Reality game show fans lined up at Grand Falls Casino Resort Saturday morning to audition for season 15 of “Big Brother.” The event, hosted by CBS affiliate KELO of Sioux Falls, gave contestant hopefuls the opportunity to fill out an application and record a two-minute video explaining why they should be chosen.
Jack Gregg of KELO said that as an affiliate they are encouraged by their parent company, CBS, to hold local casting calls for various shows. While time constraints often limit how often they hold them, KELO has previously held open casting calls for “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor.”
This time around they decided to partner with Grand Falls Casino Resort and got the word out over the last week and a half through their news broadcasts and commercials. Sharon Hasselhoff, Grand Falls general manager, said that by 9:15 a.m. there were people already lined up for the event that ran from 10 a.m. until noon. In all, Gregg anticipated that as many as 50 people would audition during the two-hour span.
One hopeful contestant was Nicole Ahlers of Brandon, S.D. Nicole said she has been a fan of “Big Brother” since the beginning, tuning into every single season, and explained that she had always wanted to be on it. During her two-minute audition tape, she described herself, her personality and unique things she has done. While she said that she had been extremely nervous during the interview, she ultimately felt that it went pretty well.
The producers of “Big Brother” look for specific traits in people, according to Gregg. He added that they avoid putting similar people together, instead opting for a group that will conflict and create drama.
Another notable thing producers of “Big Brother” are known for is always changing up the rules of the show, adding twists and special extras. Gregg said there is no way of really knowing what they have in store for this season.
After Saturday’s auditions were finished, KELO will send all the materials to CBS where a group would begin narrowing down the contestants. After doing subsequent follow-up interviews, they’ll make their final picks in early June. After that, the final contestants will be called to begin the paper work and prepare for the new season, which begins in late June.