The showdown and dash for the double prize to be won by two Big Brother Amplified contestants is hotting up as the reality TV show gears towards a climax next Sunday. (See the updated story here- Karen Igho and Wendhall are the winners of Big Brother Amplified)
Today is the last eviction, and ardent viewers are anxiously waiting to see who of the seven nominated housemates bites the dust before the finale – as it seems six will fight it out for the two 200000 (R1,36m) first prizes.
Ten contestants are in the house today. The nominated seven, the highest number since the show opened in May, are the house’s cassanova, handsome Lomwe of Malawi, Mzansi’s own cry baby, the erratic and unpredictable Luclay, Ethiopia’s unassuming, shy introvert Hanni, the house’s care-free man-eater Kim from Zambia, the big mouth Kenyan Millicent, the conceited Zimbabwe model Vimbai and her compatriot, and the only white man, Wendall, whose quietness only disappears after he’s had a tipple too many.
Safe and sound going to the finals is the outspoken viewers’ darling Karen of Nigeria, who has since changed her spots, Uganda’s reserved beauty Sharon O and the sophisticated and highly intelligent Nigerian Vina.
I predict that the likeable Lome and Vina will take the double first prize!
Come in Karen, after being the darling of the fans, she spoiled her chance of getting the loot in the final stretch this week.
Karen and Kim have been at each other’s throats since the game began, from calling each other names like poodle, to sl*t, it just doesn’t end with these two!
On Thursday, Karen and Kim had another spat that saw them throwing expletives . Kim then subsequently packed her bags and moved her bed to sleep with her supposed lover – Lomwe.
On Friday night Karen was in her element after a drunken stupor that led to her being dragged to her bed by Vina and Wendall.
Before the semi-naked Karen, went to sleep, wearing only an all-revealing pair of knickers, she threatened to break the karaoke equipment after one of the housemates hit the remote control.
Head of the House Vina jumped, telling Karen off, insisting that she was in charge of the equipment – as the week’s sheriff – and she didn’t like the way Karen wanted to mess the machine up , as the week’s sheriff.
While everyone was enjoying the party, Karen slipped upstairs to have a sobbing moment, claiming that she wants to go home.
Has the game become too much taxing for Karen, the darling of the viewers, to handle?
Out Karen, you’ve messed up in just one week and no moolah for you!
During next Sunday’s finale, the finalists will be pretty surprised to learnt that Amplified meant two winners for the first prize cash.
Story by Xolile Mtshazo
of The Sunday World, South Africa.
Karen before the Big Brother. What she wore to Uche Jombo’s party in Victoria Island
Karen at Tuface Idibia and Pero Adeniyi’s baby dedication