Now in its fourth incarnation, this is the biggest Celebrity Big Brother yet. There are plenty of profits to be made by those who can put up with watching insignificants moping around a house for 21 days so 918kiss here is a run down of those involved and their chances of success.
Chantelle Houghton 16/1
Chantelle, a part-time Paris Hilton lookalike entered the house first. Given the usual barrel scraping for contestants and a bit of self-mockery on Endemol’s part, the 22-year-old non celebrity has to persuade the others she is in fact, famous, to stay in the house. Not the brightest, her cover might be blown by the other housemates before the public get the chance to vote her out.
Michael Barrymore 3/1
Once the highest paid personality on UK television, this appearance has been earmarked as his “big” television comeback. Several reality shows have tried to secure Barrymore’s inclusion, but the reported £150,000 appearance fee must have made the now bankrupt star feel “Aw-wight”. He’ll be doing funny walks and looking for old ladies to harass in no time (look out, Rula), although his pool visits will be solitary ones. The bookies favourite and a definite final four contender.
Pete Burns 14/1
Famous of having a hit record 20 years ago, Burns, without the wig has drawn comparison to Jackie Stallone. He claims 18 months of reconstructive surgery has cost him everything, including “30 years of back catalogue” – just how many remixes of “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” were there? He will go far and possibly into the final four.
Traci Bingham 40/1
Former Baywatch totty and the first African American female to appear on the show. She is 37 but still thinks (and in all fairness, looks like) she’s 20. The giggling little girl act doesn’t really wash when your pushing 40 and much to the male viewers dismay, she will be out sooner rather than later.
The lanky one out of Goldie Looking Chain. When introducing himself he said he was there to “just make up the numbers”. This humility could endear him to the voting public in a similar manner to last year’s winner Bez and the bookies have made him joint second favourite. Maggot a top four contender? You knows it!