Celebrity Big Brother: Katie Price's ex Alex Reid offered £150,000 to appear on show as alter-ego Roxanne

We are promised this is the last time we will ever have to endure Celebrity Big Brother.

So perhaps it is fitting that producers of the Channel 4 show which was once such a smash hit now want to make sure it does not just fade out with a whimper.

Designers have spent months and thousands of pounds making the usually bland house sparkle with private members club-style bling.

Sadly, it seems they are still been resigned to scraping the barrel for the actual 'celebrity' names for the show which starts next week.

Katie Price's on-off boyfriend Alex Reid is set to appear on Celebrity Big Brother but show bosses are keen for him to enter the reality show as his alter ego Roxanne.

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Alex Reid

Alter-ego: Katie Price's on-off boyfriend Alex Reid is set to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, but as his cross-dressing alter ego Roxanne

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Bling Big Brother: The house is full of red carpets, ornate chairs, two-way mirrors, faux fur rugs and throws and diamante embellishments and is supposed to represent Dante's Inferno

The cross-dressing cage fighter is set to shock fans by turning up in ladies’s clothes on the opening night.

CBB bosses have offered Alex, 34, £150,000 to appear in the house as Roxy.

A source told The Daily Star: 'Alex has really been trying to ditch Roxanne for a while now after all the mess it caused when it first came out.

'He got so much stick from all his fighting pals that he and Kate agreed that he should
give it up.

'But since they’ve got back together Kate has been going on and on at Alex to resurrect
Roxy. And now CBB want her back too he has had to think seriously about it.

'If the money is right then he’ll definitely be up for it.'

And although the final line-up has not been officially confirmed yet, show executive
producer Shirley Jones hinted that changes to the show would mean than Alex could bring both a male and female wardrobe as the celebs are able to bring in as much luggage as they like.

She told The Daily Star: 'Trust me, some of them are bringing in some amazing outfits.

'And others have gone over the top with how much stuff they are bringing in. We have had crate loads arrive already.'


Fire and hell: Gilded panels, black walls and furniture in rich reds and dark wood make up this year's house


Hell is other people: The house looks very different to the clean lines of previous years and will afford the celebrities far less private space

Among the others reportedly taking part are Ronnie Wood's ex Ekaterina Ivanova, Baywatch-turned-panto star Pamela Anderson, actor Stephen Baldwin, Ivana Trump, MC Hammer, page 3 girl Nicola T, former boyband member Dane Bowers and ex-Hollywood vice madam Heidi Fleiss.

Yesterday it seemed that Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh would be injecting a splash of glamour into the last ever series.

The 33-year-old actress, who plays Michelle Connor in the soap, seemed to have let on to her Twitter followers that she would be spending the new year in the house.

However, a spokeswoman for the ITV soap insisted the mother-of-two would be fulfilling her filming schedule on Corrie.

She told the Mail Online: 'There is no truth in it at all. Kym will be back filming with us the first week in January.'

And it emerged that the Twitter account which hosted messages apparently from the ex-Hear'Say singer was a fake.

Also, Boy George and Kerry Katona will not be in the house. He was refused leave by a judge to alter his curfew conditions and she is believed to have failed a psychological test.

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Stephen Baldwin
Ekaterina Ivanova

Rumours: (left to right) Ivana Trump, Stephen Baldwin and Ekaterina Ivanova are all rumoured to be appearing on the final Celebrity Big Brother

Dane Bowers
Pamela Anderson
MC Hammer

Other possible housemates inlcude (l to r) Dane Bowers, Pamela Anderson and MC Hammer

Nor will astrologer Russell Grant be appearing on the show, as the 58-year-old is worried he could

suffer an allergic reaction in the house, or possibly even die.

The stargazer suffers from asthma and turned down an offer of £250,000 from Channel 4 to appear on the show.

Russell is allergic to air-conditioning, so would not be able to spend any time in the house.

The last ever celebrity series is apparently based on the lofty ideas of such intellectual luminaries as Dante and Sartre.

The house itself is supposed to be inspired by Dante's Inferno, a 14th-century poem in which hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth.

Jones said: 'The famous line from Dante's Inferno is "Abandon hope all ye who enter here" which has inspired much of what we have done to the house, particularly the entrance which is dark and cavernous with flaming walls.

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Line-up: Heidi Fleiss (left) and Nicola T are the final two names so far linked to this year's show

'When the celebrities arrive in the house on Sunday night they will definitely wonder what is in store for them, it looks incredibly different from previous years.'

In the living area the Dante's Inferno theme continues with gilded panels, black walls and furniture in rich reds and dark wood.

There are some 'luxurious' touches too, such as faux fur pelts draped over the sofas, cushions emblazoned with diamante skulls and ornate wall sconces illuminating macabre sculptures.

Jones continued: 'As well as Dante we have been hugely influenced by Sartre's line "Hell is other people" and the house reflects this.

'Whilst the flames and dark colours might look a bit hellish to some, sometimes your actual hell is the people you're with so we have removed some of the doors to make everything more open plan.

'There are very few areas to go to if someone needs to grab five minutes of peace and quiet.' 


Diamante cushions: The theme of fire and hell is carried out throughout the living area

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Abandon hope all ye who enter here: The celebrities will enter and leave through fiery doors

Off the main living space is the kitchen which is full of outsized equipment. 

Inspired by a hospital morgue the kitchen is clinical and painted 'autopsy green'.

Unlike the summer show, there is no space in the kitchen to eat and so the celebrities will all have to share the large banqueting table that dominates the dining area.

The bathroom, Jones rather grandly adds, 'looks a bit like the faded opulence of an English country pile'.

The showers will allow the celebrity housemates some privacy.


Faded opulence of an English country pile: At least the bathroom looks better


Hospital morgue: Outsize equipment and stainless steel make the kitchen look clinical