Channel 5 bosses will search smaller locations around the UK as part of the Big Brother 2013 auditions, it has been revealed.
Earlier, it was confirmed that the show’s main open auditions tour – which usually stops at major cities including London, Manchester and Glasgow – has been axed, with an online form being the main way of applying for next year’s series.
However, it has now emerged that ‘talent spotters’ will visit more unusual places in a quest to find new housemates, with Blackpool and Huddersfield among planned stops.
It is hoped that the ‘new’ recruiting system will result in a diverse range of candidates.
Researcher Vanessa Singh said: “We want to represent all aspects of society so whatever your age and whatever your lifestyle we’d love to hear from you.
“Whether you’re 18 or 80 as long as you’re a passionate, vibrant and interesting individual with a zest for life and a story to tell, then you could make a fantastic housemate.”
Colleague Roisin Bourke added: “This kind of casting is more targeted and will let us target new regions. Huddersfield is an untapped resource of talent for the show.”
The venues the team will be visiting are as follows:
Thursday 13th December – Viva Cabaret Bar, from 7pm
Friday 14th – Walkabout from 9pm, Club Sanuk from 11pm
Saturday 15th – The Flying Handbag from 8pm, Rumours from 11pm
Friday 14th – Rock Cafe Ramsden Street, 10pm-late
All hopefuls must be 18 years of age by 28th February and will require photo ID to audition
A similar strategy was employed for C5′s first series of the show last year, when scouts visited various events including the Comic-Con expo in London.