A summer of television viewing, kiss and tell stories and state of television debates kicked into gear last night with the start of reality show Big Brother 7.
The series, first touted as a social experiment, certainly has some interesting guinea pigs this year, with a gay Muslim, a Tourette’s sufferer, and a girl who cannot seem to pronounce her own name.
This year’s Big Brother house contains the usual hot tub, a waterbed, a gold diary chair and an inside outside theme and promises surprises throughout.
The series is again presented by Davina McCall who is expecting her third baby at the same time and will be complemented by Dermot O’Leary on Big Brother’s Little Brother and comedian Russell Brand hosting Big Brother’s Big Mouth.
In June a viewer will also get the chance to join the show halfway through by finding a golden ticket in random KitKat chocolate bars, which went on sale last night.
The fourteen contestants entered last night amid an instant scandal when some of the housemates appeared to recognise each other.
Care worker Bonnie 20, was first into the house, she calls herself a pink power ranger and seems to insist on introducing herself as “Bonner.”
She was followed by Tourette’s sufferer, Pete 24, a rock and roll singer.
The third entrant was royally linked, transvestite and camp gay men fearing, George, 19, who is close friends with Princess Beatrice.
37-year-old gay Muslim, Shahbaz, a self proclaimed “paki poof,” was fourth in the house, he is unemployed and plans to raise the profile of the gay Muslim community in the show.
Cosmetic surgery obsessed Lea, 35, entered next, she has spent over £35000 on plastic surgery, including 4 boob jobs and two nose jobs.
She was trailed by 23-year-old, Imogen, a former Miss Wales.
Male chauvinist, Mikey, 23, a software developer made it seven.
The eighth housemate was people hating cynic, Dawn, 38, an exercise scientist who would like to be reincarnated as either Jesus or Adolf Hitler.
Number nine was North Wales’ “sexiest lifeguard,” 18-year-old, Glynn.
The tenth was “sexual terrorist” Richard, 33, a gay waiter, he said: “The boys will be climbing the walls to get out of the Big Brother house, but I will be dragging them back in by their underwear.”
Party animal, Grace, 20, a dance teacher, was next to join the contestants.
27-year old, 30 cigarettes a day, Lisa, a Chinese upholsterer, was next..
She was followed by entrepreneur Sezer, 26, who claims to have been the youngest trader on the stock exchange floor at 18.
Last in was 24-year-old, Nikki, model and promo girl, whose ambition is to marry a premiership footballer.
Big Brother is on Channel 4 every night at 9pm.