Big Brother 1's Anna Nolan tips Brian for success... as long as he doesn't copy Davina!

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The runner up of the first ever series of Big Brother back in 2000, Anna Nolan has tipped Brian Dowling for success as the new Big Brother host. Writing in her column for The Irish Herald today, Anna said that Brian had the talent and charm to make hosting the show a success.

Speaking about the change in presenters as the show moves to Channel 5, Anna said: "Davina McCall has had 11 years to perfect her performance on Big Brother. Whether it’s whipping the crowd up into a frenzy, or having an intimate chat with a housemate she loves, Davina has been Big Sister for all the Channel Four shows, and she is some woman to replace."

"So how on earth is [Brian] going to outdo Davina?

"As long as he doesn’t try to mimic her in any way, he should be absolutely fine. It’s Brian time, and he has the talent, the experience and the charm to make this show his own and bring his own career to the heights it deserves."

Brian, who was revealed as taking over from Davina last Friday, this week said he was going to ask Davina for fashion tips when hosting the show!

Brian said: "'Should I wear black, Davina, or should I not wear black?' It's funny, actually, because when I got the job, one of the first things I said was: 'I don't think I want to wear black'"

Davina previously said that Big Brother 2 winner Brian was the perfect man for the job. She said: "I know he’ll be a real laugh and very watchable – I’m backing him all the way!"

Big Brother launches on Channel 5 next month with a celebrity series.

> Davina praises her replacement Brian Dowling, saying he's "the perfect man for it"

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