Kiwi flatmates flock to live under the eye

The promoters of a big-brother style Web venture say they've been deluged with young people wanting to live under the eye of 19 Webcams.

The promoters of a big-brother style Web venture say they've been deluged with young people wanting to live under the eye of 19 Webcams.

The hunt by kiwiflatmates.com for potential flatmates aged between 19 and 30 years old began three weeks ago with a radio advertising campaign and Website application form. and promoter Colin Stephenson says hundreds of appliocations have come in from all over the country.

The day-to-day lives of the five flatmates living in a palatial Auckland mansion will be streamed onto the web 24 hours a day with the aid of 19 strategically located digital cameras.

The promoters hope to raise revenue off the eyeballs that come to the site to see what's happening in the house. Viewers will be invited to take part in "interactive competitions" and enter chat rooms for "personal interaction" with the flatmates.

There will be also be a calendar of events held at the mansion and visits from celebrities. Sponsors include Ihug, More FM, Montana Wines and Panasonic.

"We expect viewers to get hooked into the day-to-day ‘soap opera’ of the five flatmates lives over a six week period," says Stephenson. "During that time viewers will have the chance to vote for their favourite flatmate. At the end of the first six weeks the flatmate with the most overall votes will win a prize, the one with the least will be asked to leave.

"We will then replace the flatmate with someone new and the six week cycle will start again."

Meanwhile, interviews have begun and the identity of the five successful flatmates will be revealed next week. The house goes live on the Web on August 31.

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