(PRWEB) January 6, 2007
With Celebrity Come Dancing and the X Factor still the talk of the town the celebrity bandwagon rolls on in the New Year, as the fifth series of Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother started on January 3rd.
As always presenters Davina McCall, Dermot O'Leary and Russell Brand will host the shows, where a selection of old and new celebrities bid to give their flagging careers a short term kick-start.
This year's crop will have five weeks to survive, the longest in this show, but nowhere near the 3 months the normal Big Brother contestants have to endure on the main show. For latest Celebrity Big Brother Odds visit http://www.EASYODDS.COM.
Channel Four will pay the celebs for doing the show, but the channel will donate the winner's prize to their chosen charity in order to help publicity.
If past series' are to go by then the betting will be a frenzied affair, with bookmakers offering a variety of markets on the five weeks of cramped living. With potential walkouts and normal Big Brother surprise expect some topsy-turvy odds, but note that three of the four current winners have all been male.
Past winners include comedian Jack Dee, who landed the first series, Take That singer Mark Owen the following year, then Bez, from Happy Mondays, and then finally last year Chantelle Houghton, who scooped the prize after going in to the house as a non-celebrity in one of the shows twists.
Celebrity Big Brother Housemates
Carole Malone (47) - A well-known Geordie journalist, who is married to a Bosnian man 14 years her younger.
Dirk Benedict (61) - Best known as the good looking 'Face' from the A-Team.
Ken Russell (79) - The oldest person in the house, he is a controversial film director.
Shilpa Shetty (31) - Probably unknown to most British people, but she is a huge Bollywood star and is a black belt in karate.
Ian 'H' Watkins (29) - Former singer in the pop band Steps, and now an actor. He has recently come out as gay just before the show started.
Donny Tourette (25) - A relative unknown, he's a wild rocker who has claimed to have bedded over 500 women and has had on-off relationships with Bob Geldof's daughter Peaches.
Danielle Lloyd (23) - The eye candy for the men in the house, she is a model and was crowned Miss GB until it was discovered that her boyfriend at the time, Teddy Sheringham, was one of the judges.
Leo Sayer (58) - Lives in Australia, he will be better known by the older views as a curly-haired cheesy singer from years gone by.
Jermaine Jackson (52) - After recently changing his name he is now known as Muhammad Abdul Aziz when he converted to Islam. Best known as Michael Jackson's brother and was a member of their family band the Jackson 5 when he was a boy.
Jo O'Meara (27) - Former singer in the pop band S Club 7, she now breeds dogs after her solo career didn't take off.
Cleo Rocos (44) - Another who most viewers might not know, but she shot to fame back in the 80's as funnyman Kenny Everett's sidekick.
Series 1 - Jack Dee (Comedian)
Series 2 - Mark Owen (Take That Singer)
Series 3 - Bez (Happy Mondays Singer/Dancer)
Series 4 - Chantelle Houghton (Non- Celebrity Paris Hilton look-a-like)
- All prices correct at time of writing.
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