A new housemate looks set to enter the Big Brother house after a bookmaker suspended betting today on whether fresh blood is about to join the show.
William Hill said it had decided to close betting on the outcome after a “frantic” half hour of trading during which every call was for a new contestant to enter.
While a spokeswoman at the reality show refused to confirm the rumours, she added that viewers should tune into a live programme tomorrow to “find out” if a new housemate would be sent in.
A William Hill spokesman said: “We cut the price from 5-6 to 1-5 before deciding to close the betting.
“Gambles like this are rarely wrong and you can be confident that Big Brother will unveil a new housemate in the very near future.”
The first week of the reality show saw a surprisingly large exodus with three housemates leaving – Shahbaz, who walked, Dawn, who was ejected and Bonnie, who was evicted.
On Friday night’s eviction show Big Brother host Davina McCall did pose the question of how the void in the house would be filled, but did not confirm any details.
Asked if a new contestant was entering, a spokeswoman for the show said today: “Watch live on Monday and find out.”
The news comes as housemates continue with their latest task – a Big Brother “game show” called Meal or No Meal – to win their dream shopping list.
Contestants already face a week without toilet rolls and shower gel after Imogen failed her “round” of the task.
The Welsh lass was put on the spot when she took a trip to the loo, was locked inside and given 10 seconds to answer the question: “Who was the ninth housemate to enter the House?”
She held her hands to her face as the clock ticked down and then jumped from her seat when she heard a noise above her which turned out to be a green cascade of gunge.
Imogen successfully dodged the gunk but failed to give the correct answer, Glyn.
Earlier, George and Sezer triumphed in the first round of the game show that also requires all housemates to wear laminated name badges and complete the show’s catch-phrase – Big Brother will get back to you – when they hear BB say the first three words of it.
Meanwhile, Mikey and Grace have continued their steamy relationship by sharing a shower.
The flirty pair stripped down to their swimming costumes and disappeared behind the frosted glass window of the cubicle, giving viewers only a tantalising glimpse of what might have taken place.