A group of 12 gifted young people experienced their first taste of the Big Brother house tonight, under the direction of celebrity hijacker Matt Lucas.
The Little Britain star was responsible for controlling the first hours of the replacement for Celebrity Big Brother, which was put on hold following last year’s race controversy.
Lucas chose to use his powers on 20-year-old John Loughton, giving him an earpiece and instructing him on how to greet the other young people, picked for their individual talents.
Loughton, the Edinburgh-based chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament, was the first into the house, soon followed by classical musician Calista Robertson, boxer Anthony Ogogo and circus performing siblings Emilia and Victor Arata.
Forced to follow Lucas’s directions, a visibly uncomfortable Loughton bemused his fellow housemates by claiming to be a racing driver, musician, a psychic, and a boxer.
When introducing himself to Robertson, 19, he told the singer and song-writer that he was personally responsible for writing the score to the 1960’s film 'The Sound of Music'.
If he succeeds in his challenge, Lucas has promised to provide a party for the housemates, and exemption from eviction for the young politician.
Other celebrities set to play puppet-master to the group include Joan Rivers, ex-footballer Ian Wright, actor Alan Cumming, and Kelly Osbourne, daughter of rocker Ozzy.
After Lucas decided he had passed the challenge, Loughton was guaranteed a place in the final of the show, and was promised a Chinese-style buffet to help the contestants settle in.