Big Brother (Bulgarian TV series)

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Big Brother

Big Brother is a reality show based on the Big Brother series by Endemol. The show originates from the Netherlands, where in 1999 the very first season was aired.

At present, the format is spread in a number of countries around the world. A group of people (called the Housemates) live together in an isolated house. 24 hours a day their life is recorded by hidden cameras in all the rooms in the House. They do not have TV, Internet, newspapers, even watches on their wrists. The Housemates are completely isolated from the outside world. Every week, each one of them must enter the Diary room and nominate two of the other people for public eviction. The two or more housemates with most negative votes become nominated. For almost a week the TV viewers have to decide which of them to be evicted, voting via SMS or phone calls. Every week the Housemates have a week task. Depending on whether they perform their task successfully or unsuccessfully, their week budget is increased or decreased. During the final week, the viewers vote which one of the remaining people in the House to be the winner. He or she wins a big cash prize.

The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1948 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopia in which Big Brother is the all-seeing, omnipotent leader of Oceania.

In Bulgaria, the first season of Big Brother was aired in 2004 on Nova Television, and quickly became one of the most successful TV formats in the country. Niki Kanchev was the main presenter in all editions, except for Big Brother 4, where he was replaced by Milen Tsvetkov. Evelina Pavlova was a co-host in the period 2004–2006. Five main seasons, seven celebrity seasons, four All Stars seasons and a Family season have been produced so far. The fifth main season premiered on 17 August 2015 and was the first non-celebrity season to be produced in seven years.


Big Brother format[edit]

Season Launch date Final date Days Housemates Winner
Big Brother 1 18 October 2004 17 January 2005 92 15 Zdravko
Big Brother 2 19 September 2005 19 December 2005 92 19 Miroslav
Big Brother 3 18 September 2006 11 December 2006 85 18 Lyubov
Big Brother 4 22 September 2008 14 December 2008 84 26 Georgi
Big Brother 5 17 August 2015 11 September 2015 26 13 Nikita

Big Brother Family format[edit]

Season Launch date Final date Days Housemates Winner
Big Brother Family 22 March 2010 10 June 2010 81 15 families Eli and Veselin Kuzmovi

VIP Brother format[edit]

Season Launch date Final date Days Housemates Winner
VIP Brother 1 13 March 2006 10 April 2006 29 12 Konstantin
VIP Brother 2 26 March 2007 27 April 2007 33 13 Hristina
VIP Brother 3 16 March 2009 10 May 2009 56 17 Deyan
VIP Brother 4 16 September 2012 17 November 2012 63 16 Orlin
VIP Brother 5 15 September 2013 16 November 2013 63 17 Stanka
VIP Brother 6 15 September 2014 17 November 2014 64 18 Vladislav
VIP Brother 7 13 September 2015 13 November 2015 62 15 Georgi
VIP Brother 8 11 September 2016 11 November 2016 62 19 Miglena
VIP Brother 9 11 September 2017 10 November 2017 61 18 Yonislav
VIP Brother 10 10 September 2018 2 November 2018 54 17 Atanas

Big Brother All Stars format[edit]

Season Launch date Final date Days Housemates Winner
Big Brother All Stars 1 19 November 2012 17 December 2012 29 11 Nikola
Big Brother All Stars 2 18 November 2013 16 December 2013 29 12 Zlatka
Big Brother All Stars 3 19 November 2014 15 December 2014 27 10 Todor
Big Brother All Stars 4 16 November 2015 14 December 2015 29 8 Desislava
Big Brother All Stars 5 13 November 2017 11 December 2017 29 12 Georgi
Big Brother All Stars 6 5 November 2018 December 2018 13

Main seasons[edit]

Niki Kanchev hosted all main seasons, except for the fourth, and all nine celebrity seasons. Evelina Pavlova was a co-host during the first two Big Brother seasons, and the first VIP Brother. The host of Big Brother 4 was Milen Tsvetkov.

Big Brother 1[edit]

Big Brother 2[edit]

Big Brother 3[edit]

Big Brother 4[edit]

Big Brother 5[edit]

Family seasons[edit]

Big Brother Family[edit]

VIP seasons[edit]

VIP Brother 1[edit]

VIP Brother 2[edit]

VIP Brother 3[edit]

VIP Brother 4[edit]

VIP Brother 5[edit]

VIP Brother 6[edit]

VIP Brother 7[edit]

VIP Brother 8[edit]

VIP Brother 9[edit]

VIP Brother 10[edit]

All Stars seasons[edit]

Big Brother All Stars 2012[edit]

Big Brother All Stars 2013[edit]

Big Brother All Stars 2014[edit]

Big Brother All Stars 2015[edit]

Big Brother All Stars 2017[edit]

Big Brother All Stars 2018[edit]

Big Brother: The Housemates Strike Back[edit]

On 7 June, 2007 Big Brother brought together Housemates from all Big Brother and VIP Brother seasons and gave them their last task—to destroy the House. Here are the Housemates, who participated in the special edition of the show:

From Big Brother 1[edit]

  • Mariela "Mel"
  • Nayden
  • Stoyka
  • Tihomir (he also participated in VIPB2)
  • Veneta
  • Zdravko (he won BB1 and also participated in VIPB2)
  • Zeyneb

From Big Brother 2[edit]

  • Elena
  • Ivan
  • Leonardo "Leo"
  • Miroslav (the winner of BB2)
  • Nedyalko
  • Silvia
  • Stefan "Bat Sali"
  • Zvezdelin "Vego"

Stefan and Leonardo made a performance as a part of the concert in the House by some of the singer stars from VIP Brother.

