Celebrity Big Brother confirms big twist for the new series

Celebrity Big Brother 2017

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 will see an all women cast kick off the series, it's been confirmed.

In January 2018, the nation marks 100 years since women won the right to vote for the very first time.

To celebrate, Celebrity Big Brother will launch the series with an all-female cast of celebrity housemates in a salute to a centenary of women’s suffrage on Channel 5.

Presented by Emma Willis, Celebrity Big Brother will initially explore how the all-female housemates interact, from politicians to performing artists, as they enter the house together.

But there will be some male celebrities taking part, who will enter at a later date.

Emma Willis

Here's what Channel 5 had to say on the twist: "Over the course of the series, as the male counterparts enter the house, the housemates will take part in a series of entertaining tasks and hidden experiments.

"These will test their - and our - assumptions, challenge gender stereotypes and reveal fascinating truths about what it is to be a woman - and man - in the 21st century.

"See what happens when women hold the power, as Celebrity Big Brother January 2018 is set to be celebratory, surprising and insightful."

Celebrity Big Brother host Emma previously gave her backing to the all women cast twist.

She said: "I think it would be an amazing thing to do. It's going to have been 100 years since women got the right to vote around that time and we now live in a world that is pro-feminism, finally! We deserve to be equal."

Speaking about the rumours earlier this month, Emma added: "Personally, I think it would be amazing to have all women in the house... It's very interesting when it's just women.

Big Brother's Emma Willis

"I think it would be great for the series to be celebratory of women rather than what people are assuming [you put a group of women together and they'll all argue]."

Alongside the main show, Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On the Side will return weeknights with Rylan Clark-Neal.

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 will air on Channel 5 in January, with an exact start date to be confirmed.

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