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Big Brother Brasil

Big Brother Brasil
The logo for the most recent season
Big Brother Brasil
Logo of Big Brother Brasil used from Season 1-6.
Logo of Big Brother Brasil used from Season 7-11.
Logo of Big Brother Brasil used from Season 12-13.
Logo of Big Brother Brasil used from Season 14.

Big Brother Brasil (BBB) is the Brazilian version of the Big Brother reality television show based on the Dutch television series of the same name that was originally created in 1999 by John de Mol. The Brazilian edition is considered one of the best editions of the reality show worldwide. It is the third one with more finished seasons (only after the American and Spanish versions) and the only one with 15 years of uninterrupted annual transmission in the same channels and by the same presenter.

The show is based on a group of strangers, known as housemates, living together twenty-four hours a day in the "Big Brother" house, isolated from the outside world (primarily from mass media, such as newspapers, telephones, television and the internet) while having all their steps followed by cameras around-the-clock, with no privacy for three months.

The housemates compete for the chance to win the grand prize by avoiding weekly eviction, until the last housemate remains at the end of the season that can claim the grand prize. The show's host is journalist Pedro Bial.

Rede Globo's website and a Globo-owned pay-per-view channel offer round-the-clock coverage. The Seasons 5 and 7 were the most popular seasons. Sabrina Sato (Season 3) is one of the hosts of Panico na TV, Grazi Massafera (Season 5) is an soap opera actress at Rede Globo and Íris Stefanelli (Season 7) is a reporter for TV Fama. The three can be considered the most successful contestants of the show, although none of them have won the show.

But Big Brother Brasil 10 had the biggest participation in the world of callings at the final, reaching over 154 millions of votes.

On March 5, 2012 the show was renewed for the 13th and 14th seasons which will premiere in the summers of 2013 and 2014.


  • The House 1
  • Show Format 2
    • The Launch Night 2.1
    • Head of Household 2.2
    • Power of Immunity 2.3
    • Estaleca or Food Competition 2.4
    • Sunday Live Nominations 2.5
    • Tuesday Live Eviction 2.6
    • Live Final and the Winner 2.7
  • Season details 3
  • Reception 4
    • Brazilian ratings 4.1
  • Celebrities 5
  • Game 6
  • Controversy and criticism 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

The House

The Big Brother Brasil house is located inside Globo's production center in Rio de Janeiro, "Projac". The house is considered by most Big Brother Specialists as the biggest and most extravagant house of all Big Brothers.

The external area of the house is approximately 700 square meters (m²) while the internal areas is about 200 m². The house has 4 bedrooms (3 for the normal contestants and one for the Leader), a living room, one bathroom, a big garden, one kitchen, a gym, a jacuzzi, a pool, a special room called Confessionário (Diary Room) and a secret area, which was once the white bedroom (9th and 10th editions) and the surprise bedroom (11th edition).

Show Format

The Launch Night

On the night of the Live Launch several members of the public, who have successfully passed through several audition processes, enter the House to become Housemates of the Big Brother House. Once inside the house the Housemates will live together and have no contact with the outside world.

Head of Household

After each eviction (except the first week), housemates compete to become the Head of Household, by winning a weekly physical endurance challenge, based on a specific skill, a general knowledge quiz or, even sometimes through a luck event.

The HoH receives perks such as their own private bedroom, photos or gifts from home, and maid service. The HoH is safe from the week's nomination (except in season 15) and also has the power to directly nominates one housemate for eviction, in addition the HoH is the tiebreaker for the house's nomination vote. Although one housemate normally retains the Leader rewards and responsibilities for the week, exceptions have occurred.

In a "double eviction" week, the first HoH only reigns for a short period (between an hour and three days) while the second HoH reigns for the rest of the week. When this occurs, the first HoH is normally not provided the benefits such as use of the "HoH Room". Another exception is when two housemates share a HoH, such as in the third week of Season 6 and in the first week of Season 7. It is common that the Leader during the week of Carnaval is allowed to go to the Samba school parades or go to Salvador during the Brazilian carnival week.

Power of Immunity

In Season 3, a weekly Power of Immunity is introduced and determined. This housemate may choose any other housemate to protect from facing the eviction. However, in Season 7, another selected house mate was given the Power of Veto to nullify the saving power.

Since Season 8, Power of Immunity winner was also given a bad side, where that housemate, besides protecting someone from elimination, must "punish" one or more contestants, obliging them to do an unpleasing task or forbidding them to go to the party.

Estaleca or Food Competition

On Sundays, a competition allow the housemates to win food (until Season 4) or estalecas (from Season 5 ownwards) for the week. Most competitions are games of skill, although the housemates may work individually, in teams, or as one group.

Introduced in Season 5, the Estaleca (Z$) is the official currency of the house. Each contestant has their own credit card with a set amount of Estalecas. Contestants may use their currency to purchase needs for the house, such as food, rent items for personal use, such as hairdryer, or even purchase luxury items, like a helicopter ride.

