Big Brother VIP full lineup revealed including Caitlyn Jenner and Thomas Markle Jr

Seven has confirmed one of television’s worst-kept secrets, that Caitlyn Jenner is headlining the list of contestants heading into the house for Big Brother VIP.

Reports emerged last month that Jenner, and British media personality Katie Hopkins, had both arrived in Australia ahead of the series, which will be just the second time that a ‘celebrity’ edition of Big Brother will air in Australia.

The Seven Network then had to scramble to update the lineup for the show after Hopkins was deported over her very public flouting of hotel quarantine restrictions. Now Seven has confirmed the 12-celebrity lineup.

Former Donald Trump presidential advisor and contestant on the first season of The Apprentice in America, Omarosa Manigault Newman, has flown in for the show, as has Thomas Markle Jr, the brother of actress and Dutchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

Also joining the house; former AFL captain Dayne Beams and ex-NRL star Matt Cooper, plus a series of actors and models including Bernard Curry, Ellie Gonsalves and Josh Carroll.

There will also be three reality television contestants, including Danny Hayes who was recently on Big Brother, Jessika Power who rose to fame on Married At First Sight, plus Luke Toki from Australian Survivor.

The program will be hosted by Sonia Kruger, with the winner to take away $100,000 for their nominated charity.

Speaking with Mumbrella earlier this year, Endemol Shine executive producer Amelia Fisk said: “There’s a huge appeal out there. Celebrity Big Brother is going to get its hands on them and put them in his funhouse, and throw everything at them.

“Celebrities, famous sportspeople, they all want to play. They just want to come into the house and play hard, it’s the real-life Hunger Games. They want to test themselves strategically and play a real-life board game.”

Big Brother VIP returns to screens 19 years after the likes of Kyle Sandilands, Gabbi Millgate, Kimberley Cooper, Anthony Mundine, Warrick Capper and Red Symonds went into the house on Ten in 2002.

Others to appear in that edition were Dylan Lewis, who eventually went on to win, as well as Jay Laga’aia, Sara-Marie Fedele, Adriana Xenides, Imogen Bailey, and Red Symons.

That edition was also laden with controversy, with Warrick Capper ejected from the house for exposing his genitals to other housemates while Red Symonds walked out of the house of his own accord.

Big Brother VIP is coming to Seven and 7Plus later this year.


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