Celebrity Big Brother 2012 starts tonight at 9pm

Updated on Thursday 5 January 2012 by @TVNewsroom

Only hours to go now before the new series of Celebrity Big Brother kicks off.

12 celebrities will enter the house in the live launch show on Channel 5 from 9pm tonight.

Celebrities rumoured to be taking part in this year’s show are Natasha Giggs, former EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy, Loose Women’s Denise Welch, comedienne Ruby Wax, Wag Nicola Mclean and X Factor reject Frankie Cocozza.

After the main show, Big Brother 2011 winner Paddy Doherty and finalist Kerry Katona will join Emma Willis, Alice Levine and Jamie East on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side from 11pm.

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The first housemate to enter the house is former Eastenders actress Natalie Cassidy..

Natalie has been set a task. She has been given an ear-piece to wear by Big Brother. Everytime she doesn’t do what Big Brother says, one Celebrity Housemate will not get their suitcase..

Housemate number two is… film actor Michael Madsen. Michael has appeared in more than 150 films, including Reservoir Dogs, Free Willy, Donnie Brasco, and Kill Bill

Andrew Stone is the third person to enter the Big Brother House. He is a dance teacher at Pineapple Dance Studios. He started dancing when he was eight years old and since then has danced with singers Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon are housemates number 4. The twins are American glamour models and Playboy Playmates.

Housemate number 5 is… Frankie Cocozza.. You know who he is..

Gareth Thomas is the sixth person to enter the Big Brother House. Gareth is a retired Welsh professional rugby footballer who played rugby league for the Crusaders RL in the Super League. He also previously played rugby union for the Cardiff Blues and Wales as a fullback, wing or centre.

Housemate 7 is Nicola Mclean. Nicola is a glamour model and finished in 6th place on the eighth season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!

Kirk Norcross is the eighth housemate to enter the house.. Kirk is a promoter for Sugar Hut, a nightclub in Brentwood, Essex. Kirk appeared in a couple of series of the ITV reality show The Only Way Is Essex.

Housemate 9 is glamour model Georgia Salpa..

Natasha Giggs is housemate number 10..

Housemate 11 is Romeo Dunn. Romeo was a member of the garage group So Solid Crew. In 2004 Romeo appeared in the reality show The Games, and returned to the series to compete in the Champion of Champions contest in 2006.

The final celebrity to enter the house is… Denise Welch.

And that’s it.. The first eviction takes place next Wednesday 11th January 2012..

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