With yet another series of Celebrity Big Brother looming on the horizon, who’s looking likely to join the house this time? Do you care?
It only seems like five minutes since Charlotte Crosby emerged from the Celebrity Big Brother house as the winner of the latest series – but over at Channel 5 they’re gearing up to do it all over again.
Yes, a fresh batch of random names will be getting their 2014 off to a flying start by entering the house on Friday January 3 – and as usual rumours of who you might be watching over those cold, bleak, post-Christmas nights are starting to hot up.
Here’s who’s reported to be in the running this time around:
The model and some time star of numerous ITV2 ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentaries has long been tipped as a prime candidate for the Celebrity Big Brother house – and many people seem to think this may be the series when she finally bites the bullet and joins the line-up.
Chances of it happening: The lady herself has personally denied it on Twitter, pointing out: ‘I am not doing Big Brother as people keep saying.’ So that’s that then. However we can’t help thinking it’s only a matter of time before Pricey gives in – so even if you don’t see her this series we wouldn’t rule out an appearance in the future.
Aka ‘the most hated woman in Britain’, Katie Hopkins is reportedly high up on Channel 5′s wishlist for a stay at Big Brother’s expense. During which she will no doubt spare no time in sharing her controversial views on life with the rest of the house. And probably being voted out by about four seconds.
Chances of it happening: There’s been so much buzz on this one that it seems almost inevitable Hopkins will fill the role of ‘this year’s Samantha Brick’, Let’s just hope she isn’t required to hog the Celebrity Big Brother cameras with anyone called Tyler.
The Blue stalwart – last seen with the band in The Big Reunion – was reportedly all lined up to join the show in 2012 but reports suggest he demanded a bigger fee than producers were prepared to offer him. Apparently that doesn’t seem to be an issue this time around.
Chances of it happening: When in doubt, wheeling out a random boyband star works every time. Abz from 5ive, anyone?
Another candidate for previous series, Davidson’s chances of taking part have been hampered by both Operation Yewtree (forcing him to pull out of last summer’s line-up at the last minute) and an ongoing investigation over the Falklands – but with both cases now behind him he is free to sign up.
Chances of it happening: Frankly we’d be stunned if it didn’t.
Having already had a crack at Strictly Come Dancing, Sven Goran Eriksson’s ex is reportedly turning her attentions to a different kind of challenge – the Celebrity Big Brother house.
Chances of it happening: Nancy was one of the first names to be linked to the series earlier this month so seems like a pretty good bet to make the final cut. Let’s just hope she puts up a better showing than she did on Strictly.
Who he, you may ask? Well if you’ve skived off school to watch Neighbours at any time in the past couple of decades you’ll know, since he’s played Dr Karl Kennedy on the Aussie soap for the best part of 20 years. And now he’s apparently set to swap Ramsay Street for the Celebrity Big Brother house.
Chances of it happening: If reports are to be believed, he’s already signed up – and pocketed a hefty paycheque into the bargain. And given that Aussie soap stars are no stranger to the house (well they had Ryan Moloney on anyway, a move which led anybody who doesn’t watch daytime TV to look slightly lost and puzzled for a fortnight), it would seem almost an inevitability at this stage.
Sam Faiers/Lucy Mecklenburgh
The Essex duo are both thought to be in the running to appear on the show – with Sam reported to have already signed up in a bid to steal some of Joey Essex’s I’m A Celebrity limelight (but she won’t be leaving TOWIE to take part, merely ‘taking a break’ instead). Meanwhile Lucy is also rumoured for the series in the wake of her exit from the ITV2 show.
Chances of it happening: Do the producers get a discount if they sign both of them? At this stage we’d say Sam is definitely more likely than Lucy as the filler of the inevitable TOWIE/MIC/Geordie Shore house vacancy. And Mario Falcone didn’t exactly do that badly when he appeared.
Producers apparently wanted Mike Tyson for the series but unfortunately he can’t take part due to being banned from the UK following his 1992 rape conviction. So rumour has it they’ve gone for the next best thing in the shape of Holyfield, who famously had his ear bitten off by Tyson mid-boxing bout in 1992.
Chances of taking part: There’s always at least one random American in there, either from a reality TV or retro background – and Holyfield would appear to fit that bill. But does he know what he’s letting himself in for?
This is the rumour that just won’t go away. He’s denied it, his representative has denied it, possibly even the horse that kicked him in the face recently has come out and said he is categorically not doing it. Yet still the N-Dubz rapper is being linked with a place in the house in January. Can there possibly be any truth to it?
Chances of it happening: If everybody within striking distance of him says it’s not true but it’s probably not true. But stranger things have happened.
Who she, you may ask? Well she’s an aspiring actress who’s better known for her string of celebrity boyfriends (including David Arquette and American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest) than she is for any actual acting. Unless of course you’ve seen 2011 opus Cheerleader Massacre 2.
Chances of it happening: Since someone’s got to fill the ‘random US celebrity nobody in this country has ever heard of’ role taken by the likes of Courtney Stodden and Speidi, we reckon Jasmine’s a good bet for the house. Complete with five-inch heels and crowd heckling, probably.
She was on The Apprentice, then she was rumoured for I’m A Celebrity (but wasn’t on it), now saucy cake lady Luisa Zissman is reportedly in line for Celebrity Big Brother, promising to ‘sex things up in the house’. Yup, we’ve heard that a million times before, love.
Chances of it happening: Is she just going to be rumoured for every single celebrity reality show until she actually turns up on one? Could well happen though, even if it does seem to the casual observer that she’s just ticking shows off a big list as they come up….