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BB9 Housemates - Feisty, Funny Or Fame-seekers?

With less than a week to go until the new series kicks-off, and with the chosen housemates safely in-hiding, we take a look at the type of characters the producers might have in store for us.

BBO staff were recently quoted in a tabloid newspaper saying that the Big Brother 9 producers should 'ditch seriously old people, screaming queens and wannabes'. Well, that's not quite what we said, as-is often the way when a 5-minute conversation gets summed-up in a few lines!

Firstly, we stick by the bit about wannabes. In our opinion, the show's producers should ask all applicants if they're looking for fame as soon as they clap eyes on them; if the answer is 'yes', they should be shown the door.

That would automatically preclude all would-be glamour girls, DJs, rap stars and anyone else looking to get a career going on the back of their Big Brother appearance.

On that note, we talk to people all the time who would like the show to return to the early days when contestants were in it for the experience and not for fame and fortune. Indeed, the show was originally all about what happens when a group of people are forced to live in such close-quarters for a number of weeks.

It's a bit of a joke, however, when the housemates nowadays inevitably strike-up a conversation within a few days about how much cash they could make, which celebrities they'll meet, and what nightclubs they will be hanging around once they've left the Big Brother House.

From the feedback we receive regularly, it seems that fans wanna' see ordinary people in the house; not dullards or boring saps, but the kind-of people you'd meet in pubs and clubs or on the street.

The problem is, Endemol Top Bods have pointed-out recently that the Big Brother format is no longer a social experiment. And we have to agree that the days of innocence and naivety amongst applicants in-terms of what they might get out of it – something which arguably lasted until series 3 – are long gone.

As-for the mention of 'screaming queens' (not a phrase we remember using), we want to make it clear that we don't mind gay housemates at all, nor camp ones. In fact, one of our favourite contestants ever was Big Brother 2 Winner Brian Dowling, who's position as The Only Gay In The House was challenged by fellow gay contestant and series latecomer Josh Rafter.

We were also fond of muscle-bound BB7 contestant Richard 'Dicky' Newman, even though, disappointingly, he couldn't stand-up to the bullies despite some early promise. Rather, it's the completely OTT people like Shahbaz and Marco who eventually become tiresome for many fans, even if they start-out quite amusing.

Finally, we're definitely not ageist in the BBO office, but having witnessed 49-year-old millionaire Jonathan Durden threaten to quit and eventually do-so in week 5 of Big Brother 8, and 60-year-old headhunter Lesley Brain run of out energy and leave after just 11 days of the same series, you can probably sympathise with our call to ditch the old'uns this year!

Anyway, a recent poll on this very website asked fans what type of characters they would choose if responsible for selecting the Big Brother 9 housemates; it transpires that the majority would opt for funny/ humorous people in the main.

And funnily enough, that's exactly what we've been saying for ages: that we'd like to see a return to the light-hearted fun, group singing and drunken games and frolics prevalent during Big Brother 3 some six years ago.

Of course, that's down to the chosen contestant group, and while we accept that there must be at least one-or-two feisty characters to create some occasional tension, let's just hope the powers-that-be have taken heed this time around.

They've obviously been listening to the calls for more disabled housemates, as a blind person will be arriving on Launch night for the first time ever.

Big Brother series 9 begins on Thursday the 5th of June 2008 at 9pm.

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