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17.00: Boyd Hilton, Raef Bjayou, Christopher Biggins, Davina McCall, Anna Nolan, Jonathan Shalit and Steve Brookstein sat on stage. Room heaving and more people entering.

17.04: DM introduces the session. A short VT of the panelists is shown, including Biggins and some jungle antics.

17.08: Three areas to be covered including motivation to apply, and life after the show. DM asks Nolan why she applied for BB. She says she saw the Dutch version, which inspired her to apply, but adds: "Everyone who applies for BB is a little bit lost."

17.10: General BB discussion. Davina says contestants are given a "talk of doom" before entering the house. JS says I'm A Celebrity... did big things for Biggins. CB jokes that he did it "to get myself a pension".

17.13: CB: "You have to be yourself [on a reality show]." JS advises to only do a reality show if you'll enjoy it.

17.15: RB and DM engage in a Big Brother vs. Apprentice debate. RB says Apprentice only features people with talents. "I don't regard it as reality TV." DM defends reality TV, but acknowledges it has a bad name.

17.18: RB suggests Apprentice inspires people.

17.19: Brookstein: "I loved [X Factor]. You really can't believe you're gonna win it." He admits that the show was less reality TV and more set-up TV. He adds: "When you win it, it's great. Then the record label want you to do a load of toilet!"

17.21: DM says Cowell favours some X Factor winners. "If someone hasn't got his 100% backing, it's hard."

17.22: Conversation turns to BB. Davina questions AN on her experience. She says she wasn't aware people were watching, but says it became obvious when they heard cheering from outside the house. She says she worried no one was watching.

17.25: JS says you can't brief someone to act a certain way on a reality show. BH: "It's all about the story. My theory with X Factor is that the people who win have a story. Once it's gone, they don't have a viable career."

17.29: SB: "I went from being someone who was gigging three times a week to just doing Heat and Closer. I just wanted to do some gigs. Everyone's got their own thing and I don't think Simon [Cowell] understood me as an artist."

17.30: Raef: "After the show, you are assigned a publicist. There's a support group, and that makes a huge, huge difference." He adds that it's hard to get employed after reality, "if they are a complete and utter tw*t."

17.33: Nolan discusses her career in Ireland post-BB. "It was tough after the madness died down. For nine weeks you're being filmed, then there's lots of tension and that dies down... I just decided to work the opportunities I had been given. I'm lucky because I just focused on that."

17.35: CB: "When Ant and Dec come in to vote you off, you're on the edge of your log thinking it's you! You can end up being the victim of the edit suit - Marc was being portrayed as a love rat."

17.37: Davina opens up the floor for a Q&A session. First up. Is it fair for producers to put people who they know are bad singers on the show? SB says they're not being told they're rubbish. BH suggests some are exploited while others know that they're there for comedy value. AN and RB agree it's unethical. AN says it's the responsibility of the broadcasters not to exploit contestants.

17.43: Question about Craig/Nasty Nick saga on BB. AN says it was so exciting because "the highlight of our day used to be making toast". Biggins says one of his favourite reality TV moments was Susan Boyle.

17.47: Davina questioned over the Queen incident on BB. Was it fair? DM: "I loved it. If it was me, I'd laugh. A lot." She says she's working on getting Rodrigo to meet the Queen.

17.50: BB axe addressed. DM: "It's best to go out like that. It's best to go out with a bang." It didn't outstay its welcome. I personally will be grieving. I'm trying to stay chipper because we've got another year to go. It's my summer. Every summer." How long did you think it would go on for? "Forever. I seriously did. I thought it could run forever. It might come back. You never know."

17.52: What do you think BB marks for reality TV across the board? DM: "I think BB was the programme that suffered the most with compliance. Even without the naughty things... This year has been one of the best ever. The tasks are the things that providing the humour. Compliance has made the programme harder to make. But we've still provided one of the best."

17.53: Some asks Davina if she'd consider going on celebrity BB. "I said to my husband, 'Next year is the last one. I'm going in!' But he advised me not to. If Phil let's me, I might streak through the house. Hats off to any kind of contestant - it's a really tough job. Nobody knows what sides of our personality are going to come out."

17.55: Raef: "Id had no desire for the media side of Apprentice." JS argues against him. Raef maintains: "I went on the show because I wanted to work for [Alan Sugar]. I had my own businesses and I wanted to remotivate myself and do it through exciting means."

17.58: DM calls for last question. Lady in audience asks if reality shows are really just popularity contests as opposed to talent contests. DM says there are two sides to it, and mentions Strictly.

18.00: Session ends.

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