The new year heralds a new series of Celebrity Big Brother. New house, new eye, new batch of celebrity housemates.
Rows, romance, challenges… there’s plenty that could happen. But who will be involved? Here’s a list of who’s being rumoured and what they’re saying, plus a few we’d like to see in the house…
X Factor 2012 contestant Christopher Maloney has been heavily tipped to enter the house this year. He was certainly a headline maker during the ninth series of the singing contest, making the final after Gary Barlow chose him as his wildcard act. What would CBB be without some headlines, eh? According to the Daily Star there’s a “big money” deal on the table for the performer. He’s has just finished a stint in panto in Cheshire, hinting on Twitter that he’s ready for his “next adventure”.
Now that I'm finally finished in "Neverland" it's on to my next adventure xx ????
— Christopher Maloney (@ChrisMaloney77) January 2, 2016
Bianca Del Rio
The winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race is hotly tipped to be among January’s Celebrity Big Brother contestants – and she’s no stranger to the Channel 5 reality contest, appearing on Bit on the Side in September to support friend and mentor Michelle Visage. Now Bianca – real name Roy Haylock – looks to be following in her footsteps, even making jokes about a Big Brother appearance during a YouTube makeover video. If that’s not a hint, we don’t know what is…
Speculation that Kim Kardashian’s bestie is set to the CBB house has been kicking around for a while, but Jonathan Cheban is certainly not denying it. The 41-year-old is no stranger to reality TV – he’s best known for appearing on Keeping Up with the Kardashians – and recently shared a snap featuring a LOT of luggage on Instagram. He’s since posted holiday pictures from Israel, but could that be a stop off en-route to the UK?
According to a ‘source’ in The Sun, he’s doing the show with Kim’s blessing. “Jonathan has a unique insight into the world’s most famous couple. He’ll also make great TV as he’s not afraid to shy away from a row and he’s pretty outspoken.”
“I suppose I’d better go on another reality show soon,” Quickenden told RadioTimes.com. “That’s what everyone knows me for, might as well go on another one. I might actually win one. I need one that I can actually win.” He quite fancies Strictly Come Dancing – “I can dance you know, got snake hips” – but perhaps he’ll opt for the CBB house instead?
Now it’s thought the actress has been offered a spot in the famous house with a £200,000 deal on the table for the 22-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.
Rumour has it that that Stephanie is to be joined by former Hollyoaks co-star Danniella Westbrook. The actress – best known for playing Sam Mitchell on EastEnders and for her very public battles with addiction – appeared in the Channel 4 soap as ex-cop Trudy Ryan at the same time as Davis. According to ‘sources’ the two aren’t the best of friends, so expect some explosive bouts if they both book a place in the house.
2014 wasn’t a great year for Daniel O’Reilly, the comedian better known as his alter ego Dapper Laughs. After becoming the subject of a media storm, his ITV2 series was cancelled and he appeared on Newsnight to announce the demise of his controversial stage persona. Although his absence was short-lived. A year on and Dapper is back with O’Reilly tipped to be among the CBB contestants.
A ‘source’ told the Daily Star: “Dapper is still one of the most controversial performers in the UK and will get viewers watching. No doubt he is keen to try and show that his off-stage persona is sensitive and caring. But his signing is bound to anger the campaigners who called for a boycott of his shows. He will have to work very hard to win them around.”
— Kristina Rihanoff (@KRihanoff) November 24, 2015
Rachel herself appears to have laughed off the CBB speculation:
This is not true all these rumours ?
— Rachel Christie (@MissRChristie) November 26, 2015
Best known for his 1990 smash hit Ice Ice Baby, the 48-year-old is reported by The Sun to be circling a stay in the house – but will he be able to bring some cool to those infamous Big Brother rows?
Since then she’s appeared on various reality and chat shows, as well as starring in her own porn movie Octomom Home Alone.
However, a spell in the CBB house will mean she’ll miss the birthday of her famous children who’ll turn six during the Channel 5 series’ 2016 run.
The source of this conjecture? The Daily Star, whose ‘source’ says Spencer is “still a man in demand”.
Celebrity Big Brother returns to Channel 5 in January 2016