Although it’s only been over five months since Celebrity Big Brother went off our screens, many of us are already dying to know when it’s set to return and the good news is that it WILL be back this coming January.
There was a bit of speculation as to whether the legendary TV series may have to be cancelled, with many reports claiming that there was absolutely no interest from potential housemates. But fear not folks – the new series will be going ahead.
According to recent reports, the Channel 5 show is going to be adding a brand-new twist to the current format.
To mark 100 years since women won the right to vote, bosses of the show have confirmed that the January series is set to be an all-female house, which will no doubt create an interesting dynamic.
Whilst a full-line up of housemates have not yet been officially confirmed, here are some of the women rumoured to be entering the house:
India Willoughby made headlines when she became the very first transgender newsreader, therefore she’s bound to bring her opinions on current issues into group discussions.
Before being confirmed for the show, an insider told The Sun Online: “India is in talks to sign up for the show – they’d love to land her. She’s outspoken would be amazing television.”
Previously known as Jonathon, the presenter quit her job with ITV back in 2010 and returned to screens in 2015 with her new identity. She now presents the news on Channel 5. India is also mum to teenage son Rhodes and is an active transgender rights activist.
Talking to Best Magazine in 2017 about her experience of being transgender, India said: “I was nice and smart in my suit but I knew I couldn’t go on because that person wasn’t me. I went home in tears, absolutely distraught. I bought myself a bottle of wine and drank it.
“At the end of that night I thought I was going to do myself in.”I thought I would rather have a clean death to keep my secret a secret. Fortunately for me I’m a terrible drinker and I fell asleep, which in a way might have saved my life.”
After her younger brother Sam’s success in the CBB house last year, we could be seeing fellow Made In Chelsea star Louise Thompson joining the 2018 line-up. Louise joined the cast of the MIC show back in 2011 during its second series and has since become a recognised face on reality TV.
Talking to Metro Online, Louise said: “Sam has been encouraging me to have this really eye-opening experience. I don’t know what I would do. I don’t think I would be very good.”
Fans were shocked when Simon Cowell dumped old flame Sinitta from the X-Factor team, after choosing Cheryl to fill the spot at Judges houses just a few weeks back. These days, it seems her schedule is a little more free than usual at this time of year, so there have been presumptions that she may be joining the CBB house.
Sinitta is best known for her 1980’s classic hit song ‘So Macho’ which reached number 5 in the charts back in 1986. She has also made regular appearances on the X Factor since 2004, usually accompanying Simon Cowell with choosing his finalists.
Whilst celebrities are still rumoured to be entering the house, we know that former Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati has already been in talks with producers about signing up to this year’s show.
A source told The Mirror Online: ‘Producers have been arranging a meeting with Shobna’s agents in hope of getting her on the show next month. Nothing is confirmed yet but they’re very interested.”
Shobna previously played the role of Sunita Alahan in the soap; however, her character met a traumatic end when the Rovers Return pub burnt down back in 2013. Fans haven’t seen much of Shobna for over the last four years, therefore her stint in BB would be a very popular move with Corrie fans.
Laura Simpson hit the headlines after a night out with Wayne Rooney, which resulted in his arrest after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol. Although Laura is just an office worker, she’s been followed by the press in recent months to get the low-down on the night she partied with the famous footballer and whether anything ‘happened’ between the two of them.
The mum-of-one admitted to being “swept away” by Rooney on the night they met and claimed: “I was star-struck, I just liked talking to him.” It seems CBB bosses are keen to secure her in the line-up to see if she’ll spill any gossip about that interesting night.
Baroness Michelle Mone
According to The Sun, Michelle Mone was one of the very first stars to be approached by bosses to appear in the 2018 series and has reportedly been offered a whopping £350,000 to sign up.
However, the businesswoman who owns a lingerie empire has reportedly declined the offer, as she would prefer to become a contestant on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing next autumn. How true that is, is yet to be revealed.
According to The Sun, a source said: “Producers told Michelle how keen they were to get her on next year’s show. They offered a lot of money to start with and kept increasing their offer.But Michelle has told them it’s a firm no. While she loves watching CBB, she doesn’t think the House of Lords would be overly impressed with her going into the other house. It doesn’t exactly scream serious businesswoman and peer.”
Michaella shot to fame when she, and friend Melissa Reid were caught trying to transport drugs from Spain to Peru. Although she’s jobless at the moment, a source told The Sun Online that she’s got her heart set on becoming a reality star.
“Michaella has made no secret of her dream to become a reality TV star.” they said. “Big Brother producers have been chatting to her about getting her on the next series of the show”.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see how other housemates and viewers at home will react to her entrance.
Michaella’s ex-boyfriend also wrote a post on social media, which may have given a bit of a hint on the matter: “Hope she gets it, the girl deserves some good luck.” he said.