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Five finalists who auditioned to represent Zimbabwe in Big Brother Africa Season 9 are set to leave for South Africa this week where two housemates will be selected.

The auditions held at the Meikles Hotel by the producers of the show, Endemol South Africa at the weekend saw some well known faces among them Brian Nyawo, BaShupi, Mudiwa, Butterfly, Tatea DaMC, Taurai Mandebvu, Jefferson Muserera, Hillary Indi, Brian Chiyangwa and Thomas Chizhanje (CST) queuing at the hotel.

Multiple-award winning gospel singer Mudiwa, who was spotted smartly dressed denied ever doing auditions.

“I didn’t go for BBA auditions but I had a meeting there with Mr Chigwana and someone just told me that one of my high school friends was auditioning so I just passed by to say hie. I was in my swag and people thought I was there to compete.

“This is a free country I see no reasons why Mudiwa can’t be anywhere. The rumours are not true. The reality show is not my kind of thing,” he said.

Would-be contestants went through first and second rounds of the auditions before the top five finalists were picked.

The hopefuls were then asked to describe Zimbabwe in three words and to choose a picture as well as explaining what it meant.

The question that many have asked is how many housemates there will be this year from each country as “Biggie” is known for surprises.

Those who will represent Zimbabwe will be announced in September on the first night of the show.

However, Zimbabwean contestants have become known for their competitiveness at the continental reality series with Munya Chidzonga finishing second in the 2010 Big Brother All Stars season and Tapuwa Mhere, who came third in the first season of Big Brother Africa.

Wendall Parson is the only Zimbabwean housemate who walked away US$300 000 during the Big Brother Africa – Amplified.

According to rules of entry, all persons over the age of 21, who are citizens of one of the participating countries and have a valid passport, can enter Big Brother Africa 9.

Source : The Herald