Big Brother urged not to cast 'freaks'

Previous winners of reality TV show 'Big Brother' have called for Channel 5 to avoid casting ''freaks'' in the new series

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Brian Dowling

Brian Dowling

Former 'Big Brother' winners have called for Channel 5 to avoid casting "freaks" in the new series.

The reality TV show - which first aired on Channel 4 in 2000 and was axed last year after ten years - will return this summer - but previous victors including 'BB2' and 'Ultimate Big Brother' winner Brian Dowling and 'BB8' champion Brian Belo have called for a return to the show's original roots.

Brian Dowling said: "I'm thrilled but I hope they cast normal people and let them make the drama as opposed to interfering."

Brian Belo agreed, saying: "I want a proper sexy year where I can say, 'She's hot.' There were too many freaks in the past."

The show is set to return with a celebrity version, immediately followed by a house full of members of the public and bosses are already lining up the stars to kick off the new season with a bang.

Charlie Sheen, Mohamed Al Fayed, Joanna Lumley, Sam Faiers, Amy Childs, Peaches Geldof and Italian pole dancer Karima El Mahroug - who is alleged to have been paid by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for sex - have all been tipped to take part in 'Celebrity Big Brother'.

A source said of Karima: "She's got everything we're looking for. She's sexy, up-front, been linked to major celebrities and been caught up in controversy."

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