Celebrity Big Brother 2013 lineup: Four soap stars join show

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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.

It does feel as though bosses may be struggling to find a mix of stars this year, but sources claimed the well known faces could boost ratings.

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.”

Also linked to the upcoming show is comic Jim Davidson and singer Meat Loaf, who has revealed details of a new UK Arena tour shortly after the show is due to end.

X Factor's Rylan Clark has apparently been offered £250,000 to take part, although the show may clash with The X Factor's live tour in the new year.

Steps singer Claire Richards, The Hills stars Spencer Pratt & Heidi Montag and model Lacey Banghard have all also been rumoured.

However both Justin Lee Collins and Katie Price have recently denied claims they're due to enter the house when the series starts next month.

> Celebrity Big Brother 2013 housemates?

[cat c="big brother"]Celebrity Big Brother UK[/cat] starts January 3 on Channel 5.

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