Big Brother: countdown to StarGame begins!

Written by Tashi from the blog Tashi's TV on 02 May 2012
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It's here! The time has arrived for Big Brother Africa 7 a.k.a StarGame a.k.a the season that promises to throttle the relationships between those who've entered with their partner.

The season premieres this Sunday (6 May) at 20h00 CAT. If you're a fellow uhdikt (addict) you'll know that Big Brother always comes to life at 19h00 on the Sunday it premieres but this time it's starting at 20h00.

I got so stressed out about the change in time I've triple-checked that 20h00's correct and word from M-Net is that it definitely is.

The 24-hour channel will be on Channel 198 as per usual, on the Premium and Compact bouquets and will have two feeds as it did last year.

The fact that we'll be able to choose between two points of view strongly suggests two houses and a division of housemates - which makes sense with the housemates entering in partners.

Also, check out this description of the design:

One look is inspired by the diners of 50s Hollywood, colourful pastels and bold bright shapes accented by the iconic black and white check patterns, bringing back memories of jukeboxes, bunk beds and soda fountains. The other is sleek and sophisticated, echoing a classy and exclusive dance club where opulence and luxury are the keys to a good time. Polished glass, gold finishes and delicate accessories…it is style meets elegance all the way."

Definitely suggests two houses.

The main live feed from Channel 198 will also be available on DStv Mobile, the Drifta and the Walka.  In South Africa and Namibia it's going to be replacing the E! mobile channel for the duration of the series whereas it's going to be added to the mobile bouquet as an extra channel in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana. I don't know why it's different for different countries - must have to do with bandwidth or reception or something.

Also back: I.K. as host (let's hope they've hired someone new to dress him) - and the Daily shows which will be on Mzansi Magic for the first time this year, daily at 22h00.

As for what we can expect from the feel of it ... the set's complete and ready for an annual christening. Members of the media will be moving into the house tomorrow morning (Thursday) for a sneak peak of what it's like. If there are two houses they may live in both or only one - you know how the show likes to hide second houses. They'll live in it for a night, give it a test run, do Diary Room entries and hopefully make it out sane.

TVSA blogger Pruluv will be going in for us again after successfully making it out last year. Keep a lookout for her inside scoop on what the experience is like.

Bring it all on. I'm already annoyed by the housemates and we haven't even met them yet, bwah!


03 May 2012 09:34

Rumours has it that Babalwa Mneno is joining the booze house

Mrs Chix
03 May 2012 09:38

Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I cant wait for the looser to enter the house. I really have to double check if I made my subscription

03 May 2012 09:38

i plan to to watch this one religiously after my one year absence in the fab club,halla @Dorothy in naija and all tvsa biggie fans in Nams and Bots.FK come back from our inlaw's land.

03 May 2012 09:39

what u mean Mrs Chix?

03 May 2012 09:49

there are 14 countries participating translating into 28 housemates.. in the BB website there are 36 slots for housemates faces.... what can we read from this?

03 May 2012 09:54

My helper loves BBA with al her hearts, she eats, breath and talk Monday morning she will know al the names, country and al.

I do watch but not to the extent........she doesn't even take weekend offs during BBA about uhdikt......... 



03 May 2012 10:02

@Agree pls get yo helper a wap'd fone so she can update us.i need my 5yr old taken away for the nxt 3 months.

Mrs Chix
03 May 2012 10:04

@shuu, I am also wondering the same thing.....

03 May 2012 10:10

i made peace that we will never win,Africa will never warm up to a SA contestant.

Mrs Chix
03 May 2012 10:15

Cnglemother, one day is one day...Last year I thought we would win but we became aliancies((Spelling)) withe the wrong countries.

03 May 2012 10:54

*waving white flag* hello everyone, Tash, sunday is d-day

03 May 2012 12:17

which combination would you like to see?

1. parend/child
2 siblings
3. lovers
4. friends (same sex)
5. friends (opposite sex)

03 May 2012 12:28

I am so ready for the season...bring it on BBA. Can't wait to discuss (read gossip) the housemates with fellow bloggers...The fights, the analysis, the predictions the nicknames....aaah...Good times ahead.

03 May 2012 12:30

@shuu, Lovers and friends of opposite sex would make interesting combination...siblings could bring some dram too.

Mrs Chix
03 May 2012 12:50

parent/child ... IS A NO NO NO please,

03 May 2012 13:51

actually #3 can be broken down as:
or just lovers

03 May 2012 14:35

Hey Nonwe *Teletubbies' big hug*....hope you will do your sterling job of updating us again.  I can't wait.  I even switch to 198 just to check nje but alas nothing as yet.  I want to see lovers and friends of both opposite and same sex.

03 May 2012 14:55

Cant wait for this!!! We're back to sleepless nights.... For someone who has a PVR, is this tapable??? Babalwa wldn't be a bad idea. She has the personality for this kind of show. 

I'm an addict and so not apologetic. My husbands always says he questions my intelligence for watching such shows!!! 
I so hope we dont have housemates like Randall this time.

