Big Brother (TV series)

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Big Brother
International Logo of Big Brother.png
International logo for Big Brother
Producer(s) John de Mol
Location(s) Various
Running time Various
Production company(s) Endemol
Original channel Veronica
Original run 16 September 1999 (1999-09-16) – present
Related shows Celebrity Big Brother / Big Brother VIP
External links
Production website

Big Brother is a reality game show franchise created by John de Mol, the original version was in the Netherlands. The premise of the show is that there is a group of people that are housemates or houseguests living together in a large, usually specially constructed house. During their time in the house they are isolated from the outside world and are not commonly aware of outside events. Contestants are continuously monitored by in-house television cameras as well as personal audio microphones during their stay. Each series lasts for about three months, with 10–20 contestants entering the house. To win the final cash prize, a contestant must survive periodic (usually weekly) evictions and be the last housemate or houseguest remaining in the compound by the series' conclusion.


The idea for Big Brother is said to have come during a brainstorming session at the Dutch-based international Italian television production firm Endemol on March 10, 1997. The first version of Big Brother was broadcast in 1999 on Veronica in the Netherlands. Since then the format has become a worldwide TV franchise, airing in many countries in a number of versions.

Although each country has made its own adaptations of the format, the contestants are confined to a specially-designed house where their every action is recorded by cameras and microphones and they are not permitted contact with the outside world. In most countries that have produced Big Brother, the contestants have been known as "housemates"; however in the American and Canadian version they are referred to as "houseguests". The term Big Brother originates from George Orwell's novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Besides living together under continuous observation (which is the chief attraction of the contest), the program relies on four basic props: the stripped-bare back-to-basics environment in which they live, the evictions, the weekly tasks and competitions set by Big Brother and the "Diary/Confession Room" (in which the housemates convey their thoughts, feelings, and frustrations, and reveal their nominees for eviction). Contestants are required to evict one of their own on a regular basis; in the earlier series of Big Brother, contestants were evicted every two weeks. However, the UK version introduced weekly evictions; all versions of Big Brother now follow this format.

At regular intervals, the housemates privately nominate a number of fellow housemates whom they wish evicted from the house. The housemates with the most nominations are then announced, and viewers are given the opportunity to vote via telephone for whom they wish to see evicted. The exceptions to this process are in the American and Canadian versions, in which the housemates vote to evict each other. After the votes are tallied, the "evictee" leaves the house and is interviewed by the host of the show (usually in the presence of a studio audience). In some cases, two housemates may be evicted simultaneously (a "double eviction"); rarely, no housemates will be removed that week. At the end of the game, the last remaining housemate is declared the winner for the particular series and receives prizes (often including a large amount of money, a car, a vacation and—in some editions—a house).

In the first season of most series of Big Brother, the house was very basic. Although essential amenities such as running water, furniture and a limited ration of food were provided, luxury items were often forbidden. This added a survivalist element to the show, increasing the potential for social tension. Nearly all later series provide a modern house for the contest with a jacuzzi, sauna, VIP suite, loft and other luxuries.

The contestants are required to do housework, and are assigned tasks by the producers of the show (who communicate with the housemates via the omnipresent authority figure known to them only as "Big Brother"). The tasks are designed to test their teamwork abilities and community spirit; in some countries, the housemates' shopping budget or weekly allowance depends on the outcome of assigned tasks. The housemates have a weekly allowance, with which they can buy food and other essentials.

Most international versions of the show remain quite similar to each other; their main format remains true to the original fly on the wall observational style with the emphasis on human relationships, to the extent that contestants are forbidden from discussing nominations or voting strategy. Since 2001 the US version adopted a different format from the others during its second season, with an emphasis on strategy, competition and voting (the public does not choose who to evict). In 2011, the UK version controversially adapted the discussion of nominations[1] before reverting this rule back after a poll by Big Brother broadcaster Channel 5, which showed that 90 percent of voters believed that housemates should not discuss nominations.[citation needed]


From a sociological and demographic perspective, Big Brother allows an analysis of how people react when forced into close confinement with people outside their comfort zone (with different opinions or ideals, or from a different socioeconomic group). The viewer has the opportunity to see how a person reacts from the outside (through the constant recording of their actions) and the inside (in the Diary or Confession Room). The Diary Room (more commonly known as the DR) is where contestants can privately express their feelings about the game, strategy and the other contestants. The results range from violent or angry confrontations to genuine and tender connections (often including romantic interludes).

The show is notable for involving the Internet. Although the show typically broadcasts daily updates during the evening (sometimes criticized for heavy editing by producers from viewers and former contestants alike[2]), viewers can also watch a continuous feed from multiple cameras on the Web in most countries.[3][4][5] These websites were successful, even after some national series began charging for access to the video stream. In some countries, Internet broadcasting was supplemented by updates via email, WAP and SMS. The house is shown live on satellite television, although in some countries there is a 10–15 minute delay to allow libelous or unacceptable content (such as references to people not participating in the program who have not consented to have personal information broadcast) to be removed.

Contestants occasionally develop sexual relationships; the level of sexual explicitness allowed to be shown in broadcast and Internet-feed versions varies by country.


Big Brother contestants are isolated in the house, without access to television, radio or the Internet; they are not permitted routine communication with the outside world. This was an important issue for most earlier series of the show. In more-recent series, contestants are occasionally allowed to view televised events (usually as a reward for winning at a task). In most versions of the program books and writing materials are also forbidden, although exceptions are sometimes made for religious materials such as the Bible, Torah or the Qur'an. Some versions ban all writing implements, even items that can be used to write (such as lipstick or eyeliner). Despite the housemates' isolation, some contestants are occasionally allowed to leave the house as part of tasks. Contestants are permitted to leave the house in an emergency.

Contestants have regularly-scheduled interactions with the show's host on eviction nights. Throughout each day the program's producer, in the "Big Brother" voice, issues directives and commands to contestants. Some versions of the show allow private counseling sessions with a psychologist. These are allowed at any time, and are often conducted by telephone from the Diary Room.

Regional versions[edit]

World map, with different shading for "Big Brother" versions
Locations of Big Brother versions

Due to the intelligibility of certain languages across several nations, it has been possible to make regional versions of Big Brother. All these follow the normal Big Brother rules, except that contestants must come from each of the countries in the region where it airs:

Region Participating countries
Africa Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Arabia Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria and Tunisia
Pacific Chile, Ecuador and Peru
Scandinavia Norway and Sweden
Former Yugoslavia Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia

Format changes[edit]

Twist First used in Description Other countries
Evil Big Brother Big Brother 5 (UK) (2004) Big Brother becomes villainous with harsher punishments, such as taking away prize money, more difficult tasks and secret tricks. Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Pacific, Scandinavia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Philippines, Mexico
Rich and Poor Big Brother 3 (Netherlands) (2001) The house is separated into a luxurious half and a poor half and two teams of housemates fight for a place in the luxurious half.
Twins/Triplets Entry Big Brother 5 (U.S.) (2004) A pair of twins/triplets enter the house, and at stated intervals switch places with one another in a bid to deceive the other contestants. This is usually revealed, if their secret is not found out, and they may be allowed to continue as separate housemates.

The sixth UK series introduced secret missions, where housemates could win luxuries if they completed a secret task set by Big Brother. The eighth UK series saw an all-female house. However, two days later one male housemate arrived. The same twist was used in Big Brother 4 Bulgaria. Big Brother Africa 4 used a similar twist, with an all-male premiere.

