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Celebrity Big Brother returns to screens after a six-year absence as Sharon Osbourne makes her debut – joining her X Factor pal Louis Walsh and Strictly’s Nikita Kuzmin


Celebrity Big Brother made its long-awaited return to screens on Monday night, with 12 unassuming stars moving into the famous house.

Hosted by AJ Odudu and Will Best, the show kicked off its live launch with a brand new lineup, after months of speculation around who would be taking part.

In a series first, Big Brother introduced its first ever house lodger, as Sharon Osbourne headed into the house for a guest stint.

Branding herself the ‘original reality star,’ Sharon appeared on the first four series of The X Factor from 2004 to 2007, the 10th series in 2013, and the 13th and 14th series from 2016 to 2017, with Louis starring alongside her. 

Asked why she decided to take part, Sharon declared ‘why not?’ before promising to be ‘unfiltered’ during her time in the house.

Celebrity Big Brother made its long-awaited return to screens on Monday night, with Sharon Osbourne the first big name to move into the iconic house

Celebrity Big Brother made its long-awaited return to screens on Monday night, with Sharon Osbourne the first big name to move into the iconic house

Hosted by AJ Odud u and Will Best (pictured), the beloved show saw the introduction of the first ever house lodger, with Sharon Osbourne the first big name to move in for a guest stint

Hosted by AJ Odud u and Will Best (pictured), the beloved show saw the introduction of the first ever house lodger, with Sharon Osbourne the first big name to move in for a guest stint

Mere minutes after moving into the house, Sharon was tasked with showing off her judging skills, by choosing which three housemates will face the first public vote of the series later this week.

And Sharon was soon reunited with her X Factor partner-in-crime, as it was also revealed that Louis Walsh would be moving into the house.

It was claimed that bosses hope Louis will share secrets from his career while in the house, and he was visibly thrilled to be reunited with his beloved ‘Mrs O.’

The pair learned that they would be tasked with judging their fellow housemates together, before choosing which three stars would be facing eviction.

Up next to enter was Strictly Come Dancing pro Nikita Kuzmin, who has reportedly ired BBC bosses by signing up for a show on their biggest rivals. 

The twinkle-toed star joined Strictly as one of four new professionals in 2021 and has been paired with chef Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly Ramsay, former Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds and actor Layton Williams during his time on the show. 

With West End star Layton, Nikita reached the Strictly final for the first time, but missed out on the glitterball trophy to winner Ellie Simmnds. 

Since it was first revealed he’d signed up for the show, reports surfaced that Strictly bosses are fearing he could quit the BBC show after his stint in the famous house.

Following Louis and Sharon’s arrival, Strictly Come Dancing star Nikita Kuzmin was seen heading into the iconic house. 

As this year’s stars move into the house, MailOnline takes a look at the other names rumoured to be taking part…

FERN BRITTON (FORMER THIS MORNING HOST)

Fern Britton was among the first to arrive over the weekend, and according to sources she has no intention on ‘holding back’ regarding her past feud with former This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield.

‘She wants to show the public a different side to her — unscripted and unapologetic,’ a source told The Sun

‘She has a lot of stories to tell and she won’t hold back when it comes to her relationships with people like Phil.

‘They don’t speak anymore so there are no bridges to burn as far as she is concerned.’

Fern, 66, became a household name hosting This Morning alongside Philip, 61, from 1999 to 2009, when she was replaced by Holly Willoughby.

The pair co-hosted the daytime show together from 2003 until 2009. 

It was claimed at the time she felt ‘undervalued by ITV‘ and that she was ‘living in Phil’s shadow’.

Fern Britton was among the first to arrive over the weekend, and according to sources she has no intention on 'holding back' regarding her past feud with Phillip Schofield

Fern Britton was among the first to arrive over the weekend, and according to sources she has no intention on ‘holding back’ regarding her past feud with Phillip Schofield

It was also reported Fern was being paid £250,000 a year less than Phil and that he was earning three times her salary when they were fronting Mr and Mrs together from 2008 to 2010.

