The Only Way Is Essex's Amy Childs set for Celebrity Big Brother this August

Amy Childs

Amy Childs has reportedly become the first star to sign up for this summer's Celebrity Big Brother, according to show sources. The Only Way Is Essex babe is set to be one of 10 celebs entering the new Channel 5 Big Brother house in August when the show returns from the dead.

Amy Child s has seen herself go from nobody to Z-lister and tabloid favourite overnight thanks to the hit ITV2 show, and now she's set to leave the programme to make her own reality series.

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A source said: "Amy is the biggest personality on the show and viewers adore her. But ITV pay all the contestants, including her, a pittance and she has so many fans – so the time is right for her to go it alone."

And it seems as though Amy is trying to steal the fame from last year's Celebrity Big Brother winner Alex Reid's ex Katie Price. "The fact is Jordan’s popularity has waned and there is a gap in the market for a younger and fresher version to come in and steal her thunder," the source added.

A Big Brother insider revealed Amy is hoping an appearance in the UK's most famous house will help her kick off her new show and set her apart from the other Essex girls and guys.

"Amy wants to show everyone a different side to her and what better way than to distance herself from TOWIE," the insider said. "Celebrity Big Brother could do wonders for her career and will introduce her to far more viewers than any show on ITV2 could."

Other names linked to Celebrity Big Brother include US actor Charlie Sheen.

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