From codes to camera blackspots – behind-the-scenes CBB ‘secrets’ exposed

Life might look tough inside the Big Brother house – being trapped inside 24 hours per day, no contact with the outside world, and only the most basic tasks to keep you occupied.

But over on Celebrity Big Brother , it is a whole other story – with stars being treated to spray tans, make-overs, and preferential treatment.

Claims of different special privileges and treatment surface every year.

So what are the latest insider secrets from the reality show?

Dozens of cameras in every room and behind every mirror capture every minute of every day – but just in the normal version apparently.

According to OK magazine, the celebrity version leave cameras out of the bathroom to that the celeb housemates can do their business in peace.

It’s also a secret snogging escape – as used by Sarah Harding and Chad Johnson last series.

It’s also said that production staff on the show use secret codes so they can discreetly discuss what’s going on with the housemates without anyone overhearing.

A source told the Daily Star : "To avoid causing unnecessary panic the codes are used to keep discretion at all times.

"They use code Zebra when someone is determined to leave the house and are ranting in the Diary Room."

Last year, two-time CBB contestant (and one time civilian VIP guest) Nicola McLean revealed there are many perks to being a star inside the house.

The loud-mouthed 35-year-old glamour model blabbed all about CBB’s biggest secrets in an interview.

Nicola appeared in CBB in 2012 and returned for the All Stars v New Stars version at the start of this last year.

And she threw everyone under the bus in her interview – while also destroying the illusion that the celebs suffer while locked in the house.

“I’ve been told Katie Price got a blow-dry a few times a week, and Patsy Kensit got blow-dries and spray tans,” she told Heat Magazine.

"Spencer Pratt got special cotton sheets, and insisted on him and Heidi being served food before the rest of us, so that no one else touched it,” she explained.

And the special treatment didn’t stop there – as she also explained that Chloe Ferry was allowed to completely leave the CBB house to go and film scenes of MTV reality show Geordie Shore.

“Chloe got to leave because she’d already committed to filming Geordie Shore,” Nicola said.

“I must admit, after a couple of glasses, a few of us were fuming because, regardless if you tell us you’re not getting anything from the outside world, you are,” she grumbled.

Nicola also explained that the Celebrity Big Brother house had a plentiful supply of alcohol – but that the drinks on civilian Big Brother were less effective (saying that’s why she was ‘boring’ during her VIP appearance on the show earlier this summer).

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She also revealed tasks are done late at night to prevent housemates going to bed early – and anyone caught napping in the day time would be yelled at by Big Brother over the intercom until they got up.

Mirror Online has contacted Channel 5 for comment.

* CBB airs nightly on Channel 5


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