Big Brother producers after "genuine" and "authentic" housemates for new series

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Channel 5 Big Brother execs have said they want to find genuine and authentic housemates from the open auditions. Executive producer Katy Smith told the Daily Star that her team weren't after wannabes who just wanted to become famous.

“We’re very keen to have really genuine housemates, people who want to do it for the experience and not just because they want the fame," she told the tabloid. “Big Brother needs to be a bit more authentic. Our biggest message is: ‘Be yourself.’ If you aren’t your persona will crumble in the house.

“The house just gets bigger and better each year with each new group of housemates and this year, more than ever, it will be very personality-led.”

Channel 5 director of programmes Jeff Ford added: “It really couldn’t be easier to apply this year. All potential housemates need to do is turn up on the day and do everything they can to convince our casting panel that they have what it takes.”

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One hopeful at yesterday's first day of open auditions in Manchester was professional boxer Jerome Wilson wasn't your typical eccentric personality. He said: “I’d be a great calming influence in there. Underneath there is a very diplomatic person who is not always seen.”

19-year-old Andrew Foster who had travelled from Liverpool to try out for the reality series, revealed he would quit his law degree for a place in the house.

“I’ve got the brains," he incorrectly says, adding: "I think Big Brother needs me.”

Open auditions for Big Brother 2011 on Channel 5 continue today in Manchester and move to London next weekend.

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