The UK version of "Celebrity Big Brother" airs live Friday, August 23 at 9 p.m. on Channel 5. The "Celebrity Big Brother" contestants were revealed Thursday night. The "Celebrity Big Brother" 2013 houseguests cover a broad spectrum of personalities this season, many of which have reality TV show experience already under their belts. Here is the full list of the housemates:
Richard Breen, also known as Abz Love (member of 5ive)
5ive was a boy band formed by Simon Cowell in the 90s. Abz was 17-years-old when he started with the band, which sold almost 20 million records worldwide, Independent reports. Abz had a brief solo career, followed by an even briefer 5ive comeback. He admits to a former lifestyle of drugs and alcohol, but thanks his girlfriend Vicky Fallon for helping him clean up his act.
Carol McGiffin (Daytime Talk Show Panellist)
McGiffin has been a regular panelist on "Loose Women" since 2003, serving as the show's longest-serving panelist. She is currently engaged to Mark Cassidy who is 22 years her junior.
Charlotte Crosby (reality TV star)
Charlotte Crosby is known for her television personality on the reality show "Geordie Shore". She was kicked out of the house in April after a fight, seemingly too violent to air on the network. Can viewers expect a vicious repeat on "Celebrity Big Brother"?
Courtney Stodden (American TV personality/model)
Stodden came to fame through her YouTube video hits, in which she recorded several singer-songwriter tracks. This isn't her first reality TV stint. Stodden and "Green Mile" actor Doug Hutchison married in 2011 and subsequently starred in the second season of the VH1 reality series "Couples Therapy".
Danielle Marr (celebrity botox doctor)
Marr is the clinical director of DermaFace Clinic. This is another "Celebrity Big Brother" contestant who is not a newbie to the cameras. She came into the spotlight in the reality show 'Dublin Wives', although she quit the show in April. She is currently filming her own internet spin-off show "Dr. Danielle's Diaries".
Dustin Diamond (TV Star)
Diamond is most notable as Samuel "Screech" Powers in the TV show "Saved by the Bell". It seems this season's "Celebrity Big Brother" houseguests are teeming with reality TV show aficionados, seeing as Diamond was also on a reality show ahead of this season of "Big Brother". Diamond appeared on "Celebrity Fit Club", published a memoir, and declared bankruptcy in the years following his success as "Screech".
Lauren Harries (child prodigy born James Harries)
Harries catapulted into the spotlight playing a 10-year-old boy in the Wogan show in 1988, deemed a child prodigy. She began cross-dressing in 1997 and changed her name to Lauren ahead of a full sex change in 2001.
Louie Spence (choreographer)
Spencer was selected to accompany the Spice Girls on their debut Spiceworld tour. He is currently a choreographer, TV personality and artistic director of "Pineapple Dance Studios".
Vicky Entwistle (TV Star)
Entwistle is known as her portrayal as a factory worker in "Coronation Street". Since then, she has been playing the role of Madame Thenardier in "Les Miserables".
Mario Falcone (tailor from "The Only Way Is Essex")
Bruce Jones (Les Battersby in "Coronation Street")
Jones is notable for his cab driver role in the soap opera "Coronation Street". However, after making inappropriate comments to an undercover reporter and revealing show spoilers in 2007, he left the soap opera. Jones is currently a family man and mechanic working in North Wales.
Ron Atkinson (Former Manchester United and Aston Villa manager)
Ron Atkinson is a former football player who then managed Kettering Town and Cambridge United before moving to manage first division West Bromwich Albion. He also managed clubs and won two FA Cups. However, Atkinson's flourishing football career ended after making a racist comment about black Chelsea star Marcel Desailly, in which he claims he is not a racist.
Sophie Anderton (Model/Reality TV Star)
Anderton started as an underwear model and has since appeared on reality TV shows "Love Island" and "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here." Anderton was also open about her previous cocaine addiction.
Contestants will be under 24/7 surveillance from 27 remote-controlled cameras, 12 fixed cameras, five manned cameras, 10 infra-red cameras, a tower cam and 57 camera mirros strategically position throughout the house. Big Brother is always watching.
Watch "Celebrity Big Brother" live on Friday, August 23 on Channel 5 at 9 p.m.