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Celebrity Big Brother winner slams 'rushed' new format 18 years after TV debut

Celebrity Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton is slamming the new show format, despite being “obsessed” with its revival. She took home the crown in 2006, and has a few suggestions to make.

After 18 years, Celebrity Big Brother is finally hitting our screens again. Chantelle was the infamous winner the last time it was on TV, when she convinced the actual celebrities she was famous – and it was iconic.

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Chantelle Houghton slams Big Brother format

Chantelle is slamming the new Big Brother format, including the after-show approach of interviewing celebrity guests rather than the evicted houseguests, as well as the double evictions.

She told Spin Genie that spin-off show Late & Live, fronted by AJ Odudu and Will Best, must feature interviews with ex-housemates so viewers can get expert verdicts on what goes on inside the house.

“I struggled to watch the after show because of the people, I hadn’t heard of them. I’m not criticising, but I would’ve liked an opinion from somebody that experienced being on Big Brother,” she said. 

She convinced CBB stars she was famous

When Chantelle soared to the Big Brother final, and was crowned the 2006 winner, she certainly put in the work. After entering the house, she had to convince the celebrity houseguests she was famous.

She won £25,000 after convincing the likes of Michael Barrymore and Pete Burns that she was actually famous. Fast-forward to now and she’s “obsessed” with the show, despite hating the double evictions.

She said, “When someone gets evicted, I want to see their interview straight after, I don’t want to see another eviction straightaway, because it just feels like you’re in a rush. It was too rushed.”

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Big Brother winner married her co-star

Former glamour model Chantelle found love with Samuel Preston from The Ordinary Boys when they were both on CBB. They left as a couple and went on to get married that year, but divorced months later.

She’s now single and a mum to a “beautiful daughter she adores”. Although Celebrity Big Brother changed her life, she “took a step back from the public because she was going through trauma”.

Now 40 years old, Chantelle is back doing what she loves. Both she and Preston are still in touch as friends, and she had planned to invite him to her second wedding to now-ex-fiancé Michael Strutt.

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