|The Legendary Housemates returning tonight are:
Nikki Grahame (Series 7/2006)
Brian Belo (Series 8/2007)
Helen Wood (Series 15/2014)
Brian Belo Interview
You’re going back in, and you’re a Legendary Big Brother Housemate! How do you feel about that?
It’s quite weird to be called a legend at 27! That’s an accolade, isn’t it? I grew up from the age of thirteen to nineteen taping every single episode. I’ve even got it tattooed on my arm. The only tattoo I’ve got is the Big Brother eye. So I’m a true Big Brother geek.
So why did you apply for Big Brother in the first place and what made you decide to go back? Were you surprised to be asked back?
I applied in the first place because obviously I was a fan and you know what at the time I’d only been on one holiday and that was only about three months before Big Brother, and that was Amsterdam.
I’d never been to Marbella or anywhere like that at the time. I went for my gap year on Big Brother.
Are there any Housemates from this series that have made an impact on you?
Jade because she’s sparky. She speaks up and I do like Marc. He just makes me laugh. He’s like a cartoon character. That’s what you need in a good Housemate. Who else has made a spark...Harry?!
What the hell is that about? Like, what is that about? She gets her tits out anyway so it won’t be as much fun trying to get ‘em out in the pool...
Who do you think will be your friends and who will you not enjoy living with?
I think I’ll be friends with Marc and Danny. I think they’re the ones that I’ll more likely be friends with. They are the ones that are most like my actual friends in the real world. I don’t know how the other boys are going to take to me...Jack, Joel.
You’re in for one whole week? Are you going to cause some drama?
I’m not going to cause any rows. It’s not in me to cause a row on purpose. What I’m going to do is I’m going to bring up the general morale of the house. Big Brother houses work best when they’ve got good camaraderie. And that’s what I will bring to the house.
Viewers and fans feel they know you from watching you in the past. Will you do anything differently this time around?
You’re not going to see any “Who’s Shakespeare?” because I didn’t know Shakespeare before so all those little things aren’t going to happen but then again, I just had my interview a minute ago and I just fell off the chair. On camera! And I was like, why did I just fall off the chair?
For the first two days you will be living in Big Brother’s ‘Timebomb Bunker’ with other Legendary Housemates and either Marc, Sam or Simon. Who would you like to be with in the Bunker?
Marc because he’s hilarious.
Who wouldn’t you like to be with?
Simon Showbiz because I reckon I’d end up having an argument.
Which other Legendary Housemates do you hope will go back in with you?
Nikki Grahame because she’s just hilarious...Sophie Reid, Come Dine With Me and all that. There’s unfinished business there. And I visited her when she was on Big Brother for a task and we became friends and everything... Aisleyne is hilarious, like some character out of Absolutely Fabulous. She’s a lovely girl...My friend Liam McGough from my year...he’s still my genuine friend.
So you must have insider knowledge from last time. What tips can you share for survival in the Big Brother House?
I’d say the first thing you’ve got to do is know what’s happening in that house. Know every single person and what they’re all up to even if you’re not involved in it. You’ve got to look at the Big Brother Housemates the way a stockbroker would look at the stock market. And you’ve got to adjust yourself accordingly.
What can you remember is the most difficult thing about being in Big Brother?
For me, it was near the end. Just because the last month you’re drained of all your stories, you’re drained of all your energy. It’s just like, we’ve all been together a while and we’re pretty much competing with each other. So it goes from people that were once your friends to everyone’s looking at each other going “wait a minute we’re trying get rid of you”.
What are your biggest memories from your Big Brother experience?
The foam parties. We had a bath in the living room. The twins [Amanda and Sam Marchant] never went to bed. I’d be in bed and the twins would yank the duvet off me and throw a bottle of water in my face. Before you knew it we’d be retaliating to them. We used to call them foam parties. We used to put loads of shower gel in the bath and fill it up with soapy water and just go crazy. It was so much fun. I am bringing them foam parties back!
You are one of Big Brother’s most lovable Housemates and won series 8. How did winning Big Brother change your life?
It changed the whole landscape of my adult life. I can’t really imagine having not done Big Brother.
It’s like Sliding Doors. Does she get on the tube or doesn’t she? What would have happened if I did or didn’t do Big Brother?!