'If I Can Dream': Inside Simon Fuller's 'American Idol'/'Big Brother' Web Hybrid

06/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Daily Beast

On the surface a cross between American Idol and Big Brother, both the series and Web site are set largely in a five-bedroom mansion located behind security gates atop one of Los Angeles' ritzier canyons. The mansion is populated by five young aspiring stars (three actors, a model, and a musician) who have volunteered to have every aspect of their lives recorded 24/7 as they attempt to break into show business. While en route to fame, their every movement, conversation, and nose scratch is captured by the 60-some cameras that cover the house in an airtight surveillance net. Only the toilets and showers hide behind discreet curtains.

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