Phil is said to have banked £45,000 an hour while Fern earned just £15,000.

However, Fern denied she left ITV because of her salary and upon her departure she mentioned the whole This Morning team rather than just Phillip.

Four years after her departure, Phillip admitted he and Fern no longer spoke.

Last year Fern confirmed that while she had a ‘marvellous’ time working on This Morning, she hasn’t stayed in touch with Phillip. 

She said: ‘We were involved in the show and mates at the time, but we don’t really [speak anymore].’

MailOnline has contacted both ITV reps and Fern’s representatives for comment. 

Strictly Come Dancing hunk Nikita Kuzmin has sparked fears he could quit the BBC show after signing up for Celebrity Big Brother

Strictly Come Dancing hunk Nikita Kuzmin has sparked fears he could quit the BBC show after signing up for Celebrity Big Brother

NIKITA KUZMIN (STRICTLY COME DANCING PROFESSIONAL)

Strictly Come Dancing hunk Nikita Kuzmin has sparked fears he could quit the BBC show after signing up for Celebrity Big Brother.

The twinkle-toed star, 26, joined Strictly as one of four new professionals in 2021 and has been paired with chef Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly Ramsay, former Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds and actor Layton Williams during his time on the programme.

But it is feared he may quit after three years, fears that were compounded by Nikita arriving in Watford over the weekend. 

A TV insider told The Sun: ‘This will send the rumour mill into overdrive, with some already suggesting he may not return to Strictly and is instead making the most of being a rising star.

‘He’ll have been selected by CBB producers as an obvious heartthrob who can spice things up in the house — and maybe even spill some secrets from behind the scenes of Strictly.’

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Nikita for comment. The BBC declined to comment.

Coronation Street legend Colson Smith is also set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother on Monday evening

Coronation Street legend Colson Smith is also set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother on Monday evening 

The actor, who portrays Craig Tinker in the soap, has impressed ITV bosses after having a series of talks for months (pictured with Lucy Fallon in 2017)

The actor, who portrays Craig Tinker in the soap, has impressed ITV bosses after having a series of talks for months (pictured with Lucy Fallon in 2017)

COLSON SMITH (CORONATION STREET ACTOR)

Coronation Street legend Colson Smith is also set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother on Monday evening. 

The actor, 25, who portrays Craig Tinker in the soap, has impressed ITV bosses after having a series of talks for months and was seen greeting fellow housemates in Watford over the weekend. 

Insiders have already predicted that the soap star will go all the way as he is extremely ‘likeable and down to earth in real life’ just like his Corrie character. 

A source told The Sun: ‘Big Brother producers have been in talks with Colson for months and it looks like a done deal.

‘They’re thrilled he’s keen to enter the nation’s most famous house because he’s a big name already loved by millions of viewers and they were hellbent of securing someone from Corrie as it’s great cross-promotion for ITV.

‘Colson’s character Craig is a huge favourite with soap fans and he’s just as likeable and down to earth in real life so don’t be surprised if he ends up winning the whole thing. He’s got all the ingredients of a Celeb BB champion.’

Colson joined the long-running soap in 2011 when he was just 13-years-old. 

His character has been in a number of hard-hitting storylines over the years, from being bullied as a schoolboy to becoming a policeman and battling OCD. 

In 2011, Colson dipped into reality TV as he took on ITV’s The Games competing against the likes of Ryan Thomas and Wes Nelson.

Away from TV, Colson dropped ten stone after deciding to change his lifestyle and took up running during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The actor, who admits he was targeted by cruel trolls over his weight while growing up in the public eye, says lockdown inspired him to make a change.

