Handcuffed celebs enter BB house

Boxer Evander Holyfield is among the contestants in the new series of Celebrity Big Brother

Boxer Evander Holyfield is among the contestants in the new series of Celebrity Big Brother

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The latest edition of Celebrity Big Brother launched tonight and took a new twist as the 12 contestants went into the house handcuffed together in pairs.

First to go in was the unlikely couple of comic Jim Davidson and Linda Nolan of the Nolan Sisters - who had announced before the show began that she did not like male chauvinist pigs.

Davidson described himself in his pre-show video as a "dirty stand up comedian" - "I've always thought that dirty jokes were the best", he said.

He told how he was a year late appearing on the Channel 5 show. "I was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, I denied the allegations, and after nine months, the police decided that they had no alternative but to just do no further action," he said.

He added: "Do I hate women? No, not all of them" and "I'm really excited about going into the Big Brother house, and I hope there's lots of women with big knockers."

Nolan said in her pre-show video: "I don't like male chauvinist pigs. I think if I went into the house and there was a male chauvinist pig in there, if he does upset me, or some of the other women in the house, I wouldn't be frightened to tell him. I had Jim Davidson thrown out of a club once, so God help me if Jim Davidson's in there now."

When they were introduced to each other, she told him: "I think you're lovely when you're sober."

The next celebrity to be presented was former N-Dubz star Dappy, who said in his video: "Am I a bad boy? Yeah, a little bit. This year's been a bit crazy for me, the media has painted me out to be some sort of a monster, I'm simply here to repaint that picture."

He was shackled to Daily Mail journalist Liz Jones, who said in her video that she was "very OCD" and told host Emma Willis: "I quite like my own space."

When they were handcuffed together, she was asked how it was going to work, and said: "I especially like my own space around men," adding: "I think he's looking nervous."

Next to be handcuffed were Sam Faiers, of The Only Way Is Essex, and US actress Jasmine Waltz.

Faiers said in her video: "I'm 100% single, so if there's a nice guy in there, who knows." When they were shackled together, Waltz said: "I like this, she's hot."

Also handcuffed together were pop star Lee Ryan from boy band Blue and glamour model Casey Batchelor; Made In Chelsea's Ollie Locke and 82-year-old entertainer Lionel Blair, who asked "Couldn't you get me somebody good looking?" and Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman and former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield.

Davidson and Nolan were given the power to release one of the couples, including themselves, and chose Dappy and Jones. Davidson said: "I think they both look a bit stressed."

But Dappy and Jones were told that they would be among three pairs who will face eviction from the show next Wednesday.

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