Since Big Brother 2, the UK series opens with a twist. This has included the public choosing the final housemate from three possibilities (Big Brother 2); public voting for a housemate to leave during the first week and the housemates choosing between two housemates with the least number of votes (Big Brother 3); first-night nominations (Big Brother 4); suitcase nominations (Big Brother 5); Unlucky Housemate 13 (Big Brother 6); Big Brother Hood (Big Brother 7); an all-female house and a set of twins as contestants (Big Brother 8); a couple entering as housemates, who must hide their relationship (Big Brother 9); housemates having to earn housemate status (Big Brother 10); a mole entering the house with an impossible task (Big Brother 11); Jackie Stallone entering a house containing her son's ex-wife (Celebrity Big Brother 3); a non-celebrity in a celebrity edition (Celebrity Big Brother 4) and a visit from Jade Goody's family (Celebrity Big Brother 5). During Celebrity Big Brother 6 La Toya Jackson entered first, walked straight into a private bedroom (the bedrooms are usually locked until everyone has arrived) and put her bag on the bed to claim it as her own.[6] Terry Christian became head of the house which was used at the end of the previous non-celebrity series and had to nominate three housemates for the first eviction; the others voted to save one of the nominees, Ben Adams, leaving Lucy Pinder and eventual winner Ulrika Jonsson to face the first eviction. In the summer series of 2009 the house was empty at first, with only crates to sit on. The new arrivals had to earn housemate status by completing tasks; Noirin Kelly was required to shave off her hair and draw a mustache and glasses on her face. Freddie Fisher and eventual winner Sophie Reade had to change their names by deed poll to Halfwit and Dogface. On day four, the six people who had not received housemate status were nominated for a public vote. The person with the fewest votes (Beinazir Lasharie) left, and the house was transformed into a "Big Brother" house. Other countries, such as Bulgaria, the United States and (previously) Australia, have also begun using opening-night twists.

The fifth UK edition introduced fake evictions, where one or two housemates are "evicted". In the eighth UK Series one housemate was evicted, interviewed and sent back into the house. Big Brother U.S. uses a different set of rules which began for the second season. Nominations are made by one houseguest, the Head of Household (HoH), and the houseguests vote for which nominee to evict (not the viewers). The third season introduced the Power of Veto, where a houseguest can veto a nominee on the block for eviction. This has been adapted in Brazil and Africa, and other countries have modified their nomination rules. The eighth American season introduced "America's Player", a houseguest given assignments by votes from viewers. Included in the public voting is which houseguest that America's Player should vote off and campaign to be evicted.

In Germany, a new sixth-season version of the show was Big Brother - Das Dorf (Big Brother - The Village). The season ended after 363 days in February 2006 because of low ratings. For season seven, RTL II switched back to a traditional version. The fourth Greek season introduced a mother. During the tenth week of the seventh UK season, the housemates were paired with their "best friend" in the house and had to nominate and face eviction as couples. The ninth American season added a romantic aspect by pairing up the housemates up and having them compete as couples.

The ninth Brazilian season featured the "Bubble": a glass house in a shopping mall in Rio de Janeiro where four potential housemates lived for a week. Later in the season a bubble was built inside the Big Brother house, with another two housemates living in it for a week until they were voted in and the glass house dismantled.

A variation of the above twist occurred in the second celebrity edition of the Philippine version, where two housemates related by profession or family played as one. In Celebrity Hijack UK evicted housemates were given the opportunity to choose if a "ninja" delivered good or bad gifts to the house. Later that year Big Brother Australia 2008 introduced the Housemate Hand Grenade, where an evicted housemate decided which housemate received a penalty. Big Brother 5 Bulgaria, which began in early 2010, introduced a new family format (Big Brother Family). Whole families entered the house with their spouses, children and relatives. They received a salary for their stay and the winning family received a cash prize, a car and an apartment. The eleventh American season featured Pandora's Box, in which the winning head of household was tempted (with money, a celebrity visit or time alone with a loved one) to open a box. If an HoH chooses to open Pandora's Box, however, there may be unintended consequences.

The twelfth American season featured a saboteur, who entered the house to wreak havoc with tasks suggested by viewers. Big Brother Africa 6 in 2011 was the first season of Big Brother to have two winners, each getting $200,000. The thirteenth American season introduced Dynamic Duos, where eight new houseguests would enter the house with three duos from past seasons. The fourth Philippine season features Unli-Day and Unli-Night, where two separate groups of housemates were covered in two separate programs. It also introduced reserved housemates, shortlisted auditioners who were given a chance to be a housemate by completing tasks assigned by Big Brother (this was also done in Argentina's seventh season). The Philippine version introduced the 100-second session, in which housemates are given a chance to be with their loved ones for only 100 seconds in the Confession Room.[7] The fourteenth American season had four houseguests from past seasons returning to the house to coach twelve new houseguests. The four returning houseguests played their own game for a separate prize of $100,000 until they joined the normal game later after a reset twist. The fifteenth American season Introduced the Big Brother M.V.P twist where every week, the viewers would vote one of the houseguests who the viewers thought was playing the best game, also introduced three nominations in the US version where the HOH would nominate the first two houseguests for eviction (like in previous seasons) while the 3rd nomination is made by the M.V.P of that week in a further twist for the M.V.P, the viewers decided who the 3rd nominee would be for the week, half way into the season the M.V.P twist ended and the show continued on with just 2 nominees a week as in previous seasons.

In the fourteenth Brazilian season, 7 mothers and 2 aunts, relatives of the 9 remaining housemates, entered the Big Brother Brasil house to celebrate International Women's Day. The housemates could not see or touch their relatives because the house was divided by a wall. A improvised house was assembled for the mothers and aunts. They stayed in the house for 6 days.

Special editions[edit]

Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother VIP[edit]

The Big Brother format has been adapted in some countries; the housemates are local celebrities, and the shows are called Celebrity Big Brother or Big Brother VIP. In some countries, the prize money normally awarded to the winning housemate is donated to a charity, and all celebrities are paid to appear in the show as long as they do not voluntarily leave before their eviction or the end of the series. The rest of the rules are nearly the same as those of the original version. The celebrity version has become particularly popular in the UK, causing UK broadcaster Channel 5 to extend its deal with Endemol enabling them to air two celebrity series in addition to the civilian version every year from 2012,[8] again in 2013 and again in 2014, with the first of the two series having already aired this year (the first being in January and the second after the main series in the summer).


The 2006 Netherlands series was entitled Hotel Big Brother. This variation introduced a group of celebrity hoteliers and a Big Boss, who run a hotel and collect money for charity without nominations, evictions or a winner.

Another variation appeared in the UK in early 2008, entitled Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack. This temporarily replaced the 2007 Celebrity Big Brother in the wake of a racial-abuse incident. Instead of celebrities playing housemates the celebrities became Big Brother himself, creating tasks and holding nominations with the help of Big Brother. The housemates were considered by the producers "Britain's most exceptional and extraordinary" 18- to 21-year-olds. The prize for the winner of the series was £50,000.[9]

In 2009 VIP Brother 3 Bulgaria introduced the concept of celebrities competing for charitable causes, sometimes allowed to leave the house to raise money for the charity (which changed each week).

Other editions[edit]

The Big Brother format has been otherwise modified in some countries:

  • Big Brother: Ty wybierasz (Big Brother: You Decide - Poland, season 1: 13 days; season 2: 7 days): A group of people—ten in season one and six in season two—living together and competing for a pair of spots in the next regular season, without nominations or evictions.
  • Big Brother, Tilbake/Huset (Big Brother, Back In The House - Norway, 9 days): The BB1 Norway housemates welcome four new housemates, who compete for a spot in the next regular season without nominations or evictions.
  • Big Brother Stjärnveckan (Big Brother, Week Of Stars - Sweden, 6 days); Big Brother, Reality All Star (Denmark, 32 days); Gran Hermano: el Gran Reencuentro (Spain, 56 days): Contestants from several reality shows, including Big Brother.
  • Big Brother Panto (United Kingdom, 11 days): Housemates from previous series spent time in the Big Brother House to perform a pantomime at the series' end.
  • Teen Big Brother (United Kingdom, 10 days; Philippines, 42–91 days (Season 1–4)): Teenage housemates (13 years old and older) compete.
  • Big Brother: All-Stars (Belgium, 21 days; Bulgaria - two seasons, 29 days; United States, 72 days; United Kingdom, 18 days; Canada, 64 days; Africa, 91 days;Spain, 56 days)
  • Veliki Brat: Generalna Proba (Big Brother Try Out - Serbia, 7 days): 12 Serbian contestants compete for a spot in the first Veliki Brat season, without nominations or evictions.
  • Gran Hermano: El Reencuentro (Spain, 56 Days): An all-star special edition celebrating ten years of the show
  • Secret Story (France, Lithuania, Portugal, Netherlands and Peru): Each contestant has a secret.
  • Secret Story: Desafio Final 1 (Portugal) (Portugal, 22 days): An all-star edition with the housemates of season 2 and 3 of Secret Story (Portugal). Later, the second season had housemates of season 3 and 4.

