Big Brother madhouse starts
'Big Brother' kicked off last night (05.06.08) with the most bizarre collection of housemates ever.
Couple Mario Marconi, 42, and Lisa Appleton, 40, both from Warrington were the first people to enter the house, and were joined by suit-loving politics student Luke Marsden, 20, from Wigan, 19-year-old 'Popstars: The Rivals' reject Stephanie McMichael, from Liverpool and self-styled playboy Rex Newmark, 24, from London.
Also under 24-hour surveillance will be cookie-mad Thai massage therapist Kathreya Kasisopa, 30, blind transvestite comic Mikey Hughes, 33, and 24-year-old Miss Wales runner-up Rachel Rice.
Somalian Mohamed Mohamed, 23, screamer Rebecca Shiner, 21, from Coventry, fame-hungry P.E. teacher Dale Howard, 21, dance teacher Dennis McHugh, 23, part-time model and mother Jennifer Clark, 22, and albino US deportee Darnell Swallow, 26, are also among the contestants gunning for the £100,000 prize.
The 16 housemates were rounded off by Islam convert and mother Alexandra De-Gale, 23, and 21-year-old church-goer Sylvia Barrie.
'Big Brother' boss Phil Edgar Jones said: "The characters this year are like you have never seen before. These are people you would never meet in real life.
"We combed Britain for the most amazing people you could encounter. It's going to be fireworks."
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