After a one-year hiatus, one of Mzansi’s biggest reality shows, Big Brother Mzansi, is ready to hit the screens again. The reality show returns with a new tagline, Siyamosha, next year. This was revealed by MultiChoice on Thursday during the launch of the show’s fourth season in Randburg.
Fans of the show will be happy, or not, to hear that they will no longer see the housemates taking a shower. This was revealed by Shirley Adonisi, the director of local entertainment channels. She said in the past, shower hour received a negative response, with people saying filming housemates while showering was disrespectful to the housemates, and as a channel, they have decided to listen to the viewers.
The launch was hosted by comedian and radio personality Skhumbuzo “Skhumba” Hlophe, as well as actor and media personality Lawrence Maleka, who is also the Big Brother host. Spotted were former contestants and winners, including Dimpho “Mphowabadimo” Mvundla, Mandla Hlatshwayo, couple Ntombi Tshabalala and Nkanyiso “Ace” Khumalo as well as the first Big Brother Titans winner Khosi Twala.
Tshabalala and Khumalo, who’ve been together for 13 years, shared that when they won season two in 2016, they had one child but now had three children and their relationship was still going strong.
“We are more serious now; we are grown-ups. We’ve come so far. We get a lot of love out there, free meals at the restaurants and people buy me drinks. Just all over the country, we are loved,” said Khumalo.
Tshabalala said if she were to be given a chance to be in the Big Brother house again, she’d take it. She added that she missed the diary sessions, dancing and all the fun she had in the house.
Asked if she thought it was a good idea to be in a relationship in the house, Mvundla who now has a child with a former Big Brother contestant, Themba Mabaso, said relationships fail, and sometimes they work, people should not avoid falling in love. The two broke up last year while she was still pregnant.
While people were expecting Big Brother Titans to return for the second season, Adonisi said research showed that there was a hunger for the return of Big Brother Mzansi, adding that Titans might return.
Social media users have in the past voiced that the show should feature people who wanted to be in the house for fun and entertainment instead of auditioning for being in the media space. Adonisi said housemates who came into the house with the intention of wanting all the attention usually learn the hard way, which is great content for the show.
Big Brother Mzansi will return on 21 January 2024 with the same host, Lawrence Maleka. The prize money remains a mystery.