Tanzania’s Idris emerged from the Big Brother Hotshots house at the end of Sunday night’s
thrilling 2-hour live extravaganza with USD 300 000 in the bank! He picked up an avalanche
of viewer votes from the continent after 63 days of fun, drama and intrigue to become the
hottest of the Hotshots in the 9th season of the continent’s most epic reality show.
Idris saw off the challenge of 25 other housemates through 9 weeks of extravaganzas,
weekly tasks, ‘freeze’ challenges and even an epic prank in true Big Brother style. After he’d
picked himself up off the floor after the announcement, Idris told IK he was feeling
exhausted after the “long ride”. “Big love to everyone in Africa, I have so much love out
there, I’m going to give back every single day,” said the man from Arusha.
The show kicked off with a show-stopping performance from 17 evicted housemates, who
got the chance to remind the continent of their Hotshots credentials. The glamorous finale
was a star-studded affair, also featuring performances by the One Campaign Artists, Nigerian
star M.I. and South Africa’s Unathi Msengana. Even the Top 8 housemates got in on the
action, with a performance of their own to sum up their time in the house!
IK took viewers back through all 63 days of Big Brother Hotshots, with reminders of the
Hotshots’ stellar performances during the extravaganza tasks, the tender moments – and
the explosive ones – they all shared, and all the fun they had learning about each other’s
cultures, countries and personalities.
Evictions were never far from everyone’s minds, though, and when the
SizweNtsalubaGobodo auditor delivered a bulging envelope to IK on stage, he got down to
business. Over the course of the show, he evicted Butterphly, M’am Bea, JJ, Sipe, Nhlanhla
and Macky2 from the house in pairs, leaving Idris and Tayo to count their lucky stars as the
rest of the Hotshots looked on enviously from the stage.
As the time for the winner announcement drew near, Big Brother summoned the duo to the
Diary Room for a final few words of encouragement before sending them out of the house
to join IK on stage, through a curtain of fireworks.
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, M-Net’s Regional Director for West Africa was delighted with the way
Big Brother Hotshots played out. “The behind-the-scenes team overcame some astounding
obstacles to get this season of Big Brother Africa on-air – and they delivered a show that was
bigger, better, more dramatic and more entertaining than ever before,” she said.
“Congratulations to Idris on being named the winner of Big Brother Hotshots – and thank
you to the rest of the housemates for providing the entire continent with 63 days of
Sivan Pillay, Managing Director of Endemol South Africa said: “We are very proud to have
produced another great season of Big Brother Africa. Despite the devastating setback of the
fire, it has been a monumental achievement to entertain the continent with our broadcast