Ekin-Su Culculoglu has also signed up for the upcoming series of Celebrity Big Brother and was seen embracing friends outside her Watford hotel over the weekend

Ekin-Su Culculoglu has also signed up for the upcoming series of Celebrity Big Brother and was seen embracing friends outside her Watford hotel over the weekend

The reality star won Love Island with her ex-boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti in 2022, but split from the Italian hunk earlier this year

The reality star won Love Island with her ex-boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti in 2022, but split from the Italian hunk earlier this year

EKIN-SU CULCULOGLU (FORMER LOVE ISLAND WINNER) 

Ekin-Su Culculoglu has also signed up for the upcoming series of Celebrity Big Brother and was seen embracing friends outside her Watford hotel over the weekend. 

The reality star, 29, won Love Island with her ex-boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti in 2022, but split from the Italian hunk earlier this year.

Actress Ekin-Su could be in the Celebrity Big Brother house with the likes of Kate Middleton‘s uncle Gary Goldsmith, who is said to be in negotiations with TV bosses, according to the Mirror.

The series, which will reportedly have the most ‘dramatic, outrageous’ opening scenes, will air in March.

Media personality Ekin-Su confirmed she had parted ways with Italian businessman Davide, 29, in January

Taking to her Instagram Story, the former Dancing On Ice contestant wrote: ‘The last 18-months have been a rollercoaster of ups and downs, just like every relationship.

‘Davide and I both wanted to make this work as we cared deeply for each other. Unfortunately I have recently made the decision to end our relationship and to go our separate ways..

‘Breakups are never easy. For any couple. And we hope that our privacy will be respected. I enjoyed our time together and the memories we made.

‘Thank you for your continued support. It’s been so lovely to have you follow our Love Island journeys together since the villa and we hope you’ll continue to follow our careers as we go off in our own directions. Love always, Ekin-Su.’

Celebrity Big Brother have signed controversial reality star David Potts ahead of the new series on Monday

Celebrity Big Brother have signed controversial reality star David Potts ahead of the new series on Monday

The reality TV veteran appeared on Ibiza Weekender from 2016 until 2020 and has also starred on Celebs Go Dating and Celebrity Ghost Trip

The reality TV veteran appeared on Ibiza Weekender from 2016 until 2020 and has also starred on Celebs Go Dating and Celebrity Ghost Trip

DAVID POTTS (IBIZA WEEKENDER STAR)

David Potts was seen arriving at the Watford hotel, where he will stay until Monday evening. 

The TV personality, who recently confirmed he had lost a whopping three stone, appeared on Ibiza Weekender from 2016 until 2020 and has also starred on Celebs Go Dating and Celebrity Ghost Trip.

A source told The Sun: ‘David’s great TV and doesn’t hold back – he won’t bite his tongue when it comes to giving his opinion in the house.’

A self-confessed fan of the show, David last appeared on screens as a guest on Big Brother’s sister show Late & Live as he gave his views on antics in the rebooted civilian version of the show.

Sharing snaps at the time, David said: ‘Had such a stunning time on @bbuk late & live last night spilling all the t with these absolute huns! Thanks for having me @itvxofficial.’

He recently revealed his latest weight loss achievement as he told fans he had officially shed three stone.

He wrote: ‘Another stone bites the dust officially 3 stone down ahhhhh! Just another 7 to go SLAY!

‘For a few weeks I’ve been 2lbs off and it’s not been shifting, but it’s GONE! The journey continues huns.

‘For everyone wanting to know how I’ve done it. I’m no dietitian or PT, but I try and go to the gym 6 days a week and eat 1700 calories! Then one day I do zero exercise and eat whatever the F I want! It seems to be working for me.’

Social media star Zeze Mills - real name Zalika Miller - is expected to be relied upon for some dramatic clashes

Social media star Zeze Mills – real name Zalika Miller – is expected to be relied upon for some dramatic clashes

ZEZE MILLS (YOUTUBE VLOGGER) 

Social media star Zeze Mills, 35 – real name Zalika Miller – is expected to be relied upon for some dramatic clashes, as her show bio reads: ‘If we can get them in a room with Zeze… It’s gloves off.’ 

