Big Brother gave us some of the most memorable reality moments of all time. Absolutely everyone remembers when Craig Phillips confronted 'Nasty' Nick Bateman over his tactical voting plan, and when Alison Hammond accidentally broke a table while trying to communicate with the outside world. Then there was Nikki Grahame and her "who IS she?!" rant, which instantly became immortalised in reality TV history.
To mark the iconic show's 20th anniversary, Cosmopolitan UK caught up with nine former Big Brother contestants, and can reliably inform you that Craig doesn't hold any grudges because he and Nasty Nick are actually friends, and Alison still does occasionally cringe over the broken table moment.
"I cringe when I watch back the breaking of the picnic bench. It’s so cringeworthy but so, so funny. I absolutely love it," Alison told us.
While series six winner Anthony Hutton, who now owns a barber shop/cocktail bar, admitted he can't watch any of his season back without cringing.
"I cringe at everything - any time I watch it back. If me and my wife have people over she knows how embarrassed I get so she sticks Big Brother on YouTube on the TV and it completely cringes me out." She sounds like our kind of party guest, to be fair.
It's not just Craig and Nasty Nick who keep in touch, as Alison told us she still speaks to PJ Ellis, runner-up Jonny Regan and also her series winner Kate Lawler, while Anthony said he still occasionally speaks to Citizen Science aka Kieron Harvey. When it comes to contestants they didn't get on with, Alison revealed she didn't think fellow series three housemate Adele Roberts was her biggest fan.
"I’ll be honest with you, when we were in the house we got on fine but afterwards I watched it and I was like ‘oh, don’t think we go on there, did we?’"
As for reality TV today, Nikki Grahame said, "Now they come out of Love Island and have agents and an Instagram following – we didn’t even have Facebook when we left! Today’s [reality] stars make crazy money in seconds, but they’ll never be household names. You know what you’re getting yourself into when doing the show."
While series seven star Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace added, "The one piece of advice I have for aspiring reality TV stars now is go and take an acting course because it’s completely different from my days. My days were real, raw and rugged. Reality now is a little bit more scripted."
We can't argue with that.
Watch the full video above and read more Big Brother interviews in Cosmopolitan's July issue, out now.
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