Watch­ing him watch­ing you

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BIG Brother has been scout­ing the coun­try for house­mates to join a new se­ries of his hit block­buster re­al­ity TV show.

The na­tional search has trav­elled all over Aus­tralia and ends at Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino on Sun­day, when the show’s mak­ers will au­di­tion wannabes in the grand ball­room from 8am to 4pm.

Reckon you’ve got what it takes to move into the Big Brother house?

Last year’s favourite Bradley Darke, from Co­rakai, in north­ern NSW, talks us through the process. What ad­vice do you have for peo­ple au­di­tion­ing to join the Big Brother house?

The best – and the most cliched – ad­vice, so I say it be­grudg­ingly, is to be you. Not only for the rea­son that Big Brother him­self doesn’t know what he is af­ter and will choose the best from what he sees. You can try to be some­one else, you might even get through, but then you have to keep up that act. No good comes from be­ing some­one you are not. Tell us a lit­tle about your own au­di­tion ex­pe­ri­ences last year.

The au­di­tion process for Big Brother was an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The most fun thing was the ex­pe­ri­ence of pass­ing through all the stages and then fi­nally meet­ing the pro­duc­ers. As some­one who never really re­al­is­ti­cally thought they would get on the show, just to get that far was really cool. It was a pinch-me moment, in fact I think I ac­tu­ally did pinch my­self while talk­ing with the pro­duc­ers. A not so good moment was hav­ing to stand in line for what felt like hours – in re­al­ity it was like, two, but still, it was along time. How much fun did you have on Big Brother last year?

I’ve said this be­fore, but I’ll say it again: Big Brother was the sin­gle great­est ex­pe­ri­ence of my life thus far. I had a buck­et­load of fun. Would I go on the show again? Yes, I think I would. It’s one of the great­est things you can do, so a chance to do it all again would be awe­some.

Big Brother

I’m where I would have been if I had not gone on Big Brother – at univer­sity and sin­gle. In terms of my emo­tional/ men­tal state, I have grown a great deal. I feel more ma­ture and con­fi­dent in my­self and hope I’m a bet­ter per­son than I was be­fore I en­tered the house. I’ve gone back and watched some of the show and can hardly stand to watch my­self. It’s too cringey. So I hope I have changed.

– LISA SIM­MONS

Big Brother Gold Coast au­di­tions: Sun­day, 8am-4pm. Grand Ball­room, Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino, Broad­beach. Visit big­brother.com.au for de­tails.

Has changed your life? How? Bradley Darke with host So­nia Kruger

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