Yes, somehow it’s already that time of year once again. Big Brother 2015 officially kicks off tonight with the usual eclectic mix of housemates being packed off and sentenced to three months in a padded cell- albeit it one that could have been exclusively decorated by Habitat.
Thanks to the early release of housemates, bookies already have their favourites, but as history has proved time and again, it’s not always who you’d expect to win that will take home the prize.
So how can this year’s lot get viewers on side? Should they manipulate? Should they play it safe and sit back? Or should they just be themselves?
How do you win Big Brother? Well, we’ve caught up with a few people who might just have the answer…
Receiving a pass to the final in the first week was a massive help because…I didn’t really stand in good grace with the public because of my past, so that gave me a miles better opportunity to get people to know the real me.
Before going in I thought …I’d either be the first one out or, if the public gave me two weeks, I’d make it to the end. People just don’t always understand me at first. They think I set out to be nasty and abrupt, which I was like a times in the house, but I knew I’d eventually win round the public. The decent public, anyway.
People started warming to me…. during the last two weeks. Those two weeks, I found there was a lot of pressure on. I started realising that I had had the most arguments in the house, I had been a bit too honest on occasions.
I was sat on the edge of the chair (on the final) and I thought as soon as the public get the chance, they are getting me out of this house. I was sat there, thinking, ‘s**t here I go’. So when Emma didn’t say my name on the first time and then they continued to say a couple more, I was like ‘this is not happening,’ I actually thought I was dreaming, I couldn’t believe it.
The best piece of advice I can give on how to win is… don’t be too sure of yourself. Never be too sure of yourself.
Never ever think that you know the public. There is no better example out there than my experience. We sat there thinking we knew everything, we were sure Mark or Winston would win the show all along. It just shows that you don’t know anything.
Just ride it out, don’t think about things too much. It is just a game. I wish I’d concentrated a bit more on it being just a game, really. Sometimes I did take it a bit too literal, but in that situation you do. Remember, don’t be too sure of yourself, just ride through, and the best winner will win – look at me!
Initially my motivation for entering was to…. raise money for little Joanne Harris who needed a heart and lung transplant. They wouldn’t do that in England because she had Down Syndrome so we started collecting money toward raising £250,000 to get the operation in America. I knew I had to do something drastic to get more money in. As various thoughts went through my mind, I remembered seeing a documentary in Holland called Big Brother and they said this show possibly going air in England.
I wrote to the production company to consider me. I kinda of thought, it was an easy way to win £70,000 and I’d be on telly so the cause could get a bit of publicity to make more money. I was wrong about it being easy but I managed to get in and win!
I found the first three weeks… quite intimidating. I was surrounded by big characters – funny, educated, good looking, entertaining –, which made me think ‘oh they’re big competition, I’m not going to rise above them’.
I thought I had a chance of winning when…I started getting nominated by the housemates. The first week you’re up for eviction, you think your time is up. But then you survive it. Then you survive again. After facing eviction five times I thought it didn’t matter what the housemates thought because the public were keeping me in. It got to about week 7 or 8, I woke up one morning and thought, ‘you know what, I think I might actually win this.’ It was a really weird sensation; I just stopped stressing out about it because I thought I was going to win.
The best piece of advice I can give on how to win is… be true to yourself and be honest in there, don’t try to be somebody you’re not – it’ll only be a matter of time before you are exposed in that kind of environment.
There are so many cameras around you, they will quickly pick up on if you’re pretending or trying to be something else and it will come out in the wash given time.
When I did it, it was like a completely different show compared to how it has evolved now. If people this year are going in to win and to become famous, they’ve got to give something back. What are you going to do for you to deserve that fame, deserve that win? What is it that is going to make the public want to watch you? You need characters with a twinkle about them.
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I didn’t actually want to go into the house… it was my twin Karen who did. She was the Big Brother fan out of the two of us and pretty addicted to the first two series and was like ‘I’m going to do it’. I was working in an office at the time and it was back in the day when you had to fill out an application form, so I printed it out for her at work and told her ‘you know this is like 50 pages long?’ so she was like ‘oh, sod that! Why don’t you do it?’. She explained to me that it was pretty much a doss for nine weeks and potentially at the end you could win £70,000 which sounded quite appealing, so I was like, ‘OK I’ll do it!’
