Audition details for the Australian version of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy will be officially announced on Network Ten’s The Q Test special next week.
It is believed auditionees will be asked to supply a CV and a short video, but exact details of deadlines and methods of submission will be announced during The Q Test.
The Q Test is intended as a queer rival and comic alternative to Channel Nine’s National IQ Test special, according to Ten’s head of development Stephen Tate.
It’s all written for comedy, to be perfectly honest, Tate told Sydney Star Observer.
But also, it’s so we can tell people how to audition for the Australian Fab Five when we create our own series and also how to dob in your straight guy.
We have to remain faithful to the American format, but we’ll very much have our own personality, Tate said. We’re not looking to cast a Carson, because there’s only one of those. Obviously our Australian Fab Five have to be qualified, there has to be some genuine -˜take out’ information in the program, but we won’t be locked into only the areas that they cover.
Certainly our program’s personality will be driven by the people we cast. And we’re looking for balance and, first and foremost, I really have to say we’re not wanting to perpetuate stereotypes. We want to be entertaining, but we also don’t want to be offensive, Tate said.
The Q Test will be hosted by Jo Ashton and comedienne Fiona O’Loughlin, with special guests Johnny, Nathan and Jamie from Big Brother I, II and III respectively.
The Q Test screens alongside two episodes of the US Queer Eye For The Straight Guy on Tuesday 18 November at 7:30pm.