day 11)
2
Asjan Amal,
Bashara
Ejected
(Day 11)
3
Bashara Asjan,
Ala'a
Ejected
(Day 11)
3
Faris Abdul,
Michael
Ejected
(Day 11)
2
Kauthar Shaza,
Amal
Ejected
(Day 11)
0
Mazen Asjan,
Bashara
Ejected
(Day 11)
1
Michael Najwa,
Faris
Ejected
(Day 11)
2
Najwa Faris,
Abdullah
Ejected
(Day 11)
3
Shaza Abdul,
Abdullah
Ejected
(Day 11)
3
Against
public vote
Asjan,
Bashara,
Najwa,
Shaza
Evicted Eviction
cancelled
[1]

1 Had the eviction gone ahead, Shaza would have been evicted with 65% of the vote. Bashara received 20%, Asjan received 10%, whilst Najwa received 5%.

The House[edit]

The house was mainly segregated for the male and female housemates. Single-sex bedrooms, bathrooms and prayer rooms were provided and the only parts of the house accessible to both sexes were the kitchen and garden areas. Parts of the house (e.g. the women's bedroom) were monitored by female camera operators only. Five times a day, Big Brother would announce to the housemates the time for prayer.

Cancellation[edit]

Producers decided to cancel the show, as there were many complaints from viewers, and complaints on Arab radio talkshows. The shows producers actually went into the house in person to inform the housemates that it was to be cancelled. Many of the Housemates were devastated at the news that they had to leave. Had the eviction gone ahead, Shaza would have been evicted with 65% of the vote. Bashara received 20%, Asjan received 10%, whilst Najwa received 5%. This and Serbian Big Brother, where three people from Big Brother died in car accident, remain the only series of Big Brother in the world to be cancelled and not have a winner.

External links[edit]

  • Tegenlicht - Dutch documentary series which featured a two-part episode about the show. Includes Real Media stream of episode.