Big Brother’s eye on Border

Elley Mercer and Tyson Spessot, from Umina on the Central Coast, came to Albury just to audition for Big Brother. About 200 people journeyed from places such as Wangaratta, Benalla, Wagga and Griffith for their chance at becoming a reality TV star. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK
Elley Mercer and Tyson Spessot, from Umina on the Central Coast, came to Albury just to audition for Big Brother. About 200 people journeyed from places such as Wangaratta, Benalla, Wagga and Griffith for their chance at becoming a reality TV star. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

TYSON Spessot can’t guess what this year’s season of Big Brother will be like, but he sure knows what he’d like to see.

“I hope it ends like (science fiction blockbuster) The Hunger Games,” he grins wickedly. “I’d totally be down like Katniss.”

Who knows, it could happen — the long-running reality TV show is known for unexpected twists and turns (albeit less violent).

Tyson, 21, was one of about 200 people who turned out for yesterday’s Big Brother auditions in Albury, at Rydges Hotel.

Few hopefuls were from Albury-Wodonga, with people travelling from Wangaratta, Benalla, Wagga and Griffith.

Tyson and his friend Elley Mercer, 19, had driven from NSW’s Central Coast to audition after missing Newcastle and Sydney.

“It’s something I’ve always talked about,” he said.

“We’ll see — maybe I’m something completely different, or maybe I’m just completely normal.”

Tyson and Elley have lived together before — “it was a terrible time,” he said — but they’re willing to give it a go again, even if it means competing with each other.

“I’d totally kill you if I had to,” Elley said.

“It’s OK, I’d kill you too,” Tyson returned.

Executive producer Alex Mavroidakis was keeping tight-lipped on what the eventual housemates could expect.

“The great thing about Big Brother is there’s only a couple things we have to do to adhere to the format,” he said.

“Apart from those we can pretty much do whatever we want, and that helps us keep it fresh.”

He said they’d come to the Border to find the “undiscovered talent”.

“Somewhere in those couple of hundred people might be the hidden gem of next season,” he said.

Could that gem be Wodonga’s Zoe Henderson?

 Former Big Brother contestant Tahan Lew-Fatt, in Albury at the auditions for another season of Big Brother.

Former Big Brother contestant Tahan Lew-Fatt, in Albury at the auditions for another season of Big Brother.

Wodonga's Zoe Henderson, Wangaratta's Angela Schweinsbergen and Benalla's Will Blanchard line up to audition for the next series of Big Brother.

Wodonga's Zoe Henderson, Wangaratta's Angela Schweinsbergen and Benalla's Will Blanchard line up to audition for the next series of Big Brother.

Hopeful entrants to the Big Brother house perform activities to see if they're worthy of the final cut.

Hopeful entrants to the Big Brother house perform activities to see if they're worthy of the final cut.

Hopeful entrants to the Big Brother house perform activities to see if they're worthy of the final cut.

Hopeful entrants to the Big Brother house perform activities to see if they're worthy of the final cut.

Hopeful entrants to the Big Brother house perform activities to see if they're worthy of the final cut.

Hopeful entrants to the Big Brother house perform activities to see if they're worthy of the final cut.

Hopeful entrants to the Big Brother house perform activities to see if they're worthy of the final cut.

Hopeful entrants to the Big Brother house perform activities to see if they're worthy of the final cut.

The childcare worker, 21, had the day off work, so thought she would head down and give it a crack.

She reckons she’s pretty unentertaining, though admits to a level of OCD ... which could prove tough in a housemate situation.

“I’m pretty particular on how I like things done,” she said.

“I live at home so it would be a bit different.”