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How Big Brother Became So Popular

In the evening of Monday, UK we said goodbye to the reality television reality show Big Brother, which has ended its 19th season.

Cameron Cole was announced as the winner of the last season following his victory over Housemate Akeem Griffiths.

The first show aired in 2000, and it’s a long way from its initial description as an “social experimental experiment”.

Even though the show has been put to rest but the influence of the show on the television world continues to be felt.

In the 18th year since its debut Here’s the way Big Brother has transformed the way we watch TV.

We (the the audience) more power

Big Brother provided us with the privilege of voting as We were those to decide who would stay and who would go.

This was the program that extracted control away from the producers and returned it to the audience.

But wait there’s more. By voting, we can determine what the housemates did during their time on the property.

Also, we can decide who was having pleasure and who was suffering.

The idea of allowing viewers to decide the content they watch has been used in many shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and Love Island – and plays an integral role in watching these shows.

The explosion of 24 hour reality television

When the first show debuted at the end of July in 2000 Chicken Run was the biggest box office film. The Corrs were number one in the charts. Sara Cox was presenting the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and 1Xtra was not even born.

It seems that we enjoy watching random people live together as the result was an increase of reality television shows.

Celebrity Big Brother kicked off in the year following with well-known (ish) names as the housemates.

“I’m An Celebrity… Find Me Out Of Here wasn’t too far behind in 2002 when we were able to see a glamour model actor, comedian, as well as other A/B/C celebrities living in the same jungle.

A group of stars traveled to an island in order in search of love. It was dubbed Celebrity Love Island.

In the midst of that we saw such shows as Geordie Shore, and Ex On The Beach.

There’s been a lot overlap between show including contestants like Charlotte Crosby, Scotty T and Marnie Simpson channel-hopping from Geordie Shore to Ex On The Beach to Big Brother.

It was a catalyst for streaming and spin-off shows

The internet was probably around in the early 2000s , but it was a text-heavy site and YouTube certainly wasn’t something that was popular.

However, Big Brother has helped to normalize something that was totally brand new: the 24 hour live feed.

watching the housemates chatter for an hour every evening wasn’t enough to satisfy us. The introduction of live feeds meant that we could switch on the television and be able to watch our housemates continuously, all the time.

In the end (when internet speeds slowed) the live feed may be streamed on the internet, exactly like any other television show.

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While the majority of current reality TV shows do not have streaming live, the viewers can have fun with additional material in “bits off the side” like shows. Love Island In After Sun Anyone?

The development of more “celebrities”

It is possible to be famous for being famous?

It is true and you can thank Big Brother for this.

Prior to the time that Big Brother existed regular people could be seen on television.

However, Big Brother did something completely different It made the people famous for being just themselves.

It’s been for Nikki Grahame’s temper-related rants or Pete Bennett’s charming personality, you have seen their names before.

This is still the case for reality TV stars of today who appear on a variety of shows prior to going on to start an acting career on TV or B: get off the radar or C: appear on Celebs Go Dating or D Go to Celebrity Big Brother.

It completely became the biggest TV show in the world.

We Brits are familiar with seeing houses in Elstree and either Davina McCall, or Emma Willis telling the evicted housemate: “I’m coming to get to you!”

However, the style of the show in fact originated in The Netherlands as well. The Big Brother franchise is a massive global phenomenon.

From Brazil from Brazil to Albania Contestants from over 50 countries and regions have been seated in an extra-large desk within the diary room.

in 2001 Big Brother 3 in the Netherlands introduced the “rich and poor” concept of splitting the house in a luxurious half and a less-luxury half.

Big Brother Africa was the first to ever be a winner with two, with each receiving PS150,000 in the series six.

There have been a number of contestant swaps across countries. One of the most memorable was British’s Jade Goody from Big Brother 3.

She participated in Celebrity Big Brother 5, in which she was notoriously involved in the race-related controversy with Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.

Jade was later able to take part in the third Big Brother series – this time in India in 2008.

Jade’s participation in the show ended tragically. A few days after the episode, Jade had a diagnosis of cervical cancer. She had to return back home.