Channel 5 is now accepting applications for next year’s fourteenth series of Big Brother – but it has ditched the nationwide open auditions tour.
Hopefuls who are aged 18 or over by 28th February can now apply for the show by recording a ninety-second video of themselves and filling out a form at the official auditions website, bigbrotherauditions.com.
An exact closing date for submissions has yet to be specified, although it has been revealed that callbacks will be held in January and February.
The site will be the only way to apply for Big Brother 2013, as this year – for the first time in almost a decade – there will be no open auditions.
Since casting for the ‘evil’ fifth series in 2004, bosses have traditionally travelled to venues in major cities around the country to search for potential housemates. However, turnout at such events has dwindled in recent years as the show declined in popularity.
The news is likely to leave some worried for the future of the normal series, which is now widely perceived as playing second fiddle to the Celebrity version.
However, Big Brother’s executive producers Denis O’Connor, Suzi Price and Katy Smith recently reassured fans that it will not be dropped, exclusively telling bbspy: “The normal series will be a fixture and will be as exciting and gripping as we can possibly make it.”
Big Brother 2013 will air in the summer. The eleventh Celebrity run begins on January 3rd.