Big Brother (Albania)

Big Brother endgame
seriesname = Big Brother Albania

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series = First series (2008)
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legendeject = Ejected

Big Brother Albania was the debut season of the Albanian series of the world-wide franchise of Big Brother. It launched on Saturday, 23 February, 2008, with fourteen Housemates entering the House. The show ran for 100 days and the winner was Arbër Çepani. He received a €50,000 prize.

Big Brother Albania aired on two cable channels 24 hours a day on the Digit-Alb cable network, as well as in two additional channels on Digitalb Mobile. Daily reviews were shown Monday thru Saturday on Top Channel at 17:55 CET. The elimination show aired Saturdays at 21:00 CET, while a weekly review closed off the week at 17:55 CET on Sunday afternoon.

The main host was Arbana Osmani, while Eno Popi received the contestants in and out of the house and conducted interviews with their families. A panel of opinionists was present on the Saturday night show. Mevlan Shanaj, a film director, and Armand Peza, a screenwriter, had permanent positions in this panel, while different singers, psychologists and relevant art figures were invited every week to give their insight. One of the most notable guests was singer Jonida Maliqi who became known for her tough debates with the eliminated contestants.

14 housemates entered as original members, while 4 others were introduced later in the game. The originals would receive the full prize if they were victorious, while the newcomers would only receive a proportional amount based on the days they spent inside the house if they were to win at the end. However, an original housemate won the show, therefore winning the full prize.

Each member casted 2 nominations every Saturday along with 2 valid reasons for each nomination. Valid reasons were mandatory. Three or more players faced the public vote. The public then had one week to vote off the person that they thought should be evicted. Five contestants made their way to the final where the public voted 35% for original housemate Arbër Çepani to win the grand prize.

The normal eviction procedure was dramatically interrupted in 3 occasions. The ammunition explosions in the village of Gërdec rocked the house of Big Brother which was situated 500 meters away from the scene, forcing the network to evacuate the housemates in a secluded hotel room and cancelling the normal Saturday show. The second interruption was due to the violent fight that exploded between the two newcomers Ilda and Mardiola. Mardiola walked off the show while Ilda was ejected by the Big Brother staff. The Saturday night eviction was canceled and the SMS money spent by the public was donated to charity. The third and final delay happened the last week of the show when Dritan Hoxha, president of Top Channel, died in a car accident. The network postponed the Saturday show, therefore changing the projected length of Big Brother Albania from 99 to 100 days.

The 10th round of evictions was also unusual, since the housemates were instructed to cast 2 secret nominations without a reason, and the three contestants with the most nominations would be up for a speedy eviction by the public at home. In 20 minutes of SMS voting, the public decided to vote off Besarta with 41% of the vote.

A reunion show called "Brënda Big Brother" "eng. Inside Big Brother" was held the week following the finale. The housemates received a series of prizes ranging from work offers abroad to vacation packages and other prizes. Juna, an aspiring singer, received a record deal for one song and a videoclip from an Albanian label company. Jonida on the other hand earned herself a gig as an anchor at Top Albania Radio.



Romina is a 21 year old student in the Social Sciences Faculty in Tirana. She likes soccer, literature and movies. She became famous for the high amount of nominations she received from the other contestants while surviving 7 eliminations in a row. Romina was evicted on the 8th round of public voting.


Olsi is a 33 year old sales agent. He currently lives with his family, although he has spent time away from home since the age of 17 in Austria. Germany and UK. He likes to work out, play tennis, ride his bike with his friends as well as style his hair. Olsi had a girlfriend prior to entering the show, however she dumped him on live TV because he was believed to having engaged in sexual activity with Najada, one of the other contestants. When asked if there was any sexual activity in the Big Brother house, Olsi denied the claims. Olsi is the 1st runner-up of the first season of Big Brother Albania.


