Natalie Cassidy Is Big Brother's New Star

The new series of Celebrity Big Brother kicked off last night on Channel 5, with contestants including Reservoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen and X Factor rebel Frankie Cocozza entering the Big Brother house. After brilliantly undertaking the first task of the series, Eastenders star Natalie Cassidy has become an instant favourite to win.

Natalie Cassidy

The first night as a Celebrity Big Brother contestant was an eventful one for Natalie Cassidy, who is best known for her role as Sonia in Eastenders. As the first contestant to enter the house, she was given a special task: follow instructions from Big Brother via an earpiece, or the other housemates will not receive their suitcases!

Cassidy tapped into her acting skills and performed fantastically on the task, managing to make the bizarre things Big Brother asked her to do seem perfectly normal. She even got away with kissing 18-year-old X Factor heartthrob Frankie Cocozza on the lips four times, and bursting into tears after a motivational speech! Whether or not Cassidy successfully managed to keep all her housemates' belongings will be revealed in tonight's show, but she's already won over the public regardless.

Natalie's great response to the first task has immediately made her a big favourite to win the series. Also popular at the bookmakers today are gay rugby player Gareth Thomas and cheeky The Only Way Is Essex star Kirk Norcross. At the other end of the scale, Playboy model twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon are not expected to be popular with the public. Also considered unlikely to win is Natasha Giggs, who is known for her affair with footballer Ryan Giggs, which took place while she was married to his brother.

Now that the first night's out of the way and the celebs are getting to know each other, we want to know what Big Brother's got in store for them! As usual, the show's producers are being pretty secretive, but it has been revealed that the first eviction will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and there will be a live show every Friday and Wednesday from then on. This means the housemates have six days to win over their fellow contestants and the public, to make sure that they're not the dreaded first evictee!

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