I have to say, I only actually knew who about half of them were, and I suspect that Jersey Shore’s Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino was a last minute replacement for Dog the Bounty Hunter who was – ridiculously – denied a visa to enter the UK.
As to who I instantly recognised, they were Julie Goodyear, Cheryl Fergison, Coleen Nolan, Martin Kemp and Julian Clary, but the rest are, let’s face it, kinda Z Listers in as much as they’re ‘known’ for some kind of notoriety, and in regard to Rhian and Jasmine, that notoriety was via the medium of having shagged – virtually (Rhian and Vernon Kay) or really (Jasmine and Simon Cowell) – a celebrity bloke…
Samantha Brick is ‘famous’ for having said women envy her beauty – erm, big whoop – and Danica Thrall is a model and reality TV ‘star’. Gotta say, I’d never heard of either of them.
Prince Lorenzo is totally out of leftfield and I can’t imagine anybody actually has a clue who the hell he is. Have you ever heard of him?
And I’d never heard of Ashley McKenzie either, but that’s probably because the closest I get to an interest in sport is the thirty second sprint when my aging bladder becomes frighteningly full.
As to initial impressions, I think Cheryl took the task way too far, weeping, actual weeping, was just a bit much I thought. It also irritated me the way she snapped when someone called her Heather…
Now given I’m not a famous soap actor, I suppose I can’t really know what it feels like to be addressed by your soap character’s name, however, given that – in Cheryl’s case at least – playing Heather turned her from a nobody into a household name, she might embrace that with more good grace and be glad people recognise her at all, regardless of what name they call her by!
Julie I suspect is going to be a total diva in the house, and that’s either going to be hugely entertaining, or extremely annoying, and of course it’s too early to tell yet which one of those scenarios will turn out to be the case.
Coleen I think will become the house mother, and Julian will, I think, just be his acerbic and cutting self throughout.
My personal favourite in these early days is Martin Kemp. Not only is he as fit as f***, he’s survived having two brain tumours and was just plain awesome in EastEnders.
I’ll be back later with a round up of what’s been happening overnight and this morning, but in the meantime, let me know who you’re liking or disliking already.