BIG BROTHER 2016
Press Pack Interview with Emma Willis
Are you excited for the new series, yet, Emma?
Yes! Whenever itís summer time I start to get really excited because I know that Big Brother is just round the corner and we only get to do the civilian series once a year. I really look forward to getting started with it and giving over my summer to watching lots of Big Brother every day.
What can you tell us a little about the series this year? Can you give us some hints at what to expect?
I think the producers have done a really good job at keeping the show fresh and keeping the format alive and vibrant over the years. Itís one of the longest running shows on TV and I couldnít be more proud to be a part of it in this incarnation because it is pretty strong at the moment. There are going to be some quite game changing twists and changes to the series this summer that we have never seen before as a massive Big Brother fan that really makes me feel excited for whatís about to come. I have also heard a bit of gossip that the house has been completely changed and itís not just a redecoration job, so I cannot wait to get my hands on the keys and have a good snoop around!
How will this affect the Housemates?
I think itís really interesting to see how the housemates get affected by each new series. I think weíve had some series where theyíre deliberately made to feel really uncomfortable which brings about a certain type of series and some where it is really luxurious and that brings a different vibe and mood to the house. So itís impossible to know what the new show will do but hopefully it is going to bring about my favourite mixture of what a great Big Brother is which is a little bit of conflict and a tonne of fun. Itís always nice to see a bit of romance in the house too isnít it!
Do you think the balance has been right recently between conflict, romance, and fun Ė and if not, which do you think could be the dominant emotions this time?
Sometimes it gets a bit over dominated in parts by conflict and I think thatís led to Big Brother being quite explosive which is fun for a little bit, because everyone likes seeing the squabbles, but actually my favourite Big Brothers are when you get to see a lot of fun as well. With the series running over the summer and with the civilian housemates being in slightly longer, there is usually a phase in the middle bit of the show where they get the chance to relax. There is still lots of them in the house at that stage and theyíve got over any conflict and so you start to see the real personalities coming through and that tends to bring a lot of fun which is really important for the show.
So many incredible moments have happened on Big Brother over the years, is there anything that HASN'T happened on Big Brother (yet) that you'd like to see?
A Big Brother wedding! Every series brings about such incredible talking points and illustrates that the format will continue to deliver such great characters and such great moments that make must see TV. And as I said before the producers have really got it to a great place where you are sort of guaranteed now something in every series that will blow your socks off!
What have been your favourite tasks in the last couple of series Ė both in civilian BB and CBB?
Again all praise to the producers because I think the tasks are super strong at the moment. I bloody loved the back in time task, partly because I got to go into the house but also because it brought to a head the Lee Ryan situation in such a comedic yet confrontational way that was, in my book, vintage Big Brother. I also always look forward to the electric shock task. It makes me giggle every time.
Do you ever think up tasks or have any input into them? Is there anything you'd love to see the housemates doing in there?
I really do try to have a sneaky word in the ears of producers with some ideas but to be honest theyíre never as good as what those guys come up with so I think Iím probably better off doing my job and letting them get on with theirs.
Do you have your summer wardrobe lined up yet?
Well itís been a bit hard because itís been a busy summer! I am lucky to have an amazing stylist and actually another reason I look forward to the summer civilian series is that we can be a bit more adventurous with styling. For the celeb winter series I have to do a lot of coats and there is a lot of brolly action so in the summer we get to play around some more with summery colours, different types of dresses and that kind of thing. I havenít got it sorted just yet but hopefully will do a week or so before we start.
Have you seen any former Housemates recently?
No not really, I donít tend to see many people from the show after the show has finished but I do keep in touch with some of them on social media because I love to see what everyoneís been up to. Obviously I get to hang out lots with Rylan so I definitely see him the most which is lovely.
What do you want to see from the Housemates this year?
What I always like to see is a melting pot between different characters, ages and ethnic backgrounds as thatís what really brings out unexpected scenarios and people living in an environment with Housemates that they wouldnít normally hang out with which is the perfect ingredient for a great series. I donít tend to look at individual Housemates when we start, I kind of look at the group as a whole - thatís what gets me excited for the show. I hope we have some elder people in there because theyíve proved such great characters in the past as well as all the youngsters.
If you HAD to appear in a reality show, which would you choose?
