For the first time, producers from TV's “Big Brother” will be in Oklahoma City casting for Season 15 of the show, bringing Oklahomans a chance to compete for a grand prize of $500,000.
“We're expecting big things from Oklahoma City,” said Robyn Kass, “Big Brother” casting director.
The show centers on a group of strangers who are locked in a house together with no contact with the outside world.
In the house, she said there are no phones, TVs, computers, newspapers or radio. “They are completely isolated,” Kass said.
Just being without their gadgets and Internet access for up to three months can, these days, be “tougher than the competition,” she said.
Often contestants become involved in “showmances,” romantic relationships between house guests.
“We've had two ‘Big Brother' weddings in the last six months. How crazy is that?” Kass said.
Initial auditions will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Mar. 30 at Bob Moore Kia of Edmond, 13241 N Broadway Extension. Anyone 21 and older can audition. Callbacks will be within the next couple of months, and the complete cast likely will be chosen within three months, Kass said.
“Big Brother” producers are looking for all kinds of people, Kass said, but especially those who are energetic, expressive and emotional.
“We don't necessarily go out looking for specific things,” Kass said. “It's more like what ends up showing up. We definitely want some A type, obnoxious, loud people, but we definitely don't want a houseful of that. You want to balance it out. We want people with different types of opinions.”
A competitive attitude is a definite edge for auditioners, Kass said, since the show features weekly competitions for luxuries, food, power and immunity from being voted out of the house.
“Do not dress up in any costume. Do not use a fake accent,” Kass advises auditioners.
“People think that's the way to stand out. It just annoys us. We know that if you're locked in a house for three months, you're not going to be dressed like a banana and have an Australian accent. We'd rather see what we're going to get inside the house.”
Anyone cast for the show will receive a small weekly stipend to cover their bills each week they are on the show.
The runner-up will win $50,000.
For more information, go to www.bigbrothercasting.tv.