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Big Brother audition draws crowds
Big Brother hopefuls
The successful will now compete with others from around the UK
More than 1,000 people have turned up to audition for the next series of Channel 4's reality show Big Brother.

Would-be contestants, some in fancy dress, queued for up to four hours to get a chance to impress the producers of this year's seventh UK series.

One participant dressed as a Dalek in an attempt to get noticed by the programme-makers.

The audition in Glasgow was the first of a number to be held across the UK in the next few weeks.

Successful participants in Saturday's event will be called back to go through a further selection process alongside people from other parts of the UK. Big Brother 7 is due to begin in May.

The auditions come hot on the heels of last week's Celebrity Big Brother final won by "fake" celebrity Chantelle Houghton and watched by 6.8m viewers.

Big Brother hopefuls
Some thought dressing up would be the best way to get noticed

Last year's regular Big Brother show was won by dancer Anthony Hutton.

Craig Nichol, 25, from Edinburgh, wore a flashing tiara for this year's first audition. He said this was his third attempt to get on the show.

"I'm feeling very confident this time. The thing is just to be yourself and have a laugh," he said.

Pamela Lambert, 41, from Glasgow, was another hopeful in the queue. She said: "I want to bring a bit of maturity to the house. I've got a bit of life experience and I have travelled a lot as well."

Executive producers Claire O'Donohue and Paul Osborne said they were delighted with the turnout.

"Anyone that stands out and impresses the producers in anyway will get through and does a one-minute diary room with Big Brother," said Mr Osborne.

The producers would not reveal any secrets about the upcoming series, but promised it would be filled with "twists and turns".

"We're hoping to make it the biggest and best," Mr Osborne said.

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