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Big Brother Australia – To Many People Wanting Fame In The House?

When they were casting Big Brother we were told they were not looking for people wanting to go on the show just to be famous. However it appears quite a few people in the house have a background in the entertainment industry.

The Daily Telegraph reports eight of the fourteen contestants in the house have or had connections with the entertainment industry.

They report:

Despite selling the new batch of housemates as everyday Aussies, almost half of this year’s contestants have a background in the entertainment industry.

Tim Trainor, of independent fansite Behind Big Brother, said the prevalence of professional entertainers undermined the concept of the show.

“The whole premise of this season was built around everyday Australians and the producers made a really big deal of reaching out to everyday Australians in each state,” he said. “If these people are with agencies and have been on TV it flies in the face of what they’ve been saying.”

While she’s listed as a law student on the show’s personality profiles, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal Estelle Landy, 23, is an actress and model represented by casting agency StarNow.

Beautician Layla Subritzky, 24, also has acting and modelling experience in the UK, where she auditioned to be part of the British version of the reality show.

Male model Ryan Buckingham, 21, has also been cast in the programme, along with accomplished musician and musical theatre performer Charne Louise. Along with being the frontman for rock band Messrs, Josh Moore, 28, is also a roving radio reporter for Nova FM in Adelaide, while 25-year-old vet Ray Baxter wants to be the next Dr Chris Brown and entered a contest for dishy doctors through the network’s Brisbane station.

Benjamin Norris, 32, is open about his work in media and TV. His resume includes SBS, while Stacey Wren, 24, has worked for Muse TV, and has links with the BBC and MTV.

It is no surprise there are people in there wanting to use it to showcase themselves, however what would be interesting if they were cast through the open auditions or they were scouted.  This would be disappointing as the premise of the show is to have “ordinary” people in the house.
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1 A.P { 08.19.12 at 2:43 pm }

This is pathetic and really disappointing of channel 9 after what they promised. Pity for all those poor hopeful everyday people who had no chance at all.
Why were channel 9 being so dishonest with the viewing public and the die hard fans, did they deliberately set out to deceive us and have another flop on their hands?
I can’t understand who makes these decisions, they certainly aren’t listening to people like us!
RR, is it possible for you to find out why the producers went this way, maybe interview someone in the know?
They are driving viewers away and they’ve only themselves to blame!

2 Sioux Denim { 08.19.12 at 3:03 pm }

Agree totally AP – that would be great RR if you could get an interview.

3 Gidgit { 08.19.12 at 4:34 pm }

I called bullshit on these people from day one. They were way too comfortable for just ‘every day non media people’ on camera. Most of them are constantly playing to the cameras and they are about as natural as Joan River’s face. The fact this is basically a launching pad for them to become celebrities makes it seem like a series of auditions and not what the whole Big Brother concept is all about.The fact Ch 9 had the audacity to sell this whole ‘wide variety of every day people’ crap to us in the promo’s – then actually ask people to audition when basically they just contacted agencies again shows what control freaks they are.

They may as well just call it celebrity big brother and put slightly more famous people in the house. Hell, I’ve started watching the UK Celebrity Big Brother and although these people are celebrities they are more natural, more interesting and the whole way the show is done there is a billion times better than this season of Australian Big Brother.
It’s not suprising it rated well first night – and ratings are just slipping away. I mean, it’s no Everybody Dance Now – but with this news it will simply have more people turning off. They only brought this on themselves. Why they thought no one would find out is mind blowing.

4 HieroHero { 08.19.12 at 5:40 pm }

What annoys me the most is how Channel 9 promoted this as no fame whores in the house, in fact they would be blocked, but most of these people probably wen through a casting agent. The show could be special if they cast real people, but instead we get a cast of models and aspiring actors. Disappointing.

5 Ari { 08.19.12 at 7:02 pm }

If this was on Channel 10, A Current Affair would make a huge scandal over this like they have done with The Shire (TBH Channel 10 gave us what The Shire promised which was fair). I’m laughing so hard right now.

6 Gus { 08.19.12 at 7:14 pm }

Australian viewers, to the their credit, gave a big slap on the face of this show almost a decade ago. But the condescending geniuses of channel 9 now pretend that didn’t happen and want have another crack at shoving this crap down our throats. Well done channel 9, it’s good to have contempt for your audience.

7 Ari { 08.19.12 at 7:16 pm }

@Gus, this is on channel 9 now.

BTW was the ‘big slap on the face’ a literal reference to the turkey slap incident? Because I am laughing so hard. But yeah it’s better to forget than bring up right?

8 Stacey { 08.19.12 at 8:19 pm }

As soon as I saw Charne and Estelle I knew this was a farce. Ive seen numerous media articles about Charne being in the ‘rockabilly’ scene, and I recognised Estelle from a commercial for my local shopping centre. I’m also pretty sure I recognise Ryan from somewhere on TV. Anyone else?

9 Suziekue { 08.19.12 at 10:06 pm }

Well I’ve tried soooo hard to like this show, but even as an ex-BB junkie, I just can’t continue watching. So many things wrong…so disappointing. No live feed, no diversity just cookie cutter wannabes recruited from casting agencies. How can an audience be expected to care about them or relate to them on a personal level when we now know they are really recruited actors playing adlibbed roles. And tonight’s supposed live show was pitched to an audience so young that I thought Sonja was about to launch into “There’s a bear in there, and a chair as well”.

Just gotta wonder how long a lemon like this can last before its sponsors jack up on it.

10 Ari { 08.19.12 at 10:31 pm }

Agree with @Suziekue. Used to watch Big Brother as a kid. I remember the live feed on them FLIP PHONES. It’s 2012 now. Oh how times have changed. And I agree, I like Sonia, but she’s talking to us like we’re all children. She needs to be more open than stating the obvious and what we already know. Also think we need to show more of all the contestants since we’re going to be voting them off? I notice a few of them haven’t been getting enough camera time.

11 mattso { 08.20.12 at 12:51 am }

i for one am enjoying it . it’s big brother not a serious social experiment … we all knew what to expect …just enjoy the ride i say … btw , estelle is kinda hot …. good enough reason to stay tuned

12 Jason { 08.20.12 at 8:06 am }

Well, the promos leading up to the show did say “you’ll be surprised who is in the house”… We all thought they would be an ordinary diverse range of people – we did not get that so now we are surprised that they turned out to be much the same as previous years – and all much the same as each other. White, straight, 19-31 year with a token gay and a token ethnic one!

13 Peter { 08.20.12 at 11:18 am }

By hiring professionals they’re avoiding suggestions of exploitation as well as avoiding the wrath of the censors. Big Brother is always watching!

14 Carlos { 08.20.12 at 8:06 pm }


15 Beau { 08.22.12 at 6:32 pm }

Out of 24 hours a day filming the few minutes of conversation we are shown is so boring and banal. I cannot believe what they show us are the most exciting things talked about all day. “What cut of meat do you like”, “Do birds scare you too?”. Please, give us mere mortals a break, if you want us to stay tuned you have to dish us up better dribble than that. I really thought Channel 9 was going to do something special with Big Brother, but alas we have been let down.

16 Anonymous { 09.01.12 at 9:55 am }

because what the daily telegraph says is gospel….

17 jhbj { 10.27.12 at 10:59 am }

who cares at least it is giving us etertanment