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C5 confirms all-female launch twist for Celebrity Big Brother 2018

Only women will enter on night one - but men will arrive throughout the series
1 comment - Posted on December 4 2017 at 12:29pm

Celebrity Big Brother 2017 All Stars/New Stars final - presenter Emma Willis

Channel 5 has confirmed rumours that Celebrity Big Brother 2018 will launch with only female housemates – although men will be added later in the series.

In October, reports claimed bosses were exclusively seeking women for CBB’s 21st run, as it will air during a season of suffrage-related programming on C5.

Now the broadcaster has made the move official, confirming today that the new series will begin with an all-female line-up marking 100 years since women first won the right to vote.

Celebrity Big Brother 2017 All Stars/New Stars

However, the announcement revealed for the first time that there will also be male housemates, who will enter the house at a later stage.

The women, who range from “politicians to performing artists”, will spend an unspecified period of time by themselves before the first men arrive.

During their stay, all contestants will face a series of “tasks and experiments” that aim to challenge gender stereotypes. C5’s statement read:

In January 2018, as the nation marks 100 years since women won the right to vote for the very first time, Celebrity Big Brother launches this series with an all-female cast of celebrity housemates in a salute to a centenary of women’s suffrage on Channel 5.

Presented by Emma Willis, Celebrity Big Brother will initially explore how the all-female housemates interact, from politicians to performing artists, as they enter the house first, ahead of the celebrity male housemates.

Over the course of the series, as the male counterparts enter the house, the housemates will take part in a series of entertaining tasks and hidden experiments which will test their – and our – assumptions, challenge gender stereotypes and reveal fascinating truths about what it is to be a woman – and man – in the 21st century. See what happens when women hold the power, as Celebrity Big Brother January 2018 is set to be celebratory, surprising and insightful.

It is unclear whether the plan had always been to introduce men at a later stage. Recent rumours claimed that producers were considering scrapping the twist altogether due to a lack of female interest.

So far, only C5 newsreader India Willoughby is said to have signed up. Businesswoman Michelle Mone and Loose Women presenter Janet Street-Porter have apparently rejected offers.

This will not be the first series to have a gender-themed twist. The eighth ‘civilian’ Big Brother on Channel 4 in 2007 featured women only for its first 48 hours, a move that garnered a mixed response from fans.

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Again, men were added gradually, and the series was eventually won by Brian Belo, making him the first late entrant ever to win Big Brother in the UK.

Resurrecting such a controversial twist may be risky, as next year looks to be make-or-break for BBUK after it suffered a big ratings crash in 2017.

C5’s director of programmes Ben Frow recently admitted that he would prefer not to have Big Brother on the network.



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1 comment on this article

  1. Man2man says:
    Tue 05 Dec Reply !

    What…… Very very wrong. Won’t be watching for the very first time since 2000.


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