Celebrity Big Brother kicks off tomorrow night with a list of contestants even more unrecognisable than ever before – certainly, it’s the first time Shaun Williamson has had top billing in his career.
And the actor, revered for playing Barry Evans in Eastenders for a decade, tops our betting at 9/2 as the best-known star on the show. Yep, you read that correctly.
Paul Danan, who is even more of a retro soap star than Williamson, and reality personality Jemma Lucy are just behind (both 13/2) – while Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding is 7/1 to win the show.
At the bottom of the betting is purported psychic Derek Acorah (33/1), whose controversial practices will almost certainly be drawn upon on the show, if producers know what’s good for them.
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Our raunchy traders are also predicting a sex-fest of a show – inspired by the success of Love Island, telly bosses are bound to encourage saucy antics, and we make it 25/1 that two contestants bonk on the first night.
A romp in the opening week is rated at 7/1, while we also make the chance of a fight happening on the first show 10/1 and in the first week 5/1.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Celebrity Big Brother is back, and Barry from the Eastenders is the biggest name – it’s certainly the first time Shaun Williamson has been given top billing in his career.
“And he’s our favourite to win, with Derek Acorah at the other end of the scale – then again, I’m sure he saw that coming.
“Acorah claims to be a medium, but I reckon he’ll be outed as an XL rotter.”
TO WIN CBB 20
9/2 Shaun Williamson
13/2 Jemma Lucy
13/2 Paul Danan
7/1 Sarah Harding
9/1 Jordan Davies
9/1 Dawn Ward
9/1 Trisha Paytos
10/1 Amelia Lily
11/1 Marissa Jade
12/1 Chad Johnson
16/1 Sandi Bogle
18/1 Sam Thompson
18/1 Helen Lederer
22/1 Rosanna Davison
25/1 Brandi Glanville
33/1 Derek Acorah