From VIP Brother 1[edit]

  • Damaskin "Dim"
  • Dimitar "Mityo Pishtova"
  • Konstantin (the winner of VIPB1)
  • Rayna

Rayna and Konstantin also made a performance. Damaskin also sang with Konstantin.

From Big Brother 3[edit]

  • Borislav
  • Eva
  • Garo
  • Lilyana
  • Panayot
  • Penyo
  • Svetlana
  • The Triplets: Vyara, Nadezhda and Lyubov (the winner of BB3)
  • Violeta

Penyo participated in the concert.

From VIP Brother 2[edit]

  • Desislava
  • Hristina (the winner of VIPB2. She is also Zdravko's wife, who won BB1 and also participated in VIPB2.)
  • Kalin
  • Magdalena "Magi"
  • Petya
  • Tihomir (he and Zdravko entered with the other BB1 Housemates)
  • Zdravko (also the winner of BB1)

Desislava and Petya participated in the concert. Kalin sang with his friend Nina Nikolina.


  • General
  • 2004–2005 /Big Brother 1/
    • First set of nominees: Anelia and Dimitar
    • First contestant to be evicted: Anelia Ivanova
    • First contestant to voluntarily leave: Dimitar Kazalov
    • First replacement housemate: Tihomir Georgiev
    • First Big Brother Winner: Zdravko Vassilev /200 000 leva/
    • First contestants to be expelled by Big Brother: Nayden Naydenov and Svetlan Shevrov “Groshi”
    • First sex in the House: Tihomir Georgiev and Mariela Kiselkova
    • First lesbian sex: Mariela Kiselkova and Svetlozara Trendafilova
    • Longest time spent in the house without being nominated: 70 days, Svetlozara Trendafilova
    • First housemate not to be nominated during the whole season: Viktor
  • 2005 /Big Brother 2/
    • First "evil" Big Brother
    • First Big Brother with a couple competing: Elena and Miroslav
    • First contestant to be voted into the house by the public: Elena Romele
    • First foreigner housemate: Leonardo Bianchi (from Italy)
    • Longest time spent in the house by a replacement housemate: Elena Romele
  • 2006 /VIP Brother 1/
    • First set of nominees: Rayna, Mityo Pishtova and Vesela Neynska
    • First VIP housemate to be evicted: Raina
    • First VIP housemate to voluntarily leave: Vesela Neynska
    • First VIP Brother Winner: Konstantin /50 000 levas/
    • First child to enter and live in the House: Danaya (3 years old)
    • First blood related housemates: Violeta and Danaya, mother and daughter
    • Fewest housemates to be evicted: 2
    • First Big Brother with secret inquisition: VIP Brother 1
  • 2006 /Big Brother 3/
    • First season with a talk show: Big Brother's Big Mouth
    • First triplets competing: Vyara, Nadezhda and Lyubov
    • First pregnant housemate: Svetlana
    • First Big Brother baby: Amber
    • First faked eviction: Panayot and Mariola
    • Longest time before the first eviction takes place: 29 days
    • First nominations with 5 nominated housemates (Vyara, Nadezhda, Lilyana, Svetlana, Penyo): the sixth nominations
    • First double eviction: Penyo and Nadezhda
    • First non-secret nominations: the eighth nominations
    • First nominations with positive votes: the ninth nominations
    • First final with two people in fourth place: Lilyana and Paloma (they had equal votes)
    • First woman to win: Lyubov
  • 2007 /VIP Brother 2/
    • First housemates to compete in two Big Brother seasons: Zdravko and Tihomir, previously from Big Brother 1
    • First TV show shot in the House during Big Brother: Hot with host Veneta Raykova (one of the Housemates)
    • First family in the House: Zdravko, Hristina and Yanitsa
    • First wedding in the House: Zdravko and Hristina
    • First non-VIP on VIP Brother: Hristina
    • First nominations when the Housemates can nominate themselves positively: the first nominations
    • First nominations when the Housemates had to nominate three people: the second nominations
    • First non-VIP to win VIP Brother: Hristina
    • First intruder to win: Hristina
  • 2008 /Big Brother 4/
    • First season to be shot in the new House
    • First season without Niki Kanchev as a host
  • 2009 /VIP Brother 3/
    • The longest VIP season of the show in Bulgaria – 56 Days.


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