Leonard is a 27 year old painter who lives with his family. He worked for 5 years in Greece and continues his profession in Albania. He likes soccer and tennis, although he just likes to watch because his weight of 120 kgs does not allow him to play. He also likes to gamble and is a fan of "Ameline Moresmo", which is his way of saying Marilyn Monroe. Leonard was evicted on the 3rd round of public voting.


Pol is a 21 year old model who also studies in the Agricultural University Of Tirana. He has competed in various modeling competitions on the high school level as well as in Miss & Mister Albania, where he placed 3rd. He also won an award for Best Model in the Albanian clips awards show "Netët E Klipit Shqiptar". His hobbies are working out and swimming. Pol is very attached to his mom and his friends. Pol is the 4th runner-up of the first season of Big Brother Albania.


Najada is a 22-year-old art painter who is in her junior year of studies at the Arts Academy in Tirana. Painting is her biggest passion. She has many tattoos and plans to have more. Her most famous tattoo is the Albanian double-headed eagle on her cleavage area. She spends her free time hanging out with friends and playing pool. Najada is the 3rd runner-up of the first season of Big Brother Albania.


Ingrid is a 29 year old mother of two girls who works in an electrical supplies company. She likes to go out fishing as a way to relax, as well as horse riding. She used to love skiing and biking but has settled ever since she became a mother. Ingrid was first to be eliminated from the public vote.


Astrit is a 35 year old family guy who lives in one of the villages near Tirana. He has a wife and son and although he owns a home in the city, he has chosen to live in a village because of the tranquility and freshness that it brings to his life. He also enjoys the good interaction within the community and works in a small bar which he owns, apart from the usual farm duties. Astrit is the 2nd runner-up of the first season of Big Brother Albania.


Arbër is a 21 year old political sciences and international relations student at the University of Bari in Italy together with his girlfriend Maddalena. He has lived in Italy for more than 10 years. One of his biggest passions is nature and related community projects. He has helped expand green spaces in Tirana and has also participated in a project to re-build a school in an Albanian village. If he wins, he wants to donate the entire prize money to people that need it more than him. Arbër is the winner of the first season of Big Brother Albania.


Julinda is 23 years old and works at a bank in Tirana, although her family lives in Fier. She likes ice-skating, reading, dancing and sports. She is a crazy fan of the A.C. Milan soccer team. She views herself as very optimistic. Julinda was evicted on the 6th round of public voting.


Juna is a 20 year old singer who also studies at the Agricultural University of Tirana, majoring in Finance and Accounting. She is very close with her mother who has helped her enter the show. Friends are an important part of her life, as well as music. She has participated twice in Top Fest, a song contest by Top Channel, where she was nominated for "Best New Artist". Shopping and fashion are also very important to her. Juna was evicted on the 2nd round of public voting.


Shkëlqim is a 38 year old father of two who has graduated from the Arben Zylyftari Police Academy in Tirana. He loves music and bowling with his family. He currently works in a private company in a job involving public relations, while at the same time being involved in an organisation that helps the Roma community integrate. Shkëlqim was evicted on the 7th round of public voting.


Ina is a 24 year old girl who works at a boutique. She lives with her parents and loves to walk in the park, cook and sleep. It is important for her to take care of herself so she goes to the spa frequently. Ina was evicted on the 5th round of public voting.


Ervis is a 23 year old guy who studies politcial sciences in the University of Tirana as well as public relations and communications in a private university. He has a hard time waking up in the morning and must spend a lot of time in front of the mirror every day. He handles many important activities, one of them is getting people to donate blood for children with thalassemia. In his free time he goes to different bars and also night clubs during the weekends. Prior to being evicted, Ervis made a joke about having worked as a gigolo. He blamed this joke for his elimination. Ervis was evicted on the 4th round of public voting.


Besarta is a 20 year old girl from Kosovo who studies Economics at the FAMA College. She lives with her family and one of her hobbies is to design clothes. She also loves to hang out with her friends. Besarta was evicted on the 9th round of public voting. Besarta's eviction was different from the rest of the housemates. Her nomination came as a result of a secret ballot by the other contestants as part of a twist by Big Brother. The public had roughly 20 minutes to vote off one of three nominees instead of the usual full week voting period.


