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A thousand people are expected to show up at the studio complex in Neve Ilan tonight, where the the "Big Brother" reality show story never stops, to see which of the five final contestants is the winner.

The crowd, a relatively large number, considering the studio venue, will provide background for the most emotional, and controversial, TV show in recent years.

The show started at the beginning of September, when 16 contestants were closed up in a house. For the three months and two weeks since then, the participants were recorded without a break by 70 cameras, operated by 200 program staff working in shifts around the clock.

The images were broadcast not only on edited programs on Sundays and Tuesdays on Channel 2, but also on Channel 2 franchisee Keshet's "Mako" Internet site.

The happenings in the house were also shown nonstop, 24 hours a day, on Channel 20 on cable, which, according to cable broadcaster Hot, became the third most watched channel one after commercial Channels 2 and 10.

The show featured a number of interesting characters, representing a number of very different extremes in society.

There were newly religious and those who abandoned religion, an Arab woman, a gay man and his twin, and the Boublils, a father and daughter whose name long ago became a cultural phenomenom.

As the show's ratings grew, so did the criticism of it, but there is no doubt that "Big Brother" was an incredible commercial success.