In just a few short minutes, the eleventh and [[Big Brother 2010 (Series 11)|final series of Big Brother]] will start. Waiting in the wings are 81 hopefuls who’ll be whittled down to just 12 or so. Channel 4 have been very coy about exactly how many people they’ll be putting in the house, so we don’t know for sure.
What we do know is that Davina will be there. All the hopefuls will be present, and from the 81 the final housemates will be selected. One of the people going inside tonight will be a mole working for Big Brother (and hopefully not someone hiding inside a mole outfit), and there’ll be that wonderful Bob Righter character for us all to discover.
The brand new intro sequence looks cool – all carnival colours and creepy clown stuff. Davina emerges from the house which is spewing dry ice smoke. And lots of it. She promises an almighty bang for the last series – just like the Daily Star have been doing for the last decade! She also promises that she has no idea who’s going in the house tonight!
There’s a lengthy bit of VT that shows the shortlisting process so far. From the initial video auditions to the press interviews on Monday, to the photoshoots – it’s all there. Yes, I even see my own head, which is quite a thrill!
Davina goes into the house and immediately shows us the Diary Room – the new chair has golden eagles wings! Brilliant! It looks like she’s got wings! Quick tour of the Big Brother house ensues. Davina introduces Bob Righter, the creepy carnival thing that we’ve been hearing about. The house looks absolutely swish! Modern and cool, lots of nooks and crannies.
There’s even a robot parrot called Davina McCaw.
We get a close-up of that bathroom wallpaper…and a refactored Tree Of Temptation! It’s been turned into a chest of drawers for the bathroom!
First Housemate – [[Josie Gibson]]
Josie Gibson is seemingly randomly picked out of the crowd. She’s wearing a blue dress with a floral print. She’s 25 years old and a sales rep. Josie’s a country gal – thick accent and oh – that explains it – she’s from Bristol.
Josie tells us that accidentally drinking petrol was the worst experience of “moi whole entire life”! She enters the house with the maximum of shrieking and hand-waving. Oo-ar. She’s annoying me already. Please, somebody stop the squealing!
Second Housemate – [[Steve Gill]]
I knew Steve was going in tonight! Ha ha! Steve’s the guy who lost both his legs in an IRA bomb in Belfast. He’s got a glass eye, and he’s a former soldier. But aside from that, he’s built like the proverbial brick shithouse. He goes in to massive cheers from the audience. Check out those biceps!
He goes in via a different entrance, emerging into the house via the Diary Room. Josie, thankfully, has calmed down. Davina points out that the housemates are going to already kind of know each other – that might have its good points and its bad: they may have already worked out who they like, but they may already have reason to dislike people in the house. Neato!
Third Housemate – [[Ben Duncan]]
Ben Duncan is the third housemate chosen by Big Brother – he’s the self-professed Tory-boy, describing himself as an elitist and sounds extremely posh. He says – in his plummy tones – that he can’t be categorised. But…he tells us he has a good heart and a good sense of humour.
Not sure how much of that was bluster for the cameras, but he struts into the house confidently enough. He chats to Steve and Josie about their reception outside the house. The crowd are still booing…
Fourth Housemate -[[Rachael White]]
Yay! Rachael White, the Beyonce impersonator I talked about in my lookalikes post. She’s a total dead ringer, until she opens her mouth. But she knows she’s going to be one of the most attractive girls in the house. Could she be a tiny bit shallow? The audience thinks so – they’re giving her as much heckling as they gave Ben.
Work it Beyonce, work it… She knows them all! She greets Ben and Josie by name.
Fifth Housemate – [[Nathan Dunn]]
Nathan. I remember this guy. He was virtually unintelligible during interviews. And he’s got an impressive monobrow. Liam Gallagher is quaking in terror of his monobrow. He’s a 26 year old joiner, and the crowd love him. Of all the jack the lad types that could’ve gone in, he’s going to be an interesting one.
Sixth Housemate – [[Dave Vaughan]]
Dave’s a weird fish – he came to the interview day dressed as a monk. He’s a Christian minister who holds ‘sloshfests’, some type of religious drunken get togethers. Oh no. Instant housemate dislike. I am not a fan.
