Saturday 22 July 2017

Hard man Vinnie is favourite to win final Celebrity Big Brother

Final housemates' line-up features an explosive list of personalities

Vinnie Jones could quit 'Celebrity Big Brother'. Photo Getty Images
Vinnie Jones could quit 'Celebrity Big Brother'. Photo Getty Images

Beverley Rouse

A HIGH-combustion mix of explosive personalities was revealed last night when the line-up for the final Channel 4 series of Celebrity Big Brother was revealed.

Football hardman turned actor Vinnie Jones, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and actress Stephanie Beacham are among the famous faces who made their way into the house.

Singer Dane Bowers and cage fighter Alex Reid should have plenty to talk about while they are in there. Reid is currently dating Katie Price, aka glamour model Jordan, who is Bowers' ex.

According to reports, they came to blows during a New Year's Eve party at the model's home.

The other housemates are actor Stephen Baldwin, Ronnie Wood's ex-girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova, glamour model Nicola T, rapper Lady Sovereign, singer Sisqo and singer/producer Basshunter.

Jones is the highest paid housemate, reportedly being paid £350,000 (€392,000) for taking part -- twice as much as last year's eventual winner Ulrika Jonsson.

Bookie Ladbrokes yesterday made Jones the 5/2 favourite to win the show. Spokesman David Williams said: "Vinnie looks like the perfect Big Brother star.

Attitude

"He's got attitude, personality and is likely to shake the house to its foundations."

Baldwin, Bowers and Basshunter -- real name Jonas Erik Altberg -- are all at 7/1, with Ivanova and Reid at 8/1.

Beacham is the outsider with Ladbrokes offering odds of 33/1.

The theme for the series is "hell lies in others" and a show spokeswoman said tasks during the next 27 days would be designed to "torment and tease" the best and worst out of the celebrities.

The housemates each get a single bed in the communal bedroom during their time in the house although Big Brother is happy to hand out earplugs to those who may be disturbed by loud snoring.

The celebrities were encouraged to get to know each other as soon as they entered the house last night by seeing how many celebrities they could squeeze into a Mini.

The house has been been completely revamped for the series and features a fairground-themed Diary Room with a chair modelled on a waltzer ride.

The property -- which is fitted with nearly 50 surveillance cameras and 25 microphones -- is designed to be opulent but oppressive with plush velvet sofas, boudoir lighting, fake fur pelts and antique animal skulls.

The kitchen is designed to look like an "autopsy room" with clinical stainless steel fittings, Damien Hirst-style pickling jars and walls painted in hospital scrubs green.

Irish Independent

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