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When Does 'Celebrity Big Brother' 2017 Start? Date, Cast And Everything You Need To Know About This Summer's Series

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10/07/2017 16:18 BST | Updated 19/07/2017 16:06 BST

We’re not quite ready to move on from Kim Woodburn’s outbursts and the surprise victory of Coleen Nolan during this year’s first series of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ but already, a host of stars are waiting in the wings to enter the house this summer.

So, while ‘CBB’ fans wait for the 20th (yes, you read that correctly, 20th) run of the long-standing reality series, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming series...

When does ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ 2017 start?

Anyone missing the regular series of ‘Big Brother’ won’t have long to wait before a whole batch of celebs are calling the Borehamwood Bungalow home, with launch night set for Thursday, 1 August at 9pm on Channel 5.

Who will host?

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It just wouldn’t be ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ without Emma Willis, would it? She’s back to host once again, with Rylan Clark-Neal sticking with spin-off show ‘Bit On The Side’.

What is the theme?

Following the success of last year’s ‘All Stars And New Stars’, a ‘Summer Of Legends’ has long been rumoured, implying we’ll once again be getting a mix of old and new contestants, though Channel 5 is yet to reveal whether there’s any truth to the rumours.

And what about the eye? 

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Pretty, right? 

Who are the new housemates?

Among the new housemates are a crop of stars who have long been linked for the show, including comedian Helen Lederer, Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and ‘Gogglebox’ star Sandi Bogle.

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Sarah Harding

Meanwhile, Sinitta could also be putting in an appearance (provided her demands are met, of course), as could her rival, ‘Real Housewives Of Cheshire’ star Dawn Ward, ‘Ex On The Beach’ alumnus Jordan Davies, TV presenter John Leslie and paranormal expert Derek Acorah.

As if they weren’t exciting enough, other rumoured contesants include former MP Lembit Opik (as well as his Cheeky Girl ex Gabriela Imiria), ‘Top Model’ groundbreaker Talulah-Eve Brown and even Olympian-turned-reality star Caitlyn Jenner.

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Who will be returning?

Perez Hilton revealed during January’s series that he’d been approached to return, but claimed at the time that he’d only be willing to do it for a certain fee, hinting strongly he’d be back in the summer if bosses shelled out.

Other past housemates in the frame include Tiffany Pollard, Rhian Sugden and Kellie Maloney, with past winners Charlotte Crosby and Stephen Bear also linked with spots in the house (though given that they’re ‘CBB’ champs that may kill the point of an ‘All Stars’ series). 

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Interestingly, bosses have even been rumoured to be looking for housemates from the Channel 4 era, in particular Ivana Trump, who they’re reportedly hoping will spill the beans on her past marriage to a certain POTUS we could mention.

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