The 14th series of Big Brother launched on Channel 5 tonight with a brand spanking new house, new host, a new theme and a special twist.
Tonight’s live launch show marked the debut of Emma Willis as the programme’s host replacing Brian Dowling who had presented the reality series since it moved to Channel 5 in 2011.
The show kicked off with a tour of the revamped Big Brother house by Willis – after which eight new housemates and one fake housemate entered the house.
First in were twins Joe and Jack, 18, the supermarket checkout assistants describe themselves as “funny, friendly and fat”, they love musicals and are said to share everything. Jack’s party trick is “putting spoons under my moobs and leaving them there”. The pair will count as one housemate during their stay in the house.
Next into the house was Sallie, 26, a tattooed rock chick and glamour model who describes herself as a bitch. Sallie has slept with over 70 girls and further claims to have had intimate relations with various celebrities. She’s a straight talking Northerner who claims she offends most people she comes into contact with. Her hobbies include extreme sports, fire-breathing and DJing.
Self-confessed gold digger Jemima, 41, was the third housemate to enter the house. Jemima runs her own dating agency helping women find rich men to date and additionally works as a hairdresser. Jemima has a preferrence for younger men and says she would have sex in the house if she fancied a fellow housemate.
The fourth person to enter the house was Michael a 29-year old postman – however all is not what it seems and Michael was quickly revealed to be an actor who will be under control of the viewing public. Michael has been dubbed ‘The People’s Puppet’ and is part of this year’s Secrets and Lies theme.
Next into the house was ladies man Callum, 28, a sports coach. He describes himself as “the full package” and doesn’t like religious or overly camp people. He is very opinionated and says there is nothing better than having a good argument.
Our sixth housemate is Wolfy a 20 year old mackerel fisherwoman and practising Shamam. She has a “passion for fishing which borders on the erotic” and has a tattoo of the first mackerel she ever caught. She can spend up to 6 hours a day standing on the end of the pier with her rod. Wolfy believes she will be a mother figure in the house and thinks she is good at “funny insult comedy”.
Sam a 23 year old stockroom assistant is our seventh housemate. An ambitious cheeky chap he has represented Great Britian and Wales as part of their deaf football teams. Sam has 70-80% hearing loss which his parents discovered when he was 3 years old. He aspires to become a role model to deaf kids who are too ashamed to wear their hearing aids. He enjoys flirting and compares himself to Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses.
When asked how his hearing will affect him in the house, he says he can’t pronounce words very well and finds it annoying that his speech isn’t perfect, although it has improved immensely through speech therapy. Sam doesn’t always hear conversations correctly and will give an answer that doesn’t have anything to do with the question which can be amusing.
Our penultimate housemate of the evening was Sophie a 20 year old dental nurse from the east end of london. She has gypsy roots and was raised in the gypsy community. She classes herself as a tomboy and “not a bimbo” as she follows football and kickboxing. Although she is a dental nurse she hates working and is a self-confessed, spoilt daddy’s girl. Sophie admits she has a temper that she sometimes struggles to control.
28-year old Dexter is our final housemate of the evening . The celebrity publicist claims he was once London’s highest paid male escort. Dexter describes himself as single but says he has a few girls who he sees on a monthly basis. He can be very outspoken during debates and “dislikes stupid people”.
As part of the on-going ‘The People’s Puppet’ twist, Michael was called to the diary room where he was told he had the option of either saving his own suitcase and shredding the other housemates belongings or he could sacrifice his own suitcase to save theirs.
Michael chose to keep his own suitcase meaning the rest of the housemates had to watch as their belongings were shredded in the garden.
A second launch show will air tomorrow with more housemates gearing up for a Summer of fun and frolicks while viewers will get their first opportunity to “take control” of ‘The People’s Puppet’ Michael.