Bigg Boss Kannada 5 (BBK5) was the fifth season of the Kannada television series Bigg Boss Kannada, that premiered on 15 October 2017. Sudeep reprised his role as the host of the show. The finale of the season took place 28 January 2018, and rapper Chandan Shetty was declared the winner of the show and was awarded the prize money of 50 lakh. Sales representative Diwaker was voted the runner-up.Sudeep had signed a deal with the channel Colors Kannada to host the next five seasons starting from the previous season. During the grand finale of Bigg Boss Kannada 4, it was announced that the next season will start with new contestants and a renovated Bigg Boss house built for the previous season in the Innovative Film City at Bidadi, Bangalore. This will be the first season to allow non-celebrities to the Bigg Boss house with online auditions taking place from July 2017.The application process of the auditions for non-celebrities was exclusively carried by mobile app called Voot. Nagendra Bhat was the reality writer for this season.The show was extended by one week (106 days) instead of 98 days. Among the five finalists Niveditha and Divakar are auditioned contestants, where as Chandan, Karthik and Shruti are celebrities.
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