Interview With CBB5 Top Brass
In anticipation of Celebrity BB5 getting going, BBO caught-up
with the show's Commissioning Editor Angela Jain and Executive
Producers Paul Osborne and Claire O'Donohoe, to ask a few
BBO: What's different about this year's Celebrity
"There’ll be lots of surprises, twists and turns,
although we can't go into too much detail obviously. The house
has been redesigned and some of the ex housemates from last
summer's main series will be back, acting as our roving reporters.
There will be more celebrities than ever before and we’re
hoping that CBB5 will be the best series yet."
BBO: Is the House smaller or larger than before?
"Well, Big Brother 7 had an 'inside/ outside' theme
which was more suited to the summer period. So, we’ve
had to remodel it quite a bit for the winter weather, but
it's essentially the same house: bold and ornate, with nowhere
BBO: What's the winning formula in choosing all the
celebrity housemates? Was there a pressure to find big characters
such as CBB4's George Galloway and Pete Burns?
"There's no real formula to casting the show to be honest.
The producers spend a lot of time meeting the celebrities
and they make their decisions based on these meetings, along
with gut instinct. We just hope that we get it right, but
it's always hard to know how a celebrity will behave once
they enter the BB House."
BBO: On that note, do you think that celebrities
in general are getting wiser to Big Brother and worry about
the risks involved?
"Most celebrities who agree to participate believe that
they fully understand the show. We make sure that any prospective
celebrities have thought about it very carefully before signing-up,
and they must also have read the Rules. However, many candidates
underestimate the fact that when they become a housemate,
Big Brother really does take over their lives. The great thing
is that when people rebel against Big Brother it just adds
to the viewers' enjoyment."
BBO: Which of last year’s celebrities surprised
you the most?
"In hindsight, one of the biggest surprises was the
Preston/ Chantelle romance and subsequent wedding. Who knew
that there would ever be love in the Celebrity Big Brother
House? It was also surprising that George 'The Cat' Galloway
gave himself so completely and that a celebrity didn't
BBO: How far have you cast the net in terms of the
nationalities and professions of potential celebrity housemates
"We always aim to create as diverse a cast as possible.
As in the past, we don’t necessarily stop at choosing
UK celebrities though."
BBO: Are you saying that there'll be a lot more non-British
housemates this time around?
"Aha, that would be telling! You’ll just have
to wait and see who gets out of the limos on launch night."
BBO: How do you keep the housemates' identities secret
before they go into the House?
"Only a select group of people know the identities of
the chosen celebrity housemates; the housemates themselves
are asked to keep it a secret. The newspapers always try and
guess who's going in the House, but you'll have to wait until
launch night to find-out for sure."
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