Rylan Clark, the controversial "X Factor" U.K. contestant who came in fifth place on the show in 2012, is getting support from several "X Factor" U.K. alumni and other stars to win the U.K.'s "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2013. On January 3, 2013, it was revealed that Clark was one of 12 contestants on the winter 2013 edition of Channel 5's "Celebrity Big Brother." The show features famous contestants who live together in a house that is under constant video surveillance, with the contestants required to complete tasks and challenges. The public votes for the winner.
Clark tweeted: "Okay! It's true! I'm going in big brother!!!! So excited! Won't be on twitter for ages. Love you all."
His "Celebrity Big Brother" stint will be completed before "The X Factor" U.K. 2013 tour launches on January 26 in Manchester, England. Clark is one of seven "X Factor" U.K. alumni acts who are on the tour.
Clark isn't the only "X Factor" alum to have competed on "Celebrity Big Brother." In 2011, Jedward was on the show and came in third place. And in 2012, Frankie Cocozza came in second place on "Celebrity Big Brother." On "The X Factor" U.K., Jedward came in sixth place in 2009, while Cocozza came in seventh place in 2011 before he was disqualified because of a drug-related rule violation. (He admitted to doing cocaine while he was an "X Factor" contestant.)
Clark was a controversial contestant on "The X Factor" U.K. because people either loved or hated his over-the-top antics and flamboyant personality. His critics disliked that Clark, who almost always sang off-key, had advanced farther in the competition than more talented singers.
The other contestants who are competing with Clark on "Celebrity Big Brother" are Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Sam Robertson, Tricia Penrose, Gillian Taylforth, Ryan Moloney, Frankie Dettori, Claire Richards, Lacey Banghard, Paula Hamilton and Neil Ruddock.
Here is what stars have been saying on Twitter about Clark on "Celebrity Big Brother":
Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix ("The X Factor" U.K. 2011 winner)
"I hope @RylanClark wins #celebritybigbrother !! he's got me n @normathirlwall creased already :D xxjadexx"
Union J (fourth place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012)
"I know its early but come on guys lets trend #UnionJVoteRylanToWin if you support rylan like we do!!!! Go on #UnionJVoteRylanToWin josh x"
"I am so proud of rylan! Rylan to win xxxxx jaymi xxx"
You got it!! Do it :) #UnionJVoteRylanToWin ... Jaymi xxxx"
"Rylan in big brother..... go on boyo woop woop JJx
"You guys are insane!!! Your support for rylan is amazing!! Getting it trending :D keep it up!! #UnionJVoteRylanToWin ...boys x"
Kye Sones (eighth place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012)
"Yes @RylanClark !! Everyone make sure you vote for him!! #teamRylan to win!! He's a legend & a bloody nice guy!"
"If @RylanClark doesn't win this ill pose naked !!! #CBB2013 #teamRylan easily will win this!!"
Ella Henderson (sixth place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012)
"Rylan Rylan Rylan xxx love this boy soil much! X #CBBlaunch #CBB that hose don't know what's hit em! X haha @RylanClark"
Melanie Masson (12th place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012)
"Lovin @rylanclark rockin it in The BB House. Luv ya baby."
James Argent ("The Only Way Is Essex" co-star)
Great to see @RylanClark in the CBB House! 1st secret iv actually managed keeping after he told me a few weeks ago, Good Luck mate #GreatGuy
Danni Park-Dempsey ("The Only Way Is Essex" co-star)
"So happy @RylanClark got to go in big brother house #Rylan2Win x"