As we all know, Big Brother has been on our tellies for over a decade (14 years this year to be exact). The temporary celeb status of some of the housemates has come and gone, and over the years we’ve seen some gooduns like Jade Goody – whose legacy will stay with us forever.

I can’t say I’ve kept up-to-date every single year – in fact, the last one I properly watched was the one with Jade Goody – but as I switched over to Channel 5 this evening, I was instantly hooked. Why? I know one of the housemates.

I don’t know whether or not the producers just got it right this year, or if it’s because of the familiar face, but Big Brother ’14 already seems to be highly entertaining beyond belief. Boy am I excited.

This year’s housemates are:

So we’ve got:

Mirror loving, “It’s all about me” girl, Tamara who claims she’s smarter than the bimbo people take her for.

Essex boy Winston who loves a good chat-up line to reel in the ladies.

Lovable Liverpudlian Visual Merchandiser Markwho I used to work with – and I’ve never been more excited to see his personality on TV. Formerly also seen on X Factor and Shipwrecked.

Music graduate Matthew – BB’s answer to Made In Chelsea’s Mark Francis. Who reckon’s he’ll be the first to go with his “intolerance of people devoid of personality”.

Dance teacher Pauline – and current “Power” head of the house who toured with Kylie.

Arrogant Steven who boasts about his millions – bearing in mind guys, he’s ONLY 23, and let’s face it, that’s not an attractive trait for any guy to have.

“Journalist-ish” Christopher who has escaped life as a dairy farmer (bet he’s chuffed).

Strict Catholic Danielle who’ll probably not get on with anyone in the house because she’s against same-sex marriage, and sex before marriage – lets just hope she doesn’t try to force her views on the rest of the house.

Headliner Helen who’s trying to move past her tabloid scandal image that was broadcast 3 years ago.

Playboy brainy babe Kimberly from California who has degrees upon degrees and apparently some military training.

What a group we have! And tomorrow night 6 more faces will join this lot, so who knows what Big Brother has in store!

Stay tuned…

 

Last month I got to keep up with my yearly tradition of welcoming back X Factor. That's right, I headed to the auditions for a second year in a row – only this time, it was even better! Here's what happened…

Date: Thursday 18th July 2013

Venue: Wembley Arena

Atmosphere: Manic!

As an avid fan of X Factor (most who know me know my obsession), it was only right for me to head to the 2013 Judges Auditions round at Wembley Arena.

I headed straight to the queue after seeing the faces of the anxious contestants waiting to audition.

As you can imagine the queues were a tad long, but overall the atmosphere, and the fact it was one of the hottest days of the year made it all the more fun!

Once inside we were shown to our seats RIGHT BY THE FRONT (oh yeah!) just a few rows back from the judges chairs, facing the infamous massive X on the screen at the back of the stage.

Roycey – the half-time entertainment comedian came on, and provided the audience with some great laughs before we were graced with Dermot O'Leary (I not-so-secretly love him) and the official X Factor music!

The crowds rose from their seats, camera phones in hands, stomping of feet and screaming of lungs while the Judges made their big entrance and walked to their chairs.

2013 X Factor sees Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh take on new challenges as thousands of new potentials audition in front of live audiences to win their place in the X Factor Final 12.

The Judges Auditions definitely changed from last year, as it seemed this time around, all contestants were actually decent singers. Last year, some were just priceless entertainment (with sadly, no singing talent). There were even some familiar faces who had previously made it through to Boot Camp and the Judges Houses rounds, all hoping for second and third chances. So soon we'll find out!

X Factor returns to our screens for weekend viewing on 31st August 2013 on ITV. I'll be watching (religiously as always), will you?