How to star on Big Brother
The hit reality television series Big Brother is coming to Canada in early 2013 on Slice TV—which could be a big deal for ordinary people looking to become stars.
Viewers familiar with the American version of the show, which has been airing since 2000, will likely recognize the format.
Locked in a house for nearly three months, contestants compete for food, special privileges, and power. Cameras follow the houseguests 24 hours a day, while microphones record their every word, leaving absolutely no room for privacy.
The end goal is to be the only contestant not voted out of the Big Brother House.
The Weal interviewed Sue Brophey, one of the producers of Big Brother Canada, to find out what it takes to be a star on the show.
The Weal: A lot of people would love the opportunity to star on Big Brother. What are some qualities that you look for in a contestant?
Brophey: We are looking for contestants who are fiery, outgoing, adventurous, plotters, and planners who are somewhat competitive, and are ready to live in a house for 75 days without any contact from the outside world.
The Weal: What things should contestants avoid doing during their audition?
Brophey: The most important thing to do is to be yourself. A lot of people come in trying to be just like previous Big Brother contestants and put on a persona that isn’t truly them. We are looking to see real people. So if you’re funny, be funny. If you have a wacky personality and you like to wear carrot costumes, then do that.
The Weal: If a contestant is unable to attend an open casting call because they live in a different city, are there other ways to apply to be on Big Brother Canada?
Brophey: Absolutely. You can apply online by going to www.slice.ca and follow the casting link to the casting application website where you can upload a video. Fill in an application form and answer every question as best you can. The producers look at and evaluate every single application. If we really like you we will call you and if we truly like you, we will come straight to your town to meet you. So the entire country definitely has a chance to be on the show.
The Weal: How is Big Brother Canada going to be different from Big Brother U.S.?
Brophey: The format that we will follow will be similar to Big Brother U.S., however, we will be adding Canadian twists as well as Canadian elements to the show to make it our own. But the real difference will be that all our house guests will be Canadian.
The Weal: Is there any last piece of advice that you can offer?
Brophey: The most important thing for anyone who wants to apply for this show is to make sure to be yourself and show us who you are. Don’t be a wallflower. We are looking for big personalities, so you need to show us your personality.