Funny, I was sure the Wig Brother audition was on
Large crowds audition for the new Big Brother season, including Matt Wronghead with his raindow mohawk. Photo: Jason South
IF Big Brother is finished with ''stunt casting'', Melissa Jamieson may have missed the memo.
Or, like hundreds of other hopefuls during weekend auditions at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, she may have simply dismissed the claim.
Jamieson flew in from Singleton in country New South Wales after falling at the second round in Sydney auditions. The carer, 27, donned a hot-pink wig and clown make-up to highlight her ''goofy side''.
Melissa Jamieson puts her faith in a clown wig and her 'goofy side'. Photo: Jason South
''I was born to stand out and not be hidden away.'' she said. ''If I don't get in that's fine; I've put lots of smiles on people's faces already.''
Canned by Network Ten in 2008 after shedding audiences under new hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O, Big Brother is Channel Nine's great prime-time hope for the second half of this year.
Southern Star producers hint they are looking to ride the reality show resurgence spurred by the phenomenal success of The Voice.
Bendigo body-piercer Shantael Dryden, 22, caught the train down yesterday for her chance to be part of the show. ''I just wanted to do something different, step away from monotony and have a bit of an adventure - everyone in the house always seems to be having fun.''
Melbourne's two days of auditions rounded out a three-week nationwide campaign to whittle down 20,000 applicants to 200, on the way to a final 14.
Hopefuls are put through their paces via games designed with a psychologist.
Shortlisted groups of 12 are whisked into a dressing studio.
Referred to only by a number to maintain their anonymity, they debate hot-button issues such as asylum seekers and gay marriage.
A handful of hopefuls make it through to a grilling by executive producer Alex Mavroidakis, the man charged with selecting the final 14 housemates.
Mavroidakis expects the show, tipped to air from August, will make a social media splash.
''Whereas before you used to have the watercooler moments, we no longer have to wait to get to the watercooler the next day. It's being discussed while the show is still on air,'' he said.
Waiting in the cold in shorts, singlet and a rainbow mohawk, DJ/promoter and self-confessed ''attention whore'' Matt Wronghead made no secret of his motivation for ''having a crack''.
''We all want our 15 minutes of fame, don't we?''
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