Mardiola is a 25 year old mother who attends a private law school and is very devoted to her studies. She also works part-time in an accounting firm. She has a 7 year old girl and a husband which she loves dearly. She likes running by the sea to relax from the busy day. Mardiola had a small scale fight with Julinda and wanted to walk off the show but the other guests convinced her to stay. Mardiola walked off the show before the staff could officially eject her after a fight she had with Ilda over a series of provocations from both sides. The girls threw glasses and plates at each other before the other housemates broke them up.


Ilda is a 22 year old girl who has lived in Boston, Massachusetts for 11 years where she has studied finances and worked in a bank. She currently lives in Tirana. Her hobbies are sports, music, photography, shopping, swimming and reading when she's sad. Travelling is one of her favorite things and apart from many places in the USA, she has been in many European capitals. Ilda was ejected from the show after a fight she had with Mardiola over a series of provocations from both sides. The girls threw glasses and plates at each other before the other housemates broke them up.


Jonida is a 25 year old girl who works as a host in a radio and has finished her studies for journalism. She is very connected with her family and asks for their advice in everything. She loves to cook and shop. Her biggest obsession are parfumes and her looks. She spends a good part of her time at the hairdresser. Jonida was evicted on the 11th round of public voting.


Dorina is a 22 year old girl who studies sociology at the Social Sciences Faculty in Tirana. Since her family lives in Korça she misses them a lot and tries to visit them as much as possible. She likes to cook, read and travel as well as go out in various pubs during the weekends. Dorina was evicted on the 10th round of public voting.


Days 1 - 15

14 original housemates entered a spacious home in one of the wealthy villages of suburban Tirana after being secluded in hotel rooms without any contact with the outside world. The first verbal spars started between Romina and Shkëlqim as the opening show was still airing. An obvious struggle for "leader" status was taking place between the two, however this conflict remained dormant for several weeks as the attention quickly shifted to Juna and her heated debacles with many of the housemates. The house became split after the first real fight erupted between Juna and Romina over what Romina considered "irrational usage" of the food supply. Juna told her to "go get checked", words which fueled an ongoing rivalry between the two girls. Juna had another argument with Shkëlqim over his loud singing which she disliked, as well as with Astrit due to her irritation with some of his "rural" behavior.

Despite Juna's many animosities, the housemates were more ticked off at her friend Ingrid due to her overly sensitive nature. She took many of the things that the other housemates would tell her very personally, often responding rudely or by running to her room and crying. Shkëlqim dubbed her as "mentally sick" in a private conversation with some of the roommates.

The first week's activity was for all the housemates to split in two groups and make two paintings. They decided to paint the things that matter most to them in their lives. The paintings were put up for auction during the remainder of the season and were ultimately purchased for 1400 euros, money that went to the Red Cross.

They passed the first week's challenge, but failed the second one, therefore cutting their budget in half. Ingrid was eliminated with 50% of the vote. Most of the contestants were happy, except for Juna and Julinda who were closer to her. Meanwhile, Olsi was given a symbolic punishment by "Big Brother" for not helping in the kitchen and spending too much time with the girls. He was ordered to peel 2 sacks of potatoes and choose one of the other contestants to help him out. His choice was Juna. Unbeknown to him, his real life girlfriend Lusika had been watching the show very closely for the past two weeks and had come to the studio to get an explanation for his behaviour. The host did not inform Olsi about Lusi's presence in the studio, however she asked him to explain what he feels for his girlfriend and for Juna and Najada, another housemate he was close to. Olsi said that he feels relaxed with them, however "he will always love" his girlfriend. Lusi on the other hand admitted to the host that if he did anything with them, she would dump him.

