Matt Lucas took over the role of Big Brother on Thursday night as 12 young, gifted contestants entered the Celebrity Hijack house.

Celebrity hijacker Matt was responsible for controlling the first hours of the show, which Channel 4 developed as a replacement for the controversial Celebrity Big Brother.

The traditional January celebrity version of the Channel 4 show has been put on hold following last year’s race row involving Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty.

Instead, the house has been filled with a group of talented young people, including two circus performers, a singer-song-writer, a dancer and a teenager entrepreneur.

The Little Britain star chose to instruct Scottish Youth Parliament chairman John Loughton on how to greet the other entrants, using an earpiece.

Forced to follow Matt’s directions, a visibly uncomfortable John, 20, bemused his fellow housemates by claiming to be a racing driver, musician, a psychic and a boxer.

When introducing himself to Calista Robertson, 19, he told the singer and song-writer that he was personally responsible for writing the score to the 1960s film The Sound Of Music.

Celebrity hijacker Matt eventually decided John had passed the challenge, guaranteeing him a place in the final of the show and promising the group a Chinese-style buffet to help the contestants settle in.

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.

Click here to see all the Celebrity Hijack housemates