There are also "test runs", with a group of celebrities (or journalists) living in the house for several days to test it. There are occasions where people who have auditioned for the show are also put in the house, most notably in the British edition, where many housemates claim to have met before. These series have been televised in Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, the Pacific, the Philippines and Spain. In some cases, it is not broadcast, but in others, such as the U.S. edition, it is used as a promotional tool.

The series[edit]

There are currently 317 winners of the show. The most recent winner is Mandla Hlatshwayo from South Africa.

International versions[edit]

Region/country Local title Network Winners Main presenters
Africa Big Brother Africa M-Net
DStv (live)
E4 (season 1)
The Africa Channel (season 1 in 2008)

Season 1, 2003: Zambia Cherise Makubale
Season 2, 2007: Tanzania Richard Dyle Bezuidenhout
Season 3, 2008: Angola Ricardo Venancio
Season 4, 2009: Nigeria Kevin Chuwang
Season 6, 2011: Nigeria Karen Igho & Zimbabwe Wendall Parsons
Season 7, 2012: South Africa Keagan Petersen
Season 8, 2013: Namibia Dillish Matthews

Mark Pilgrim (season 1)
Kabelo Ngakane (season 2–3)
Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa (season 4–)
Big Brother Africa: All-Stars

Season 5, 2010: Nigeria Uti Nwachukwu

Big Brother Top Channel
Digit-Alb (live)

Season 1, 2008: Albania Arbër Çepani
Season 2, 2009: Albania Qetsor Ferunaj
Season 3, 2010: Albania Jetmir Salaj
Season 4, 2010–2011: Albania Ermela Mezuraj
Season 5, 2012: Kosovo Arbër Zeka
Season 6, 2013: Albania Anaidi Kaloti
Season 7, 2014: Current season

Arbana Osmani
 Angola Big Brother DSTV

Season 1, 2014: May 2014

 Arab World الرئيس بيغ براذر
Al-Rais Big Brother

Season 1, 2004: Discontinued[10]

Razan Moughrabi
 Argentina Gran Hermano Telefe
Canal 4
DirecTV (live – season 1–3, 6–7)
Cablevisión (live – season 4–5)

Season 1, 2001: Marcelo Corazza
Season 2, 2001: Roberto Parra
Season 3, 2002–2003: Viviana Colmenero
Season 4, 2007: Marianela Mirra
Season 5, 2007: Esteban Morais
Season 6, 2010–2011: Cristian Urrizaga
Season 7, 2011–2012: Rodrigo Fernández

Soledad Silveyra (season 1–3)
Jorge Rial (season 4–7)
Mariano Peluffo (season 7)
Gran Hermano Famosos Telefe
Cablevisión (live)

Season 1, 2007: Diego Leonardi

Jorge Rial
 Australia Big Brother Australia Network Ten (season 1–8)
Nine Network (season 9–)
New Zealand TV2 (season 1–3, 5)
New Zealand Prime (season 4)
New Zealand TV3 (Season 10 -)

Season 1, 2001: Ben Williams
Season 2, 2002: Peter Corbett
Season 3, 2003: Regina Bird
Season 4, 2004: Trevor Butler
Season 5, 2005: Greg and David Matthew (Logan)
Season 6, 2006: Jamie Brooksby
Season 7, 2007: Aleisha Cowcher
Season 8, 2008: Terri Munro
Season 9, 2012: Benjamin Norris
Season 10, 2013: Tim Dormer
Season 11, 2014: Upcoming season

Gretel Killeen (season 1–7)
Kyle Sandilands (season 8)
Jackie O (season 8)
Sonia Kruger (season 9–)
Celebrity Big Brother Network Ten

Season 1, 2002: Dylan Lewis

Gretel Killeen
 Belgium Big Brother Kanaal Twee

Season 1, 2000: Steven Spillebeen
Season 2, 2001: Ellen Dufour
Season 3, 2002: Kelly Vandevenne
Season 4, 2003: Kristof van Camp
Season 5, 2006: Kirsten Janssens
Season 6, 2007: Diana Ferrante

Walter Grootaers
Big Brother VIPs vtm
Kanaal Twee

Season 1, 2001: Sam Gooris
Season 2, 2006: Pim Symoens

No Presenters
Big Brother All-Stars Kanaal Twee

Season 1, 2003: Heidi Zutterman

Walter Grootaers
 Brazil Big Brother Brasil Rede Globo
Canal BBB (live on PPV)

Season 1, 2002: Kleber de Paula
Season 2, 2002: Rodrigo Leonel
Season 3, 2003: Dhomini Ferreira
Season 4, 2004: Cida dos Santos
Season 5, 2005: Jean Wyllys
Season 6, 2006: Mara Viana
Season 7, 2007: Diego Gasques
Season 8, 2008: Rafinha Ribeiro
Season 9, 2009: Max Porto
Season 10, 2010: Marcelo Dourado
Season 11, 2011: Maria Melillo
Season 12, 2012: Fael Cordeiro
Season 13, 2013: Fernanda Keulla
Season 14, 2014: Vanessa Mesquita
Season 15, 2015: Upcoming season

Pedro Bial
Marisa Orth (season 1)
 Bulgaria Big Brother Nova Television
Nova+ (live) (season 1–4)
Diema Family (live) (season 5)

Season 1, 2004–2005: Zdravko Vasilev
Season 2, 2005: Miroslav Atanasov
Season 3, 2006: Lyubov Stancheva
Season 4, 2008: Georgi Alurkov

Niki Kunchev (season 1–3, 5)
Milen Tsvetkov (season 4)
Big Brother Family

Season 5, 2010: Eli & Veselin Kuzmovi

VIP Brother Nova Television
Nova+ (live) (season 1–2)
Diema 2 (live) (season 3)
Diema Family (live) (season 4–5)

Season 1, 2006: Konstantin Slavov
Season 2, 2007: Hristina Stefanova
Season 3, 2009: Deyan Slavchev
Season 4, 2012: Orlin Pavlov
Season 5, 2013: Stanka Zlateva

Niki Kunchev (season 1–5)
Big Brother All Stars Nova Television
Diema Family (live) (season 1–2)

Season 1, 2012: Nikola Nasteski (Lester)
Season 2, 2013: Zlatka Dimitrova

Niki Kunchev (season 1–2)
Big Brother Canada Slice

Season 1, 2013: Jillian MacLaughlin
Season 2, 2014: Current Season

Arisa Cox
Loft Story TQS[11]

Season 1, 2003: Julie Lemay & Samuel Tissot
Season 2, 2006: Mathieu Baron & Stéphanie Bélanger
Season 3, 2006: Jean-Philippe Anwar & Kim Rusk
Season 4, 2007: Mathieu Surprenant
Season 5, 2008: Charles-Éric Boncoeur

Renée-Claude Brazeau (season 1)
Isabelle Maréchal (season 2)
Marie Plourde (seasons 3–5)
Pierre-Yves Lord (season 6)
Loft Story: La Revanche
(All-Stars format)

Season 6, 2009: Sébastien Tremblay

Big Brother V

Season 1, 2010: Vincent Durand Dubé

Chéli Sauvé-Castonguay
 Colombia Gran Hermano Caracol TV (season 1)
Citytv Bogotá (season 2)[12]

Season 1, 2003: Mónica Patricia Tejón
Season 2, 2012: Diana Hernández

Adriana Arango (season 1)
Agmeth Escaf (season 2)
 Croatia Big Brother RTL Televizija

Season 1, 2004: Saša Tkalčević
Season 2, 2005: Hamdija Seferović
Season 3, 2006: Danijel Rimanić
Season 4, 2007: Vedran Lovrenčić
Season 5, 2008: Krešimir Duvančić

