What type of housemates did BB pick?
Producers wanted housemate pairs, but not older contestants
25 August 2014
Big Brother is naturally staying tight lipped about the housemates who are soon in lock down, but what type of housemates were chosen by producers? Let’s hear from those who made it through to the final audition rounds.
Looking for older housemates…?
Off the back of criticism the 2013 house was very “young and white”, the housemate hunt team along with host Sonia Kruger made countless media appearances to tell Australia they were “determined to find older housemates, including professionals and parents”.
Unfortunately the vast majority of stories we’ve received from those who got through to the later audition stages say this wasn’t so…
There were quite a few “older” people [in Brisbane], around 35+ and none of them got through, I thought they would target them more since they really emphasised older professional types, but it was just the young ones that progressed, quite typical.
I don’t care what they say they want this year, I don’t think it’s older people, I went to the first Melbourne auditions and made it to round two, I was watching the people before me who got through to round three, a nice little red head who was in my group for round one got through to round two but the whole time I was there not one older person got through to round three.
There was definitely an interest in ‘older’ people in the early rounds but I was the only ‘older’ person sitting around waiting for round 3 until just before I left when another older (looked older than me) woman came in. I could really see the ‘characters’ of people who I sat with waiting for round 3 (jock, glamour, sporty but dumb glamour, dorky hilarious guy, etc).
But they’re definitely after relatives…
So while the producers might not be delivering on the ‘housemates above 30’ promise, auditionees said there was a common theme in all audition cities – the producers were obsessed with casting relatives, couples and friends together. This may be linked to the first 2014 promo which featured couples entering the Big Brother ark.
I was at Canberra today, mums and daughters getting through even though [they’re] B.A.B.S. (boring as bat shit)
They definitely want relatives this year, we got asked if we know anyone auditioning or we were together, and I saw also they approached someone who was with a friend and asked her to audition as well.
- Many housemate hopefuls commented that attendee numbers were well below 2013. In some cases, particularly on the second day of auditions in a city, you could walk straight in to register. The flip side being you then had to wait a long time for audition groups to fill up.
- Gay men were being shown the door en masse, the show is keen to not have another 2012 Ben too soon.
- We found this story from an auditionee particularly interesting:
I was asked if I had ever been cheated on and what I thought of the Tully drama…. It seemed to be a very deliberate question.
What type of housemate do you want to see on this year’s show? Leave a comment below or discuss it on our forums.