Open house for brotherly love
The search is on for people who can be themselves, writes
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.
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auditions land at Dreamworld on Friday, April 20.
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