The winners of the week's Estaleca competition earn the right to do all the shopping, choosing what the entire house will eat for the upcoming week. As in the real stock market, the Estalecas can suffer some speculative attacks and thus the value of the groceries may inflate or deflate.

Sunday Live Nominations

First the PoI winner and HoH nominate their choices for their respective abilities. Then, each one of the remaining contestants go into the Diary Room, and vote on the contestant they wish to face an elimination match. The highest voted contestant is sent to the elimination match to face the person nominated by the HoH and an audience poll starts (either by phone, SMS or Internet) to pick which of the two or three contestants shall be eliminated.

Tuesday Live Eviction

On Eviction Night, the poll result is shown and the highest voted housemate is eliminated and evicted from the house. The evicted housemate must to get ready to leave immediately. Once they leave the House they are greeted by the live crowd, which will boo or cheer according to the popularity of the evicted Housemate.

Live Final and the Winner

In the Live Final, only two to three Housemates remain in the house, after surviving numerous evictions. The public are then asked to vote for their favourite surviving Housemate to win the prize. The winner is announced and the final three surviving Housemates leaving the house together, treated to a cheering crowd and a firework display.

Season details

Season Housemates Days Winner Vote Notes
Big Brother Brasil 1 12 64 Kleber de Paula 68%
(out of 3)
Only season to have the nomination process pre-taped and Marisa Orth as co-host. Orth left her hosting duties early in the series but continued making appearances and providing color commentary.
Big Brother Brasil 2 12 71 Rodrigo Leonel 65%
(out of 2)
First time two seasons were filmed and aired back to back at the same year. Only season to air in the South American winter. First time the final vote included two housemates.
Big Brother Brasil 3 15 78 Dhomini Ferreira 51%
(out of 2)
Introduced the Power of Immunity. First season to have a housemate, Dilson Walkarez, voluntary quit the game. Last season where the weekly nomination process was split into two different days (Saturday and Sunday).
Big Brother Brasil 4 14 85 Cida dos Santos 69%
(out of 2)
First time two housemates where selected by a random draw at the launch night. First season where the nomination process was completely done on Sunday's night. Last season to featured the original R$500,000 grand prize.
Big Brother Brasil 5 15 79 Jean Wyllys 55%
(out of 3)
Increased the grand prize to R$1 million. Only time a season started on a Monday, instead of a Tuesday night. First season in which a housemate, Marielza Santos, was evacuated from the game due to medical conditions.
Big Brother Brasil 6 14 78 Mara Viana 47%
(out of 3)
First time two housemates shared a Head of Household. Additionally, twins secretly swapped in and out of the house, pretending to be a housemate and the same person, in a bid to win R$10,000.
Big Brother Brasil 7 16 85 Diego Gasques 91%
(out of 2)
First season in which a housemate, Fernando Orozco, was ejected from the game. Introduced the Power of Veto, in which the holder could nullify the Power of Immunity.
Big Brother Brasil 8 14 78 Rafinha Ribeiro 50.15%
(out of 2)
Introduced the Big Phone. First time three housemates were up for eviction at the same time. Only time in which a housemate was automatically nominated after came last in a HoH competition (Thatiana Bione on week 7).
Big Brother Brasil 9 20 85 Max Porto 34.85%
(out of 3)
Featured the house separated in two areas: rich and poor. Introduced two new twists: the Glass House and the White Room, with the latter culminating in Leo Jancu's withdrawal on week 3. Last season to have a R$1 million prize.
Big Brother Brasil 10 17 78 Marcelo Dourado 60%
(out of 3)
Increased the prize to R$1.5 million. Divided the house into cliques, whereas an entire clique was safe from eviction if one of their members becomes HoH. Introduced the Higher Power that could overthrow the HoH or the house vote. First time former housemates returned.
Big Brother Brasil 11 19 78 Maria Melillo 43%
(out of 3)
Featured the Saboteur, whose mission was perform various tasks to disrupt the life in the house in order to win R$10,000. The public were able to vote for one housemate to return. First time there was a double eviction night.
Big Brother Brasil 12 16 80 Fael Cordeiro 92%
(out of 2)
Noted as a "back to basics" season by both Globo and the production team. Introduced the Power of No, in which aims to veto housemates from Head of Household competition.
Big Brother Brasil 13 21 78 Fernanda Keulla 62.79%
(out of 3)
Featured six housemates from previous seasons returning to play again, including two former winners. Divided the house in Veterans vs. Newbies. First time that a HoH was chosen by popular vote through fake eviction (Big Brother Back and Forth).
Big Brother Brasil 14 20 78 Vanessa Mesquita 53%
(out of 3)
First time that 20 housemates entered in the house on Day 1. First time that 6 housemates were evicted in 2 weeks. Housemates' relatives (mothers and aunts) entered in the house and stayed during five days. First time that the finalists were of the same gender (female).
Big Brother Brasil 15 15 78 Cézar Lima 65%
(out of 2)
First time that the HoH earned cash for each leadership (R$10,000). However, he/she has no immunity in the nominations. Introduced the "You're in control" task where the public can interfere in the game progress.