They always say never meet your idols and as much as I am completely in love with Big Brother I think if I did it, it couldnít possibly ever live up to the expectation of what I hope it would be but out of those I would definitely love to do Strictly. The problem is I canít dance but the thought of forcing myself to learn how to dance and going through the process would be a great experience. Like everyone else I love a bit of Bake Off too.
How long would you last as a Housemate?
Probably not long. I would start off boring people because I would be a bit reserved and quiet but I think that if I wasnít voted out immediately, I would probably end up being the maternal one in the house, looking after everyone and doing all the cooking. I am quite a feeder!
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BIG BROTHER 2016
Press Pack Interview with Rylan Clark-Neal
Are you excited for the new series, yet?
I'm so excited for the brand new series, more so than I ever have been before. It's like starting a whole new job, this year. Without giving it away, we've got a whole new concept and I'm really excited to see how it works with the Housemates. It's time for a shake-up, and it's a shakeup that they won't see coming. It's almost a brand new game.
Can you tell us a little about the theme? What effect will it have on the Housemates?
The House is predominantly black and white, but as we know, nothing on Big Brother is ever black and white, and I think that's going to be the real theme throughout the series. I've seen the drawings and I've spoken to the designers and the House is looking amazing. It's probably going to be one of my favourite ever series, in terms of how it looks.
Do you think the balance has been right recently between conflict, romance, and fun Ė and if not, which do you hope will be triumphant this time?
You can never predict it because you put housemates in, and a week later they're all behaving totally differently, depending on who else they're in there with. So who knows? But what I can say is this is the most exciting line-up since I joined the show. This is one of the only non-scripted reality shows out there, so nobody knows what's going to happen. That's what makes it so exciting Ė and nerve wracking Ė to work on.
So many incredible moments have happened on Big Brother over the years, is there anything that HASN'T happened on Big Brother yet that you'd like to see?
The show is constantly surprising. This series, when I say this is like starting a brand new job, I genuinely mean it. It's like the first day at school. I want people to know that the game is changing this year. I love the show. I'm a fan more than a presenter.
Do you have any input into tasks?
We have some input into the show, just the same as everybody who works on it does. We all get our say. I think it's good that we have a bit of a say because we're the ones up there, and we want to be happy with the way it's playing out on screen. It's genuinely a real team effort and everybody cares so much. Ultimately, we can't control what happens in the House, but we can chuck in some twists and some tasks. Tasks are so important, and I know the task team has been working hard all year, so weíre prepared for the summer.
What kind of tasks would you like to see?
I'd like to see it a bit more like Hunger Games! Big and brutal, where people can be voyeurs and watch it all going on.
And what do you think about nominations; do you think there's been the right balance between Diary Room and face to face nominations recently?
I love Diary Room nominations. That's the core concept of Big Brother, let's face it. And it changes as you go along, depending on what's happening between the Housemates. I know there are a lot of changes this year! I'd say that in civilian Big Brother, face to face nominations works quite well because people get put on the spot and they've not got the option to back out. We're not taking any s**t from the Housemates. It's Big Brother's way or the highway.
How did you feel when you heard about David Gest's death?
He was such a lovely man, I was so devastated. He was everything we wanted, and more. He was one of the nicest men to have met, and I'm delighted to have had the honour to do that. He's going to be missed so much by so many people, and we will definitely miss him on the show, one million per cent.
What do you think about the circumstances of his death, given what happened with Angie Bowie on the show?
David was the sort of man who would have found a lot of humour in it. He was on the ĎDavid Gest Is Not Deadí tour, and then he went and bloody died. What a way to go! And I wouldn't have expected any less from him, to be honest. He was an absolute joker, and that's what he did right to the end. You couldn't have made up what happened, and people are going to remember it, forever. And I think that's what he would have wanted.
Do you miss Emma when you don't see her?
I do. But we don't see each other for a few months and we're just like, 'Alright, chicken?', and we're just straight into gossiping. We're committed to each other for six months a year, she's like my part-time wife.
Has she been watching Up Late With Rylan while doing the night feed?
I'd like to think so, but those breast pumps do take a lot of concentration!
You recently reached the final of Celebrity MasterChef. If you had to appear in another reality show, which would you choose?
Eurovision! I couldn't do another reality show, because I've done it. But for the pure love of it, I would do Eurovision. I don't think I'd do any better than anyone else who's done it, but I'd bring a bit of Rylan sparkle to the proceedings and I'd have a bloody good laugh doing it too.
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