Chantelle Houghton has revealed she would be open to returning to the Big Brother house, after ITV confirmed they would be reviving the axed reality show in 2023.
The reality star, who appeared on the celebrity spin-off in 2006 as the only civilian contestant, married singer Preston after they met in the house, but they split just nine months later.
Joining fellow Big Brother winners Anthony Hutton and Kate Lawler, Chantelle also revealed she still has the wedding dress from her big day 16 years earlier, and she ‘won the game of love’ by meeting Preston during her time on the show.
‘I need a new husband!’ Chantelle Houghton has revealed she would be open to returning to the Big Brother house, after ITV confirmed they would be reviving the axed reality show
Speaking on Tuesday’s This Morning, Chantelle joined Anthony and Kate offering their thoughts on the news that ITV2 would be Big Brother’s new home, with the series set to return next year.
Anthony, who won the sixth series in 2005, said: ‘I think it’s major and its going to be amazing. I think if it’s done right, I want it to be diverse with the characters.’
Detailing her own time in the house, Chantelle reflected on being the only civilian contestant in the celebrity edition, tasked with convincing her housemates that she was genuinely famous. She went onto win that series.
Over! The reality star, who appeared on the celebrity spin-off in 2006, married Preston after they met in the house, but they split just nine months later (pictured in 2006)
Appearance: Chantelle was a guest on Tuesday’s This Morning alongside Big Brother stars Kate Lawler (far left) and Anthony Hutton
She told hosts Rochelle Humes and Vernon Kay: ‘I didn’t know what they had planned for me until I get into the house the only thing, I’d been told was it was half celebs half normal people.’
‘My aim was to just stay in the house, the confidence that I had when I was that young – I wish I had some of that now.’
Meanwhile Kate, who won the third series and famously lived in the house alongside Alison Hammond and Jade Goody, added: ‘I nearly didn’t send the application form off, I sent it off on the last day’… I thought Alison would win when I got in.’
Hinting: Chantelle also revealed she still has her old wedding dress from her marriage to Preston, with the couple remaining on good terms following their split
Looking for love? Asked if she would take part again, Chantelle added: ‘I would do it again, I need a new husband’
Anthony added: ‘I am the most competitive man you’ll ever meet – I didn’t have a plan. I was the biggest fan ever, every day I was like “I can’t believe it, I can’t believe I’m in the diary room”.’
Chantelle then reflected on her short-lived marriage to Preston, though the couple were later reunited on the show’s Ultimate series in 2010, and have remained on good terms ever since.
She revealed: ‘I still have the wedding dress, it’s still in my cupboard. I won the game of love too.’
Throwback! Anthony, who won Big Brother in 2005 (pictured), admitted he ‘didn’t have a plan’ when he signed up for the show
Sensational: Meanwhile Kate, who won the show in 2002 (pictured) reflected on her time in the famous house, admitting contestants have to be prepared for the ‘worst possible outcome’
Asked if she would take part again, Chantelle added: ‘I would do it again, I need a new husband.’
Offering her advice to those keen to apply for the show, Kate said: ‘You have to be prepared for the worst possible outcome, I had little tapes of stuff I’d put together, I was just myself, you just have to be yourself.’
On Monday, Big Brother fans rejoiced as ITV2 announced it would be reviving the format in 2023, five years after it was axed by Channel 5.
It’s back! On Monday, Big Brother fans rejoiced as ITV2 announced it would be reviving the format in 2023, five years after it was axed by Channel 5
They’re back! Chantelle, Anthony and Kate all shared their fond memories from their respective stints on the hugely popular fly-on-the-wall show
A cast of carefully selected housemates from all walks of life will take up residence in Britain’s most famous television house for up to six weeks, with cameras capturing their every move.
It is hoped audiences will be gripped as the contestants take part in entertaining tasks, tense nominations and live evictions.
The housemates’ fate will once again be in the hands of the British public as they vote throughout the series, ultimately determining who will walk away with a huge cash prize and be crowned the winner.
It’s BACK! The revival was confirmed by ITV with a teaser trailer featuring the iconic eye logo, shown during the Love Island final
Big Brother first aired on UK screens in 2000 when it launched on Channel 4.
One of the world’s most successful reality television franchises, it first hit screens in the Netherlands in 1999 and more than 500 series of the show have aired around the world in more than 64 countries and regions.
In the UK, Big Brother first aired on Channel 4 and ran for a total of 11 series, while there were seven series of Celebrity Big Brother and a final special edition called Ultimate Big Brother.
It then moved to Channel 5 for a further eight series, with an additional 15 celebrity seasons, before being axed again in 2018.
The upcoming 2023 series on ITV2 and ITVX will mark the first new series of Big Brother on UK screens in almost five years.
Comeback: While a host is yet to be announced, the reality TV juggernaut’s new UK home has been announced as ITV2 and ITVX (former host Davina McCall seen on the show in 2002)