The YouTuber, described as a ‘cultural commentator,’ was also spotted in Watford over the weekend, ahead of her entrance in the Celebrity Big Brother house. 

A source told The Sun: ‘Zeze is an inspired piece of casting for Celebrity Big Brother. Her entire career is built on sharing opinions and not being afraid to speak up for others or on issues even if it means ruffling feathers.

‘She’s the kind of character that’s at the very heart of Big Brother – the series needs bold voices like hers.

‘Zeze also brings with her a huge online audience of younger viewers, which is so essential for TV bosses.

‘ITV saw how casting another YouTuber and TikToker, Nella Rose, for I’m A Celebrity last year brought a whole new audience to primetime TV so saw it as essential to build on that.’ 

Celebrity Big Brother has reportedly signed former X Factor judge Louis Walsh in a huge six-figure deal (pictured in 2017)

Celebrity Big Brother has reportedly signed former X Factor judge Louis Walsh in a huge six-figure deal (pictured in 2017)

The iconic reality show returns for a brand new reboot on ITV2 next month and bosses hope Louis will share secrets from his career while in the house (L-R:Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis on The X Factor in 2008)

The iconic reality show returns for a brand new reboot on ITV2 next month and bosses hope Louis will share secrets from his career while in the house (L-R:Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis on The X Factor in 2008)

Love Island legend Chloe Burrows is 'in talks to appear on Celebrity Big Brother , according to reports (pictured in September last year)

Love Island legend Chloe Burrows is ‘in talks to appear on Celebrity Big Brother , according to reports (pictured in September last year)

CHLOE BURROWS (FORMER LOVE ISLAND CONTESTANT)

Love Island legend Chloe Burrows is ‘in talks to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, according to reports.

An insider told The Sun last month: ‘Everyone is desperate to see Chloe Burrows head into the Love Island All Stars villa and shake things up with her ex, Toby Aromolaran, but she’s actually been in talks to star in another big ITV reality show instead.

‘She’s had meetings with Celebrity Big Brother producers, who are keen to sign up a Love Islander and think Chloe would fit the bill perfectly.

‘She’s sassy, outspoken and she’s single, so she could potentially enjoy a romance in the house too. Nothing has been signed yet, but the talks have been promising and Chloe is keen.’

MailOnline contacted Chloe’s representatives for a comment. 

Fuelling speculation further, Chloe teased fans last month that ‘big things are coming’, when she was asked of any future TV appearances.

Sarah Jayne Dunn, 42, who is known for her role as Mandy Richardson on Hollyoaks, is in talks to star on Celebrity Big Brother, according to a new report

Sarah Jayne Dunn, 42, who is known for her role as Mandy Richardson on Hollyoaks, is in talks to star on Celebrity Big Brother, according to a new report

According to The Sun, Sarah, who was fired from Hollyoaks due to opening an Only Fans account 'has a lot to offer'

According to The Sun, Sarah, who was fired from Hollyoaks due to opening an Only Fans account ‘has a lot to offer’

SARAH JAYNE DUNN (ONLYFANS MODEL AND FORMER HOLLYOAKS ACTRESS)

Actress Sarah Jayne Dunn, 42, who is known for her role as Mandy Richardson on Hollyoaks, is reportedly being eyed up for Celebrity Big Brother.

According to The Sun, Sarah, who was fired from Hollyoaks due to opening an Only Fans account ‘has a lot to offer’.

An insider told the publication: ‘Sarah would be an amazing signing for the show.

‘She’s one of soap’s most recognisable faces and a big personality that fans would really warm to.

‘No-one’s put pen to paper yet but the feeling is that she would have a lot to offer the show and could spill all on her time on Hollyoaks and decision to work on OnlyFans.’

Celebrity Big Brother starts on March 4 on ITV1, STV, ITVX and STV Player.



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