Emma Willis Wants Lindsay Lohan For Celebrity Big Brother 2015!
In a Q&A with this year's host, Emma reveals her dream CBB line-up as well as talking about some of her favourite past moments...
With the new series of Celebrity Big Brother just around the corner, host Emma Willis has revealed some of her favourite moments - look away now Blue's Lee Ryan - as well as confessing who would be her dream housemates.
The star also talks her "granny" style on eviction night and what she makes of Bit On The Side presenter Rylan Clark.
Check out more from Emma below...
What have been your favourite CBB moments since you’ve been at the helm?
Lee Ryan and his amazing love triangle really stands out for me. It was pretty amazing viewing and I think it captured the audience. He made that entire series. Who would have thought the whole series would have been about Lee Ryan from Blue? I didn’t. He made brilliant TV.
The Hollywood star always seems to be a winner as a contestant…
Yes, I agree, they’re always great. They’re quite naïve to it all and they think they’re going to take part in some TV show, get their cheque and go. I certainly don’t think Gary (Busey) had any idea what would actually happen during his time in the house, but I think it dawned on him very quickly.
Any other moments you loved?
You can’t forget Rylan and Speidi can you? That was mega. The arguments were immense. And then when you added Razor Ruddock into the mix it was fireworks. That series in particular was non-stop rows and it did get extremely heated.
Do you ever worry the contestants are actually going to have a fight in there?
People will always clash in the Big Brother house and that can make fantastic viewing, however, Big Brother will always step in if there is a need to. The housemates’ health and safety is the most important thing for us. When Razor stood up out of that chair it was a frightening moment but we never thought he was ever actually going to do anything. It was more like a bark to calm everybody down. A strong bark! Jasmine Lennard was another one that seemed to go in there wanting an argument. She definitely managed to make an impression.
The show’s always cast impeccably – would you agree?
Definitely, that’s the best thing about the show. It’s always got a cast that the people behind the show know will make magic on screen. It’s always done so well. There’s a lot that goes into the thought process of how these characters are all going to work together.
Have you heard anything about names this year?
Well, I normally stay very blind to it all right up until the last minute but this year I’ve actually seen part of a list very early. This is going to be one of the best ever series’ of the show. I have such high hopes for the series – that’s how good I think it’s going to be. You won’t not recognise anybody if it stays like this. This year seems like a proper stellar cast and that’s always great to watch.
What’s been your favourite launch night twist?
My favourite one was the launch night where Natalie Cassidy had the earpiece in from the very beginning. It showed what a great actress she actually is. She had to improvise from the get go and that was a hard thing to do but she thought on her feet and got on with it.
Last year we saw White Dee being a Duchess in the secret challenge – did you like that?
That was brilliant. Having Dee as the Duchess was a great idea. I must admit I prefer the series when it starts off with a fun challenge rather than a sinister beginning. I still view Big Brother as a social experiment so it needs to be real but it’s also an entertainment show and you need to constantly have twists and turns and a big helping of the fun factor. You don’t want it to get too dark and deep.
What are your top three celebrities who you would love to see in the house this year?
If I have a magic wand and I can make, or force, them to go in I’d start with Paul O’Grady because he’s just funny and I’d love to watch him all day. Lindsay Lohan would be great and she’s always rumoured. I always wanted Joan Rivers to go in – she would have been amazing. I do realise this is never going to happen but I would love somebody like Tom Cruise because we don’t know enough about him. Chances of that are zero.
What can the CBB contestants expect this year?
I’ve seen the mood boards and the new eye for the series. It’s got me very excited. I’d describe it as a dark fairy tale theme. My favourite movie of late is Maleficent and it’s totally like that. Angelina Jolie is amazing in it. I think I actually want to dress up for the launch night. I’d love to be the wicked, but tortured Queen. I’ve not seen pictures of inside the house yet! So I’m yet to see what they have planned.
How would you fare if you went into the house?
Terrible! I think I’d just be really dull for everyone. I’m a watcher, not a housemate. I’m great at narrating and being the host. But I think I’d just bore everyone to tears. If I was forced to go in I could cope. I’d be Captain Sensible and that’s very boring to watch. I’d be the one missing my children and wanting to leave.
What luxury item would you want to take in?
My kids! But that’s not really a luxury item. I would definitely need a dishwasher too – they’re always doing the washing up. I’ve done my time of washing up and the minute I could afford a dishwasher that was the end of doing the dishes.
It’s cold out for you presenting the show outside – it’s not glamorous being out in the wind, snow and rain is it?
It’s totally not glam out there on an eviction night. We’ve mastered the situation now and last year I wore a lot of tailored coats. It’s just too cold to be out there in a tiny dress. A couple of times on CBBBOTS Rylan was like, “Oh babe, you look amazing” and I’d take off my jacket and I would have thermals hanging out and thick tights. If I had to describe my style it’s granny tights, thermal underwear and a really nice coat.
Rylan’s done super well as a presenter on Bit On The Side too, don’t you agree?
He’s done so well. He honestly has. There was a very big question mark by a lot of people about what he would be like but he’s proved himself to be a fabulous presenter with a great future ahead of him. He’s won Big Brother too so he knows he has an audience there but he also loves the show. We are both as obsessed as each other.
Lastly, how are you juggling being a mum-of-two, having Matt busy with McBusted and your career!
My parents are here for Matt and me whenever we need them. Matt is busy every single day and night now and I’m out a lot. It’s been relatively quiet for the past couple of weeks and I’ve just been filming The Voice heats, staying at home as much as possible and doing my Heart radio show. It’s like the calm before the storm. Once the show starts in January I’m going to be calling my parents a lot.
Celebrity Big Brother returns to Channel 5 on Wednesday, January 7 - we can't wait!