Daria Knez (season 1)
Antonija Blaće (season 2–6)
Marijana Mićić (season 6)

Big Brother - Veliki Brat RTL Televizija
RTV Pink
Pink M
Pink BH

Season 6, 2011: Marijana Čvrljak
Season 7, 2014: Upcoming season

Celebrity Big Brother RTL Televizija Season 1, 2008: Danijela Dvornik

Antonija Blaće

 Czech Republic Big Brother TV NOVA

Season 1, 2005: David Šín

Eva Aichmajerová (season 1)
Lejla Abbasová (season 1)
Leoš Mareš (season 1)
 Denmark Big Brother TV Danmark (season 1–3)
Kanal 5 (season 4–6)

Season 1, 2001: Jill Liv Nielsen
Season 2, 2001: Carsten B. Berthelsen
Season 3, 2003: Johnni Johansen
Season 4, 2012: Amanda Heisel
Season 5, 2013: Bjørn Clausen
Season 6, 2014: Current season

Lisbeth Janniche (season 1–3)
Marie Egede (season 4)
Anne Kejser (season 5)
Big Brother VIP TV Danmark

Season 1, 2003: Thomas Bickham

Lisbeth Janniche (season 1)
Big Brother Reality All-Stars TV Danmark

Season 1, 2004: Jill Liv Nielsen (Big Brother)

Lisbeth Janniche (season 1)
 Ecuador Gran Hermano Ecuavisa

Season 1, 2003: David Burbano

Toty Rodríguez (season 1)
 Finland Big Brother Sub

Season 1, 2005: Perttu Sirviö
Season 2, 2006: Sari Nygren
Season 3, 2007: Sauli Koskinen
Season 4, 2008: Anniina Mustajärvi
Season 5, 2009: Aso Alanso
Season 6, 2010: Niko Nousiainen
Season 7, 2011: Janica Kortman
Season 8, 2012: Teija Kurvinen
Season 9, 2014: Upcoming season

Mari Sainio (Kakko) (season 1–2)
Vappu Pimiä (season 3–5)
Susanna Laine (season 6–7)
Elina Viitanen (season 6–8)

Julkkis Big Brother (Celebrity Big Brother)

Season 1, 2013: Jori Kopponen

Mari Sainio (season 1)

 France Loft Story M6

Season 1, 2001: Christophe Mercy & Loana Petrucciani
Season 2, 2002: Karine Delgado & Thomas Saillofest

Benjamin Castaldi (season 1–2)

Secret Story

CanalSat (live)
Season 1, 2007: Marjorie, Cyrielle & Johanna Bluteau ("Les Triplées")

Season 2, 2008:Belgium Matthias Pohl
Season 3, 2009: Emilie Nefnaf
Season 4, 2010: Benoit Dubois
Season 5, 2011: Marie Garet
Season 6, 2012: SwitzerlandNadège Jones
Season 7, 2013: Anaïs Camizuli

Benjamin Castaldi (season 1–7)

Big Brother[13]

RTL (season 2–3)
Single TV (season 2)
Tele 5 (season 4–6)
MTV2 Pop (season 4–5)
VIVA (season 5, 9)
Premiere (live) (season 5–9)
Sky (live) (season 10–11)
9Live (season 8)

Season 1, 2000: John Milz
Season 2, 2000: Alida Nadine Kurras
Season 3, 2001: Karina Schreiber
Season 4, 2003: Jan Geilhufe
Season 5, 2004–2005: Sascha Sirtl
Season 6, 2005–2006: Michael Knopf
Season 7, 2007: Michael Carstensen
Season 8, 2008: Silke Kaufmann, "Isi"
Season 9, 2008–2009: Daniel Schöller
Season 10, 2010: Timo Grätsch
Season 11, 2011: Marc Sonnen, "Rayo di Sole"[13]

Percy Hoven (season 1)
Oliver Geissen (season 2–3)
Ruth Moschner (season 5–6)
Oliver Petszokat (season 6)
Charlotte Karlinder (season 7–8)
Miriam Pielhau (season 8–9)
Aleksandra Bechtel (season 4, 10–11)
Sonja Zietlow (season 11 opening show)

Promi Big Brother


Season 1, 2013: Jenny Elvers[14]
Season 2, 2014: Upcoming season

Cindy aus Marzahn
Oliver Pocher (season 1)[15]


Big Brother

ANT1 (season 1–4)
Alpha TV[16] (season 5)
Sigma TV (season 5)

Season 1, 2001: Giorgos Triantafyllidis
Season 2, 2002: Alexandros Moskhos
Season 5, 2010–2011: Giannis Foukakis

Andreas Mikroutsikos (season 1–3)
Tatiana Stefanidou (season 4)
Roula Koromila (season 5)
The Wall
(Battle format)

Season 3, 2003: Thodores Jspógloy

Big Mother
(Family format)

Season 4, 2005: Nikos Papadopoulos

 Hungary Big Brother Nagy Testvér TV2 (season 1–2)
Super TV2 (season 3)

Season 1, 2002: Éva Párkányi
Season 2, 2003: Zsófi Tóth

Claudia Liptai (season 1–2)
Attila Till (season 1–2)
Big Brother VIP TV2

Season 1 (Day 1–5), 2003: Gábor Bochkor
Season 1 (Day 6–10), 2003: Lajos Boros
Season 1 (Day 11–15), 2003: Zolee Ganxsta

Claudia Liptai (season 1–3)
Attila Till (season 1–3)
Bigg Boss
(Celebrity format)
SET (season 1)
Colors TV (season 2-7)

Season 1, 2006–2007: Rahul Roy
Season 2, 2008: Ashutosh Kaushik
Season 3, 2009: Vindu Dara Singh
Season 4, 2010–2011: Shweta Tiwari
Season 5, 2011–2012: Juhi Parmar
Season 6, 2012–2013: Urvashi Dholakia
Season 7, 2013: Gauhar Khan

Arshad Warsi (season 1)
Shilpa Shetty (season 2)
Amitabh Bachchan (season 3)
Salman Khan (season 4–7)
Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan (season 5)
Bigg Boss Bangla ETV Bangla Season 1, 2013: Aneek Dhar Mithun Chakraborty (season 1)
Bigg Boss Kannada ETV Kannada Season 1, 2013: Vijay Raghavendra Sudeep (season 1)
 Indonesia Big Brother Indonesia Trans TV

Season 1, 2011: Alan Wangsa

Ferdi Hassan
Indra Herlambang
Sarah Sechan
Shara Aryo
 Israel האח הגדול
HaAh HaGadol
Channel 2 - Keshet
HOT (live)
Yes (live)

Season 1, 2008: Shifra Cornfeld
Season 2, 2009–2010: Eliraz Sadeh
Season 3, 2010–2011: Yaakov Menahem, "Jackie"
Season 4, 2012: Yekutiel Sebbag, "Kuti"
Season 5, 2013: Tahounia Rubel
Season 6, 2014: 14 May 2014

Erez Tal (season 1–5)
Assi Azar (season 1–5)
VIP האח הגדול
HaAh HaGadol VIP

Season 1, 2009: Dudi Melitz

Erez Tal (season 1)
Assi Azar (season 1)
 Italy Grande Fratello

Canale 5
Stream TV (live) (season 1–3)
SKY (live) (season 4–5, 8–9)
Mediaset Premium (live) (season 6–12)

Season 1, 2000: Cristina Plevani
Season 2, 2001: Flavio Montrucchio
Season 3, 2003: Floriana Secondi
Season 4, 2004: Serena Garitta
Season 5, 2004: Jonathan Kashanian
Season 6, 2006: Augusto De Megni
Season 7, 2007: Milo Coretti
Season 8, 2008: Mario Ferretti
Season 9, 2009: Ferdi Berisa
Season 10, 2009–2010: Mauro Marin
Season 11, 2010–2011: Andrea Cocco
Season 12, 2011–2012: Sabrina Mbarek
Season 13, 2014: Current season

