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Old 11-08-2019, 06:14 PM   #51
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The second of many good (if slightly unneeded) summer celebrity series

10th Place: Celebrity Big Brother 12 (2013)

(Before any of you start, I‘m fully aware that CBB8 was a summer series, but this was the second “second-yearly” celeb series after CBB10!)

The 12th celebrity series was good. Far better than the ones I’ve reviewed so far. It was a vast improvement on CBB11 and dare I say that I even preferred it to BB14! Bite me!

The series had a great deal of humour (necessary after the winters more moody tone), mainly due to Lauren Harries. From the first day, she constantly provided and made what could have been a very mediocre series into something very enjoyable.

Add in Louie, Carole, Vicky and Courtney (probably not the most memorable of housemates, however her relationship with Lauren was actually very endearing) and you had something of a diverse cast. Sure, Ron was the “formerly disgraced star who isn’t really necessary” token cast member and Mario just isn’t necessary in any real given situation, but the majority of them provided. Danielle vs Louie was something I never knew I needed and Carole talking about wanting to get Vicky out in her sleep was a scream. Sure, the winner wasn’t the best, but then when are they?

It probably feels like the least memorable summer series to me, but it certainly wasn’t a bad one.



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Old 12-08-2019, 02:15 AM   #52
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CBB12 is so underrated. A scream of a series!
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Old 12-08-2019, 02:44 AM   #53
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I hardly ever read series rankdowns but I’m so here for this one
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Old 12-08-2019, 07:19 AM   #54
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CBB12 is so underrated. A scream of a series!
Agreed! It was a fun and light series!
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I liked CBB12. I agree it's underrated.

Terrible winner tho.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:08 PM   #56
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You STANK’AN FRENCH SLLLLUTTT!

9th Place: Celebrity Big Brother 14 (2014)

Now, before I get into why CBB14 isn’t necessarily a fantastic series, I’ll begin by why I think it’s a pretty good one.

The bar was set high with CBB13 and it would be pretty hard to follow it up. BB15 obviously failed in that department miserably, so here was another summer celeb series to take the bitter taste of Helen’s win from our mouths. And wow, did it get off to a good start.

CBB14 may just have the best first week of any celebrity series on CH5, period. It’d even give CBB3/4 a good run for their money, too. Everything was insane and absurd and perfect. It took no time at all for tensions to rise yet it was all so bloody hilarious. Leslie Jordan screeching at Gary Busey over what CGI was short for, all whilst wearing a directors hat <3 Frenchy being sent to the “celebrity scratch heap” (as she pronounced it) with an equally confused Gary <3 Lesie vs Frenchy providing some of the best quotes the series had ever seen <3 Ok, so it wasn’t all pretty. Kellie cleary wasn’t in the right frame of mind to be in such a tense environment, and it showed (especially in her treatment to Leslie). But it was still all fascinating to watch, and I will never forget the noise made by White Dee as Leslie went to strike Frenchy for her tearing up his expensive underpants <3333.

Ok, so what went wrong?

Well, CBB14 was the victim of a veryyy unfortunate eviction order. Like, catastrophic. So yay, David went first and no-one cared but then Leslie?? Frenchy??? In a VTS? Ok, so two people going consecutively doesn’t exactly sound series-breaking, but they were both massive characters who made the beginning so fantastic. Unfortunately, what was at first a 10/10 series became more of a “good but not great” one towards the end.

Still, it’s ranked where it is for the first 12 or so days. Amazing.



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Old 14-11-2019, 05:51 PM   #57
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A horrific mess, yet constantly entertaining

8th Place: Celebrity Big Brother 16 (2015)

CBB16 should have been awful. Like, dreadful. On paper, the line-up was poor. The launch show was as tacky as could be. The theme already sounded disastrous and seemed more like something which could have barely fulfilled a shopping task, let alone an entire series. The “task” at the end of the live launch (firing cannon balls at cut outs of other housemates, for some reason) was a disaster. It all felt grossly unnecessary and a massive step down from the fantastic CBB15. But my opinion soon changed.

I get that CBB16 wasn’t for everyone and it’s easy to see why. After the argument filled previous Celebrity series and the potential-filled yet ruined BB16, people were probably hoping for something light-hearted. Fun. Easy to watch. And here’s the thing: I found the majority of this series so down-right ridiculous, messy, almost even pathetic, that I couldn’t help but enjoy it.

After how much producers had meddled in BB16, this felt like it had massively been stripped back. Ok, so yes, it was still a Channel 5 series which meant we had to endure the shoddy editing and such that came with, but the housemates were pretty much left to their own devices. Janice helping herself to Jenna’s kosher fridge (and proceeding to eat the celery from within in front of her when confronted about it).. Farrah arguing with, well, everyone.. Gail waking into the garden mid-slanging match asking if Janice wanted anything on her toast.. Natasha finally combusting at Austin.. Producers didn’t really have much room for spoon-stirring because the cast were taking care of things themselves; like CBB15 in that sense, although that series was a lot darker and probably less fun.

Had it not been for Austin, I’d probably have placed this series higher. I know that probably sounds contradictory; he did, after all, provIde a lot of the drama the series is know for. However, unlike Farrah (who was so ridiculously over-the-top it was hard not to laugh at how embarrassing she was), he was such a negative force. Constantly shouting and screeching about things which really didn’t require such an attitude, being an absolute dickhole to Chloe-Jasmine (remember how pissy he was that she wasn’t there to toast a drink to his brother in the garden, because she didn’t want to be around alcohol), but above all, the way he treated Janice. He was absolutely disgusting in all forms to her. A particular stand-out of his was telling her how disgusting she was and that she was a shit mother and that she should learn a trade (because what is it you do for a living, Austin?). And the public rewarded his behaviour. Loathsome.

Still, a very good series nonetheless and Austin got his comeuppance in CBB19 so all was not lost.



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Far too high. 16 is in the bottom three.

To even DARE suggest it's better than 14 is OUTRAGEOUS and I want you DEAD you SLAG
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far too high. 16 is in the bottom three.

To even dare suggest it's better than 14 is outrageous and i want you dead you slag
when leslie was evicted tHE SERIES WENT WITH HIM

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Good writing pieces, its a shame that CBB21 was so dull considering it had the most famous line up on paper for years, and because c5 had already nailed even CBB into the ground, no one gave a ****.

I actually think it would have been a better series without the pretentious theme which really came off as desperate, at least past series admit they were tacky. And if all 16 celebs came in on launch night (and the majority of them were proper celebs!) it would have generated a bigger buzz imo but then again, if it wasn’t for the theme, people like Ann Widdecombe and Rachel Johnson probably wouldn’t have done it.

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CBB16 had Janice Dickinson which automatically makes it a fantastic series tyvm
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CBB15 won
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CCB14 had one of the best first weeks ever to a series. Frenchy and Leslie made that week. How can Lauren and Ricci, two of the worst and most boring housemates, stay over the two most entertaining housemates. That series is a perfect example of how VTS is just as bad as VTE. Gary was fantastic and a well deserved winner.

I enjoyed CBB16 at the time, although I hated how repetitive it was. Farrah was a great housemate but it got tedious watching her arguing with someone in every episode. And the cast bar Farrah, Jenna and Janice were trash. Still a good series and one of the strongest summer series.
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