February 5, 2014

9 Must-Read Big Brother 16 Casting Tips From Robyn Kass


Big Brother Casting Director Robyn Kass has released a funny and informative video filled with casting tips and cameos. For those serious about getting inside the BB16 house this summer this is a must-watch as we close in on the 2014 casting season.

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Robyn Kass – Source: YouTube

Robyn runs down the list of what to do and what to not do in your submission video. We’ve broken out Robyn’s top Big Brother 16 casting tips here so you can review, prepare, and be ready to do your best.

  1. Know the show you’re auditioning for before you make the tape. Make sure the tape is specific for that show.
  2. Take a little time preparing for the tape. Know what you want to say. Know what you want to portray when you make your tape.
  3. Don’t spend too much time stressing over what you’re going to say. You want it natural. You want it to flow.
  4. Look your best and have some enthusiasm for the project.
  5. Make your video in a place where you can be loud and talk freely.
  6. Always play back your video and watch it a couple of times before submitting it. Does it look how you want it to look?
  7. No need to offer special advice or ideas on how you’d improve the show.
  8. Don’t use these cliches:
    • I will boost your ratings.
    • I can be the sweetest girl, but then I can be the biggest bitch.
    • America’s going to love me or hate me.
    • I am the next Dr. Will.
  9. Most of all: Have fun! No regrets. Good luck!

These are all very important and strategic details you should consider when creating your submission video, but the real fun here is watching the seemingly endless run of cameos from past Big Brother HGs demonstrating what not to do. See the full gallery of their pics & cameos below.

For even more advice be sure to check out Big Brother’s Matt Hoffman’s detailed walk-through on how to get cast on the show.

Once you’re ready with your application video jump over to the official casting site, fill out the form, and upload your video there. Good luck!

Robyn Kass answers “What makes a really good audition tape?”:

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February 3, 2014

Did McCranda Break Up? Amanda Shares Update


Amanda & McCrae test their love

Many Big Brother fans have closely followed the BB15 relationship of McCranda, McCrae Olsen & Amanda Zuckermann, but now there’s a new update that could disappoint a lot of their fans even more than McCrae cutting his long hair!

According to Amanda, who shared the message on Twitter this weekend, the era of McCranda has come to an end:

After a lot of thought and discussion, McCrae and I have decided that it’s in both of our best interest to continue our relationship as friends.

There is no ill will, he is a very important part of my life, and I will always love him, and what we shared. Thank you for respecting our decision.

Just a few weeks ago Amanda pranked followers that she and McCrae were engaged, so it’s possible this is another prank, but considering the nature of the discussion I’d tend to believe her this time. Scrolling through McCrae’s Twitter account doesn’t reveal any explicit comments on the relationship of possible breakup.

We’re sorry to hear the Big Brother couple may have split, but wish them the best of luck whether its together or apart.

Check out these pictures shared by McCrae & Amanda leaving Big Brother.

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January 30, 2014

Andy Herren Flashes Big Brother Victory Tattoo, Joins The BB15 Ink’d Ranks


Andy Herren with Robyn Kass

What’s a guy to do when he wins a half-million dollar prize and the title of Big Brother winner? Get a tattoo to commemorate his success, of course.

Following suit after we saw Judd, McCrae, & Jeremy get their own permanent reminders of the season, BB15 winner Andy Herren added his own tattoo to the mix last month.

Andy went with a Big Brother key outline on his forearm though we think if he was really going to go for it he should have done all seven keys up and down his arm (no, not really). It’s a nice tattoo and certainly an accomplishment he’ll always remember, but where does it stack up in the mix of Big Brother tattoos?

As a refresher, McCrae got a Power of Veto outline, Judd got a solid PoV, and Jeremy ink’d “XV” across his big toes (see the pics below). So how does Andy’s key outline rank among his fellow HouseGuests? Check out the pictures below and then vote in our poll below on who has the best Big Brother ink.

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Andy gets a Key tattoo for his win:

Flashback gallery to Judd, McCrae, & Jeremy’s tattoos:

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January 29, 2014

Big Brother 16: When Does Casting Start? Casting Director Shares Details – Update


Julie Chen Big Brother

This summer isn’t far away so fans and HG hopefuls are already asking when does the Big Brother 16 casting start. While we don’t have an exact date just yet we can take a look back over the past several seasons to get an idea of when things could kick off.

