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Celebrity Big Brother looks to be back with a bang after the line-up has unofficially been named.
The usual mix of, errr, ‘celebrities’ and big personalities are being lined-up if a leaked list of contestants is to be believed. The likes of reality star Gemma Collins from the Only Way is Essex and Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff have been put in the frame to star in yet another series of the show.
Channel 5 has released a statement saying that any names linked to the show are 'pure speculation' but that obviously hasn’t stopped the internet having a good go at predicting the housemates. Plus, we have a sneaking suspicion it might not be too far from the truth.
Expectant mum of two Emma Willis will present the main show, and will be joined by previous CBB winner Rylan Clarke.
And it looks like the house we all know and love has had a bit of a makeover too. A Channel 5 statement says: ‘The famous house has undergone a major costume change.
‘The celebrities will descend down a majestic staircase, leading to glamourous rooms made up of rich opulent textures and packed with intriguing curiosities.
‘Big Brother may have set the scene of a decadent, antiquated world, but…the housemates will discover that there will be unwelcome surprises in store.’
So, intrigued to know which celebrities ‘insiders’ think will make the line up? Your wish is our command...
1. Angie Bowie
Age: 66 Claim to fame: Mary Angela Bowie, otherwise known as "Angie", was an American cover girl, model, actress and musician in her youth. Best known for: Being married to David Bowie. The couple met when Angie was just 19 and married the following year but the marriage broke down after nine years. We bet Angie has a fair few good stories to tell - and we're all ears. Most important moment so far: Following her ex-husband's death, Angie has controversially decided to remain in the competition. After being told the sad news off camera by producers, the former model justified her decision of staying in the house, saying: 'I haven't seen him in so many years. I can't make a drama out of it. An era has ended with his passing. I feel so sad.'
2. Stephanie Davis
Age:22 Claim to fame: Stephanie is best known for playing Sinead O'Connor in Hollyoaks from 2010 to 2015. Best known for: Not a stranger to reality TV, Stephanie appeared on the 2010 BBC talent-search Over the Rainbow, which looked to find a singer to play Dorothy in a West-End production of The Wizard Of Oz. We hope she's as fun as she seemed on Hollyoaks. Most important moment so far: She's been cosying up to Mr Ireland Jeremy McConnell, and it seems her boyfriend Sam Reece has had enough. In a tweet, Sam declared that he will 'no longer be supporting Stephanie Davis', which many are taking as a public dump... Ouch!
Inside the house however, Jeremy made it obvious that he won't be giving up on the Hollyoaks actress, after she said she still loves her boyfriend very much. 'She’s a gorgeous girl, she’s sound, of course I flirt with her. It’s going to get worse', Jeremy said.
3. Nancy Dell’Olio
Age: 54 Claim to fame: As an Italian-British lawyer Nancy first came to the public's attention as the girlfriend of Sven-Göran Eriksson while he was manager of England's football team. Best known for: Her tumultuous relationship with Sven and her raunchy turn on Strictly Come Dancing - we wonder if she has her eye on any of the other contestants...
4. Gemma Collins
Age: 34 Claim to fame: Gemma rose to fame as a rather loud personality on The Only Way Is Essex. Best known for: Speaking her mind and her very rapid exit from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! The buxom blonde famously left the jungle just three days into the competition. Perhaps the plush house will be more to her liking than a hammock in the jungle - and quite frankly, we don't blame you, Gem.
5. Kristina Rihanoff
Age: 38 Claim to fame: World finalist professional ballroom dancer, instructor, choreographer and author. Best known for: Being a Strictly Come Dancing professional and all round blonde bombshell. We think there might be a few hearts broken over Kristina in the coming weeks.
6. Megan McKenna
Age: 23 Claim to fame: Being a contestant on the 2015 series of Ex on the Beach. Best known for: Speaking her mind and being a bit of a wild card. The brunette beauty isn't shy either, having done plenty of raunchy magazine shoots. With her honest attitude we think Megan is a strong contender for a finalist if ever we've seen one.
