Thursday 22 February 2018

American celebrities not familiar with British reality TV, says Rylan

Rylan Clark-Neal loves having American celebrities in the Big Brother house
Rylan Clark-Neal loves having American celebrities in the Big Brother house

Rylan Clark-Neal has claimed Americans make "great" Celebrity Big Brother housemates because they "aren't used to how Britain works".

The Big Brother's Bit On The Side host, 27, said US celebrities are unaware of how reality TV is produced in the UK in comparison to the "heavily scripted" shows they are accustomed to.

He told the Press Association: "Some of the Americans haven't watched Big Brother before. They genuinely turn up thinking they're going on a reality show, but reality in America isn't quite real.

"Reality in America is heavily scripted, very edited, and they have a say in what goes on TV and what doesn't.

"They come over here, start shaving their downstairs bits and expect us not to show it. No darling, it's not like that."

The former Celebrity Big Brother champion compared the US version of the show to the UK edition, describing it as "a completely different ballgame".

Ahead of the new series of the Channel 5 programme, which airs on Thursday, Clark-Neal hinted there will be American contestants entering the house.

He said: "We always have a few Americans. They're a good mix with the other people we have in."

The Big Brother spin-off show host revealed his favourite former US housemates as singer Michelle Visage, ex-boyfriend of designer Marc Jacobs Austin Armacost and blogger Perez Hilton.

Contestants taking part in the new series will not be confirmed until they enter the house, but the line-up was reportedly leaked this week.

American personalities rumoured to be appearing in the show include Danity Kane singer Aubrey O'Day, Mob Wives star Renee Graziano and pop star Ariana Grande's half-brother Frankie.

British celebrities allegedly entering the house include 80s pop star Sam Fox, Anthea Turner's ex-husband Grant Bovey and Geordie Shore regular Marnie Simpson.

:: Celebrity Big Brother starts on Channel 5 at 9pm on Thursday July 28.

Press Association

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