Yes, you read that right! ABS-CBN's hit reality show Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 will be held in Vietnam!
This is the first time that the reality show will be held overseas since it started airing in 2005.
The celebrity housemates who have been introduced so far are Viva talent Yassi Pressman, The Voice Kids PH alumnus Juan Karlos Labajo, model and radio DJ Jinri Park, and Hashtags members Nikko Natividad and McCoy de Leon.
ABS-CBN business unit head and director Laurenti Dyogi told TV Patrol's MJ Felipe that this is one of the twists of the show.
He explained, "Sa tagal na natin sa ere, medyo nakabisado na ng mga manonood, ng ating housemates [ang Bahay ni Kuya]. So dapat naiiba yung experience nila and this is one attempt na hindi nila akalain na hindi sila sa bahay ni Kuya papasok pero naimbitahan sila sa ibang bahay ng Big Brother."
Direk Lauren explained why they picked Vietnam to host the 13th edition of PBB.
He said, "Gusto rin natin ng isang lugar na meron tayong koneksyon. Kahit sa history natin, meron relationship ang Vietnam at [Pilipinas]. There were Vietnamese refugees in Palawan and Bataan so mayroon tayong ganung relasyon sa kanila. Marami tayong similarities sa prutas at sa temparatura."
Yassi, Nikko, and McCoy made it safely to the Big Brother house in Vietnam after their two-hour flight on July 5.
However, three celebrity housemates weren't able to board the same flight because of immigration problems. Jinri, JK, and an unnamed celebrity housemate (described as a "hunk housemate") was forced to stay in the Philippines.
JK said in an interview for Pinoy Big Brother Season 7 Updates, "[Hindi ko po alam] kung saan po kami pupunta pero ako lang po yung naiwan so may possibility na matanggal po ako."
Jinri, for her part, said, "An officer from the airport, they were looking at my passport. He said, 'Do you have an iCard [International Card]?' I said, 'Yes but it's at home.'"
One of the show's hosts, Robi Domingo, also flew to Vietnam to complete a task from Kuya. Details regarding the length of stay of Robi and the housemates in Vietnam's Big Brother house have yet to be revealed.
PBB Lucky Season 7 is hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzales, and Mariel Rodriguez.
The show's official airing date on the Kapamilya network's primetime block is yet to be revealed.