The villain, the faithful romantic: Big Brother casting call draws all types

"I don't really care if I have to backstab and do whatever I have to to win," said one of the more than 100 early auditioners during a Big Brother Canada open casting call in Saskatoon Saturday.

'I don't really care if I have to backstab,' says 1 of more than 100 early auditioners in Saskatoon

Big Brother Canada auditioners in Saskatoon fill our surveys, mingle before their interviews during an open casting call Saturday. (Guy Quenneville/CBC)

Darryl Finch didn't know what to expect once he made it into the red-curtained interview room during an audition for the upcoming sixth season of Big Brother Canada — the reality show where a group of contestants living together in a house compete for a $100,000 prize.

Auditioners were led behind this red curtain at the rear of Cathedral Social Hall. (Guy Quenneville/CBC)

But the reality TV hopeful — one of more than 100 people who showed up Saturday during the first hour of an open Saskatoon casting call — was willing to do anything.

Even bark like a dog on the floor.  

"No, I'd do that. I'd do anything," said the teacher and Smoke's Poutinerie franchisee.

The interview format turned out to be pretty sedate, however.

Once inside the curtain, auditioners were interviewed in groups by casting producer Bethany Yamawaki. (Guy Quenneville/CBC)

Groups of five to seven auditioners were brought in at the same time to the red-draped rear of Cathedral Social Hall.

Once inside, they simply formed a semicircle around casting producer Bethany Yamawaki, who asked them straightforward questions one at a time.

"Typically I ask, 'What do you want us to know? Why are you excited to be on the show? Why would audiences want to see you?'" she said.

Auditioner Amanda Baker thought she would fit right into the show.

"I'm really a homebody," Baker said while waiting in line, moments before being asked to fill out a survey detailing her weight, height, age and occupation.

"I like staying at home. So I think being cooped up in a house would be perfect for me."

Baker admitted to having no moral scruples, making her a prime candidate for one of the show's essential character types.  

"I don't really care if I have to backstab and do whatever I have to to win. I kind want to be the villain, but then I don't want Canada to hate me. So I guess we'll see how it goes."

No cheating (romantically)

Finch, however, said he would keep to a certain moral code if he wound up on the show.

Asked if he would allow himself to get romantically entangled on the program, he said, "Probably not. I'm romantically involved here in Saskatoon. So I don't know. $100,000 isn't enough to do that."

Production on the season is set to begin in March.

Saturday marked the first time the show held an open casting call in Saskatoon. Producers had previously scouted for talent in Regina. 

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Guy Quenneville

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