Open house for broth­erly love

The search is on for peo­ple who can be them­selves, writes

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ROLL up, roll up – it’s au­di­tion time. While Big Brother is look­ing for colour­ful per­son­al­i­ties, Masterchef went for culi­nary skills.

As­pir­ing Big Brother con­tes­tants should dis­play warmth, hu­mour and com­mu­ni­ca­tions skills when they at­tend au­di­tions, which kick-off in Perth this Satur­day and run for the next three week­ends around the na­tion.

More than 10,000 on­line ap­pli­ca­tions have been lodged for Chan­nel 9’s re­vival of the re­al­ity-tv show Big Brother.

The huge re­sponse has the show’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Alex Mavroidakis op­ti­mistic about how the show will rate.

‘‘It’s blown me away how many peo­ple want to be in this house,’’ says Mavroidakis, who worked on seven of the eight pre­vi­ous Aus­tralian Big Brother se­ries on Chan­nel 10 – be­fore the show was scrapped in 2008 due to de­clin­ing rat­ings.

‘‘We want warm peo­ple who have depth and more im­por­tant than any­thing else is hu­mour,’’ he says. ‘‘I think the key to suc­cess is mak­ing peo­ple laugh.’’

He ad­mits to be­ing on ‘‘house­mate watch’’ and to star­ing at ran­dom peo­ple in the street, in su­per­mar­kets and even in traf­fic jams fig­ur­ing out if they would add en­ter­tain­ment-value to the next se­ries of Big Brother.

But when the na­tional search launches in Perth on Satur­day, Mavroidakis is go­ing to have make snap de­ci­sions.

It’s the first of 10 au­di­tions dates in eight cities over a three-week pe­riod – the show’s mak­ers land at Dream­world on the Gold Coast on Fri­day, April 20 – and within a few weeks Mavroidakis and the pro­duc­ers have to whit­tle down the num­ber of pos­si­bles to a cou­ple of hun­dred.

‘‘It’s a mass cull first up, but ev­ery­one who turns up will get face time with the pro­duc­ers,’’ he says.

‘‘We get down to a cou­ple of hun­dred and then there’s a tour with a psy­chol­o­gist with a net­work pres­ence. From there we choose the house­mates.

‘‘You don’t have to be able to cook, you don’t have to be able to dance, you don’t have to be able to sing, you don’t have to be a model. You just have to be your­self,’’ Mavroidakis says.

This is where the se­lec­tion process for Big Brother and the re­al­ity cook­ing show Masterchef dif­fer.

As Masterchef ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Margie Bash­field ex­plains: ‘‘We are dif­fer­ent. We cast for food.’’

‘‘Other pro­grams heav­ily cast on

2004. Reckon you’ve got what it takes? per­son­al­i­ties be­cause that’s what their show is based around,’’ Bash­field says.

Masterchef’s cast­ing call cen­tred on a knowl­edge of cook­ing and food and the pas­sion be­hind mak­ing the dish as well as the am­bi­tion of the ap­pli­cants. We want peo­ple who want to make food their life.’’

With the cast­ings for Masterchef set­tled, the se­ries is be­lieved to pre­miere on Ten at the end of this month.

Mean­while, Mavroidakis ad­mits that Big Brother isn’t look­ing for tal­ent – it’s about gath­er­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and per­son­al­i­ties as en­ter­tain­ing hu­man lab rats.

To ap­ply for visit www.big­brother.cas­ta­sugar.com.

au­di­tions land at Dream­world on Fri­day, April 20.

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