Brazilian ratings

All numbers are provided by IBOPE.[1]

Season Timeslot Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in points)
Date Viewers
(in points)
Date Viewers
(in points)
1 Monday to Saturday
January 29, 2002 49 April 2, 2002 59 2001–02 40 60%
2 May 14, 2002 29 July 23, 2002 45 2002–03 37 59%
3 January 14, 2003 38 April 1, 2003 55 39 60%
4 January 13, 2004 42 April 6, 2004 56 2003–04 45 68%
5 January 10, 2005 46 March 29, 2005 57 2004–05 47 70%
6 January 10, 2006 45 March 28, 2006 51 2005–06 43 64%
7 January 9, 2007 43 April 3, 2007 48 2006–07 41 62%
8 January 8, 2008 37 March 25, 2008 46 2007–08 37 57%
9 January 13, 2009 37 April 7, 2009 41 2008–09 32 52%
10 Monday to Saturday
January 12, 2010 30 March 30, 2010 40 2009–10 31 51%
11 January 11, 2011 35 March 29, 2011 30 2010–11 25 41%
12 January 10, 2012 33 March 29, 2012 26 2011–12 27 43%
13 January 8, 2013 25 March 26, 2013 29 2012–13 25 42%
14 January 14, 2014 31 April 1, 2014 24 2013–14 22 39%
15 Monday to Saturday
January 20, 2015 25 April 7, 2015 27 2014–15 24 39%
  • Each point represents 60,000 households in São Paulo.


Usually Big Brother contestants are already forgotten by the time of the next season, most of the women (and some of the men, as well) posing naked to get some extra cash, but there are a few exceptions of contestants who became national stars. Sabrina Sato, Grazielli Massafera and Íris Stefanelli are probably the biggest celebrities coming out of the reality show.

Sabrina Sato became a personality on the country after appearing on Season 3. She posed naked twice for Playboy magazine and is one of the hosts of Pânico na TV, a very popular TV show among teenagers and Rede TV!'s most-watched show. She now has one of Record Network's biggest contracts and is also the spokesperson for several companies.

After her participation on Season 5, where she was billed as extremely charismatic and nice, Grazielli Massafera also became a huge celebrity appearing in over 130 magazine covers, posing naked for Playboy magazine, starring in over 13 commercials and winning an important role on Rede Globo's 9 o´clock soap opera "Páginas da Vida", where she received bad critics. Grazi is now a little more respected as actress,becoming one of the most popular celebrities in the country and was married Cauã Raymond, one of Brazil's most popular and eligible young actors.

Íris Stefanelli attracted huge attention during her time in the house and achieved extreme popularity, thanks to her charisma. She became a personality in the country after appearing on Season 7, She received a big paycheck to pose naked for Playboy. Globo decided not to take into consideration "Siri" (as she was nicknamed in the house) huge popularity and decided not to give her a long-term contract. She was contracted by small RedeTV! to co-host celebrities show TV Fama. Her lucrative deal was highlighted by the media. Íris is still a host on the show after the huge buzz that ensued her participation on the house.

Another contestant, male, Jean Wyllys began a career in politics after being in the show and was elected a federal MP in 2010.


A mobile version of Big Brother was released in 2005, called My Big Brother, and reproduced the entire show, in real-time, inside mobile phones. Big Brother Brasil is also on software and is manufactured by Continuum Entertainment and Brasoft Studios.Abid AM

Controversy and criticism

Big Brother Brasil 3 began on January 14, 2003, and was controversial. One of the contestants was the current Miss Brazil, Joseane Oliveira. Rules of the Miss Brazil contest forbid participation of married women but Joseane stated she was single. As a consequence of the exposure during the reality show, some magazines discovered she was married even before winning the beauty contest.

Once the marriage was proven, Joseane was stripped of her crown, and Thaisa Tomsem was crowned Miss Brazil 2002. Also, contestant Dilson Walkarez wasn't aware of Joseane relationship's status and tried to start a romantic relationship with her during the show. Due to her refusals, he felt unmotivated and left the show voluntarily. Participant Harry Grossman replaced him at February 26 and became the first participant not to enter the show on its first day.

During Big Brother Brasil 8, the contestant Juliana Goes fainted during an endurance task where the contestants had to remain perfectly still inside a glass chamber. Newspapers and websites accused the show of being inhumane. However, the show was unaffected by the negative press.

In Big Brother Brasil 10, Marcelo Dourado, a returning contestant from BBB4, was accused of being homophobic but that was ignored and he eventually won his second season.

But the biggest scandal of the show happened on Big Brother Brasil 12 when contestant Daniel Echaniz was accused of raping one of the contestants, Monique Amin. He was expelled during the first week but denied the accusations.


  1. ^ "BBB11 terminará com a pior audiência da história" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  2. ^ Share' do BBB desaba em dez anos"'" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2015-04-08. 

External links

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