A YOUNG Irish farmer is set to enter the Big Brother house tonight for the last ever series of the show.
A video shared on social media has revealed that a 23-year-old farmer from Tipperary is currently being guarded in a secret location in London as he prepares to join the show.
Earlier this week, South Tipp Today, a local newspaper in the Premier County, revealed that the contestant in question is Cian Carrigan from Goatenbridge, near Ardfinnan in the south of the county.
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Cian will be joined by 13 other housemates on the hit reality TV series, which returns to Channel 5 tonight at 9pm.
A "teaser" ad for the final series of the popular programme did not show any of the new contestants' faces but revealed snippets of information about some of those about to enter the iconic house.
Other contestants are from Suffolk, Glasgow, Barnsley, Brazil, Wales, London, among other locations and include a "semi-professional footballer," a bartender, a "spiritual adviser," a carer, and a bricklayer.
Previous Irish contestants on Big Brother include Anna Nolan, who came close to winning the very first series, and Brian Dowling who won the second series and also a later edition which featured a number of previous victors.
The Big Brother series has been running since 1999, initially on Channel 4 but in recent years on Channel 5.
Earlier today it was announced that this upcoming series would be the last.
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A spokesperson told the BBC: "The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5.
"We'd like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success."