The Celebrity Big Brother 2013 line up is taking shape, but who’s in Celeb Big Bro this year?
The new CBB lineup will apparently feature everyone from the usual Z-list glamour models to X Factor stars, who seem to be a new tradition for the show.
There’s been a few rumours already even with some weeks to go until the new series kicks off on Channel 5 at the start of next month.
So who could be the latest bunch of Celebrity Big Brother housemates? Here’s our run down of the early rumours.
According to Now magazine, X Factor’s Rylan will pocket £250,000 for a three week stint inside the Celeb Big Bro house next month, having signed a deal the week he left the show.
Rylan will be the second contestant from the show to appear in the Celebrity Big Brother house, following Frankie Cocozza who took part in the Channel 5 show last January.
A friend told the magazine: “He couldn’t be happier. Rylan’s always wanted to be a TV star.”
Bruce Jones and Wendi Peters
Corrie stars Bruce Jones and Wendi Peters -perhaps better known as their characters Les and Cilla Battersby – are set to make a TV comeback on the show.
The acting duo both quit the soap back in 2007, but CBB bosses are hoping to reunite them in the Celeb Big Bro house.
A TV source told the Daily Mirror recently: “If they sign up, it will be a real coup as there are at least 10 million Corrie fanatics out there who will immediately be interested in watching.”
After two stints in I’m A Celebrity, Katie Price has now been linked to the Celebrity Big Brother 2013 line up.
“Katie would be a massive coup for CBB and bosses are really keen to get her to sign on the dotted line,” a source revealed earlier this month.
However Katie insisted she wasn’t taking part, Tweeting this week: “I’m not doing big brother despite the rumours! But I wouldn’t say no hahahaha I have nothing to hide :)”
Lacey Banghard has promised to sex up the Celebrity Big Brother 2013 house in the new year, taking this year’s spot as the token unknown model.
The brunette beauty won The Sun’s “Page 3 Idol” competition, a sort of X Factor for people who were born looking beautiful.
The paper claims that the 19-year-old and her 26GG boobs will be bringing viewers to the new series, and Lacey is certainly hopeful of causing a stir.
Speaking about her work as a model, the teenager said: “Modelling has made me feel sexy and confident.
“I’ve never really felt like that before. I’ve never loved myself. I never thought I’d be good enough for Page 3 but it goes to show what can happen if you try.”
Justin Lee Collins
Disgraced comedian Justin Lee Collins has been offered £100,000 for Celebrity Big Brother 2013.
The former Friday Night Project host was found guilty of harassing his ex-girlfriend Anna Lark earlier this year, being sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work after harassing Anna with distressing phone calls.
A source said: “He has done wrong but he has done his community service and going on the show could be the break he needs.”
However Justin’s spokesperson said: “There has been much speculation about whether Justin Lee Collins will be entering the Celebrity Big Brother house.
“He was approached by the programme and although he was thrilled to have been asked, he declined the offer several weeks ago.”
Rockstar Meat Loaf is on the wish list of Celebrity Big Brother 2013 housemates, it’s been claimed.
The Daily Star reports that Meat Loaf – real name Michael Lee Aday – is expected to be “TV gold” is he can be persuaded to join the line up.
“He’s a huge name around the world so we’re desperate to get him in the house,” a source told the newspaper. “We know fans would love to see him and he would be TV gold. We want this series to be the best yet.”
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag
The Hills stars Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag have become the more recent names linked to Celebrity Big Brother 2013.
The husband and wife couple both previously appeared on MTV’s The Hills for four years between 2006 and 2010, and have also competed together on the US version of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, along with Heidi’s sister!
Comic Jim Davidson has been controversially linked to the show, having previously clashed with host Brian Dowling.
The pair ended up in a huge row on ITV1’s Hell’s Kitchen in 2007 over Brian’s sexuality, with Jim eventually being kicked out of the show.
A source said: “Jim often says what he thinks, even if his views are at odds with most people.
“He got himself into a lot of trouble when he was on Hell’s Kitchen with Brian but hopefully he will be on better behaviour with him this time. It’s true to say there is no love lost between the pair of them but Brian is a professional and this is part of his job.”
However this evening, on the launch of the show, Jim Davidson was arrested, ruling him out of entering the house.
Claire Richards and Lydia Bright
Steps singer Claire Richards and TOWIE beauty Lydia Bright have both also been linked to the series.
Lydia quit TOWIE this week and is apparently set to follow in Amy Childs and Kirk Norcross’ footsteps by entering the house.
Meanwhile, Steps star Claire will be following her bandmate Ian H Watkins into the show, after he appeared on the programme back in 2007.
The Celebrity Big Brother 2013 line up is set to include four soap stars this yeaar.
Neighbours’ Ryan Moloney, Corrie’s Sam Robertson, and Tricia Penrose from Heartbeat are all due to enter the house next month.
They join EastEnder Gillian Taylforth who has also been linked to the series.
A “programme insider” told The Sun newspaper today: “Whatever way you look at it, soap operas are really successful.
“Having so many stars from those shows can only be a boost for the Big Brother house.”
What do you think about the names? Who do you want to see in the CBB house this year?
Celebrity Big Brother 2013 starts on January 3 on Channel 5.