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Big Brother Germany is a reality show on RTL II (with a 24h live broadcast on German pay channel Premiere/Sky). It was the first adapted version based on the original Dutch Big Brother series by Endemol in 1999.
A group of people (called the Housemates) live together in a house, where 24 hours a day their every word and every action is recorded by cameras and microphones in all the rooms in the House. Access to television, the Internet, print media, and time is prohibited. In addition, the housemates live in complete confinement; they have no access to the outside world. At least once a week, the housemates secretly nominate two housemate they wish to face a public vote to evict. The two or more housemates with the most votes face the public vote. The viewing public decides which of them gets evicted through text message votes or phone calls. The nominee with the most votes is evicted and leaves the house.
Should their stay inside the house become difficult for them to bear, a housemate is allowed to voluntary leave at anytime during the game. In the event of a withdrawal from the house, a replacement housemate usually enters in their place.
In the final week of each season, the viewers vote for which of the remaining people in the House should win the prize money and be crowned the winner of Big Brother.
Big Brother Germany is regularly broadcast by RTL II, in early seasons also by RTL television.
Big Brother 1 was broadcast 6 nights a week. From Monday to Friday was aired 50min highlights show at 20:15 to 21:10 on RTL II. A hour-long decision show, Die Entscheidung, was aired on Sunday from 20:15 to 21:15 on RTL II.
Big Brother 2 and Big Brother 3 were broadcast six nights a week by RTL II and 1 night a week by RTL Television. RTL II broadcast 50min daily recaps from Sunday to Friday at 20:15 to 21:10. RTL Television broadcast 2h decision show (Die Entscheidung) in Saturday at 20:15 to 22:15. Sometimes the decision show had 3h length.
Big Brother 4 (The Battle) was broadcast six nights a week; from Monday to Saturday. Day recaps were broadcast from Monday to Friday at 19:00 to 20:00. Every episode was a recap of previous day in the house, except Monday episode covered Saturday and Sunday highlights. The decision show (Die Entscheidung) took place every Monday at 21:15 to 23:15. All episodes were broadcast by RTL II.
From Big Brother 5 to Big Brother 11, the show was broadcast seven nights a week. Day recaps took place every night at 19:00 to 20:00. The decision show (Die Entscheidung) took place every Monday at 21:15 to 23:15. All episodes were broadcast by RTL II.
Internet page and pay-channels provide live feeds.
Since the start of its first season in February 2000, Big Brother Germany went through numerous changes in its concept. Here are some significant examples of the progress of modifying the rules of the original game:
Unlike in many other houses, in Big Brother Germany house, smoking is allowed outdoors and indoors. It is because Germany has no smoking ban.
|Season 1||-||28 February 2000||9 June 2000||103||13||John Milz||DM250,000||Percy Hoven||Thorsten Wember;|
|Season 2||Back to Basics||16 September 2000||30 December 2000||106||17||Alida Kuras||Oliver Geissen||Aleksandra Bechtel;|
|Season 3||-||27 January 2001||12 May 2001||106||13||Karina Schreiber||DM300,000||Oliver Geissen||Aleksandra Bechtel;|
|Season 4||The Battle||31 March 2003||7 July 2003||99||19||Jan Geilhufe||€90,000||Aleksandra Bechtel||X|
|Season 5||365 Days - 1 Million Euro||2 March 2004||1 March 2005||365||59||Sascha Sirtl||€1,000,000||Ruth Moschner||Oliver Petszokat;|
|Season 6||The Village||1 March 2005||26 February 2006||363||59||Michael Knopf||€250,000||Ruth Moschner;|
|Season 7||Who are you really?||5 February 2007||7 July 2007||148||17||Michael Carstensen||Charlotte Karlinder||Jürgen Milski|
|Season 8||Rich vs. Poor||7 January 2008||7 July 2008||183||25||Silke "Isi" Kaufmann||Charlotte Karlinder;|
|Season 9||Heaven and Hell||8 December 2008||6 July 2009||211||30||Daniel Schöller||Miriam Pielhau||Alida Kurras-Lauenstein|
|Season 10||Everyone got a secret||11 January 2010||9 August 2010||211||32||Timo Grätsch||Aleksandra Bechtel||Alida Kurras-Lauenstein|
|Season 11||The Secret||2 May 2011||12 September 2011||134||22||Marc Sonnen "Rayo di Sole"||€125,000|
(increased from €100,000)
|Sonja Zietlow (Launch Night);|
|Season 1||-||September 2013||15||Cindy aus Marzahn||Oliver Pocher|
|Series||Song (English translation)||Performer|
|Season 1, Season 9|
& Season 11
|"Leb" (Live)||Die 3. Generation|
|Season 2||"Zeig mir dein Gesicht" (Show Me Your Face)||Berger|
|Season 3||"Nur die Wahrheit zählt" (The Truth is only One)||Ayman|
|Season 4||"Alles ändert sich" (Everything Changes)||Oli P. feat. Lukas|
|Season 5||"Alles was du willst" (Everything You Want)||Lex|
|Season 6||"Deine Welt" (Your World)||(Own composition)|
|Season 7||"Ich seh was, was du nicht siehst" (I See Something You Do Not See)||Senta|
|Season 8||"Chose to Be Me"||Sunrise Avenue|
|Season 9||Everybody||Mousse T|
|Season 10||"Schöne neue Welt" (Brave New World)||Chulcha Candela|
|Series||Highlights Shows||The Decision Shows||Family & Friends|
|Season 2||20.15-21.00 (Sunday-Friday)||20.15-22.15 (Saturday)||16.45-17.45(Sunday)|
|Season 3||20.15-21.00 (Sunday-Friday)||20.15-22.15 (Saturday)||16.45-17.45(Sunday)|
|Season 4||19.00-19.45 (Monday-Saturday)||21.15-23.15 (Monday)|
|Season 5||19.00-20.00 (daily)||21.15-23.15 (one night of a week)|
|Season 6||19.00-20.00 (daily)||21.15-23.15 (one night of a week)|
|Season 7||19.00-20.00 (daily)||21.15-23.15 (Monday)|
|Season 8||19.00-20.00 (daily)||21.15-23.15 (Monday)|
|Season 9||19.00-20.00 (daily)||21.15-23.15 (Monday)|
|Season 10||19.00-20.00 (daily)||21.15-23.15 (Monday)|
|Season 11||19.00-20.00 (daily)||21.15-23.15 (Monday)|
Big Brother was social phenomena when it began in 2000. At some point in the first season it hits 70% rating share. Despite massive popularity, ratings in the third season started to decline. RTL II decided to put the show off air for one year (2002).
The program returned in 2003 with completely modified format and lower expectations. Much higher ratings and sponsors interest resulted in following season. The fifth season reached up to high expectations of the producers. The high success of the fifth series resulted in back-to-back season, which was supposed to run for at least few years. However ratings started to declaim and the show was hiding in the shadow of its former glory. The producers decided to end series after its first year on air.
Year-and-half latter (in 2007) RTL II decided to return back old original format of the program, marking the seventh series as "Back To Basics". Despite the re-newed format was not a rating hit, but it reached up to producers low expectations.
The producers tried to renew the format for eleventh series, because of tenth series low achievements (Finale of tenth series had 1.39 million viewers). Viewing figures however decline in eleventh series, but producers made an impression of success with duration and prize extension. The ratings in eleventh series rarely reach 10% share in eleventh series.