The Celebrity Big Brother eye is a colourful one this time around (Picture: Twitter)
Summer is here, and that means it’s only a matter of time before Celebrity Big Brother is back on our screens.
And after weeks of speculation we’ve finally got our first details of the new series – from the theme and the eye to presenters.
All we need to know how is who’ll be heading on in to that famous house – and we’ll have to wait a while for that one, but that hasn’t stopped the housemate rumours from flying.
Here’s what we know about the series so far When is Celebrity Big Brother returning?
Channel 5 has confirmed that the new series of the show will kick off on Thursday August 16 at 9pm. ‘We delayed everything until Love Island is out of the way,’ a source recently told the Daily Star. ‘Then fans will be ready for us.’ ‘We’d usually start with a regular series but we’re launching with all guns blazing with celebrities.’ With CBB normally taking to the air in late July/early August, this means it could be autumn before we see the civilian version of the show. What’s the theme for the next Celebrity Big Brother?
Channel 5 have confirmed that the theme for the next series is ‘Eye Of The Storm’. To fit in with this, all of the celebrities taking part in the series will, at some point, have faced their own media storm – and will have something to prove when they enter the house. Meanwhile the famous eye logo has been given a neon makeover for the new series, complete with lightning bolts (in keeping with the Eye Of The Storm theme). It comes after Rylan Clark-Neal teased a big announcement relating to the show’s 18th birthday – giving fans an idea of what to expect
According to recent reports the show is set to run until 2021 after the lease of the house was extended for another three years – however this comes just months after Channel 5 indicated the series would not continue in its current form. The channel’s director of programming Ben Frow said in April that it would change in some capacity, and the broadcaster would ‘not be spending the same amount of money’ on the show. He didn’t state however whether this means a higher or lower budget, but added: ‘The ball is in Endemol Shine’s court.’ Channel 5’s current contract with Endemol is due to expire at the end of this year – allowing time for one more series of both formats. Presenter Rylan Clark-Neal recently said: ‘If it didn’t come back I would be utterly devastated. I can’t imagine TV without Big Brother, I’d love to see it make 20 years — of course I would.’
Is it going to be the last series? According to recent reports the show is set to run until 2021 after the lease of the house was extended for another three years – however this comes just months after Channel 5 indicated the series would not continue in its current form. The channel’s director of programming Ben Frow said in April that it would change in some capacity, and the broadcaster would ‘not be spending the same amount of money’ on the show. He didn’t state however whether this means a higher or lower budget, but added: ‘The ball is in Endemol Shine’s court.’ Channel 5’s current contract with Endemol is due to expire at the end of this year – allowing time for one more series of both formats. Presenter Rylan Clark-Neal recently said: ‘If it didn’t come back I would be utterly devastated. I can’t imagine TV without Big Brother, I’d love to see it make 20 years — of course I would.’ Who are the presenters? Emma Willis is set to return (Picture: Getty Images) Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal are once again overseeing proceedings as the new batch of celebrities hit the house. While Emma hosts the main show, Rylan will once again be at the helm of Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side. Who is rumoured to be in the line-up? Speculation over which celebrities might be joining the house is starting to pick up pace – with all of these names in the frame. Paris Lees (Picture: Getty Images) The transgender writer and activist is one of the more recent names to be linked with a spot in the house – with The Sun reporting that it’s a ‘done deal’ for Paris to appear. Jermaine Pennant (Picture: PA) The footballer has reportedly signed up for the show in a bid to show a different side to himself, following what he describes as a ‘checkered past’. A source told The Sun: ‘Big Brother is his best chance to do that and he’s looking forward to the experience and the opportunity.’ Gabby Allen (Picture: Getty Images) She made a splash on Love Island last year, and is now in the frame for a CBB stint after she split from her Island beau Marcel Somerville – and could well spill the beans on their romance if she makes the move into the house. John Leslie (Picture: Rex Shutterstock) The troubled former This Morning presenter is said to be top of producers’ wish lists for a spell in the house – and show bosses reckon he would have plenty to say if they were to persuade him to sign up.‘They hope the temptation of being back on telly will be enough to convince John to take part,’ a source told The Sun. Tallulah-Eve (Picture: Getty Images) Transgender model Talulah-Eve had been all set to go into the house in January but reportedly pulled out at the last minute after India Willoughby signed up for the series. She was also rumoured to be taking part in 2017, so we reckon this one is long overdue – and rumour suggests it could finally happen. Chloe Ayling (Picture: Rex Shutterstock) Model Chloe has been in the news lately after being kidnapped in Italy last summer – with the man she accused, Luzasz Herba, sentenced to almost 17 years in jail for the crime earlier this month. Now she’s being tipped for the CBB house. ‘Chloe has previously said that she wouldn’t do reality TV, but she is in talks to do the next series of Celebrity Big Brother,’ an insider told The Sun.
‘The premise of the series is retribution and people who have been wronged, so she definitely fits the bill from that perspective.’ Bobby Norris (Picture: Rex Shutterstock) The TOWIE star is known to be a big fan of the show, and has confirmed he has met with CBB bosses about a possible appearance – could he follow in the footsteps of his pal Gemma Collins and move into the house? ‘I’ve watched it literally since series one day one, and I’m on BOTS most series to be fair and I think I’d quite fancy the challenge of doing it, because I’m such a fan of the show,’ he told The Sun. Frankly we’re quite surprised he hasn’t done it already. Charlotte Dawson (Picture: Getty Images) The Ex On The Beach star is being considered a good bet to enter the house when the series returns, following the popularity of her reality show co-star Jess Impiazzi in the last series. We could totally see this one happening. Jonathan Van Ness (Picture: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vulture Festival) Yasssss indeed – Queer Eye’s flamboyant grooming expert is indeed being tipped for a spot on Celebrity Big Brother, and we are so on board with this idea. ‘Bosses know what a hit Queer Eye has become and everyone’s obsessed with Jonathan,’ an insider revealed. ‘The show has become an international success and Jonathan would make amazing TV for the show.’ Georgia May Foote (Picture: Getty) The former Corrie actress was a big hit when she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015, making it all the way to the final – could a spot on Celebrity Big Brother follow? Bosses are reportedly keen to sign her up. Brendan Cole (Picture: WireImage) And speaking of ex-Strictly people, Brendan’s also being considered for a spot in the house following his abrupt exit from Strictly earlier this year. We’re sure he’d have no short of gossip to spill from the ballroom if he did take part.