Chance at life without Facebook

AN OPPORTUNITY to experience life without Facebook and stay in a share house one last time are reasons why Launceston couple Jack Milne and Meg Smith have auditioned for  Big Brother.

The 24-year-olds were  among more than 200 people at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston yesterday to audition for the reality show and the chance to win $250,000.

Miss Smith said her boyfriend was the reason she decided to audition, but it would be a good experience.

``He said I was a bit of an individual and should audition,'' Miss Smith said.

``But it's also the experience, not being able to have Facebook or any social media and no family.  It'd push me a lot, so I'm excited to see what would happen.''

Mr Milne said being on the show would fit perfectly with the end of his education degree, which finishes in June.

``It would be nice to have one last share house type experience before going into the real world,'' he said.

About 20,000 people will audition for the show by the time the first national auditions finish on May 8.

Successful contestants will then have to wait until late May when producers take a second tour to select the final housemates before July.

Executive producer Alex Mavroidakis said the  Big Brother  team was looking for a mix of people who could be themselves.

``It has to be a spread of single people, married people, older people, younger people and different ethnicities,'' he said.

He said there was an incorrect perception of  Big Brother  being about ``20-year-olds dancing around the pool and pashing each other''.

``Our last three winners have been 32, 31 and 54,'' he said.

`` Big Brother  is a new show, it's a family show and it's doing very well.''

Mr Mavroidakis said Launceston was a great place to audition as it was a much quicker audition process than other states.

He said Tasmania was also where the show's most popular housemate Reggie Bird was from.

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