Out of the twelve celebrities who bravely entered the Celebrity Big Brother house last night, six were in for a bit of a shock…
This year the CBB contestants were split between a luxury house and a dingy basement with no beds, food or running water. Half the housemates were allowed through Big Brother’s iconic sliding doors, while the others were sent down to the depths of the cellar.
And the men graced with the making the decision? Our first two housemates: recently-disgraced horse racer Frankie Dettori and controversial X-Factor contestant Rylan.
While the brash Essex performer is already being tipped as the winner… (If Dane Bowers says so, it must be true…)
Frankie Dettori’s video intro mainly consisted of a public apology for his recent drug-taking scandal. Although it didn’t go unnoticed that in almost every VT the celebs found themselves admitting to their past indiscretions:
First up was ex-supermodel Paula Hamilton (who admitted herself that she’s probably better known for starring in a Volkswagon Golf advert).
From her glazed expression to peculiar choice of outfit, Paula Hamilton looks set to be this season’s crazy. But while for some viewers her confused demeanour came as a bit of a surprise, others were prepared for her to be more than a little eccentric:
Paula had it written in her contract that she could take her coconut in with her #cbb
She talks to the coconut, in case you were wondering…
Next up was Heartbeat star Tricia Penrose who, after appearing refreshingly normal on her video, was propelled up the BB stairs while Paula headed to the basement.
Much to the delight of Neighbours fans, a very svelte Ryan Moloney (better known as Toadie) appeared next, quickly followed by Gillian Taylforth (better known as Kathy Beale.)
Channel 5 went for a double whammy next. Two young, attractive (and virtually unknown) celebrities: Sam Robertson and the wonderfully named Lacey Banghard. No prizes for guessing which duo are tipped for this year’s BB romance…
As someone with very little knowledge of Page 3 stars, I was a bit disappointed by Lacey Banghard’s sweet and girlish demeanour. I was expecting more from someone with a surname like that… and it’s fair to say her unusual name didn’t go unnoticed in the Twittersphere either:
Excuse me as I won't be tweeting for a while as I just went into the Celebrity Big Brother house as my new comedy character Lacey Banghard.
Meanwhile ex-Corrie star Sam Robertson pranced around in front of the paparazzi before being punished for it when Rylan and Frankie were asked to send the celebrity they thought fancied themselves most down into the basement…
Next up, it was the lovely Claire from Steps, whose appearance sparked the obligatory weight comments, as well as some pretty scathing tweets about her strange choice of hand-wear…
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