Daria Bignardi (season 1–2)
Barbara D'Urso (season 3–5)
Alessia Marcuzzi (season 6–13)

 Lithuania Paslapčių namai
(Secret Story format)

TV3 Lithuania

Season 1, 2013: Gintautas Katulis

Agnė Grigaliūnienė
Marijus Mikutavičius


Big Brother México

SKY (live)

Season 1, 2002: Rocío Cárdenas
Season 2, 2003: Silvia Irabien
Season 3, 2005: Evelyn Nieto

Adela Micha (seasons 1–2)
Verónica Castro (season 3)

Big Brother VIP

Season 1, 2002: Galilea Montijo
Season 2, 2003: Omar Chaparro
Season 3 (Part 1), 2004: Eduardo Videgaray
Season 3 (Part 2), 2004: Roxanna Castellanos
Season 4, 2005: Sasha Sökol

Víctor Trujillo (season 1)
Verónica Castro (season 2–4)


Big Brother

Veronica (season 1–2)
Yorin (season 3–4)
Talpa (season 5–6)

Season 1, 1999: Bart Spring in 't Veld
Season 2, 2000: Bianca Hagenbeek
Season 3, 2001: Sandy Boots
Season 4, 2002: Jeanette Godefroy
Season 5, 2005: Joost Hoebink
Season 6, 2006: Jeroen Visser

Rolf Wouters (season 1)
Daphne Deckers (season 1)
Esther Duller (season 2)
Beau Van Erven Dorens (season 2)
Patty Brard (season 3)
Martijn Krabbé (season 4)
Ruud de Wild (season 5)
Bridget Maasland (season 5–6)

Big Brother VIPs Veronica (season 1)
Talpa (season 2)

Season 1, 2000: No winner
Season 2, 2006: No winner

Caroline Tensen (season 2)

Secret Story NET 5

Season 1, 2011: Sharon Hooijkaas

Renate Verbaan
Bart Boonstra

Big Brother Nigeria

DStv (live)
Season 1, 2006: Katung Aduwak Olisa Adibua
Michelle Dede
 Norway Big Brother Norge TVN (season 1–3)
TV 2 Bliss (season 4)
FEM (season 5)

Season 1, 2001: Lars Joakim Ringom
Season 2, 2002: Veronica Agnes Roso
Season 3, 2003: Eva Lill Baukhol
Season 4, 2011: Tine Barstad
Season 5, 2014: Upcoming season

Arve Juritzen (season 1–2)
Trygve Rønningen (season 3)
Petter Pilgaard (season 4)
Sarah Natasha Melbye (season 4)
Big Brother Norge - Tilbake I Huset
(Selection contestants/All-Stars format) (1 week)

Season 1, 2001: Leena Brekke

Arve Juritzen
Pacific Region

Gran Hermano del Pacífico

Season 1, 2005: Ecuador Juan Sebastián López Lorena Meritano (season 1)

Regional Main Presenters
Álvaro Ballera & Álvaro García
Janine Leal
Juan Francisco Escobar


La Casa de Los Secretos
(Secret Story format)

Frecuencia Latina

Season 1, 2012: Álvaro de la Torre

Carla García (season 1)
Jason Day (season 1)

 Philippines Pinoy Big Brother ABS-CBN
Studio 23
TFC (Worldwide)
SkyCable (live)

Season 1, 2005: Nene Tamayo
Season 2, 2007: Beatriz Saw
Season 3, 2009–2010: Melisa Cantiveros
Season 4, 2011–2012: Slater Young
Season 5, 2014: Upcoming Season

Toni Gonzaga (season 1–)
Bianca Gonzalez (season 2–)
Robi Domingo (season 4-)
John Prats (season 4-)
Alex Gonzaga (season 5-)
Mariel Rodriguez (season 1-3)
Willie Revillame (season 1)

Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition

Season 1, 2006: Keanna Reeves
Season 2, 2007–2008: Ruben Gonzaga

Toni Gonzaga (season 1–2)
Mariel Rodriguez (season 1–2)
Luis Manzano (season 1)
Bianca Gonzalez (season 2)

Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition

Season 1, 2006: Kim Chiu
Season 2, 2008: Ejay Falcon
Season 3, 2010: James Reid
Season 4, 2012: Myrtle Sarrosa
Season 5, 2014: Upcoming Season

Toni Gonzaga (season 1–)
Bianca Gonzalez (season 1–)
Robi Domingo (season 4-)
John Prats (season 4-)
Alex Gonzaga (season 5-)
Mariel Rodriguez (season 1–3)
Luis Manzano (season 2)

 Poland Big Brother TVN (season 1–3)
TV4 (season 4–5)

Season 1, 2001: Janusz Dzięcioł
Season 2, 2001: Marzena Wieczorek
Season 3, 2002: Piotr Borucki
Season 4, 2007: Jolanta Rutowicz
Season 5 (Part 2), 2008: Janusz Strączek

Martyna Wojciechowska (season 1–3)
Grzegorz Miecugow (season 1)
Andrzej Sołtysik (season 2–3)
Karina Kunkiewicz (season 4)
Kuba Klawiter (seasons 4–5)
Małgorzata Kosik (season 5)

Big Brother: Ty Wybierasz
(Selection Contestants format)

Season 1, 2001: Małgorzata Maier & Sebastian Florek
Season 2, 2001: Barbara Knap & Jakub Jankowski

Big Brother VIP Season 5 (part 1), 2008: Jarek Jakimowicz
 Portugal Big Brother TVI
TVI Eventos(live) (season 1)
TVI Direct(live) (VIP)

Season 1, 2000: Zé Maria Seleiro
Season 2, 2001: Henrique Guimarães
Season 3, 2001: Catarina Cabral
Season 4, 2003: Fernando Geraldes, "Nando"

Teresa Guilherme (season 1–4)
Big Brother Famosos (season 1–2)
Big Brother VIP (season 3)

Season 1, 2002: Ricardo Vieira, "Ricky"
Season 2, 2002: Vítor Norte
Season 3, 2013: Pedro Guedes

Teresa Guilherme (season 1–3)
Secret Story - Casa dos Segredos TVI
TVI Direct(live)

Season 1, 2010: António Queirós
Season 2, 2011: João Mota
Season 3, 2012: Rúben Boa Nova
Season 4, 2013: Luís Nascimento

Júlia Pinheiro (season 1)
Teresa Guilherme (season 2–4)
Secret Story - Casa dos Segredos:
Desafio Final

(All-Stars format)

Season 1, 2013: Cátia Palhinha
Season 2, 2014: Érica Silva

Teresa Guilherme (season 1–2)
 Romania Big Brother Prima TV

Season 1, 2003: Sorin Pavel Fisteag, Soso
Season 2, 2004: Iustin Popovici

Andreea Raicu (season 1–2)
Virgil Ianțu (season 1–2)

 Russia большой брат
Bol'shoy Brat
TET (season 1 in 2008)
Season 1, 2005: Anastasia Yagaylova Ingeborga Dapkunaite (season 1)


Big Brother


Season 1, 2005: Norway Britt Goodwin
Season 2, 2006: Sweden Jessica Lindgren

Brita Møystad Engseth (seasons 1–2)
Adam Alsing (season 1)
Hannah Rosander (season 2)

Second Life Big Brother Second Life World Wide Web Season 1, 2006: Madlen Flint None
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Veliki brat B92 (season 1–3)
Pink M (season 1-3)
Pink BH (season 1–3)
A1 (season 3)

Season 1, 2006: Serbia Ivan Ljuba
Season 2, 2007: Discontinued[18]
Season 3, 2009: Serbia Vladimir Arsić

Marijana Mićić (season 1, 3–4)
Ana Grubin (season 2)
Antonija Blaće (season 4)

Big Brother - Veliki Brat RTV Pink
RTL Televizija
Pink M
Pink BH

Season 4, 2011: Croatia Marijana Čvrljak
Season 5, 2014: Upcoming season

Veliki brat VIP B92 (season 1–2; 5)
RTV Pink (season 1-4)
Pink M (season 1–4)
Pink BH (season 1–4)
A1 (season 4)
Prva TV (season 5)
Televizija OBN (season 5)
RTV BN (season 5)
Sitel (season 5)

