This British television reality game show-Celebrity Big Brother was created in 1997 but debuted on Channel 4 on March 9, 2001. The show features participants known as Celebrity Big Brother housemates.
The Celebrity Big Brother series got its name from the character in George Orwell’s 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The show has so far 18 series while the 19th series is starting January 3, 2017.
Celebrity Big Brother started as a spin-off series to the original Big Brother UK, and after an impressive debut, the show continued in 2002 for the second series.
But the show did not air in 2003 and 2004 and it returned in 2005 and 2006. Following the highly controversial fifth series in 2007, the show did not also return in 2008.
In 2009 It did air and after the seventh series in 2010 the reality game show was dropped by Channel 4, but fortunately Channel 5 picked it up.
With Channel 5 officially taking over the show, it came back in 2011 and from 2012, two editions of Celebrity Big Brother have aired each year, with one airing in January and the other airing following the conclusion of the civilian series in August.
Celebrity Big Brother was hitherto hosted by Davina McCall till it was cancelled by Channel 4, when Channel 5 took over the airing of the show, McCall was offered his job back but he rejected the offer.
Well, the winner of Big Brother 2 and Ultimate Big Brother- Brian Dowling took over as host from series eight to eleven, while from twelve, Emma Willis became the host till date.
Celebrity Big Brother spin-offs are Big Brother’s Big Mouth and Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, which also covered the main series.
Celebrity Big Brother was not left without its challenges, criticisms and the prominent among them was that of 2007 series which brought about another spin-off known as Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack and it aired in 2008.
Contestants in the show are called the Celebrity Big Brother housemates.
The Celebrity Big Brother housemates are kept in an isolated house for a particular period of time and their communications are restricted within the house.
Celebrity Big Brother: How The Game Is Played
In this reality game show, the contestants are known as housemates, who are isolated from the rest of the world.
The Celebrity Big Brother housemates are frequently kept under surveillance and during their stay in the isolated house, the Celebrity Big Brother housemates are expected to nominate two of their fellow contestants.
The nominated Celebrity Big Brother housemates will be put up for possible eviction, and at the end of the week, the fate of the two or more contestants nominated will be decided by the viewers.
What makes the game more interesting is that it’s through this process that housemates are eliminated from the show. So, the process is mandated upon all the housemates.
If any of the Celebrity Big Brother housemates refuses to nominate fellow contestants such candidate could be expelled from the house.
When the show was aired on Channel 4, viewers voted to evict one of the nominated Celebrity Big Brother housemates and any contestant with the highest votes would be automatically evicted from the show.
But the third series saw viewers vote to save one of the celebrities. And this continued when Channel 5, took over. The public vote to save Celebrity Big Brother housemates and the housemate with the least amount of votes would be evicted.
The votes come through telephone or online. Each week, one of the Celebrity Big Brother housemates is evicted by a public vote.
While in the house, the housemates are given weekly tasks to perform.
The contestants wager a portion of their weekly shopping budget on the task, and either win double their wagered fund or lose the wagered fund depending on their performance in the task.
The Celebrity Big Brother housemates are also expected to work as a group to complete their tasks, and the format of the tasks changes as the housemates are eliminated from the show.
Also, some Celebrity Big Brother housemates are given secret tasks which they must complete as individuals or small group and if the contestants refuse to carry out such task, they can be punished or nominated up for eviction.
Celebrity Big Brother housemates also visit the Diary Room during their stay in the House, where they are able to share their thoughts and feelings on their fellow housemates and the game.
However, if the housemates run out of the food provided for them, an emergency ration was always available to them. And they are forbidden from discussing nominations, and doing so could result in punishment.
Meanwhile, during the Final week, viewers vote for which of the remaining celebrities should win the series, and the housemate with the highest votes becomes the winner.
Celebrity Big Brother Past Winners
Jack Dee – series one
Mark Owen- series two
Mark “Bez” Berry- series three
Chantelle Houghton-series four
Shilpa Shetty – series five
Ulrika Jonsson – series six
Alex Reid – series seven
Celebrity Big Brother Winners On Channel 5 Till Date
Paddy Doherty- series eight
Denise Welch- series ine
Julian Clary – series ten
Rylan Clark- series eleven
Charlotte Crosby- series twelve
Jim Davidson-series thirteen
Gary Busey- series fourteen
Katie Price – series fifteen
James Hill – series sixteen
Scotty T – series seventeen
Stephen Bear- series eighteen
Who joins the list of winners in the Celebrity Big Brother series nineteen, well we’ll find out later.
Keep a date with us as we take you through Celebrity Big Brother series nineteen.