Zim's JJ gets thumbs up

HARARE - Evicted Big Brother Africa Hotshots housemates, Esther from Uganda and Lilian from Nigeria, say Zimbabwe’s JJ has emerged as a serious contender for the grand prize of $300 000 in this year’s edition of Africa’s biggest reality show.

In television interviews with the Daily News soon after being booted out from the popular reality contest along with Sabina from Kenya, the two housemates described the fairly unknown Zimbabwean representative as a strong character.

Esther, who could not hide her disappointment at being evicted so early into the reality contest, said JJ has what it takes to win the top prize.

“JJ is an artiste, but this is not Idols. He is a strong character, a competitor,” said the Ugandan beauty.

Lillian also echoed Esther’s sentiments but questioned why JJ and Alusa were included in this year’s edition since they were fake housemates last season.

“JJ is strong but I don’t know why Big Brother had to bring him and Alusa in since they were fake housemates last season.

“The eviction shocked me as I thought that I was one of the strongest but was proven otherwise,” she said.

The two evicted housemates also concurred that Butterphly — Zimbabwe’s other representative-would fall by the wayside sooner or later.

Esther criticised the Power FM DJ’s lack of conviction.

“Butterphly is boring, she is too quiet and you can barely notice her and you never know what she is thinking.

“She is a bit lazy and is always sleeping,” said the Ugandan lass.

Lilian was equally dismissive of Zimbabwe’s female representative’s chances of making an impact.

“Butterphly is an amazing woman, well behaved but she is boring.

“This is Big Brother you need to be seen and interact with others,” she said.

Esther and Lilian are among five housemates who have been sent packing from this year’s Big Brother Hotshots.

The other evicted contestants are Sabina, Resa and Mira.

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