Days 15 - 29

Olsi started getting much closer to Najada, however he could not hide away his attraction to Juna either. Although she rejected him at first, they began to bond as the weeks progressed, a move that bothered Najada. The two girls had a negative attitude toward each other but managed to keep a distance. Privately, Najada complained about Juna's loud fits with all the housemates, while Juna complained about Najada showering four times a day, arguing that the hot water gets wasted and blaming it on the fact that "Najada does not sleep alone", an obvious swipe at her proximity with Olsi and the other guys. Romina and Najada became united against Juna, finding themselves in alignment with Ervis and Shkëlqim who considered her a "spoiled brat" and wanted her out.

Najada could not wait for Saturday to come, certain that a nominated Juna would be evicted by the public. However on Saturday, March 15, an extremely powerful ammunition dump blast took place in the village of Gërdec, 500 meters away from the Big Brother house. The housemates were shell shocked and terrified due to the high amount the pressure and noise that rocked the home, forcing the network to evacuate everyone for security concerns and postpone the show for one week. The contestants were sent to a secluded hotel room and returned after 24 hours. They immediately held a session to donate blood for the victims of the tragedy.

This unlikely time-out warmed up the relationships with former rivals. Romina and Juna held a little heart-to-heart, although differences remained. Meanwhile, the Gërdec tragedy made Julinda very emotional as she thought back at her family, who did not approve of her participation in a reality show. Ina and Pol warmed up considerably towards each other although no one was ready to commit to anything serious. Ervis on the other hand created a strong friendship with the two of them, becoming the strategic "trio" of the house. One night he decides to tell some of his roomates about having worked as a gigolo in the past, which he later dismissed as a joke. This joke however did not go well with the public at home.

Juna could not keep away from another fight, this time involving Astrit. The assigned weekly activity consisted on the housemates creating a theatrical play, with which they decided to depict the differences between rural and city people. Juna decides to dress as a "villager", but Astrit, who is a farmer himself, considered it a deep insult, claiming that gypsies dressed that way, not villagers. Shkëlqim tried to fuel the disagreement even further, causing Astrit to walk away angrily as Juna laughed it off.

The Saturday night eviction ceremony began badly as the contestants lost half their budget due to their inability to pass that week's challenge. However, the biggest drama unfolded as an unsuspecting Juna gets eliminated with 59% of the vote. She leaves the house in tears after a final meeting with Olsi. The troubles for Juna had only just begun as she still had to face the panel of opinionists. In a showdown with famous Albanian singer Jonida Maliqi, Juna is heavily questioned about her relationship with Olsi, especially about the ring that she carried on her finger. She said that it was a gift from Olsi and she was not going to take it off, even if her boyfriend at home asked her to. She later broke up with her boyfriend.

Later that night, Ina and Pol are treated to an exotic private date and Julinda is ordered to serve them because of her poor performance in the weekly challenge. On the other side, Olsi gets drunk and the network later revealed tapes of him and Najada engaging in a series of sexual movements under the covers. It was interpreted as sexual activity for the remainder of the season by the public and his girlfriend, however Olsi denied it during the finale.

Days 29 - 36

Olsi's obsession with Juna grows bigger in the wake of the eviction eve. He tells Najada that he wants to sleep in Juna's bed because of her fresh smell still being there. She joking responds that she will "cut his face up". Later, Romina finds him wrapped around a pillow on Juna's bed in a very distressed mood. Astrit is ticked off at the other housemates as they continue to make jokes about how villagers cannot integrate with city life. He tells them to stop joking in his presence. The weekly activity assigned by Big Brother is to paint the walls of the hallway. Olsi decides to paint a portrait of Juna, angering Najada even further. In a private talk with Julinda and Romina she confessed that when she saw Olsi for the first time, she thought he was gay.

Elimination night begins by the housemates winning the weekly challenge, a quiz on Albania's cities and cultures. Later that night, Leonard is evicted, although there wasn't a major upset in the house as he had become very withdrawn.

Then, host Arbana Osmani announces to the public that someone had come to meet Olsi in the storage room. It was Olsi's girlfriend, Lusi, who had decided to pull the plug on their relationship. The two were separated by a glass wall as the showdown took place. Lusi told him that she could not forgive him for giving Juna the ring as well as the activity under the covers with Najada.

