BLANTYRE (MaraviPost)–Africa’s only Big Brother show got off on an explosive note in South Africa on Sunday with 26 contestants as Tanzanian saxophonist Laveda stole the thunder in a talent show and will become the first head of House who will be immune from eviction on Sunday.

 The Big Brother Hotshots opened to a song by Nigerian  presenter IK who was backed by six scantly dressed female dancers. Malawi’s contestants are DJ Malik who is known in the show as Mr 265 after the country’s international dialling code and hairdresser and singer Sipe.

The contestants, who had to wait several weeks in South Africa after the Big Brother house was gutted by fire and as organisers started a hunt for a new venue, were asked to showcase their talent when entering the house, which ranged from comedy, singing, poet recitals  to fashion design.

But it was Laveda, blowing her saxophone with a cool tune, who stole the hearts of the studio audience which scored high 85 percent. She was followed by actress and TV presenter Sabina (78 percent) from Kenya, while the third spot was snatched by Rwandan comedian Arthur, at 77.5 percent.

Malawi’s Mr 265, who recited a poem,  polled 45.9 pc, while Sipe, dressed in black shorts, boots and a lovely top,  bagged 59 percent after doing a  Beyonce song.

This is the first time that Rwanda is participating in the Big Brother show. There are 13 countries, with each country having two reps.

Big Brother told the contestants that apart from Laveda, who is immune from eviction for being head of house, the rest face “possible eviction this Sunday.”

The show will run for 63 days and the winner will cart home a cool $300,000.

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