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has already taken place in 2004. Please check our Latest News
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Apply For Big Brother 5 Now (...Sort Of!)
Right. If you're one of the many nutters, er, 'dedicated
fans' who've been waiting for months on end just to find out
how you can apply for Big Brother 5, we've got news for you:
However, before you get your knickers in a twist and start
typing-up an e-mail rant, please read on, as Endemol and Channel
4 have simply changed the application process this time around.
Instead of inviting potential contestants to send-in their
video tape and application form as before, the program makers
have now completely dispensed with that idea. Rather, all
you have to do is turn-up to an open audition and be yourself
Auditions, which were previously 'invite-only' affairs, will
take place in eight venues around the country, starting on
Saturday the 14th of February and ending on March the 14th
It goes without saying that large numbers of people are expected
to attend and so inevitably, not everyone will make
it into the actual audition rooms. Don't fret though, as the
production team will doubtless be scouring the queues for
interesting people and may pick you out, even if you're right
at the back.
So why the changes? The official line is that this new way
of doing things makes it more fair, as not everyone has a
video camera and/or the ability to produce an application
The thing is, previously you would only have had to travel
if the top bods were definitely interested in you;
now you are being forced to travel to an audition just on
the off-chance that you might get noticed.
Also, there'll be many a disappointed wannabe walking away
from the venue moaning that they could have represented themselves
better on tape. However, from the producers' point of view
these open auditions offer a chance to meet many more people
in the flesh than previously possible, which can only be a
good thing in the search for the right contestant group.
Still, we can't help feeling that they've basically just
run over schedule and can't spare the time to view 10,000
tapes again. Either that, or they've lost the heart to view
10,000 video tapes, having endured that mind-numbing task
On that note, we re-iterate: please remember to be yourself.
If you're normally really bubbly then by all means be-so on
the day, but try not to 'ham it up' too much. Conversely,
if you're normally pretty quiet but have something of a dry
wit, act naturally and perhaps that's what the producers will
be looking for this year?
So, if you want to be in with a shout of winning the £70k
this summer, get yourself down to one of the below venues
and shine. Just remember to keep in touch with BBO and let
us know how you get on. Also, if you do make it into
the house, please put your family in touch with Big Brother
Online so that we can support you.
Best of luck.
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