September 20, 2013 5:12 pm

Big Brother auditions held in Halifax

Hundreds of potential "houseguests" showed up at the Halifax Shopping Centre on Friday, hoping to part of the next season of Big Brother Canada.

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HALIFAX – Hundreds of potential “houseguests” showed up at the Halifax Shopping Centre on Friday, hoping to part of the next season of Big Brother Canada.

The hit show airs on the Shaw media channel ‘Slice.’

Three people from Nova Scotia reached the final four in season one. The trio posed for pictures and pumped up this season’s hopefuls.

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“I think the East Coast alliance really does help you know, draw a crowd. They’re fan favourites,” said Justin Hix, referring to the name the trio called themselves on the show.

Beth Livingstone is another contestant hopeful like Hix. She showed up at the urging of friends.

“A lot of young folks wanted me to come out basically because of my age and I thought this is my game,” says Livingstone. “I want to play and I know I can rule it.”

Groups of five were interviewed and they had little time to make an impression.

Andrew Monaghan, who placed fourth last season, knows how this season’s contestants are feeling.

“A lot of them are nervous and that’s a good thing,” said Monaghan. “I think they’re just thinking, ‘How am I going to stand out over the rest of these people?’ because that’s what it’s all about: promoting yourself.”

Lauren Koerber got hooked on the show in the past year with people from her work.

“I really loved the competitiveness of it and the socialness of it,” she said.  “Obviously all the showmances that went on in the last season. That’s definitely what I think is a really cool part of the show.”

The “showmance”, as it’s called, worked for Emmett Blois and Jillian MacLaughlin.

Blois was in the final three and MacLaughlin won the grand prize -of $100,000 plus a car and a shopping spree.

“Emmett and I have been staying together since the end of the show,” said MacLaughlin. “We started up a rafting company, so we do tidal bore rafting in the Shubie river. I’ve been helping him out with his corn maze, so he keeps me busy and it’s kind of cool. I get to drive a bunch of farm equipment.”

Blois says the show opened a lot of doors for him and it can do the same for this season’s contestants.

“If you have strong communications skills, you can relate to people,” said Blois, who adds further advice.

“If you put someone in that house with good communications skills and you know just keep your wits about you, stay level headed, and I think you’ll do really well.”

The show airs early next year.

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