Big Brother is back! (Yes, it feels like it never went away. It basically didn’t) And with 16 (now 15) newbies safely inside the house, there’s plenty of wild antics and tabloid-worthy dalliances to look forward to.
But this year’s Big Brother launch night featured a dramatic twist. For the first time since the series started in 2000, we met the contestants two days before they entered the house. We thought we had it sussed, we knew what was coming… but Big Brother had other ideas, promptly evicting “Mr Showbiz” Simon Gross after a special “Timebomb”-themed game.
Given the number of times he uttered the word “showbiz”, viewers didn’t seem all that upset…
SIMON STOP TRYING TO MAKE SHOWBIZ HAPPEN, ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN #BigBrother
— *wolf whistles* (@theneextsupreme) May 12, 2015
Oh well simon, "That's showbiz"
40 years in it, less than 40 minutes in #BigBrother
— Aled Rh Pritchard (@AledMrP) May 12, 2015
CHEERIO SIMON ?????? that's Showbiz for you ✋?✋?#BigBrother
— Shaun Trott✌ (@shauntrott88) May 12, 2015
Chin up Simon… It's all showbiz #BigBrother
— Adam (@AdamGabrielS) May 12, 2015
— marcus.hinton? (@themarcushinton) May 12, 2015
‘Simon, here’s your best bits!’ ‘SHOWBIZ!’ *credits roll*
— Andy Dawson (@profanityswan) May 12, 2015
But while Twitter turned on Simon, “Pie Face” Jack from Plymouth found himself a hot favourite, even earning a few famous fans:
— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 12, 2015
My early prediction is Pieface #BBTimebomb
— Bobby Norris (@BobbyCNorris) May 12, 2015
So far I like PIEFACE and Danny!
— matt willis (@mattjwillis) May 12, 2015
Hahahaha class yes pie face! ?
— Ricci Guarnaccio (@RicciGuarnaccio) May 12, 2015
— Jack Tweed. (@JackTweed_) May 12, 2015
With #VotePie gathering pace on Twitter, everyone was rather chuffed when he won immunity in the Timebomb game that lost Simon his place in the house…
PieFace has immunity… this is the best thing ever #BBUKTimebomb
— Joseph Worthington (@cruellasfurcoat) May 12, 2015
Yes pieface gets immunity ???
— ⚽Trev⚽ (@Tazza_NR) May 12, 2015
— Gogglebox Scarlett (@ScarlettMoffatt) May 12, 2015
But Pie Face wasn’t the only one to cause a splash. Aaron attempted to catch the eye dressed as a, er, zebra (we think)…
— Celebs Street (@CelebsSt) May 12, 2015
i love aaron already… everyone came out like they were on the red carpet for the oscars then aaron comes out dressed as a zebra ? #BBUK
— L.N.S (AYO) (@Y0unGLOveeee) May 12, 2015
Although not everyone was impressed.
So Aaron has a pizza phobia? Shame he doesn't have a phobia about wearing a zebra coat & looking & sounding like a prat. #BBTimebomb
— Pam Richardson (@PamelaPamr63) May 12, 2015
And it certainly wasn’t lost on Twitter that brash model and student Adjoa was a pastor’s daughter…
Next Sunday service gonna be tense for Adjoa dad #bbadjoa
— EllaDecemberXO (@EllaDecember) May 12, 2015
There phonecalls Adjoa's dad/mum is getting right now ????
— #PYUD (@Uncle_De) May 12, 2015
Of course, not everyone was enthralled by the night’s entertainment:
Great night's sleep after falling into a coma half way through Big Brother…
— Kevin O'Sullivan (@TVKev) May 13, 2015
— Mark (@ValPigott) May 12, 2015
But as for the rest of us? Well, we’re all fighting a losing battle, aren’t we?
I will not get addicted this year. I have learned my lesson. I will not get addicted this year. I have lea–ah, who am I kidding #bigbrother
— Steven Perkins (@stevenperkins) May 12, 2015