Published Friday, 23 August 2013
Big Brother host Emma Willis. (© Ken McKay)
She may be one of the busiest women on television right now, but Emma insists she's loving the Big Brother "whirlwind" and is tipping Charlotte as the cause of plenty of controversy in the days ahead.
"I love it - I kinda just dive straight into it and it's a whirlwind," the model-turned-TV-host told This Morning guest presenters Marvin and Rochelle Hume.
And she's delighted by the latest instalment of the celebrity spin-off which launched on Thursday.
"The characters that they've picked this year are all pretty big, feisty characters," Emma said.
"I had someone on Twitter say: 'Oh, I hope Lady GaGa's in there ...'
"I'm like: 'Yeah, that's not gonna happen ...' We're not going to get Lady GaGa and we're not going to get Tom Cruise, but we will have some really interesting, fun people!"
Among the housemates are US imports Dustin Diamond, best known as Screech in teen telly classic Saved By The Bell, and Courtney Stodden - who caused a scandal with her wedding, aged 16, to 53-year-old Green Mile actor Doug Hutchison.
They're joined by football manager Ron Atkinson, former Corrie on-screen couple Vicky Entwistle and Bruce Jones - who played the soap's Janice and Les Battersby - and Abz from boyband 5ive.
I would say that, out of everyone, Charlotte and Abz had the best response. The crowd just went absolutely nuts for them. But look at Alex Reid – went in there to boos, came out the winner ...
Also featuring in this year's show are Loose Women's Carol McGiffin, choreographer Louis Spence, model Sophie Anderton, and one-time child prodigy Lauren Harries (born James Harries).
And a host of other reality stars are also taking part - like Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crosby, Mario Falcone from The Only Way Is Essex, and Dublin Wives star Danielle Marr.
In a launch night twist, three of the celebs - Sophie Anderton, Lauren Harries and Louis Spence - found themselves inducted into the Cult of Celebrity and living in secret away from the others.
They'll be watching all the goings-on for 24 hours before choosing who to put up for eviction.
"It's kept top secret to the last minute, so I literally found out about it yesterday morning and then I had to get my head around it, and then we have to talk about it, and then I have to come on here and tell you about it, so I don't really know about it!" Emma laughed.
"I believe the people that are in the temple at the moment will be reunited with the rest of the house tonight and they'll announce who is going to face the public vote."
While Emma may be keeping tight-lipped about what Big Brother has in store over the next three weeks, she is tipping outspoken and often outrageous Charlotte to cause the most controversy.
"She's a controversial character, but a very much-loved character," Emma said.
"She's got a huge following on Twitter and had a brilliant response last night. People seem to really love her, but she is quite shocking.
"What she said to me when she went in last night ... Well, I won't repeat it!"
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