Louis Walsh smiling on Celebrity Big Brother

Louis Walsh claims ITV told him he would ‘probably win’ Celebrity Big Brother as £850k fee revealed

That's a lot of money!

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Louis Walsh has shared the eye-watering amount he was paid to appear on Celebrity Big Brother.

The TV favourite was one of many famous faces who starred in the latest series of the ITV show. Louis joined the likes of Sharon Osbourne, Fern Britton and Nikita Kuzmin to live in the most famous house in Britain.

But now, Louis has let slip how much he pocketed for his stint – and has even claimed bosses told him he would “probably win” the show.

Louis Walsh on Diary Room Chair in Big Brother
The TV star was told he could ‘probably win’ (Credit: ITV)

Louis Walsh on Celebrity Big Brother

It’s fair to say Louis got plenty of people talking on Celebrity Big Brother. So much so, that he ended up in the final – coming in fourth place. David Potts was announced as the CBB 2024 winner.

And it turns out Big Brother bosses didn’t mind throwing down the cash to lure Louis on the show as they even reportedly thought he could win it.

He explained: “They said I was going to be safe, it was going to be fun, that I would probably win it. I told them I don’t want to win it. Don’t waste it on me. Give it to someone else.”

Louis Walsh’s huge fee for Celebrity Big Brother ‘revealed’

At first, Louis was no that keen to appear on the show as he didn’t want to be a “celebrity”. He added to The Sun: “They said they really, really wanted me. They kept on at me, and still I said no, because I was scared.”

They said they really, really wanted me.

As for how much he pocketed for his stint on Celebrity Big Brother, Louis apparently revealed that he bagged £850,000.

Louis Walsh speaking on Celebrity Big Brother final
CBB star Louis said he suffered panic attacks in the house (Credit: ITV)

Louis Walsh secret health ordeal in Celebrity Big Brother house

It comes after Louis shared how Celebrity Big Brother medics helped “calm him” when he suffered a panic attack during his time on the show.

The former X Factor judge, 71, admitted that night times in the house “scared” him. He said he would wake up in the middle of the night “worrying about things”. Louis said he would wake up worrying about his mother and his health, as well as other things.

Louis on CBB

Speaking to The Sun, Louis said: “We weren’t allowed to get up and do anything if we woke up in the night so I’d wake at 3, 4 in the morning, and just lie there in the dark, worrying about things. Worrying about my mother, my health, what I had said that day – for the first time ever, I suffered from anxiety.

“They gave me my prescription sleeping pills. But they would only give me one rather than two. And after they wore off I was awake, panicking. The night times scared me.”


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Joey Crutchley
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