ABOVE: Watch Jon Pardy and Neda Kalantar on Global Toronto’s The Morning Show.
TORONTO — A cross-Canada search for houseguests for the third season of Big Brother Canada comes to an end Sunday in Toronto.
Season 2 winner Jon Pardy and houseguest Neda Kalantar appeared Friday on Global Toronto’s The Morning Show with some advice for hopefuls.
“You have to go in there with a story,” said Kalantar, who was cast after attending an open call in Vancouver.
“They want to know who you are and get a really good sense of who you’re going to be on the show.”
Pardy, who auditioned with a video submission, said producers are looking for people who are genuine but a little larger than life.
“They need you but you to the extreme,” he explained. “They want to see every bit of you and the biggest parts of you.”
Pardy recommended aspiring houseguests go to the casting call and “be yourself.
“They will see through a fake person in a heartbeat. So be yourself and be the biggest version of yourself you can possibly be.”
Life has changed for Pardy since winning the $100,000 cash prize He said he bought a car and banked the rest.
Pardy also moved from his small Newfoundland hometown to downtown Toronto.
“It’s definitely different, especially for my dog,” he said. “Now we’re 37 storeys up. In Newfoundland he used to be able to go wherever he wanted, outside all day, and now it’s elevator up and down.”
Pardy and Kalantar — whose friendship on Big Brother Canada turned into a relationship — said the hardest part of competing on the show is being cut off from family and friends for more than two months.
The final open casting call runs Nov. 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the John Bassett Theatre inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Big Brother Canada will air next year on Global.