Big Brother 11 welcomes housemates

Big Brother 11 housemate Steve Gill

Big Brother 11 housemate Steve Gill

Disabled soldier Steve Gill, Beyonce Knowles lookalike Rachael White and hellraiser-turned-minister David Vaughan are three of last night's 14 housemates to join Channel 4's last ever 'Big Brother'.

A former soldier, who lost both legs and his right eye in service, has entered the 'Big Brother' house.

Steve Gill - a 40-year-old former serviceman who was injured during 1989 IRA bombs blast in Belfast, Northern Ireland - was one of 14 housemates chosen on yesterday (09.06.10)'s last ever launch night of the groundbreaking reality TV show.

Beyonce Knowles lookalike Rachael White, 23, and former hellraiser-turned-Christian minister David Vaughan, 39, also joined the action as host Davina McCall promised the final series of the Channel 4 show would be the best ever.

She said: "Over the next 13 weeks we're going out with an almighty bang."

The eleventh series began with an unusual twist, as the new housemates only found out they would be entering the compound on the night - after 'Big Brother' selected them one-by-one from 81 hopefuls.

'Big Brother' chose its first 13 housemates, amongst whom included Cheryl Cole's backing dancer Ife Kuku, 25, lesbian squatter Shabby Katchadourian, 24, and writer-and-broadcaster Ben Duncan, 30.

The first person to enter the famous house was Bristol sales rep Josie Gibson, 25, who was soon joined by the rest of the crew - including hunky Australian John James Parton, 24, Dublin born beauty Caoimhe Guilfoyle, 22, and bisexual contestants Govan Hinds, 21, and Corin Forshaw, 29.

The remaining two contestants are 25-year-old Nathan Dunn, a sexy joiner from West Yorkshire, and Sunshine Martyn, 24, a medical student from Peterborough.

A final 14th housemate was elected from a tombola and became the show's first ever mole.

The honour went to 28-year-old Mario Mugan, who will have to hide his secret from the fellow housemates.

However, 'Big Brother' bosses dressed him up as the furry animal and hung a sign around his neck which read 'I am the mole' before leading him into the house.


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