The tenth series of 'Big Brother' kicked off tonight. Sixteen potential housemates were ushered into the reality TV house, beginning of the race to win £100,000 prize money.

The eight females to enter were: Unemployed lesbian Lisa, 41; Glamour model Sophie, 20; Irish Noirin, 25; Russian professional boxer Angel, 35; Scottish university dropout Karly, 21; South London Asian Beinazir, 28; banking assistant Sophia, 26 and Mother of two Saffia, 27.

The eight males to enter the house were: Posh entrepreneur Freddie, 23; vain visual merchandiser Kris, 24; US student Cairon, 18; window fitter Marcus, 35; Brazilian student Rodrigo, 23; Former Mr Gay Newcastle Charlie, 22; Indian virgin Sree, 25 and Iranian born event organiser Siavash, 23.

Shortly after all the contestants were together Big Brother announced they each must earn their right to stay in the house by completing a challenge.

Any contestant not completing a challenge faces the public's vote for and could be evicted on Sunday's (07.06.09) live show.