New breed of housemates

BIG Brother is coming to the Border and he’s looking for parents and professionals to populate his house.

A crew from the reality television show will host Albury auditions next month for the program based on sealing 14 adults in a house for up to four months with a chance to win $250,000.

Executive producer Alex Mavroidakis said he was looking for unusual characters.

“Albury was an obvious place because I’m trying to get to untapped pockets of the country,” Mr Mavroidakis said.

“I’m hoping we see the types of people we don’t see at a lot of at other Big Brother auditions.

“I’m looking for over-30s, parents and professionals. They’re people we always struggle to find because obviously they’re busy people.”

Nominations can be made at bigbrother.com.au or people can attend Rydges Hotel from 11am on April 15.

Mr Mavroidakis said would-be housemates would be given several challenges and exercises and there would be discussion topics.

“We’re looking for warmth, we’re looking for intelligence, we’re looking for fun,” he said.

“We don’t need you to cook — it’s not My Kitchen Rules. We don’t need you to renovate — it’s not The Block. And we don’t need you to sing — it’s not The Voice.

“A 14-1 shot at $250,000 — those odds are pretty bloody good and we don’t need any discernable skills.”

Mr Mavroidakis, who has guided 10 Big Brothers, said the familiarity of reality television has taken the surprise away for participants.

“The naivety is dead — it will never return the beautiful naivete there was with the first lot of housemates in 2001,” he said.

“They had no idea of the screaming fans and headlines outside the house.”

Audition winners will join a shortlist of 150 with the final 14 entering the house at the Gold Coast’s Dreamworld.

Big Brother will screen on WIN Television in the second half of this year.

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