Big Brother unveils new housemates

A blind man, an albino and the first non-celebrity Big Brother couple made their debut in the ninth series of the reality show tonight.

The couple are Lisa, 40, and Sylvester Stallone doppelganger Mario, 42, who boasts that he and his girlfriend have sex at least once a day.

Lisa says the most significant event in her life was when Mario, who claims to have slept with more than 200 women, sold a Rolex watch to buy her breast enlargement surgery.

The 16 housemates also include Ipswich-born songwriter Darnell, 26, an albino who was deported back to the UK from the US after getting involved in gang culture.

Blind contestant Michael, a radio producer who calls himself Mikey, 33, lost his sight 10 years ago during an operation.

This year’s series features Girls Aloud reject Stephanie McMichael, 19, who was kicked off Popstars: The Rivals when producers discovered she had lied about her age.

She once dated former Big Brother winner Anthony Hutton, who famously got intimate with Makosi on the Channel 4 reality show.

Three of the housemates this year were born abroad.

Kathreya, 30, a rotund massage therapist originally from Thailand, is obsessed with cookies and carries a cookie jar everywhere she goes.

Sylvia, 21, from south London, fled from Sierra Leone with her family at the age of 11.

Mohamed, 23, a Toy demonstrator at Hamleys in London, was born in Somalia.

Wannabes also include a single mother who converted from Christianity to Islam and a 20-year-old Conservative Party supporter who is a part-time pro-wrestling announcer.

In Celebrity Big Brother, Jade Goody and boyfriend Jack Tweedy became the first couple last year, but they have since split up.

Big Brother has promised that this year’s contestants will not have an easy life in the house, and that the game-playing will begin immediately.

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