Season 1, 2007: Serbia Saša Ćurčić
Season 2, 2008: Montenegro Mimi Đurović
Season 3, 2009: Serbia Miki Đuričić
Season 4, 2010: Serbia Milan Marić
Season 5, 2013: Serbia France Žarko Stojanović

Ana Grubin (season 1–2)
Milan Kalinić (season 2–3)
Marijana Mićić (season 3–5)

Veliki Brat: Generalna Proba B92 (Serbia only)

Season 1, 2006: Jelena Provči & Marko Miljković

Marijana Mićić (season 1)

 Slovakia Big Brother Súboj TV Markíza Season 1, 2005: Richard Tkáč Zuzana Belohorcová (season 1)
 Slovenia Big Brother Kanal A

Season 1, 2007: Andrej Novak
Season 2, 2008: Naske Mehić

Nina Osenar (season 1–2)
Big Brother Slavnih
(Celebrity format)
POP TV Season 1, 2010: Jože Činč Nina Osenar (season 1)
 South Africa Big Brother South Africa (season 1–2)
Big Brother Mzansi (season 3)
DStv (live)

Season 1, 2001: Ferdinand Rabie
Season 2, 2002: Richard Cawood
Season 3, 2014: Mandla Hlatshwayo

Mark Pilgrim (season 1–2)
Gerry Rantseli (season 1–2)
Lungile Radu (season 3)
Celebrity Big Brother

Season 1, 2002: Bill Flynn

Mark Pilgrim (season 1)
Gerry Rantseli (season 1)

Gran Hermano

La Siete (season 9–14)
Nueve (season 14)
GH 24 Horas (live) (season 12–14)
Digital+ (live) (season 6–11)
Vía Digital (live) (season 4–5)
Quiero TV (live) (season 1–3)

Season 1, 2000: Ismael Beiro
Season 2, 2001: Sabrina Mahí
Season 3, 2002: Javito García
Season 4, 2002–2003: Pedro Oliva
Season 5, 2003–2004: Nuria Yáñez
Season 6, 2004: Juanjo Mateo
Season 7, 2005–2006: Pepe Herrero
Season 8, 2006: Naiala Melo
Season 9, 2007: Judit Iglesias
Season 10, 2008–2009: Iván Madrazo
Season 11, 2009–2010: Ángel Muñoz
Season 12, 2010–2011: Laura Campos
Season 13, 2012: Pepe Flores
Season 14, 2013: Susana Molina
Season 15, 2014: Upcoming season

Mercedes Milá (season 1–2, 4–15)
Pepe Navarro (season 3)

Gran Hermano VIP


Season 1, 2004: Marlene Mourreau
Season 2, 2005: Ivonne Armand

Jesús Vázquez (season 1–2)

Gran Hermano: El Reencuentro
(All-Stars format, season 1)
(Reality All-Stars, season 2)

La Siete
Digital+ (live) (season 1)

Season 1, 2010: Pepe Herrero & Raquel López
Season 2, 2011: Juan Miguel Martínez & Yola Berrocal

Mercedes Milá (season 1)
Jordi González (season 2)

Gran Hermano: La Revuelta

La Siete
GH 24 Horas (live)

Season 1, 2012: Alessandro Livi

Mercedes Milá (season 1)

 Sweden Big Brother Sverige Kanal5 (season 1–4)
TV11 (season 5–6)

Season 1, 2000: Angelica Freij
Season 2, 2002: Ulrica Andersson
Season 3, 2003: Danne Sörensen
Season 4, 2004: Carolina Gynning
Season 5, 2011: Simon Danielsson
Season 6, 2012: Hanna Johansson[19]

Adam Alsing (season 1–4)
Gry Forssell (season 5–6)
Big Brother Stjärnveckan
(Reality all-star format)

Season 1, 2002: Anki Lundberg (Baren)

Adam Alsing (season 1)
  Switzerland Big Brother Switzerland TV3 Switzerland

Season 1, 2000: Daniela Kanton
Season 2, 2001: Christian Ponleitner

Daniel Fohrler (season 1)
Eva Wannemacher (season 2)
 Thailand Big Brother Thailand iTV

Season 1, 2005: Nipon Perktim, "Tui"
Season 2, 2006: Arisa Sonthirod, "Tik"

Saranyu Vonkarjun
Nana Raibeena (season 2)

Big Brother Україна
Big Brother Ukraine


Season 1, 2011: Kristina Kotvickaja

Olga Gorbacheva
Oleksey Kurban

 United Kingdom

Big Brother

Channel 4 (series 1–11)
Channel 5 (series 12–)
S4C (Wales) (series 1–10)
M-Net (series 4)
TVN Lingua[20]

Series 1, 2000: England Craig Phillips
Series 2, 2001: Republic of Ireland Brian Dowling
Series 3, 2002: England Kate Lawler
Series 4, 2003: Scotland Cameron Stout
Series 5, 2004: Portugal Nadia Almada
Series 6, 2005: England Anthony Hutton
Series 7, 2006: England Pete Bennett
Series 8, 2007: Nigeria Brian Belo
Series 9, 2008: Wales Rachel Rice
Series 10, 2009: England Sophie Reade
Series 11, 2010: England Josie Gibson
Series 12, 2011: England Aaron Allard-Morgan
Series 13, 2012: South Africa Luke Anderson
Series 14, 2013: Wales Sam Evans
Series 15, 2014: 2014

Davina McCall (series 1–11)
Brian Dowling (series 12–13)
Emma Willis (series 14–)
Celebrity Big Brother BBC One (series 1)
Channel 4 (series 1–7)
Channel 5 (series 8–)
S4C (Wales) (series 2–7)

Series 1, 2001: England Jack Dee
Series 2, 2002: England Mark Owen
Series 3, 2005: England Bez Berry
Series 4, 2006: England Chantelle Houghton
Series 5, 2007: India Shilpa Shetty
Series 6, 2009: Sweden Ulrika Jonsson
Series 7, 2010: England Alex Reid
Series 8, 2011: Republic of Ireland Paddy Doherty
Series 9, 2012: England Denise Welch
Series 10, 2012: England Julian Clary
Series 11, 2013: England Rylan Clark
Series 12, 2013: England Charlotte Crosby
Series 13, 2014: England Jim Davidson

Davina McCall (series 1–7)
Brian Dowling (series 8–11)
Emma Willis (series 12–)
Teen Big Brother Channel 4/E4
S4C (Wales)
Series 1, 2003: Northern Ireland Paul Brennan Dermot O'Leary
Big Brother Panto
(all-star special Christmas series)
Channel 4/E4
S4C (Wales)
Series 1, 2004–2005: No winner Jeff Brazier
Celebrity Hijack
(Housemates: Teen / Big Brother: Celebrities)
Channel 4/E4
S4C (Wales)
Series 1, 2008: Scotland John Loughton Dermot O'Leary
Ultimate Big Brother
(all-star format)
Channel 4/E4 Series 1, 2010: Republic of Ireland Brian Dowling Davina McCall
 United States Big Brother CBS
Showtime 2(seasons 8–14)
TVGN (season 15–)

Global Reality Channel[21]
E4 (season 4, 9)

Season 1, 2000: Eddie McGee
Season 2, 2001: Will Kirby
Season 3, 2002: Lisa Donahue
Season 4, 2003: Jun Song
Season 5, 2004: Drew Daniel
Season 6, 2005: Maggie Ausburn
Season 8, 2007: Dick Donato
Season 9, 2008: Adam Jasinski
Season 10, 2008: Dan Gheesling
Season 11, 2009: Jordan Lloyd
Season 12, 2010: Hayden Moss
Season 13, 2011: Rachel Reilly
Season 14, 2012: Ian Terry
Season 15, 2013: Andy Herren
Season 16, 2014: Upcoming season

