Celebrity Big Brother kicks off

Racing pundit John McCririck got quickly into his stride on the first night of Celebrity Big Brother as he shamelessly flirted with model Caprice.

Racing pundit John McCririck got quickly into his stride on the first night of Celebrity Big Brother as he shamelessly flirted with model Caprice.

“Big Mac” welcomed the glamorous blonde into the house by asking her “Are you the totty?”.

He declared to his housemates in the Channel 4 contest that she was his girlfriend, and claimed she was eyeing him up.

An embarrassed Caprice politely ignored his advances and refused to give McCririck any ideas of nipping into the bedroom complete with double waterbed - reserved for possible love matches.

They met for the first time last night as they joined fellow housemates Germaine Greer, Brigitte Nielsen, ex-Holby City heart-throb Jeremy Edwards, DJ Lisa I’Anson, Bez from the Happy Mondays and Kenzie from Blazin’ Squad.

Big Brother made them feel at home by staging a party for Kenzie, who was celebrating his 19th birthday.

A cake and nibbles were served, but the event was upstaged by leering McCririck.

Distressed that Caprice was not being let into the Diary Room, John loudly instructed Big Brother to allow his lady friend in.

When he proclaimed her to be his new girlfriend, the model was stunned into silence.

Germaine observed: “A look of pure horror crossed her face”.

But John was not perturbed and argued: “She’s got a lot of lust in her eyes”.

Freaky dancer Bez – the maraca-shaker famed for his drug-fuelled excesses with fellow Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder – is 2/1 favourite to win the £50,000 (€71,200) prize.

Ladbrokes spokesman Warren Lush said: “Bookies aren’t raving mad to make Bez favourite to win. He’s likely to be the most unpredictable housemate, but he has a cult following that could bring him victory.”

Edwards is second favourite while Greer is the 16/1 outsider.

The scene is already set for some major flare-ups.

McCririck said before joining the show that his nightmare housemate would be a “flat-chested, bossy woman – someone like Germaine Greer”.

The racing tipster admitted he was a “deeply unpleasant person” with some seriously unpalatable views.

He confessed to a love for “big breasts” (his dog is called “Double D”) and will be over the moon at being locked up with Nielsen. The former Mrs Sylvester Stallone said she would enjoy walking around the house topless.

For the first time on Celebrity Big Brother, the housemates will sleep together in a mixed sex bedroom, with the option of the waterbed room.

The housemates’ every move will be monitored by TV cameras 24 hours a day and they will be evicted one by one in a public vote.

They will compete for a prize fund of up to £50,000 (€71,200), with proceeds divided equally among their chosen charities. A percentage of money made from each public vote will be donated to the victims of the tsunami disaster.

Ladbrokes odds:

2/1 Bez

4/1 Jeremy Edwards

5/1 Kenzie – Blazin’ Squad

7/1 Caprice

7/1 Lisa I’Anson

8/1 John McCririck

12/1 Brigitte Nielsen

16/1 Germaine Greer

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