Celebrity Big Brother winner Rylan Clark has revealed that he found his time in the house far more exciting than the months he spent on X Factor.
Rylan was of course one of the most controversial contestants ever on X Factor, and seemed to be the ‘marmite’ character, who – from the people who hated him – even received death threats.
However, Rylan has revealed that taking part in Big Brother has been a lifetime ambition, and that he was supposed to take part in the regular series during 2007.
Speaking to the Star on Sunday, Rylan said, “It’s been my dream since I was young to do Big Brother. It’s my favourite show – this was even more amazing than X Factor…
“I nearly went into the normal series in 2007 but it didn’t happen. So to think I’ve won a celebrity series is amazing. It’s such an honour.
“I went in as a viewer – I didn’t class myself as a celebrity. I’m just lucky I got asked to do it.”
He added, “I did Big Brother to show people what I’m really like because on X Factor you can’t show your full personality.
“People told me not to go into the house and said it was for people whose careers were ending. But I’m glad I did it.
“A year ago I was doing a nine-to-five job and hated what I was doing with my life.”
However, even during his time on CBB, Rylan was dogged by controversy when his former housemate Gillian Taylforth claimed that Rylan had been leaving the house to rehearse for the X Factor live tour.
But it was later claimed that he didn’t leave the CBB compound and in fact rehearsed within the house.
Of that debacle, Rylan said, “We’d see production runners every single day.
“And to do some of the tasks we’d have to go through the camera runs and into the large task room at times when other housemates weren’t meant to know we were doing it.
“I met one of the executive producers at one point and so did Razor.”
He added, “I’ve got a tour I’m committed to but that doesn’t mean I’m going to waste the chance to go on Big Brother.
“If they wanted me in the house they had to let me do rehearsals and they did.
“It was only twice and if it was a major issue I never would have told my housemates. I can understand why people might be bothered though.
“But they’ve probably got a ticket to see me. Would they rather I just stood there and not know my routine?”
I’m sure they wouldn’t! Here’s a look at Rylan talking about his time in the house after he won the show on Friday…