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Davina McCall enters BB house

Davina McCall entered the Ultimate Big Brother house - and reduced the housemates to tears within minutes.

It was the first time in the show's history that the presenter has had a proper appearance, following a cameo dressed in a chicken costume in the last series of Celebrity Big Brother and another occasion where she popped in briefly.

Immediately after her secret entrance, Davina was accosted by the Tree of Temptation and told her task was to read the housemates a message from home. But there was a catch, with the 41-year-old having to take each contestant aside and tell them they were her favourite first.

As Davina brushed away tears of excitement, she murmured to herself: "This is very exciting! Don't cry, Davina, don't cry."

After she was spotted by Victor, Davina gave the group updates from the outside world and told them about the public's opinion of them. "They're softer on you lot than on the other housemates," she said.

Davina then took each housemate into the wardrobe and read them messages from their family and friends, which left them highly emotional.

"You've turned me into a crying b***h, and I promised my mum I wouldn't cry," a sobbing Brian said.

As he tried to control his emotions, Preston admitted: "I'm quite emotional. I might have a cigarette."

An hour after Davina's entrance, there was a moving farewell between the host and the housemates after Big Brother instructed her to leave.

"It seems very right for me to be allowed in here and say goodbye. My heart was pounding that hard, that I thought you would hear it," she said in between sobs.

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