Celebrity Big Brother 2018: John Barnes will be first man to enter house

Mike P Williams
Contributor

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 kicked off on Tuesday night with an exclusive line-up of women.

To celebrate 100 years since women first got the vote, the list of all-women celebs entered the CBB house and there wasn’t a man in sight.

(Credit: REX)

To note the progression of women’s right, the show opted to freeze out the men until Friday, with John Barnes announced as the first to make his way to the house at the end of the week.

Rylan Clark-Neal revealed the news on the programme’s sister show, CBB’s Bit on the Side.

‘As you know, Friday night will receive some gentleman. Tonight I can reveal one of those very men is going to be Liverpool legend and rap superstar John Barnes,’ he shared.

Barnes is a Liverpool footballing icon, having played for the Merseyside club from 1987 until 1997, before joining Newcastle and Charlton Athletic. Since retiring, he’s managed Celtic (in 1999), Jamaica for a year in 2008, and Charlton in 2009.

Barnes, speaking at the Oxford Union. (Credit: REX)

He’s also famed for featuring in New Order’s World In Motion music video, where he raps. Barnes is also known for his outspoken and frank approach to discussing racism – something he experienced during his career.

This year’s series celebrates the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the UK. (Credit: PA)

The news means the women who’ve already settled in the house – former MP Ann Widdecomb, Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Malika Haqq,  journalist Rachel Johnson, newsreader India Willoughby, DJ, influencer, and former Made in Chelsea’s Ashley James, Rochdale grooming scandal whistle blower Maggie Oliver, model Jess Impiazzi, and ex-Corrie legend Amanda Barrie – have got the rest of the week to themselves before another bloke joins them.

Ann was the first celeb to enter this year’s house. (Credit: Channel 5)

At present, Barnes is the only named man to take part in the show, with other celeb males due to enter over the course of it.

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