03 May 2012 15:16

Starmates Revealed

•Stylish entertainer, stand-up comedian and television pro DKB from Ghana (26)

•Tough, talented rap icon Prezzo from Kenya (32)

•Award-winning songstress Lady May from Namibia (25)

•Boldly dramatic pop music sensation Goldie from Nigeria (28)

•Famed socialite, model and businesswoman Barbz from South Africa (34)

•Unforgettable, highly successful R&B diva Mampi from Zambia (25)

•Unique and hugely popular, soulful musician Roki from Zimbabwe (27)

Mrs Chix
03 May 2012 15:25

I will be voting for "Ms Brazilian Hair"- Barbz

Mrs Chix
03 May 2012 15:29

I am a true addict,,, now I am going to google these pple so that I will have a bit of info about them come SUNDAY

03 May 2012 15:40

Hawu wat happened to those "i'm never watching BigBrother coz of Wendell"

welcome back guys.. jus can't wait

03 May 2012 15:43


03 May 2012 15:48

i just hope and wish they don't compete for the prize that last year's case... it won't be fair

03 May 2012 15:55

Mrs Chix...I'm also going for Barbz....i foresee drama galore. Babalwa is forever 34 years old. she's one of the few lucky ones...who never grow old.

03 May 2012 15:58

03 May 2012 15:59

I'm not feeling the celebs housemates either but let's wait and see...

03 May 2012 16:01

Gyan i like your comments

03 May 2012 16:10

@sesikavincent...I like you too. But wait until after Sunday , maybe you'll be singing a different tune. emotions do flare up when  bloggers dont like the same Housemates and name calling starts.

03 May 2012 16:20

watch out for the drama between Barbz and Goldie.

03 May 2012 16:32

@Gyan, your husband may be right after all.

03 May 2012 20:25

Ja, I'm also not crazy about there being celebmates again - it's been done already but I suspect they won't stay long. I reckon they'll be in for a bit or do something in particular with the other housemates and then leave. I'm pleased to see Lady May's in the line-up though - hopefully she'll dish some controversy.

*Busy wondering what Pruluv's up to in the house*

03 May 2012 20:54

ooh you guys are making me wanna quit my job for this season and just stay home watch BBA..........

you making it interesting to watch hle....... so envious and anxious lol

03 May 2012 21:26

@Mathaz *big hug* hope so. I heard a scoop about great aunt and that's a combo i'm not looking forward to. Siblings, lovers and friends of opposite sex are going to be the best combo......lots of drama and sex.

03 May 2012 22:32

Hey Nomwe - howzit! A great aunt and nephew? ... bizarre - they could go one of two ways: either they'll be a boring combo who go to sleep at 20h00 - or she could turn out to be a Betty White #Let'sHope.

03 May 2012 22:36

*Thinking about how quickly time goes between seasons and how fun it is to get together for the show again.*

03 May 2012 22:53

Hello Addicts Been waiting for May to come wuuuuuu sleepless nights. Wuuuu we have a rappper and the musicians in the house, yawn they will be promoting their albums

04 May 2012 10:23

I'm fine Tash, hope you are oiled up for this season.....she better be a Betty White. Wouldn't stand a disciplinarian on the show. That'll just be mighty boring and ya, it's always fun to have everyone back.

04 May 2012 20:38

yoh!bloggers so excited!its gona be fun.Tashi pls dont dissapoint give us what we need on sunday!i love Babalwa so im cool with SA's selection she is real no snobbish tendencies there.

05 May 2012 02:20

countdown to star game...i like goldie already.nigerians say she's karen*3

05 May 2012 04:40


Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Nice to know you will be around for BBA 7. Where is Segololo? Will she be back from her sabbatical holiday for this edition of Bigbrother?

05 May 2012 05:21

You must know its BBA season again when you see Dorothy's response *waves @ her*

05 May 2012 09:53

Hey Dorothy, hello! *waves*

>>Tashi pls dont dissapoint give us what we need on sunday<<

Sure will Cngle! There's gonna be a live blog for the launch so we can go mad.

I'm picturing what the housemates are up to right this moment ... probs getting briefed by their chaparone's, making their last calls to fammers, repacking their cases to check they haven't forgotten anything, watching everyone else at whatever they're staying, wondering if they're a housemate too.

05 May 2012 21:56

Hey people am so excited i wish i could stay at home this week just to get to know the housemates lol.chix wat did u mean about the subscription?i remember nonwe frm last year....hope u will b updating again ds year.

05 May 2012 22:32

They should put TVSA bloggers up in that house ... There'll be no kinky stuff, but the dialogue drama will be awesome ! I'd switch my TV on & watch !

06 May 2012 13:06

Hey addicts. Let the game begin * waving from Namibia*

06 May 2012 13:42

Hello @koktail.......i bet the housemates can't wait till 20:00h. The smokers would by now have finished like eight packs of ciggies. I pray we get another luclay who'd bring the house down if he doesn't get his smokes. Hope biggie would make them enter both houses tonight because the lord knows all that sunday game of chance sharing won't cut it.

06 May 2012 13:43

Tash hope you'd put up the thread before the time

06 May 2012 17:10

Where is MemeJ?

06 May 2012 18:37

I'm on my second bottle of wine, waiting for this to start...

06 May 2012 18:50

Cheers Gyan! *sipping Brutal Bruit*

Hey Nonwe, ja I thought I'd mark it live an hour before for welcome drinks and snacks.

A link: BB StarGame Live Blog

06 May 2012 18:59

@Tash Bring lots...because we sure are going to party till the police aiye! I can't wait. When should we start naming in nick names?

06 May 2012 19:10

At least there's some action now on the channel. Gosh, I don't think I'm gonna sleep tonite. Cheers Tashi.

06 May 2012 19:15

@gyan me neither

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