BLANTYRE (MaraviPost)—Malawi reps in Big Brother Hotshots Mr 265 and Sipe need to up their game if they want to be counted and stand the chance of walking home with the coveted $300,000 in the Big Brother  Shotshots reality show, viewers say.

“Our guys are too quiet for Big Brother…hardly are they seen talking and doing something positive,” a Chinyonga township watcher, Rudo, told Maravipost.

She added: Mr 265 is hardly there, I have yet to see his impact,  that explains why among the housemates nobody nominated him for eviction.”

Mr 265 is a popular disc jockey known locally as DJ Malik, while Sipe, is a hairdresser.

Another viewer, Rabecca, from Chilimoni  township in Blantyre, says he feels disappointed with Mr 265 performance so far. “Whether it’s a tactic or being too quiet typical of Malawians, I don’t know. But he is quite for our comfort although I know Big Brother show has no formula for success.”

Another viewer, Richard from Chilinde in Lilongwe, thinks this year’s show is technically a talent show.” It will be judged on talent rather than looks and other acts,” Noel said.

Zambia’s Resa and Mira from Mozambique were the first two contestants to be booted on Sunday, just after a week of show. Twenty four contestants remain in the House.

Africa’s only annual reality  show got off on an explosive note in South Africa on October 5 with 26 contestants as Mozambican saxophonist Laveda stole the thunder in a talent show and  became the first head of House to be immune from eviction..

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.

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

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


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