Friar Tuck goes into the house laughing his crazy head off.
Seventh Housemate – [[Caoimhe Guilfoyle]]
Oh, Caoimhe was a prickly bitch on the day I met her – she was the one who told us she wouldn’t answer the question why she wanted to go into the house. And she’s every bit as spiky in her video. The crowd aren’t fans, but I think she’ll kick up a fuss once she’s been in there for a while. Cute girl too. Not sure about the bi-curious angle she has going on.
Davina thinks that Rachael didn’t like Caoimhe.
Eighth Housemate – [[Govan Zachariah Hinds]]
What sort of name is that? He’s 21 years old and a voluntary worker. Very camp and giggly. He tells Big Bro that he’s never had a relationship. I think we’re going to like this guy – seems quite inoffensive. Apart from the boasting about penis size.
It occurs to me how easy it is for the housemates to see people approaching. Isn’t Big Brother so much more transparent this year?
Ninth Housemate – [[Shabby Katchadourian]]
Looning around like a female Pete Bennett, Shabby is clearly a circus performer. She told me that she’s quite an itinerant – she moves around quite a lot with her performance art friends. Basically, as she admitted, she’s a squatter. “I get a lot of poon-tang, what can I say?” I reckon she’s going to be a spiky little creature. Out and out lesbian too, but she’ll bring some fun to proceedings!
Tenth Housemate – [[Ife Kuku]]
Ife is 25 and a professional dancer – she’s actually worked with Cheryl Cole and Tinchy Strider. Her mother gave her away to a white family when she was younger. Sounds like a real firecracker, and the crowd are generally responding quite well to her. Lovin’ those legs, ladies and gentlemen…
Ife greets everybody in the room. Seems quite likeable so far. Davina thinks Ben gave Ife a dirty look.
Eleventh Housemate – [[John James Parton]]
The Australian housemate. He’s been flying back and forth to audition for this. He thinks we’ve never seen an Australian before. Clearly he hasn’t spent much time in London. Thinks he looks like David Beckham. Makes a strange cry as he enters the house “It’s the wizard, it’s the wizard!” Ah, he’s referring to the wonderful wizard. Arse.
Twelfth Housemate – [[Sunshine Martin]]
Sunshine is an odd looking little thing – like a geeky Lady Gaga without makeup. She’s 24 years old and is training to be a doctor. We’re looking at a daddy’s girl and also a girlie girl. She glues crystals to everything. Apparently. Quotable: “People called Sunshine can be smart too.”
The crowd hates her. Less shreiky than Josie, Sunshine virtually tumbles into the house and just starts babbling away.
Thirteenth Housemate – [[Corin Forshaw]]
Arghhhh! The 29 year old Katie Price lookalike, Corin sounds awfully annoying in her video interview. The audience goes nuts on her just because she looks like Katie Price. And rightly so. She comes across as annoyingly hyperactive and loud and she never. stops. talking. Gag her, right now.
We’re going to put a fourteenth housemate in the house – courtesy of a tombola machine that will pick one of the remaining hopefuls in the crowd. She chooses Mario Mugan, a rather geeky sort who is elated to be selected.
Fourteenth Housemate – [[Mario Mugan]]
Mario might be chosen, but he’s given “Big Brother’s impossible task” – he has to do some dastardly deeds against the housemates. If he’s caught out by the housemates, he’ll be evicted, but if they have no clue, he gets to stay on as a housemate.
Davina gives Mario a costume to change into before he enters the house. No VT spot for Mario either, so we don’t know much about him right now.
After the break, we discover that Mario’s been given a mole costume to wear – which will make it even more difficult for him to keep his secret. And…he has to live in a mole hole – a bedroom separate from the other housemates. It looks horrible too!
Mario goes into the house, trips down some steps and greets the housemates. He tells them the lie that Big Brother blindfolded him and put the costume on him. Nice to see him playing a clever game to cover up for the rather obvious mole costume!