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Be yourself and don't lie: Exactly how to get noticed in the Big Brother 2020 auditions.

Big Brother is back. After a hugely popular run on Network 10 (and then the Nine Network, but we don’t talk about that) in the Noughties, the genre-defining reality show will be returning in 2020, reportedly on Seven.

And producers are currently recruiting.

Should you wish to join a group of strangers living in a house rigged with cameras and monitored by a disembodied omnipotent landlord… we’ve got some handy tips that could help make it happen.

Speaking to Mamamia’s daily news podcast, The Quicky, former Big Brother producer Yana Groves explained what it takes to get noticed among thousands of applicants.

The Quicky talks to a former Big Brother producer about how to get on reality TV. Post continues after podcast. 

“We’re always looking for someone who stands out,” she said. “People who have ‘the X-Factor’, people who have that sort of star quality. But also people who are interesting and have, maybe, a multifaceted talent…

“So you can have a singing talent that might not be your first impression, it might not be the first thing that people see in you.

“It’s really about finding somebody who can engage an audience and who can be entertaining, because really that’s what we’re making: entertaining telly.”

But if you can’t fall back on busting out some Adele, what should you do? Dye your hair pink? Wear a giant chicken costume? Act like ‘the villain’?

Only if it’s true to your personality, says Groves.

After all, her number one piece of advice is something that your mum has been telling you all along.

Be yourself.

“Producers are going to know straight away if you’re putting on an act. All we’re looking for are people who are genuine and people who really have the right motivation [to appear on the show],” she said.

Ideally, when that happens, producers end up with a broad cross-section of personalities. But whatever you do, don’t try to ‘create’ one for the sake of fitting a ‘type’.

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“For me, the biggest bugbear is [when people say] ‘My friends say I’m zany and wacky! My friends think I’m crazy! I’m off the chain!’ Because if you’re saying that, it probably means you aren’t.

“There’s something about somebody who has individuality. You can see straight away whether that’s genuine or not.”

Besides, the pre-production process is so long and intensive, that frauds are typically caught out along the way.

“If you have an opinion and you stick by it, you’ll never struggle being challenged on your opinion if that’s your true opinion,” she said. “So I think it’s the right way to go across the board.”

Big Brother 2003 star turned radio host, Chrissie Swan, agrees.

“Be honest. Be honest in the questionnaire. Honesty is interesting,” she said. “Don’t edit yourself or change your answers or change your reactions to things because you think you’ve seen another housemate that might have reacted that way.

“What the producers are wanting are all the wonderful interesting things that make up people in the world. They don’t want a carbon copy of someone we’ve already seen. They want you.”

Hear that? ‘[Insert your name here] to the diary room.’

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