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Many fans are itching to find out what happens at the first auditions, so we recently caught-up with Big Brother 3 auditionee Rebekah Wheller, to ask her about the experience.

You will probably remember 22-year-old Rebekah if you saw the 'How Not To Get On Big Brother' programme last Spring. In case you can't quite recall the name, she was the pretty one who blurted-out at her audition, "I WILL be famous!"

So, in light of all the media attention given to the BB2 contestants, did Rebekah go in for the show 'just for the experience' or blatantly for the potential fame it could bring?

"I guess when I applied for Big Brother 3 I was looking for the exposure, even though they'd already stated that they didn't want wannabees," said the Multi-media Journalism graduate, exercising her trademark honesty.

"The thing is," she continued, "they ended-up with Jonny and Alison in the house, both of whom are experienced actors with equity cards."

True enough, Jonny Regan appeared in Billy Elliot and Alison Hammond has had a string of TV appearances. We guess it doesn't pay to be too honest with the Big Brother producers then?!

Despite the title of this article, we're obviously not allowed to detail what the exact procedure for this year's auditions will be. So instead, we asked Rebekah what happened at her audition.

"First, we had to individually jump over a stick and then introduce ourselves - predictably some people just went OTT, like they were trying to be deliberately odd or weird; others were trying to fulfil the character roles - cheeky lad next door, tart with a heart and so on. We then had around an hour of group discussion, during which time the producers were watching everyone like hawks. In fact, they're watching everyone from the minute you arrive really."

Further stages would have seen applicants playing bonding games and having a 1-to-1 interview, but unfortunately Rebekah fell at the first hurdle (their loss!). So, having failed her audition, the show was destined to be 'Wheller-less' - but did Rebekah watch Series 3 or did she consequently snub the programme?

"I did watch," replied Rebekah,"but once you've been for an audition you find yourself watching the show in a completely different light. Basically, you keep thinking to yourself, 'That could have been me!'"

But, is the bubbly brunette glad of the opportunity, or is she still bitter at being rejected? A bit of both really.

"It was nice being recognised afterwards, but there were too many negatives to be honest, just like the real thing".

This is clear reference to the fact that Rebekah felt she'd been manipulated into appearing as a certain character in the editing of the 'How Not To Get...' show. She was honest in her introduction and got scolded for it, maintaining that although she did make certain comments, they were not said in the context that they appeared on TV.

What? Big Bro manipulating the editing to make it's own characters up? Hey Rebekah, welcome to Big Brother 'gal!

Having been knocked-back once, we asked Rebekah if she would ever consider applying for BB again? She was quick with an answer: "No way!"

Elaborating on this she told us, "Like many people, I think I was a bit desperate to get on the show and in hindsight, that was a bit pathetic really". Rather philosophically, she then added, "If it was meant to be, I would have been chosen."

Finally, when quizzed about her work situation since graduating, the blossoming journalist revealed that having written for the Big Brother Online site last summer, she went-on to join a local newspaper where she is currently fulfilling her ambition of becoming a sports writer.

And in a subtle 'two fingers up' to both C4 and Endemol, the anything-if-frank journo had the final word: "I may not be rich or famous but my career has taken off now... no thanks to Big Brother!"

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NB. Auditionees (and other fans) may wish to read Jean Ritchie's book, Inside Big Brother - see our Shop for details.

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