Big Brother 2016 housemates are being chosen THIS WEEK - with Rylan's help

But Big Brother start date not set for another TWO MONTHS

Rylan Clark

The new housemates for Big Brother 2016 are being chosen this week, TWO MONTHS before the series is expected to begin - and Rylan Clark-Neal will have a say.

The Channel 5 show is returning for its seventeenth series this summer, and it seems preparations are well underway, as Rylan has revealed that he's attending a meeting this week to help pick who will be taking part.

The Big Brother's Bit On The Side presenter reckons that he knows the kind of people the public want to see in the house this summer.

Speaking to I Talk Telly at last Wednesday's Royal Television Society Awards, he revealed: "I’ve got a meeting next week where I believe we are picking the housemates. I got to help last year as well for the celeb and the civilian one.

"The housemates I want to see, are the housemates everyone at home wants to see!"

It may surprise some that Rylan is so closely involved with the process, but this isn't anything new. Back in 2012, former BOTS favourite Jamie East selected three wildcard candidates, with viewers getting to vote one in to the house.

The lucky few chosen to take part in this summer's Big Brother will face a whole new experience.

At the weekend, we revealed first look construction photos of the brand new extension to the show's house at Elstree Studios - its biggest upgrade since it was first built in 2002.

Rylan has also teased that the new series will feature a fresh twist that housemates "haven't even thought about".

The big changes are being made to freshen up the format after ratings for both the civilian and Celebrity versions sunk to all-time lows last summer.

Big Brother is expected to return in June, though the set revamp may mean it will launch slightly later than usual.

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