Julie Chen
Big Brother: All-Stars

Season 7, 2006: Mike Malin

 Vietnam Người Giấu Mặt - Big Brother Vietnam VTV6 Season 1, 2013–2014: Hoàng Sơn Việt Huy Khánh

Current series[edit]

     Current season
Country Season name Launch date Finale date Days Housemates Grand prize
 Albania Big Brother 7 21 February 2014 19
 Angola Big Brother 1 May 2014
 Australia Big Brother 11 2014 $250,000
 Brazil Big Brother Brasil 15 January 2015 R$1,500,000
 Canada Big Brother Canada 2 5 March 2014 8 May 2014 15 $100,000
 Denmark Big Brother 2014 1 January 2014 22
 Finland Big Brother 2014 2014 100,000
 Germany Promi Big Brother 2 2014
 Israel HaAh HaGadol 6 14 May 2014
 Italy Grande Fratello 13 3 March 2014 85 17 250,000
 Norway Big Brother 2014 2014 110
 Philippines Pinoy Big Brother: All In[22] 27 April 2014[22] July 2014[23] 100[23] < 15[22]
Ex-Yugoslavia Veliki Brat 5/Big Brother 7 2014
 Spain Gran Hermano 15 September 2014 300,000
 United Kingdom Big Brother 15 2014
Celebrity Big Brother 14 2014
 United States Big Brother 16 25 June 2014

Housemate exchanges[edit]

When two seasons in different countries are running simultaneously, housemates are sometimes temporarily exchanged between them.

Big Brother series Housemates involved Year Duration
Mexico BB1 Mexico

swapped with
Spain GH3 Spain

Eduardo Orozco, "El Doc"

swapped with
Andrés Barreiro, "Ness"

2002 7 days
Argentina GH3 Argentina

swapped with
Spain GH4 Spain

Eduardo Carrera

swapped with
Inmaculada González

2003 7 days
Ecuador GH1 Ecuador

swapped with
Mexico BB2 Mexico

Álvaro Montalván

swapped with
Eduardo Enríque

2003 7 days
BB1 Africa

swapped with
United Kingdom BB4 UK

Gaetano Juko Kagwa

swapped with
Cameron Stout

2003 4 Days
NorwaySweden BB2 Scandinavia

swapped with
Thailand BB2 Thailand

Anton Granlund

swapped with
Kirt Tirat, "Boo"

2006 7 Days
Philippines PBB2 Philippines

swapped with
Slovenia BB1 Slovenia

Bruce Quebral
swapped with
Tina Semolič

2007 5 days
Argentina GH5 Argentina

swapped with
Spain GH9 Spain

Soledad Melli

swapped with
Eneko Van Horenbeke

2007 7 days
BB3 Africa

swapped with
Finland BB4 Finland

Munya Chidzonga

swapped with
Johan Grahn

2008 7 days
Finland BB5 Finland

swapped with
Philippines PBB3 Philippines

Kätlin Laas

swapped with
Catherine Remperas

2009 6 days
Spain GH11 Spain

swapped with
Italy GF10 Italy

Gerardo Prager and
Saray Pereira

swapped with
Carmela Gualtieri and
Massimo Scattarella

2010 7 days
Finland BB6 Finland

swapped with
Slovenia BBS1 Slovenia

Niko Nousiainen

swapped with
Sandra Auer

2010 6 days
Spain GH12 Spain

swapped with
Israel HH3 Israel

Lydia Navarro

swapped with
Yaakov "Jackie" Menahem

2010–2011 6 days
Finland BB7 Finland

swapped with
Norway BB4 Norway

Janica Kortman

swapped with
Siv Anita Austad

2011 10 days
Argentina GH7 Argentina

swapped with
Israel HH4 Israel

Victoria Irouleguy

swapped with
Sophie Karwacki

2012 12 days

7 days

Task visits[edit]

Series Housemates involved Year Duration
Denmark BB4 Denmark

Sweden BB6 Sweden

Cathrine Petersen
Henrik Andreassen
Patricia Andersen
Umar Nyonyintono
2012 7 days


Series Housemates involved Year Duration
Denmark BB4 Denmark

Sweden BB6 Sweden

Annica Englund 2012 7 days

Current-evicted housemate exchange[edit]

Series Housemates involved Year Duration
Brazil BB12 Brazil

swapped with
Spain GH13 Spain

Laisa Portella (evicted housemate)

swapped with
Noemí Merino (current housemate)

2012 7 days

5 days

Ex-Big Brother exchange[edit]

Series Housemates involved Year Duration
Mexico VIP2 Mexico

swapped with
Spain GH5 Spain

Isabel Madow

swapped with
Aída Nízar

2003 7 days
Russia BR1 Russia

Housemate visited
GH1 Pacific

Ivan Timoshenko

swapped with
Gianmarco Retis

2005 7 days
Argentina GH4 Argentina

swapped with
Brazil BB7 Brazil

Pablo Espósito

swapped with
Iris Stefanelli

2007 5 days

Ex-Big Brother visit[edit]

Series Housemates involved Year
United Kingdom BB4 UK

Housemate visited
Australia BB3 Australia

Anouska Golebiewski
United Kingdom BB5 UK

Housemate visited
Australia BB5 Australia

Nadia Almada
United Kingdom CBB4 UK

Housemate visited
Germany BB6 Germany

Chantelle Houghton
BB3 Africa

Housemate visited
Brazil BB9 Brazil

Ricardo Ferreira, "Ricco"
Germany BB9 Germany

Housemate visited
Philippines BB3 Philippines

Annina Ucatis
Sascha Schwan
Italy GF10 Italy

Housemates visited
Albania BB3 Albania

George Leonard
Veronica Ciardi
Sweden BB5 Sweden

Housemates visited
Norway BB4 Norway

Martin Granetoft
Peter Orrmyr
Sara Jonsson
Brazil BB12 Brazil

Housemate visited
Spain GH13 Spain

Rafael Cordeiro, "Fael" 2012
Argentina GH4 Argentina

Housemate visited
Colombia GH2 Colombia

Agustín Belforte 2012
United States BB10/14 US

Housemate visited
Canada BB1 Canada

Dan Gheesling 2013
United States BB2/7 US

Housemate visited
United States BB15 US (Jury)

Will Kirby 2013
Canada BB1 Canada

Housemate visited
South Africa BB3 South Africa

Emmett Blois 2014

Casting selection Big Brother exchange[edit]

Series Housemates involved Year
Italy GF9 Italy

Housemate visited
Spain GH10 Spain

Doroti Polito
Leonia Coccia

Housemates competing in another country[edit]

Housemates Original series Second series
Daniela Martins France Secret Story 3 (France) Portugal Secret Story 1 (Portugal)
Daniel Mkongo France Secret Story 5 (France) Italy Grande Fratello 12 (Italy)
Brigitte Nielsen Denmark Big Brother VIP (Denmark) United Kingdom Celebrity Big Brother 3 (UK)
Jade Goody United Kingdom Big Brother 3
Big Brother Panto
Celebrity Big Brother 5 (UK)
India Bigg Boss 2 (India)
Sava Radović Germany Big Brother 4 (Germany) Veliki Brat 1 (Ex-Yugoslavia)
Nikola Nasteski ("Lester") Veliki Brat 4 (Ex-Yugoslavia) Bulgaria Big Brother All-Stars 1 (Bulgaria)
Žarko Stojanović France Secret Story 5 (France) Veliki Brat VIP 5 (Ex-Yugoslavia)
Željko Stojanović France Secret Story 5 (France) Veliki Brat VIP 5 (Ex-Yugoslavia)
Kelly Baron Brazil Big Brother 13 (Brazil) Portugal Big Brother VIP (Portugal)
Lucy Diakovska Bulgaria VIP Brother 4 (Bulgaria) Germany Promi Big Brother (Germany)


Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Series participants Series jury Points Winner Date
Spain GH12 Spain – "A-Ba-Ni-Bi"
Israel HH3 Israel – "Bandido"
Italy GF11 Italy
Greece BB5 Greece
Argentina GH6 Argentina
Spain: 12 (Italy) + 12 (Greece) + 12 (Argentina) = 36
Israel: 10 (Italy) + 10 (Greece) + 10 (Argentina) = 30
Spain Tests: 30-12-10 to 4-1-11
Israel performance: 5-1-2011
Spain performance: 6-1-2011
Ratings: 7-1-2011
Closed: 8-1-2011

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Series participants Prize Points Winner Date
Germany BB10 Germany
United Kingdom BB11 UK
Tickets to 2010 FIFA World Cup (Round of 16) Germany vs. England game After five penalties, the score was 1–1 and the game went to sudden death. After 36 penalties, German housemate Robert shot the ball wide and UK housemate Ife scored, winning 2–1. United Kingdom 26 June 2010

Series subtitles[edit]

These are subtitles of Big Brother shows around the world (not local titles).

