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How to STAY in the Big Brother house

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    Posted: 13 May 2011 at 14:24
Make the Diary Room your new best friend

This week let’s look at the potential of Big Brother’s Diary Room and how to use it to your best advantage if you’re lucky enough to actually get into the house.
I was intrigued to read Wikipedia’s straightforward, but rather dry, description of the Diary Room:

In the Diary Room, Housemates are allowed to privately tell Big Brother about their issues and worries about other Housemates, as well as ask Big Brother for items for the house. The Diary Room is also used by Big Brother when Big Brother needs to speak to individual Housemates alone for any reason. Some of the Housemates are comfortable enough in the Diary Room to discuss personal feelings, issues and even general personal business not relating to the house. The Diary Room is also the only room in the house not shown on live streaming in order to protect the Housemates' privacy. However, some conversations in the Diary Room will appear in highlights shows, especially if they pertain to an event or situation within the house.

When Housemates request items such as cleaning materials, alcohol or extra cigarettes (at the discretion of Big Brother), they are either delivered via the Diary Room, the storage room or a delivery hatch sometimes located in the main House. Instructions and items for tasks are also delivered via the Diary Room.

In the past, notably in Big Brother’ 5’s ‘Fight Night' and Big Brother 9’s 'Fight Night II' it was necessary for Big Brother to use the Diary Room as a means of removing aggressive Housemates from potentially violent situations.

All this is true of course, but the Diary Room is so much more than that. It is your unique opportunity to interact (well in a one direction kind of way) with the viewers, to engage them, get them on your side and of course to keep most of your gossip, confessions and outpourings secret from the rest of the housemates. However, there are times when Big Brother deliberately reveals your dairy room confessions to the other HM’s, so there’s always an unpredictable edge that your private ramblings might not stay that way!

But it is your chance to connect with the outside world and your behaviour in the diary room will have a major impact on your popularity in the outside world. We like a confident housemate but we’re not so keen on the cocky ones. We like a housemate who is strong enough to stand up for themselves but we also like them when they show a bit of vulnerability too.

These are my top five tips for using the Diary Room to maximum effect:

1. Make sure that you spend plenty of time in the Diary Room – it’s your opportunity to reveal your personality on a ‘one to one’ basis. But use it wisely – constant running in and out of the Diary Room to unleash a stream of consciousness or whinge constantly won’t necessarily give you more airtime, but it will give plenty of opportunity for the producers to show some aspects of your personality that you might not want revealed!
2. Remember that Big Brother is all powerful. Charming, politely requesting or even pleading with Big Bro might eventually get what you want, but arguing with ‘him’, losing your temper or refusing to do what he asks is likely to incur his wrath.
3. Think of the Diary Room as a confessional. Use it honestly and considerately as a way to express yourself. But remember Big Brother is not your best friend. He’s there to listen and offer advice, but he’s not up for having a lengthy two-way chat or solving your personal problems for you. And while you can usually trust him to keep any intimate secrets that you share with him pretty private, he may not be quite so trustworthy if you go in there for a bitchfest!
4. Big Brother’s decision is final. Chilling words that no one wants to hear but once said by the diary room operator they will not be retracted. Big Brother will issue warnings about your behaviour, if you break any of the house rules and while he might seem accommodating – even sympathetic – once his mind is made up, you’re out of the door on the other side…
5. And of course the Diary Room is the place where nominations take place. We don’t want to hear you ‘umming’ and ‘aaaahing’ about the fact that you can’t bear to nominate anyone of your beloved housemates. You need to be succinct, confident in your nominations and give decent reasons for why you’re putting them up for nomination.


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