Seasons 11-14 held their first open casting call event at the very end of March or the very beginning of April. Last year we saw the first audition event moved up by a few weeks to mid-March, likely to coincide with the early season premiere.

Meanwhile, in-person auditions aren’t the only option (BB HG Matt Hoffman even advises against them) and those have their own timeline. Starting in Season 14 applicants were able to submit online that year starting a month ahead of casting events. Then in 2013 the casting process or reviewing applications began on Feb 18th.

So when will everything kick off for BB16? Online applications are already being accepted, but likely aren’t yet being reviewed. I’d expect a similar late February kickoff of the Big Brother casting with open-call events starting mid to late March. With no word from CBS on the new 2014 season premiere date we may be able to get an idea from the starting of those audition dates.

Join us on Facebook & Twitter for the latest Big Brother updates!

Robyn Kass, casting director for Big Brother 16, revealed on Twitter that we can expect official information on those dates to arrive early March. Once that happens we’ll share the updated details and get everyone ready with what they need to know for their chance to be on Big Brother this summer!

Do you plan on auditioning for BB16? Let us know if you’re hoping to go to an open-call event or applying online. Best of luck to everyone!

Update: Robyn Kass is now saying mid-March instead of beginning of March for the release of casting dates.

January 27, 2014

Big Brother HGs Reunite For Reality Rally Poker Fundraiser [PHOTOS]


Judd, Nick, Gene, & Alec - Reality Rally

Big Brother HouseGuests from seasons past gathered in California this weekend to support the Reality Rally “Fun for Funds” poker event. There the HGs lent their names and time to benefit “Michelle’s Place,” a breast cancer resource center.

BBUS HGs attending included Judd Daugherty, Nick Uhas, Kaitlin Barnaby, Dominic Briones, and Daniele Donato. Joining them in the fun was Big Brother Canada’s Alec Beall and Glass House’s Gene Bryant.

From the pictures released and the Tweets shared it sounds like the former HouseGuests were definitely having a good time at the event and are ready to do it again. Well, it does look like Daniele might have been having more time with Alec than she needed, “shocker,” but it’s all in good fun.

Lots more Big Brother contestants will be getting together again for the Reality Rally event in April and they’re out their fundraising now so keep an eye out for more info.

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January 24, 2014

Interview: Judd Daugherty Talks Supporting Reality Rally Fundraiser Poker Event


Judd as HoH

We caught up with Big Brother’s Judd Daugherty to discuss his support of the Reality Rally fundraiser “Poker Fun For Funds” event. That event is held tonight, Friday, January 24th in Murietta, CA and it’s not too late to get involved. Early registration begins at 6:30PM with the poker tournament kicking off at 7PM. More details here from Reality Rally’s website with address and ticket prices.

Here’s what Judd had to say about tonight’s fundraiser event:

Big Brother Network: How did you get involved in the Reality Rally ‘Poker Fun For Funds’ event?

Judd Daugherty: I got involved because my friend Gene from TheGlassHouse decided to host a poker tournament to raise funds for the charity and invited me. It is for a great charity and I wanted to get involved.

BBN: You’re co-hosting the event with Gene Bryant & Alec Beall, but will you be playing and how good of a poker player are you?

Judd: Yes I’ll be playing as well! You have to be in it to win it! I mean I’m pretty new to poker but I did okay in a tournament I did a few months ago. I can definitely hold my own.

BBN: Have you recruited any other BB HGs to join you at the poker game?

Judd: We are all a team as we as we started spreading the word about the event Nick Uhaus, Kaitlin Barnaby, as well as some other surprise personalities wanted to be a part of this awesome event!

BBN: When Reality Rally’s big event in April comes around, will you be attending that as well?

Judd: I will DEFINITELY be attending the event in April. I can’t wait to be a part of this event after hearing such great stories about the atmosphere & event from other reality stars who have gone in the past.

BBN: Beyond your fundraiser events, what’s up next for you?

Judd: I am looking for a career change! No I’m not going to try to be an actor! But I’m looking to get into something new and exciting! I’m always going to make time for charities though in whatever I do.

BBN: Thanks, Judd! Best of luck at the tournament.

This looks like a great event for everyone to attend and support. You’ll get a chance to meet Judd, Kaitlin, and Nick from BB15 plus Alec from BBCAN along with Gene from Glass House. We’ll keep an eye out for even more pics like these released last night by Kaitlin on her Instagram account.

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