24 June 2013

The night I went to the Big Brother launch

Apologies for the blurry photo but yay! I'm in a diary room chair! 

On Thursday June 13th I was given an opportunity which made me squeal in delight. Big Brother, you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I adore it, and I indulge in both the summer Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother. For someone like me who studies psychology, a show like Big Brother is exciting, interesting. I love people watching and Big Brother makes people watching a piece of pie! I love watching people's mannerisms, body language and behaviours. I like noticing when someone is about to break, the way you can sense and read people's emotions no matter how quickly they change, the way personalities, friendships and romances develop. I love it! So imagine how utterly gobsmacked, grateful and excited I was to be given two VIP guest passes to the Big Brother launch. I've watched Big Brother from the very beginning, I've wanted to be on Big Brother for as long as I can remember and I've always wanted to go and be a part of the audience. My biggest dilemma? Not the fact I 'might' end up on TV, or the fact I would be on a live set. Nope, my biggest worry was what to wear. I went on the hunt for the perfect fashion inspired outfit... unfortunately it didn't arrive in time so I was left lumbered with an old ruffled navy blue dress from the back of my wardrobe! But at least that was the outfit sorted. So on Thursday 13th of June, me and Hayley from Wife Life xo began on our road trip to Borehamwood where the Big Brother set is over at Elstree Studios and had a night I definitely won't be forgetting any time soon...

When we arrived, at 7pm prompt (how we got there on time and managed to have a Nando's before hand, I don't know!) and were greeted with champagne and a room full of diary room chairs and canapes. It was all a bit ohh laa laa. Me and Hayley were a bit hot and bothered from our road trip so we spent most of the time outside speaking to a lovely security guy who works on the Big Brother set. We got to ask what his best memories from working on Big Brother were all whilst spying a few ex housemates that walked by. Before the show went live we were all escorted round to the set - it's so much smaller than I imagined, looking much bigger on TV. The main crowd and audience were down by the cat walk, where Emma was presenting, and we were all in stands by the stairs which lead into the house. We were so close to everything, it was just really exciting! I even danced and sang along to the music they played between breaks and took part in the audience games before we went live, I was just really enjoying being there and the atmosphere was filled with excitement and anticipation. 

Emma Willis did an amazing job. For her first year presenting the main Big Brother show opposed to her usual presenting job over on Big Brothers Little Brother, she was obviously nervous but she did a fantastic job. Also, can I just say, Emma looked absolutely phenomenal on the night. She was wearing the most gorgeous navy blue dress which hung to her pretty darn perfect figure perfectly and looked a million dollars. She's also really funny and despite the evident nerves at taking on such a role, she was wonderful. I know for long-time Big Brother fans, Davina will always be the mother of the house but I'm happy to see Emma presenting this year, I think she's done a fab job so far!
A picture of the Big Brother eye

I actually saw some photos of the house a few days before the launch night and I tweeted about how excited I was about the new house design, look and layout. I think of all the houses we have had so far, this has got to be my favourite. It has an old, rustic yet completely cosy feel to it. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find out the whole house has been kitted out by Very. I didn't realise Very did anything other than clothes, but nope, everything in the house is from Very! There's an awesome page on the Very.co.uk website actually which is dedicated to the Big Brother house and you can search each of the rooms, each of the items in each room, and find out exactly what they are, how much they cost and buy them yourselves! I love how the page lets you navigate from room to room, it's actually quite fun if you want to check it out on the Very Big Brother page.

So far my favourite house mates are Wolfy and Sophie, although Sophie has been a bit quieter than I expected her to be. I think Wolfy seems to be exactly the sort of person I could happily sit in a beer garden with. I was a bit gutted to see Sallie go at the first eviction, as I loved her attitude and zesty personality. I'd love to know who your favourite house mates are and what you think to the new house, the series so far and whether you have a favourite to win! I've been watching the show each night over on Channel 5 and of course, I've been checking the Channel 5 Big Brother website and official Big Brother Twitter @BBUK for all the latest news from the house! Also, if you fancy a chance at being in the audience yourself you can enter for eviction night audience passes on the this website.

