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shilpa shetty: on Brit reality TV

Hip, Hype & Hyper Reality

Will the Channel 4 show finally turn the starlet into a star? She's sure working on it. More Coverage

Hip, Hype & Hyper Reality
Hip, Hype & Hyper Reality
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Her 25-day sojourn-- unless viewers vote to evict her earlier-- began promisingly enough on January 3. Among the celebrity inmates was director Ken Russell. The rest were celebrity by stretching, the likes of Michael Jackson's brother and former beauty queen Danielle Lloyd whose sexual adventures lost her the title. Real celebrity scarcity meant that journalist Carole Melone too got in. The Celebrity Big Brother show on Channel 4 television, a variant of the original Big Brother show started by Dutchman John de Mol in 1999, heightens the vicarious joy of eyeing others struggling to get on-- cameras watch every move, mikes pick up every word of the dozen or so people within that closed house. From those 24 hours, editors pick 45 minutes or so of what they find telling, perhaps typical, moments of interaction.

Our Shilpa seems to have charmed Ken Uncle, as she called him. Except that he left the house early, couldn't take it anymore, he said. But he left with the announcement that his brief stay had got him going on new projects that could "put me at the start of a new career". And Shilpa too, maybe. The camera, then the editors, picked up Shilpa's expression the moment Ken's departure was announced to the inmates-- Don't go, I needed to work on you some more.

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