|Big Brother VIP Albania|
|Based on||Big Brother|
by John de Mol
|Country of origin||Albania|
|Original network||Top Channel|
|Related shows||Big Brother Albania|
Big Brother VIP is a reality television spin-off series of the Albanian adaptation of Big Brother created by John de Mol. The show follows a number of celebrity contestants, known as housemates, who are isolated from the outside world for an extended period of time in a custom built house. Each week, one of the housemates is evicted by a public vote, with the last housemate remaining winning a cash prize.
In September 2017, it was rumored that Top Channel had decided to start the celebrity version after the success of the original version. The show was confirmed for its first season in early January 2018 with a trailer along with the renewals of The Voice Kids Albania.
The celebrity version of the show was expected to start during the 2017–2018 television season. In 2019, Top Channel announced that Big Brother would come back for the 2019–2020 television season in Albania, but they didn't say if will be an original or a celebrity version. No dates have been confirmed for the premiere of the show.
The first trailer of the show premiered on January 29, 2018 and read "...It's hard, being a VIP! They deserve to relax! And where is the VIP resort?! Big Brother Vip ... coming soon only on Top Channel."
Several presenters were rumored to be hosting the show once Top Channel announced the show. Arbana Osmani, who also has hosted the original version, was rumored to be the host of the show. The host of the eighth season of the original version Ledion Liço, was also rumored to be the host. Another host from Top Channel was rumored as the host of the show, Luana Vjollca. Until now the presenter has not been announced yet.
Big Brother VIP is a game show in which a group of celebrity contestants, referred to as housemates, live in isolation from the outside world in a custom built "house", constantly under video surveillance. During their time in the House, the housemates are required to nominate two of their fellow contestants for potential eviction, and the two or more with the most votes would be nominated.
Top Channel made a new big studio in Tirana with the name Studio Nova for their prime time shows, Hell's Kitchen Albania, Shiko Kush Luan and other big shows. The house for the Big Brother VIP will also be built there. Like in the original version, the housemates live together in the 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. The viewers can watch for the whole season live from the house in two live pay-per-view channels, which are available on Albanian TV platform DigitAlb.
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