Big Brother’s Stacey Wren: ‘Every time I went to the diary room, I thought the show was being axed’

Frost Design account manager Stacey Wren

Big Brother contestant Stacey Wren, an account manager at Frost Design, has said that every time she was summoned to the diary room to talk to Big Brother, she was going to be told the show was being cancelled, because the contestants were too boring.

The 24 year-old told Mumbrella: “I thought that I was the most boring person in the whole world. Even with 24 hours of footage edited into half an hour, I thought it would be hard to make what we were doing watchable.”

“Five hours of talking shit on the couch every day can’t make for great viewing. I was always thinking, let’s get off the couch and make people want to watch us by actually doing something,” she said.

“Every time I was called into diary room I thought, we’re going to get axed.”

Wren was the ninth person to be evicted from the Big Brother house on 29 October. She has since conducted 47 radio interviews, seven press interviews and just one TV interview, with Big Brother broadcaster Nine.

She said: “Big Brother viewers want to watch contestants having fun and having interesting conversations. People come home at 7pm, having had had shit day. They want to have a laugh and live vicariously through us.”

Wren said that Nine did not encourage contestants to behave in a certain way to improve ratings. “We were just asked to be ourselves and have a laugh,” she said.

Wren said she is open to appearing in ads, but reckons her fame won’t last. “My fame will probably last until Friday, then I’ll be back to being normal again. Some people might recognise me in the street, and say: ‘I saw you moon on TV'”.

Big Brother fared well for most of the series, rating with 1.618m in its first episode and 1.473m for the finale, and was consistently one of Australia’s most watched shows in the advertiser-friendly demographics 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Wren goes back to work at Frost Design tomorrow.

She was not the only industry staffer to take part in Big Brother – Brisbane copywriter Michael  Beveridge was also part of the show.


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