Big Brother kicks off with viewers picking People's Housemate who will have access to outside world
Meet the full line-up of housemates for 2017
Big Brother 2017 kicked off with an election of its own as viewers got to choose a special housemate.
Fifteen contestants were ushered into the reality TV house by host Emma Willis as the new series of the Channel 5 show got under way.
But for the first time ever Big Brother handed the power to the public, with viewers able to elect a “People’s Housemate” from four candidates.
Tom, from Wales, was the lucky contestant and now has a special role which will see him in charge in the house, even having access to the outside world.
He insisted he would not let his privileged position make him feel awkward, saying he would just “crack on” with Big Brother life.
However, within minutes the 21-year-old was told he would be tasked with revoking the citizenship of some of the residents, exiling them to the “fringes of Big Brother society”.
The other housemates include CCTV installation engineer and “honey trapper” Kieran Lee, who works at the detective agency of fellow housemate Rebecca Jane.
Estate agent Charlotte Keys, 24, who says she “will be the most argumentative housemate” moved in alongside her antiques dealer mother Mandy Longworth, 51.
Psychology student Raphael Korine speaks five languages and claims to have cheated on every partner he has ever had.
Chanelle McCleary, 24, could bring the drama as she said she wants to “cause some mayhem” during her stay.
The model drew cheers from the crowd when she addressed the terror attack in her home town of Manchester, saying: “Stay strong Manchester.”
Arthur Fulford, 24, is heir to his family’s 3,000-acre estate and said he signed up looking for an exciting experience, while self-confessed party girl Ellie Young, 23, said Big Brother has always been on her wish list.
Nightclub owner Joe Quaranta, 55, wants to show that “oldies can do well too”.
Lotan Carter, the nephew of TV’s Louie Spence, also moved in, alongside Ex On The Beach star Kayleigh Morris and London sisters Deborah and Hannah Agboola.
Childhood sweethearts Imran and Sukhvinder Javeed, of Leeds, joined the show after saying how their different backgrounds meant their relationship was initially frowned upon.
Home town: Exeter
Arthur is heir to his family’s 3,000 acre Great Fulford Estate
He and his family have featured in two reality shows The F**king Fulfords and Life Is Toff
Arthur believes that the only way that you can truly learn in life is by making mistakes
Arthur is a "secret bookworm" and loves learning about ancient classical civilisations
Home town: Manchester
Chanelle has spent over £15,000 on cosmetic surgery
She is known for her very distinctive laugh
Chanelle calls herself an "It" girl and has featured in Ex On The Beach
Once someone annoys her, she can’t help but blow her lid. "I'm like a whirlwind of emotions," she says
Home town: Doncaster
Charlotte claims to have had the same boy hit on her and her mum Mandy, who is also a housemate
Charlotte has dumped all her previous boyfriends. She is a girl that knows exactly what she wants. If the relationship isn't working she won't hesitate to end it
Charlotte’s friends describe her as the ‘Ice Queen’ because she never cries and she is usually cold to people when she first meets them
Home town: Stratford
Deborah is driven and ambitious which she says is down to her mother’s mantra: "If you want the sweetest banana you have to climb the highest tree"
Deborah’s sister Hannah is also a housemate, and Deborah confesses she always gets involved in her sister’s battles
Deborah prides herself on being a strong-willed woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and will not be disrespected by anyone
She says her Nigerian background has given her a strong sense of values and her family mean everything to her
Home town: Castleford
Ellie says she is ‘so Yorkshire’ and is proud to represent her home county
Ellie is a self-confessed party girl who was featured on the TV series Ibiza Weekender and has done four seasons as a holiday rep
Ellie admits she is a hopeless romantic looking for her Mr Right – but she always gets her heart broken
Ellie says her best personality trait is her sense of humour and that fact she doesn't mind "making a fool out of myself and laughing about it"
Home town: Stratford
Hannah is the current reigning Miss Nigeria UK 2016 who wants to "inspire the youth of today’s UK-born-Nigerians to embrace their culture"
Her best personality trait is her "confidence and bravery" and no matter what comes her way she "doesn’t shy away or back down from a challenge"
She wants to use her influence to guide young people to get away from gangs and crime to lead a better life
Hannah has a strong family and friendship values and will stand up and fight their corner as well as her own
Home town: Leeds
Imran was raised in a strict Muslim family
He met his wife Sukhvinder, at school when they were eight years old
Growing up, their relationship was frowned upon and they had to sneak out at night to meet
Imran wants to show the UK what a modern Muslim looks like
Home town: South London
Joe left school at the age of 14
Joe’s girlfriend is 26 years his junior
Joe is from Italian heritage and grew up with a big family in South London
He enjoys living a glamorous lifestyle and travels all over the world enjoying the finer things in life
Home town: Port Talbot
She moved to London and got a job without anyone's financial support
Kayleigh struggles holding in her emotions and says she doesn't think before speaking
Kayleigh thinks that she would be a fun addition to the house and has appeared on the TV show Ex On The Beach
Home town: Lancashire
Kieran works as a honey-trapper at his fellow housemate Rebecca’s detective agency
Alpha-male Kieran says he can’t be controlled and is super competitive
Kieran can be stubborn and has a short fuse this has got him into trouble in the past
He can be blunt at times and always to cut straight to the point
Kieran has featured on Ex On The Beach and believes his fellow female housemates will be ‘fighting over him’.
Home town: Braintree
Lotan's uncle is Louie Spence and at the age of 20 he appeared alongside him on Pineapple Dance Studios
He wants to see how he reacts in a controlled environment and admits he's never not had attention from women
Lotan is against political parties because he believes they're all the same
The first time people meet Logan they think he is arrogant because of the way he looks, but after they meet him they start thinking he is "cheeky and charming".
Home town: Doncaster
Mandy claims to have an "inseparable" mother/daughter relationship with her daughter Charlotte who is also a housemate
Mandy thinks she has a better sex life than her daughter
She wants to find love in the House with "someone of a similar age, a bit of money and a man that hasn't dated a lot of young women"
Home town: Exeter
Raphael speaks five languages
He enjoys playing pranks on people and admits he talks about people behind their backs
He doesn’t have any guilty pleasures because he doesn’t feel guilty for anything
When it comes to commitment in relationships, he confesses to having cheated on every partner he’s ever had
He's hoping to be able to "pull the strings" in the House and create the drama rather than be involved directly
Home town: Clitheroe
Rebecca investigates cheating partners by using attractive people as bait, known as honey-trapping
She is the author of The Real Lady Detective Agency, published in 2013
Rebecca employs fellow housemate Kieran as a honey-trapper at her detective agency
Rebecca believes she can win Big Brother and has a strategy to divide the house with Kieran
Rebecca made her first million at the age of 21
Home town: Leeds
Raised in a strict Sikh family, Sukhvinder married her Muslim husband at 17 in an Islamic ceremony
Sukhivinder feels mums are the unsung heroes of the world
Sukhvinder is the Managing Director and inventor for her own company
She believes her bluntness is her best personality trait and her worst is that she doesn’t have any patience
Home town: Swansea
Tom isn’t afraid to splash the cash and lives a shamelessly flash lifestyle, he spends all his money on showing off in night clubs
Tom has his own night club because his Grandad gave it to him
He regularly DJs at his club and sees himself as a entrepreneur
Thomas lives at home with his mum and younger sister and brother
His family own a house in Marbella, he goes there regularly throughout the year, he also jets out to Ibiza where he lives up to his party boy reputation