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Coleen Nolan, who first came to prominence as the youngest member of the Irish family group The Nolans, won Celebrity Big Brother on 03/02/2017. Beating Irish duo Jedward into second place, she described her second experience on CBB as “absolutely horrendous”. 

The Loose Women star said her second time on the show was “much worse” than her 2012 appearance because of the “brutal” tests that creators put in front of the housemates. “They were relentless,” she told presenter Emma Willis. “There was something every day and it was always negative. The way some people left ... it was fun before. Nobody knows how to play the game better than Big Brother.” 

But after 32 days in the Channel 5 house, Nolan, who joined the show when it launched last month, could not help bursting into tears as her name was announced. Describing her victory as “the best feeling of my life,” she confessed that she did not feel she deserved to win because she had been “so boring”. The series finale on Friday night saw the final six contestants evicted one by one with a live public vote. 

Coleen Nolan beat pop twins Jedward to the top spot, who joked that “Coleen needs this in her life right now ... so she can write that she lived with Jedward.” In third place was TV cleaning guru Kim Woodburn who was challenged over her angry outbursts and controversial attitude throughout her time in her house. “If I hadn’t decided to be an old crab, they would have ground me down,” she told Willis. 

First to leave the show on Friday was Bianca Gascoigne, followed by Nicola McLean, then James Cosmo, before the finalists were revealed. 

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Coleen Nolan joins Billy Pearce for Cinderella.

 Coleen is to star in this year’s Alhambra pantomime. Audiences will be ‘in the mood for dancing’ when the Loose Women panellist and member of chart-topping girl group The Nolans plays the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, opposite Billy Pearce – in his 19th panto at the Alhambra. Coleen Nolan’s music career began in 1980 when, as a teenager, she joined her sisters, whose hits included I’m in the Mood for Dancing, Don’t Make Waves and Gotta Pull Myself Together. Miss Nolan has since become a TV presenter, best known as a regular on ITV’s Loose Women and a guest presenter on This Morning. She competed in the fourth series of Dancing on Ice and released an autobiography, No Regrets. In 2012 she was a runner up on Celebrity Big Brother & in January she returned to the house as an ‘All Star’ and won the competition. In 2009 the Nolans brought their tour to St George’s Hall. Yorkshire comic Billy played Smee in last year’s panto, Peter Pan, and reprises his role as Buttons in Cinderella, which will be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer. Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division, said: “As always, we’re thrilled that Billy is back in Bradford for what promises to be yet another spectacular year and with Coleen as Fairy Godmother this year’s show is guaranteed to be hilarious. We’re already working hard on brand new routines and special effects that will ensure audiences shall go to the ball this Christmas.” Adam Renton, general manager of Bradford Theatres, added: “There’s no doubt that this fantastic headline cast sets Cinderella up to be another exceptional Alhambra Theatre pantomime. The fact that so many people see our pantomime each year is testimony to the huge affection Bradford audiences feel for the Alhambra Theatre’s Christmas show. “We’re sure that when we go on sale in April, tickets will prove very popular.” 

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