Review: 2000 Pepsi Germany “Big Brother” Cans


Mike Burns, Co-Founder of CanMuseum.com, jumps into German reality television as he joins various housemates while exploring these can designs

Big Brother is a television series in which a group of strangers are selected to live together in a house while separated from the outside world, all while being monitored by cameras 24 hours a day. There are about 12 to 14 housemates that are in competition with one another, going through regularly-scheduled evictions. Ultimately the last remaining member in the house is declared the winner and gets prizes like a large amount of money, a vacation, a car, and sometimes a house. The first Big Brother series aired in The Netherlands in 1999. Since then, it has spread to about 47 countries. Currently there are 19 different series of Big Brother airing around the globe.

2000 Pepsi Germany "Big Brother" Cans

In 2000, to help promote its sophomore season (September 16-December 30), Pepsi released a set of 4 “Limited Edition” Big Brother cans in Germany. These cans spotlighted 4 of the 12 housemates from its highest rated season, notable for its heated arguments and tempers. The other 8 housemates appeared on 1 liter, 1.5 liter and 2 liter bottles. Additional buzz was fueled by viewers who were given the opportunity to see the housemates 24/7 on a pay TV station called Single TV. All cans have a low-res color photo of a single housemate with the show’s web address (“www.BigBrother.de”) at the top. They also have a biography (in German) for their featured housemate followed by a list of all 12 housemates and what soda brand/flavor/volume they can be found on.

Please note that each biography below is very loosely translated using translate.google.com. I did my best! If I am wrong with any of the translations, please feel free to post corrections at the bottom of this review.

Let’s go through each can in eviction order through the 106 total days spent in the house:

Daniela

2000 7Up "Big Brother" Can - Daniela

2000 7Up "Big Brother" Can - Daniela

Daniela, 31, from Frankfurt am Main, walked out on day 63 before being evicted. This was one of the controversies in this season as she walked out with housemate Karim Benguerich, 28, also from Frankfurt am Main, with whom she was having a relationship with in the house (while they both had relationships outside of the house). They later married and are supposedly still together.

Daniela is featured on the green 7Up can with the show’s web address in a red band at the top and the words “Cool Down. 7up” at the bottom.

2000 7Up "Big Brother" Can - Daniela

Daniela’s Biography:

Home: Nümberg, Age: 31 (Leo), Height: 158 cm, Eyes: brown, Hair: blonde, Nickname: Danerla

By chance, Daniela’s participation in the show came from a friend sending in an application for her. In order to appear on the show, she needed to terminate her long-standing position as an insurance clerk. However, she sees her dream job in advertising anyway.

In her spare time, the blonde is especially active in sports. Aerobics is one of her passions – she would like to have her own studio. She also enjoys Step, Callenetics, skiing and inline skating. Her style of music is House and sometimes soft, sometime hard sounds of Jon Bon Jovi.

Her secret dream: She would play a role in Basic Instinct.

By chance, Daniela’s participation in the show came from a friend sending in an application for her. In order to appear on the show, she needed to terminate her long-standing position as an insurance clerk. However, she sees her dream job in advertising anyway.

In her spare time, the blonde is especially active in sports. Aerobics is one of her passions – she would like to have her own studio. She also enjoys Step, Callenetics, skiing and inline skating. Her style of music is House and sometimes soft, sometime hard sounds of Jon Bon Jovi.

Her secret dream: She would play a role in Basic Instinct.

Walter

2000 Pepsi Light "Big Brother" Can - Walter

2000 Pepsi Light "Big Brother" Can - Walter

Walter Unterweger, 23, from Kärnten, Austria was evicted on day 70. He later went on to record singles and play roles on other television series. Walter is on the silver Pepsi Light can with the show’s web address in a blue band at the top and the words “ASK FOR MORE” at the bottom. It also says “Great Taste” in white letters at the top of the side and “Without the Sugar” in white letters at the bottom of the side.

2000 Pepsi Light "Big Brother" Can - Walter

Walter’s Biography:

Home: Klagenfurt, Age: 23 (Libra), Height: 182 cm, Eyes: blue, Hair: dark brown, Nickname: DJ Junior W

The only Austrian in the house: a well-trained golden boy with a striking face. Girls are attracted to his charm and his body. He keeps fit by running, snowboarding and golf. He was born in Carinthia, studied medicine in Vienna and wants to work as a plastic surgeon.