Region or country Season Subtitle
Africa 4 Revolution
5 All-Stars
6 Amplified
7 StarGame
8 The Chase
Argentina Argentina
3 Vive Y Sobrevive (Live And Survive)
5 La Nueva Generación (The New Generation)
6 La Nueva Era (The New Era)
7 El Nuevo Gran Hermano (The New Big Brother)
Australia Australia 9 Secrets
10 Big Twist
Belgium Belgium 3 Big Brother Anders
5 Zero Privacy
Bulgaria Bulgaria 1 Биг Брадър вижда всичко! (Big Brother Sees Everything!)
3 Очаквайте неочакваното! (Expect the Unexpected!)
VIP 2 Нов! (New!)
4 Епизод 4 (Episode 4)
VIP 3 Звездите имат сърца! (Celebrities Have Hearts!)
5 Family
Canada Canada 1 Big Brother Phone
2 Who is the #FinalHG?
Can You Keep a Secret?
Croatia Croatia 1 Vidi sve (Sees Everything)
2 Gola istina (Naked Truth)
3 Do kraja (To The End)
4 Bez milosti! (No Mercy!)
5 Avantura te zove! (Adventure Calls You!)
Denmark Denmark 4 TV Web Mobil Radio
5 Alt kan ske (Anything Can Happen)
Finland Finland 1 Aidoin voittaa (The Most Genuine Wins)
2 Toinen tuleminen (Second Coming)
3 Käytä valtaasi (Use Your Power)
4 Kuka oikeasti olet? (Who Are You Really?)
5 Kaikki on toisin (Everything Is Different)
6 Kulissit kaatuvat (True Colours Revealed)
7 Enemmän salaisuuksia kuin milloinkaan ennen (More Secrets Than Ever Before)
8 Fanita rohkeasti (Be a Brave Fan)
Celebrity 1 Kamalampi kuin koskaan (More Horrible Than Ever)
Germany Germany 2 Back to Basics
4 The Battle
5 365 Tage - 1 Million Euro (365 Days - 1 Million Euro)
6 Das Dorf (The Village)
7 Wer bist du wirklich? (Who Are You Really?)
9 Reloaded
10 Everyone Has a Secret
11 The Secret
Greece Greece 3 The Wall
4 Big Mother
Netherlands Netherlands 3 The Battle
VIP 2 Big Brother Hotel
Norway Norway 3 Next Generation
Philippines Philippines Teen 2 Plus
3 Double Up
Teen 3 Clash of 2010
4 Unlimited
5 All In
Poland Poland 1, 2, 4.1, 5 (Part 2) Wielki Brat (Big Brother)
3 Bitwa (The Battle)
5 (Part 1) VIP
Portugal Portugal 1 O Grande Irmão (Big Brother)
VIP 3 Toda a gente vê (Everyone sees)
Secret Story 1 Casa dos Segredos (House of Secrets)
Secret Story 2
Secret Story 3
Secret Story 4
Secret Story: Desafio Final 1 Casa dos Segredos – Desafio Final (House of Secrets – Final Challenge)
Secret Story: Desafio Final 2
Romania Romania 2 Fratele Cel Mare (Big Brother)
Serbia Serbia
Montenegro Montenegro
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia
2 Očekuj neočekivano (Expect the Unexpected)
3 Veliki Brat je dvoličan (Two-Faced Big Brother)
VIP 4 Bitka počinje (The Battle Starts)
4 Ljubi bližnjeg svog (Love Thy Neighbor)
Spain Spain 1-7 La vida en directo (Life, Live)
VIP 1 El Desafío (The Challenge)
8 Lo verás todo (You Will See Everything)
9 Nada es lo que parece (Nothing Is What It Seems)
10 Es otra historia (It's Another Story)
11 La Nueva Era (The New Age)
GH: El reencuentro (The Reunion) Cuentas pendientes (Unfinished Business)
12 La cuarta dimensión (The Fourth Dimension)
GH: El reencuentro 2 (The Reunion) 10 años después (10 Years Later)
13 (12+1) Dale la vuelta (Turn It Over)
GH: El reencuentro 3 (The Reunion) La Re-vuelta (The Rebellion)
14 Asómate y siente el vértigo (Lean Out and Feel Dizzy)
Slovenia Slovenia 1 Big Brother vas gleda! (Big Brother Is Watching You!)
Celebrity 1 Big Brother Slavnih (Celebrity Big Brother)
United Kingdom UK Celebrity 1 In Aid of Comic Relief
2 View, Vote, Control
Teen 1 The Experiment
5 Big Brother Gets Evil
Celebrity 3
6 Unlucky 13
7 Big Brother Gets Twisted
9 Zero Tolerance
Celebrity 7 Hell Lies in Others
11 The Big Send-Off
Welcome to the Mad House
Ultimate 1 The Final Send-Off
13 Let the Fun and Games Begin!
Celebrity 11 Big Brother's Winter of Discontent
14 Secrets and Lies
Celebrity 12 Celebs and Fame
United States US 3 Expect The Unexpected
4 The X-Factor
5 Project DNA - Do Not Assume
6 Summer Of Secrets
7 All-Stars
8 America's Player
9 'Til Death Do You Part
10 Back to Basics
11 High School Cliques
12 Summer of Sabotage
13 The Summer of Double Trouble
14 Big Brother Coaches
15 Go Big!

Similar programmes[edit]

A number of programmes worldwide use rules similar to those on Big Brother:

See also[edit]


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  6. ^ Tom Bryant (2009-01-05). "Celebrity Big Brother exclusive: La Toya Jackson's diva demands - 3am & Mirror Online". Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  7. ^ Big Brother is giving one housemate a special treat! A housemate will reunite with a loved one inside the confession room! And this special moment will be aired live on Pinoy Big Brother tonight!
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  9. ^ BREAKING BB NEWS Channel 4 - Official Big Brother UK Website Retrieved 2007-09-08
  10. ^ "Arab Big Brother show suspended". BBC. 2004-03-01. 
  11. ^ On August 31, 2009, TQS changed its name to V.
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  13. ^ a b Big Brother Germany has been replaced since 2012 by Berlin Tag und Nacht, a new format which is a huge success with up to 1 million spectators.
  14. ^ Celebrity Big Brother Germany starts in September 2013
  15. ^ Cindy aus Marzahn and Oliver Pocher are the hosts of Celebrity BB Germany
  16. ^ Staff (July 22, 2010). "Το "Βig Brother" επιστρέφει" (in Greek). Star Channel. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ Co-produced version with Norway and Sweden taking part.
  18. ^ Due to the car accident that killed three former housemates, Elmir Kuduzović, Stevan Zečević and Zorica Lazić, the producer decided to discontinue the series. The winning prize was divided by the surviving housemates.
  19. ^ Eva Lindewall (2012-09-28). "Big Brother Sweden axed because it's too expensive". Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  20. ^ C21Media:
  21. ^ Global Reality Channel
  22. ^ a b c "PBB announces premier date". Twitter. March 27, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014. "This is what we know so far Taongbayan. This season is called PBB ALL IN. We will launch after Easter and will have 15 Housemates" 
  23. ^ a b Lauren Dyogi (March 27, 2014). "#AskDirekLauren 100 days of fun this season! Abangan!". Twitter. Retrieved March 28, 2014.