7. Danniella Westbrook
Age: 42 Claim to fame: Danniella is best known for playing Samantha Mitchell in EastEnders Best known for: The actress was well known for having a cocaine addiction throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. After appearing on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2003, Westbrook admitted that she no longer wanted to be a 'celebrity'. We see that didn't last long.
8. Tiffany Pollard
Age: 33 Claim to fame: Tiffany is a reality star, having appeared in the TV programmes Flavor of Love and I Love New York in America. Best known for: Titling herself the 'HBIC (Head Bitch In Charge)' which she used in the Flavor of Love to taunt her fellow competitors. Watch out housemates, this lady could be a bit of a handful, we fear!
9. David Gest
Age: 62 Claim to fame: David is an American producer and UK television personality. He produced the highest rated musical television special ever, 'Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years' which was the last reunion of Michael Jackson and the Jacksons. Best known for: David appeared on the 2006 series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! He also frequently made tabloid headlines during his marriage with Liza Minnelli. Another one with tales to tell, no doubt.
10. John Partridge
Age: 44 Claim to fame: John has many a string to his bow, with career titles spanning actor, dancer, singer, panelist and television presenter. Best known for: John is probably best known for playing Christian Clarke in EastEnders. With so many previous cast members on the show this year we wonder they'll all be friends or foes.
11. Scotty T
Age: 27 Claim to fame: Scotty became a cast member of Geordie Shore during its fifth series. Best known for: Scotty quickly gained popularity points with his cocky confidence and liking for the ladies. We can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve for CBB. One thing's for sure, Scotty won't be shy and retiring.
12. Jeremy McConnelll
Age:25 Claim to fame: Former Mr. Ireland and Beauty School Cop Out contestant. Best known for: Being a little sure of himself. He charmingly claims to have 'slept with every model in Ireland' and had a romance with former Miss Ireland contestant Holly Carpenter. Whether he'll capture the hearts of the nation is yet to be seen. Watch this space.
13. Winston McKenzie
Age: 62 Job title: Winston was UKIP's candidate in the 2012 Croydon North by-elections and served as UKIP's Commonwealth Spokesman between 2014 and 2015. Best known for: According to Wikipedia he is notable for 'having joined every major political party and having stood as an Independent or minor party candidate on numerous occasions.' Is this his moment to muster the votes? We shall see.
14. Christopher Maloney
Age: 46 Claim to fame: Christopher is a singer-songwriter, bass guitarist and, rather grandly, a music educator who found fame on the X-Factor. We wonder if he minds being called Chris... Best known for: His liking for plastic surgery. He shocked fans earlier this year with pictures from his hospital bed of his puffy, bruised face after yet more time under the knife.
15. Darren Day
Age: 47 Claim to fame: Darren is a bit of a big name in the world of West End musicals, having played many a main role, including Joseph in Joseph and His Technicolour Raincoat. Best known for: Appearing in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in its first series. No stranger to reality television, Darren is sure to cope outside of the jungle.
16. Jonathan Cheban
Age: 41 Claim to fame: Being one of Kim Kardashian's best pals. Best known for: Despite being the founder of the website TheDishh.com and former CEO of CommandPR, a public relations firm, Johnathan is still only so well known because of his best-bud status with Kim. Now is his time to shine solo though. Good luck Jonathan!
So, there you have it. Can't wait?[Twitter]
new series of Celebrity Big Brother gets underway at 9pm, Tuesday January 5 2016, as confirmed via Twitter by the Celeb Big Brother bosses. And with the new circus-themed logo we're expecting there to be a few tricks and surprises.
Rosie is an experienced food and drinks journalist who has spent over a decade writing about restaurants, cookery, and foodie products. Previously Content Editor at Goodto.com and Digital Food Editor on Woman&Home, Rosie is well used to covering everything from food news through to taste tests. Now, as well as heading up the team at SquareMeal - the UK's leading guide to restaurants and bars - she also runs a wedding floristry business in Scotland called Lavender and Rose.
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