Telemundo today said that the debut of Gran Hermano (Big Brother) has been set for Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.ET/7 p.m. Central, hosted by Giselle Blondet. After concluding the auditions of over 5,000 men and women from the United States and Puerto Rico, a group of 14 strangers, seven men and seven women, have committed to living together in a house sealed off from the outside world, equipped with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the NBCUniversal-owned Spanish-language network said in a release. Following the longstanding Big Brother formula, "this new home will become a sociological experiment, where emotions are magnified, creating stories of love, hate and friendship, as well as tension and arguments during a three-month period. Every week, housemates will nominate their least favorite contestant but the audience will vote and determine who will leave the house each week until the last house guest remains, winning a grand prize of $250,000."
During Gran Hermano, Telemundo will present an extended live programming schedule dedicated exclusively to the development of the reality show, nominations and elimination of the housemates. In addition to the Sunday airings, highlighting the best of each week and the last moments before participants are eliminated, there will be a daily recap at midnight ET/PT. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the network will air a special featuring the intimate life of each housemate before they are nominated for elimination. On Telemundo.com/GranHermano, users can watch live and witness the action inside the house in real-time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the network said.
Produced by Endemol Shine Latino and licensed exclusively to Telemundo, Gran Hermano is the first U.S. Spanish-language reality show based on Big Brother. Endemol Shine Latino is the Spanish-language division of Endemol Shine North America. This Big Brother format launched worldwide in Holland in 1999.
Giselle Blondet is recognized for hosting reality shows, TV specials and also as an actress in leading roles in telenovelas produced in Telemundo Puerto Rico. In 1997, the she became one of the first hosts of the hit morning show Despierta América (Univision) and she hosted the popular beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Latina for seven consecutive years until 2013, when she decided to pursue new projects, including the launch of her own jewelry line.
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