Is Stephanie Davis’s boyfriend going into the Celebrity Big Brother house?

“Wait and watch,” teases Big Brother’s Bit on the Side host Rylan Clark when asked if former First Dates star Sam Reece really is joining her

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Big Brother’s Bit on the Side host Rylan Clark is staying tight-lipped about rumours former First Dates star Sam Reece will join his girlfriend Stephanie Davis in the famous house.

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It would be quite the arrival given former Hollyoaks actress Stephanie has been seen getting close to fellow housemate and model Jeremy McConnell.

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“You’re just going to have to wait and watch the show,” Rylan laughed to RadioTimes.com at last night’s National Television Awards. Could his teasing tone suggest it might actually happen, we asked. “Well, that’s up to you!”

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Rylan chuckled at my suggestion it’s been ‘quite the year’, with various celebrities walking out and a whole host of Diary Room meltdowns during this seventeenth series.

“Quite the year?! We’re definitely earning our money this year. It’s crazy. Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, it just gets even crazier!”

Three celebrities in total have opted to leave the series. Angie Bowie departed after feeling unwell, David Gest for medical reasons and Jonathan Cheban went first after raising concerns about his mental stability.

“I wouldn’t say I’m gutted that people are walking out,” Rylan said. “At the end of the day it’s a tough show. It’s not for everyone. There’s people ripping their arm off to try and get in there, but it’s their own choice at the end of the day.”

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Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight at 9:00pm on Channel 5