What Happens At The Auditions? We
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
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
"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
"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
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!"
NB. Auditionees (and other fans)
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