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    Posted: 23 May 2011 at 10:12

SEX, BOOZE AND POOL PARTIES: BRIAN BELO'S RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT HOUSE





“
I’ve watched a lot of Big Brothers
”

Brian Belo

23rd May 2011

By Nadine Linge

HE'S the Big Brother superfan who went on to to become one of its most popular champs.

Now Brian Belo couldn’t be more excited to see its return.

The Essex lad, 23, was so distraught when he thought BB was over for good he had the iconic eye logo tattooed on his arm so it would always be a part of him.

So unsurprisingly he’s over the moon that Channel 5 is bringing back the world’s most successful reality show.

But what does BB expert Brian reckon makes the perfect house? After all, he should know. Not only has he got every episode on tape, he’s also religiously watched Big Brothers from around the world.

“That’s easy,” laughs Brian. “I want a sexy house. I want it to be pool parties, I want it to be drunkenness.

“I want them to have friendships, I want them to have relationships, I want to feel like I know them in and out by the end of it.

“I’ve watched a lot of Big Brothers. I’ve watched the Swedish one, I’ve watched all the Australian ones.

“They all got naked in the Swedish one. On the first night someone did something naughty below the belt! Our one has been good – it’s been notorious – but we need to compete with the rest of the world.

“When you watch Jersey Shore they’re all going crazy all the time. I want Channel 5’s Big Brother to feel like Jersey Shore UK.”

For 2007 winner Brian, Big Brother is more than just a programme on the telly. And it’s far more than a quick-fix way to become a celeb.

He sees it as a way for young people to have a voice and to find something they can relate to, far removed from politicians.

“Big Brother is the voice of the disenfranchised youth,” he says. “That’s how I felt at 19 when I did the show.

“There’s all these old and boring politicians trying to tell us how to live our lives but that doesn’t have anything to do with me day to day. The ordinary person who sees people in Big Brother talking about society, that’s what’s relevant to them. That is something they can connect with.

“It captures the imagination of youth. This is what the new Big Brother needs to do – tap back into what’s relevant for young people.

“I think it got to the point where young people felt it wasn’t cool enough any more. They’d put too many weirdos in there.”

Brian knows he’s lucky to have had so much success with something he loves so much and even four years on he’s clearly still passionate about the show.

His face lights up when he talks about it and despite having a reputation for being a bit dim he’s anything but when it comes to his specialist subject.

“Before I was in Big Brother, I knew everything about it, and everyone said that was the single most useless topic,” he says. “But it’s actually been really useful.

“When Big Brother started I was 13. For my media studies GCSE, I did a project on Big Brother and got an A. Then I went to college to study moving images, and made my own version of Big Brother and got a National Diploma in that.

“It’s what my generation was bred with and what we know about.”

And while his Essex pals might have spent their earlier years learning life lessons by larging it in the pubs of Brentwood, or the clubs of Ibiza, Brian reckons he did all his growing up on screen.

“Big Brother gave me confidence”, he says.

“By the end of it I’d gone from a boy to man. I’d had my 20th birthday and it had been such an amazing experience. I met some people who became really good friends of mine, people I still speak to now.

“Big Brother was my university. The other day my mate was asking me if I regretted not doing this or that, not going on holidays to Ibiza. I told him I didn’t need to do any of that thanks to Big Brother.

“In some ways it’s the most real thing you will ever do in your life because what happens in there defines you.

“Those few weeks will be around on tape forever and you’ll be judged on that years later. People laugh at me but I think there’s a certain spirituality to Big Brother.”

It’s not all been smooth sailing for Brian since winning Big Brother.

He admits he only goes to bars or clubs where he knows the owners, and hasn’t been on a dancefloor for years thanks to the hassle he gets from young lads, jealous when girls want their photo with him.

But it’s clear Brian wouldn’t change his win for the world. So surely there’s only one thing that could complete his Big Brother experience – being the new host?

He admits: “It would be a dream come true. But there’s a lot of people who’d rather have Brian Dowling than me. I just hope whoever presents it really loves it.

“There’s no-one that knows more about Big Brother than me.

“If I was offered it, of course I would take it.”


Brian's tips for success

1. Be yourself. It’s a cliché but true.

2. Be clever with nominations. If there are people in there you hate but they’re making it a good show, they’ve got to stay. Keep the big characters in.

3. Always get involved and push yourself. You’re going to feel down in there but remember why you went in there. Cause a bit of carnage, organise some parties.

4. Say what you think. You’ve got to put yourself out there. If there’s someone you fancy, tell them, kiss them. Don’t worry what your mum and dad will think.

5. Pretend the cameras aren’t there: there’s nothing more annoying than someone who reacts to them.

6. Get naked. Getting naked in the Big Brother house is liberating.



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Edited by Bren - 23 May 2011 at 10:12
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