Celebrity Big Brother might basically be free rent for a month – but the contestants also get paid some very tidy sums for taking part.
Yep, that’s right. They get paid to spend their days lounging around the sofas, enjoying dips in the hot tub and completing tasks involving them having to dress up as The Spice Girls.
The 21st series of the show culminates tonight as the final five – Jess Impiazzi, Ann Widdecombe, Shane J, Shane L and Wayne Sleep – battle it out to be crowned winner.
Every series sees a substantial difference between what the bigger names are stashing away verses the lesser-known stars who are filling the beds.
And this year, it’s no different.
According to reports, former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe is by far the highest earner, taking home a sizable £100,000 for her stint in the house.
But despite being the big-bucks celebrity of this year’s series, she’s still managed to secure far less than past housemates, including Katie Price who took home £400,000, the late David Gest who took home £600,000 and twins Jedward who are believed to have pocketed a tidy £500,000.
It’s unclear how much Ann’s housemates – Jess Impiazzi, Malika Haqq, Amanda Barrie, John Barnes, Jonny Mitchell, Ashley James, Dapper Laughs, Wayne Sleep, Maggie Oliver, Courtney Act/Shane J, India Willoughby, Rachel Johnson, Shane Lynch, Ginuwine and Andrew Brady. – are earning, comparatively.
However, the wages fall to around £10,000 for the lesser-known stars, so it’s estimated that Jess, Ashley, Shane J, Andrew and Maggie could be at the lower end of the scale, while Rachel, India, Amanda, John, Wayne and Malika – who isn’t known as much as the others in the UK but her friendship with BFF Khloe Kardashian has earned her a following – are likely to be higher.
So despite 2018’s all-female series celebrating 100 years since women got the vote, the ladies aren’t vetoing their pay packets for the greater good of spreading the feminist message? Oh right.
Whether or not the CBB winner will be granted a cash prize to give to charity is unknown.
Until last year, it hadn’t been done since 2005. However, the winner of the summer 2017 series – Sarah Harding – got to give £50k away to her chosen charity so it’s expected tonight’s winner will get the same treatment.
It’s a good job that show bosses have somehow managed to cut down on the pay packets though, seeing as this series is thought to be one of the most lavish houses yet, with no expenses spared when it came to the decorating.
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If the stylish bedrooms, sumptuous bathrooms and the outside sauna, a show insider told The Sun: ‘Producers pulled out all the stops to make sure this year’s house is the quirkiest and plushest viewers and housemates will have seen.
‘This series is a special one. They wanted the house to be a standout one.’
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