Former Eastenders actress Natalie Cassidy is the early favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother 2012. The 28-year-old was the first to enter the house and was immediately issued a task by Big Brother where she had to act out “hilarious” instructions given to her by way of a hidden earpiece.
Cassidy can be backed at 3.75 (Ladbrokes) and at this stage looks a good bet for the following reasons:
- She is a mum and will no doubt earn the sympathy vote by shedding a few tears because she is “missing” the child she abandoned to go on television in the first place.
- Viewers will see her as “loveable Sonia” from Eastenders and if further sympathy is required, she can discuss her abusive ex-partner.
- She seems to be a down-to-earth type and not in love with herself like other contestants.
Even after a few hours in the house, the competition is Cassidy’s to lose.
Here are the other celebrities taking part in this year’s show:
The token entry from faux-reality show The Only Way is Essex is bound to have an army of supporters of the teenage girl variety and the odds suggest he could make the final.
Best Odds: 6.0 (bet365)
The most capped Welsh rugby player of all time but arguably more known for being the first professional to come out of the closet and continue playing. Seems nice enough and doesn’t appear as “desperate” as other contestants.
Best Odds: 6.5 (Betfred)
Will surely get the housewives vote due to her popularity on lunchtime HRT-fest Loose Women. Despite being better suited to a Saga holiday, Denise is quite the hell raiser and should be good fun when the wine starts flowing.
Best Odds: 8.5 (Betfred)
Enjoyed fame and popularity several years ago as part of the So Solid Crew and had a couple of hit singles as a solo artist. Real name Marvin Dawkins, he’s been off the radar since his stint on reality show The Games in 2006 and appears to be making up the numbers here.
Best Odds: 9.0 (Sky Bet)
Desperately clinging onto his 15 minutes of fame after being booted out of the X Factor for cocaine abuse. You have to wonder what the lad, just 18, is going to do with his life when media interest in him finally runs out.
Best Odds: 11.0 (Paddy Power)
Pneumatic Irish glamour model who must be on the show to “raise her profile”. Yawn.
Best Odds: 26.0 (Betfred)
Best known for his role as “Mr Blonde” in Reservoir Dogs, Madsen must really need the money to be doing this show. He claimed he had “no idea” what Big Brother was about and after entering the house looked like a fish out of water. Unlikely to last the distance.
Best Odds: 26.0 (Bet Victor)
Fame hungry desperado best known for his appearances on Pineapple Dance Studios. Has the potential to become very annoying, very quickly.
Best Odds: 34.0 (bet365)
Not a celebrity. Even remotely. She’s famous because she cheated on her husband with his brother (a certain Ryan Giggs) over a period of eight years and is cashing in as a result. Vile.
Best Odds: 34.0 (Sky Bet)
Former Page 3 model who seems to be doing the rounds on reality television shows. She was in the 2008 run of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. She didn’t do too well in that, either…
Best Odds: 41.0 (Betfred)
Karissa and Kristina Shannon
After Jedward participated in last year’s show, Karissa and Kristina fulfil the “twins” requirement this time around. Despite being gorgeous enough to move in with Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion, they are not particularly well known in the UK and are rank outsiders to win the show.
Best Odds: 67.0 (Betfred)