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15 May 06, 9:09 AM - Big Brother 7 to feature Tourette's housemate?
OK, so if you're an avid fan of Big Brother, it's nearly time to cancel the rest of summer and sit in front of your telly 24 hours a day, because BB7 hits the country's TV screens this Thursday, 18 May.
Since Ouch started back in 2002, every year at about this time we get to debating whether there might be a disabled person entering the house for the next series. And every year, so far, the speculation has proved to be wrong. But what about 2006? Well, there are rumours circulating - mostly on unofficial forums and message boards, but which have now been picked up by some sections of the press - that one of the latest crop of housemates is a guy with Tourette's Syndrome.
Details seemed sketchy until yesterday, when The Sunday People newspaper revealed much more about the rumoured contestant. (Whether or not you choose to believe it is, of course, down to you). Under the headline I'm *I*I Pete - which Crippled Monkey thinks, though can't be sure, might be a hilarious reference to swearing - the People reveals that Peter, who is "afflicted" by Tourette's, is 24 years old and hails from Brighton, where he is the lead singer for "flamboyant glam-rock band Daddy Fantastic".
Of course, whether or not Peter has been brought into the house merely for shock value is ... oh, come on! This is Big Brother we're talking about! An unnamed source is quoted in the article as saying: "He has a foul mouth and is a loose cannon. He'll certainly add some fireworks to the house. It's tough to deal with someone who has Tourette's if you're not used to it, so the housemates will face their first challenge just getting used to him, and his swearing and abuse". Oh, and it's also worth mentioning that the glam-rock nature of Peter's band means that he dresses up in outlandish clothes - including wigs, women's blouses, tight trousers and animal prints - all of which he's being touted as "this year's Pete Burns" (the singer of Dead Or Alive who featured in the last celeb series of BB).
We'll bring you more about this story as and when we discover it - and we'll be glued to the telly on Thursday night in the hope of seeing the possible arrival of the first disabled Big Brother housemate. Until then, we'll just have to wait and see ...