A final surprise awaited the housemates, as two new girls were introduced in the game, Mardiola and Ilda.

Days 36 - 43

Shkëlqim and Ervis are enthusiastic with the way the evictions are going, confident that the public backs them up with their recommendations so far. However, Ervis finds himself in a hot spot after a very attractive Ilda uses him to infiltrate inside the friendship "trio" he had with Ina and Pol. She is very attracted to Pol and with little effort she is able to catch his attention, leaving Ina angry and in tears. Shkëlqim has focused his efforts on Romina and her strong character. After Juna's departure, the fight for leader status between the two resumed, often forcing Shkëlqim to offend Romina based on her weight and her rebellious nature, claiming that "no family would want to have her". Romina was not the only thorn in the plans he had to deal with, since an explosive and impulsive Mardiola was getting overly irritated by his desire to moderate everybody's behaviour. Romina now finds a new ally in Mardiola as her fight to evict the next "big fish" continues.

April Fool's Day comes knocking, and Big Brother has a funny warning for all the housemates. They are told that they have breached the regulations of the show, starting from foul language used, causing excessive censoring for the editing crew, as well as the poor maintenance of their rooms. Julinda and Pol, two of the most positive members of the house, are ordered to leave the show. The other contestants burst in tears, only to find out that it was all a joke, but a warning at the same time.

Saturday night, the housemates fail the challenge. A restricted budget has been causing tensions for some weeks now. Later, Mardiola's birthday is celebrated but the fun stops when a very uneasy Ervis is evicted with 48% of the vote. Shkëlqim, Ina and Pol realise that Romina has snatched away the public's support. Meanwhile, Ervis blames his elimination on the public and even appears on the nightly news to clear his record from the "gigolo joke".

The week closes off with Ilda and Astrit treated to an exotic massage from two Thai masseuses.

Days 43 - 50

Trouble starts brewing as Ilda and Julinda fool around in the kitchen with some fake lesbian hugging and kissing, enabling Mardiola to spread a rumor that Ilda is a lesbian. Competition between the two newcomer girls has been tense. However Ilda denied being a lesbian. The lesbian rumor was only the tip of the iceberg, since Mardiola also admitted to spreading another rumor, claiming that Ilda had appeared in a Bluetooth cell phone tape circulating all over Albania, engaging in sexual activity with 5 men. The rumor was false but it only aggravated the relationship between the two girls. Ina cried in her bed for most of the week, as Pol and Ilda were enjoying each other's company. Tensions rose as Ilda claimed that Ina has been abusing her clothes in the closets and blamed it on her jealousy. Arbër found himself closer to Julinda and Besarta, however he started to challenge their intelligence by asking questions about the profession of the girls, which they couldn't answer.

A temporary boost of morale comes on Saturday as they win the karaoke challenge and a bigger budget. Big Brother also gives a canine friend to the remaining contestants called "Bigu". However, the biggest victory was reserved for Ilda as her rival Ina is evicted with 46% of the vote. Ilda said that her eviction was well deserved and called her fake. Back in the studio, Ina jokingly asked if she could break the big screen showing Ilda still inside the house.

After the show, Julinda tells Mardiola that she nominated her. Mardiola replies that Julinda likes to "suck up" to save herself from the nomination. Julinda calls her short and criticises her for being married too early, causing Mardiola to rush towards her. The other housemates stopped them from beating each other, however Mardiola said she wanted to leave. They were able to convince her to stay. Shkëlqim and Julinda, two former foes due to Julinda's affection for Juna and Ingrid, have now bonded over two common enemies, Mardiola and Romina.

Days 50 - 57

The week kicks off as Romina decides to pull a prank on Olsi, letting him know that she is supposedly in love with him. Olsi becomes very confused, while Mardiola thinks that Romina really does feel something for him but is hiding behind a joke. Romina however stuck with the prank excuse.

