Housemate auditions: the real deal

BB producers creepily stalk contestants via email addresses and social media

Did you attend the Big Brother housemate hunt and get rejected for no apparent reason? You’re not alone – reports from those who attended tell of a strange selection process favoured towards the overtly extroverted.

Typically auditionees are rounded up in groups of twelve and then asked to participate in ‘fun’ games (such as constructing a sailing ship) for around fifteen minutes. Each potential housemate is then asked some ‘opinionated questions’ which are usually centred around political knowledge.

After these questions almost all contestants are eliminated – usually one to three people out of each group of twelve make it through to the next round.

Behind Big Brother user ~Robbie~ tells us “most of us in my group were genuine ‘normal’ people, but the three out of twelve in my group who moved forward would have been the ‘fame whore’ type.

One woman who got through looked stunning, like a pro model, one of the dudes that made it, I was told he was putting on some sob story because a guy who went to the the same school as him was in our group and he was pissed when he heard the guy going on with the sob story… then next minute he got through [too].

And the creepiest part of the audition process? The Big Brother production crew have been monitoring potential housemates via their email addresses and social media profiles. After being rejected from auditions, ~Robbie~ was “officially recognised by the Big Brother staff as a member/fan from THIS site, just as I was about to leave, they asked for my name again and then handed me a sheet of paper that said…

Dear Robbie, Remember – Big Brother is always watching.
Please send our love to all the fans on Behind Big Brother. The Big Brother Team.

Attached to the sheet of paper was a screen capture of a post ~Robbie~ had made on the Behind Big Brother forums several months ago discussing his registration for the housemate hunt. ~Robbie~ predicts a BB recruiter recognised his name, email address and location posted to the forums and handed him the sheet of paper because of his online activity.

It seems the Big Brother production crew have been researching potential housemates from the very beginning via their Facebook profiles and online activity. Didn’t make it through to the next round of auditions? Don’t feel too bad – they probably decided it from your Facebook profile long ago.

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Big Brother 2012: What we know so far

No secrets, construction behind schedule

Big Brother house from airSo much speculation and goss! Here’s all the facts you need to know about the new Big Brother:

The official BB Facebook page has confirmed Big Brother will start “sometime after the Olympics”. Channel Nine are the official free-to-air broadcaster of the 2012 London games, and don’t have the schedule space to broadcast BB until then. The games are set to finish on 12 August (London time). Reality TV and sports aren’t a great mix anyway…

There’s been quite a few issues surrounding where the house will be. It will once again sit within the walls of the Dreamworld theme park, but its exact location was a hot topic: The land where the old BB house was located was sold to become part of the Comera town centre. Fox Studios, Movie World and Luna Park Sydney had all been considered as the new location for Big Brother. However, recent photos displayed by (again) the Big Brother Facebook page, show the original site is being marked for reconstruction.

That reconstruction is weeks behind schedule, according to insiders from Dreamworld, who say their efforts to get the theme park’s Easter and school holiday attractions up and running have delayed any construction on the Big Brother house. Photos from Big Brother titled the “old Big Brother house” show extensive pink spraypaint markings which fans have speculated will form the new walls of the 2012 house. Either way, there’s only three months left to get those walls constructed.

Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is thought to have been influential in determining Big Brother’s location at Dreamworld, since it draws tourism to Queensland.

And secrets? Forget about that. The early announcement that the new series would be called ‘Big Brother: Secrets’ where “every housemate has a secret” has completely vanished. The concept seems to have been abandoned by the production crew. The early announcements indicated the show would be leaning towards becoming like Secret Story, the official version of Big Brother in France, which includes an extra task: every housemate must keep their special designated secret from being revealed, otherwise they are evicted.

Feeling nostalgic? Check out this awesome video compilation from Behind Big Brother user matts bb featuring house tours and scenes from the past eight seasons of Big Brother:

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Big Brother Australia will be back

Channel Nine picks up the rights to Big Brother: Secrets

Channel 9 have picked up the rights to a new series of Big Brother Australia, Big Brother: Secrets, the Herald Sun reports.

Corroborating that report is an update to Southern Star’s website, pointing users to the official Big Brother Australia Facebook page. Southern Star own the rights to the Big Brother franchise in Australia.

Behind Big Brother may indeed have another life. Until then.

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