Big Brother Producer Reveals Why Contestants Were Picked
It was ironic the day where there was a blog post about the contestant, Peter Nduati, who never made it on our screens that there is an article in the TV Week with Alex Mavoidakis outlining why he picked the final seven contestants.
Here is what he told TV Week:
Michael: He won Alex’s vote from the moment they met. With his quirky and off-coloured humour, the tattooed Queenslander was the easiest pick. “He constantly comes up with ridiculous games and conversations,” the EP says. “In the audition he played Would You Rather…? with me and gave a few examples that made me laugh my head off. But, it was non-PG, so I can’t go into detail!”
Benjamin: He scored a spot after having auditioned for the Big Brother franchise three times before. The right mix of catty, mean and occasional good-heartedness, Benjamin had Alex wondering why he never made it over the line. “Straight away, he divides people down the middle,” Alex says. “People love him or hate him, and that’s what the show’s all about. He’s one of the best housemates we’ve ever had.”
Layla: She had only just moved to Queensland from the UK when Alex met her, which made the EP feel a little concerned. “Layla stood out from the crowd because, from a mile away, you could see her amazing eyes and big hair, but then I heard her accent,” Alex says. “I wasn’t sure if Australia was ready for a Pommy housemate. But, she turned out be ana endless source of amusement in the auditions. She didn’t even know what a bogan was!”
Sam: His model-worthy good looks hot bod nearly cost him a place in the house. “Sam got chucked out of the auditions,” Alex laughs. ” I was focused on being different to the old Big Brother, so I saw his muscles and dismissed him.” However, Alex found Sam continued to remain a talking point during the auditioning process. “I made a note to keep him up my sleeve. When we needed a beautiful male to be a threat to the alpha males halfway through, he was perfect.
Estelle: She wowed Alex when someone told a racist joke during the Melbourne auditions – and she exploded with rage. “A few laughed, but Estelle went red in the face, because she could not contain her anger,” Alex says. “She was furious and didn’t care who knew it. “She was so interesting that by minute two of talking to her, I had almost decided she was going in.” Describing the law student as the “smartest girl in the house”, Alex laments Estelle hasn’t been showing her wits to the cameras.
Zoe: She braved the trauma of wearing a swimming costume on national TV and it’s this fearlessness that made the NSW student and country gal stand out. “At 180cm, Zoe was the tallest person in the audition room and she was the loudest,” Alex says. “There was one guy with a beard and thongs who had a go at her and she responded, ‘Nice to hear from you, Bondi Jesus.’ Anybody who could come up with that line off the top of their head and also have a lovely warm centre had to be in.”
Stacey: She was loud and flirtatious but her quirky traits shone through straight away. So, it came as no surprise when she decided to sleep next to a life-size Ryan Gosling cut-out in the house! “Stacey turned up to the Sydney auditions wearing a Zooey Deschanel-style red dress and red lipstick,” Alex says. “She talked like a text message with LOLs and cray-crays. I needed a translator to work out what she was saying, but everyone was laughing, so I knew it was funny.”
Interesting article would love to know why the picked the other housemates as well.
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