Arbër decides to cook fish for the other housemates, in what turned out to be the wildest lunch they had in the Big Brother house. As they awaited the fish to be served, Mardiola and Ilda, who were facing each other, get in a verbal fight over Mardiola eating the salad from the bowl instead of taking it in her own plate. The argument escalates as Mardiola refuses to do so, claiming it tastes better from the "common bowl". Ilda is disgusted but Mardiola reiterates by telling Ilda not to let the wine get over her head too quickly. The conversation degenerates as Ilda bullies Mardiola over her 162 cm height, however the conflict erupts when Ilda tells Mardiola that she's not giving a good example to her daughter by walking around in underwear and laying in bed with other men. Mardiola throws her glass of water on Ilda's plate and then empties the bowl of salad on her head. Ilda smashes her glass of wine on Mardiola's back, but Mardiola responds by throwing the fish plate at Ilda, barely missing her. After this Jerry Springer Show scenario, Mardiola decides to walk off the show, while Ilda remains inside. Four hours later, she is given the news that the staff has decided to expel her. The eviction is canceled and the SMS voting money is donated to charity. On the Saturday night show, the girls shake hands with each other and apologize to the public and housemates for this incident. The girls were even spotted singing together in a karaoke bar that same week.

The Saturday show shakes things up by allowing Juna to enter for 15 minutes in the house. A surprised and happy Olsi receives her, while Najada is not impressed. Juna thanks Olsi for his rendition of her on the wall, and asks for Astrit to greet her out of the house. The two dance their way to the door as Juna's song "Away" played on the background.

Days 57 - 64

Just when Astrit thought his troubles with his rural background ended with Juna, Shkëlqim begins to crack new jokes about Astrit's facial features. The housemates considered it an immature gesture and concluded that Shkëlqim enjoys provoking new conflicts. Meanwhile, Olsi and Najada formalise their new relationship with a romantic date which Olsi cooked for and prepared. Julinda engaged in a heated debate with Olsi over her sloppiness in the kitchen. Olsi wanted her to clean up after herself since she uses it the most but Julinda defended herself by saying that everyone should clean equally.

On eviction night, Big Brother decides to let Shkëlqim meet his two children for a few minutes. However, his new ally Julinda is evicted, bringing his fight against Romina at a crucial turning point. Romina had survived a high amount of nominations all throughout these weeks and had made it her goal to kick Shkëlqim out before she is evicted. After all of his allies took the fall, it was now time for one of them to go.

Finally, Big Brother decides to spice things up even further by sending in two new girls to join the contest, Jonida and Dorina.

Days 64 - 71

Shkëlqim and Romina enganged in a heated debate, both being self conscious that one of them would take the fall on Saturday's eviction. The other nominee was Olsi, but he was considered too unlikely to leave. Romina accuses Shkëlqim of gossiping and playing unfairly while he simply brushed her off.

Romina won her fight with Shkëlqim on the Saturday show as Shkëlqim was evicted with 54% of the vote. Shkëlqim chose Astrit to greet him out to the door, telling him that despite the disagreements he really valued him, leaving Astrit in an emotional state.

Afterwards, Pol is surprised by Ina in the storage room. They cannot stop hugging and kissing, expressing a desire to continue their relationship outside. In the studio, Ilda said that her relationship with Pol was innocent and she is happy for the two of them.

Days 71 - 78

With Shkëlqim out of the picture, Olsi thinks ahead at the next eviction with his two main targets being Romina and Dorina. Dorina has been irritating the housemates for the past week with her perfectionist attitude which Olsi and Najada were more than ready to exploit. She has also been telling the housemates that she would like to try out many sexual experiences like orgies, men from different racial backgrounds and even women. Najada and Jonida laughed it off, however an overly conservative Astrit considered it a decadence of youth and dismissed her as not normal. Olsi shows his disappointment with Romina and points out her flip-flopping personality, mentioning many episodes when she had acted contrary to what she had anticipated.