Although he looks like he is playing in a boy band, Walter likes listening to Hip Hop, Trip Hop and House. But the smart medical student shows his other musical side: It must be calm like classical music or Frank Sinatra.

His secret desire: To play along in a kissing scene with Laetitia Casta or have the male lead role in Pretty Woman 2.

The only Austrian in the house: a well-trained golden boy with a striking face. Girls are attracted to his charm and his body. He keeps fit by running, snowboarding and golf. He was born in Carinthia, studied medicine in Vienna and wants to work as a plastic surgeon.

Although he looks like he is playing in a boy band, Walter likes listening to Hip Hop, Trip Hop and House. But the smart medical student shows his other musical side: It must be calm like classical music or Frank Sinatra.

His secret desire: To play along in a kissing scene with Laetitia Casta or have the male lead role in Pretty Woman 2.

Ebru

2000 Pepsi "Big Brother" Can - Ebru

2000 Pepsi "Big Brother" Can - Ebru

Ebru Kayman, 23, from Mühlheim, was evicted on day 103. Ebra is on the blue Pepsi can with the show’s web address at the top (no band this time) and the words “ASK FOR MORE” at the bottom.

2000 Pepsi "Big Brother" Can - Ebru

Ebru’s Biography:

Home: Mühlheim/Ruhr, Age: 23 (Sagittarius), Height: 169 cm, Eyes: dark brown, Hair: black, Nickname: Curly

She was born in Germany and works as an industrial clerk. She gave her parents quite a surprise since until the last moment they knew nothing about her participation. In order to participate in Big Brother, she had to promise to get the house. ( I have no idea if that translation is even close).

In her spare time she has diverse interests: dancing, sports, meeting friends, taking pictures and – if time and money allow – traveling. She likes songs by Latin music star Ricky Martin, as well as songs by Celine Dion. But most of all she sings herself.

Her secret: She would like to switch places with Madonna for a day.

She was born in Germany and works as an industrial clerk. She gave her parents quite a surprise since until the last moment they knew nothing about her participation. In order to participate in Big Brother, she had to promise to get the house. ( I have no idea if that translation is even close).

In her spare time she has diverse interests: dancing, sports, meeting friends, taking pictures and – if time and money allow – traveling. She likes songs by Latin music star Ricky Martin, as well as songs by Celine Dion. But most of all she sings herself.

Her secret: She would like to switch places with Madonna for a day.

Frank

2000 Mirinda "Big Brother" Can - Frank

2000 Mirinda "Big Brother" Can - Frank

Frank Röthen, 27, from Luxembourg, finished in 3rd Place. Frank is on the orange Mirinda can with the show’s web address in a yellow band at the top.

2000 Mirinda "Big Brother" Can - Frank

Frank’s Biography:

Home: Remich, Age: 27 (Cancer), Height: 189 cm, Eyes: green, Hair: brown, Nickname: Zapf

Frank is the financial guru of the house – not from personal experience but from work. In Velleicht his job is manager of income tax: at his home in Luxembourg, he deals with money every day. He enjoys hobbies like traveling.

He is trained in hotel management. He likes music such as by the Stones or Billy Joel. Computer music like techno or mainstream pop are an abomination to him.
His utmost desire: To play a role in the movie Casablanca.

Frank is the financial guru of the house – not from personal experience but from work. In Velleicht his job is manager of income tax: at his home in Luxembourg, he deals with money every day. He enjoys hobbies like traveling.

He is trained in hotel management. He likes music such as by the Stones or Billy Joel. Computer music like techno or mainstream pop are an abomination to him.
His utmost desire: To play a role in the movie Casablanca.

Japan ruined it for me with their awesome Star Wars can designs. Since then, any cans with photos of people or characters on them must be of the same hi-res quality or else they make me feel like they took the cheap way out by limiting the number of colors in the printing/inking process. The photos on these cans are of a lower resolution with less color than a real photo and they remind me a lot of the image quality on the Barq’s Buffy cans. I do, however, like the biographies of each featured Big Brother housemate, as well as the list of all housemates and what product they can be found on printed on one side of the cans.

Overall, this is an odd set of Big Brother cans from Germany’s most successfully rated season. It could have been greatly improved with better photo quality and by releasing all housemates on 12 cans instead of 4 housemates on cans and 8 housemates on bottles.

Photos used by permission of CanPedia.net