Sam Preston and Donny Tourette doing Big Brother
Reality television is usually the domain of the had-it-lost-it crowd, which made Preston and Donny Tourette's decisions to enter the Big Brother house all the more confusing. Both fronted up and coming bands - The Ordinary Boys and Towers of London respectively - and, as their manically defensive pre-entry statements revealed, both were clearly aware of Big Brother's potential to destroy their credibility. While, Donny quit the show early to discover his embarrassed band in ruins, Preston made the Big Brother final and became a fully fledged celeb. His marriage to fellow housemate Chantelle Houghton appeared to be built on little more than trashy magazine deals and it soon became clear that the Ordinary Boys' were tired of their less-than-ordinary frontman. The band made a further two critically panned albums before splitting up - but not before a po-faced Preston stormed off Never Mind the Buzzcocks after presenter Simon Amstell read from his wife's autobiography.