Former Big Brother host has given Big Brother 2011 hopefuls some advice about how to win over the show's producers and viewers this year. Writing in the Daily Star today, McCall told those applying they needed to be different and, if they made it into the house, advised them to "hang back" at first.
“If I was auditioning, I’d impress Big Brother within the first 10 seconds," Davina explained. "You’ve got to do or say something or be different enough for them to say: ‘Oh, you’re interesting.’
“When you get in there, hang back for a couple of weeks and get to know people. Watch a little bit from outside and let all the big characters annoy everybody. I always think the people who are really loud at the beginning are the first out.
“I hate people who run around talking to the cameras all the time. I don’t want you to start having a commentary with Big Brother."
As online auditions opened for Big Brother 2011 on Channel 5 yesterday, Davina added: “Don’t be too much of a peacekeeper. If there’s a stonking argument going on, don’t go in and break it up. I do quite enjoy watching something and see it resolve itself."
Davina, host of Big Brother since the first series, also told hopeful housemates to make use of the diary room. “You get a dynamic in the diary room," she said. "When someone’s looking down the lens, you feel connected to that housemate. And the public need to feel connected to you if you’re going to win it."
Davina added: “And have a reason to be in there, rather than just being a wannabe.”
Celebrity Big Brother 2011 on Channel 5 starts in August.