I was initially quite confidant as… I was adamant it was a girl’s time to win; I was quite cocky about it. But the moment I got through the doors and met everybody, I was convinced that Alison Hammond was going to win.
The moment I actually thought I could win was… when Alison Hammond was evicted. I was so shocked, but then I was like, ‘right, that ups my chances by a mile!’The more the show went on, the more confidant I got, well, quietly confident, I wasn’t saying out loud I was going to win!
In the Diary room on the very last day, they called me in and they asked ‘so how do you think it is going to win? So I sat there and said to Big Brother, ‘I reckon it will be me and Jade out first then either Alex or Johnny will win’. But in my head, what I wanted to happen, I wanted it to be me winning, Jonny second then Alex or Jade however. And that’s how it went! It was like a dream, maybe I’m a bit of a white witch!
I think what won it for me was that… I was true to myself, I didn’t pretend to be something I wasn’t. I’m not a very argumentative person but when someone pushes my buttons I will fight back.
I do think it was down to everyone wanting a girl to win, I think luck was on my side that year. If I had gone in there all pretty with big boobs, a busty blonde babe, though, I don’t think I would have got the female vote. But because I’m quite down to earth and not I stuck up girl, I think that helped.
The best piece of advice I can give on how to win is… don’t have sex on national television!
There is no point playing a game. I know it is a game but there is no point really in playing it. You just need to go in and enjoy the experience.
Don’t be afraid to argue and don’t sit back and not have an opinion. You’ve still got to have an opinion. A lot of people say the quiet people who sit back and say nothing are the ones who win but really isn’t true as there have been some really argumentative winners in the past.
I didn’t think I was going to win at first because… the winner before me was Pete who was really quirky. I just thought I didn’t I have a chance because I didn’t have a selling point. Every winner of Big Brother seemed to have a selling point, I just didn’t think I fit into any specific box.
I first started to think I could win… when I got to the half way mark. We’d hear things from over the wall and at that time I’d hear nice things being chanted about me so I was like, ‘yeah, OK I’m doing well’.
I remember thinking, ‘don’t get too big for your boots because you know what the British public is like, as soon as they see you’ve got a big head they want to take you down’. So I didn’t take it on board, nothing is in cement until you leave the house.
The best piece of advice I can give on how to win is… you’ve always got to put your thoughts forward, you need to know everything that is happening in that house. Even if you’re not involved in it you should still be aware.
Basically, you are making a TV show so you need to wake up and think to yourself ‘OK what is the story today? What is the storyline, what is the plot?’ And then you’ve got to make sure you exist in the house accordingly. I mean, looking back now, I was subconsciously doing this. You can be yourself but just be aware. Everyone has his or her own agenda. You don’t want to be the one who goes on Big Brother that everyone thinks is sh*t.
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I decided to enter Big Brother because… I’d been having a really bad run of luck in my life at the time so I auditioned for a laugh with my mate, I didn’t go on to the show to be famous, that didn’t interest me.
If I’m honest I only did it to be in with a chance of winning the money! If you go to the Bingo to win money you’re up against hundreds of people, but in Big Brother you’ve only got like 14 and I liked those odds! For me though, I never thought about winning for a second, I just went in to have a good time, have fun, and get to know a good group of people.
I had always had a bucket list and one of the things on it was to get on TV – even just to be in the background of Eastenders – I wasn’t expecting to be on it for three months! I’d just got back from holiday with my friends so all I had in my suitcase was a load of dirty clothes and eighty fags. I didn’t expect to go in at all, as soon as my name was called I was like ‘what is going on?’
The reason I think I won was because… I’m a nice person! I’m joking! But it think it helped that I was just in there for a laugh. I don’t know. I’ve got to admit, I haven’t got a clue. I didn’t play a game or anything. I was just myself. I can’t even tell you!
The best piece of advice I can give on how to win is… if you’re going to play a game, get the public involved in what you are doing and bring them along with you. Don’t try and think that the public are stupid because they can see right through you, they’re watching you. The public will see through everything – so don’t try and manipulate them.
Don’t take yourself too seriously and just enjoy it. I’ve always been so grateful to the producers of the show, it really did change my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some incredible experiences in my life, but Big Brother was by far the best.
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