Saturday night shocks Romina as she receives the news of her eviction. It was one of the lowest percentages to evict, only 33%, confirming her strength with the public at home. However, a second elimination is ordered by Big Brother; this time around it would be by secret ballot and the public would have less than half an hour to vote off one of the three nominees. Besarta is evicted with 41% of the vote. Najada had been arguing for weeks that Besarta only made it this far thanks to her support from the dedicated Kosovo voters and believed she would go to the final, however this surprise eviction changed the course of events. "Bigu", the small dog that Big Brother had introduced a few weeks ago, was also taken away from the home so that it would not become too attached with any housemate in particular.

Days 78 - 85

Following Romina's and Besarta's evictions, Dorina finds herself alienated by the other housemates. Jonida and Arbër have been heating up their conversations in what was perceived by the housemates as flirting.

The eviction show was especially tense for Olsi and Najada, as Najada was up for eviction along with Dorina. Olsi was especially nervous as the fate of his love story with Najada hung on the balance, however the public decided to evict Dorina with 43% of the vote.

Later in the show, Arbër receives news that his girlfriend was very upset by his behavior in the show and would only talk to him once he left the house. Arbër was surprised by this developement and assured her that she was the most important person in his life, promising to clear things up.

Days 85 - 94

Arbër grows worried at the news he received about his girlfriend, while the other housemates jokingly push him to forget about her and make Jonida his new girlfriend. Jonida for her part was entertaining the idea by challenging Arbër and telling him that if she wanted to, she could get a kiss from him. He tells her that's not possible, but Jonida managed to get a friendly kiss in the cheek. However, Saturday morning the host enters the house in black clothes to let the housemates know that the normal show had been canceled because the president of the network, Dritan Hoxha, had been killed in a car accident. The housemates were speechless and expressed their condolences to his family.

The eviction show was moved on Monday with a much more subdued mood. Jonida was eliminated with 74% of the vote. The housemates were informed that they were the finalists of Big Brother Albania. Meanwhile the Saturday show was moved to Sunday, to complete the mourning week for the network.

Days 94 - 100

Najada prides herself for being the last female in the finale while she suspects that Arbër might be a strong contender for the big prize. The housemates are mostly calm in this final week and anxious for everything to end.

The final begins by the housemates watching a live feed of the studio and the people waiting for them outside. Pol and Najada are eliminated first but before they leave the house, Big Brother decides to surprise them both. Ina awaits Pol on an air balloon hanging over the yard of the home, throwing rose petals at him. Najada meets her two sisters in the confession room. There is one last surprise for her as she is sent back to the studio by chariot, just like she had wanted. Ranking 3rd was Astrit who becomes part of a funny debate in the studio, teasing the eliminated contestants that even a villager ended higher than them. Later that night, Olsi gets a visit by his father in the storage room which had been transformed to match his own living room. On the other hand, Arbër is surprised with a performance by his favorite Albanian folk group as well as his little niece coming to greet him. Soon after, the voting is closed and Arbër is declared the winner of the first season of Big Brother Albania.

Reunion show

The 18 housemates met one last time in a reunion show which led to many debates as well as prizes. Juna and Najada said that they would not want to be friends outside the house, with Juna being skeptical of Najada's and Olsi's relationship in the future. Mardiola blamed Shkëlqim and Julinda for fueling her fight with Ilda, while Romina expressed her disappointment at the housemates, especially at Olsi, for a joke they made her by hiding away her glasses. Besarta, Romina and Najada engaged in a debate over Besarta's authenticity. Najada continued to claim that Besarta advanced in the game thanks to biased voting, while Besarta rejected the claims and told the girls that everyone has something different to offer. Arbër on the other hand declared his commitment to donate all the prize money to a public awareness campaign about the environment as well as providing more opportunities for rural children.

Nominations table

[ Nominations - Nominimet]

External links

* [ Official homepage]
* [ Big Brother Albania Forum]
* [ Network homepage]

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