A Beyonce lookalike, a squatter who lives on discarded food, and a former soldier who lost both his legs have entered the Big Brother house as the final series kicked off.
The group of 13 housemates, chosen from a pool of more than 80 hopefuls, also included a born-again Christian minister and a bisexual Katie Price doppelganger with a 30G bust.
Contestants learned they had been successful live on TV during the launch programme hosted by Davina McCall.
Six men and seven women were chosen to take part in the 11th series of the reality show, which is being dropped by Channel 4 after this summer. Each is aiming to make their mark and enjoy their few weeks in the spotlight with the hope of riches and fame.
As usual the show will have its twists. Unknown to the intake of wannabes, the winner of the series in 11 weeks’ time will then immediately take part in a further two-week series featuring all-stars from previous shows.
And on launch night, along with the main 13, a further housemate was selected – by tombola – to secretly take part in the series as a “mole”.
The extra contestant – 28-year-old Mario Mugan from Essex – will be set secret missions and will have to live undetected – despite being dressed as a mole. If they are discovered they will be ejected from the show.