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PLEASE NOTE: This is an old article referring to Series 9, which took place in the summer of 2008. For details on applying for the next series, please make sure that you're on our Newsletter mailing list.


Audition/ Apply For Big Brother 9 Now

Earlier than ever before, the time has come to reveal the application procedure for the next series of Big Brother (series 9), which will take place in the summer of 2008. Woo-hoo!

We say 'woo-hoo' like we're all excited about it, but to be honest no-one in the BBO office would ever apply to be on Big Brother. This is mainly because BB contestants stand to lose as much as they stand to gain these days.

What we're getting-at here is the fact that many former housemates have given-up perfectly good jobs to go into the House, but came-out and earned just £200 for their 'story', before slipping back into obscurity.

Conversely, some may have earned a few 'grand from the tabloids, but became notorious hate figures during their stint on the show. Indeed, 'Nasty Nick' Bateman is still remembered for cheating during the original UK series, even though that was over seven years ago!

While Big Brother 8 runners-up Sam and Amanda Marchant did well financially and had a little taste of fame to boot, fellow BB8 contestant Carole Vincent came out of the House and had to sign on the dole.

And right at the beginning of the year, Big Brother's most famous evictee Jade Goody lost her lucrative career on the very show that made her a celebrity. Mind you, that was arguably a case of what goes around, comes around, due to her terrible behaviour towards Shilpa Shetty.

Still, the days of going into the House for Fame and Fortune are largely over, but we suspect the determined amongst you are unlikely to be put-off by that. And it's a good job too, after all, where would we fans be without the thousands of people prepared to be scrutinised by the nation for several months of the year?

Anyway, let's move on to the procedure for getting-on Big Brother 9 in 2008.

This year, as-has been the procedure since Series 5, there's no need to fill-out an application form or send-in a video of yourself, however like last year, there are options to do that if you wish.

Rather, the majority of eventual housemates will be chosen from fourteen national open Auditions, which take place six weeks earlier than last year, from Saturday the 24th of November 2007 to Sunday the 20th of January 2008.

All you have to do at the auditions is turn-up, queue with all the other potential candidates and then 'shine' when it comes to your turn. However, we can't be more specific on what that actually means, mainly because the producers always say that they don't have a set idea what they're looking-for.

That said, a mix of fun-loving, camp, dizzy, brainy, witty, geeky, confident, annoying, funny, argumentative, obnoxious and matriarchal/ patriarchal characters always works well. So, just be yourself and remain hopeful that you're what they're looking-for this year.

Word to the wise though: don't try and be something you're not at the auditions just to gain attention, as you simply won't be able to keep-up the act for several months if you eventually get into the House.

We can't really give you any more advice, except to say that in our view Big Brother 9 desperately needs some 'fun' characters. So, if you're a bit of a laugh, a joker, something of a fool or the life and soul of the party, please make sure the producers get to see that.

However, if you're a bit of a prat, an exhibitionist or just a wannabe/ attention seeker, by all means be yourself, but after seven years of interviewing for Big Brother, the production team really don't need to see any more naked bodies... frankly they get to see enough t*ts during the auditions, in more ways than one!

So, if you want to be in with a shout of winning a possible £100k this summer, get yourself along to one of the below venues and do your 'thang! If, however, you can't make it to one of the open Auditions, you can always send-in an Application Form or audition Video.

All you have to do is download this application form, fill it in and send it together with a photo of yourself to: BB9online@endemoluk.com  If you wish, you can also make a short vid (up to 3 minutes long) explaining why you should be on the next series of Big Brother, and upload it via the www.e4.com website.

Your video can be as serious or as wacky as you like, and the maximum file size is 20Mb. The producers aren't looking for polished clips, just something that'll give 'em a good idea what you'd be like if you got on the show.

Videos and/ or application forms must be submitted by midnight on Friday the 25th of January 2008, but please note that videos will not be accepted on their own without an application form.

Good Luck if you decide to apply, and remember to keep in touch with BBO and let us know how you get on. Also, if you do make it into the Big Brother House, please put your family and friends in touch with Big Brother Online so that we can support you throughout the series.

Click here for a list of Audition Venues and Dates (Pop-up; see FAQ's below)

Click here to read our Big Brother 9 Audition 'Frequently Asked Questions'.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an old article referring to Series 9, which took place in the summer of 2008.

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