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*I was kindly asked to go along to the Big Brother launch as a VIP guest on behalf of Very.
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30 comments

  1. Ah, I love Big Brother! Very jealous that you got to go to the launch night!

    I loved the interview on eviction night with Sallie and Michael, I felt so sorry for Emma!

    My faves are Wolfy & the twins, they make me laugh! Dexter makes my skin crawl a little!

    <a href="http://dollfaceblogs.blogspot.com>Emma at DollfaceBlogs</a>
    xoxo

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    1. I did too! I think Sallie was way out of line, she should have shown Emma the respect she was due and kept quiet or at least put her point across in a nicer way.xo

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  2. I looked out for you on the launch night! :)
    I can't help but watch Big Brother, I've watched every episode so far this series haha!

    floraldanielle.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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    1. Aha, unfortunately we didn't make it on to TV but it was so, so much fun! xo

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  3. How cool is that?! I'd love to sit in a diary room chair :) xxx

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    1. I don't think I will ever get over how cool it is ha xo

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  4. Totally agree that it is so interesting if you study psychology and even sociology!

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    1. It's just the perfect way to people watch, I love it! xo

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  5. Ah this sounds fab! I've been hooked so far this year and Sophie's one of my favourites too. She seems like such a nice person doing everything for everyone it's just a shame we don't see much of her. I'm gutted that Michaels gone already, but looking forward to more secrets and lies! x

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    1. I think when there are less people in the house, if Sophie is still there she will come into her own :) Excited to see more from her xo

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  6. I'm so jealous! I'm loving this years bb!! Wolfy is my favourite at the moment! x

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    1. I have to admit - over the past few nights Wolfy has gone down in my estimations. A lot of tears and moaning! xo

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  7. Even though I hate big brother these days (loved it back in the day), it's awesome you went to the launch and I LOVE the feature image of you in the chair! What if they'd have just locked you in??

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    1. Thank you Thom! I may have to print it and have it framed :) Haha, I would have so been the first one out if they had ;) xo

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  8. I'm not really a big brother fan, but the launch night sounds really fun :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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    1. It was so much fun :) And really exciting! xo

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  9. So jealous of you getting to experience the Diary Room Chair.
    Lucky lady :)
    Love Isabella x
    http://isabellabellamozzarella.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Isabella, it was so much fun xo

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  10. Lucky girl! I love BB. Every year I'm thinking 'What bunch of weirdos do we have this year?!' but soon enough I'm hooked. I think Wolfy's probably the most honest and real person in there. She doesn't seem to have a game plan. When she was talking with Gina about The Savoy and said she bets the hotel rooms are expensive and then said £80 I was gobsmacked, but it just shows how little value she has on money. I think the Wolfy-Gina dynamic is really good too, as it's making Gina realise how lucky she is. x x

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    1. I think Wolfy is just a World apart from Gina but Gina seems to have really taken on Wolfy's experiences and I think Gina will grow as a person through being in the house xo

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    1. SO cool! :) I feel like a geek for still being over the moon about it weeks later, ha! xo

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  12. Big brother is not really anything for me, but I'm happy for you that you got this experience. Sounds like you had a lot of fun Sophia! x

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    1. Thanks Sandra :) I did, it was so much fun and I couldn't have wished to go with anyone else, experiencing it with my best friend made it even better! xo

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  13. We have a Big Brother also here in the Philippines! I think it was originated here. That's what I've heard in television. I'm unsure if it's true or not.

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    1. I'm pretty sure it started here in the UK :) xo

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  14. Not as big a fan of Big Brother as I used to be, but going to the launch night sounds like a great experience! :) xx

    http://glitterylove.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Such a great experience, one I doubt I will forget :) xo

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  15. Love this post! Big brother and a mention of psychology.. My 2 fave things!
    Plus I've always wanted to know what happens on BB live shows!
    www.beautybyshanrayann.blogspot.com
    Xx

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    1. Thanks Shannon, I'm really glad you liked my post! :) Have you been enjoying this summer's BB? xo

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