'Big Cheese' Producer Reflects On
Phil Edgar-Jones, a 'big cheese' at TV company Endemol, has
given an insight into why his team chose the final Big Brother
Reflecting on the contestant group, which was initially greeted
with something of a lukewarm reception by fans, Phil said,
"We went to great lengths to ensure that Big Brother
3 was radically different to the previous year's show. There
would be no point putting people in the House who were carbon
copies of BB2's Brian or Dean".
Even when two contestants, Sunita and Sandy, dramatically
quit the show, Phil was confident that his team had chosen
the right bunch of people and had picked a 'Fresh and diverse
group of applicants'.
"The beauty of this show is that we never know what's
going to happen", said the Executive Producer, defending
the two walkouts and inferring that the incidents actually
contributed to the success of the show.
But what made his team choose this year's bunch of wannabes?
Here's what Phil had to say on each one:
JADE - "When we first met Jade we thought, 'Oh
my god! Is she for real?' However, when you really get to
know her she is a lovely girl. She had certainly been through
a lot in her life before applying for the show, but underneath
it all she has a heart of gold and that is what endeared her
ADELE - "When she started rapping in her audition
video it almost put us off at first - Big Brother is not a
showcase for 'would-be rappers'. But, there was something
about Adele that made us want to meet her. She'd had a very
interesting life and we knew that her bisexuality would make
her interesting to the group."
SOPHIE - "Sophie didn't make the 'final twelve'
for the show, but she was on the short-list in case
anyone needed replacing, which is what happened in the end.
As a standby contestant, we chose her because it's always
difficult to come into the show late and you need the right
character to deal with that. We thought she'd do well because
we perceived that she was robust, strong and able to cope
with tough situations."
TIM - "Tim was like Sophie in that he was a strong
character and we knew that if we had to put him in the house
later-on, he would cope okay. He was a very confident chap,
almost bordering on arrogant; I'm sure he would admit that
himself. We liked him because he was so completely different
to any of the other blokes in there... he was posh!"
KATE - "Hands up over this one! We liked Kate
straight away because basically she was a very sexy girl.
We knew she was just the type of girl who would not only be
popular with the male housemates, but also with the viewers.
She was attractive, but also had a very nice personality and
a great sense of fun."
PJ - "He was one of the interesting housemates
because he showed another side to himself in the house, that
we hadn't seen at interview. Because PJ was a trainee solicitor
we thought he'd be a very solid, sensible person - we predicted
that he would be 'the quiet one', but he turned out to be
a real lad."
SPENCER - "Spencer was very enigmatic. We knew
he'd give everyone a run for their money in the house because
he's just an overgrown kid at heart. If you watched him closely,
you'd have seen that he was just like a petulant child - always
challenging Big Brother's rules and pushing things to the
limit. But, behind that cool facade he was a very gentle bloke
and he made us laugh throughout the interview."
JONNY - "Jonny was actually one of the last people
we met at the auditions and I really liked him because he
had a real sense of fun. His character started to come across
once the divide had gone up. He is a real hero - a fireman
- and he saves lives. He also has a big heart."
ALEX - "We took to Alex straight away because
he was hilarious. He made us laugh all the way through the
interview and we knew that he'd be just what the house needed.
He was well-travelled and had seen-and-done a lot even though
he was relatively young. He was a very sensitive person and
LYNNE - "We really liked her and felt sorry when
she went, the first person to be booted out. Lynne was great
and had a lovely sense of mischief in her. She was a mature
student who'd not only done a lot in her life, but had an
interesting edge to her. I didn't think she'd go so quickly."
SANDY - "He genuinely surprised me when he walked.
We told him that he could leave by the back door, but I guess
he wanted to make his exit more dramatic and so climbed over
the wall. Sandy was quite a complex character - he'd been
in the army and ended-up as a personal shopper at Selfridges.
He had an engaging personality and we thought he'd last."
SUNITA - "There were two sides to Sunita - one
was a party-loving funky young girl and the other was a serious
barrister. Sadly, only one side of Sunita came out whilst
in the house. She'd been warned in the 'Talk of Doom' that
being on the show could affect her career, but when the call
came to join Big Brother, the temptation was too great. In
the end she was desperate to get out and was in tears."
LEE - "Despite what we've said in the past about
being turned off by people stripping in their audition videos,
Lee was proof that you can go bare and still get on
Big Brother. I liked him a lot. He charmed us during the interview
with his cheeky smile and I guess he'll be remembered for
his peculiar attitude towards faithfulness."
ALISON - "We took to her the moment she arrived
for interview. In fact, we were still smiling long after she'd
left us! She can eat for England - we met her at 11 in the
morning and by then she'd already eaten beef and black bean
sauce. Then, during our chat, she munched her way through
a bag of chips and two bananas! Alison left a lasting impression
So, hopefully that gives you more of an idea of why the 'chosen
ones' were actually chosen? If you're one of the many thousands
of would-be contestants looking for your chance to meet and
impress Phil next year, don't forget that you only have a
matter of weeks left to apply for Big Brother 4.
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