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Chantelle Houghton Biography

Chantelle Vivien Houghton (previously Preston) (born 21 August 1983, Brentwood, Essex, England), was billed as the first 'non-celebrity' to feature in the Channel 4 reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

She emerged as the winner of series 4, beating 10 bona fide 'celebrities' (Michael Barrymore, Maggot, Preston, Pete Burns, Traci Bingham, Dennis Rodman, George Galloway, Rula Lenska, Faria Alam and Jodie Marsh), and winning a prize of £25,000.

Following a much-publicised on-screen courtship, Houghton married former fellow Celebrity Big Brother 2006 contestant Samuel Preston of The Ordinary Boys in August 2006. The couple announced their separation in a joint statement on 27 June 2007, and finally divorced on 21 November 2007.[1]

As a twist to the show, she was instructed to convince the celebrity housemates that she was a member of a (fictional) girl group named Kandy Floss, whose biggest hit was said to be "I Want It Right Now". Had she failed to convince them, she would have been evicted from the house. She successfully fooled her housemates and survived to the end of the show.

In her Big Brother profile page Chantelle described herself as a "bright, blonde bimbo". Chantelle is not a natural blonde however. She said, "I look like Paris Hilton, not on purpose but it's just the way it turned out". She has been nicknamed "Paris Travelodge" (implying a poor version of Paris Hilton).


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