Discussion: The A List Vs The Z List
Tonight Big Brother opens its doors once again to fill it with a load of celebrities who will be vying for your attention and affection! But what is a celebrity?
Over the years Celebrity Big Brother has had a grand mix of housemates who have both been massive names in their day including Jack Dee, Mark Owen, Michael Barrymore, Jermaine & Le Toya Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Michael Madsen and Julian Clary.
Big Brother has also chosen to open its doors to relatively complete unknowns at the time of their entry to the house like Bobby Sabel (who?!), Preston, Donny Tourette, Shilpa Shetty, Georgia Salpa, Prince Lorenzo, Danica Thrall and Lacey Banghard.
I pose the question to you – does it really matter what stage of “celebrity” they are at?
Many housemates who have entered have become fantastic housemates regardless of their celebrity status. Donny Tourette was great entertainment for the short time he was there before he escaped from the house refusing to be a slave to Jade and her family. Shilpa went on to win the whole series and Preston even made it in to Ultimate Big Brother on Channel 4!
On the other hand, housemates such as Vinnie Jones and the Jackson’s were very dull and didn’t provide masses of entertainment compared to the amount that Channel 4 would have paid for them at the time.
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When I think of the “big moments” that people remember from Celebrity Big Brother over the years, more often than not I think of people who are somewhere between The A List and The Z List. The “Yeah, Jackie moment”, George Galloway pretending to be a cat, Pete Burns being Pete Burns, the international race row from Celebrity Big Brother 5, Coolio being one of the biggest gameplayers of Celebrity Big Brother history, Verne Troyer driving in to the diary room door, Jonas Altberg being forced to listen to his record on a loop all night, the Playboy twins having their pants pulled down by a trashed Denise Welch and the infamous (if a little producer manipulated) gameplaying by Heidi and Spencer.
All these moments were from people I would classify as around the “D” list upon their entry to the house.
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Of course, big names will attract viewers as there are a large chunk of viewers who only watch Celebrity Big Brother if there is someone in there who they are interested in. In terms of entertainment and for us more hardcore viewers, all that matters is that the production team put a great mix of housemates in there who are going to provide us with entertainment, love, laughs and arguments.
So my message to the producers is don’t worry about spending a bomb on trying to get massive celebrities to the house, spend it on better things!
Try to get bigger names than Bobby Sabel and Sam Roberson as they don’t bring anything at all. Go for celebrities who have been in the public eye, go for the deluded ones who see themselves as bigger as they are!
Go for the middle and you will get an explosive series.
Not long to go now, what are you looking forward to in this series? Who do YOU want in the house? Let us know in the comments below!
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